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Hey, what do you guys think is the best bird to use besides doves?.. I'm on my way to the pet store in a little while and I have an extra cage, I was thinking of getting two parakeets.. Yes I admit. .I'm addicted to birds.. lol

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I always liked the thought of using cockatiels...
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Oi... I gave in and bought two more doves .. LOL.. I went to the pet store and I saw a white dove with another in a cage, a small one at that.. they were asking 50 bucks for them but I knew the guy and got a discount with a cage.. The only thing is, the other dove is a mocha color and a beautiful one at that, but I have no clue what kind of dove it is.. I'm guessing ring neck?.. It has a thick black ring around its neck. They were horribly takin care of.. I didn't see any grit in the cage, and the other doves beak has grown so much without a cuddle bone that it is overlapped..

Just thought I'd share =P

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You did well to avoid the parakeets for magic. They are beautiful but too hard to work with in an act loose. I raised parakeets for a major pet supplier back in the eary 80s and had hundreds to choose from. I never had but one that I would trust on stage. The best way to deal with parakeets in a magic act is to keep them in a cage during the act. Make the cage and all appear and disappear.

I write Dove Hotline for dove magicians. You will find it if you go to allmagicguide.com and search for Dove Hotline.

http://www.magicauction.com/DoveHotline/DoveHotline.html

It has some info about using parakeets.

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Justin, the beak is just like the nails. You can file the overlap down a little with an emery board. You can also clip it. I had one bird with an overlap but had the vet clip it. I was afraid of cracking it. It only cost me about $10 for the clipping and it was done right.
Don't be afraid of the mocha colored bird. It can make a nice contrast in your act someday. As you know, I use the pied doves sometimes and Amos Levkovitch even has a grey one in his act. There is nothing that says you can't be different.
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Thanks for the response guys, and yes I will definitely use her in an act, that was also a reason I got her, she is beautiful. She is one to come out of a silk fountain because of the colors on her. As soon as I get my camera back I will take pictures for your guys.

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Ok on the same thread. Except for doves and keets, what other birds work well for magic?
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Mr. Phil,

My wife currently uses geese. Over the years we have used ducks, baby turkeys, chickens, guineas and we have a parrot. Guineas are the worst of the lot to use because they are untrainable.

What do you use?

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I have an umbrella Cockatoo - she is now 4 years old and a real gem to work with - be forwarned though - parrotts are like small children - then need tons of attention and training.
We also us keets in the OLEP !
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Marshall has a very good point. Chickens are probably the easiest birds to train. They do not seem to live as long as doves and parrots. But they are easy keepers; come in a real variety of sizes, shapes and colors; are inexpensive and lay eggs you can use.

Over the years chickens have been used quite a bit by magicians. I still use the babies in a dove pan routine sometimes. Years ago I did trade shows for a very large commercial organization that raised chickens. It was fun!

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