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Old 10-18-2015, 03:12 AM
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Should you discourage regurgitation?

This sounds like a weird question, but bird life is weird!

I have had my grey for a year and a half (she was five when I bought her a year ago) and she lets me handle her but does not like being petted. I have always been fine with this, she is who she is and I know that as a mature bird the bonding process could take some time. Some birds will never want that close contact and I get that. From almost the second month though, she tried regurgitating for me. I discouraged it because I am concerned that could lead to trying to lay an egg and I want to discourage the possibility of her becoming egg bound (if she is indeed female, I haven't had her DNA sexed yet). I kinda also just assumed this isn't a behavior that's usually encouraged among parrot owners. But I do know it's a sign of affection. It doesn't bother me really as long as she doesn't run up and puke on me, but I feel like it's good to discourage... anyone want to chime in on this?

Tonight, for the first time she let me pet under her wing. Is it possible that tolerating this for a second let her feel more comfortable with me? And if so,what parameters should I follow for her health and the comfort of my house guests?
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:46 AM
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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

You are seriously going to confuse your bird..... petting her under her wings could be indicating to her that you want to breed with her, so she regurgitates food for you, then you discourage it.


I remember when people felt elated and happy that their bird regurgitated for them because it meant that their bird "loved" them! At that point in time I never had birds regurgitating for me, and I never found the appeal of it, either... later did end up with two birds who attempted to regurgitate for me, and it was erhm...... NOPE! Not for me!



If you allow a bird to bond too closely to you and form a mate bond, this can lead to mate aggression (bird may defend you against strangers or even relatives or SO's), excess hormones, stress, plucking, mutilating, etc. Not healthy.


So I say no to allowing them to regurgitate for you and no to petting under the wings or anywhere other than the head!
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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

I agree. Under the wings is definitely a trouble spot that could give your girl the wrong idea about what might be jumping off right then. Lol!

And I discourage regurgitation as well, though not in a hard-nosed kind of way or anything. I don't give them "the look" or a stern no or anything. I just treat it the same way I would a parrot who has gotten too wound up and excited with play. I put them down for a few moments to give them the chance to cool off and get themselves back to an even level. This has worked for Jolly and Maya both.

On a side note, it's good to see you on the forum again, Monica! You've been missed!
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:30 AM
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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

My Grey will occasionally attempt to regurgitate (no food comes up) when he gets really excited over something, so I can agree with treating it as any other behavior. He's not very affectionate but when he gets himself worked up into a frenzy over a toy or hearing the TV it'll set him off but I just ignore it.

My Amazon is the same way, when he gets super excited he'll start regurgitating. He wasn't hand raised like my Grey was, but I think it's a fairly natural response to overstimulation. Avoiding the triggers towards mating behavior (petting the lower back, under the wings, etc) and ignoring the regurgitation behavior is really all you need to do.

I do suggest you get the DNA sexing done just to be on the safe side anyway in case your bird is in fact female.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:31 AM
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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

My Smokes was never a touchy bird..BUT she still regurgitated for me..go figure


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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

I don't get the full "puke" but I get the dry heaves from time to time.

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Old 10-18-2015, 11:25 AM
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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

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I don't get the full "puke" but I get the dry heaves from time to time.

http://vid752.photobucket.com/albums...pswq2v0sic.mp4
That looked like a big yawn! Adorable 'too!
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Old 10-18-2015, 11:45 AM
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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

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Quote: Originally Posted by ToMang07 View Post
I don't get the full "puke" but I get the dry heaves from time to time.

http://vid752.photobucket.com/albums...pswq2v0sic.mp4
That looked like a big yawn! Adorable 'too!
Thanks. *When* she does it, it's pretty consistent, frequently a lot harder than that, (like every few seconds to a minute) so I'm pretty sure it's dry heaving, but I could be wrong. Always makes me nervous tho, lol
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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

Quote: Originally Posted by ToMang07 View Post
Thanks. *When* she does it, it's pretty consistent, frequently a lot harder than that, (like every few seconds to a minute) so I'm pretty sure it's dry heaving, but I could be wrong. Always makes me nervous tho, lol
As far as I am aware, parrots do not "dry heave". They can regurgitate without spitting food out, but if a bird is puking, there's going to be food (or water) involved.


When a bird is yawning like that, they do it for a few reasons....
  1. Readdjusting the contents of their crop
  2. They're tired
  3. The air pressure in their ears changes (especially if scratching around their ears)
  4. They may have a sinus infection
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Re: Should you discourage regurgitation?

I don't. Never have. Probably never will.
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