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Hello from Taz! And a quick question for everyone...

What is the biggest struggle you have caring for your bird?


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Chris1234

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Hi guys!

I was hoping you could do me a quick favor and answer a question for an article I'm writing.
I'd really appreciate it!

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Mizzely

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Absolutely food. I've been working with Ripley for a year (he's 20 now) to better his diet and it's still a struggle.
 

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All 3 of my guys are rescues and rehomes. The only one that will eat anything I put in front of him is Leo. He will try anything once. The other 2 are much fussier. Sumba will eat most veggies and some fruit. Coby looks at me like I have lost my mind If I put fresh anything in his cage.
 

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I chose "other." I've found the relationships with them to be the hardest.. Us learning how to understand them, and living harmoniously with young kids.

Tikki our cockatiel is 99% kind except at bedtime. It's a struggle to keep him off the floor so he doesn't get stepped on.

Tootie our Nanday Conure is afraid of all touches, and has only stepped up once. He alarm calls if our toddler brings an item of any sort into the room and he doesn't recognize it. Not really an issue though, he is our almost perfect birdie and lives almost cage less because he is so darn good.

Chipper our Umbrella Cockatoo is still very new, only been here for not even a month, so he's still very hard. He's hard to read, hard to know what he likes /dislikes, and he's afraid of the children. We have lots of work to put in towards learning his ins and outs, and knowing that we'll probably get bit in the process is intimidating at times. But we're in it for the long haul.

It's easy to get a bird, throw it some toys and pellets and walk away, but establishing and maintaining a working relationship that everyone can enjoy most of the time is very hard!
 

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For me it’s socialising. It’s sooo easy for them to end up as one person birds who hate everyone else, also finding people who are willing to spend a lot of time teaching birds that other people are good.
 

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Having time to do reading & learning, I think has been the hardest for me. It's definitely the most time consuming.

Food was a battle in the begining for Buddy but once he started to flip from the seed side to the fresh side it was just figuring out how to con him into try all the new items. Sprouts were so easy, to get him to eat it was scary! :eek:

Toys were a little difficult early on until I saw how he liked them best. I never thought in my life I'd actually pay for little wooden beads! :hehe:
 

Chris1234

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Having time to do reading & learning, I think has been the hardest for me. It's definitely the most time consuming.

Food was a battle in the begining for Buddy but once he started to flip from the seed side to the fresh side it was just figuring out how to con him into try all the new items. Sprouts were so easy, to get him to eat it was scary! :eek:

Toys were a little difficult early on until I saw how he liked them best. I never thought in my life I'd actually pay for little wooden beads! :hehe:
I do lots of reading too. That IS super time consuming, I agree.
I still struggle a bit with toys for our Meyers. She loves something one day and then wants nothing to do with it the next. :facepalm:
 

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I do lots of reading too. That IS super time consuming, I agree.
I still struggle a bit with toys for our Meyers. She loves something one day and then wants nothing to do with it the next. :facepalm:
Do you change out the toys regularly? I've seen 2 main issues w/ toy avoidance...

You're more probable to be...

Changing them out too soon

Or

Changing them out too slow

Birds are worse than 3 yr old kids regarding toys.

They love them till every splinter is gone & want that toy back

Or

Immediately get bored & don't want to see it again until they've chewed & eaten all the other toys 3 more times, then maybe on the fouth round they'll sniff it & beak it for 1/2 minute.

I think your Meyers are neat looking! I just . their little black beaks & heads!
 

Zara

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A big struggle for some bird owners is the dreaded eggs. We had a bad time with Aldora but managed to slow down her laying. I know others aren´t as successful as we were.
So I vote, eggs and veggies.
 
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