Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Larose, Louisiana
I couldn't have an animal that only sits in a cage! I had a Russian dwarf hamster that turned vicious and couldn't be handled no matter what I did. I felt horrible because I couldn't take her out of the cage to play and I made sure I did my research on birds before I go my first cockatiel Soren. I didn't want to be uninformed and unable to tame my bird.
He was traumatized before I got him and I couldn't handle him without him drawing blood, but I found out afterwards that he had a piece of his beak broken and the pet store that had claimed he was a young bird and capable of being tamed had lied. He was at least 2-3 years old rather than the 6 months they claimed, and he was owned and then sold back to the store before I bought him. I think I probably could have tamed him with a lot more gentle care, but sadly, he passed away while I was on a weekend trip. I had a friend petsitting him and she claimed the dog knocked down his travel cage and the stress killed him. I think she forgot to close the door and her cat got to him, and she just blamed the fall of the cage so I wouldn't get mad at her.
Some neighbors from my childhood gave me Isis as a weaned baby from their aviary and she was a completely different bird! She took to me right away and I was able to work with her every day. Now I can take her out to play and let her fly and bond with me. I just have to make sure she doesn't harass my dog. She likes to chew on Silverbell's ears. They are jealous of each other even though I'm careful to play with them both equally.
I don't think I could have another animal that I can never handle or allow out of the cage. It is just cruel (unless the animal is one that does great left by itself in a tank), and I would far rather have a pet that I can interact with and spoil than one that I can't even touch.
As for your niece and her bird Rat Man Doo, I'm glad a pet's love could help her! My dog was a mother hen when my dad was sick with cancer and when I had my tonsillectomy. Isis is a little clown when she knows I am not feeling good.
Last edited by spirithawk06; 11-07-2009 at 01:16 PM.