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Old 10-31-2002, 11:28 AM
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Hi Vera!

The best advice I can give is to just spend time with the bird as much as you can. You don't have to be actively playing with him, talking, petting, or anything. Just be in the same room as him, then the same area, etc. If you're comfortable with the bird in the cage, then start there. This will let you learn what kind of behavior you can expect from the bird and he can learn what to expect from you.

People tell you that you have to let the bird get used to you, but the same goes for you getting used to the bird. I spent hours with my bird on my shoulder, just going about my housework, so that she would get used to my movements. I wanted her to know what to expect and get used to so that she wouldn't nip my hand if I scratched my head or something.

Unless you're just plain afraid of all birds, it really just sounds like you just need to get accustomed to each other and learn to trust each other.

Hope that helps!

Does your Grey talk yet? Mine said her first word two weeks ago.
I don't know why, but she runs around going "What?..... What?...... Whaaaaat?"
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Old 10-31-2002, 11:55 AM
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an update on birdo...

our dble-yellow-headed amazon has come a tremendous way in recent months......he'll get up on dh's arm now and go for rides.

not mine, of course...i have to keep my hands away or he'll retreat, or worse yet, lunge at me..

but he is occassionally saying my name now!....although he's been creating multiple variations of dh's name for awhile now....it started with 'bob'....then somehope he came out with 'robert'....then 'bobbirdo' and now birdobert!

we've been bringing him for suppertime now. he always made a fuss when we were in the kitchen, so i finally let him sit on top of his small 'move-about' cage and put it in the kitchen next to the table...then he breaks bread with us...literally....he loves tortilla's.
dh lines pieces of food along the edge of the table and he helps himself and wanders around the cagetop inspecting everything...he sort of looks like ET when he stretches his neck to see if we're holding anything out on him on our plates. as opposed to the dogs who just love treats for their own sake...birdo seems more appreciative of the sharing experience and social interaction.

i also discovered that the ring on his leg has '94' on it...that would seem to be about right for his age judging by the markings on his head and wings. he moulted last spring and his new feathers were quite a bit more pronounced than before...and now he's moulting again.. ...pin feathers this time. i'm thinking of renting him out for a few months.

if only he was less bossy!

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Old 11-01-2002, 08:31 PM
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Hi Peabiscuit,
Nice to hear from you, Yes my bird talks and when she starts she goes on a long time but she's funny and we love it!
She says all kinds of" Byes" and each time with different head gestures, + she says our names, and her name also in different tones mimmicking the children!
She miaws and barks and and does the owl and the Faulcon which she must have learned to do with her previous owner!
When she's alone with me in the morning, she's quite but she starts a few minutes before my youngest comes in from school and calls her! Does she really or is it just a coencidence! we'll never know!
Once I was on the phone with my DH and she said in a very low tone: "You're lying!" with her head down! It was so funny!
She knocks at her cage and then screams: "Who's this? Who's this?" And of course she wistles and loves it. If we put her out in the balcony, the girls down the street walk funny thinking a boy is doing it!
As you see we're having a lot of fun with her! I hope to take good care of her. The vet suggested to fine spray her with water every day, are you doing it with your bird?
I'm trying to let her out when my kids are around, what bothers me most is when she shakes and flaps her wings so hard. I freak out! I've been like since a child, and I hope with time i'll get over it! That's it for today
My best to you and every one in this thread,
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Old 11-02-2002, 05:39 AM
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hi vera,

your darling sounds absolutely adorable.. ...so much interaction is wonderful for you and the bird. i'm sure you'll eventually lose your anxiety. just having the parrot and all you are doing is a major step and i'm betting that your grey will eventually coax you out of any nervousness....they'll do that you know.

of course she knows it's time for your daughter to come home.....our guy knows everything going on in the house and is tuned in to the sounds of the floor creaking etc...he knows mine and dh's steps and...worst of all....he absolutely demands that daily life remain on schedule! the dogs are bad for this too but he takes it to new limits.

i put my fellow right in the shower every few days. i have a small cage that he can either go in or on top...he gets on top and i put him in the tub and then away we go. i have a long cord on the showerhead and set the temperature to 'tropical' temperature and hold it high over him....he starts out slow, just getting his back wet and then he starts stretching his wings out so they get washed too. then his belly. all the time he makes these chirping noises of joy. friends have come over just for the show! then he goes back to his cage with a heat lamp and he's quiet for hours as he carefully preens and rearranges all those feathers...

wishing you both all the best in your relationship..

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Old 11-05-2002, 01:07 AM
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Hi Carol,

They are a lot of fun, and i'll try to do like you under the shower head, but I must wait for a good sunny day and when the kids are home to catch it! I tried to wear a glove to grab her and hold her but she seems to hate it and screams a lot. It must remind her some bad experience!
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Old 11-05-2002, 04:10 AM
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hi vera,

those gloves may be part of the problem....i used to do the same thing and birdo would go totally nuts if he even saw me pick up the gloves....then someone told me that birds hate gloves....now if i have to handle him i use a towel and throw it over him from behind and gather the bundle in my hands holding the wings down...it took a few times to get it down but now we're pretty good! and much less fuss.

going onto his small cage means good things so he's always happy to get on it.

actually a bird shower is on the agenda today!

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We have a Tiel....She is beautiful and I can't say this enough...loving. Chiquita (as in banana) is a Peal Lutino....Here orange cheeks will remind you of Pikachu.

We originally got her for our 10 year old son and we have all fallen inlove with her. Even our Aussie shepard (Tikka) can't love on her enough. She is only 5 months old. We bought her from a breeder and she was hand raised.

Anyway we are just so happy that we have her. What an addition to our family.

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Old 11-06-2002, 04:12 AM
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that's so wonderful for you and your family...and of course, for chiqita.

i wish these hand raised birds were around when i got birdo...they are so incredible.

your family can only flourish with a bird as a member....

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Pet Parrot

I grew up in the Pacific and one day a baby parrot flew onto our porch, we caught it, named it Cheeky and she was a doll, she would sit on my pencil/pen and clean herself while I wrote! She was potty trained too, and would fly back to her cage for potty time!
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Old 11-11-2002, 12:10 AM
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Hi every one,

We're all fine, my birdy gave us a scare last night, she kept looking in the direction of the stairs so that we thought some one was coming up the stairway uninvited! A thief maybe! It was pretty freaky, from where we were sitting we could see her reaction to what... we'll never know! And thank God! we took the courage to investigate and it was false alarm!

I'm more used to cats and dogs and know their reactions but this bird was weird last night!
After she settled down she was herself again talking and singing away!

Cheers to you all Vera
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