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Your parrot's most unreasonable fear

What is your bird's most unreasonable fear? For example, something that most other birds enjoy but yours is terrified of...

Every bird I know (especially quakers) loves straws - to play with, chew, and organize in their cage. But Harpo is deathly afraid of straws, no matter what I do! I've tried to slowly acquaint him with them, but no luck. He always just flies away in fear.

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One thing my conures freak out about is the ironing board ( of all things ), . As soon as they see me opening up the board they start freaking out and contact calling. Maybe they think it's a giant bird opening it's wings ? , or maybe they just hate ironing as most of us do
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ALL of my birds hate balloons. I actually use a big deflated balloon to chase them off of windowsills when they feel like testing me.
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My linnie is terrified of balloons. I had a purple one floating around on the floor and she was beside herself. It took me awhile to figure out what the problem was.
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What is your bird's most unreasonable fear? For example, something that most other birds enjoy but yours is terrified of...

Every bird I know (especially quakers) loves straws - to play with, chew, and organize in their cage. But Harpo is deathly afraid of straws, no matter what I do! I've tried to slowly acquaint him with them, but no luck. He always just flies away in fear.
I don't think that there is such a thing as an unreasonable fear. Whatever the animal fears is scary for them. Some might think it is unreasonable for me to fear the dentist because I haven't been hurt by one since I was a little kid, but it's still very scary for me But, I totally get what you are saying

I'm sorry, keep in mind this is coming from someone who does behavior consulting for a living

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I think my budgies' fear of ANY new food is pretty unreasonable. They are used to eating all their favorite things from my fingers, but it I offer ANYTHING new, they lean back as far as they can get as if I am holding a snake in their faces. I wonder if this is a preservation instinct to keep them from accidently eating something poisonous? They only want to eat what they see another budgie eating....but doesn't someone have to try it first?
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Inflation. They don't trust that I'll shield them from such matters and continue giving them organics and toys.
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Inflation. They don't trust that I'll shield them from such matters and continue giving them organics and toys.
Too funny!

Mine aren't really overly afraid of anything, thankfully!



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The bucket i use to clean the fish tank.....ugh
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Hey Joe you're funny! I'm afaid of inflation too.My birds are afraid of balloons.
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Randy is deathly afraid of tin foil, he also fears many other random objects throughout the day!
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Squeeking floor boards I'm sure it sounds like something that could potentially eat them, but it still makes me giggle every time they freeze up due to my walking/shifting my weight

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Merlin isterrified of any new toy. I have to play with the toy first then I have to hang it near the cage and slowly move it closer everyday. Then it can hang on the outside of the cage a day before it can move into the cage.
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new people.... they actually hide!
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new people.... they actually hide!
Aww they are just shy
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Any unusual noise. But I think that's just a normal instinct. Millie is still unhappy with something new (not including food) but deals with it well. Niblet has no fear Well maybe that's not true but there is so much difference between the two
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