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We all have issues with our birds. From minor flock squabbles to wanting to pull our hair out some days when nothing seems to go right. Every bird has its 'thing'. Asher and Ares like to sing loudly, at pretty unfortunate times of the day. One well before the crack of dawn, the other after the sun goes down. Or a big one here, Reptar likes to go through screaming fits through out the day, regardless of time with me/time outside the room/etc.
We all have our issues, some minor and some extreme. The typical website responses just don't work. So I'm curious. How do YOU deal with bird issues as they happen. Not a situation where you cant put off a question to ask here and wait for a response, I'm talking about the vile attitudes, snippy dispositions and general bird hell that we all experience at some point (as much as we love them otherwise).
How do you handle it? What weird ways to do you deal with the attitude?
When Reptar is getty nippy or angry, usually pretty spazzoid, I flip him onto his back for scritches, he calms down instantly. Otherwise, shove him in my sweater (usually wear big baggy ones at home, cause I can). He finds a corner in the folds, falls asleep and I can bring him out a few moments later as a whole new bird. He's currently fully pinned and flattened under a blanket around my shoulders, by his choosing. Or I can grab his beak and just hold it, he freezes and seems to calm down until I can scratch him. Just kinda minor things that help me deal with the attitude, where general theories have failed.
Obviously, we can't pretend we follow the full on 'Parrot Handbook' of training 24/7. I'm just curious about some solutions that you've found work with your birds as individuals in more problem type situations.
lindsay, owned by three conures
six tiels, two dogs & two tortoises
Last edited by SoCalTiels; 10-30-2014 at 05:12 AM.