Think Your Pet Bird Hates You?

January 6, 2017

If your pet bird seems to "hate" you, chances are she really doesn't. Relax around your pet bird and reconnect with her with these tips.

Sally Blanchard

Our misinterpretation of a parrot’s behavior is one of the major causes of problems with the people/parrot relationship. I hear lots of rules and absolutes about parrot behavior, but I believe there is one golden rule in understanding our pet birds: Parrots are more comfortable with people who are comfortable with them. When people call me for a parrot behavior consultation, there are two things I hear quite frequently. The first is, "My bird suddenly turned mean,” and the other is, "My bird hates me.” The choice of words depends on how people interpret the fact that their bird has either been aggressive with them or suddenly wants nothing to do with them. Both statements are rarely, if ever, what is really going on.

Your bird shouldn't suddenly start "hating" you. Something has changed, and you have to look for clues to what.

People tend to take the changes in their parrots’ behavior personally, and they also interpret these changes as if parrot logic is the same as ours. While it is true...

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A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS

April 27, 2009

by Stewart A. Metz, M.D.

1.   GET TO KNOW ABOUT PARROTS BEFORE YOU BRING ME HOME - I am not a domesticated pet like a dog or cat. I still have the spirit of the jungle in me. I have special needs which you may find it hard to fill. Please don't learn these too late for my well-being. And please don't acquire one of my cousins wild from the jungle—it will jeopardize his survival and well-being, and that won't be a party for you either!

2.   GIVE ME THE LARGEST HOME POSSIBLE - I am used to flying through rainforests or savannas. I have given up this great gift for your pleasure. At the very least, give me enough room to flap my wings and exercise. And I need toys for my amusement and wood to chew—otherwise, I might confuse your Home with the forest and its trees. 3.   GIVE ME A NUTRITIOUS DIET - I need a wide variety of fresh and nutritious foods, even if they take time to prepare. I cannot survive on seeds alone. Take time to learn what my needs, and preferences, are.

4.   LET ME HAVE A 'SOCIAL LIFE'...

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In Memory of Marla Felix

April 8, 2009

 

 

 

I just wanted to write to you to let you know how much Kevin and his dad Jay have gotten so much comfort from Di Vinci. Kevin’s Mom, Marla passed away unexpectedly 2 days before Christmas and I don’t know how they would have coped if not for Di Vinci. They love that bird and play with him every evening when they get home from school and work. He gives them so much joy. The other night Jay came home from work and immediately let Di Vinci out of his cage. (Kevin and Shawn had left that morning for a camping trip.) He put him on the couch and sat down himself. Usually the bird runs up and down the couch like a wild animal for about an hour before they can handle him, but that night Jay started thinking about Marla and a tear rolled down his cheek. Di Vinci immediately noticed the tear and ran over to Jay and looked at it and then licked it off of Jay’s cheek. He then went over to the other side of Jay’s neck and cuddled into the side of his neck and loved and cuddled with Jay...

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