Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:08 pm Post subject: Lineolated parakeets
My partner and I are wanting to get a pet bird for our son. because we live in an apartment we are very noise conscious. But we are very keen to give it lots of room to fly in and play in. We are currently interested in the lineolated parakeets. Is there anyone in New zealand who breeds this particular type of bird? and what are they like as pets, particulalry if they are kept alone? Thanks...
I keep linnies. Sadly I don't have them as pets, but for breeding, so to be honest I don't know their pet qualities personally. Anyway... my linnies are very sweet, gentle and quite. They spend the whole day chirping, but it's not loud or squeaky as a lovebird, it's a quite sweet and quiet sound.
wouldn't you be interested in a pet kakariki? I don't know if they are allowed to keep as pets in NZ, but for sure they are a lot of fun and not noisy neither.
In NZ you need DoC permits and to meet Housing requirement one would need a very big apartment...Even then I bet DoC would refuse permissions
How old is is your son?
Noise...and if dont want to go down the route of a cocketal / budgie/ cannary etc....A burke, or a pair or their close cousins a turquoisine..
thu the latter can be a little fragile not in a avairy
Personally I would go for a pair of burkes in an apartment...lovely "tweet" naturaly a friendly/tame bird, easy care. _________________ My Spelling is Not Incorrect...It's 'Creative'
I was considering a Burke, ( that was my personal preference) but I read theyre not very active and not overly friendly...would this be different if they were hand reared? there are some in a pet store near us and they were so chilled compared to the other breeds. One even came up to our faces peering through the wire to investigate, They are obviously not as nervous as the other species.. Any good reference for a Burke would be appreciated. My son is seven and adores birds.
As far as activity goes, u are right burkes tend to be rather inactive
Friendly...regardless of the parrot type (expect budgies and cockells which I dont like...dont tell my mother in law thu) the difference between an avairy reared and hand reared is this
1/ both tame down well, but the avary birds tends to keep its personality and doesnt tend to become emotionally dependant on the owner..resulting in feather plucking issues etc.
2/A hand reared is generally already tamed...if it has been handled correctly
3/An avairy parrot require the owner to actually gain the trust, get to know the bird a couple times a day for 20 to 30 mins for about 3 to 5 days
To start off, get comfortable in front of TV or a book, put your hand in the cage, hold a peanut or bit of apple, keep it still and ignore the bird...only make slowish movements..Dont show your teeth (smile) or look at them directly till u have intial trust.
It is a sort of battle of the wills..who comes down from the top of the cage or who pulls their hand out ...
There are some older posts on taming.
Personally I perfer avairy and even parrots (sulpher crested etc) out of the wild tamed down...they become very good friends rather than dependants...
I also notice over the yrs male birds get on better with the ladies ??? and visa versa
We where looking after a small mature parrot very scatty..1 of our sons (at the time about 6yrs) asked if he could have a go....the 2nd night the parrot jumped on his hand, nibbled and nipped a little bit, he didnt move, but I will always remember his pride, sense of achievement, and smile at the time...he had it a few days later the bird would jump out the cage door onto his hand without food, but could not yet walk around with it...the birds went back to its owners then
And his pride when he showe the owners what he could do...
They never built on what he had done but that bird alway reconised him when we occassionaly visited. _________________ My Spelling is Not Incorrect...It's 'Creative'
Bit besides the subject but I have exactly the same. With me it is the same as I regard Guppies: I love tropical fish (especially malawi and tangajyka Chiclids) but those are not really fish
Let's face it, budgies are not really birds
Ok all your budgie lovers, lets hear it, as long as I dont have to move I can take it
I just want to give my 2 cents regarding cockatiels and budgies.
I don't know about tamed aviary budgies, but handfed they are a blast of fun. They have big personalities despite of their size. My girlfriend has 2. The problem is that their personalities are way too strong, and they are really nippy. I even enjoy breeding them in an aviary as they come in a variety of colours and are very active.
Cockatiels... I'm biased. I know they are grey, dull and boring, but still I like them a lot. Don't ask me why. And there are beautiful mutations.
To be honest I agree with Steptoe regarding aviary bred vs. handfed. I don't know how he accomplishes it, but the fact is that there are some pics around the forum and galleries that are proof of his breeding pairs perching on his hand and kakariki feeding their young while on his hands.
Hides, to be honest I would say that bourkes would be a good choice for young children. Otherwise a cockatiel isn't a bad choice neither. Think that it will be far easier for him to handle, and with this species you normally don't have biting or behavioural problems.
Regards / Pablo _________________ AD ASTRA PER ASPERA
bourke's lose their tails easily if grabbed and if a 7yo were involved I can see them trying to grab it and it losing it's tail feathers.
linnies in oz are extremely expensive and I imagine they would be in nz too.
Red Rumps are a little more sturdier than Bourkes.
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