Comforting your parrot


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Parrots are animals of great intelligence and also of extreme sensitivity. This ability to sense and appropriate the emotions of their human or bird social group can easily backfire. They often become a reflection of who we are. Our interventions and our way of being will be decisive in the emotional development of our parrots as well as in the confidence they will have in themselves and in their ability to manage stressful situations that may arise and change their daily lives.

 

Comforting your parrot

As an educator, we will have to accompany our bird in more difficult situations for him. It can come in various forms; an accident: “the bird crashes against a window”, Coco has to have her nails filed, a fear experienced in front of an object or a person, etc.

Faced with such situations, it is our own reactions that will determine whether our bird will emerge better equipped to manage his emotions or if he will become a victim of them. It is your way of dealing with it that will allow the bird to benefit from it or not. Most of the time, with regard to such events, it is our human side that will intervene. And that’s completely normal since that’s what we are, humans. But to accompany our bird in these normal events of everyday life, and allow it to live without being walled up in fears and fears, we will have to put aside our own human behaviors, to think like a parrot in order to our free bird.

Comforting your parrot

When one of our own is going through a trial, we comfort him, take him in our arms, give him words of encouragement, look at him, touch him, etc. It is our way of making understand to another human being that we share his pain, his pain and that we accompany him. With our parrot companion, this type of demonstration is not at all appropriate and can lead our poor bird straight into anxiety and phobic behaviors.

Your bird does not ask you to be comforted by touching it or even by pitying it by telling it that it is the poor one you bird of love to mom…. On the contrary, if he has felt a fear in front of a new object and you hasten to go look for it, to take it in your arms, to caress it, to speak to it, you have just reinforced his fear, validate and above all allow it, despite, you to integrate it. In the head of the bird, it means: “I am right to be afraid of this object since my human gives me attention”. On the other hand, you can accompany your bird by adopting a calm and poised behavior. Without rushing to him, you make sure all the same that it is not in danger or under the influence of an out of control panic (in these moments, it is necessary to react quickly). If not, you continue to go about your business as if nothing had happened. Your bird, by observing your reaction, will conclude that everything is under control that he does not fear anything since you, his model, seem to be totally in possession of your means. Our birds are real observation specialists, they spend their day observing us; what we do, but above all how we react to events that occur in our daily lives. Our reactions are a model for him to follow, since we are his social group! If not, you continue to go about your business as if nothing had happened. Your bird, by observing your reaction, will conclude that everything is under control that he does not fear anything since you, his model, seem to be totally in possession of your means. Our birds are real observation specialists, they spend their day observing us; what we do, but above all how we react to events that occur in our daily lives. Our reactions are a model for him to follow, since we are his social group! If not, you continue to go about your business as if nothing had happened. Your bird, by observing your reaction, will conclude that everything is under control that he does not fear anything since you, his model, seem to be totally in possession of your means. Our birds are real observation specialists, they spend their day observing us; what we do, but above all how we react to events that occur in our daily lives. Our reactions are a model for him to follow, since we are his social group! seem to be totally in possession of your means. Our birds are real observation specialists, they spend their day observing us; what we do, but above all how we react to events that occur in our daily lives. Our reactions are a model for him to follow, since we are his social group! seem to be totally in possession of your means. Our birds are real observation specialists, they spend their day observing us; what we do, but above all how we react to events that occur in our daily lives. Our reactions are a model for him to follow, since we are his social group!

 

Yes, your bird will need comforting, but not as humans understand it. Birds comfort each other only by being present to each other. Your very presence will make him feel soothed. Stay close to him, without speaking, without touching him, he will feel that he can then count on you. Anyway, when the bird finds itself in panic and fear mode, it is the instinct of prey that kicks in, the only thing it thinks about then is to save its life or just to walk away. of the object of his fright, he has no taste at all to be caressed, he could inadvertently bite you without really being aware of it.

My 4 year old blue-winged macaw is very anxious due to broken emotional ties when he was a baby and in his juvenile period. To calm him down and help him overcome this state, I must above all keep my calm and above all provide him with a reassuring and constant presence when these emotions arise. When he is in these times of restlessness, he needs me to support him by being strong, by continuing to help him go about his daily business. Because it is above all what I have to teach him, that despite his discomfort, his fears, I must bring him back to life so that he does not get stuck in his black whirlpool. The same goes for your bird’s daily scares, what you want for him is the best,

Comforting your parrot

Combien d’entre nous, comme humain, sommes aux prises avec des peurs qui nous gâchent l’existence et nous briment dans nos occupations et parfois même dans la réalisation de certains rêves? Les humains transmettent souvent leurs peurs à leur progéniture, et ce, sans même en être conscients. Je crois que nous les femmes, sommes souvent des surprotectrices nées donc, surveillons encore davantage notre attitude.

This is what must be brought back to our consciousness. Protecting our bird is essential, but it must be done with tact so as not to deprive it of its autonomy, which it sorely lacks in captivity. Also, avoid infantilizing it. Your 4 year old Amazon is no longer a baby, giving her this right to evolve and grow is a fabulous gift you can give your bird. Treat him as he deserves with the attitude his age demands.

Making your parrot free, isn’t that the best gift to offer?

 


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