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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:08 am    Post subject: is a kakariki right for us?

hello i wondered if anyone could give me some advice. our cockateil has just died after 12 years and my 5 year old is devistated. i want to get a new bird but dont want to go and get another cockateil as they look very alike and i dont want to replace him. I have read about these kakarikis and they look very beautiful and sweet but will they interact with my daughter as much as the cockateil did or do they keep to themself. Joey would let you pet him and kiss him on his head so i wanted a bird that would like being handled in this way i hope you can help i dont want to buy a new bird and have her disappointed that its not friendly many thanks carole Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:21 am    Post subject:

Hi Carolep an' w3c

As you don't wish to replace one cockatiel for another, yes these little guys are much fun and entertaining ,however,bearing inmind ,they certainly interact on THEIR terms,but are will not generally enjoy being "patted".
I have a five yr old daughter myself, who will willinging go into a room to sit talk and offer treats,the birds took but a few hours to assess she was not overexcitable and not a threat.
inturn they both enjoy each others company and will certainly run up and down her arms,head and sit nearby -even play catch (fetch) olong floor with seed!

it will take time,as each bird has their in personality also.
a boy cld also be considered a safer bet as they tend to favour females and are not so flighty..added bonus if learns to talk!

again i am very new to this breed also.the search button to left will give gr8 info..
friendly advice..
good luck with ur choice,hope it turns out well-oh and sorry for ur loss x
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:59 am    Post subject:

Hi Carol

I think Looby has said it all, I agree 110% with him.

1st sorry about your loss, but as a positive note that little fella had a really nice family to be with, I wish all pet birds had such wholehearted keepers.

I breed both species, and somehow I have experienced them as pets for limited periods of time.

They are like black and white. Cockatiels are rather calm and they love to preen each other and sit together.
Kakariki... they don't even preen each other, and they are way too busy flying around to stop and sit together.

We had a nice and interesting experienced of a hand reared tiel and fem. kike in the same flight.
They were somehow a couple, but it was interesting their behavior.
The tiel would chase around the kike offering her head to be preened, and the kakariki would sometimes preen a few feathers and then try to push apart the tiel's head with her leg.

Whenever we went into the aviary both of them would fly to our shoulter or our head, but the kike never let us preen her.

On the other side, a fellow Spanish breeder has socialized a kike in the nest, and she kept him as a pet, and apparently he allows to be petted.
But this is not the norm, and I think it's difficult for a parent raised kike to let himself to be petted as a cockatiel would.

IMHO nothing wrong with that, it's just different species and different personalities.

Just as a final note, I don't know as pets, but in aviaries I think the males tend to be a lot more vocal, so I think as with cockatiels, cocks are a little bit more macho, but at the same time probably they are more skilled or more interested in talking, whistling, etc...


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