Our Parrot is exactly two weeks with us today. Tooti really has her own stubborn character structure and prefers doing only things the way she wants and when she wants them. But because we hear and read everywhere that it is very important to be consistent, we therefore just do what we want, even when she gets annoyed. Luckily, after a few times, she accepts that what we want, actually is happening. In this article I will describe some of the habits of our parrot.
Tooti Hates the Ground
Once we let her free on the ground, she will do everything possible to get to higher ground. In addition, she clings to our feet firmly on her feet and then she uses her wings to come up. We find this, of course, not so great, so we put her always back on the ground. Once she sits in a place which is higher she is just happy to sit and be petted.
Tooti loves Sunflower Seeds
Once she sees a sunflower seed, this is the only thing she sees. She gets fully focused on the sunflower seed and is therefore doing everything for it.
Stepping up she does not yet on command, she just follows the sunflower seed. So we have to take some practice with it. Of course she understands that she must step up if she sees a stick or our hand and she does that without a problem (except when she thinks she’s going to the shower).
New food We give a small bite of everything we eat in terms of fruit and vegetables to Tooti so she can taste it. And this ritual goes almost always the same way. She then sits comfortably in her cage, then we offer something like a piece of mango on our hand. Then she looks at it and she runs as far away from the piece of mango as she can. Then we put the mango in her food bowl. After a few minutes she will start eating it. The next time she recognizes the food and she just eats out of our hand.
She did not want to taste something for a number of times, but once we persisted she would try it after a while and then she found it and found ity usually very tasty.
We have a smaller cage for our parrot in a quiet room. She can now sleep peacefully without being continuously disturbed by us. She falls asleep quite early on the evening and we saw that she was very often woken by us, or the television. Therefore, a sleeping cage is ideal. We bring her to this cage after sunset and then we take her to her big case in the living room in the morning. She is already used to it and we think it’s a good thing.
Usually at bedtime she went climbing through her whole cage. As if she was looking to see if the area was safe for the night. She quit doing this after a few days, probably because she knows she will go to another cage.
She is not a Fan of Showering
It’s not so much the shower itself that is a problem, because she is very quiet and we can both just lift her wings to wash everything well. It would, however, be much more fun if she would find it nice and just hit her wings open herself! Maybe she will find it nice in the future. But once we have the idea to shower her she seems to feel that, and then she just refuses to step up. So she will just try to get away. Off course, this is not working out because we shower her every day.
She is a Fan of Petting
Our parrot loves to be petted on her head. If we are on the ground with her playing, she just suddenly comes to our hand and put her beak against the ground with her head down. Asking to be petted. Probably because she can’t reach her own head.
She Makes a Lot of Noise
She does not talk yet, but she does make bird sounds. Sometimes in order to attract attention. But also if she knows that food will come. Or when we just left the living room and she is alone.