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Old 01-21-2017, 04:43 PM
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Bella update 3 monts

So this marks 3 month’s since Bella has entered out lives.
Her feathers are growing in and looking better. I had been worried that it would not happen but I just had to be patient.






Bella has also destroyed her first toy this week (way to go BELLA). At first she did not even touch her toys so I see this as a real point of progress.

Bella’s vocabulary has not grown significantly since the last update. There are things she says that we can’t make out, it’s like she mumbles words. She is such a joy to listen to I know she will add new words and sounds on a regular basis, so there is nothing to worry about. I’m just glad she hasn’t learned how to cuss. I just can’t help coming out with a G.D. it or SOB every now and then.


The pet shop where I bought her would like me to take her back for a visit. I want to do this but I don’t know if it’s a good idea. All the shop workers grew attached to her while Bella was in there care. My fear is that it may cause a setback in Bella’s recovery. If I was in her place it would scare me to go back there and make me think I was going to be abandoned again.
What do you all think ??



On a different thread (Bella’s story) I mentioned that one of the things she would say (learned from the previous owner) was “I’m sick of you”.
So as requested I have uploaded a short video clip with her saying this. First thing she says is “going to work” , then “pretty bird” then at the 10 second mark comes “I’m sick of you”. You may need to crank up the sound to hear her. It breaks my heart to know someone said that to her often enough she learned to repeat it. Bella is the most good natured bird I have run across in a long time.



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Old 01-21-2017, 05:11 PM
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Re: Bella update 3 monts

Ticks me off to imagine somebody saying that to HER!
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Re: Bella update 3 monts

I'm gonna pretend the PO was saying that to a human...Bella seems so sweet! I'd hate to take her back to the pet shop - what possible good could come to Bella from that? I understand the people want you o see how she's doing, but maybe they could just watch the videos. Surely she will remember the shop, what f it did remind her of being abandoned?
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Re: Bella update 3 monts

Yeah I gotta concur, she's recovering now. Stay away from the shop. You can show them pics if needed.


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Re: Bella update 3 monts

Quote: Originally Posted by LeaKP View Post
Yeah I gotta concur, she's recovering now. Stay away from the shop. You can show them pics if needed.


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I also agree Wes..no sense in it..and ya,Bella might think "oh NO! NOT BACK HERE!!!"

Golly...her chest clothes look FABULOUS!! And in just 3 short months! Major improvement buddy pat yourself on the back..you're doing everything right by Bella.
Right at the end of the video,she makes this "clackityclackclack" sound..lol..my Smokey made the same sound...must be a grey thing lol.

And I too...HOPE that "I'm sick of you" was meant for some hooman..and you're right,it must have been said quite a bit for Bella to pick it up...sighhh

Thanks a bunch for the update...keep 'em coming..and she is absolutely gorgeous!


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Re: Bella update 3 monts

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Yeah I gotta concur, she's recovering now. Stay away from the shop. You can show them pics if needed.


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So far this is what I have been doing, showing them pics on my phone.
Bella does seem to be a bit more nervous of anything that moves too quickly than my Amazons. IF riding my shoulder in the kitchen and I move the trash can to quickly she heads for the hills. Taking her back to the pet shop for even a quick visit would likely upset her.
Thanks for confirming my gut feeling on this.
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Re: Bella update 3 monts

What a major improvement, Wes. She must really love her new home to relax and be engaged enough for this to happen. Got a laugh at the destroyed her first toy. Even for folks that get a baby, that first shredded wood, or paper toy is a memorable moment.
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Re: Bella update 3 monts

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Yeah I gotta concur, she's recovering now. Stay away from the shop. You can show them pics if needed.





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So far this is what I have been doing, showing them pics on my phone.

Bella does seem to be a bit more nervous of anything that moves too quickly than my Amazons. IF riding my shoulder in the kitchen and I move the trash can to quickly she heads for the hills. Taking her back to the pet shop for even a quick visit would likely upset her.

Thanks for confirming my gut feeling on this.

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May I suggest not moving around with your grey on your shoulder. They are shy and if they get a fright while we're moving around with them it's easy to get our ears or face. I've heard of many bites by greys this way.

I hold Nigel on my hand when I'm moving around with him but when I'm still or sitting I allow him on my shoulder.


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Re: Bella update 3 monts

Thats so sad I hate to think of anything like that having been said to Timneh. Timneh was returned to the pet store after a year. Glad everything is working out for you guys.
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Re: Bella update 3 monts

leaKP.

Letting her ride my shoulder is something I don't do very often.
first because she is such a um frequent pooper LOL.
second I have to move verrrryyyy slowly lest I scare her into flight.

It's mostly due to taking my Amazons around on my shoulder. For them it makes them feel more secure. For me it is a closeness that is difficult to get any other way. After my Bingo bit me on my ear I have been much more reluctant for this type of "closeness".

I am still learning the differences between the 2 breeds of birds Amazons/African Grey.
Just because they are both "Parrots" does not mean they have the same reactions, needs and body language.
Because I am still learning advice is always good to have, thanks.
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