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I'm on a video rampage. While I was shopping at Whole Foods today with my tiel again this lady asked me if tiels are good pets for children... I wasn't sure what to say. She was referring to a 9 yr old kid. Whenever someone asks about these birds I always tell them they need a HUGE HUGE cage, TONS of attention and it's like having a loud/messy 2 yr old rest of your life because I'm worried people might see him on my shoulder, think he's cute... and then rush out and buy one and not take good care of it! That was a really pathetic "interview" LOL.

My tiel seems very unimpressed with Whole Foods... he was dozing off sleeping at end of the video: https://youtu.be/3KmiC3nfaLU

Here he is cruising in my car: https://youtu.be/49B6-L7T2XM
... and again here: https://youtu.be/Prk1e-eyhek
 

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I always love your videos...you are right though about the concern that someone will go out and get a pet because they see one that they like, or that is unusual. Not enough people realize that pets are for life. I saw an ad on craigslist for a tiel. He was in a cage, way too small, had no perches at all, he was just clinging onto the bars of the cage, and was obviously bought on a whim and not taken care of. Fortunately by the time I called, he had already been adopted out. But its so great to read all about the good pet owners here.
 
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I've seen those adds on craigslist and it makes me sick to my stomach. I plan to get a second bird... but it looks like I'm going to get a just weaned GCC so that it's "raised" with my tiel... but if I end up getting a tiel instead I want to adopt one.

When I have my tiel on my shoulder shopping I've lost count how many people have said "He's too cute!! How much was it? I want to get one". Yikes.
 

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I always say that they are like a child: full attention, toys, preparing food for them everyday, constant cleaning and some other things I'm missing right now. I wouldn't recommend the tiels for everybody.
 
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I always say that they are like a child: full attention, toys, preparing food for them everyday, constant cleaning and some other things I'm missing right now. I wouldn't recommend the tiels for everybody.
I also always make sure to add that they poop every 15-20 min and are like termites chewing everything and anything they can destroy.

Now that I am thinking in retrospect... why did I get this bird again???? J/K :D
 

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I miss having a bird around that would stay glued to my shoulder lol--Ira is kind of clingy but he would be into EVERYTHING if I ever brought him to the grocery store...
 
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