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Re: a new home for my meyers parrot

Posted by Claudia B.P. on 3/17/06
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    On 3/15/06, Kel wrote:
    > On 3/15/06, burrengirl wrote:
    >> Could someone offer sound advice?
    Hi burrengirl ~
    This indeed sounds like a heartbreaking situation. have you
    considered an avian behaviorist or birdie coach? You might want
    to buy a copy af BirdTalk magazine. In the back there will be
    listings of people who (for a fee, of course)might be able to
    help you and Chiq work through the problems you are having. You
    could probably find consultants on-line, too. This might save
    you both the heartache of having to rehome. You might also want
    to take her to a vet for a check up to see if there is anything
    going on physically that is causing this personality
    transplant, and he/she might have some suggestions for you.
    Good luck, and let us know what happened!
    Thanks, Claudia
    >> 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
    > 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.
    > Kel