What's Best Parrot For Us - Husband Has Asthma (Sometimes) - West Yorks

jaynemc

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Many thanks for that Toms Mum. Have just been reading about the dietary needs of the Eclectus - seems to require an 80% natural soft food diet which I admit does make things a little less straightforward but also quite interesting. Have fed my dog on a BARF diet in the past so its definitely more labour intensive + less convenient.

Gosh so many things to consider this isn't going to be an easy choice!

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Lisa7284

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I would have to say that Alfie (male eclectus) does produce flakes but I have to dust his room everyday as there is a layer of dust/flakes- this is worse at different times of the year and regular showers also reduce it. I am not sure how this affects asthma, sorry.
 

Dolly

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I'm sure Lisa will be along soon. She has an Eclectus. I seem to remember reading they tend to be very much one person birds. I might be wrong.
 

Michael Reynolds

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I would think that the Electus may affect people with asthma my Ruby did leave a dust behind even with regular bathing. Can I ask do you have close neighbours?
 

Lisa7284

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The diet for an Eclectus can be difficult to get right (I am still trying). It sounds simple when they say lots if fruit and veg but for them to get all their dietary needs you need a huge variety of fruit and veg. Just make sure that you continue to do your research.  :thumbsup:

Alfie is very much a one-person parrot (he loves me but hates anyone who comes near me) but he is better with others when I am not around or when they interact with him when he is in his cage. Not sure if this is the same for all eclectus' though- it has a lot to do with how they are reared and socialised. 

I just discussed this thread with my mum and she laughed- I got Alfie when I was 16 and she still remember the 'dust' from him! She said if eclectus parrots are considered not dusty she can't imagine what a dusty bird looks like!
 

jaynemc

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Hi folks,

Thanks again for all the input. This is a great thread - will certainly be useful for others in the future looking for a parrot in similar circumstances to us.

Lisa - You mean to say Alfie has his own room?? I bet he thinks he lives in a hotel what a lucky bird  :animated-parrot-image-0025:

Michael - luckily our house is detached with good distances between neighbours - am really grateful for that when our English Pointer dog is singing his heart out howling along to my other half's acoustic guitar!

The mention of 'one person birds' rings huge alarm bells with me - our dog has terrible separation anxiety to the point where me going away on my own and leaving him with the hubby is a complete no-no - he makes himself a very poorly dog with the stress of it all - its got worse as he's got older (reducing blood flow to the brain with older age just like with people according to our vet). He's 10 and half so that's just how it is for now and the next few years - all holidays are the 2 of us + dog! 

Will certainly be doing plenty of reading up on parrot socialisation - would be wanting to be able to leave the parrot with my mother on some occasions (that's obviously post-dog .... don't listen Harvey!)

Anyway back to dust + asthma - I think after considering what you've just said about Eclectus + dust then that's a risk too far so to be sure its going to be either one of the Conures or little Craiques.

Bye 4 now  :animated-parrot-image-0025:
 

Stinkie

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I just discussed this thread with my mum and she laughed- I got Alfie when I was 16 and she still remember the 'dust' from him! She said if eclectus parrots are considered not dusty she can't imagine what a dusty bird looks like!
I believe I have a picture of Stinkie somewhere where I caught him shaking and there's a visible cloud of dust and white fluff around him, and this is only a tiny bird I don't even want to think about how dusty cockatoos must be!
 

Lisa7284

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Lol well it has become his. We have 2 lounges and Alfie is in one and it is known as his room. It is next to to the kitchen and dining room so that he is always around the hustle and bustle of the house. It is also Alfie safe- no electrical wires, just his cage, his toy corner and 2 seats. Alfie doesn't fly so he walks everywhere so I have to be careful what he can get to (but that is the same for any bird). He isn't a destructive bird but he is very curious.  

You would be surprised at how many people have bird rooms (far superior to Alfie's). You should check out Mandi's pictures of her home- now that is bird paradise. I am hoping to move at the end of the year and do something similar for Alfie- although it will have to be an upside down version as his toys need to be on the ground!

