Lovebird Journal Entries

09/06/04 - 6:54 PM

The birds are doing excellent. We had just relocated our home to another house that is aproximetely one mile away from my old home. The birds ahave been taking the move quite nicely. This had been a huge concern of mine, but I am glad the move and all the chaos works out well.

The birds are currently sitting on five eggs. This is wonderful! I have not touched a single egg since the day they had been laid. Yes, I am very proud of myself.

A positive point of living in this house is the cleanliness factor. Our old house was dealing with month infestation problems that had become unbearable. This new house does NOT have this problem and we have been preventing seed moths from entering into our home by freezing the dry foods and keeping the cages and bird room cleaner than we had kept it in our previous home.

09/06/04 - 7:58 PM

INFLUENCE FROM "WHY YOU CAN’T PUNISH A PARROT" BY SALLY BLANCHARD

Below is a table that parallels the intelligence of a companion parrot to a child’s. This is an abstraction that I took from Sally’s article. She did not explicitly type up this comparison.

Child’s intelligence

1) "Children need to reach certain physical and mental levels before the can develop the skills to understand and perform tasks."

2) "Toddlers and very curious, constantly exploring and testing their environment."

3) "The same holds true of young children."

4) "Children normally develop beyond" their inability to understand cause-and-effect relationships.

5) "A young child standing in the corner for a prolonged period loses any understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship between unacceptable behavior and punishment."

Parrots

1) Same holds true develop this though with scientific analysis.

2) Same. Back it up though.

3) "Parrots demand that their needs be met, but they have little sense of cause and effect, and they usually have very short attention spans."

4) "Parrots are incapable of doing so." "They cannot develop beyond the terrible twos."

5) Same holds true. "The parrot […] has little concept of why it is there" in the first place.

**I personally believe that understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can also help people understand the attention span of companion parrots. (DEVELOP THIS).

Owners must teach acceptable behavior.

AMAZING FACTS

"When a parrot leaves its mate or the block, the birds call to each other until they are out of earshot." If this becomes a problem in captivity, whistling to your bird until you are out of earshot can be extremely effective and according to this article, it has been proven to work with one of Sally’s clients. It is important to understand that parrots in the wild "call to each other to stay in touch, not to demand that the other return.," Sally believes, "Having a better grasps of the behavior of wild parrots often helps the parrot owner understand the needs of his or her pet."

- "Parrots are highly emphatic, mirroring our energy and moods A parrot that is treated with aggression will act aggressively toward its owner. Extreme aggression is met with fear by a parrot and can damage its trust."

-"Setting rules, teaching verbal commands and making choices in anticipation of your parrot’s actions will let it know what is acceptable behavior."

-When birds start acting up, the step up command works well. (YES IN MY EXPERINECE)

-ALWAYS BE IN CONTROL.

-Sally calls control "Gentle Control."

-"Guided mainly by instinct when young, pet parrots must learn new behaviors when their natural responses are blocked by the artificial environments they live in with us." (ABSOLUTELY TRUE. GET THE SCIENTIFIC JARGON TO BACK THIS CLAIM.)