Discussion in 'Parrot Chatter' started by LemonZaz, Oct 14, 2018.
@LemonZaz you can never have too many toys
If its like a cage I had that was similar then the grate needs to stay in
You can put newspaper on top of the grate
or cardboard.. I save and hunt down cardboard for my cages like this. or for a simple floor foraging area put a plastic tray on floor which can be washed- done that before , places like homebargains /wilko do food trays for people cheap- won't cover whole base of cage but gives an area for scratching about
Good idea, thanks
I had the grill removed for some time, i used a dowel to cover the front gap and it worked well, but it's back in now. I do have the food and water dishes at the bottom of the cage away from perches so they dont get pooped on.
I bought these baths https://www.amazon.co.uk/Caldex-Budgie-Bath/dp/B004J1VTK6
one for water, one for fresh fruit and veg and one for seeds. .They have lids on and I put them on the floor of cage as cockatiels are ground feeders. With having a lid it means no poop in the baths. My other little teils uses them. I have used them for years and we get on great with them.
They have a bottle for their drinking water that gets put next to a perch.
My grates all get covered with multiple chip paper or news paper. Then remove one layer everyday. Then do a full clean once a week.
Pionus are lovely and another bird to look in to is the King Parrot, they can become great talkers and great with children, this was my Funky with Rosa from his first home she was four years old. there is a video on you tube "Feeding wild parrots in Australia" you should watch. the king parrot is well worth looking in to as a family bird. Funky mainly spoke Portuguese but flash was one of the best talkers I have had.
This is the bet parrot for young children
Parrots are prey animals
Children are physically uncoordinated, loud and emotionally erratic
Parrots speak body language. Kids do not
Result = bites!
There's always one!
If you actually read my post, you would note that im looking for the best suited bird to a young family, not a parrot FOR my children. The bird is actually 'for' me. Secondly, my child is not loud or erratic. I can honestly say he is the most sensitive, well behaved child I've ever known (yes, I'm blessed), who is incredibly fantastic with animals for his age. And he still gets watched like a hawk by me anyway. So your generalisation there is invalid.
Before any pet, i actually do a lot of research, ask a lot of opinions and talk to various breeders. There is obviously going to be a difference between a one person bird with a potentially nasty bite (african grey) and a flock bird with a more chilled persona and a bite that won't do lasting damage (i.e cockatiel).
I know my child, i know our family, i trust my research (coming from someone who successfully raised a rottweiler pup with a 6 month old at the time).
So thank you for the unhelpful advice. I wont be taking it this time.
Oh dear..... I can assure you LemonZaz no offence was meant in our Setanta’s post. He’s a very knowledgeable parrot keeper and successful breeder of Caiques.
He is just pointing out some of the things to be aware of, he does have a rather ironic sense of humour sometimes!
It’s great that you’ve brought up your little one to be sensitive to other animals and creatures..... it’s quite a rare thing in these modern times, where so many children just seem to shout and screech constantly!
Thank you. I think its important for a child to be raised around animals and learn to respect them. Hes very gentle and loving with them, pets them, feeds them. Hes a loving, caring, quiet soul by nature (fab with tiny babies too!) but because the bird is so delicate, he will only be stroking it with guided hands & not allowed to hold it until hes older anyway.
I know that not every family is like this though, sadly. So i can appreciate why people may feel the need to make comments such as Setanta did.
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