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  •  yes... (9+ / 0-)

    :(  

    So many are captured by the absolute beauty they present.  And babies are babies!  When they are young, they're so cute and love to be held (if they were handfed).  Then they grow up, and become loud and sometimes think you're their mate!  Then they get louder!

    People really do need to research carefully before bringing a parrot home - they require much more care than most other pets.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:50:40 AM PST

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    •  A related problem is that people lavish attention (1+ / 0-)
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      on a bird (especially a baby) when it first comes home, but then they settle back into their typical household routine and spend less time with the bird.  The bird doesn't understand that it was just fascination with something new on the humans' part, and thinks that it's being ostracized.  As hard as it is, it's good to try not to overdo it at the start and give the bird what will be its normal level of attention.  

      •  the worst is... (1+ / 0-)
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        places that sell birds that are not yet weaned... with the idea that the new human continue handfeeding so the bird will bond with them.

        :(

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 03:56:19 PM PST

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        •  We finished Harlan's handfeeding, but he was (1+ / 0-)
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          close to weaning when he came home with us, and I spent three weeks visiting during feeding time to make sure I could do it properly. We didn't make a big fuss over mealtime, so it didn't result in a drop-off of attention once he was done.  The guy I got him from gave me a good, realistic timetable for weaning him, and said that if we had any problems Harlan could come back to be weaned under his care.  (No problems.)

          He also explained that it was important not to let it drag out too long.  There was a woman he birdsat for sometimes who continued to handfeed her bird for 12 years (!!) because "he just seems to like it so much better".  

          As with so many other elements of living with parrots, it's something that can be good or bad - the most important thing is knowing what's involved.

          •  but lineatus... (1+ / 0-)
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            you are bird experienced.  Most sold to this way are not.

            :(

            Okay - so one thing I do do, not handfeed, but DO continue to give all my flock warm mush fed by spoon.  I found it's the best way for me to administer meds if needed (in food if possible with the least amount of stress on the bird)  The mush is made up of pellets softened by carrot juice or carrot puree.  

            All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

            by kishik on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:00:55 AM PST

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            •  That's why I pointed out that I got instruction (1+ / 0-)
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              Any place that just turns people loose with a baby to feed oughta be shut down.

              Both Amelia and Kodachrome loved warm mush variations.  (Kodachrome would walk across the floor and up my bathrobe to get at oatmeal - pretty impressive considering what a homebody she was.)  For some reason, Harlan isn't that interested in mush, and we've tried a few different things.  He is not nearly the foodie that those two were - don't know if that's a Grey thing, or a male thing (did the females see it as being fed by their mate?) or just a Harlan thing?  My data set is small.

              •  feeding.. (1+ / 0-)
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                goes both ways.  My pair of GCCs feed each other in the season.

                Maybe it's a Grey thing??  does he like warm pasta? or other people food?  '

                Mine get their version of people food (various pasta/seed/grain mixes) and also I'll always have a batch of bird bread in the freezer that takes easy warming up.

                All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

                by kishik on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:05:28 PM PST

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                •  He is a picky eater; occasionally gets interested (1+ / 0-)
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                  in a new food, but a week later he doesn't like it again.  Part of it may be age.  Who knows?  I keep trying things.

                  •  heh... (1+ / 0-)
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                    sounds like a serious plan to keep you on your toes.  ;-)

                    That Harlan certainly is smart!

                    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

                    by kishik on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:49:02 PM PST

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