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J13ME

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Keeping them amused.
« on: February 12, 2014, 11:46:55 AM »

What do you guys do in the evenings to keep your birds amused?

I have birdy-man out but he needs 100% attention. So he can't stay out all night. I want to be able to let him out and have free run of the front room while we watch tv for example. But he goes for the remotes, over to us and plays with us, chews anything he shouldn't and doesn't stay still haha.

I wish he could come out and maybe play on his own for a bit so he can have longer out? While we are cooking dinner/eating etc?
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Re: Keeping them amused.
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 11:58:56 AM »

He is playing on his own just don't expect it to be with what you think are his toys. Parrots chew just naturally just encourage chewing something else.

I suspect everyone has lost buttons from remotes, I've lost keyboards. Every button has gone from the sofa, they lasted about 6 mths. A dedicated parrot perch/stand will help give plenty of chewable things still they will chew things you don't want them to.

You just have to make it safe for the free run of the front room, hell I've given up one shelf on my book shelf. Doesn't stop hickory trying for another shelf but at least most of the time she goes on her shelf.
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Re: Keeping them amused.
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 01:02:39 PM »

Haha he bit my brand new phone after about a week and that cost more than he did! Lol I'm supine he gets pleasure from breaking stuff bless him. :)

I made him a play stand but he has no interest in it at all! Tried using his favourite toys but nothing!

He is going through a stage where even in the kitchen, he used to stand on fish tank and eat grapes while I cooked but now he picks one up and flys over to my shoulder lol get grape juice quieting in my hair and ears  :biggrin:
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Re: Keeping them amused.
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 01:34:22 PM »

You'll eventually get it I always think of them as drama junkies which makes it hard for us but also is good just train him.

My 2 have been trained to take a treat back to the cage, and believe me that doesn't always work if it's little they're like I can eat that before you get there. It's so easy to accidentally train the behaviour we don't want we naturally revert to drama, drama in their world is safe and content, quiet is the opposite.

I'd say anthropomorphism is one of the biggest problems of parrot keeping, and we all do it you just did it, " I'm supine he gets pleasure from breaking stuff bless him".

I've presently got Hickory sitting on the coffee table with one of her toys slowly trashing it. Looking at it from a parrots perspective I'd presume it's one of 2 things either trying to create nesting material, or the inquisitive foraging nature in the search for food. We forget they probably spend 60% of their day foraging we then put them in a cage with 2 meals eaten in 20 mins each.

Fear is a natural thing, could be fearful of the play thing. I and I'm sure others have had toys which no amount of time they ever like, others mths and some instantly. Rewarding for showing interest can work for a disliked toy, to be liked quicker but no guarantee.

The best thing we can do is never forget they are parrots!
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Re: Keeping them amused.
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 01:46:04 PM »

Lol 2 secs out of the room there goes another key ... It just happens!
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2014, 11:32:22 AM »

I will tell you the worse one.. I have a BMW and can opens the boot with the key...

He ALWAYS does it when he gets the key.. I will go outside hours later and it will be wide open! LOL
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