I am looking at adopting a one and a half year old male Goffins. His owner and I have spent many hours in correspondence about him. I have details on his personality, and he seems great. I have previous experience handling and training U2s and other large parrots (not all toos) and am finally ready to bring a companion bird into my home. After reading these pages, I am at a loss for words, and my self-esteem is shaky. Even with my previous experience, I am beginning to wonder if I'm ready for a Goffins. Anything I should know about Goffins specifically?
Thanks so much for your help! The young'un I'm looking at seems great (according to his owners: no screaming, affectionate, loving, good with other birds and animals, just needs to learn to step up), but just needs a home.
Just a word of caution... our Charlie was sold on basically the same description to her second owner. She was (and is) a very sweet, gentle bird but the owner neglected to explain that she was/is pretty severely phobic. She too would NOT step up due to her phobias She too was described as quiet and affectionate (which she is from INSIDE her cage). We are her third home. Please be sure to interact with this bird before bringing it home. Even then remember that the bird may react differently when removed from it's normal environment. I hate to seem cynical, but many times people do not have the good intentions they seem to so proceed with caution. I do not know where you live but I strongly suggest that instead of buying a bird (even from an owner not a store) you look into adopting from a legitimate rescue.
Thanks for the great advice. Unforunately, I'm in Hawai'i, and the rescue shelters here are for native species that CANNOT be kept in captivity (most are endangered). The closest is in CA, and that is a 5 hr flight away... plus extra time in quarantine (7 days or so)... I wasn't too sure about the G2 myself, and am also trying to get info on the owner and aviary he came from. Anyway, thanks again! Hopefully there are some prospects on the horizon, we haven't given up!