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ummmm....im lost here

June 7, 2009 | By Sarahsavage253 | 4 comments

so my husband, jealous of the bond between myself and our wonderful pitbull, has come home with some bird of some sort...i'm assuming it's some type of parrot??? anyways, the thing's cute as can be, but i'm a little weirded out cause i've never ever owned a bird (other than yard chickens when i was a kid growing up on a farm) and I desperately want the bird to like me....but i don't know anything about their behaviors and temperaments and if things like staring them down are bad ideas. my husband, the conniving guy that he is, has owned birds before and the two of them are just like peas and carrots already. could somebody tell me what the heck i need to know when handling this animal???? if it were something furry, i wouldn't have an issue, but since it's feathered i'm a little unsure of my handling abilities.
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Danielle H.
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Danielle H.
5 years ago

One last thing. Seriously, I can only have 1000 characters? Weird. Anyway, I've never found staring down at birds to stop their behavior. I can get away with that with a cat, along with a stern voice. But, birds don't get that. At least Mumbles doesn't. He just looks at me with his head tilted. A stern 'No', ignoring the behavior you don't want, distracting him with something else, rewarding him for doing something good... those will work.

Good luck.

:)

Danielle H.
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Danielle H.
5 years ago

5)It may seem as if you don't have to interact with the bird. And, if nothing happens to the bird and your husband is around to entertain the bird, that would be an okay assumption. But, if your husband, goes away for business, you can't just leave a parrot in it's cage and not interact with the thing. Parrots demand daily attention. And, because of their intelligence, they will become pissy, rude and/or loud, if they are not played with. So, I'm recommending that you at least get it accustomed to stepping onto a suitable perch, when you say 'step-up'. And, get it accustomed to going back into the cage. Because if you need to get the bird and your husband isn't their, you MAY not have a good experience.

I hope you at least pick up a bird book that pertains to your particular parrot. Something simple... lots of photos... something that for a beginner gives you a good impression of what your new life will be like.

Education is the key.

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