I hope I didn't put you off eclectus parrots in my post and I did some reading last night and you are right- they suggest that eclectus parrots are not at all dusty. In that case they must be incredibly flaky!!! 
 

jaynemc

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Its a shame but I think any mention of anything airborne - dust or flakes or whatever - is going to see my husband putting an immediate kibosh on our getting a parrot project. Luckily there's the Conures and the little Caiques which he knows about so fingers are crossed so far.  :animated-parrot-image-0025:

As for accommodation requirements I think I'm getting the picture - I'm going to have to check out the pics of these bird dedicated rooms. Having said that I can see the practicality of it. We do have a 2nd lounge type room but its at the back of the house so too far removed from what's going on. Its a junk /  storage room at present and always quite cool in there.

Hopefully our parrot won't have any ideas which are too grandiose and will be quite happy to make do without his own private suite and just sharing our rooms with us.

(plus he'll be none the wiser as long as he doesn't get to see the pics on here of those bird rooms)  :thumbsup:
 
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Scarlett

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Oh you can create a play area in your main living room hanging things from the ceiling, not all birds need a bird room, especially single birds, they need you as the flock.

Did you get in touch with lee who has the baby Caiques to get some first hand experience?
 

Kasuku

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Hope you find what you're looking for.  An air purifier with a hepa filter would be great for your hubbi with or without biridies :biggrin:   they take out all the 'nasties' in the air around the house.

Sue
 

Michael Reynolds

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Sun conures are Wonderful loving birds and look so stunning.  they can be taught to talk but also are very sociable they can be noisy but I have never had that problem with mine although I have herd another owners birds being quite ear piercing they can thrive on trick training and extremely loyal

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jaynemc

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Many thanks for the posts.

Scarlett - No not been in touch with anybody yet - am almost at 10 posts now though so very close. Yes would be really useful to meet some of the types of parrots we are interested in. 

Sue - Thanks for the suggestion on the air purifier. Am definately keeping that in mind anyway.

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Michael Reynolds

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Yes they are extremely colourful I had one called FeeBee she was so tame and every one that met her fell in love.  She was one of my free flyers but used to sleep with me in my bed every night.  if it was warm she would sleep by the side of my arm and if it was cold she slept in my arm pit.  If their has been a bird I miss the most then by far its FeeBee..  I took her on with problems of the liver and when she flew free my sister wanted her to be buried in her garden.   

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Michael Reynolds

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Well the first one is Rickey He talks well only one word RICKY RICKY RICKEY  the couple are my Sunny and Cheir hoping to be a breeding pair for me. and the next set of photos are FeeBee the love of my life RIP
 

Lisa7284

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Conures are beautiful- their colours are incredible and from what I see they have huge personalities. If ever I got another bird (never going to happen) I would travel to Lou's house and try and bribe Aubrey away with me- GORGEOUS bird. You should check Lou's thread out. I think she is a  cinnamon conure. But I have watched a few videos with the Caiques and I must admit they look like a lot of fun and can be very affectionate. Good luck with your decision! 

To be honest sometimes it is better for them to not be in a separate room. Alfie had his own room in his first home (he was re-homed to me) and was very lonely- it isolated him from the family and he wouldn't really see people unless they popped in to see him. I spend more time in his room than any others but he goes in ALL the rooms in my house. His favourite is my bedroom (although he doesn't go in there a lot) as he loves playing hide and seek under the covers and running up and down the bed.

I encourage Alfie to travel from room to room for exercise as unfortunately he can't/ won't fly. But he will follow me around the house.  
 
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Kasuku

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Aw Michael, I love seeing photos of your family.

All birdies are wonderful, my friend has caiques and I do think they are fabulous little birds, so funny and friendly, love them.  Mind you all the conures are stunning too, I wouldn't know where to start.  I didn't really choose, I was given a Grey and completely fell under its spell and now I can't live without them.

Sue
 
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