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Birds USA Editor's Note

By Laura Doering

Laura Doering, EditorSome people just don’t get birds – literally and figuratively. Birds can be noisy and messy, and you have to buy them a nice cage, playgym and toys. Even after you do all that, your bird might not always allow you to pick it up and pet it. So why do some of us choose to share our homes and  lives with feathered companions? I believe you’ll find the answers in the pages ahead.

Birds are as diverse as they come, with an array of personalities and quirks to match their many colors and sizes. You really do have to do your homework. The more you know, the more likely you are to have an enriched relationship. Once you understand and practice the basics of positive interaction, chances are you’ll be rewarded with positive behaviors. Offer your bird a balanced diet, ample exercise and opportunity to play, and you’re less likely to have a timid, bored, “perch potato.”

Their trust may not come unconditionally, but once you earn it, there’s nothing better. The moment your bird obligingly steps up onto your hand for the first time, gives you a hearty “Hello” when you enter the room or shrills with delight upon seeing its favorite food heading its way, you will realize what makes life with a feathered companion
so fulfilling.

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I know the truth of this article. My husband and I are owned by four birds - 2 conures, an African Grey, and an Eclectis. Our little Jenday, Chico, is social, loving, and definitely in charge. Eli, our Grey, loves me and tolerates my husband. Rose Marie, a hybrid conure, was given to us. She was a throw-away bird, neglected, and came to us in a small filthy cage. Needless to say, she also came with a lot of "baggage". She has taken my husband as her mate, and tolerates me on a good day. Kalee, the Eclectis, has also bonded with my husband, but generally allows me to handle him. He is 7 years old, and was set in his ways, so it's been an adjustment for him too. But each has something to offer, and love and patience is what we offer them.
Barbara, Crofton, MD
Posted: 2/16/2007 2:27:39 PM
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