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Has anyone heard of bird phobia?

I had a workman came yesterday to do some maintenance work in the kitchen. At one stage he had asked if he could use the bathroom - I said to him ok go ahead. As he walks past my room to the bathroom and he saw that Mr.Quaker was out of his cage through the tiny crack in the opening of the door, he got so scared and freezes in fear; he then shouted for me to lock in the quaker because he has phobia with birds. Now I know quakers have big bird personalities but for a grown man to be afraid of a little bird that can be only be seen through a tiny opening gap in the door - I do find this very strange. I felt he had insulted Mr.Quaker

Do you think it's strange? It's not as if the quaker can lunge through the small crack in the door and bite his maggot.


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Lol that's pretty funny.

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There is no explaining what people have extream fears and phobias of... Some people are afraid of feathers! Tell him to suck it up ...lol
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I disagree very strongly about this "suck it up" attitude. If you were terrified of spiders would you appreciate it if someone told you to suck it up and deal with their Taratula? No.
It's exactly the same with someone who is terrified of birds. Maybe they got attacked by one when they were younger and have since had a fear of them?
A girl I used to be friends with is absolutely terrified of all birds because she was attacked when a little girl and still has the fear.
To tell someone to just suck it up is just plain rude.
If it was me having a repair man come over to fix something and my bird was out and he asked my to put it away I most definitely would have! A fear doesn't have to be rational to be real.



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I have a flip side story. A. was in the hardware store visiting my friend who owns the store with Cheeky (GCC) on my shoulder, minding her own business. This lady (who i don't like anyway) came in and froze and screamed, "I HATE BIRDS GET IT AWAY" Thought that was a bit harsh.....

Story B. we had a state police man in the house helping us with theft recovery, and my TAG was on her stand (being VERY stoic and quiet like greys are) and the police man kept inching his way closer and closer, I didn't know if he knew she was there, he was about 6 inches away....so I said, "be careful, did you know there is a bird there", so calmly as he bent over to write something he said, "well I guess I'd know it if it landed on my back"..... I laughed so hard.

So, yes, you come across the lovers and the haters for sure. And for us lovers, it's unimaginable to fathom someone hating our best friends.
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I disagree very strongly about this "suck it up" attitude. If you were terrified of spiders would you appreciate it if someone told you to suck it up and deal with their Taratula? No.
It's exactly the same with someone who is terrified of birds. Maybe they got attacked by one when they were younger and have since had a fear of them?
A girl I used to be friends with is absolutely terrified of all birds because she was attacked when a little girl and still has the fear.
To tell someone to just suck it up is just plain rude.
If it was me having a repair man come over to fix something and my bird was out and he asked my to put it away I most definitely would have! A fear doesn't have to be rational to be real.

Woah... hold on there, it was a joke... and the bird was in Tippas house behind a closed door...how much more locked up can it get... if I was in some one elses house I would never tell them what to do with their pets.
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Sorry, you're on the internet and it did not sound like a joke.
Plus, she said the door was open a crack which for someone who is afraid of birds would probably seem like the door was wide open with a sign pointing in his direction saying "attack".
It's the same thing if someone was afraid of dogs, you wouldn't just let your dog run around the house if someone was visiting that was scared of them. (obviously the bird was in a room not flying around the house but this is just an example)



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I had a workman came yesterday to do some maintenance work in the kitchen. At one stage he had asked if he could use the bathroom - I said to him ok go ahead. As he walks past my room to the bathroom and he saw that Mr.Quaker was out of his cage through the tiny crack in the opening of the door, he got so scared and freezes in fear; he then shouted for me to lock in the quaker because he has phobia with birds. Now I know quakers have big bird personalities but for a grown man to be afraid of a little bird that can be only be seen through a tiny opening gap in the door - I do find this very strange. I felt he had insulted Mr.Quaker

