Thank you Cindi,
I am spending a lot of time with little Lucy so that we can understand each other
and devolope a strong relationship. Today I would put her on my shoulder as well
as my lap and forearm. Since Lucy enterd our lives I have made her the priority and
I am smitten. We even had an afternoon nap in bed together. I will continue to play
and observe her to try and make her her the happiest little creature on the planet. I
do have a few other questions that I will post one being...why does Lucy hate
getting wet? What does pecking mean? and Beak scraping on fabric?
On 1/25/07, Cindi wrote:
> On 1/24/07, LM wrote:
>> Hi there, We have just got a maroon bellied conure from a
>> guy that was allergic to her and had to give her up. Before
>> that she was witha guy that gave her up because he was
>> moving to hong kong. Her name is Lucy she is less than 2
>> years old. In her previous home she was used to being home
>> alone all day and then would sit on her caregivers shoulder
>> when he got home till he went to bed. It keeps coming up
>> when I research birds that they should not shoulder sit
>> because they feel that they are the dominant one. I don't
>> want to "dominate" a little sweet bird like Lucy but I took
>> today to try to teach her that shoulder sitting is not
>> welcome. She was pretty responsive but really defiant at
>> times as well. Do I go cold turkey with this or slowly. I
>> have only been with her less than a week and want her to be
>> comfortable in her new home but also want to work on some
>> of her not so great habits.
> Shoulder sitting is a controversial subject in the bird world.
> For some birds that are "dominant" as you say, it can be an
> issue. These type of birds might try to control the
> situation by giving you an unsuspecting bite to the ear or
> On the other hand, there are birds that can ride around on a
> shoulder forever and a day and not show any signs of wanting
> to be "dominant" at all. They know who buys the bird seed
> and are simply affectionate birds that want nothing more than
> to be with you.
> Use your better judgment with your new bird and see what type
> you might have after observing her behavior.
> She's been passed around quite a bit and might not be secure
> with you and her new home as you've only had her for less
> than a week.
> While you've read that she might not have this not so great
> habit, it may not be a problem for her or you.
> Good luck with her and I hope this is her final home!