I love galahs, and am seriously considering getting one (or a goffin's) when I move out. I haven't had much of a chance to see galahs in real life as much as other cockatoos, but I watch videos on youtube. They're beautiful and always seem so cute and playful. Is yours friendly, and is she particularly noisy, or quieter than other birds? If you don't mind answering. ^ ^
I definitely would recommend a Galah to anyone considering a larger parrot or cockatoo. I think they're probably the easiest birds you could find. My mom used to own a Goffin's, he was a handful BUT he had been abused before we adopted him so I don't have experience with a non-abused Goffin's.
Chickie is a very sweet bird. Not noisy at all, she has small little chirps and cheeps, very friendly and deals well with change and meeting new people. I imagine they're a dream when you actually raise them, from what I've heard. She can be a bit nippy, but her beak isn't too bad and can't do any serious damage (whereas my Citron would be able to take off a finger, most likely. Haha). I've also known another Galah named Pocket who was equally sweet, and from what I can tell, all Galahs are obsessed with head scratches. She is also the most clingy of my birds. When they're all out of their cages, Huntington and Carlitos will entertain themselves, but Chickie will come over and want to sit on my lap while I answer messages or draw.
Basically overall, I would definitely recommend a Galah!
Thanks so much for the info! She sounds fantastic! Exactly what I'm looking for! I found a hand-feeder in Idaho who raises the sweetest birds, seems like a pretty good option to get one young. I can handle moderate biting, a quiet bird I imagine could even live in an apartment. That would be awesome. Oh and one more thing- how messy is her feather powder? Do you need an air filter? My mom and sister are allergic to the stuff.
No problem! How much is the breeder you're looking at charging for them? Well, I don't have any allergies, so I don't really notice. But I've had a couple friends comment on it. It doesn't really end up outside of my room, though. All I really notice is when it gets on my shirt, and occasionally the dust particles in the air, but half of them come from Carlitos. I'd say if your bird is going to be in a common area, an air filter might be a good idea, but if he/she is in your room it shouldn't be a problem.
Okay. I imagine galahs are not much compared to, say, an umbrella cockatoo. A bit of powder wouldn't be a problem. So here's the person I found. [link] The price for a young galah is $1299. A big investment, but she seems to do a really good job raising them. Plus I've seen higher prices out there. I would drive there and meet her to see the babies first. And I would drive to get the bird too, being not too far away. Still got a while to think about it, but it looks like something I'd like to do. Cockatoos are just so sweet. ^-^ Thank you again for being so helpful!
That price isn't bad. The lowest I've seen young Galahs for is $1,000. If she does an especially good job then I would say it is worth the extra couple hundred, especially if she is a reliable breeder. By reliable I mean she takes good care of the birds and therefore the money isn't going into the hands of someone who really doesn't give a crap From what you say it sounds like a good idea!
What stands out about her rather than so many others, is she looks passionate about what she does, looking at the pictures and videos her family with the baby birds Like here [link] And also everything, including the cages and bedding is so clean, really well taken care of. It's so tempting to buy a lovingly brought up bird from her, but rescuing one is also an option I want to keep open. But who can have just one bird anyway?
I love the pictures of the kids with the birds! I wish I had grown up like that. As I've said, my mom had a Goffin's, but I personally didn't interact with it as I was very young. I was so desperate to have contact with parrots when I was little, it was an obsession. When I have kids, I'll definitely get them used to being around birds.
I don't see how it would be possible to just have one bird I want almost every species of parrot. Obviously that'll never happen, but I do have a list of what I intend to add as I am able. Blue & Gold Macaw comes next. My boyfriend wants to breed Galahs because he thinks they are the greatest thing to ever come into existence.
That is so neat! I looked at your main page and I saw you adopted all your birds? Good for you! If I could do it over, that's what I would do. Only 1 of mine is adopted. Some day I want to get a large bird via rescue. Does Cali have a good rescue for birds? The DC metro area has a wonderful group called Phoenix Landing. I run a Quaker parrot group on fb and people someotimes have trouble finding rescue in their area, hence why I was curious if the place you got your lovely birds from is good. In Cali I assume it is easier to find adoptable birds than say the Midwest, which is where people have asked for adoption agency names. No one knew of any
Actually, that was accidental in relation to my budgie and my Amazon. I didn't mean to type that. I got my budgie from a local pet store, and my Amazon I raised from pre-weaning. I adopted both my cockatoos when they were ten, however, because their owner was getting a kidney transplant and would be susceptible to respiratory and other problems related to owning cockatoos. So it was a direct adoption.
We do have some bird rescues around here, though. A dream would be to start one myself, but I just don't see it as being possible in the near future. I think because we're pretty directly above Mexico and central America, a lot more parrots and exotic birds landed in the Western states back when it was legal to import them like that.
