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Re: So now what?

Posted by Cheryl on 6/16/05
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    > and instantly wants to step up and cuddle under my chin or
    > try to climb up on my shoulder. Oh, and try to stick his
    > head in my mouth. These interests of his do not intersect
    > with mine! I can't do much with a bird on my hand under my
    > chin, and I've been told not to let him on my shoulder. So
    > what should I do with him all day? I want him to be happy
    > and sociable, but I don't want to spend the day with a bird
    > attached to me! Thanks, Shawna

    You sound totally opposite of me. The best times with a bird
    are when they trust you enough to seek you out. When I
    brought Darby home, she was 12 weeks to the day and had just
    been weaned.
    I spent much of the day holding her to my chest, talking
    softly, explaining what was going on to her, and just
    stroking her all over, including her beak and feet.
    I never allowed her to climb up to my shoulder on her own,
    but if it was MY choice to allow her up there, it was fine.
    She has the #207 cage by King's, and has at least 6 toys of
    all types in it, rotated regularly, a boing and a swing in
    the cage too.
    I never followed a strict schedule. I don't believe in doing
    that, sine if it ever needs to change, the bird will suffer.
    I took Darby out whenever I wanted to interact, which was
    often, LOL, even if it meant me just giving her a quick
    scritch and a kiss, and telling her I loved her, before
    putting her back into the cage. I also do not wait for her
    to call to me all the time. If I am busy in another part of
    the house, I call to HER, saying "Hi Darby, I am right here"
    and she never turned into a "screamer" whatsoever. Also, I
    am sure, due to the fact that I did this often while she was
    still young, she always seeks out attention from me, and
    loves hands on interaction, whether it be cuddling, or beak
    wrestling, of just sitting with me watching TV, or sharing
    something I am eating. She still loves being held against my
    chest being talked to.
    She rides on my shoudler sometimes, but will never even try
    to go up there on her own...She hangs out on her playstand (a
    large, natural branched tree on a platform) in the family
    room when I am in there, and has about 3 toys at any given
    time on that also.
    She continues to enjoy a healthy fresh veggie and fruit diet,
    along with pellets, pasta, nuts, fish, most any healthy thing
    we have, she has.
    She is an absolute joy, and I am very lucky to have her. We
    are totally bonded, and I thank my lucky stars that she has
    remained that way.
    Please remember that your bird is a BABY. It needs all the
    nuturing and love it can get now. No, don;t run in every
    time the bird makes a sound, but DO reassure it with soft
    words, and make a point of going to the cage, taking the bird
    out, and even if just for 2 minutes at a time, when the bird
    cannot be out for more than that, take it our, cuddle, and
    tell the bird how much you love it and that it is such a
    goood bird. Talk in a higher, animated voice.
    With Senegals, (any bird, for that matter) do not just leave
    the cage door open...Giving the bird too much "freedom" to
    make it's own choices from early on will result negatively.
    The bird can be out as much as you like, but YOU take it out
    and YOU put it back in.
    Once again, since I feel that, based on your comments, this
    cannot be stressed enough, remember that your bird is a baby,
    and, like a human baby, it is learning from everything it
    sees. If it sees that you are a loving, nuturing and caring
    person, as well as a patient adn calm teacher, things should
    be fine.
    BTW, a bird doesn't automatically know how to "play"...It
    will learn by watching you "playing" with the bird toys. To
    share your life with a parrot, you need to be willing to be
    silly, fun, patient, understanding, and very loving and
    nuturing.
    Good luck.