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Old 01-09-2012, 01:41 AM
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I've found with my U2, that people who come into our home, who are high strung, stressed, have a bad attitude, etc. (like a lot of us), his demeanor changes, (he turns on his aggressive pose). I've been discussing this with my family, and the members that have been an "issue", have changed their ways. Our friends that come over have also been involved with this experiment. I find the change in Amigo's aggressive behavior, astonishing! It works, it really works! Always be calm, or try, patient, and act like he is just your other friend sitting next to you. Amigo free flights during most days but if someone, besides me or my husband, is in the house, he's knocking on the window to come in. He is the judge and jury!
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:41 AM
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Re: an experiment, if you will

I think you are probably onto something there. My BC hated my ex bf though would be friendly with strangers after they were here and acting normally for a bit. But, he was very high strung and the biggest complainer I think I've ever known. He would come home from work and complain for the next 2-4 hours (every night, I'm not kidding). It would get me down in the dumps. It was always stuff none of us had any control over like the economy, the price of food and gas, and the weather.

I also have a friend with mental problems I mentioned in the other thread that seethes hostility toward them. She is also the type to go completely off the handle over very minor things like dropping a pen on the floor. My birds all hate her.

Parrots respond well to happy, smiling, laughing people. They like us to be silly.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:17 AM
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Yes they know directly who is "good guy and bad guys" and turn around in a second.
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Re: an experiment, if you will

I think your right. Codie is a sweet Angel with me, but my other half is quite a loud person and this tends to make her aggitated I had a friend come over last week who is a very calm and gentle person and Codie took to her instantly but this week I have a different friend come to stay for a few days, and she is a very highly strung and loud person and Codie has taken an instant dislike to her so most definately she is so much more at ease with calm people
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:04 PM
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Re: an experiment, if you will

My dad is a very nervous and twitchy person. My GCC usually loves everyone. She would not even go near him. She wasnt mean to him, just very very watchful and kept her distance. I thought it was interesting. Even more interesting is what I found out at the bird sanctuary I used to volunteer at. It seemed like different species would gravitate towards certain people. The opposite also seemed to be true. For me, Moluccan Cockatoos would follow me wherever I went. I dont mean just one. I had a herd that would follow me. They wouldnt pay attention to other volunteers that were there. I also found that Cockatiels and myself did not click too well. While speaking to other volunteers, they had a specific species that always seemed to "understand" them more then the others. Now THAT I found interesting...
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:36 PM
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Lukask, I find that very interesting, also. I would love to hang out and help at a sanctuary, there are none in our area, just to be around different kinds of birds. I find them all fascinating.
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When I meet parrots at pet stores, the ones that usually take to me instantly are macaws and conures, and to some extent, cockatoos. I don't think I've ever interacted with a Grey in a pet store, but Merlin seems to have taken to me right away. Amazons have always gotten very excited upon seeing me, and that used to scare me. Now that I have Pete though, I have come to really enjoy them.
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Re: an experiment, if you will

this is all so interesting! i have also noticed that quakers tend to like me. has anyone noticed a certain species that you just seem to gravitate to, i dont mean by just their looks, but like a parrot or bird you just seem to connect with? i am always drawn to hyacinth macaws.
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Re: an experiment, if you will

I haven't interacted with a lot of Quakers or Ringnecks, but so far the ones I've met didn't seem to like me, or were downright scared of me. I did meet a Senegal at a bird show that also liked me instantly. I almost bought her.

I've never felt a big connection with cockatiels for some reason.
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Re: an experiment, if you will

I always used to joke my lovebird could smell fear. She normally adored meeting new people (totally attention loving ham), unless they were nervous. She'd attack anyone who was even a bit apprehensive about her.

I had many a conversation going along the lines of:

"So, just making sure, you're not at all uncomfortable with birds, right?"
"Nah, I mean it's just a little bird, you know..."
"You sure? Be honest. She doesn't like nervous people."
"Oh yeah, I'm fine."
*violent carnage ensues* (I exaggerate)
"You lied, didn't you?"
"... yes..."

Honestly, she was sometimes better at reading people's moods than I was. And an excellent lie detector to boot.
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