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The pattern of DOOM. [Jan. 29th, 2006|07:11 pm]
Don't Buy Every Cute Pet You See Support Group


Oooookay, so I've realised I have a pattern. There are certain animals that I know for a fact I want to have at the right time in my life. A dog (or dogs), a chinchilla, and several more cats (but no more than 3 at any one time!). I don't really spend a lot of time daydreaming about these animals. I know a LOT about them already, and about their care, and I know when the time comes, they'll be in my life. But right now, I want more pets. So I spend a lot of time... daydreaming if you will. I go through different animals: hamsters, rats, rabbits, lizards (I've only ever been drawn to a long tailed grass lizard), birds (specifically, a cockatiel or sun conure), guinea pigs, etc, etc. I research the heck out of them, learning what it takes to care for one properly, and if they could fit into my lifestyle (trying to convince myself that somehow they can). I buy books, and look into what it would take to get one. Thankfully each time I've done this, I've realised that I can NOT support any other critters, but I've come close a few times. REALLY close. I'm back on Sun Conures right now. They're such pretty birds! I've had really bad bird experiences up till now, but I think if I really dedicated myself to caring for one and bonding with one, it could be great :)

I just have to keep reminding myself that if I get any more "critters" the longer I'll have to wait to get my dog or my chinny :(

[User Picture]From: l0lalovesy0u
2006-01-30 03:11 am (UTC)
I've owned a peach front conure and I work at PetSmart so I have a reasonable amount of experience with conures. This one particular guy comes in with his conure on a regular basis. Let me tell you, they SCREAM CONSTANTLY. Non-stop. They just like to hear themselves talk. Parrots aren't really "pets" and while some bond with people very well and conures are known for their being so friendly, they are A LOT of work and very loud and messy.
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[User Picture]From: julia_michelle
2006-01-30 02:37 pm (UTC)
I've heard that, ya... but aren't some varieties of conures quiteter than others?

My parents have a bird, a Senegal Parrot... I lived with him through high school. He's a screamer, and although it drove me absolutley batty at times, I missed the noise when I moved out. How wierd is that?! lol
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[User Picture]From: l0lalovesy0u
2006-01-30 02:46 pm (UTC)
I don't really think "quiteter" will make much of a difference. They are constantly screaming. I'm sure that if you looked long and hard you might be able to find one who didn't want to hear itself talk all day. My favorite kind of bird is honestly a parakeet. I've had TONS. They are a lot less loud but equally as silly and can't bite nearly as hard. They are also a lot easier to keep.
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[User Picture]From: evilcresyluna
2006-01-30 04:25 pm (UTC)
Pyrrhura conures (green cheeks, maroon-bellied and black-capped) are somewhat quieter. The aratinga group (suns, nandays, golden-capped, mitred, red-fronted, dusky and white-eyed, and a few more) and the nandays and Pantagonians are the mini-air-raid sirens. Though some screaming one can train out of birds (such as for constant attention), nothing is going to convince a sun or a nanday that a few ear-bleeding [all right, not quite literally] shrieks aren't a daily need.

Personally, even if I had my own house with no nearby neighbors, I don't think I could live with a sun. I'm quite mad about parrots, but an aratinga I can tell is beyond my limits. I'd take the tiel.
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[User Picture]From: nexu
2006-01-30 03:18 am (UTC)
Bad Julia, Bad!!! *rolls up newspaper* *taps on Julia's nose* :P
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[User Picture]From: julia_michelle
2006-01-30 02:35 pm (UTC)
HAHA this made me laugh :) Thanks honey!
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