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So I would like to maybe get a bird I had researched parakeets in the past and looked at others. but my boyfriend has made it clear that he thinks they stink and are loud.

I personally only want one small bird ... hands on isn't needed but I do have a lot of free time if the bird did need hands on interaction.

Are there any birds that aren't loud and can be kept singly or should I be looking at other pets.

You aren't gonna hurt my feelings if you don't think a bird is right for me. I wouldn't ask if I didn't expect that answers could go either way.

I will of course research any bird before I decide if I should get it or not.

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Parakeets don't stink at all! Well... Budgies don't.
Unless there's something up with them, budgies actually smell quite nice, and their cage doesn't get smelly at all if you keep it clean

But with them you do need to spend a LOT of your time with them, talking to them and bonding with them if you're going to keep one.
To be honest with all birds you want to keep as a pet you need to be there for them to some extent

All birds can be a bit noisy at times, especially when they scream and shout, but their tweeting and songs aren't unbearable.

But if you're looking for something that you can keep as moving wallpaper and not really interact with, try fish!
You're kinda out of luck if you just want a single bird to just look at. They need plenty of love and attention.
It's like asking if you could find a tiny child that makes no noise that you don't really have to be hands on with. And that wouldn't work.
Not trying to offend or anything.
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If you are thinking about having only one bird then you must be able to become it's family, even in captivity birds are flock animals, they need stimulation, company and lots of attention, we supply everything they need from a healthy diet to being part of the family.
If you spend more than a few hours away from home every day then I wouldn't suggest getting a single bird, some leave a radio or TV on for their pets which can entertain the bird short term , if in doubt I would suggest getting two birds.
Don't forget that even though budgies are small inexpensive animals, vet fees can be astronomical, so a separate bank account for vet fees is a good idea, I hope this helps you.
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No fish ... I have two aquatic turtles and Thats about all we want to do as far as aquatics.

No I don't want " moving wallpaper" lol ... I just wanted it to be known that I don't tend to force being hands on with animals that you should not be hands on with.

I do have a vet account, and an exotics vet ( two actually).

I only work 3-4 hours 2-3 days a week. SO I am really not away from home much.

I do think that even the general noises of a bird may bother my boyfriend so I guess I should be looking at a different type of family member.

It just ***** ... I had parakeets as a kid and liked them ... of course at 8 years old and being too short too reach the cage I was not a good owner... But I have learned a lot since then.
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I'm wondering if a canary might fit your need since they aren't super social but I'm unclear how much noise you are willing to put up with since all birds make some noise.

Like mentioned above birds should not really have a strong odor unless sick. If you get a hand fed baby expect to hear a lot of flock calling anytime you leave the room. That is just what birds do when they get separated from their flock and tame birds consider their human owners their flock.
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If you are considering a small pet bird who is not very hands on, and isn't very loud, then a canary can be the right bird for you.
Canaries have very soft and melodious song, while they are friendly they do not form a strong bond with their owners, nor are very cuddly nor attention demanding pets. As long as they have a decent sized cage to move around and fly, then all should be well. It's also perfectly fine to just keep one male canary too (males are the ones who truly sing, females only make short tweets every once in a while).
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No fish ... I have two aquatic turtles and Thats about all we want to do as far as aquatics.

No I don't want " moving wallpaper" lol ... I just wanted it to be known that I don't tend to force being hands on with animals that you should not be hands on with.

I do have a vet account, and an exotics vet ( two actually).

I only work 3-4 hours 2-3 days a week. SO I am really not away from home much.

I do think that even the general noises of a bird may bother my boyfriend so I guess I should be looking at a different type of family member.

It just ***** ... I had parakeets as a kid and liked them ... of course at 8 years old and being too short too reach the cage I was not a good owner... But I have learned a lot since then.
Aaah, The way everything sounded seemed like that, my bad!
Maybe you should keep talking to him about it. Since you have all the free time, maybe something like a hamster or a rat would be good? They're pretty much silent and can be just as lovable. Although their cages smell pretty weird, at least from my experience.
If your boyfriend really doesn't like the idea of hearing birdsong then a bird isn't going to be a good choice. D:
Unless you can change his mind!
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I have had hamsters and rats ... I am allergic to rats but dealt with it until my two oldest died I couldn't do it anymore. And boyfriend said the smell was too bad he just didn't want to say anything because he knew how much they meant to me. ( rats have a strong odor, even when I had a double critter nation for 3 and I of course cleaned regularly they still smelled)

Hamsters are nice pets but Mine always just wanted to sleep lol.

A canary might be an option ... are the females able to be housed alone? Since the males are the ones who sing.
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Budgies stink, your boyfriend is silly I've had rats and i adored them,but they do actually stink so i agree with him there. Is he keen on you getting a pet at all? Birds don't seem like the best idea if he doesn't like noise, even a beautiful canary will sing a lot. My downstairs have a canary in their aviary and i hear it all the time. Pretty song though. I wouldn't mind one myself or finches, oh how i love their little chirps and cheaps Oh downstairs have diamond doves they are little and they make a cute little coo now and then i want one of those as well. They may be good for a pet bird.
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Hi there
Yes, females can be housed alone. Males are more desirable usually because they sing, but if you want a bird to look at and not listen to, female canaries are the way to go. Of course, they make noise, but just occasionally, they don't "sing" like the males.
Another good option is a Diamond Dove--they're about as big as budgies and like to be held and cuddled, although if they are housed alone they need daily attention. They are quiet except for an occasional "coo"--and if your boyfriend doesn't approve of occasional noises, either, I would get a plant
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