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Message #2109. This is a followup to #2104.

Date:Friday September 24, 2004 8:45:08 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Capt Jack returns
Message:Well, I'm glad the infection is under control now.  That is very good.  LOL!  Yes, it is funny how one brings home a pet but doesn't think about what they are going to do if they have to give it medicine every day.  LOL!  That can be quite an "eye opening" experience.  Just think how one must feel with a much larger parrot.  LOL!  Well, although it isn't always a pleasant experience, medicating your pet, it can be a bonding time - you're gentle tender loving care leads to your bird feeling a whole lot better.  That is how I started my ownership of a blind bird that was dumped on me by a breeder who no longer wanted him and he had a terrible sinus infection (which left untreated for YEARS is what led to this bird's blindness at the young age of 10!!).  Once he got to feeling better though, he was much more "responsive" to a "surprise approach" - LOL!  He can bite the fire out of you if you surprise him.  I have to tap the perch and tell him I want him to "step up" before I press my finger against his breast or I'll be the sorry one.  LOL!

Is there any concern over permanent kidney damage?  Was there any "guesses" at where he may have received this bacterial infection?  Was it his water cups?

Oh yes, let me tell you, parrots can really bite and bite hard if they want to.  Luckily, you can avoid a bite if you know the "warning signs".  The better you are at avoiding a bite in the first place, the better you are at avoiding future bites too.  The more the bird bites you, the easier it becomes for him to bite you again.  Kind of like a human - if you can get away with something once, you are more likely to attempt it again when the moment suits you.  Certain postures and signals (such as pinning of the eyes, or ruffling head and neck feathers or standing as tall and thin as possible - don't approach offering your finger or you just might get bit).  If your know that your bird guards a particular toy during a certain time or is overly protective of its cage, don't provoke a bite.  Just because you choose to work with the bird to get over this aversion at any particular time doesn't mean the bird is willing to participate and you might get bit.  You need to respect and take your bird's moods into consideration (not to mention your own moods) when handling your parrot.  Often if you are in a hurry or agitated, that is when you are likely to meet up with a disagreeable parrot or a bite as the bird senses the "stress" that you may be giving off.  It is best to handle your bird when you are calm and in a good mood.  They are very observant and these powers of observation and instinct are what helps keep them safe and alive in the wild.

Birds may also bite their "mate" if they are frustrated over not breeding.  That is why it is always best to handle your bird in ways that promote you as the "teacher", "parent" or "leader" as opposed to "mate", or "equal".  Be very careful with such parrots on your shoulder as that pirate in the movies wears an eye patch for a reason!  <wink>

I hope this helps.

Dawn1 wrote:
> Well... Its been an interesting week!
> Test results came back from the vet last week, poor thing had a
> kidney infection from some bacteria I cant even begin to pronounce.
> Vet described it as 'particularly destructive which was lovely to
> hear.
> After a full week of antibiotics (I thought he would never forgive me
> after the first time!) and another visit to the vet this afternoon, I
> am happy to report he is all better.
> Scared the poo out of us....
> Good thing out of it all is that I have become very anal about
> cleaning all his stuff, he has gotten a crash course training in
> being wrapped in a towel and we have both grown a heck of alot more
> confident with each other.
> After last night though, I need to make sure I keep a camera handy
> whenever I am playing with him... we have one of those toy buckets
> which he loves. Both him and the bucket in my lap and after half an
> hour he decided to take a nap in the bucket, head first.....
> I am dreading though the first real bite from him..
> And he and one of the cats had alittle 'meeting' in my lap as well
> the other night. I dont think Ive seem my cat run away from anything
> that fast before!
> I dont think she saw Capt Jack in my lap and she jumped up to the arm
> of the couch, he screamed, lunged, poofed up and snapped all at once.
> I was impressed, I think....
> Its been almost 2 weeks now... and I am floored at how much different
> birds really are. ITs great!
> :)
> Dawn

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