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    Quaker Parrot

    For several years I have wanted a parrot. (Not really sure why)
    I just never wanted to spend that kind of money on one.

    So a month or so ago my wife started telling asking me about wild parrots.
    I told her that there are some ferral parrots in Texas.
    She said that she had been seeing what looked like parrots in the back yard.
    They come around when she is watering the plants.
    So I go out there and see nothing.
    I am putting up a court yard in the back yard with wire around it and this bird would follow my wife around every day.
    A few weeks ago she said the birds are back, so I go out there thinking I would see nothing again.
    But, there sitting on the wire is a small parrot about eye level. I figured it would fly away, but it did not.
    So, I stuck out my finger and it climbed on.
    I took it in the house and put it in a small cage we had and it seemed to be happy. Gave it some wild bird seeds and water.
    A few day later my wife went to the pet shop and got it a larger cage, parrot food, toys, etc. ( this got expensive quick)
    It is now upstairs in the game room and seems to be very happy, makes a lot of noise for a small bird and are messy.
    It is already growing in size, so tonight I ordered an X-large flight cage for it. ( More Money).
    The bird is a Quaker Parrot, They are not welcome in several states, but in Texas they are just fine.
    It will grow to be 12" to 14" ( beak to end of tail feathers) so it is not going to be a large bird. They are naturally friendly birds, said to be easy to train.
    Any one else have a parrot?

    Ron

    PS: I am a Jimmy Buffet fan (Parrot Head) that goes way back.
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    That's cool, Ron. I've never heard a story like that. A 12" bird is big in my book.
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    Great story! I had to look them up and see they are fairly wide spread. Looks like you have a new friend.
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    by the title I thought this was a joke? I was waiting on the punch line!

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    That's really cool that he climbed on your finger and came in the house with you! Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottz63 View Post
    That's really cool that he climbed on your finger and came in the house with you! Nice.
    Now it will not climb on the finger, Now if I stick my finger in the cage it will bite me. Not a hard bite, but a nibble on the finger.
    Looks like I will have to do some training. (For Me and/or the Bird ?)
    It seems they do this.
    I have to get me a book on them.
    Did a little reading on the net already.
    Everyone has a different idea what to feed them, how to train them, cage size, etc.
    When my wife is on the phone it starts making very loud noises, so I give it something to eat to shut it up.
    That is not a habit that we want. Next time I will cover it up if it starts doing it again.
    It is a quick learner, so we are trying to not have a bunch of bad habits for it.
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    I had one for years. She was a great pet. I had to give her up when I moved to Tennessee. Fed her regular parrot seed and fresh vegetables. Get a big water bowl for it to bathe in, they love water. They get loud when they are board but can learn a few words and all kinds of whistles. Mine would talk more when it got nervous. They live a long time if I remember it’s 40 or more years.
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    Funny same day you posted this I picked up a 8 week old Corgi puppy to replace the one we lost. Training time for both of us (LOL).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckshot View Post
    Funny same day you posted this I picked up a 8 week old Corgi puppy to replace the one we lost. Training time for both of us (LOL).
    I have had a dog ever since get out of the service. usually more than one.
    each time I say no more, but that has not happened.
    There is something good about having a dog sitting in you lap or following you around.
    We are down to 2 now and they are 14 and 15.

    I have never had a Corgi before, but use to see them on NCIS.
    They are very smart dogs from what I have read on them.

    How about a picture sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apachedawg View Post
    I had one for years. She was a great pet. I had to give her up when I moved to Tennessee. Fed her regular parrot seed and fresh vegetables. Get a big water bowl for it to bathe in, they love water. They get loud when they are board but can learn a few words and all kinds of whistles. Mine would talk more when it got nervous. They live a long time if I remember it’s 40 or more years.
    The new cage came in today and I got it put together.
    It is much larger that I thought it would be, but it seems to like it.
    It really looks little in the large cage.
    I put a large water bowl on the bottom of the cage like you said. It has not gotten in it yet.
    It is trying to get adjusted to the cage and flew for the first time since we got it.
    It is climbing around now that it has room.
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