Considering a 1st bird...questions

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Considering a 1st bird...questions

Post by Ald » Wed, 04 Sep 2002 01:16:34



Ive been researching for the last week or so and think I want either a

Mustache or Alexandrine Parakeet, Im leaning towards the Mustache.
Actually spent an hour with a 4 month old mustache.
Im interesting in a bird that can be by itself during my weekly
working hours which is aprox 10 hours.  I intend on  taking it out
each evening and spending the appropiate amount of time with it and
even more.  I also dont want a screecher.  But do want an affecionate
bird and companion.
Any suggestions and personalities traits between the two and whether
male or female would be better.  I have no other birds and use to have
a love bird a long time ago.
Your input would be greatly appreciated as well as info of any
breeders in the San Francisco Bay Area in Cali.
Thanks,
Aldo

 
 
 

Considering a 1st bird...questions

Post by Big Bea » Wed, 04 Sep 2002 07:58:04


Moustache parrots are the biggest screechers of all the asiatics, I had them
as aviary birds and they were by far the loudest amongst the flock of
various australian and afro-asian parrots (excluding***atoos).

I'm not sure of their pet quality, its probably the same as all the other
asiatics, and that is : boys are nice and talkative sweeties, and the girls
are mean ***es.
I know that Alexes are nice and gentle birds, and I'd recommend you a boy
Alex, who tend to be a bit on a lazy side, and that is what you need for
those long hours when he is by himself. just make sure he has enough space
in the cage and ample suply of fresh branches or toys to chew on while u're
away. and lots of fresh fruit too.


Quote:
> Ive been researching for the last week or so and think I want either a

> Mustache or Alexandrine Parakeet, Im leaning towards the Mustache.
> Actually spent an hour with a 4 month old mustache.
> Im interesting in a bird that can be by itself during my weekly
> working hours which is aprox 10 hours.  I intend on  taking it out
> each evening and spending the appropiate amount of time with it and
> even more.  I also dont want a screecher.  But do want an affecionate
> bird and companion.
> Any suggestions and personalities traits between the two and whether
> male or female would be better.  I have no other birds and use to have
> a love bird a long time ago.
> Your input would be greatly appreciated as well as info of any
> breeders in the San Francisco Bay Area in Cali.
> Thanks,
> Aldo

 
 
 

Considering a 1st bird...questions

Post by oldmoll » Wed, 04 Sep 2002 22:23:10



Quote:
> Moustache parrots are the biggest screechers of all the asiatics, I had
them
> as aviary birds and they were by far the loudest amongst the flock of
> various australian and afro-asian parrots (excluding***atoos).

> I'm not sure of their pet quality, its probably the same as all the other
> asiatics, and that is : boys are nice and talkative sweeties, and the
girls
> are mean ***es.
> I know that Alexes are nice and gentle birds, and I'd recommend you a boy
> Alex, who tend to be a bit on a lazy side, and that is what you need for
> those long hours when he is by himself. just make sure he has enough space
> in the cage and ample suply of fresh branches or toys to chew on while
u're
> away. and lots of fresh fruit too.



> > Ive been researching for the last week or so and think I want either a

> > Mustache or Alexandrine Parakeet, Im leaning towards the Mustache.
> > Actually spent an hour with a 4 month old mustache.
> > Im interesting in a bird that can be by itself during my weekly
> > working hours which is aprox 10 hours.  I intend on  taking it out
> > each evening and spending the appropiate amount of time with it and
> > even more.  I also dont want a screecher.  But do want an affecionate
> > bird and companion.
> > Any suggestions and personalities traits between the two and whether
> > male or female would be better.  I have no other birds and use to have
> > a love bird a long time ago.
> > Your input would be greatly appreciated as well as info of any
> > breeders in the San Francisco Bay Area in Cali.
> > Thanks,
> > Aldo

I would not recommend any bird for someone who is away from the hous for 10
hours. When they get back they have chores, cooking etc to do, then add 8
hours for sleeping. Just how long does the bird get any attantion??

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Considering a 1st bird...questions

Post by Charles Palud » Wed, 04 Sep 2002 23:04:48


Quote:

> I would not recommend any bird for someone who is away from the hous for 10
> hours. When they get back they have chores, cooking etc to do, then add 8
> hours for sleeping. Just how long does the bird get any attantion??

It can be done though, I am away from the house 13 hours a day....leave for work
at 4am get home about 5pm, though this is only for 4 days not 5.  Of course, I
don't usually have that list of stuff to do when I get home and I usually only
get about 4 hours of sleep a night on worknights, so I still have a few hours
during the evening to spend with my Meyer's and then of course plenty of time
all day Fri-Sun.

