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Old 07-15-2017, 12:47 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

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I think, for me, it's more what wouldn't I do for Skittles? Nothing. I know he's got a good life, everyone in my RL tells me that and even the vet (who see a LOT of parrots) commend me on the excellent job I do with him. Yet, as much as I do for him, I always feel I should do more. It's like he could have absolutely EVERYTHING he wanted and needed and I'd still feel like I could do more. I guess that's how we all feel. At least its how I feel. The largest part of it is how much I treasure him, but I also feel the need to make up for all the cruelty parrots are exposed to by negligent or uneducated owners. There's just too much of it for me and Skitty to make up for, but I love this forum cause its full of people who will do anything for their fids and follow through.
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

Loved that. Yes I cant go to the toilet unaccompanied either. What do they think we're doing in there thats so interesting? My Ringneck couldnt care less but my gc conure will fly on me wherever she is in the house just to make sure Im ok to go to the bathroom with her continual observation.!
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Old 07-16-2017, 01:23 PM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

Whoever complimented all the people in this forum about how much they do for and love their birds is so right! I basically work to feed all the fids and crids (and pay for my Amazon bill). I think the floor time suggestion was really helpful, although with 4 dogs it is difficult (2 of them are foo foo dogs and always in the house, the 2 real dogs have a doggy door so come and go). My fids are all flighted, but I think I'll make an effort to lay down with them and let them explore.

My hubby always tries to reuse things for the birds. We have a corner perch for them that has like 3 branches on it and he always sticks the paper towel roll over a branch and they love to tear that up. We also use big rolls of 54" vinyl at our house and it comes on a super thick cardboard roll, I am always trying to talk my hubby into cutting it up for little tubes for them to play in.

On a side note, has anyone ever shared a peanut butter sandwich with their birds? I made on today and should have known better. The Suns were out and as soon as they spied me fixing something I was "attacked". Winston reached out and grabbed a bite of my sandwich and it was pretty funny to see him try to down it. Of course, Lady had to have a bite too! It's definitely not going to be a staple in their diet but they sure liked the taste!

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Old 07-17-2017, 02:14 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

I've given Skittles bread and pasta as a 'rare' treat and never had a problem. But not sure with peanut butter. Whether it would get caught in their throat (given the consistency of peanut butter). I'd also be concerned about the sugar, fat and salt content.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:34 AM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

Quote: Originally Posted by Mariar View Post
I save all cardboard boxes for sissy..and right after i vaccum i throw a box on the floor for her to tear apart and yell at.i make sure she takes a shower with me everyday and i work 50 hours a week so she can have a new toy,or a honeycrisp apple, and that really good bird food from evrything about birds store.we leave the tv on and the air blowing for her as well.i share my juice,salad,trailmix,yogart,and veghies with her.there is no "me" time...and im super ok with that!!!
good to hear you manage with a 50 hour work week. I've been worried about getting a new bird with my schedule but knowing you can keep an amazon happy with that kind of work load I know I should be okay!
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:05 PM
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Re: What "little things" do you do for your bird?

I too would do anything for Ollie to make him happy and do everything I can to the best of my ability. I have husband and son but the love I have for Ollie is just different and wonderful. Here are just a few things I'd like to share with you all...though there are many many more. I tie toys to my hoodie strings for Ollie to chew at his leisure. The crook of my neck is on reserve from 7 to 8pm each night or else! Seeds time (1/2 tsp) is at 6pm and if I forget he turns his usual quiet self I to a siren to kindly help me remember. Thank you for your service Ollie!

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