Do you think it's strange? It's not as if the quaker can lunch through the small crack in the door and bite his maggot.
yup. My gf has bird phobia. She is terrified of all birds. The first time i brought my tiny budgie home , she was terrified. Even till this day she is scared to go near it. But i have slowly taught her to let my budgie perch on her finger and she is ok with that as long as he doesnt go near her face. If he attempts to she will scream and hide probably lol. She was also very scared of my budgies bite (which is laughable and more cute then actual pain). She is ok with it now kinda but wait till she meets my future senegal lol. It just hatched so now on the 3-4 month wait.
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Sorry, you're on the internet and it did not sound like a joke.
Plus, she said the door was open a crack which for someone who is afraid of birds would probably seem like the door was wide open with a sign pointing in his direction saying "attack".
It's the same thing if someone was afraid of dogs, you wouldn't just let your dog run around the house if someone was visiting that was scared of them. (obviously the bird was in a room not flying around the house but this is just an example)
Umm Tippa is a guy... I also made the mistake of calling him her...lol ( that was a joke) but to be honest I would have a problem with workmen who are total strangers using my washroom, however that is beside the point. people who know me know I joke... about everything... I did not mean to offend anyone but I thought your reaction was a bit over the top also.
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The quaker was behind closed door with a slight gap and the workman was about 12 feet away from the quaker and he was still frozen in fear. I just thought it was strange for a full grown man to be so afraid, i'm not sure if there is a story behind why he has such fear for birds.


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Fear is a strange thing, I live my life in constant fear and its vile. My nan has a bird phobia. She managed to hold a few which is a HUGE improvement and wants her Galah when she retires (IF I look after it she says). But she is downright not letting me have chickens. I planned it out an everything, I want some silkies! I've shown her them and she is considering it now she knows what they look like haha! But she has to put up with the birds because of me. And she does care about them, a lot. When Joey was put to sleep at the vets she stayed with him and cried because quite frankly I was in such a mess I had to leave the room

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A phobia is a phobia. Respect it. Look at the greater number of people you may have come into a home with a phobia about dogs.
This was just a crack in the door, but a phobia doesn't take that in. His phobia isn't weird, just not heard of as often.
I am trying to think of any phobia I might have. Maybe a snake or a large spider. Wouldn't bother me if adequately contained or outside in its natural environment, but one loose in a room with a cracked door....
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That said, if properly introuced to a pet snake, I might be game. Not so with the spider.
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This made me lol so hard!
True enough there are people with very bad phobias, bird phobia included. I saved a little sparrow that hit the window at work, and one of my staff members refused to enter my office while the bird was there. Mind you, bird was in a box, covered with a hot water bottle while I was trying to nurse it out of shock. Regardless, she would not even come close to the office or me while I had the bird.

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Recently I had an awkward encounter at my home with a Rogers worker he wasn't afraid of him lol he comes in and he's working sees Phoenix and not a lie says "oh back home we kill those birds".....how freakin awkward he was from Argentina I didn't even know how to respond so I just didn't lol

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Sorry if my reaction seemed over the top, I just think it's really disrespectful to think that someone should just deal with their fear when they are at your home to help you with something, even if it's their job.
I'm terrified of spiders. I can look at people's pet Tarantulas right at the glass and not be scared but if that Taratula was on top of it's tank, loose, even in another room where I could see it I would freak out completely.



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yes I have, it's called Ornithophobia. Ironically, there's a character in the sit-com called Sheldon who has it. My dad jokingly said I was like him, but I said I was the opposite because I LOVE birds!
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Sorry if my reaction seemed over the top, I just think it's really disrespectful to think that someone should just deal with their fear when they are at your home to help you with something, even if it's their job.
I'm terrified of spiders. I can look at people's pet Tarantulas right at the glass and not be scared but if that Taratula was on top of it's tank, loose, even in another room where I could see it I would freak out completely.
Ok I'm rude and disrespectful cuz I made a joke... Now can we just move on and stop calling me names like we are in grade school... I said I did not mean to offend any one IT WAS A JOKE... Geesh.
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I'm not calling YOU rude and disrespectful, I never said that. I said that it would be rude and disrespectful to tell someone to deal with a bird that was out if they were afraid of it.
Not once did I say that YOU were.



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I'm not calling YOU rude and disrespectful, I never said that. I said that it would be rude and disrespectful to tell someone to deal with a bird that was out if they were afraid of it.
Not once did I say that YOU were.
Oh... Deep breath... now... lets just start over... as you stated earlier this is the internet and the way something reads is not always the way the typer meant it to come across... I am sorry you took me wrong up there... and I am sorry I took you wrong.. As Rodney King once said... cant we all just get along??...lol
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