On 8/15/06, Sonoma wrote:
> On 8/13/06, Fran wrote:
>> It sounds like your baby might be having some
> weaning "regression".
> Oh horse crap, Fran. "Weaning regression" sounds like some
> Freudian BS.
> Yes, folks, the famous bird psychologist Dr. Fran has linked
> the natural behavior of all Cockatoos to the invented term of
> weaning regression. This is presumably where a bird returns to
> the time when it was being weaned and taught to feed itself.
> If allowed to go unchecked the bird might simply return to the
> shape of an egg and then it is lost forever until extensive
> bird psychotherapy can convince it to re-hatch itself and
> awaken in the bright sunlight of unrepressed mental health.
> To avoid the heartache of weaning regression (those of us in
> the bird mental health field like to refer to it as WRY or
> Weaning Regression Yesireebob)it is recommended to administer
> massive doses of Prozac or contact Dr. Fran for her recipe on
> homemade seritonin re-uptake inhibitors. (Sometimes called
> Birdie Bread).
> Early detection of WRY is advisable for your bird. The
> medication must be administered immediately. as the only
> recourse is to have the egg-shaped bird on a examination couch
> and we all know birds don't like leather couches even when
> shaped like birds and not eggs (not to mention the patient
> tends to roll off onto the floor and that causes further
> traumatic symptoms).
> Seriously, if a human child of five throws a tantrum in the
> middle of Walmart, would the solution be to give the child a
> baby bottle and coddle it through a repeat infancy?
> Can anybody say, "spoiling an already needy bird?" That is
> exactly how you can turn a Cockatoo into a plucker. Well
> unless you want to sit in a chair beside the cage for the rest
> of the bird's life and hand feed it.
> Please contact me for links to websites on Chicken Hypnosis an
> alternative regimen for WRY.
Dear BOA (Beggar of Attention),
I know you have this demented attraction to Fran and you attempt
to spur her on with your senseless rantings, but what Fran has
said is legitimate and very real in the world of birds. You'll
probably also say that this was just one of your "funny" retorts
and we should all lighten up and enjoy your witless humor.
Those of us who are "experienced" breeders and hand feeders (like
us or not) have gone thorough this at one time or another with
any of the birds we have raised and not just Cockatoos. While
it's not the norm, it does occasionally happen and needs to be
addressed for the well=being and proper development of the bird
in question. Ignoring it is cruel and virtually guarantees
future developmental and social issues in the bird.
Feel free, at any time, to jump right in and tell us of your vast
knowledge and EXPERIENCE when it comes to hand feeding and
raising birds. I'm sure that will put a smile on quite a few
Since you are the fan of analogies, allow me to offer this one to
you. When you are potty training or weaning a child from using a
bottle or wearing a diaper, you don't decide that on a certain
day the diaper will come off and the bottle will be put away
whether or not the child is capable of handling the termination
of either of these things.
Much like children who develop and different rates and "wean"
themselves when the time is right, so too do baby birds.
Until you speak from experience and not out of your rear end,
please refrain from commenting on thing that you obviously are
ignorant to the fact or you can't find in your Wikipedia on-line