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Old 10-26-2020, 05:42 AM
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Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

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I'm thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah, Spock. She does not enjoy the lifestyle I can give her and she is becoming increasingly frightened of me and my husband. We have to towel her to get her back in her cage each time she is out. It stresses her out so much and she is starting to be fearful when we walk past her in her cage, which breaks my heart. She is so active and should be flying about, but it's so unpleasant having to put her away that I'm reluctant to let her out as often as I should.

Her and her needs are so different from a parrot (obviously!), I love that she is my little wild thing, but I'm beginning to think that it's affecting her wellbeing living with me.

I have never rehomed an animal before. I don't know if it is the right thing to do or if my motivation is sound. We have a giant dog who is very reactive, we got him as a rescue and we have had to change our lives to work for him so even thinking about giving an animal away does not feel comfortable.

Does anyone have any experience of making this decision they would be happy to share?
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:50 AM
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

Just be super selective about who you rehome her with. I don't think there is a large pool of people who are looking to adopt mynah birds, as compared to parrots.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:16 AM
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

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Hello,

I'm thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah, Spock. She does not enjoy the lifestyle I can give her and she is becoming increasingly frightened of me and my husband. We have to towel her to get her back in her cage each time she is out. It stresses her out so much and she is starting to be fearful when we walk past her in her cage, which breaks my heart. She is so active and should be flying about, but it's so unpleasant having to put her away that I'm reluctant to let her out as often as I should.

Her and her needs are so different from a parrot (obviously!), I love that she is my little wild thing, but I'm beginning to think that it's affecting her wellbeing living with me.

I have never rehomed an animal before. I don't know if it is the right thing to do or if my motivation is sound. We have a giant dog who is very reactive, we got him as a rescue and we have had to change our lives to work for him so even thinking about giving an animal away does not feel comfortable.

Does anyone have any experience of making this decision they would be happy to share?
Hello I don't have quite your experience but am at least in the UK where things work a bit differently. I have a GCC and did panic a little as I am now retired with a 3 years old bird and was worried for his future. I didn't do it in the end and we are still together but finding someone proved really difficult. I tried word of mouth which produced some interest but generally they weren't prepared for the work involved. Advertising him felt really dubious and I heard so many awful stories that it put me off.

Syd is my first bird so I am not a great authority but towelling is supposed to be the worst thing you can do pretty much. Is there no other way? You are losing so much trust and can already see the knock on affect that is creating.
I can see it upsets you to do it but Syd and I have a bribe system. He has learnt that going into his cage results in a treat. We now never argue about it. As long as I have the treat (sunflower seed in his case) in my hand he will go in on command, watch me close the doors etc and then gets his seed. It took a bit of time to set up but it is pretty fool proof now.

I just worry that if you don't find a new home quickly you will have a bird that has real problems if you have to continue like you are. It's an awful problem for you and I do understand.

I also had a large rescue dog who passed a couple of years ago. Again it takes work. If yours is so reactive then you have to keep them separate. That's tough but I now look after my daughter's 2yr old lab and he has learnt to leave the room now without command. Again it takes consistent work. He sits outside a glass door so he can see Syd flying around and he looks quite plaintiff but I don't completely trust that Syd won't attack him even if his training is pretty good. My old dog was very obedient after arriving here as a hooligan but he responded to consistency again. It can be done with the right determination.

I don't know if this will be any help and I do understand your dilemma. I have learned over the years that it pays sometimes to give things time and with the right approach things tend to work out. Training looks like being the answer to most problems and I include the adults! I do hope you come to a conclusion that makes you happy.
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

Thank you both

I'm in the UK too.

I started by being able to put mealworms in her cage and she would hop back in to get them, but she learnt that she would be shut in and stopped going in. She wouldn't eat or drink anything - because she wouldn't go into the cage for it - and they have such fast metabolisms they pretty much need to eat at least every few hours, so overnight without food is risky. We've gone backwards instead of forwards. It's been gradual as I have had her for over 5 years, it's been a slow decline.

When I noticed things going wrong I started to offer meal worms from my hands, but even doing it 3 tines a day and not giving mealworms any other way she wouldn't take them. I tried keeping a hand near a feeding bowl with meal worms, but she wouldn't go near it until I'd moved away.

I don't let my dog anywhere near her don't worry. Her cage is off the floor and they are NEVER together when she is not in her cage. I mentioned him more to explain that I'm not adverse to adapting for the needs of an animal so that isn't why I'm thinking about rehoming.
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

Is there any way Spock would step up onto a perch you hold?

