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Old 01-10-2002, 09:15 AM
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****atiels and parakeets

On two different occasions we've had ****atiels. Our first one we picked out before he was even old enough to come home with us. He was so sweet! I believe that he thought he was another one of my kids-----he sure didn't know he was a bird! We had him for 7 months; we woke up one morning and he was dead. I still wonder WHY? as he had absolutely no symptoms of anything being wrong.
After he died, we adopted another tiel; her previous owners were tired of taking care of her. We quickly fell in love with her (she loved sitting on my keyboard as I typed!) and were heartbroken when she flew out the front door. We haven't had the heart to get another one---YET! I'm sure we will one day!
We currently have 6 parakeets in a mini-aviary built by my husband. They're sweet------but not nearly as sweet & loving as ****atiels.

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Old 01-10-2002, 07:34 PM
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My husband had ****atiels many moons ago. I've never had them myself, but I do remember they were very personable and affectionate!

When I was a child, I always remember my parents having parakeets. They were so cute!
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Old 02-08-2002, 07:48 PM
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We have two parakeets, and one african grey parrot. I have never had a ****atiel, though I always look at them when shopping for pet food. Maybe your 1st tiel choked on a seed? I had a parakeet who died suddenly, and our vet found a birdseed lodged in her windpipe.
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Old 02-12-2002, 06:22 PM
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I had a tiel growing up he lived for 13 years until we had him put down because of cancer. I plan on getting another one when I finish getting this cage all together. For 2 years now I have been putting a cage together, buying a piece or 2 when I see the stuff on sale. I think All I need now is perches. I got a beautiful brass and smoke glass cage about 4 feet high 2 feet wide in the dumpster down the road and have been adding ever since.
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Old 02-25-2002, 01:48 PM
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Post ****atiel and lovebirds

I have both a ****atiel and a pair of love birds and a guinea pig, I am going to have for sale.

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I love all animals, especially birds!

I have 8 ****atiels (3 of which were hatched from 2 that I already owned).

I have 1 white capped pious parrot.

I have 1 bearded dragon lizard.

I have 2 dogs.

I have 2 dwarf hamsters.

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As a new "mommy" to an African Grey, I've done tons of research to keep her healthy. I've come across a lot of information from people that say that teflon and non-stick coatings, when scorched or damaged and overheated, emit gases that can kill a bird within minutes because of their sensitive little respiratory systems (same reason that canaries were sent into mine shafts).

I thought, "No sweat, no more non-stick baking sheets." But, I didn't realize my curling iron, coffee pot, bread machine, space heater, hair dryer and iron all had the stuff on/in them. As long as the coating is in really perfect condition, and the temperature is regulated, there shouldn't be a problem. The bread machine is the only thing left in the house.

Any strong, "chemically" fumes can do a number on them as well.
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Old 04-09-2002, 07:37 AM
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SINCE our nest is sooooo empty AND since we've always wanted a big bird (we've had small ones before) I've been toying with the idea of a ****atiel or macaw. I know that they are a huge committment since their life spans are so long and if you buy one as a baby it's very expensive. But I am looking at the idea of adopting one that someone has grown tired of caring for, etc...
I don't want a problem bird if I can avoid that and with adoptions it seems to be a bit of a gamble. Anyone have any ideas for me on how to go about this?
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Old 04-09-2002, 11:10 AM
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chuckle

our roost is ruled by a yellow-headed amazon....he was a rescue case that i bought on an impulse, knowing diddley-squat about parrots......had him 6 years now and it's been a learning experience!!!

if i had to do it over again i'd go right to a breeder and get one that has been hand raised as there is no comparison...they just love to be handled and loved, while our guy still only allows my dh to scratch his neck and only for the last year...sine he's gonna outlive us we figure no need to rush him

parrots are very demanding and like to dominate if they can get away with it...birdo will squawrk VERY loud when he wants attention...have you ever heard a macaw?...be sure to hear them at full pitch before making any decisions

but we love birdo so much and his lullabies when he sings himsilf to sleep are a wondrous sound

there are all sorts of rescue agencies on the net and a magazine called bird talk has all sorts of ads for breeders etc

oh yes....birdo can also keep two german shepherds in line if they invade his space



here's hoping for a meaningful avian relationship for you

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Old 04-09-2002, 01:25 PM
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Thanks dxlifer, I've been considering that as well as a rescue or adopted bird. The thing that I find w/most rescue organizations is that they want to charge a large fee.....and if I'm going to pay a large fee I want a baby. The other thing is I feel so badly for those unwanted birds...whether it's from a lifestyle change or just boredom on the owners part....I don't know but it kinda tugs at my heart. Like I said earlier I don't want a problem bird, I'm not THAT charitable! I would like a well behaved bird (as well as can be expected) that is lovelable and affectionate. I'm probably dreaming where a rescue is concerned but I know they are out there.....!
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