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    How to choose the righ bird?

    ArticleBird AdviceMonday 10 October 2011
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    "If your heart is set on breeding, please think carefully about what birds you want to breed and educate the bird owners about their specific needs."

    "Mid-size birds are always easier than their large cousins -- of course, some can be pretty noisy (Conures) -- but they usually make up with beauty and character (sun conures, nandays, etc.). Amongst the least noisy conures is, of course, the greencheek, which has gained popularity as pet for many good reasons. For those who want "larger" birds -- the Grey Parrot is one of the less demanding species. Cockatoos are not for everyone; even the goffin which is known for its funny personality and the fact that it is easy maintenance compared to the larger toos."

    Some factors to consider when contemplating breeding:

    • What zoning restrictions are imposed on your property? Some communities don't permit breeding activities / outside aviaries.

    • How noise tolerant are your neighbors? NOT noisy birds - african greys, australian parakeets, cockatiels, finches, canaries, mini-macaws, and some conures.

    • Which birds are in demand in your area? You don't want to breed birds that don't sell. Discuss with local bird clubs or breeders and also do some research, such as checking out what kind of birds are for sale and how many birds are "given" away.
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