I have a question for everyone. Someone at Willie's work told him that it is a bad thing the let any bird on your shoulder. The person says that it is a domination thing, that the bird will think that they are greater than their human. I have not read that in any book (about the shoulder) what i have read is that the higher the cage is and their perch is the more dominate they think they are (something like that). So my question is, is it bad for any type of bird to perch (or sit) on your shoulder? thans for any comments you send my way. Talk soon Karen
My thoughts are it depends on the size of the beak. ;D Any bird is unpredictable, and it is a risk to have them on your shoulder, that you may get bitten on the face. I allow all my birds on my shoulder, except i dont like Ziggy my Hanns to stay there for long. That is a dominant thing with me, i try to keep her below my shoulders as much as i can, and because she can try it on. Ive yet to be bitten, bless her shes normally pretty good. I was kissing my Conure few weeks back, while he was on my shoulder, and he bit me on the lip..ouch!
I read a story recently where a ''never bitten anyone'' Cockatoo, bit her owner , and almost pulled a bit of her cheek out, very close to her eye. That bird had always been carried aorund on her shoulder for years.
I do keep perches lower, so i am looking down on them.
thanks for that information. I am going to lower his cage b/e i am looking up at him when he is inside the cage. and I feel pretty safe having Norton on my shoulder. He is a Parakeet and has a small beak. Thanks again Karen
Post by matthaismouse on Jun 13, 2008 20:54:58 GMT
i have also been told something like this, however its is only with birds like cockatoos and macaws as they are much larger and therefore higher than you which symbolises to them they are the dominate one, my budgie kiki sits on my head all the time and he will sit and chew my hair and bury himself in it and he still seems fine. aslong as they are not higher than your head for a larger parakeet you shold also be ok.