Parrots will be parrots, I guess! Well, I don't think they dream, per-say, but Lord knows what goes around their little heads while they rest... (scientifically speaking, they don't sleep like mammals, but rather just rest, even if they do seem asleep). They really tend to make the weirdest connection - patterns, colours, texture, shape.... Even completely unrelated bad experience, and they connect to every day's items or routine.DO parrots dream, ya think? I'm trying to figure out why, after years of training with some small animal figures ( 3 parrots, a bear, a lamb, a bell and a small ball) all of a sudden Salty treats them like they are radioactive. Or other changes in their personality. Could a bad dream about these props make him super cautious in approaching them? We've worked with these props for years now, and this is new behavior.
We've all read on here how one amazon suddenly did a hard 180 on his fav person, and its taken years for this fella to get the 'zon to come even close to re-accepting him. Why do they do this? I'd love to know.
But but but... it's not HIS and THE sleeping perch!!! It just won't do. No wonder Salty is, well.... salty about it. *ba-dum-tss*So 3 days ago, I rearranged Salty's cage and its contents and he has been a real PIA since. I cant decide if he is cranky because he refuses to sleep on the new sleeping perch and not getting enough sleep, or if he is just mad at me for changing the cage around. The new perch is the same color, just bigger and a different shape. The old one, a yellow cement one, was getting fouled and I couldn't clean it despite soaking and scrubbing. New perch is yellow cement type but bigger and one of the varied dimeter ones. Think he will get over it or what??
Thank you! He is a very smart little Amazon for sure. He learned that pumpkin trick in 2 tries. And we train together almost every night, so he is 6 yrs old now, and we started doing training when he was like 7-8 months old, so we have had about 1600 or so training sessions together. He can read me like a book, and I him.Off subject, but Salty is very good at tricks. Amazing actually. The putting the bones in the pumpkin is so adorable You must work with him a lot
I am looking into a heated perch for my older parrot. He loves 2 of his current perches. The last time I removed them he cried the entire night (which meant I got no sleep). I will be finding out myself how long it takes for a parrot to accept a new perch.Yeah !! Salty has accepted the new perches and is sleeping on one new one in his favorite position. That has to be the reason he has been so cranky - he wasn't getting a good nite's sleep hunkered down on the floor. Back to his usual playfull, cooperative self, singing and talking his head off. It sounds like he is going to come up some new things to say, he's been practicing in that soft grumbley amazon voice they use to try stuff out.
That bones and pumpkin trick? Now he puts them in, but he decided to Train me and get me to accept them back (for an additional treat of course). Who's training who here??
Al my buddy...I'm with you! I was DAMN lucky to get Beeb's back. Thank the Lord he is so bonded with me and has to be near or on me constantly. I'd die if I lost him or Amy. BB is an excellent flier and zoom's thru the house full throttle and now going to places he know's is off limits and I keep threatening with a clip clip. Also been thinking of harnessing him more and being clipped might help. Next time we go to see Doc Kristin I'm gonna ask her if she has ever put a harness on and if she'd consider doing it to the Beeb's the first time just so I can watch/learn how.Tonight was a few firsts. First time Salty successfully did his version of Jenga, the reverse Jenga, where he stacks all the mini Jenga sticks back onto the pile without dropping any of them !! So gentle, so calculatingly precise, it's really something you have to see, eyes completely focused, done over and over. I hope I can catch it one night when we are videoing. The other first was flying for 2 circumnavigation rounds of the open floor plan of our house; unfortunately his flight was interrupted by a glancing brush with a wall that he misjudged and ended with a less than dignified landing on a curtain. We have been considering letting Salty remain flighted but he has developed into such a strong and QUICK flyer, we are scared that one flight may end in him hurting himself or worse going right out the front door. Despite everyone in the house being very aware of parrots zipping out a door or window (we had a episode years ago with a different parrot), Salty is so frigging fast that I seriously doubt anyone could react fast enough to stop him, should he put his mind to aiming for the open door.
You know, writing this all down has solidified my thoughts on this, and I am making an app with his vet to have his sleeves shortened (to paraphrase my friend Jim). I don't have enough water in my entire body to provide the tears I would shed if Salty flew away. Just thinking about it gives me a knot in the gut. I am sorry, my boy, I love you too much to chance it.