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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bird or Beast?

Krikkit the Conure has developed a new bad habit: she insistently bites at fabric -- my shirt or the blanket or what have you -- and appears to sort of suckle at it. She looks exactly like a dog or cat that was taken from its mother too early, but only mammals have mammary glands, so I don't see how this could relate to that! If that were the case, a bird would insist on craning her head way back and standing there screaming with her beak open wide, right?

Then again, there's also the fact that when she first approaches my hand, she grabs hold of my finger in her beak and shakes it violently -- just like a dog does with a rag toy! Once she's got that out of her system, she loves to quietly lay against my hand and calmly, contentedly stretch, scratch and preen herself. Just like a dog would do against your leg or a cat in your lap. am I right or am I right?

Let's see... she also resembles a dog in her protectiveness, fairly rapid toilet training, and unstoppable yapping from early in the morning onward to disturb the neighbors (I'm loathe to mention it, but there's also that whole canine-esque deal wherein she loves to get all kissy-face with you but then she ruins it by trying to slip you the tongue... and don't try to pretend you don't know what I'm talking about!)

Is it possible that the person I got Krikkit from actually sold me some sort of small mammal or rodent with false feathers glued on and a fake beak tied around its head? Is this some new scam I hadn't yet heard about? (conure = "con you, er?) I mean, a guinea pig or a mongrel part-chihuahua puppy would be around the same size and would sell for a lot less without the "parrotization" -- the additional profit one could make by disguising it as a bird is quite significant, like around!

-- mf

(Sorry, this post got a bit silly towards the end... probably because I listened to the following comedy bits too often as a child.):

‪Monty Python - Pet Conversions‬‏ - YouTube
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Lol! I can relate! Lots of shirt holes here too!

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too funny! When Goober chews on fabric (like my shirt ) she makes a similar motion, she chews rapidly and I guess it would look like suckling lol. And she rolls over and plays dead! Impostor birds!



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My conure takes the skin of my hand in between the thumb and finger and I swear it feels like he is sucking on it...lol... I think mine is a mixed up cross between conure, labrador retriever and rubber ducky... looks like a bird, loves water like a lab and sounds like a squeaky toy... what a mix!!!
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Chewee my red fronted kakarki is called Chewee for exactly that reason haha XD

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Kiki does this weird thing when she plays with my fingers, it's like she gently holds onto my finger and then moves her head back and forth real quickly. It's kind of funny, but I have no idea what the heck she's doing!




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