Interaction is a must and so is socialization. Not only do I play the parent and guardian I also interact with them. My birds love laughter, chasing me around, climbing and singing. They remind me of little kids. I try to blend into their habitat as much as I can. On a daily basis I provide them with two hours of playtime. They even know the words "Playtime" as you hear them mimic the words each day at 3 PM. They even have their own garden of Eden. Well over 50 Trees to suit the original habitats they would have lived around.
|African Grey Bird|
Birds can be extremely violent in nature. They pick up the energy and emotions around them. If you are deciding on have one of these birds make sure your home suites these birds. Your bird can be like a child for many years. Keep them away from violence, attitudes, cigarettes, smoke, harsh chemicals (cleaning products), stoves, fumes, pesticides and any thing you would keep away from a child.
A healthy and happy bird is extremely important. Don't neglected your bid. Speak to him or her regularly. Taking them for long walks on your shoulder. Teach your bird to enjoy the same life you enjoy and never punish your bird. They have an acute awareness of learning bad habits to gain your attention. Like a child who cries for a parent to pick them up, the bird will yell and scream until you give in. Be patient with them and confront their needs in wanting your attention. (by : Mark Velazquez)