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Birds - March 4th 2011, 03:19 AM

So I'm going to get a bird next year when my brother moves out. I'm thinking about getting a diamond dove because their coos are really cute and they look so fluffy and fat!
Anyways I'm well aware that birds can be noisy and I'm completely fine with that. Does anyone who owns any type of bird have any tips they can give me?

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Re: Birds - March 4th 2011, 07:14 PM

I used to have a few birds but I don't have too many tips because we didn't keep them for long.

Best tip I have is that try to buy one that's been handled a lot when it was young - or if you're buying a baby one then definitely handle it a lot, it makes things SO much easier if the bird is used to you

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Re: Birds - March 4th 2011, 08:06 PM

My old friend has a bird. They live forever. I'm not sure of what they did for their birds. But I observed at night they would cover the cage with a blanket of some sort. This will make it so the bird won't squawk in the middle of th night, or the morning. Also, they moved the cage around a lot. I don't know if it was because they rearranged a lot, or it's nice for a change of scenery

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Re: Birds - March 5th 2011, 12:53 AM

Yeah, I've heard about putting a blanket over it, I think thats a great idea!

And I was thinking of the name Beluga since they are blue like the whale

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Re: Birds - March 5th 2011, 02:29 AM

I have a cockatiel, and he's pretty well behaved. He's not that noisy; only at certain times of the day. During the night, when you're sleeping, he sleeps too. Generally, he likes to sing in the morning and at night before bed. He'll also take an afternoon nap.

When you first get a bird, if it's the type you get out of the cage, wait a few days before getting him or her out. This is so the bird can get used to the new environment.

And if you have other pets, make sure that they are all put away (we'll let the dogs outside, and lock the cats in a bedroom or a bathroom). My mom made the mistake of having our dog (who's since passed) out when we let the bird out the first time. Let me tell you, the bird did not appreciate it. Poor puppy.

Obviously, make sure all the windows and doors are shut. My bird tends to go crazy if you let him out and the windows are open. It's because he hears the other birds.

Make sure all the mirrors are covered. They'll think their reflection is another bird, which could be dangerous.

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Re: Birds - March 5th 2011, 10:30 AM

I have ducks and chickens? If that counts? =p
I also used to have love birds. Birds can be very noisy so I wouldn't put them in a living room or anything or they could prove to be annoying. Also you should cover them at night.
Give the bird lots to play with as well O.o
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