Which Breed Would Suit My Household

JessCheekyMia

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I think you have your ideal bird already "Kiwi". And I would suggest not getting another unless another budgie for his sake.
 

Michael Reynolds

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A budgie can make friends with other birds Snowdrops friends (apart from her partner Bluey) are Buster a greater Sulphur crested 2 and Jackie my green winged, she can get through the bars of there cages and often will sit on the perch with them, but both Molly one of my greys and Charlie will sometimes sit in there cage with them also in it. but that's all they are just friends and has not changed the relationship I have with bluey or snowy
 

RoyJess

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I think another budgie or two to give Kiwi some company is a no brainier.

It's not just a talking and pretty looks. I'm looking for playfulness and bond and for interaction with all family members. For fun and companionship and affection. Id like them chatty and singing and responding back when you comunicate.
Generally a good companion that would love to spend time with us and make us laugh playing around and spending time around us when out of cage.
A cockatiel have all the attributes that you are looking for in the above post, they are very sociable, they may be small, but they have big personalities and can be very affectionate. They are a great next size up bird from the budgie. They can come out and play with the budgies, but I would not keep them in the same cadge over night together with the budgies.

Some things to consider when choosing a bird. Not all birds are the same, even the same species can have indervidual personalities and traits. But the following applies to most parrots.

1. They can give a nasty bite, even a small budgie/cockatiel can. The larger birds beaks are designed to crack open a walnut/Brasil nut with ease, imaging what damage that beak can do to a person, especially to a small child?

2. Parrots are loud and noisy, even budgies and cockatiels can be very loud. The decibels of a parrot can be as loud as a Jumbo jet taking off as in the wild they need to call out to their mate or the rest of the flock from afar.

3. Generally parrots bond with one member of the family and bite the rest of the family, especially once they become mature, (Budgies, Cocktiels, Caiques are more sociable with other members) .

4. Having a parrot is like having a toddler, Parrots can also be very temperamental. Some parrots can outlive their owners, so would you like the idea of having a toddler around your home for the rest of your life?

5. Not all parrots talk, some specials like the Macaw, Amazon, CAG are more likely to talk, but not guarantee to. Even budgies and Cockatiels can have the potential to talk. Less than half of our parrots talk.

6. Parrots need lots of attention, stimulation, enrichment, foraging

7. Parrots can destroy your home, they love to chew, especially your nice wooden doors, frames and other much love items

8. You need to adapt your home to suite your parrot as appose to get a parrot that fits in with your home

9. Once your parrot bonds with you, as soon as you leave the room, your parrot will call out for you, even if you only left the room to make a cup of Tea. Imagine your neighbours having to put up with your parrot calling out for you all day long when you go out to work/day out etc..

You really can't go wrong with more budgies and a couple of cockatiels which would be my recommendation to you.

However, if you want something a bit more complex, then you must take in all the points raised above. I love my Hann's macaw, but she is loud and noisy, but she does talk very well (but not guaranteed), she is like having a big Macaw in a small body. She does need a lot of stimulation and attention too.
 

angel_uk

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Thank you all .I will have a deep think about it all and see what my hubby thinks too.
It's not as if I can't have a parrot of more complex needs later on in life when kids are grown up.
Thanks and Happy New Year everyone :emoji_tada::ura:
 

sunnyring

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only bird I have had that talked was a budgie.. my african grey never has and never will, ringnecks were so loud I had to rehome before husband moved out. I love the expressiveness of cockatiels- the way that cute little crest pops up and down to show emotion is very charming.
most parrots are not good with kids, they can take irrational dislikes and be very spiteful . and as for injuring other birds- they do not need to be loose together to do damage- little budgie lands on wrong cage and can lose a leg....
 

angel_uk

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Thank you all once again for your input.

I had a bit more of a think and for the current situation and a small child and obviously kiwi the budgie I am leaning toward a cockatiel now but don't rule out a hand reared budgie.
I've found couple of places that sell hand reared birds including tiels but not sure of their reputation. They seem to be good stores. Prices obviously are higher.
How big of an issue would it be to get a tiel that's parent reared? I am just simply wondering.

Would you say that for my situation a baby/young bird is the best choice?
 

Michael Reynolds

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With a tiel i do not think there is much of an issue providing you have the patient's and time to give it. hand reared or part reared do have a better chance in learning words
 

sunnyring

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you are also very out of season. not too many budgies/cockatiels breeding this time of year- another few months and there will be far more to chose from
 

LennyS

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Hi, we are in a similar sort of situation, budgie came first and thinking of a second bird. We have the budgie upstairs and the other one will be downstairs, so not a co-living situation. Our budgie, Lemon, has started to speak few days ago, he says "pretty bird" and "pretty boy", it is very cute. We are not looking for a bird that can talk, but the social part is important to us as it is to you. We have spent the Christmas with my brother's galah cockatoo and decided that we probably want something smaller :) He is very funny bird, but flying around the christmas tree meant sudden death for most of the decorations, very powerful wings and beak:D We are probably going to get a conure, have the books to study and looking for a breeder at the moment. I do adore cockatiels, had a few when I was a child, but the rest of the family prefers to get something else.
 

angel_uk

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That sounds great.our budgie started talking too. He says budgie budgie and practicing baby bird right now. We just got a new baby cockatiel . We called him/her Odie. We are going to keep them in seperate cages but same room.
 

LennyS

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Hi Lenny conures, ringneck, myers, and king parrots all make good birds for a family setting. what area do you live in?
We are in south of Herts. Don't mind to travel to the right breeder, really trying to steer away from anything dodgy.
 
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