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Lost Parrot Tells Veterinarian His address

  1. May 21, 2008 #1
    This was in Japan, if the bird was a U.S. citizen it could run for congress.:biggrin:

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  3. May 21, 2008 #2
    Now that's funny. That article just makes me want to get a Congo Grey even more.
  4. May 21, 2008 #3
    Thats really cute! Funny that he wouldn't spill the beans to the cops.
  5. May 21, 2008 #4


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    The story said it took a couple days for him to start talking to the vet, so maybe he was just scared at first and being quiet. Once he got comfy, he started chatting away I guess.
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    Parrots can be flexible, but they usually need bonding-time. Not Allie, though. I stopped in at a pet shop just to look at the animals and they had taken in a blue-crowned conure, who was perched on top of her cage. She started whistling and squawking as soon as she saw me, and ran to the closest corner of the cage and leaned out at me. The young lady that ran the shop told me what a friendly bird Allie was and came over to have her perch on her hand and Allie bit her. She still kept leaning toward me, so throwing caution to the wind, I held out my hand and Allie jumped on, ran up my sleeve, and perched on my shoulder rubbing her head into my hair. Luckily, Allie wasn't too pricey because she HAD to go home with me.
  7. May 21, 2008 #6
    I couldn't have a bird as a pet. I've had birds before, and have always felt guilty for keeping them in a cage... maybe if I owned a mansion where i could have them in a giant cage where they can fly around like some zoos do... but I wouldn't keep a bird like a parrot, who belongs in a jungle filled with trees where they can fly around freely, in a tiny box-sized cage.
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    The first thing that I trained Allie to do (with plenty of dried chili peppers as treats) is to lean forward and spread her wings when I said "Allie, WINGS!" That way I could clip her flight feathers. She had been traumatized some time earlier by someone who manhandled her when clipping and she would get very scared and defensive about clipping (and conures can bite hard!), but she liked our little "Wings" routine because I would scratch her head and feed her chilies. Clipped, she would not get hurt if she jumped down from her cage or perch, but could not fly around the house. I built her a nice climbing-tree out of a dead sapling I found out back, and drilled holes and inserted dowels in it so she could easily climb back up and jump to her cage if she wanted. I never kept her caged, except at night. When it was bed-time, I'd wave a nice chili and say "Allie, cage" and she'd jump right in and I would put a cloth cover over the cage for the night.
  9. May 21, 2008 #8
    Makes me miss my parrot.

    We didn't have an entire "forest" to provide for this blue-gold macaw that my dad had to buy from this one place (didn't seem like they were treating him right), but we did treat it right.

    I remember he was trained to say "hello there," "hello," "mama~!!."

    I miss it calling for me (saying mama!!! - lol) and then saying hello upon my arrival.

    I also loved walking around the block with it perched on my shoulder. That macaw always tried to kiss (open beat with tongue out) me if I were near, like a dog trying to lick its owner's face.

    then I went to school.... (sold it to people who take REALLY good care of macaws and birds in general though)
  10. May 21, 2008 #9
    Perhaps he didn't want to be accused of being a stool pigeon:smile:
  11. May 21, 2008 #10
    We have a lot of mild weather here in AZ, that is when it isn't hot as heck.

    My neighbor built an outdoor aviary for his wife's parrots that was accessible through a window of the house. It also had an outdoor entry for people. It was really a terrific set up. They had all kinds of plants growing in it.
  12. May 21, 2008 #11
    Did you keep it's wings clipped where it couldn't fly far, or did it just not want to fly away?
  13. May 21, 2008 #12
    yeah just clipped the flying wings when they got long

    but the bird never flew away from me

    im guessing the bird was tamed well before i got it... its just that the conditions it was being kept in was worsening so i took charge of it
  14. May 21, 2008 #13
    I see. I was just wondering because over the past few years i've thought about getting a Congo Grey, and i'd like to take him/her outside as much as possible... if it wouldn't try to fly away at the drop of a hat. I've raised a few parakeets over the years and didn't know if they acted much differently than larger birds.
  15. May 21, 2008 #14
    i've been able to tame a few others as well...including two conures (half-moon and jenday) , and a green-yellow amazon (also a proficient speaker)...

    the more they trust you (i mean just to be safe, just clip the flying wings, its not hard and i never really had problems with "accidently cutting" something) they less prone they are tofly away randomly

    they're not able to get very far at all if you clip the wings

    my macaw was tame enough to be brought out in public without having it becoming frightened
  16. May 22, 2008 #15
    Hmm. Clipping the wings on parakeets wasn't too bad... except for the one time I clipped just a tad too close and nipped a blood vessel... I felt so bad. The parakeets you can just grasp in one hand and cut with the other. How do you clip them on a larger bird? Or better yet, how do you get him in a position to let you clip them? lol.
  17. May 22, 2008 #16
    One of my exes had an umbrella cockatoo. Big white bird. I adored Vanilla (the bird). We had a huge cage for him. We basically just sectioned off a hunk of the living room for the bird to have his own space. Mostly he was only in it when we had to go out without him, (he came a lot of places with us) for his afternoon naps, and to go to bed at night. Otherwise, he hung out on top of the cage or generally wandering around.

    Vanilla was a tame as could be. He wouldn't talk, but he'd imitate other animals. He was especially good at meowing like a cat. He fooled cats into believing he was cat quite regularly. (Meaning, the cat would hear a cat meow and come running to see what was in his/her house, and get met by a big white bird who loved cats like mad.) We got Vanilla his own cat. But that's a different story.

    We clipped his flight feathers, no problem. I took him shopping with me and travelling when I went on the road. At places that let us, we took Vanilla into restaurants and got a dish of mashed potatoes for him. He loved mashed potatoes. And corn on the cob. And pomegranates. He'd sit on my lap in the evening while I watched television, and I'd rub his head, face, chest, and back. He'd snuggle in and make cooing noises and stay there endlessly.

    Mind, when he had temper tantrums, he could screech like nothing I've ever heard. And jeez was he persistent.

    But so, meow, bark, coo, sure, but talk or even whistle? Not a chance. That bird wouldn't have ever been able to tell anyone how to get him home.

    Edited to add: Vanilla was so tame, we could get him to hold out his wing just by rubbing a finger against his body under his wing while he was standing on his perch, and we'd clip the middle feathers that way.
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  18. May 22, 2008 #17
    honestly, all i had to do was have it perch on my dad's arm

    i'd just pull the wing open and cut it and it wouldn't do anything

    i'd have the first-aid powder ready *just incase* but for the most part, it didn't really do anything

    same for the amazon

    the jenday conure and half-moon on the other hand (much smaller birds), i had to have someone hold tightly since they aren't as tamed
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