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Member Name: pablosanpedro
Advantages: Was nice when the bird was nice
Disadvantages: The bird was often Evil. It was too much.;
I got a indian ringneck parakeet a while ago. After begging my mum to let me get a bird; promising to clean up its poor, clean its cage and that it would be quiet i was finally allowed one. To be honest, i wish my parents hadn't let me!
When we got the bird he was very scared. He would just sit in the corner of his cage, occasioanlly coming down to eat some seeds and drink some water. After a while the bird got used to being at home, and would sit on my finger and eventually we let it out and it would fly around and sit on the curtain rail.
I liked Bird (we called it Bird because we originally called it bluey, because it had a blue tail, but the bird turned green and i couldnt think of another name!), the problem was the rest of the family.
Bird only liked me, and even saying it liked me was stretching it. It would bite me if it wasnt in the mood to play, and was not a very affectionate bird like what i had read on websites. It would bite the other members of my family and it made a lot of noise.
We did teach it to say hello, but it would rarely say it. When i let it out, it was a challenge getting it back into the cage, it took about 10-15 minutes of getting it on your hand, slowly walking to the cage, trying to put it in the cage then it flying away, and you going from either side of the room as it would fly away, knowing what you were going to do.
Eventually it got too much for my dad and he made me get rid of it. It was sad, but i was slightly grateful to no longer have to deal with it.
I wouldn't suggest a bird to anyone really, although it obviously works for some people. In trying to make the bird easier to handle, i got its wings clipped. This was horrible. When i brought it home from the vets, it would try desperately to fly but would just thrash to the floor. It was horrible to watch. I actually think the bird became depressed after this as it wouldn't leave its cage and would only sit in the corner.
I liked bird and was attached to it, but it was just too hard, and my family hated it, so sadly, it had to go.
Summary: Only get a parakeet if you really know, maybe get a Rat? At least read about them.