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Re: well said Elizabeth

Posted by mark on 8/11/06
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    You know what you are talking about . Keep up the good work
    Have a good day, Mark

    On 8/10/06, Elizabeth wrote:
    > On 8/10/06, Sherry wrote:
    > My Red-Belly is acting aggressively towards me. (he is
    > around 8 months old). When I hold him, he attacks my ear,
    > my chin, and screams. When he does this, I can't get him
    > to stop so, I put him on or in his cage. A friend told me
    > that she heard that a diet with sunflower seeds makes them
    > aggressive. Have you heard this? Is this just a phase he
    > is going through?
    > Another question - are parrots like other pets where they
    > need a certain amount of attention and handling to stay
    > emotionally well?
    > -----------------------------------------------------------
    > Ok, you have a few questions so I will do my best to answer
    > them without being terribly long. The first question - if
    > your parrot is being aggressive I *never* suggest allowing
    > your companion to perch on your shoulder, it is too close of
    > an area to your face. Even a "smaller" parrot like yours can
    > do lots of damage given the chance.
    > The second reason for this is if you need to be able to stay
    > on top of your bird it is hard to see what they are feeling
    > (reading their body language) out of the corner of your eye
    > or attempting to retrieve a stubborn parrot from running
    > across your back.... I would suggest keeping your baby on
    > your lap, arm or a play stand.
    > By putting your parrot back in its cage when s/he bits s/he
    > has taught YOU when I am cranky & bite - I get to go to my
    > nice happy home. You need to reinforce all the good
    > behaviors - just like with a small child. A not yelling but
    > firm NO, followed by a "be nice" and a :-( face gets the
    > point across. Most of my guys read my facial clues and learn
    > that way...being firm and non-negotiable is the key. REWARD
    > the good - did I get that part across???
    > Diet - sunflowers are NOT the diet for parrots. It does NOT
    > have enough nutrients and is essentially feeding your parrot
    > french fries - yes you could eat only french fries but it
    > would make you sick. You would NOT be able to get the
    > vitamins/minerals that you need not to mention fresh
    > fruits/veggies.
    > I would offer lots of fresh foods - think foods like
    > broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers (all colors), collard
    > greens, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots etc. I make my
    > birds food every 3 days up fresh and I vary their diet to
    > what is in season and looks good. Hard boiled eggs are also
    > a great addition...some fruits like apples (no seeds) etc.
    > should be included some as well. For nuts almonds, esp. in
    > shell should be relished, almonds also have healthy
    > properties to them as well.
    > You can also offer a pelleted diet as well - zupreem you can
    > get at almost any pet store....their are lots of others too.
    > If you do not have an avian vet I would suggest getting
    > one, you can look at for a list for your area.
    > They can also suggest more helpful information and I would
    > check out if you have a local bird club - they can be worth
    > their weight in gold as far as talking with people who will
    > have tips.
    > Parrots are like a 2 year old child - they have needs, wants
    > and bad days too. You need to spend several hours (1 MIN) a
    > day with your parrot - this does not mean all of it has to
    > be hands on....on a play stand with toys and food is great.
    > Mine love to sit with me while I am on the computer, they
    > love showers.....watching baseball with my husband. So yes
    > they need attention, rules on how to behave and LOVE.
    > Your parrot is going through the testing phase, if you allow
    > him to get away with it he will get worse and boss you
    > around. You need to set reasonable limits, re-enforce the
    > good actions and love him no matter what.
    > Oh, for mental health make sure your parrots cage is large
    > enough to house several toys (rotate them every week or
    > two), dishes, perches (several) - I like a natural varied
    > perch, a perch for nails, a REAL natural perch and a swing.
    > You can change the perches, just DO NOT have the cement
    > perch at the highest point....
    > Best wishes~!
    > Elizabeth