In the November 2009 issue of BIRD TALK Magazine, you learned about spoiled bird behavior. Now take our quiz and find out if your pet bird is spoiled.
1. You just settled down in your chair to catch up on some work but now your bird is screaming for attention. What do you do?
a. You run over to see if your bird needs anything, like a scritch from you or a treat.
b. You patiently ignore your bird’s screaming no matter how much it hurts your ears.
c. You immediately get your bird so it can hang out with you.
2. Your bird insists on eating right off of your dinner plate instead of eating his pellets and veggies. What do you do?
a. You let him finish what he wants off of your plate and patiently wait to see if there are any leftovers.
b. Have a bird-friendly version of what you’re eating or a healthy birdie mash that is offered in your bird’s own bowl so you can enjoy each other’s dining company.
c. You offer him some straight from your mouth.
3. Whenever company is over, your bird climbs down from its cage and chases guests around the house. What is your reaction?
a. You laugh at your bird’s antics and are surprised that no one else finds them amusing.
b. You tell your guests to stop being big babies.
c. You quickly return your bird to his cage for a timeout.
d. You’ve stopped inviting people over years ago because your bird doesn’t like new people.
4. Your bird refuses to go back in his cage so you can leave for work. What do you do?
a. Try to explain to your boss why your bird is with you at work … again.
b. Promise your bird that you’ll buy him that new $40 toy he was one-eyeing in the online catalog and that you’ll come home at lunch time to check on him if he goes back in his cage.
c. You call in sick for the fourth time this week.
d. You place your bird’s favorite toy in his cage along with a few bits of his favorite treats so it will want to go back in his cage.
5. Your large parrot climbs up on your shoulder and refuses to step off. What do you do?
a. You wait until your bird decides on another spot to perch, even though that might be hours from now.
b. You slowly lower your shoulder and bend your legs and hope that your bird will step off onto his cage or playgym.
c. Your bird is not allowed on your shoulder so this is not an issue.
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