Charles
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Considering a 1st bird...questions

Post by Alex Clayto » Thu, 05 Sep 2002 00:05:27



Quote:

> > I would not recommend any bird for someone who is away from the hous for
10
> > hours. When they get back they have chores, cooking etc to do, then add
8
> > hours for sleeping. Just how long does the bird get any attantion??

> It can be done though, I am away from the house 13 hours a day....leave
for work
> at 4am get home about 5pm, though this is only for 4 days not 5.  Of
course, I
> don't usually have that list of stuff to do when I get home and I usually
only
> get about 4 hours of sleep a night on worknights, so I still have a few
hours
> during the evening to spend with my Meyer's and then of course plenty of
time
> all day Fri-Sun.

> Charles
> --

Many people do this. It would be nice if we could all be home all the time
but the birds adjust fine. Especially if there is at least two of you. When
I had to go back on days I was a little worried about this. That was why we
bought a Kings cage for the Macaw, so he would have plenty of room. He gets
attention from me for a while in the morning, then when I get home. The bird
gets attention while the chores are being done by one person or another,
then of course spends a lot of time with us on the couch when we watch TV.
Then there is the weekends and holidays, where he gets spoiled. I have
always noticed Monday seems to be the worst for him. I guess after having
people on the weekend that first day alone is hard. He is VERY noisy and
clings to me for a while when I come home on Mondays.
 
 
 

Considering a 1st bird...questions

Post by oldmoll » Thu, 05 Sep 2002 04:05:57


Quote:

> Many people do this. It would be nice if we could all be home all the time
> but the birds adjust fine. Especially if there is at least two of you.
When
> I had to go back on days I was a little worried about this. That was why
we
> bought a Kings cage for the Macaw, so he would have plenty of room. He
gets
> attention from me for a while in the morning, then when I get home. The
bird
> gets attention while the chores are being done by one person or another,
> then of course spends a lot of time with us on the couch when we watch TV.
> Then there is the weekends and holidays, where he gets spoiled. I have
> always noticed Monday seems to be the worst for him. I guess after having
> people on the weekend that first day alone is hard. He is VERY noisy and
> clings to me for a while when I come home on Mondays.

I suppose it is easier when there are 2 people, and of course Alex you are
an experienced and dedicated bird keeper, but for someone who has never
owned a bird before, I think a 10 hour day is too much. I don't think people
reallise how little free time they actually have in a day and perhaps are a
little optimistic. A newbie might not realise that however tired they are,
however much hassle they have had at wirk, however much they just want to
get home, eat then sit and relax, there is a little feathered soul who has
been alone all day and *needs* his human to do more than say "hi bird" and
give a couple of scritches through the bars. I know this scenario happens,
some of the birds I have, came from homes like this. Thank god the owner saw
the light though eventually.
 It would be nice if those who work long hours on a regular basis thought
long and hard, then thought some monre about how much time they need to give
to a pet of any kind.
 And believe me, I would rather not be at home most of the time either, but
I am unable to do a days work. That is why I do what I do, I have this
strange need to be busy and have an aim in life, and as I have no husband to
boss about and 'organise' , I keep animals ;-)

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Post by Alex Clayto » Thu, 05 Sep 2002 11:05:46



Quote:

> I suppose it is easier when there are 2 people, and of course Alex you are
> an experienced and dedicated bird keeper, but for someone who has never
> owned a bird before, I think a 10 hour day is too much. I don't think
people
> reallise how little free time they actually have in a day and perhaps are
a
> little optimistic. A newbie might not realise that however tired they are,
> however much hassle they have had at wirk, however much they just want to
> get home, eat then sit and relax, there is a little feathered soul who has
> been alone all day and *needs* his human to do more than say "hi bird" and
> give a couple of scritches through the bars. I know this scenario happens,
> some of the birds I have, came from homes like this. Thank god the owner
saw
> the light though eventually.
>  It would be nice if those who work long hours on a regular basis thought
> long and hard, then thought some monre about how much time they need to
give
> to a pet of any kind.
>  And believe me, I would rather not be at home most of the time either,
but
> I am unable to do a days work. That is why I do what I do, I have this
> strange need to be busy and have an aim in life, and as I have no husband
to
> boss about and 'organise' , I keep animals ;-)

Yah, you get no argument from me there. Far too many people buy a bird and
have no idea what is really involved. People often look at us like we are a
little "off" because we schedule our lives around the birds. <G>