Parrot article in PsychologyToday
Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:38 AM
I thought this was a great quote....
"Screaming parrots, pacing tigers, swaying stereotypic elephants, and orcas with vacant eyes pressed to the glass aquarium wall are not considered harmful to eyes and minds of children or others. Bars, glass, and other barriers behind which wildlife are interred are portrayed as only slight alterations of an animal's natural habitat and history. "
....and is something that needs to change in our society if we want to truly consider ourselves "higher" (and compassionate) beings.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:17 AM
The picture they paint is one where no matter what a captive bird cannot be happy. I disagree- they can, but it isn't possible with the accepted way of keeping birds. (little cage, dish of seeds, etc)
RIP Angel and Shadow. Mommy loves you.
Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:54 PM
Yes, I love how a parrot can be so captivated and in love with me. I love that they are intelligent, comical, and affectionate. However, I love them to "just be a bird" too. I learned early on, if a bird is screaming or displaying signs of neurotic behavior (figure 8's, weaving, ect.) then that is a clear sign that I'm not living up to my end of the bargain and I had best step it up or get a low maintenance pet instead.
I'm happy to report that none of my parrots have ever had screaming or feather picking problems (I know that not all screaming and picking problems originate from frustration and a lack of mental stimulation...some can be a habit the bird has learned or mimicking behavior from other birds, etc. ) . My birds have always seemed content and well adjusted but as I'm sure the rest of the members here know, it takes allot. Lots of fresh food, different perches and play gyms throughout the house, daily showers and consistent affection. More than the average pet owner is willing to give.
This article made me shed tears for the untold numbers of parrots, suffering in their own private hell. All I can do is say a prayer for them and remember to always be cognizant of my birds emotional, and mental needs as well as his physical needs.
I am currently the owner of a Quaker and not quite sure if he originated at a breeders or a hoarders. (Maybe the line between a breeder and hoarder can be quite convoluted and grey sometimes. ) Im not sure, just thinking out loud, and still trying to figure that out.
(caregiver and guardian to a Quaker)
Posted 02 February 2012 - 05:20 AM
As someone else says, having parrots is like a relationship. It's not a one way street, it's about mutual respect, understanding and learning about each other. If you rush into things, rather than take it slow and at your birds pace, you may end up doing more harm than good.
Stacy, you may enjoy reading some more of SDavid's posts! Many of them are quite informative and some of them even make you take a step back and think for a bit!
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:20 AM
I also volunteer as a trainer at a shop and sometimes people tell me that these poor birds must be unhappy since no-one spends time with them and sometimes I have to point out that many get so much time out that they are happy to get a rest.
I let the birds be birds and although I have no formal training with birds, (but a fair bit of experience with them), I have a background in working with people with behavioural issues (which helps) and my little feathered charges are very dear to me... the folks at the shop call me the bird whisperer as I seem to have way in dealing with birds that no-one else seems to have any success with.
Biggest issue I seem to see and read about is that new owners expect that their new companion will love them automatically and push things too fast for the bird and this happens at the shop too as some employees do not understand birds and how it can take a good amount of time for them to develop trust and that one needs to be consistent.
And the birds choose you...
We have a pair of baby Alexandrine Parakeets that arrived last Friday and after 4 days they are calling to me when they see me and making happy little squeaks when I come and feed them (they can also feed on their own) and give them gentle beak rubs.
They come out for a little play time every day and are already showing more signs of trust with their new humans and a little more curiosity about their new surroundings... they seem to like a little cuddling and do not mind some gentle scritches.
When they have had enough I let them go back in their cage freely as they are just big babies and it's a big new world for them and every day is full of new things.
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