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Re: burrengirl you move out and leave the home to Chiquita

Posted by Jim on 3/17/06
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    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 grown
    > 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 came
    > 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 able
    > to bond to anyone else? Is she at all a good candidate for
    > another long-term relationship -- with a bird or a
    > person? I am incredibly sad to think this fascinating and
    > 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 have
    > 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
    You say you want sound advice?
    I feel so very sorry for Chiquita! Any living creature would
    think after 11 years and being 13 years of age the home you
    share with a human you thought loved you was actually your
    home forever!
    It is good you are broken hearted because it shows you have
    some shame maybe!
    I pray someone who understands birds and loves them for who
    they are and (each one is different) comes along and takes
    your beautiful bird "Off Your Hands" as you do not deserve
    her. Why not offer a reward? so she is moved out of her home
    quickly? but hopefully a person like you does not fall for
    the money and want to get rid of her again. Sad sad sad.