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Update on the experience with my friend's unfriendly bird.

Wow. I haven't been here in a LONG time.

For those who don't remember, I been pet sitting my friend's flock on multiple occasion in order to gain REAL bird experience as well as my friend travels to Ohio a lot in visit her family.

One of her five parrots, one of them, a rainbow lory, really hated me. Threat displays and biting and all. Months of working with her, I manage turn from threat to curiosity and could touch through the bars without any bites.

However today...I made my biggest milestone with her. I opened her cage, told her to step up...and the lory did it without biting me!! She looked like she was excited to play with me. We played a quick whistling game with each other. She perched on my fingers without a care in the world.

I AM SO HAPPY!!!
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That's awesome!! Rainbows are such funny characters aren't they?
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Awesome! Lories are very hyperactive and their playfulness can be viewed as aggression, although they're usually just plain silly. Beaks are like razor blades though!

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that is great huge step in the right direction

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Congratulations! What a major milestone! You are doing great!
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That is fantastic. What steps did you take to accomplish this?

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Re: Update on the experience with my friend's unfriendly bird.

That is awesome well done!!!

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That is fantastic. What steps did you take to accomplish this?

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At first, I was just avoiding eye contact and quietly ignored her as I went on the computer which was in the parrot room at the time. Layla (that's her name) was still doing threat displays but after a while, the display stopped as I became part of the background. Still avoided me when I went too close to the cage.

Then I started working with other bird (particular the female eclectus parrot) in the front of the lory. I figure it would show her how "fun" of a person I was. After three months of this, she started following my movement in her cage and making squawking contact calls when I left.

Then I started touching her through the bars as well as playing whistle games with her. She enjoyed that but still bit me if I dared to put my hand in. It stayed like this for five more month until finally...I got to this point.

Currently can't cuddle her like her owners can but she can perch on my finger! That's all I ever wanted so I'm happy.

Now I feel like I can take on any lory if I decide to get one. (Though I've learned quite quickly that I would never getting a macaw! Those birds are stubborn!!)

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Don´t be surprised of Layla´s attitude towards you.

By your words is easy to appreciate all the interest, love and patience you have devoted to her. Now you have your reward.

You are a huge example for so many...

Congrats on your new and well deserved friendship!
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