Recommend me a bird (feathered variety)

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  • MetalDog 1 Mar 2012 14:30:38 23,876 posts
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    I've been petless for a long while and I'm thinking of getting a bird now that I'm not smoking old school cigarettes - I always figured being in my room with me smoking away wouldn't be good for the little buggers.

    It needs to be relatively small and quiet and able to cope with being on its own 12hrs a day on weekdays. No budgies, they are noisy bastards.

    Shower me with your avian wisdom.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • smoothpete 1 Mar 2012 14:32:28 31,709 posts
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    Emu. They are small, relative to say an elephant
  • THFourteen 1 Mar 2012 14:33:33 34,250 posts
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    Parrot!

    you can teach it to say FHUTA
  • billythekid 1 Mar 2012 14:33:48 11,324 posts
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    Lovebirds?
  • smoothpete 1 Mar 2012 14:34:10 31,709 posts
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    Why a bird anyway? I would have thought you'd have been in the "cruel to cage an animal" camp (where I am)
  • Deleted user 1 March 2012 14:36:31
    smoothpete wrote:
    Why a bird anyway? I would have thought you'd have been in the "cruel to cage an animal" camp (where I am)
    I was thinking that. Not specially about MD, more myself. I reckon to some extent having domestic animals is denying them their true nature, but definitely more-so with birds.
  • nickthegun 1 Mar 2012 14:38:36 61,056 posts
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    Yeah, I cant really get on board with birds for the same reason.

    Get a giant african land snail. All the cool kids have them. They are gross but oddly fascinating.

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  • thedaveeyres 1 Mar 2012 14:39:15 11,475 posts
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    AN ANGRY GOOSE

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  • Deleted user 1 March 2012 14:39:16
    Or those tiny monkeys people are getting into. Have you fucking seen those things??
  • MetalDog 1 Mar 2012 14:39:27 23,876 posts
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    I've had birds before and they're happy so long as you let them out to fly around on a frequent basis. They go back into the cage themselves when they're done.

    I'd love to have a rat again, but I became suddenly and quite severely allergic to the buggers =/

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Deckard1 1 Mar 2012 14:39:55 29,179 posts
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    Pigeon

    Fish fingers and chips pretty straight forward.

  • billythekid 1 Mar 2012 14:40:25 11,324 posts
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    Rosella? We used to have one of these, very active but not too noisy (except for telephone noises which could be annoying when you pick the phone up), iirc it wasn't too messy either.
  • Trafford 1 Mar 2012 14:40:42 5,931 posts
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    Get a Shag.
  • Lukus 1 Mar 2012 14:40:45 19,361 posts
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    Yeah, keeping an animal that in the wild can literally roam for miles and miles in hardly anytime at all, cooped up in a cage or room all day and night seems especially cruel, relative to other pets. Don't do it MD!

    Same with fish. Vast ocean vs crappy tank. It's rubbish.

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  • Deleted user 1 March 2012 14:41:22
    Here, check these out.

    Pygmie Marmosets!!
  • billythekid 1 Mar 2012 14:41:39 11,324 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Or those tiny monkeys people are getting into. Have you fucking seen those things??
    Yeah, they come in a packet and you just pour them into water and they grow.
  • Deleted user 1 March 2012 14:42:22
    Puffin, surely.
  • dogbot 1 Mar 2012 14:42:49 2,278 posts
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    Cockatiel.
  • billythekid 1 Mar 2012 14:43:01 11,324 posts
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    I like the preemptive feathered variety in the title :)
  • Deleted user 1 March 2012 14:49:32
    You could do with a cockatoo.

    Edited by meme at 14:49:46 01-03-2012
  • Deleted user 1 March 2012 14:50:30
    glol.
  • MetalDog 1 Mar 2012 14:50:51 23,876 posts
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    @billythekid
    I've been here a while ;)

    Those monkeys are indeed tiny. I've never seen anyone with one, though - I'd imagine despite their size, they're still a major handful to have rocketing around your home.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Lukus 1 Mar 2012 14:51:03 19,361 posts
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    Having said what I have, I'd love a pet crow.

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  • Deleted user 1 March 2012 14:53:41
    MetalDog wrote:
    @billythekid
    I've been here a while ;)

    Those monkeys are indeed tiny. I've never seen anyone with one, though - I'd imagine despite their size, they're still a major handful to have rocketing around your home.
    They're the new big fad designer pet. Still cruel to own them despite the size I think though. Doesn't matter what size an animal is, they have to be domesticated, and only evolution truly does that.
  • localnotail 1 Mar 2012 14:54:01 23,093 posts
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    Norwegian Blue. Beautiful plumage. They do stun easily though.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • shamblemonkee 1 Mar 2012 14:54:18 14,593 posts
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    Is this 12hr absence every weekday? or just occasional? if not occasional seems a bit weird to want a pet.
  • sport 1 Mar 2012 14:56:11 12,798 posts
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    What about an Iguana? I love those guys!
  • MetalDog 1 Mar 2012 14:56:54 23,876 posts
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    It's called 'work', shamblemonkee.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • localnotail 1 Mar 2012 14:58:00 23,093 posts
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    You could maybe rehome one through somewhere like Birdline

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Deleted user 1 March 2012 14:58:27
    Still, going to make those regular flying sessions a bit of an issue no?
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