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View Poll Results: What percent of your time are you happy with your bird, happy/unhappy
100/0 3 10.34%
90/10 10 34.48%
80/20 8 27.59%
70/30 5 17.24%
60/40 1 3.45%
50/50 1 3.45%
40/60 0 0%
30/70 0 0%
20/80 0 0%
10/90 1 3.45%
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:14 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I voted 70/30, though I feel like a selfish @#$& for doing so because he really is a well behaved bird. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Kiwi, I try to give him the best care possible and I do try to remain understanding of his right to personal space, but after over a decade of working with him and taking really good care of him, he still won’t let me pet him or scratch his neck or help with pin feathers even and that makes me really sad. He is clearly intelligent and understands the rules of the house and that I’m not a threat, but he just doesn’t want to have that special bond with me other people have with their birds. I see/hear about birds being rescued at various ages from all kinds of terrible situations all the time who within a few years adore their owners, but not Kiwi. I’ve always had such a rough time connecting with people, which I can accept, but it really hurts that I can’t seem to connect with Kiwi.
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

Kiwibird: I am flabbergasted about you not drowning in great friends out there in the meat-space-world; you are such an amazing person!
Disapointing behaviour is always cause for some amount of stress, so if you feel it keenly 30% is not too bad a score for your stubborn rescue
(mentally kicking Kiwi's feathered behind about this)
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:11 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I wasn't sure how to answer this... Does 'Unhappy' mean frustrated/stressed/exhausted or does 'Unhappy' regretting having the bird? If the former, then I'd answer 70/30. If the latter then my answer is a flat out 100/0.

I figured you meant something in the middle, so I answered 90/10. I LOVE my boys, but they've sure changed out lives. Mostly for the better, but there are times when they're screaming while we're trying to watch a movie or trying to steal the veggies from my dinner plate... however, even at those times I can't imagine life without my sweet boys.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:11 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I voted 90/10. (By the way I wonder if the person who voted 10/90 made a mistake WTH)
Anyways, my birds are REALLY good birds. I mean seriously really really good birds. They're very quiet most of the time, they behave and listen to me nearly all the time and none of them bite me or my husband EVER (even Finley will only mouth me with his beak now and he used to be a big biter). I can basically handle them whenever I want even if it's interrupting what they're doing such as eating or playing they step up no problem. None of them scream for no reason...there is always a fairly easy fix and I usually find it pretty quickly. All 4 of them will settle in for scratches and a cuddle pretty much at any time too. Ollie is 3 and Finley is 2 and I've so far had no issues with hormonal behavior which is pretty uncommon.
I'm REALLY lucky.
However, most of this behavior is training I've worked very very hard on. Some of it is personality and that they were young when I got them but I seriously put in hours and hours and hours of my time and still do, however now I can relax more with them and it's easier. I do keep a set scheduled bedtime and rituals for them and if I'm away or out to dinner I do have a bird sitter who comes in and completes the routine for me and that really really helps them stay happy. I also have sleep cages upstairs where it's super dark and quiet and the day cages are filled with toys and foraging for them also.
The 10% unhappy is basically about mess cleaning, many many vet visits and the occasional unsavory behavior but no one's perfect.
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

Quote: Originally Posted by chris-md View Post
In the immortal words of Charlotte: ďIím not happy all day, every day, but Iím happy every dayĒ

I was reflecting on my current life with Parker and how I seem to be on his outs more and more every day; Iíve been growled at so many times today. So itís a rough day, even though Iíve spent 8 hours of it outside not even around him.

Just got me wondering, whatís the reality on the ground for everyone? Iím probably at 60/40, happy 60% of the time, unhappy the other 40%. Parrots hard HARD so This doesnít actually strike me as being too bad, but still ďrehomeĒ has been discussed before.

So spill the tea Folks, how is your happiness split? Letís see what public consensus actually is!
Currently it is 90/10 for Consuela and me. Her first moult has begun and in a few weeks her clipped primaries will have been replaced. Flight School will begin; ascending flight, descending flight, turns, stalls, etc. THAT will be fun. She will be 10mos. on 26Apr. The 10% is for chewing on EVERYTHING. EVERY THING. =(

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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I'm 95/5 but rounded up to vote!

The 5% represents the repetitive nature of supportive daily and deep cleaning, ignoring the morning/evening screaming, etc. They are truly wonderful companions, it is worth a reminder they are creatures of the sky and adapt mightily to our confines. The one thing I would love to offer is harness flying outdoors, but the raptors above pose mortal threat.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:06 PM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

So Nike doesnt scream or chew. She can get loud-ish for 10-30 seconds once in a while but her loudest call is significantly more quiet than my Amazon was....I can even tolerate it while she's on my shoulder.

Even having said that, if she was bad she would just be acting like a parrot and I can't be unhappy with that.
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I voted 90/10! 90 % of the time I am very happy with my birds!

Reason being...

They are small (three cockatiels), they have huge cages so I know when I am at work they still have tons of room and are safe. They are not very noisy. Two of my birds are a pair and prefer each other's company, though the male does step up and will sit on my shoulder.

Ember, my hand-tame male is very sweet and affectionate most of the time, but he does have his bratty moments. But he loooves people and wants nothing more than to sit on your shoulder and get head scratches.
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

Quote: Originally Posted by Kiwibird View Post
I voted 70/30, though I feel like a selfish @#$& for doing so because he really is a well behaved bird. Donít get me wrong, I do love Kiwi, I try to give him the best care possible and I do try to remain understanding of his right to personal space, but after over a decade of working with him and taking really good care of him, he still wonít let me pet him or scratch his neck or help with pin feathers even and that makes me really sad. He is clearly intelligent and understands the rules of the house and that Iím not a threat, but he just doesnít want to have that special bond with me other people have with their birds. I see/hear about birds being rescued at various ages from all kinds of terrible situations all the time who within a few years adore their owners, but not Kiwi. Iíve always had such a rough time connecting with people, which I can accept, but it really hurts that I canít seem to connect with Kiwi.

Kiwi's brother, by a different mother, has the same dislike (fear) of being touched especially around the neck and head. I so agree that it is heartbreaking that we cannot get past this point. It is disheartening to see others in which this simple joy comes with ease. The joy I have is that whatever caused this no longer supports it and maybe some day, just maybe some day...
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I would put it this way.

I am not happy all the time with all my birds but I am always happy with some of my birds.

Closest to 100% would be Mango and Angle. Always happy to see me and always wanting to get scratched.

Bingo would be a close 2nd 90/10. He may not always want to be picked up but will want scratches unless.... wet hair, hat/jacket or incorrect clothing.

Bella is one bird I can't rate. I am disappointed with her cuz of her plucking and lack of wanting affection from me. She is a special case and still a work in progress.

Luna & Merlin would be lowest. The noise level from those 2 is just over the top. But at the same time Merlin is friendly and will always step up as long as he is outside of his age.
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