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DON'T GIVE UP!
A bird story....
Our first large parrot was a sweet baby Polly African Grey
we named MP3. MP3 let anyone hold and pet her until she was about 10
months old, when she became my bird only. My wife, Maggie, could only
give her treats with caution. Heartbroken, Maggie tried everything to win
back MP3's trust.
After months of no improvement, we decided to get Maggie a bird of her
own. We talked to other bird owners, read and researched until finally
settling on a baby Senegal Parrot. We named our new baby Senegal Jack.
Jack was constantly handled by both of us on a daily basis, but quickly
formed an “attitude” toward Maggie who became heartbroken again. He loved
to bite toes, especially when footwear wasn't present. One day I came home
to find Jack patrolling "his" floor and Maggie locked in the bedroom.
Jack had chased her down the hall--growling and lunging at her bare
feet--to the bedroom. (I'm still not quite sure why she locked the door.)
Gradually it got to the point where Maggie could no longer handle Jack
at all. Now I had two birds; she had none.
After more research, we brought home a 1 year old Green Cheeked Conure we
named Mac. Mac took to Maggie immediately. Max continues to
preferred Maggie over me, much to Maggie’s delight.
Recently we added Mojo, a male Eclectus, to our collection of four other
hookbills. Mojo is a very personable and comical bird. Luckily he bonded to
both of us. He has also changed some relationships in our home. Jack has
always liked watching Maggie putting on makeup and getting ready in the
morning. Now he is obsessed with her and dances at her feet until she picks
him up, so he can cuddle and give her kisses. He won't stay by me and
snuggle like he used to if she is at home. He has to be with her! Luckily he
is still well behaved towards me, except for his new game of a good solid
bite on the ear from time to time.
Jack has also learned to respond to a "clicking" sound Maggie makes. He
will sit on her shoulder and try to get inside her mouth to find that
"clicker." He is very persistent about this. Also, I wonder if there may be
a certain amount of jealousy since Mojo the Eclectus has come on board.
Whatever the reason, Maggie finally has her Senegal back.
No matter what problem you may be having with your bird, don't give up. For
reasons we may not understand, things change. Just keep on loving them.