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Re: a new home for my meyers parrot

Posted by Kel on 3/15/06
(8) Comments

    On 3/15/06, burrengirl wrote:
    > 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
    > 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
    > 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
    > to bond to anyone else? Is she at all a good candidate
    > another long-term relationship -- with a bird or a
    > person? I am incredibly sad to think this fascinating
    > 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
    > 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

    Is there a reason you are giving her up or am I missing
    something? You want to give her up because she is restless
    and aggressive? Because she becomes this way after 11 yrs
    its that easy to give her up because she is restless and
    aggressive? It takes me less time to get restless and
    aggressive and my family doesn't give up on me (sometimes
    they should but don't)! Is there a reason you can't work
    with her and still keep her? Maybe I'm just really confused
    at reading this "love" story between a human and a bird then
    the bird is going to be discarded because she is restless
    and aggressive. Please tell me I read it the wrong way.
    How aweful it will feel to your bird to be given away to
    someone else.