When I’m financially able, the first pet I plan on getting is a bird. Are any of you guys bird owners? Any advice like what is a good first time bird, where should I go to get one, where should I go to get an adequately sized cage, how to care for it, etc.
Chickens are really hardy, easy to care for, and don’t come with a century of responsibility. I’d rate them as intelligent on average as a cat, but easier to train. Plus, eggs.
There are hundreds of cool breeds, including miniature bantams(Belgian d’uccles look almost like calico microraptors!)
Fancy pigeons have similar advantages in a smaller size with little danger of neighborhood backlash, although those actually fly(not that chickens can’t, they just prefer not to). Satinettes are really cute.
Quail are dumb as rocks, but they’re adorable and quiet, and don’t fly much. They can’t perch though, so their cage has to be wide rather than tall.
I’d avoid super intelligent species like parrots unless you’re prepared for the responsibility of something as smart as a small, devious child capable of biting ears off. I have no experience with those, so I can’t say much.
moreanimalia said: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT but green peafowl are endangered o.o
Yeah, but at some point a bunch were imported and bred here. They’re a lot more rare and expensive than India blues, but they’re all captive bred so no others need to be imported?
Unfortunately, the subspecies are all sort of interbred and it’s not uncommon for them to be hybridized with the blues, so finding a proper green of the gorgeous Imperator subspecies is really hard.
When I got a closer look at my find I thought maybe it was a weird blue after all, but after comparing it to some pictures and other peacock feathers it looks like I’ve got a low-content juvenile hybrid rather than a proper green or blue. Not that I’m complaining! <3
Guess who just found an only slightly maggoty roadkill green peacock~