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Old 02-06-2019, 03:19 AM
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

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All 3 of them, but not for very long periods of time.


Rico- my first grey- would lie on his back as long as you'd give him scritches...needless to say it was the human that gave up first.

I sometimes would worry if his organs might shift or something from lying on his backside for so very long...
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:52 AM
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

HRH Princess Lilly has had me pinned to the couch virtually all day today wanting skritches and playing and wrestling with her on her back with her little feet in the air. This is what my days off work are like ... I literally cannot get anything done around the house cos the wee girlie wants playtime ALL DAY, but that’s ok, I can’t resist those fuzzy green feathers and sweet little pink feet anyways ...
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:30 AM
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

Both, and constantly.....

I mean it......constantly...I wonder how I get ANYTHING done.

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Old 02-14-2019, 11:05 AM
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Amy a Blue Front 'Zon Jonesy a Goffins 'Too who had to be rehomed :-( And a Normal Grey Cockatiel named BB who came home with me on 5/20/2016.
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

I can have Amy lay on his back in my hand as he holds onto his perch stick with his feets and I move my hand in circles and go up and down with him. A couple times I was able to "toss" him from hand to hand while still on his back!
I have only done this a very few times and it is always over a bed! God forbid if something went wrong and I dropped him or whatever he'd have a soft landing area! He will also hang upside down from his perch stick and I can twirl him back and forth.

With BB we thumb wrestle. He loves it and gets down and dirty. Arms waving madly,hat high in the air,chirping/growling at the same time. Sometimes he gets so into it he actually BITES my thumb! He might not be as big as a 'zon...but dang that little beaky can hurt!!


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Peanut likes to pretend like shes a tiger. She flips herself over on her back hanging from my shirt and when I say "whose mama's tiger" she starts shaking her head and ruffling her feathers and makes kind of a roaring purring sound. Birds are strange characters lol.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:51 AM
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

Of my seven parrots only my cockatiel and one of my quakers will go on thier backs. My grey loves skritches, human interaction and conversation. My Amazon loves beak rubs, holding hands and singalongs. Two of my quakers developed a game I call bowling for quakers, they play this game when I clean cages, Sammy perches on top of my head, Harry does a screeching fly by to dethrone him, he flys away screeching and she takes his place, they do this until all the cages are clean then they each perch on my shoulders for a friendlier visit.
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:25 AM
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

All of my parrots hate being on their backs, which is especially unusual for a GCC like Kermit. Many conures love playing on their backs. I’ve never ever seen Kermit roll on his back. Even when he was a baby he’d never done it a single time. I see so many videos online of conures rolling around on their backs and wrestling, and I really wish I could do that with Kermit. I don’t force him to go on his back because I know he hates it and I don’t want him to lose trust in me.

Most cockatiels don’t play on their backs so I don’t expect anything like that from Ducky. My budgies don’t trust me enough to let me hold them on their backs. Both Ducky and Kermit are very cuddly and love scritches, and Kermit even crawls under my hand for cuddles. But no playing on their backs.
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:36 AM
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

Flybirdiesfly just give it time and play with kermit in your hands more. flip them over bring them back, repeat, then don't for a few days then again....just make it something that happens, but isn't scary because it just happens....

Both zod and clark will play on their backs , not for a long while..but if they think they are getting the upper hand ......I can wrestle them for about a minute or so before they want to be on their feet and then go back. In anouther year they will probably just lay on their backs for fun if I do it right.
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:00 AM
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

Clark conure my concern is that Kermit would find it scary and begin to lose trust in my hands. I just don’t want to risk it.
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:22 AM
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Re: How many people can actually play with their parrots?

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Clark conure my concern is that Kermit would find it scary and begin to lose trust in my hands. I just donít want to risk it.
maybe put if you don't push a bird or test a bird (AFTER YOU GAIN ITS TRUST) then you won't be able to see how far they develop... They don't want to be afraid, if you show them nothing bad will happen they will bond further and trust more. Or.....have someone else do the exercise? so you are in no way to blame.
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