So my linnie, Tiki is pretty weary of strangers, and she isn't a huge fan of hands, though, whether she likes it or not, I have to handle her to put in in the carrier to take her to get her nails done and check ups at the vet, but this isn't what this vent is about, it's about other people with Tiki. It just annoys me, how no matter who it is, and no matter how many times I tell them not to touch her, or "she is afraid of hands" the message just never seems to be clear enough. A typical interaction typically goes like this. P1: Oh! you have a bird Me: Yes, her name is Tiki, she's a lineolated parakeet, she's four. P1: Aw she's pretty cute. Me: Yes, she is she's very cute P1: Gets closer Me: She's afraid of hands, and nervous around strangers, so it's best if you don't try and touch her. and I swear to God, Not even a minute later people have to test to see if my flipping hypotheses is correct, as If I'm some kind of idiot by trying to touch her or getting her on their finger... and of course Tiki runs away, or leaps off her cage to get away from them.. to say this drives me nuts is an understatement. and it's not just new guests either, oh no, regulars at the house try and touch her, despite my protests on numerous occasions. I'm trying to build a better bond with my bird, trying to get her to accept food from me (she's fine if I sit by her cage and talk with her, we chatter and sing, she's fine with me) but all my work comes crashing down when people think I don't know my own bird. I know my own pet, thank you very much. Tiki's cage is light and portable and isn't on a stand, so she's basically in the main dinning area during the day, or outside in her cage on the deck (summer time only... obviously) I don't trust people with my bird, (except my mom, sister, boyfriend and dad) not to flipping touch her when I say not to. and when I go away on vacation, I give her to my neighbor (she has a bird too) I ask them not to touch her, but do I know for sure they won't? NOPE! I don't know... I'm at a loss I honestly am, I shouldn't have to lock my pets up because we have people over, Tiki HATES being alone, her gates are open when we are home, so she goes in and out of her cage as she pleases, and runs on the floor a bit (she loves to hide under the couch like a little couch monster) I can't tell people to leave if they don't listen to me, it's not "my own house" and they aren't always my guests. Has anyone else had issues with people always wanting to touch your parrots? and what have you done to make it stop?