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Posted by burrengirl on 3/15/06

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    Could someone offer sound advice?

    I am no longer able to care for my first and only bird,
    Chiquita, a 13-year-old Meyers. We have been together the
    last 11 years and she is bonded to me, alone, but has grown
    more restless and aggressive in the last year to the point
    of biting me violently without warning. She is also much
    more (stridently, persistently) vocal. I have always spent
    quality time with her daily and have introduced her to
    experiences unusual for most birds. Not fond of toys or
    playing, she always seemed to be waiting for her human to
    come home; she allows me to handle her intimately but now
    even that most favorite thing doesn't seem enough. She came
    to me angry and biting from her last owner and our time
    together has gentled her down remarkably, but she is no
    longer able to stay with me or in my home. My
    questions: Could Chiquita need a bird -- not a human --
    mate? Is she full of energy that could be spent preening
    or cuddling with another meyers? Does she need the noise
    and energy of other birds in her life? Could she benefit
    from an aviary home? Could she adapt to sharing life with
    numerous other birds and benefit from interacting with
    them? Or would she be lost or grow listless missing
    her 'person' and familiar, daily routine? Would she be able
    to bond to anyone else? Is she at all a good candidate for
    another long-term relationship -- with a bird or a
    person? I am incredibly sad to think this fascinating and
    wonderful creature might suffer at someone else's hands,
    and I am aware of how many birds are simply wasted every
    year in our country. I had fully intended to keep her all
    her life when I brought her home. But I believe that I have
    not only shared a great life with Chiq but that she may be
    needing to live another kind of life altogether, to get
    some of her needs met. What can anyone advise??

    I am
    Pretty Much Broken-Hearted in California



Posts on this thread, including this one
  • a new home for my meyers parrot, 3/15/06, by burrengirl.
  • Re: a new home for my meyers parrot, 3/15/06, by Kel.
  • Re: a new home for my meyers parrot, 3/16/06, by Cheryl.
  • Re: a new home for my meyers parrot, 3/16/06, by Cheryl.
  • Re: burrengirl you move out and leave the home to Chiquita, 3/17/06, by Jim.
  • Re: a new home for my meyers parrot, 3/17/06, by Dave.
  • Re: a new home for my meyers parrot, 3/17/06, by Claudia B.P..
  • Re: a new home for my meyers parrot/Well said Dave!, 3/18/06, by Jim.