Posted Sep 06, 2014
I would love to still have this bird in my home. I developed an allergy to birds and had to re-home all my birds. My favorite time was bathing my birds. I have a bar in the shower and I would use warm water in a water bottle set to spray. Some birds like this and some do not, but to keep feather's healthy it is a necessity. I turned it into a game and gave plenty treats so they all learned to like a bath.
This bird was very sweet. We were not quite sure of the sex of the bird because the markings did not provide that information, and the bird never laid an egg. I suspect it is a he because he loves to tap his beak on everything and is never quiet. I loved it when he started to whistle tunes he heard my daughters' whistle, sing, or play on their flute.
There is daily cleaning required when owning any bird. They love to tear and shred things. I loved making toys for them to "forage". The shredding, pooing, and throwing water would need to be cleaned up (birds poo an average of every 15-30 minutes) means you have to clean the cages weekly with spot cleaning daily.
They require more then seed and pellet mixes for a diet. They need fresh foods such as fruits for breakfast and veggies for dinner. Birds like to eat when you eat. I would always serve them fresh foods just before we ate as a family. Daily removal of uneaten foods, daily water changes, and weekly bathing make them a higher maintenance pet then a dog or cat.