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Margaret wrote: > Don't feel so bad, Dan. Many birds are in that same situation. > > Getting another bird can sometimes help but there is no guarantee that > the birds will get along and you may always have to keep them > separated. They may enjoy each other's company from a distance and > they could be a form of entertainment for each other during the day, > they could watch each other or call to each other. > > I have 24 birds here and having other birds around hasn't seemed to > damper anyone's love for me here. Two of my biggest "momma's boys" > (and daddy biters - LOL!) are Whammy & Cozzy two male conures. You can > see these boys cuddling and snuggling up to each other here - > http://www.mmadison.com/photogallery/Conures/Scratch_Me_There.jpg > (Whammy has his footsie going towards his head and Cozzy is preening > Whammy). When they put their foot on their head they are basically > asking for loving scritches. Then here is Whammy loving his favorite > cockatiel, Sunshine - > http://www.mmadison.com/photogallery/Conures/Buddies_2004-10-10%20009.jpg. > They adore each other but are housed separately, and they both adore > people too. Here is my Barraband (a female) and my female white capped > pionus enjoying some birdy together time, and both of these birds > adore people although neither bird is overly demanding - > http://www.mmadison.com/photogallery/Barraband/2004-07-15%20015.jpg > (you can see the male pionus in the foreground). The barraband also > lovingly preens my female cockatiels too. We've got a big happy bird > family here. <grin> > > If your bird spends 10 hours or so each day in his cage, try to get > him the largest cage you can afford and have space for. Make sure the > bar spacing is such that the bird can't get his head caught between > the bars. Give him several different types of toys to chew on and play > with. You can try hiding favorite treats inside toys such as a dried > papaya cube inside a tiny rawhide shoe hung from a piece of natural > twine (hemp, sisal, jute). You can put a wadded up piece of paper > towel over a small treat cup in the corner of the cage floor for him > to discover during the day. Leave a TV or radio program on for him. > Timers can work well since birds often nap for a few hours during the > day anyway. Having some quiet time can help with their nap time. For > radio stations I try to leave on an easy listening station on a low > volume so they hopefully won't have too much trouble napping. Loud > dance music is nice when you are home to act silly and dance around > with your bird and encourage him to "bop" to the music, but when you > are gone he may enjoy a more quiet relaxed day, especially if you > don't have a timer. With TV programs, I avoid animal planet because > sometimes they flash a predator on the screen like a big eagle's face > or wolf's head, etc... and I wouldn't want anything frightening or > disturbing my birds, making them feel unsafe. I opt for the pretty > colors, happy voices and funny sounds from children's programming > (daytime preschool type of shows on cable). My macaw became hooked on > Sesame Street and if I walked in the door when that program was on, he > wouldn't even notice I came home. He'd be hanging onto his cage > staring at the TV, just like your human toddler might, honest to > goodness. LOL! If you choose the radio, you can give your bird a nice > view out the window and even put out some of his old seed/pellets > (from a cup you were going to throw out anyway) for the wild birds to > enjoy. Your bird might enjoy watching them forage for his old food > outside the window a bit of a distance away from the house though. > Some computer screensavers can be interesting for the bird to watch, > and so can other pets such as a nearby aquarium (just make sure he > can't chew any wires or cords or get electrocuted or drowned, of > course). > > Your bird will get used to your routine (probably already has) and > will be very happy and excited to see you when you get home in the > evenings. Regardless of how well your pet is set up during the day > while you are gone, he is going to need your time and attention when > you get home, especially if his entire "flock" is just you and him. > > You sound like a very caring and doting owner to even be aware that > your bird could be lonely during the day. Sounds like he's in good > hands. > > Dan wrote: > > I have a Nanday and i really feel bad about leaving him alone all > day. > > I've heard that getting another bird can change your bird.(the way > he > > interacts with you) He is really affectionate to me and i dont want > > to do anything to change that. It took 6 months for us to finally > > bond. Any suggestions?
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