Dependence = checkmate
When adopting a tame bird, we are all exhilarated in front of this beautiful creature so awaited.
The fact of finally having him at home does not leave us indifferent and pushes us to nurture him and spend a lot of time with him in order to forge links and strengthen them. That’s the goal, isn’t it?
On the other hand, it could also cause a kind of excessive dependence on the bird. A dependent bird means that it is attached to its master more than necessary.
In other words, the bird will no longer be able to endure its absence, which would cause it to be unwell despite the distractions it might have.
His discomfort will result in the appearance of bad behavior such as constant shouting to call you. But also by pecking behavior disorders, aggressiveness … In 90% of cases, the bird is abandoned.
We live in a constantly changing world. From one day to the next our current situation could change. The unemployed will find a job, this is good news for pole emploi but not for his dependent parrot. The arrival of a newborn is also good for population growth, but not for its dependent feather duster. The retiree will want to enjoy life, travel … or unfortunately have health concerns, this is bad news for his dependent feathered companion …
I am not saying that one should or should not adopt a bird in such and such a case. On the contrary, I would just like to put my finger on a very important point that must be taken into consideration in order to live better with your bird. This point is about the risk of addiction in the bird which can lead to checkmate.
The importance of independence in birds
Any enthusiast could adopt a parrot, no matter what their situation, and I am the prime example.
I work 39 hours a week, in parallel I manage my blog, my youtube channel, and without forgetting my family obligations. A busy schedule that does not prevent me from fully living my passion for hooked beaks.
I would even say that I take advantage of my passion more than when I started when I had more free time… It seems unlikely but it is the case for me. Quite simply, I found my balance when I understood the importance of independence in parrots.
Having time to take care of your bird is good, but teaching it to take care of it alone with toys, foraging… And/or the possibility of interacting with a fellow-creature is even better. This will make him less dependent on you and therefore less worry about behavior.
Is independence compatible with the maintenance of taming?
Then independence in the bird does not mean abandonment and confinement. But it is rather a way of instilling in the bird the taste to appropriate and appreciate its environment ( cage, aviary, toys …). Without preventing him from spending time out of his cage in a secure room so that he can let off steam and stretch his wings.
Finally, in my modest experience, I will say that independence and maintenance of taming are compatible. Knowing how to balance these two factors is necessary to find a balance within the home in order to fully benefit from your passion.
In my eyes and this only commits me, the key for a successful cohabitation would be to make sure to have a partially autonomous bird that could take care of itself or with fellow creatures. In your presence and during your absences, while maintaining your bond.