Hi! I'm so e***d - my husband "gave" me a bird for valentine's
day, and ever since, I've been reading up on Bird Talk, the postings
in this group, etc... There are so many interesting and exciting
stories out there, and it seems like everyone has a different favorite.
All in all, I'm having a little trouble deciding on which type of bird
I hope someone can help me - Here's a little about my lifestyle:
My husband and I are both students, but we have our own house. We're gone
about 9-10 hours a day, but (unless there's an exam coming up), we've got
plenty of time in the evenings and weekends to spend with a bird. We'd
like a bird with plenty of "character" - the more character, the better.
W'ed also like one that can learn to talk, and is not too terribly
loud. It should also not be too large (we have a cage that is about two
feet square and 3-4 feet high ??approx, but we can build one larger if we
need to). Finally, the most limiting
criteria is that it can't be very expensive - up to $200 or maybe a little
more (we don't have paying jobs, after all!) for the bird, and hopefully
the vet check-up, etc..., although we may be able to come up with a little
more for the "right" bird :) We also have a dog, so I'm not sure how people
train the bird and the dog to get used to each other (any suggestions..??)
I've been somewhat interested in conures, especially the jenday or blue-
headed (I'm not sure I have the names right), but there are so many other
types of birds that sound interesting - Please help! I've also read
about tiels and budgies, but would prefer something a little "different"
(no offense intended).
Also, I've read a lot about people "adopting" birds that are unwanted,
etc... I'd be interested in finding out where they find out about
these birds, and if it's a good idea - it seems like a fairly decent
thing to do - we have a lot of love to give, and we've always believed
in giving a good home to animals in that situation!
Thanks ahead of time! I can't wait!!!!!!