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Old 12-29-2014, 02:58 PM
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When you've done rehab long enough, you begin to realize that this is often a euphamism for "the novelty of scrubbing floors, cleaning cages and catering to the attention needs of a [insert species here]" has worn off.
yup. Hence the "Didnt you google even a little?" translate "Were you completely unaware of the work involved here, or just completely uncommitted to doing it??" I dont think anything I can say or so will change that type, what breaks my heart are the people who WANT to do the best thing for their bird but are told that if they dont have time for it they should give it a new home.
No, in most cases (in my experience) this translates to- "I totally knew all this up front, but ASSUMED all the cleaning, time, toys, specialist vet, special/messy/difficult diet ext... only applies to those 'crazy bird people' and would totally NOT apply to me. I purchased this intelligent, sensitive animal on the assumption it would sit in a stripped down, barren cage and sing all day and I could take it out every once in a while (of course it would automatically be perfectly trained/well behaved) to show off to my friends. As a bonus, it matches my drapes too!".

RIGHT?? I have this conversation with people at the pet store all the time (I take my bird in with me, they see the "same bird" for sale, they want to take it home RIGHT NOW because it is so pretty and mine is "Soooooooooo taaaaaaaame!") It isnt a dog, it isnt a fish, and it ISNT A PLANT THAT MOVES!
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:59 PM
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Re: No time for my bird! Rehome him?

Zilla spends a lot of time on my shoulder when I have office work and emails to get done. As long as I'm fairly sure it will be a low traffic day/afternoon/morning/evening in the office I just take her with me, if things get too busy she goes back to her cage. She also spends a lot of time on top of her cage just watching me or the cats or even the TV. Every time I walk by she gets a kiss or a scratch (or a treat) at the very least she gets a "How's my girly girl?" She hangs out on her play stand while I work on my quilt or make her new toys, or chop veggies or clean up the kitchen and load the dishwasher. She doesn't care what I'm doing or if my attention is focused "totally" on her and her alone, she just wants to be a part of or at least near what I'm doing.

The only thing she is NEVER allowed to help with again is folding laundry! I thought she was just playing with my socks, but she was chewing holes in them!
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:00 PM
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Re: No time for my bird! Rehome him?

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-Multi-task. Too much homework/office work t get done, not enough time for birdie? Put the bird on your shoulder, on a play stand, etc, and spend time with the bird without making them your focus. This may mean you have to put some time into teaching your bird to play on their own while near you, but that is a skill your bird needs anyway. Take Polly in the shower with you, put her on the towel rack to preen while you do your hair/shave/brush your teeth. sweep the floor with a bird on your head, make phone calls while giving scritches, etc. I have my husband do this, too! He is very busy, but he doesnt rehome me Instead, when I feel like he isnt spending time with me but he has work to do, he will sit by me on the couch and do his work, or invite me to eat lunch with him in the middle f the day, which brings me to my next point...
A parrot that is out of his cage on a playstand in the same room you're in, and occasionally gets paid attention to, is getting "quality time." So, quit making excuses, or beating yourself up over it.

Example: Yesterday I watched a football game. Each quarter I changed the bird that was perched on my leg. (Didn't even NEED the playstand!) THAT counts as quality one on one lap time for them... and they were perfectly content to stay like that. (For one quarter, or the whole day if I'd let them.)
But see - I don't think we on the forum emphasize that ... or at least not enough. I used to beat myself up over how little time I spent with my birds...or if I didn't give them fresh food everyday...or if I didn't get their cages cleaned like I should. I quit beating myself up (after my son got after me) and I realized that I was giving them a really good place to live. Not perfect but a good place to live.
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:03 PM
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Zilla spends a lot of time on my shoulder when I have office work and emails to get done. As long as I'm fairly sure it will be a low traffic day/afternoon/morning/evening in the office I just take her with me, if things get too busy she goes back to her cage. She also spends a lot of time on top of her cage just watching me or the cats or even the TV. Every time I walk by she gets a kiss or a scratch (or a treat) at the very least she gets a "How's my girly girl?" She hangs out on her play stand while I work on my quilt or make her new toys, or chop veggies or clean up the kitchen and load the dishwasher. She doesn't care what I'm doing or if my attention is focused "totally" on her and her alone, she just wants to be a part of or at least near what I'm doing.

The only thing she is NEVER allowed to help with again is folding laundry! I thought she was just playing with my socks, but she was chewing holes in them!
Sorry about your socks. Socks get enough holes in them without help from our animals.
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:05 PM
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Re: No time for my bird! Rehome him?

I think we dont give our birds enough credit. When you spend time with a human being, do you think they need to be focused 100% on you? How about if they do that EVERY TIME you interact with them? Nope, we are smarter than that, and so are they unless they are spoiled (which doesnt mean they arent smarter, it means their owner isn't smarter...).
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:07 PM
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Re: No time for my bird! Rehome him?

A macaw on your lap getting his head scratched, and beaking your fingers while you watch the game... That IS Miller Time!

My zons (Well, Pecker was a velcro bird!) are fairly independent and don't really want to be held all the time. They want some attention and being held time. Then they want "their spot" back.

My CAG is more independent than my zons.

The macaws are the opposite... They won't even stay in the dang tree if there is a lap available... they get held more.
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PHENOMENAL thread!!!!! Thank you for taking the time and posting this!
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When you spend time with a human being, do you think they need to be focused 100% on you?
Those are called stalkers.

And it's creepy...
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:09 PM
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-Get the bird a friend - MAYBE!! I say this, but it does NOT apply to every bird!
This is the one thing I take issue with... and I saw it too many times.

Well, my bird was acting up, and I decided to get him a friend... but I didn't have time for that one either, so now they're both acting up...

Only now they cannot be separated.

Uh-oh!
This notion crossed my mind a few times in the first few years we had Kiwi (getting a second bird in hopes of Kiwi's behavior improving). Then I thought about the fact if I was struggling to get the one to behave, would I have any chance of getting 2 to behave? Most likely not, I would probably have 2 feathered terrors instead of one. I opted to just spend the time to work with him until he was a good bird and now I have a single, well behaved bird. I think getting a bird a buddy really only helps in some of the smaller, super social species like budgies or when the first bird is already a good bird and is just a bit lonely (and you have the time/money to handle 2 or more).
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:13 PM
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I thought she was just playing with my socks, but she was chewing holes in them!
That would be my RFM. Except she wasn't in the laundry basket. She was perched on my foot. I was wearing those socks at the time...

It happened more than once.

I always assumed it was a macaw thing... chew a hole in your socks, and then puke on your toes!

I have bird shirts, but I also have bird socks...

Which, now that I think of it, resemble my "now slightly used" favorite pair of flip flops...
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