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poor pete lost his wife
Member Name: barbie84
Date: 26/01/08, updated on 31/03/10 (203 review reads)
Advantages: great company
Disadvantages: can cause a bad chest
These birds are native to Australia, The philippines and some of the south pacific islands.
They make very good talkers.
These are very active birds and live a long time, the great sulpher crested has been known to live for longer than 100 years so bear this in mind when purchasing one as a pet.
They are hardy birds and can survive in most climates, they thrive in captivity but require a lot of attention, especially if kept alone.
When they suffer from lack of attention, pining for a mate or poor diet they will begin to pull there own feathers out.
There feathers are covered in a white chalk like powder which can irritate chest problems,
They should eat seeds, nuts and fruit.
PETE AND POLLY
Friends of ours brought pete and his partner about 4 years ago, pete was great and learnt to talk very easily, his partner just used to squalk constantly day and night so they sold petes partner which upset pete a lot.
We ended up with pete shortly after as he had began to bite even though he had always been hand tame, pulled most of his wing feathers out and chest feathers, refused to talk only squeek all the time.
I brought pete a new friend and he took to her very well, he stopped being a pain and his feathers slowly grew back, pete was happy again.
a friend of mine who is house bound loves birds and gave these two a fantastic home and all day atention
They make great pets, they are very talkative, friendly, loving and funny but i wouldnt recomend them to anyone with chest problems.
Be ware as well they do learn to repeat anything they hear you say, so dont say anything you dont want repeating.
Polly was quite naughty when she was out of her cage, she chewed everything, pete was very good and even went back into his cage when called.
They need quite a large cage if you intend to keep them in there cage a lot of the time, they dont smell, i use to clean them twice a week, they do throw quite a lot of seed onto your floor so you will be hoovering constantly and all food left over needs removing and replacing every day.
They are lovely
Summary: love to bits
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