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Old 08-17-2014, 09:57 AM
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Pat has bonded, but too much?

I just got Pat out of his, her cage and we were sitting together at my computer and Pat was hanging off my shirt. Pat was chirping away, next thing you know Pat starts head bobbing. Just after that I do believe he regurgitated. As soon as this happened, I cleaned it up, placed Pat back in the cage and acted as if nothing had happened. I hope that I've taken the right steps. I'm just surprised that this would happen with Pat being so young. At least according to the paperwork I have, Pat should only be about 4 months old.

I hope that I did the right thing.

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Old 08-17-2014, 01:43 PM
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Re: Pat has bonded, but too much?

I have had that happen with Larry, my green cheek. I reacted the same way.
Larry is 5 months old. I think the behavior is instinctual, even at an early age.
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:21 PM
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Re: Pat has bonded, but too much?

Just have to be careful I guess. Not sure how to prevent it, but I know you shouldn't encourage it. Thanks for the info MrsKay.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:18 PM
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Re: Pat has bonded, but too much?

I would say you did the right thing. Birds will often regurgitate onto the things they feel the most affection for. It's their way of sending you flowers, I suppose! Unfortunately it doesn't smell as pleasant and doesn't look nearly as lovely in a nice vase by the window.

Whenever your bird decides to regurgitate, I would continue doing a quick "cool down time out". Sometimes the behaviour is difficult to prevent or completely stop, but generally a quick change of environment or scene can put the behaviour at a stop. Avery has always tried to grab and "feed" the tips of my fingers, but every time she tries I just kind of walk away and let her know I'm not interested. The behaviour is pretty rare nowadays.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:38 PM
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Re: Pat has bonded, but too much?

Thanks for confirming what I did Dinosrawr. Pat has seemed to calm down and seems to be back to acting a bit crazy (hanging from the top of the cage upside down, wing flapping, etc.)
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Re: Pat has bonded, but too much?

My conure was regurgitating at me quite a bit (but not actually throwing up the food) and doing all these weird tricks like hanging upside down or hanging on the cage holding on his beak, etc.. But since he grew, had a first molt and became fully flighted he changed a lot and doesn't do that anymore. We also acquired other birds, so he likes to play with them. He is still very bonded with me and steps up as soon as I have my finger anywhere close to him, but he is much more independent now. So I guess this is a normal passing stage of relationship with your bird.
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:26 PM
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Re: Pat has bonded, but too much?

So far veimar, this is the first time that Pat has done this. Hoping that I can keep it from happening again. I don't want Pat getting the wrong idea. Would get another bird, but don't have the time for another one now. Maybe when I get my wife here from Russia we'll get her a bird and then Pat could have another friend.
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