I have 2 birds that won’t step up onto my hand but I have found other objects that they will step up on.

My Cockatiel steps up onto a wooden cook spoon and 1 amazon will only step up onto my iPad (wierd but hay it works).

I know nothing about myna birds but I did see and watch one in a pet shop.
They remind me more of a toucan in there movement. They both like to jump around and need lots of space. As opposed to parrots that almost exclusively climb of fly.

I hope you find an answer or a good home.
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:59 AM
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

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Thank you both

I'm in the UK too.

I started by being able to put mealworms in her cage and she would hop back in to get them, but she learnt that she would be shut in and stopped going in. She wouldn't eat or drink anything - because she wouldn't go into the cage for it - and they have such fast metabolisms they pretty much need to eat at least every few hours, so overnight without food is risky. We've gone backwards instead of forwards. It's been gradual as I have had her for over 5 years, it's been a slow decline.

When I noticed things going wrong I started to offer meal worms from my hands, but even doing it 3 tines a day and not giving mealworms any other way she wouldn't take them. I tried keeping a hand near a feeding bowl with meal worms, but she wouldn't go near it until I'd moved away.

I don't let my dog anywhere near her don't worry. Her cage is off the floor and they are NEVER together when she is not in her cage. I mentioned him more to explain that I'm not adverse to adapting for the needs of an animal so that isn't why I'm thinking about rehoming.
I admit that I am plucking at straws but it sounds as if you need to almost go back to the beginning and concentrate on building trust again. I was thinking about where to rehome her if that's your decision. There is Pets4homes if you decide to sell. There are lots of adverts for people wanting birds promising to give them a good home for free, but then I heard that they usually resell them or even get them to feed to other pets - without putting too fine a point on it. That really put me off. Having said that I bought Syd from an advert there and rescued him from a determined 2 yr old hell bent on killing him, so it does work out well some of the time I guess. Another I saw before deciding on Syd was obviously from. a flipper, and really put me off. I wasn't at all sure about Gumtree either. What about an avian vet that you go to I wonder if they might know of something. There are refuges, where they promise to have them but you pay for ever more. The RSPCA put them in a cage and seem to only let parrots go to aviary owners and I didn't think that would suit Syd who was hand reared. I guess I love him too much to just let him go anywhere and I keep hoping that a really good knowledgeable owner will just appear where Syd will be happy, but we are really bonded.

I will be interested to hear how your research/decision goes.
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

Texsize, no, there's no way she would step up onto anything I was holding. You're right, they're more like toucans than parrots. They move all the time hopping from place to place or flying. She has a swing in her cage she seems to like, but she never stands on it while it moves, she'll just hop on and off.

I've reached out in a Mynah group on Facebook so I'll see what comes back. I'm going to be fussy about where she goes.

I feel stuck.
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

Is the bird's cage nice and large? Is there interesting stuff to do inside the cage, carefully placed so as to allow full movement?

DO you have the ability to dedicate one room to the bird? I have a pair of budgies, one of whom is determined to live life on HIS terms. Before we all went to work-from-home, he was getting more and more resistant to returning to his cage before I left for work. I resorted to curtaining the room with room-darkening curtains, closing them before leaving time. For a while that worked, when the room got dark he would return to cage. Then he figured out, it was a trick, and went back to refusing to enter cage. I had gotten to the point where I was prepared to leave him Out in the room, just as I do when I am home.

Well that all happened just before we went to work-from-home. Nowadays I let the budgies have free access to two large rooms. They are happy enough with this arrangement that, 90% of time, if they see me preparing to leave, they trust I'll only be gone a few hours, and they put themselves back into their cage.

So I am wondering if you might possibly have a room available which you could make MynaBird-Safe, and in which you could allow him the freedom to live in or out of its cage as it pleases? IF so, you could place its food & water on or near its cage so it understands its freedom. The perhaps after a while -- maybe even, a Long while, like months-- you could start with placing treats In the cage and regular food Outside it, and move on from there?

Also you want the bird to understand that going In the cage does Not automatically mean being Locked in the cage. This is quite important to my own budgies. -- and I believe there was a thread on here elsewhere, where someone else had to work with that.
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

Just bumping this to see if anyone has more advice for you.
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Re: Thinking of rehoming my Common Mynah...how do you decide!?

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Just be super selective about who you rehome her with. I don't think there is a large pool of people who are looking to adopt mynah birds, as compared to parrots.
I wanted a mynah so badly...first bird I ever looked into owning lol! We are out there. I don't know that they are very common in the US at all these days, because I looked and it seems they have a special status of sorts.
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