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Don
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Those of you who want to use a parrot please do your homework as they require a lot of work, for sure in more ways than just financial outlay!

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Man did he hit the nail on the head.

Not only financially, but if you don't have the patience of a saint, it is extremely hard to deal with their personalities. They are very loud (of course lovable) creatures, not designed for an apartment, or closed space where people are going to complain. If I'm not mistaken Dan Sperry has a cockatoo living in an apartment with him, but every once and awhile you will get the needle in the haystack, and that would be a quiet bird. The cage and toys itself cost more then most birds themselves. Not to mention vet visits, the actual bird itself, food, replacing the toys that they will chew threw in a matter of weeks, even days.

I live with my parrot Echo, note the name, and although I love it to death, even I can admit they are sometimes a pain in the butt. He is like having a 2 year old child ALL the time. They are in almost constant need of attention, and they will scream at the top of their lungs until you give it to them.

As Don said above, if you are looking for a bird to use in a show, start with a parakeet or a dove. Even they can be noisy, and if you can't deal with that, you for sure will not be able to deal with a parrot.

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Yeah as Justin said I live with my mutt Spike, he's an umbrella cockatoo, in a studio apartment. He's out of his cage all day when I'm home. He's mainly a companion, and I don't use him very often in magic. They are a handful and I by no means rely on him for an act, ie final production or whatever. He's a cool bird, but I've gone through a lot of replacing vaccuum cord, wall molding, a plastic garbage can, etc. To them everything is a toy, just today he decided he wanted to try to taste my nose ring when we were playing. It only takes a matter of a minute for their beaks to destroy something. There are ways to control them and discipline them, not saying they work for everybird, and they don't always work either. I just give him the maximum amount of things to keep him occupied. The worst thing is for your bird to get depressed and bored from neglect. Too many young punks buy these animals for thier so called dove acts or whatever before really looking into the kind of commitment needed to keep these birds. They can hardly steal or even control their doves let alone a macaw or other exotic. These animals are a livetime investiment, don't be selfish and buy it for a prop or to pawn off when you're done with it.
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I use a Gothin's cockatoo in my show and he is very good but there is a lot of training involved.
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