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Strawbs

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Smokey.
« on: October 09, 2014, 04:40:58 PM »

Have been reading some fantastic  messages on here and saw one about shoulder sitting. I have had Smokey for 3 weeks now and he steps up on my hand but then likes to go on my shoulder. Should I be discouraging this and if so could you tell me why.
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Re: Smokey.
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2014, 05:16:34 PM »

I'd say it's up to you whether you let him, some birds sit nicely on the shoulder one of mine is always sat on my partners shoulder and is well behaved. My other grey who favours me is a complete pain in the backside when she's on my shoulder she rolls onto her back, swings off my hair and tries to nip my face so I try not to allow her but she's crafty  and she waits until I've got my back to her and jumps on anyway then wont get off! So thats why its best discouraged but like I say depends on the individual bird.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2014, 05:18:16 PM »

Shoulders are said to be a no no
If your bird is spooked then hay could really make a mess of your face :panic:
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2014, 06:00:59 PM »

Oh yeah good point mandi, also they may bite your face if other family members come near you when its sat on your shoulder esp when they get past that nice cuddly baby stage ;)
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2014, 06:36:53 PM »

Lynn when peach is sat with me, Karl has to ask permission to give me a kiss and I have to cover peaches face as she will bite him :panic:
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Re: Smokey.
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2014, 06:48:44 PM »

Bless her - Billy getting the same, we are opening a cafe at work and at the moment have got my friend and chef Julie sharing my office with Billy & me.  He's definitely a 'ladies' man - fluffs up something terrible if men come in to the office but is charming all the ladies even trying to say a very sexy 'hello there' and batting his eyelids.  My friend Julie didn't get why I loved parrots so much - in 4 weeks she is totally smitten! Caught her chatting away to him today :rofl: even telling him what she was having for her tea! Cx
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Re: Smokey.
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2014, 08:29:58 AM »

Thank you for all your help guys.xx you might be able to help me with another problem. Smokey comes out to play but won't go back in his cage when I need him to. I have tried treats but this doesn't work.
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Re: Smokey.
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2014, 10:36:59 AM »

Hi Strawbs

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This is probably quite normal he probably associates being in the cage as not being able to get out so thinks 'I am not going back in there' when he's out obviously leave the cage door open and in his own time hopefully  :crossed he will go back in the cage it could take days for him to do that, but when and if he does leave the door open so he can come back out so to kind of break that cycle that when I'm in here I can come out if that makes sense I'm confusing myself now  :laugh: but I'm sure you understand the gist of what I mean.

remember to not get stressed out it can be frustrating when you take him to the cage and boom he fly's off but he will sense your mood and that wont help neither of you.

But I'm sure the more experienced members will be able to give you better and less confusing advice than I have just gave you in which case completely ignore what I said  :rofl:

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Re: Smokey.
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2014, 10:39:45 AM »

If he wont go in for a favorite treat or toy you could try removing his food for half an hour before you let him out, that way he'll be hungry and more likely to go in for the food when you put it back in the cage.
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Re: Smokey.
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2014, 11:28:21 AM »

Ozzy  (11 mnths) loves to be on my shoulder, but he also likes to preen my hair to the extent that I now have a collection of chewed split ends on "his" side of my shoulder, thanks!
He's also fond of ripping my earrings out so I take them out before he comes anywhere near now.

We've never had a problem putting him back in his cage as he always gets given food as soon as he gets in there, even if its the same food as he has when he's out, he will stilly happily go into his cage for more.  Its getting him to stay there thats the problem  :crazy:

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Re: Smokey.
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2014, 04:15:07 PM »

Thank you for your advice. Smokey and I are learning every day. He gives me so much fun and I love him to bits. Will try all of your tips.xx
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Re: Smokey.
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2014, 05:22:36 PM »

Yvie goes on my shoulder sometimes, but it depends on her mood & body language
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