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Message #2277. This is a followup to #2274.

Date:Tuesday November 2, 2004 6:50:11 pm MST
Subject:Re: Questions on Adult Nandays
Message:Hi Tam! I have 23 parrots, 3 greyhounds, 5 aquariums and a hamster.

Aggressiveness in birds is their means for survival. This is especially so when they are protecting mates and cage areas/territories. This aggressiveness eventually subsides with nuturing care and guidance from the humans and really should not be taken personally. If these birds are to be pets, as well as a bonded pair (whether babies are the intention or not) then it certainly seems that they like you and would be happy with you. That can really change your life though. With my parrots I find that I no longer wear jewelry, no more scented candles, no cooking with Teflon pans, no space heaters which may have Teflon coated heating elements, I vacuum sweep and dust twice a day, and I eat a much healthier diet because I have all these fresh veggies and fruit in the house to feed my parrots.

This sounds like a great Nanday pair and I would love to have such a wonderful pair in my home. If your friend ever needs to rehome these birds, perhaps you should give it some thought. It would definitely be a commitment, but I think they'd get a lot more human interaction with you. What other birds does your friend have?

Tam wrote:
> Difficult situation here. A close friend of mine who lives with his
> brother who has a collection of animals (stick bugs, boa snakes and
> their live food,different kinds of fish, and several types of birds)
> and raising them for other purposes then just pets.
>    I am over there several time during the week, and have found
> myself becoming attached to the Nanday pair. They had no names, and
> after being around them for a time I finally named them. "The Evil
> Ones" "Evil and Evilette" They live up to their names! LOL I am the
> only one willing to take the time to be with them, letting them
> become familar with my voice, scent, and mannerism. And it has
> worked. When I knock on the door they know who I am. If I don't go
> over and say Hi to them right away they start having a screeching
> fit,eveyone tells me that they have missed me. They get very jealous
> and very loud when they see me over talking and paying attention to
> the other birds. Makes me feel good tho. :)
>    No one knows what kind of environment they lived in prior to this
> family, but there were and still are very aggresive. Walking by and
> they attack the cage trying to get at you and bite. Threatening
> stances (I believe) and noises.They do love to attack the cage. and
> if you open the door they dont' get scared and back away..... they
> come forward with beak ready. They will take the food out of your
> hand....then toss their head to the side letting the food fly, and
> never touch it again. They have finally started to accept the food i
> hand them and to actually eat it!! :)   Unless we are having a bad
> day, and go back to the norm. If I stay away any longer than 3 days,
> boy they let me know it. Back to square one is my punishment, and
> maybe in a few hours they will start to be nice again.
>    Sorry for the rambling.
>    Can they be trained at this late time in their life? What is the
> meaning of the noise they make that sounds like when you drum your
> tongue in your mouth making a rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsound.(make sure you
> have alot of spit in your mouth)LOL. Sometimes the sounds will sooth
> them and make them curious, other times they will get real agitated
> by the sound. Could it be the frequencies that makes it one thing or
> another? The rolling of the head in a figure 8 position, while the
> wings are spread.(showing territorial dance?)
> Found by accident, they love to play peek-0-boo! The whole house
> gets a kick out of watching that one, heck they just love to watch
> and laugh at me with them.
>    Sorry for this being long.
>    Hoping to hear from someone
> Thanx

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