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Pwills

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Hi all. Was talking to a lady that deals with birds in the pet shop I use. She told me that she doesn’t think it’s best for me to get a African grey as I have very young children. Does every 1 eles think the same. Any ideas what other bird I could get that is a bit smaller not to small tho. Many thanks
 

Pwills

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6 months 2 and 7. Wanted a larger bird but the lady said she would step down a little
 

Tonifrax

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It really depends on the individual bird. All birds can bite and most likely will bite at some point. Indian ringnecks are nice birds and if you go about finding the right one, one that is well socialised etc it could be a great bird and they're still a good size as opposed to something small like a budgie. An Indian Ringneck was my first bird so Im a bit biased 🤣
 

Pwills

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Any ideas where I can get ring necks please and what kind of cage would they need
 

RoyJess

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Hi all. Was talking to a lady that deals with birds in the pet shop I use. She told me that she doesn’t think it’s best for me to get a African grey as I have very young children. Does every 1 eles think the same. Any ideas what other bird I could get that is a bit smaller not to small tho. Many thanks
I personally wouldn't recommend larger parrots around children, they can do some serious damage and harm.

Don’t really want something like a budgie
Nothing wrong with budgies, we own a small flock, people don't realise that they are in fact a parrot. They make good family pets.

I can also recommend cockatiels too (again, they are parrots), they can be very sociable and can be affectionate.

As others have said, even the smaller birds can give a nasty bite, but are less likely to remove a finger or cause serious harm.
 

CaptainHowdy

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What are you looking for in a bird? There are lots of different species out there, some better with children than others, though interaction should always be under adult supervision.

I'd never be without budgies. Such underrated birds!
 

JackAndRob

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Agree that budgies are underrated birds, as human companions and in the wild. Check out the videos on YouTube of them in the wild in Australia. They are incredibly tough, highly acrobatic in the air and superb long distance fliers too.

They may be less intimating that a larger bird, but if they are given the care that they require to keep them in top physical and mental condition, they require as much time and effort as any other.

Our four have beautiful plumage although you may have to get a little closer to appreciate it than with a larger bird. Budgies are full of life, energy, fun and personality. Having a bunch of them picking at a spray of millet held in the hand is an experience that would leave most people filled with excitement and wonder.

Let's also not forget that the "humble" budgie has a huge, dedicated following in many countries, on the Show scene too.
 

plumsmum

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Hi in terms of commitment I think it could be better to wait. Having three kids is a big commitment on it's own and birds need time to be socialised and friendly. Life for you can change quite a bit as your family grows. I'd say please wait, research the ideal bird for you when the time is right. Parrots are extremely intelligent and being just stuck in a cage, fed and watered and not much else does them untold harm. :)
 

Zoe220615

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Hi i have three children and i own indian ringnecks conures cockatiels an a budgie. Im waiting to pick up an orange winged amazon. They are alot of work if you do have time then i would say get a bird. Im lucky enough to stay at home an look after my children so im always about an my cages are always open an they are always about. With regards to one biting i have had my children nipped by them but they are smaller birds an nothing awful. My children have learnt to respect the birds and also learn to read the birds body language and they now realise when there playing up or when they dont want a fuss an pretty much just leave them alone i always supervise the children with them. When we get the amazon weve already spoken with the older two an said you do not go near the cage unless we are there an with you an you dont approach it unless we are there we are going to be very strict as we no it could cause a serious injury. I would say buy something smaller. Children i do belive should be trusted an have pets as it teaches them how to look after things an care an love supervised.
 

plumsmum

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Hi i have three children and i own indian ringnecks conures cockatiels an a budgie. Im waiting to pick up an orange winged amazon. They are alot of work if you do have time then i would say get a bird. Im lucky enough to stay at home an look after my children so im always about an my cages are always open an they are always about. With regards to one biting i have had my children nipped by them but they are smaller birds an nothing awful. My children have learnt to respect the birds and also learn to read the birds body language and they now realise when there playing up or when they dont want a fuss an pretty much just leave them alone i always supervise the children with them. When we get the amazon weve already spoken with the older two an said you do not go near the cage unless we are there an with you an you dont approach it unless we are there we are going to be very strict as we no it could cause a serious injury. I would say buy something smaller. Children i do belive should be trusted an have pets as it teaches them how to look after things an care an love supervised.
Well done you! This is what we should be hearing most of the time but unfortunately it isn't. Birds are thought of just as a 'pet' a thing to feed and sit in the corner if you don't have time for it. So unless that person can really affirm that they will give the bird/parrot priority now and in future then I am afraid I will always come done on the negative side of things. My connections with a charity also reinforce this.
 

Zoe220615

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Well done you! This is what we should be hearing most of the time but unfortunately it isn't. Birds are thought of just as a 'pet' a thing to feed and sit in the corner if you don't have time for it. So unless that person can really affirm that they will give the bird/parrot priority now and in future then I am afraid I will always come done on the negative side of things. My connections with a charity also reinforce this.
Completly get where your coming from on this an never agree that a bird should just sit in a cage they should be allowed out with the family an treated as a family member in my eyes an thats how mine are treated as members of the family because they are. I was just saying it can be done as it is here it can be manic at times an stressful but its all worth for us as we love them. But yes do not buy one for it to just sit in the corner its unfair an cruel!! I was just putting my 2ps worth in on how we do. X
 

Dknowles

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We have 1 African grey and 1 cockatoo so defiantly not a cockatoo unless you kids follow directions really well and you have a large amount of time to spend with them because they require tons of attention and take a while to bond but are wonderful once bonded but if they bite you can lose a finger. Our African Grey is calmer, both are very smart, but Baily the African Grey is good with the kids but does get very nervous. Baby steps and patience and you will have a life long friend, but you have to be able to read their body language.
 

Pwills

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Im looking for a bird for the whole family well not so much my partner as she’s not fussed lol. I want the bird out as much as possible when they want to and somthing that the kids can hold and bond with it aswell as me. I’m not looking for a really small bird as I’ve really had my heart set on a Macaw or a grey. Thanks every for all your replies have been great
 
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