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Old 03-05-2014, 07:42 PM   #1
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RV's and pet birds

DW is thinking about getting a parakeet. Anyone have any experience, knowledge or input on the subject.
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I've had a macaw and an african grey for over 15 years. Parakeets are nice but are susceptible to drafts as they are quite small birds. That would be my only concern but I'm sure one would be fine in an RV that is temperature controlled correctly.
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I've had a macaw and an african grey for over 15 years. Parakeets are nice but are susceptible to drafts as they are quite small birds. That would be my only concern but I'm sure one would be fine in an RV that is temperature controlled correctly.
Yeah temp is a concern especially when it's unattended at the cg when we do side trips in the car for a day or two. I think if we get it we will leave it with the house/dog sitter while we travel.
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Traveled with a keet for a number of years until he died of old age.

One thing to watch for is if you cook with non stick coated pans. By using high heat, the coating gives off a gas which cannot be smelled and will kill a pet bird
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In addition to being a little delicate, some keets get bored in those cages no matter how many toys you stick in there. We had a green parakeet that was quite the character...however, he got cageafobic and pecked a good bit of his feathers out. We started letting him have he run of the house. He got better but left us with more than a few 'gifts'. Yeah, we had one...ONCE.
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Man are birds messy - even in a cage. No way I'd ever own one
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:43 PM   #7
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Man are birds messy - even in a cage. No way I'd ever own one
I agree, now please convince my wife.
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"Otis" loves to travel.......

Otis goes everywhere we go, he loves to travel in the Coach and he just loves being outdoors with the other birds..........they carry on back and forth with each other, entertaining.......
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We have eight parrots. We only travel with one at a time - we have a network of caregivers. If you really want a bird, think about these things:
1. They live a really long time. A parakeet can live 15-20 years with proper care and nutrition. Big birds can live 70 years or more.
2. Avian veterinary care is hard to find in rural areas, and is expensive everywhere. We routinely spend $400 a year just for nail trims. An avian emergency can run into the hundreds.
3. Birds need clean air - no smoke, incense, candles.
4. As mentioned, no nonstick pans.
5. Birds are messy. Really, really messy.
6. Proper nutrition means fresh fruits, vegetables and grains. Pellets and seeds are not adequate nutrition, and an all-seed diet will lead to an early death.
7. Parrots need fairly consistent temperatures - 65 to 85. They can acclimate to a little more than that or a little less, but pretty much a 20 degree range.
8. Cages are for sleeping - birds should have several hours a day out of cage time.
9. Birds think you are their flock, and can pick one person as their "mate." The non-mate human may be seen as competition, and the bird may become aggressive toward that person.
10. Birds have the urge to mate, and may exhibit sexual behavior.

All that having been said - we love ours. Six are rescues, and we can't imagine life without them. Waking up in the morning to eight voices saying "Hi, Mom. Gooooood morning!" - there's nothing like it.
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AMEN to that..I would forget that right now !!
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Palehorse, nice looking congo. We have a timneh.

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Palehorse, nice looking congo. We have a timneh.

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Thanks Ken.......Lets see a photo of yours?
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We travel with a cockatiel who has more miles traveling than most of our non rving friends. He seems to tolerate a wider range of temperatures than I ever thought was possible He's a tough bird
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