Posted by Cheryl on 8/23/06
On 8/22/06, Aly wrote:
> Greetings once again,
> Our new Meyers who was nervous and cage aggressive is
> now doing wonderful. He is enjoying back strokes and neck
> rubs very much. We are even putting our hand in his cage
> for up-ups already!! So perhaps he wasn't cage aggressive
> just scared, duh .
> My worry now however is he prefers my mom over me.
> We'll be sitting at the kitchen table with his toys and
> playgym -he always runs to her first and then again and
> again. I read that they usually are a family oriented bird
> but could he develop a bond with her alone. I know it is
> possible but do they commonely do that? He is DNA'd as a
> male so???? What do I look for? Will be he mean to me,
> tolerate me?
> As always
Great to hear that the step ups are going so well. AS far as
bird bonding, most birds will have their favorite
person...There is really nothing you can do to "change" a
bird's mind...Just continue handling the bird a lot to keep
him tame to you also, and I suggest that you take him on
outtings/car rides/etc...just him and you. (be sure he is in
a travel carrier with some treats and some apple/orage, etc,
for when he gets thirsty.
As far as him being DNA'd, I have found that contrary to
popular belief, a bird's sex is not a factor in determining
if it will become more bonded to a male or a female human. I
have had female birds that become totally in love with my
husband to the point of laying eggs for him, and would have
severed my finger if I dared get too close when he was in the
same room...My Red Belly is a female, and she is totally in
love with me...Has been from the day I brought her home with
me at 3 months of age, so who knows?