Does she ever make a little growling noise and then 'head butt' you in a very loving gesture?
My bird does this thing that I have never seen anyone else mention when she is feeling especially affectionate, happy, or overly pleased. In a singular gesture, she voices 'Errrrrrrr!' while taking a step forward and pushing her forehead and beak into my neck or ear in an upward gesture. It is adorable, really, it is a bit too cute.
It is a single thing, very elaborate and expressive, reserved for particular moments. I usually get a 'head butt' or two in the morning, maybe one when I come out of the shower, and then one before we settle in for the night. Sometimes I get one for doing something seemingly inconsequential, like putting away the dishes, which really gets my curiosity going.
It is just such a specific, large expression, I find it curious that I have never seen it referenced anywhere. Have you experienced anything like this?
My male just head butted me. I've got the 'Tiels in here too (husband in their room putting together their new flight cage yippee !), so it's rather loud. I'm trying to work, reading something and basically ignoring his little chirps. Then I feel something knocking on back of my wrist. He had walked over to me and I guess he had been trying to get my attention by chirping, didn't get usual response so he nudged me with his beak. I look at him and he's got this look on his face like "It's about time...now play with me!". He sees he has my attention so he steps up to play. He doesn't normally do that though.
My female doesn't really care for scritches to much. I think the Conure would bite her neck or something, so it bothers her. She does however love to have her beak rubbed and will often nudge me with her beak to get her version of scritches.
are plets more loving than keets? it seems like they are easier to bond with than keets when you have a few. i have no bonds with my flock and i really want to.. which is why i plan to adopt some kind of conure or medium sized bird in the future and then a large bird in the future future
I honestly don't know because I've never owned one. My bird ownership has been limited to P'lets, 'Tiels and Lorikeets...never regular parakeets. I think it's easier to bond when you get hand reared babies right after they are weaned and also when they aren't housed in a flock. I know you have quite a few birds and that could possibly be the reason. My rationale is that they don't need to bond with you because they have each other.
My 'Tiels are this way. They are technically tame, will step up, never bite, come when called etc....but they aren't "bonded" to me or anyone really. They are technically my children's birds (1 for each child), but my youngest son is the only one who spends a lot of time with his bird. The other kids spend maybe 30 min a day if that with their birds and my oldest boy can go days without talking to his, so I pick up the slack. They are good birds, but just prefer their own company.
I think perhaps if you had a just weaned hand fed baby and kept them in their own cage, away from the others and spent a lot of time with them that you would likely develop that bond. Eventually you would probably be tempted to let that bird play with the others and then you would risk it starting to prefer the flock....but I'm not a bird expert, so I could be completely wrong about that. It's just what makes sense to me is all.
My P'lets have bonded as a pair, but they are still very much bonded to me. But as already stated, I spend A LOT of time with them...I mean, these little guys even go to the restroom with me! I've tried going without them, but they just fly out of the room and chase after me.