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Re: Too Possessive Umbrella

Posted by Shawnee on 5/24/09
(8) Comments

    When I inquired about this particular bird, I was told he was
    great with kids as she had kids around her home. I have
    raised hundreds of birds and had many which came to us with
    behavioral problems. Maybe I had just gotten lucky but I have
    never had a too with these issues. I know they can be
    possessive and agression can be an issue. I know the damage
    that the beaks can do. I would not just turn the children
    loose with the bird and hope for the best. I understand
    positive and negative reinforcement as well as the pecking
    order with birds. Having a bird who will bite a stranger when
    approached and having a bird to divebombs off of his cage are
    two completely different things. I was told he would sit on
    his gym all day and allow all passers by to greet him. I
    guess bottom line is that I was told everything completely
    opposite about him. I am not opposed to keeping the smaller
    humans away from him. My kids are very animal savy and
    understand that not all animals are friendly. it is the
    chasing thing which is a larger issue. If i can deal with him
    and get him to a managable point, I would be pleased.

    On 5/23/09, Rick wrote:
    > On 5/23/09, Shawnee wrote:
    >> I have issues with an umbrella i recently adopted. He
    >> loves me dearly and I can do anything with him. Everyone
    >> else in the family, he hates with a passion and will
    >> actually climb off of his cage to chase around the house.
    >> I have lots of large bird experience but have never had
    >> this level of possessiveness over me by a bird. I am
    >> concerned as he is chasing my 2 year old and 7 year old.
    >> They are not old enough or brave enough to be able to
    >> handle such an issue. My husband can handle him but not
    >> the kids. Can anyone suggest anything which may help? I
    >> appreciate any advice.
    > You state you have lots of large bird experience. What does
    > this truly mean? Many of us here have lots of big bird
    > experience, but also have common sense to go with it. Sorry
    > be so blunt.
    > You first concern is for your children, and in addition, the
    > birds safety. With your lots of big bird experience, you then
    > know that these birds can do much irreversible damage with
    > their beaks.
    > In conclusion, you have a highly jealous Bird on your hands.
    > This is a very serious and potentially dangerous problem. I
    > suggest you go to and ask all the questions you
    > regarding this problem. This is the ultimate Toos site for
    > problem Toos.
    > Another question for you. How much background do you have /
    > came with this adopted bird. A reputable Rescue would not
    > adopted this bird to you if he had shown aggression to
    > children. Most don't adopt to families with small children
    > because of the risk factors. So I am assuming you got this
    > bird from an individual looking to rehome him.
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