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View Poll Results: What percent of your time are you happy with your bird, happy/unhappy
100/0 3 10.00%
90/10 10 33.33%
80/20 9 30.00%
70/30 5 16.67%
60/40 1 3.33%
50/50 1 3.33%
40/60 0 0%
30/70 0 0%
20/80 0 0%
10/90 1 3.33%
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:24 PM
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Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

In the immortal words of Charlotte: “I’m not happy all day, every day, but I’m happy every day”

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

Just got me wondering, what’s the reality on the ground for everyone? I’m probably at 60/40, happy 60% of the time, unhappy the other 40%. Parrots hard HARD so This doesn’t actually strike me as being too bad, but still “rehome” has been discussed before.

So spill the tea Folks, how is your happiness split? Let’s see what public consensus actually is!

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Old 04-21-2019, 11:29 PM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I am never unhappy with Nike. I never feel like yelling at her and and just never feel unhappy with her, never wish I didn't have her. Do I wish she was better at some thngs, sure, but unhappy...nope!
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:38 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I voted 80/20 in this poll. The 80 is for Fang and Valentino, and Lilly when she isn’t being a bloody little terror, and when she’s asleep. The remainder is for Lilly for the rest of the time!
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Old 04-22-2019, 04:28 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

Iím gonna say 70/30 Iím happy most of the times with Mambo, but he has some days where he bites all the time or screams. Also, when heís doing something wrong and that I tell him 10 times in the end I say it a bit louder, so well at that moment he gets angry and he will be like that for the rest of the day! He makes you feel like itís your fault when itís his lol


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Old 04-22-2019, 05:15 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I am a 70/30 person most of the time; the stress about the overpreening, the screamingbehaviour, demolishing my house and the possible agression leading to injuries between the birds are the lions-share of the not-so-happy time.

(oh and Appie just got into a paludarium and chewed up part of the background I had painstakingly build up over a few weeks/ but those are just pinpricks)

Getting partially undressed by a macaw (this morning she decided my leather belt is the best toy of the day and tries to steal all of it) makes up for a lot of it.

Off to a 'groupshower' now...
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:39 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I voted 80/20. The 20 is for the times when I don't feel well and have to clean his cage etc. Re-homing has been tried briefly because I was worried about his long term future and my health but since that didn't work out we are back together.

What I hadn't expected was my feelings and tears when I was packing him up for the move and how bereft I felt when he wasn't here. He was gone for just 24 hours but it feels right now he's back in residence.
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:45 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

i only vote 90/10 because the alpha clark dictates my bedtime, I either have to go to bed with the flock or pretend to sleep till she goes to sleep... She runs a tight ship.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:40 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I voted 90/10, only because y'all wouldn't believe a 100/00 vote. Seriously, Salty is like our ideal parrot ! I couldn't imagine one who was better. We love him so much.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:54 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

Great topic!
Julio came to us in the normal fashion, abandoned. The youngest Amazon, but not the sickest. Whenever I am unhappy with him, I remember those early weeks of a fear filled Amazon being stuffed with medication. Those early months did not leave much of a starting point, but we worked slowing out of that deep dark hole.
Today, his bites are lighter as he has applied his pressure point training (self-taught) warnings rather than finger snappers. But if he believes he needs to make a point, he grinds a bit.
The split varies, but I'm going with a 90/10 today as he has come a very long way and also taught us even more of the life of living with a Parrot.
Even when the bites are painful, I force myself to remember they have no natural reason to befriend us.
It is much easier to say; It's never the fault of the Amazon, it is always the fault of the Human when he is grinding the point home!
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:05 AM
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Re: Spill it: just how happy are you with your birds

I wouldn't necessarily call it "unhappy", but there are moments when I feel the struggle. When he screams his needs (like when he needed formula at just the right temperature and just the right consistency and just the right angle and just the right timing - if nothing was perfect he'd throw another fit), when he knows he's doing something naughty but does it anyway (he gives himself away with dark muttering and evil laughter, then runs off whistling when I walk over to move him away), when he and my partner miscommunicate (and then he bites)..

Those sorts of things stress me out, and I know I need to work on how I handle stress. So it's not really him - I'm lucky on that he doesn't bite me even when he's upset at the world for waking up on the wrong side of the perch.
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