Pet birds.... I think I'm gonna have to tolerate them

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  1. geoff_in_nc

    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's

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    When I was about 10 or so, my parents got a Mynah bird named Henry that I had to feed and clean up after. He had a cage made of sheet metal on the sides, back and bottom, and the rear half of the top. It was bars otherwise. That bird could fling its poop over the top of its cage and hit the wall behind the cage. I hated that bird... Hated.

    Ever since, I've sworn I'd never have a pet bird. My wife and I met about 8 1/2 yrs ago, and over time I learned she loved birds and has kept them in the past. I've never budged on my hate.

    But now she's found a sibling pair of Conures that she wants, and I think I'm going to have to learn to live with birds. She's not going to get them unless I say OK, and I think I will. But I'm not cleaning up after them. At. All. She says conures are fairly quiet and friendly.

    I already know what I'm going to do... I'm not asking for advice. I'm also not grouching about the situation, but I am sighing.

    Here's a pic of the birds. They're pretty, but I just think birds belong outdoors.
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    Recce Friend of Leo's

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    My wife wants a kitten. I get to the point I need to clean up after cats before her. I just say no.
     
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    I hear ya, and feel exactly the same way. Useless pets. My kids begged us for budgies, I refused, my wife caved. Now all I do is clean up bird mess of one form or another.

    What annoys me most is we have all manner of exotic birds right outside the window.
     
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    Do they sing? That would be nice.
     
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    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    A budgie named Buddy saved my two nephews lives many years ago. During what seemed to be a normal summer storm he started going crazy in his cage, flapping his wings and throwing himself against the bars. My brother-in-law interpreted the behaviour correctly and grabbed the two boys off the floor in front of the TV and ran with them to the basement just as a tornado hit their house and the house next door. A large double door patio door got blown in right on to the spot they were sitting a moment earlier. Lots of damage, lots of cleanup. Buddy lived some time after that and was treated like the hero he was.

    I still don't like keeping birds in cages in the house. They're pretty confined.
     
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    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    Nothing like TDPRI to bring back memories. My youngest son liked parakeets. Are they the same as budgies? He begged me to make a breeding box to put inside the huge cage. I figured, they’re birds. Nothing’s going to happen. It turns out there was a rooster, Billy, who immediately took over. We started with four birds in a cage. Then there were six. As soon as the young were fledged, Billy took another femme into the box and then there were nine. Then there were twelve. We had to get rid of them. My son gave six away at middle school but by the time they were gone we had thirteen. My son and my wife made the rounds of pet shops but came home with new breeding stock. This didn’t end until 10th grade when he did all he could to bring classmates home to his own breeding box. The only advice I can give is don’t start. If you bring home brother and sis and give them someplace to hide, the young will have the genetic fitness of rural Floribama. Don’t start. Just say no. Don’t let it happen.
     
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    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    Our blue and gold macaw we've had for almost 20 years and the inspiration for my name and avatar. It's like having a two year old with megaphone and chainsaw attachments.


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    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

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    I kept a friend's talking parrot for a weekend. Cute for an hour, torture by Sunday afternoon.

    Also, when my older brother was 13 (I was 9) my parents set him up with an avaiary(?) and 100 parakeets. He got a job as a bag boy at a mom and pop grocery store.
    Left me to feed and clean after the damn parakeets everyday.
    I was so glad when they finally all died off.

    Hated birds ever since, but hey, it might be good.
     
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  9. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

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    Conures quiet and friendly???? Wanna see video of my wife’s Sun attacking me for getting too close to her?
    Quiet???
    She just went in to cover him for night else he will shriek all night. Keeping the neighbors awake too.

    Generally they will bond tighty to one human. Pick the stronger one is my advice.
    I use leather gloves to pick him up out of the cage any more. He gets sick pleasure in chomping my fingers.
     
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    My Ex-Wife had an on again off again love of birds. After the divorce she got a pair of Conures & while I found them neat in comparison to the Budgies we had, they were still birds. They weren't a bonded pair & came from 2 different places at 2 different times.

    At first one liked me quite a lot as he was hand raised by a man & when I came to get my kids he would always come right to me. Over time, he bonded with my daughter. One of the last times I saw him I was taking care of them while my X & kids were away for vacation. The F#*%$'r bit me hard enough to draw blood. She only kept them for a couple years as they were too hard to take care of. They typically bond with one person & mostly tolerate others.

    I'm of the frame of mind that if you can't have an animal loose in your yard & it doesn't come to you (on it's own idea) for affection, it's more of a prisoner than a pet.

    Not a fan of pet birds, reptiles or fish. Dogs & cats all day long though.
     
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    Conures are Satans spawn.

    ymmv
     
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    Just remember that they're incontinent, so if they're allowed to fly around the house there will be bird crap on the furniture.
     
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    My Sumatra parrot says good morning every day when I take the cover off his cage. Likes to play peek-a-boo. Knows a few simple melodies, like Camptown Ladies and the Old Spice jingle. We're working on the Carling jingle now. (Mable, Black Label).
     
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    "Vacuum cleaner sucks up budgie."

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    The plan is they'll have a large cage in the back room (converted from a garage long before we bought the house... Sound doesn't get out) and a cage in my wife's office. They'll be hers plain and simple. I won't be messing with them...at least that's my plan.
     
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    Good luck with that!
     
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    Teach them something useful
     
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    Teach ‘em this
     
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    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's

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    The website I looked at says conures *can* talk, but they're generally not prolific. I'm thinking I should hook up a looper into a small Amp and teach them to say sort of bad words (not truly offensive) on an infinite loop. Lol
     
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    Or maybe not.
     
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