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Re: Red Belly Behavior

Posted by Wanda on 7/21/07
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    On 7/20/07, Sheila wrote:
    > You know I can understand not allowing a macaw or an Amazon on
    > your shoulder because they are a bigger bird, but red bellies
    > are small and not such a threat. If you look at birds who are
    > buddies, they sit together, at the same level, and preen each
    > other. I hate to see you lose that closeness with your pet so
    > soon...I don't know if it's from the shoulder issue or not. I
    > recently rehomed a blue headed pionus who did not really like me
    > from day one (but when I had him, he sat on my shoulder too, and
    > was no problem there - he just hated me everywhere else!). I
    > stuck it out for almost two years and finally decided to rehome
    > him and try another type of parrot. He's actually happier where
    > he is now and my red bellied is happier here with me. When
    > Gizmo sits on my shoulder, I put on a thick scarf and one of
    > those bird necklaces (for the human to wear) for him to chew on
    > if he so desires. We sit at the computer, watch T.V., and just
    > walk around the house. If you truly think he no longer "likes"
    > you due to the shoulder siuation, then I think you should decide
    > what's right for you and your pet, no matter what the "experts"
    > say! :>
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    Sheila,

    Thank you again for being so responsive. I believe that
    information is the key to making good decisions. I will check out
    the sites that you referenced. Is it normal for a baby to poop
    every 5 minutes? Destin and I battled for 45 minutes with him
    insisting to be on my shoulder. How should I start to potty train
    him? Or, is it too soon?