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Why have a parrot when you can have a chicken?

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We have a little light brahma who has decided her favorite place to perch is on a shoulder.  (Should be interesting when she's at full growth!)  It's occurred to me that chickens are superior to parrots in virtually every respect.

 

1.  Chickens cost $4 instead of $1,000.

2.  Chickens don't have to live in your house.

3.  Chicken feed is cheaper than parrot food.

4.  A chicken peck isn't as painful as being chomped by a parrot.

5.  Chickens don't talk back.

6.  Even a rooster is quieter than a parrot!

7.  Chickens eat bugs.  Parrots are too picky for that!

8.   You can eat the chickens' eggs.

9.  You can eat the chickens.  (I won't, but you might.)

 

 

Can anyone else think of something more?

 

--Nikki

Adoptive mom to 3 cats, 3 rabbits, I Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and a 12 year old human boy. Bio mom to an 8 year old daughter we call "The Chicken Whisperer." We have an even dozen chickens. 2 Easter Eggers, a barred rock, a silver-laced Wyandotte, a buff Orpington, a speckled Sussex, a buckeye, a Swedish flower hen, a light brahma, a bantam Cochin frizzle, a welsummer, and a blue ameraucauna. I AM...

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Adoptive mom to 3 cats, 3 rabbits, I Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and a 12 year old human boy. Bio mom to an 8 year old daughter we call "The Chicken Whisperer." We have an even dozen chickens. 2 Easter Eggers, a barred rock, a silver-laced Wyandotte, a buff Orpington, a speckled Sussex, a buckeye, a Swedish flower hen, a light brahma, a bantam Cochin frizzle, a welsummer, and a blue ameraucauna. I AM...

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post #2 of 7

I agree whole heartedly. I have a bantam cochin that loves to sit on my shoulder, or head.

 

Chickens are fare more entertaining to watch than parrots!

post #3 of 7

So true. I have a little RIR who loves sitting on my lap. You never hear anybody talking about parrot TV!

I've got 2 cats, Dyllen and Star. I have 10 chickens; 1 BLRW, 2 mutt hens, 1 mutt chicks, 1 EEs, 1 RIR, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Golden Campine, 1 unknown hen, and 1 Partridge cochin. I also have1 Swedish/Black Indian Runner , 1 Yellow Swedish, 1 Black Runner, and 3 Coturnix quail.

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I've got 2 cats, Dyllen and Star. I have 10 chickens; 1 BLRW, 2 mutt hens, 1 mutt chicks, 1 EEs, 1 RIR, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Golden Campine, 1 unknown hen, and 1 Partridge cochin. I also have1 Swedish/Black Indian Runner , 1 Yellow Swedish, 1 Black Runner, and 3 Coturnix quail.

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post #4 of 7

So true!  

Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 14 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant rooster: Dapper Dan....

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 14 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant rooster: Dapper Dan....

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post #5 of 7
Hey, parrots are awesome, too!

Though I agree chickens are better.

Do chickens grow THIS?

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YEAH AWESOME MUSTACHE!!!

-Magical Avian Emperor Mr. Lord King Sir

My BYC best friends are polishchickens111ChickenPeepwillowbranchfarm, and BunnyBuns

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

 

 

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-Magical Avian Emperor Mr. Lord King Sir

My BYC best friends are polishchickens111ChickenPeepwillowbranchfarm, and BunnyBuns

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

 

 

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I like parrots.  I've never had a chicken talk to me in my own language.  Oscar has quite the personality and loves nothing more than to throw his voice and pretend to be somebody lost out in the woods.

 

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I like chickens.  While they can't say,  Hello, How are you?  What? NO! and so forth, I like the way a chicken is content to sit in your lap.

 

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 14 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant rooster: Dapper Dan....

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 14 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant rooster: Dapper Dan....

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Originally Posted by nikki1 View Post
 

We have a little light brahma who has decided her favorite place to perch is on a shoulder.  (Should be interesting when she's at full growth!)  It's occurred to me that chickens are superior to parrots in virtually every respect.

 

1.  Chickens cost $4 instead of $1,000.

2.  Chickens don't have to live in your house.

3.  Chicken feed is cheaper than parrot food.

4.  A chicken peck isn't as painful as being chomped by a parrot.

5.  Chickens don't talk back.

6.  Even a rooster is quieter than a parrot!

7.  Chickens eat bugs.  Parrots are too picky for that!

8.   You can eat the chickens' eggs.

9.  You can eat the chickens.  (I won't, but you might.)

 

 

Can anyone else think of something more?

 

--Nikki

I can think of more! Chickens' beaks are straight, so in the case of an accidental bite, a chicken bite won't hurt as much compared to a parrot's hooked beak, which can do far more damage than a chicken's straight beak. Also, chickens can't bite as hard as a parrot. Think of how much more it's going to hurt getting bitten by a parrot compared to getting bit by a chicken!

 

Plus, chickens are precocial, so you don't have to feed them constantly day and night like you would with an altricial bird, like a parrot! And if you're uncomfortable having a bird fly crazily around your house, a chicken would make a better choice than a parrot. Chickens spend most of their time on foot (they don't fly very often, normally just a short, but quick burst of flight), compared to parrots when they fly pretty frequently!

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