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Re: u2 bit me for the first time! should I keep him?

Posted by Cherie on 5/23/06
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    I really don't think this gentleman was intentionally "abusing"
    his bird. I think he is reaching out for help...how does one
    learn about these complex animals?? Thru education!
    Most people are NOT educated on the proper ways to handle
    parrots and this is why we are seeing so many birds abused,
    neglected, etc.
    People should be told the proper ways to cope with their avian
    companions...not slammed for reaching out.
    There are way too many parrots sold to people and they are lied
    to about many different things.
    I know what I am talking about, because I help in rescue. It is
    such a shame to me.
    Yes there are good breeders out there, but there are bad as
    well. And there are bad owners that should not even own a bird.
    But it is not going to change.
    People need to stop being so critical and help out, when
    someone reaches out for it.
    These birds suffer when they lose their homes and are shuffled
    from pilar to post...its awful.

    And this is for Bob:
    I hope you can find a way to work through this with your U2. It
    is very understandable that you are afraid of him. When you
    approach him, try to lower your energy if you feel nervous,
    because he will pick up on it. Try aproaching him when he
    appears calm(feathers fluffed around the beak). Keep your hands
    behind your back and talk softly to him. If you are really
    nervous, approach him when he is in his cage...pull up a chair
    and sit beside his cage and talk to him.
    Try to remember what took place before he bit you. Were you
    rubbing him or did he just lunge at you? Sometimes that can
    help to prevent a future bite, knowing the cause.
    There are 2 really good sites to check out: pheonix landing
    (they are rescue outside of Washington DC, but they will also
    work with people having behavioral problems with their pet
    birds...they list a phone #)
    and another good place is tooville(a yahoo group). You can get
    some really good advice at these places. Good luck to you and
    your U2.
    I commend you for reaching out :o)

    Cherie

    PS I would rather be bit by one of my macaws than my Toos! And
    I have been bit by both.

    On 5/23/06, Fran wrote:
    > On 5/21/06, Bob wrote:
    >> MY UMBRELLA COCKATOO BIT MY VERY HARD CAUSING ME TO BLEED
    >> I AM ABLE TO HANDLE HIM EASILY BEFORE NOW I FEAR HIM. HE
    >> IS A SCREMER AND NEEDS ALOT OF ATTENTION MORE THAN I COULD
    >> GIVE. I MUST ADMIT THAT I DO COVER HIS CAGE OFTEN AND
    >> SPRAY HIM WITH WATER TO SLOW DOWN HIS SCREMING. PERHAPS I
    >> MAY HAVE GONE OVERBOARD WITH THE SRAYING WITH THIS LESSON
    >> LEARN I NOW STOPPED THE SPRAYING. NEVERTHELESS, I AM
    >> CONSIDERING OF GETTING RID OF HIM DUE TO THIS
    >> INCIDENT.HOWEVER, THIS BIRD IS VERY COMPASIONATE AND LOVES
    >> TO CUDDLE. I DO HAVE MIXED FEELINGS HE HAS BEEN OUR PET
    >> FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS AND HES ABOUT 14 Y/O. THERFORE, I AM
    >> REACHING OUT TO MY BIRD BUDDIES FOR ANY RECOMMENDATIONS.
    >> THANKS
    >
    > This kind of post is why alot of good people don't frequent
    > this board anymore. Who wants to read about someone abusing
    > their pet bird. If I want to get depressed, I'll just read
    > my daily newspaper. Thanks, anyway.
    >
    > Maybe I'll start posting every time one of my birds bites
    > the blood out of me. We can start a new topic index. "Post
    > here when your bird bites you".
    >
    > O.K., I'm going to stop before I say something "mean"
    > because I am winding up.
    >
    >