cockatiel What has been your experience as a bird owner?

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Question by Bard: What has been your experience as a bird owner?
I am thinking of getting a bird…what is it like to own one? How messy are they? How expensive? Which one is the best?

…I’d like one that sings regularly and is not huge. What about a canary?

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Answer by Layla
Birds are a lot of fun! Usually the bigger the bird, the messier they will be and the more expensive. I recommend cockatiels, they are extremely sweet and love to sing! Parakeets and love birds are great too!

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    I have own birds my whole life. I currently own 6 birds and I love all of them. I recommend if it is your first bird and you want interaction with them and try to train and hold them I would go with the Budgie from the Parakeet family. They are small and are not that messy. They still are messy and you at least need to vacume up their feathers and seeds every week or so but they are not as messy as say a Macaw parrot who poops mountains of poop and have seeds everywhere! But I still love them haha.

    Parakeet depending in your area are only around $ 15 to $ 30. The cage can range from $ 20 to $ 50. Seeds range from $ 5 to $ 20. Toys can range from $ 1 to $ 20 on each toy depending what you want. Not really expensive at all and they make lovely noises and cherps. I recommend however if you will not be training with him/her is to get them a buddy to sing and talk to. Listening to both of them sing and talk is priceless.

    There maintenance is low, just feed and water them daily, and clean their cage every two weeks. You can use newspaper or walnut shell casting stuff (you can ask a pet store what that is) to layer the bottom.

    You can get a canary but they can’t be trained like a Budgie, I mean you can do it but it takes much more work.
    Here is a link to see them sing

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