Hello everyone. :)
I haven't posted much to r.p.b, but I've been reading for about 3 months now,
and doing private email with Debbie Kesling for about 1 month. (Thanks
I'm finishing grad school in a few months, I have a job lined up, I'm
working on finding an apartment that will accept birds, and I'm starting the
process of getting a parrot.
I grew up around lots of pets (7 species, 20 pets, some of whom still live
with my parents). My experience with birds includes pet chickens, pet pigeons,
and two budgies, one of whom I was responsible for hand-taming. The worst part
about grad school was student housing where I couldn't have an animal :(
A month ago I begged Debbie to give me a "test," to see if she thought I was
worthy of a parrot, and if she doesn't mind my saying, I think I passed. :)
She's helped me narrow my decision down to two types of birds, and now I'm
coming to the group.
For various reasons, the most important one of which is getting a relatively
low-noise bird --- (I'll be living in apartments for at least a few years, and
since I will *not* get rid of an animal once I take responsibility for it, the
quieter the bird is, the less frequently I'll have to move :) --- I've
narrowed it down to 1) Pionus, or 2) Senegal/Meyers. I'm pretty confident in
these two choices, as I've done some research (www, bird books, BirdTalk), and
Debbie and I went over what I can offer a bird, and what I want from a bird.
This leads me to two questions:
1) I'm hearing/reading a lot about Asperigillis (spelling? I don't have the
book here), a respiratory problem that especially afflicts Pionus.
How common is this in Pionus? I guess what I'm asking is, is this a large
drawback to getting a Pionus? Should it be a serious consideration? Also, how
is it transmitted?
2) Given the choices I've come up with, are there any breeders anyone would
recommend in Eastern PA or Western NJ? I went through the back of the BirdTalk
magazine and found a few breeders listed in these areas, especially some near
Lancaster/York PA. Has anyone dealt with any in this area? My main concern
is getting a healthy, weaned, tamed bird that will be a good companion.
I won't be changing apartments til October or Novvember, but I'm trying to do
this homework now, and get the ball rolling.
Debbie also suggested that (should I not find anything suitable around here), I
should not be afraid of having a bird shipped. So in that light, if anyone
has recommendations for *really* good breeders of the above birds, in other
areas of the country, I would be interested in hearing them too.
Email or post -- I read regularly. :) And many thanks already to anyone
who can help. :)
PB's # I don't want a French penguin. -- Paul
I speak only for myself and my stuffed animals.