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Post: keep or not to keep?

Posted by annette on 5/05/06

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    I'm in a little pickle here and could use some help. I
    have had my goffin for about 6 years now and I love her
    dearly. Here's the problem, how do you know if a bird is
    not happy in thier home? She is 16 now, when I first got
    her she was a horrible, horrible screamer, she plucked all
    the time all the things you would expect form a neglected
    goffin. I was told she had been neglected for about 4-5
    years and had issuess, so it was no suprise. Yes, being in
    the too family she is clingy and such and this is all
    expected, fine no problem. I took her anyway and it took
    alot of work, but she quit getting up at 3am screaming.
    She now plays (she had never had a toy in her cage before
    and was teriffied of them, can you imagine?), she will
    hang from her rope toys, chase the dogs, says hi when my
    hubby gets home from work untill he answers her, says her
    name whenever she wants, has such a food variety now she
    doesnt know what to eat first, I mean she has really come
    a long way. But now she just never seems, I dont know,
    satisfied? If shes not out of her cage she will literally
    scream for hours, and I dont mean once in a while I mean
    every day.(yes I know she's a too) When she is out with me
    she only wants to "mate" with my hand(or my dog)and yes I
    know mating season and all that but she tries to mate with
    me any time she is out and thats all she wants no matter
    time of year, day or night. Other than that she doesnt
    seem to care if I pet/play with her or not. Could she have
    been a breeder at one time and I was just lied to? She
    wont play with me any more(or my husband but she will go
    and sit by him) If the kids(and I'm talking 14 & 18 not
    little ones)try to pet her she wont allow it. She was
    doing so well, but for the last year and a half it seems
    all my progress with her just came to a halt. I have read
    The Second Hand Parrott and a lot of other books and I
    have tried it all. Do you think now that she is more
    socialable she just isnt happy here? I mean nothing has
    changed here. (I havent even rearranged my furniture)Does
    anyone have any ideas as to what would cause this or how I
    can remedy it? I dont want to rehome her or anything, but
    I dont know how to get that happy bird back. Any help
    would be soo great. Thanks for reading my post
    Annette



Posts on this thread, including this one
  • keep or not to keep?, 5/05/06, by annette.
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/05/06, by Susan.
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/06/06, by Toby's Mom.
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/06/06, by Anette.
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/06/06, by trisha.
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/07/06, by Fran .
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/09/06, by Anette.
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/09/06, by annette.
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/09/06, by Fran.
  • Re: keep or not to keep?, 5/12/06, by annette.