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  1. Love the advice and suggestions, thanks. Think that the general senses is not to go for a tall one but a wider one instead so i will look into these. Are the Montana san Diego's easy'ish to clean and do the castors work properly on them?
  2. Hiya, After lots of reading and changing our minds several times we have decided to add a conure to our family. This will be our first parrot so we are very excited, he / she should be ready for us towards the end of February. So we need to get a little home for him to be in of a night and while we are out. The ones we are looking at at the moment are the type with a little play area on the top, have swing out bowls and a grill at the bottom. These are the ones we have seen so far: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RC-Bolivia-1-Play-Top-Cage-/270894514199?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Birds&hash=item3f12924017 and http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-CURICO-1-PLAY-TOP-CAGE-PARROTS-PARAKEETS-NEW-/300561369166?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Birds&var=&hash=item8bb3b7823b and http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2011-Canterbury-Parrot-Bird-Cage-Pearl-Light-Grey-Comes-Free-food-/200703394307?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Birds&hash=item2ebadac203 Would these be OK for a green cheek conure? Does anyone have any other suggestions? and What are the main things to look out for when choosing a home? Oh and would like to have one that is easy to clean
  3. Hello and welcome to the forum.
  4. Hi and welcome to Parrot-Link, have a Merry Christmas.
  5. Thanks for all your welcomes and replies, they are very much appreciated. We have with the help of a member from here (Thank you very much Timneh) been and seen a couple of superb ladies who have quite an assortment of species between them. The visits went very well and gave us an insight in what to expect. As it is a massive commitment we are still looking, reading and researching but our preference is towards the Eclectus (male) and the Amazons.
  6. Welcome to the forum Ian. lots of reading material around here for you to get stuck into.
  7. Unfortunately we may never know because while this discussion has continued with the HR-PR theme the original author has not responded yet.
  8. Sorry divegirl if I sounded rude, No I am not a Mod but very very new to the forum. I just got the impression from the authors post that they were asking more about species rather than HR v PR.
  9. While I understand peoples concern for the pros and cons of hand-rearing, this thread has been allowed to diverse from what the author asked. Would it be possible to get back to the topic and leave the HR - PR discussion for another thread.
  10. Thank you Harlequin that is very interesting reading. So the wise move if we decide to go for the Electus would be to go for a cock.
  11. I have visited a few pet shops in my area and to be fair the proprietors of them have been very helpful. Maybe because they don't sell parrots but all except 1 shop has said the same thing "Only get one from a recommended breeder". The shop that didn't say that had them for sale himself and needless to say the Parrots didn't look too happy. I wont be going back there. Is there a list anywhere of recommended breeders ?
  12. @ timneh, you've got mail @ linzy I know what you mean regarding commitment. Our daughter is nearly 14 now and from day 1 when she decided she wanted a pet commitment is something we instilled into her. Many years ago although she wasn't too keen on them we got her a couple of rats with the intention that if she go bored of them then I would continue to look after them. Well she and us never did get bored and we still have them and still free range and spend lots of time with them. In a way that is probably one of the reasons for researching parrots, our furry little creatures are so cute and loving it breaks our hearts when they go to the ratty rainbow. As parrots live a lot longer we would still be able to give or love and attention to it but not have the heart ache every two or three years.
  13. Sorry if I sound a bit foolish but to me the phrase "first bird" or "first timer" is strange. I know what it means but as we will only be having one additional member of our family that basically means we would never get an Amazon (wont mention the Eclectus yet as no advice on those so far) or other larger parrot. In the same context isn't it like saying that If we were looking at adding a Great Dane to our family we should try a poodle first?
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