I think adoption is great, but I also support getting baby birds, as well. I think it depends on the person. Some people couldn't handle an adopted parrot with all its "bad" habits, an some people can't handle a baby as it goes through hormones, etc... so they both have their pros and cons. In the end, I just want what's best for the birds
Ah I understand! That is a perfect way you came to adopt those two, how wonderful
I definitely agree that getting a baby from a responsible breeder is a nice option too! It is really sad, a lot of the birds in Phoenix Landing are very well adjusted and amazing, I cannot understand how anyone could give them up. I know sometimes old people die and whatnot, but that isn't how all the birds got there.
It is sad how many birds end up in rescues. My cockatoos have lived in a total of four homes, actually. I don't know anything about the first one, but the second got rid of them and kept her macaw, basically "just because". I heard she actually got rid of the macaw shortly after that. Happy to say that they now have a permanent home with me.
I think a lot of people get birds thinking they're pretty, or they'll talk, and not considering the mess, diet, responsibility, noise, attention, destruction... there's a whole list of things. Then, on top of that, a lot of the time parrots don't even talk, so the people act like they're defective and don't want them anymore. I've seen that a lot, actually. My Galah doesn't talk at all and people act like it's weird. All three of my boys talk, though.
Oh my gosh, that is SO disappointing...and yet it is not surprising. You'd think the high price of pet store birds would be some sort of barrier to idiot entry, but sadly it is not. I think a lot of the birds in Phoenix Landing ARE the large parrots. Granted, Cockatoos are supposedly more emotionally fragile than other birds so I guess I see how a lot of them end up there, but geez I've seen so many Amazons, Greys, Macaws...I resent people that treat pets as accessories, and when the going gets tough (or in your 'too's case when the person doesn't care anymore) choose to abandon them.
I think you're totally right about why people get them. I never expected any of mine to talk, or even to like me! My mom and I were choosing between Senegals and Quakers when we were doing research, and I was very well aware that as a species Quakers are quite bold and really have an opinionated mind of their own! My Quaker male talks only when he wants to (when he thinks no one is in the room), and it cracks me up every time haha. I'm really grateful for his silly little bird voice. He is very nasty to me sadly, and always has been since we got him. He is very protective of the hen (and the hen chose me as her human, though she does like my mom too), so as anthropomorphic as it is I've always attributed his anger towards me as jealously. He's a very nervous bird too, but I absolutely love him and I will never get rid of him. He's never bitten me because I'm very careful to not get too close to him, but even if he ever does I don't care. It pains me to think about when I get my own place after college and can finally have them live with me. The boy loves my mom and it makes me very sad to think he won't have her around. She loves the Quakers, but she is a dog person so she really does want me to take them when I have a house of my own.
We tried so hard to socialize the Quakers with neighbors and friends when they were young, but they got very cage territorial and preferred each other's company over ours. Our mistake was getting 2 of them at the same time, but as I said before I am very happy they're in my life and that they have each other. They'll be 10 this year, I can't even believe where the time has gone...
Cockatoos are definitely some of the more emotional animals I've encountered, particularly Umbrellas and Moluccans. They're just dying to be loved, but there has to be a careful balance. Too much love makes them needy, too little makes them depressed.
I think Macaws are one of the big ones that people buy to be cool or flashy. Obviously they are some of the most stunning birds you can find, and I think that really draws people to them, and they end up not realizing what they signed up for. The same goes for Greys, but because of their intelligence. I think a lot of the smartest species like Greys, Amazons, and Eclectus Parrots end up under-stimulated. They need something to exercise their minds, and a lot of people neglect that.
I don't think it is anthropomorphic of you to think that. Although I've never been around a Quaker, I honestly think birds are capable of feeling and thinking more than a lot of people know. I've seen Huntington demonstrate what I am sure is jealousy. When my cockatoos moved in, making him no longer the largest bird, he became desperate for attention. It was almost like he was trying to prove his worth, worried he was going to be replaced or something. He wanted to be with me at all times, see what I was doing, share any food I was eating, etc. He's better now, but it definitely seemed like he was jealous of the new additions to me.
Getting two birds at the same time definitely changes their bond with people! I've always gotten even my budgies in singles, because I want to have a friendship with each of my birds. Sadly, Carlitos is the only bird that didn't choose me as his human. He chose my boyfriend Nick. But as long as my birds are happy, I'm happy. And he's formed a great bond with Nick which is great to see.
It depends on where you go. Where I live now, we get Sulphur Crested Cockies, Galahs, Superb Parrots, various Neophemas whereas when I lived on the coast we got Sulphur-Crested and Black Cockies, Galahs, SHort-billed and Long-Billed Corellas, Rainbow lorikeets, Musk lorikeets (sometimes) King Parrots, Crimson and sometimes Eastern Rosellas....should I get into all the other birds that are around? Birds everywhere!!
Gahh! We have a few cool things here in California, namely the California Condor... but no parrots. Aside from site-seeing, my dream is to visit New Zealand, Australia, and the Amazon in order to see all the birds.
Well, drawing is my job, so that's how I find the time. I don't have anything else I'm obligated to, other than caring for my parrots On average, they take me 5 or 6 hours. Depending on the size and level of detail, some take me as little as two hours or as long as two days.