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I'm a new member and I just wanted to say hi and see if any of you have a companion parrot. I have a 9-month-old Pacific parrotlet named Saturday. Like a terrier who thinks he's a great dane, my girl is about the size of a parakeet, but she thinks she's a great big macaw (she needs a big attitude to compliment her small body). Here is a picture of her climbing down my computer cord.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5188/5610801880_5874659d6c.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
She's such a sweet girl. When I'm working, she likes to sit on the back of my neck where she alternates between napping and fixing my hair. She's a total firecracker who only does what she wants to do. I sure do love my bird!
 

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I live with nine parrots:<br><br>
Frisco, a cockatiel who is in his mid twenties. He's the only one I bought - he was for sale in a dime store, in deplorable conditions, and I ended up walking out with him. The rest are all rescues.<br><br>
Frisco lives with Finnegan and Luna and Leon.<br><br>
Paco, the yellow crowned Amazon, is about thirty. I dopted Bertie to keep him company. After about two years, Paco decided he liked Bertie and moved in with her last fall. They are now a mated pair. Bertie is an orange wing Amazon, a couple of years younger than Paco.<br><br>
Ziggy is a blue and gold macaw, pretty much surgically attached to me. Socrates (blue and gold) and Rosebud (greenwing) are ten and nine respectively. They grew up together, and when their people decided they no longer wanted them, they ended up in rescue. They're not a mated pair, but are very attached to each other. No one wanted to adopt two large macaws together, so I ended up with them so they wouldn't be separated.<br><br>
I hear parrotlets are great birds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Well now I want a parrot!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sequoia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2882386"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Well now I want a parrot!</div>
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If you do, please adopt. The rescues are overflowing, and people are killing their unwanted birds in less than humane ways.<br><br><br>
The longer I live with birds, the more I realize the very great disservice we do them by breeding them. The best possible life we can give them in captivity is a sad shadow of the lives they should have.<br><br>
They're amazing animals who deserve so very much more.
 

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Wow mlp, that is a serious flock! Your birds sound just wonderful! Are they flighted? Mine isn't. After a lot of soul-searching I decided to clip her wings because I cannot make my house safe for a flighted bird, and it seemed more irresponsible to put her in harm's way like that. She can fly horizontally for about 10 feet before she has to land. I know not everyone will agree with my decision, but I had to make the best choice as to how to take care of my feathered friend; being caretaker for an animal can make some tough demands.<br><br>
Parrotlets are outstanding. You probably know more about them than you realize, since their closest cousins are Amazons. I'm told that a parrotlet is basically an Amazon shrunk down to budgie size. Saturday is very bonded to me, but also very independent. When I go to work she plays by herself until I come home, and then she chirps at me until I take her out. Birds are such amazing, complex animals.
 

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I used to have a mostly white cockatiel named Whitey who was with me for over 20 years. He's actually the one who convinced me to go vegetarian. How could I eat other birds like chickens and turkeys when I saw how much personality my little guy had?<br><br>
Like Saturday, he thought he was bigger than he was. He actually got in a fight with a German Sheppard once, and won. I was moving out of a house I'd lived in for a year in college, and I'd kept the bird in my bedroom while I was there, to keep him away from my roommates' dogs. As I was leaving, I put his cage down while opening the door to the house, and my roommates' very large German Sheppard came up and started sniffing him through the bars of the cage. That dog was completely harmless, so I wasn't worried she'd hurt him, especially through the cage bars, but she was huge. We're talking about a dog who could catch a soccer ball in her mouth in the air!<br><br>
Anyway, Whitey bit her nose through the bars of the cage. The poor dog yelped and ran away. Like I said, she was harmless. I've known dogs who would have tried to bite back, even with the cage bars in the way. But that was typical Whitey - if he didn't want someone near him, he'd bite first and ask questions later.<br><br>
But he was gentle with me. I was his buddy. He'd sit on my shoulder, and he liked to be scratched behind the neck, and to cuddle against my nose. He was even mostly potty-trained toward the end. If he was sitting on my shoulder for a while, and then he suddenly switched to the other shoulder, that alerted me to remove him from my shoulder and hold him over a trash can while he pooped.<br><br>
The little guy was 21 years old when he died in 2007. I still miss him. I don't know if I'd want to adopt another cockatiel, though. Those little suckers are loud! My only non-human "roommate" now is of the four legged variety - a nice, quiet rabbit named Flash (who causes chaos in a completely different way).<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mlp</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2882402"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Absolutely. All my babies are either rescued off the streets or from shelters. I wouldn't have it any other way.
 

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Here's my quaker Clucky:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i51.tinypic.com/sdo38o.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
He's a little ******* at times, but he's really sweet most of the time. It's good during winter, he snuggles up against my mouse hand and keeps it warm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
e. - just found an awesome pic:<br><img alt="" src="http://fi.somethingawful.com/is/img46/2128/thinclucks7li.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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We have a Sun Conure and a White Fronted Amazon Parrot.<br><br>
I'm not a big fan of parrots myself but they came with the girlfriend. :p
 
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