|Amy giving Tilly "kisses"!!|
|We love Matilda!!!! "BOO BOO"|
|Amy and "Tilly Boo"|
|Tilly Having her weekly shower!!! She loves it and it calms her too!!|
Well it's been a few days hasn't it? Sorry 'bout that. Life is going much faster than I can keep up with at the moment. Remember that sweet little darling "bird" that Amy got recently? Well, she turned into ....well....if she were a movie you might call her " Return of the Attacking Monster Bird"...ha ha! No..really!!! She started biting everyone in sight. You can't walk by her or she "spits" at you! Also, just like a baby would do...she goes " ah, eh, eh, eh, eh " and doesn't want anyone to touch her, not even Amy! So what's happening to our sweet and cute little "Matilda", "Tilly boo", "Tilly boo boo", among other pet names we call her???
Amy was fit to be tied because nothing was working with Matilda! She tried giving treats and giving more time and less time. She tried holding her even when it seemed fruitless to try! We spoke to her in the sweetest tones and never get upset in front of the bird or she really gets in a tizzy! Do you know that Amy even bought "real" Bird food?? No..really, it's noodles, green beans, kidney beans with spices and it smells absolutely marvelous and delectable! I think I'd eat it if the term "bird food" didn't turn me off so quickly.
Well, at first Matilda liked the "real" food and she liked watching the Telly with us in the evenings and even having "tea time" with us in the mornings. But suddenly she didn't even wish to come out of her cage, instead she would spit and sputter and spout off to anyone who dare try and bring her out of her little protected play cage; which she calls "home".
We found a bird online named "Einstein" of all names! He is the smartest, most talkative sweet bird you'll ever see. I have posted a video of Einstein and one of Matilda just to show you the difference. But to be fair to Tilly, she's only just short of 6 months old and Einstein is about 10 years old, I believe. These types of birds live to be 50-75 years at times! Now that's what I call a true lifetime friend and commitment!
I decided to write a note to Einstein's family asking for help with Tilly and her behavior. They said that their bird went through the same thing early on in her younger life. It is called "flock dominance" behavior. SHE thinks she's in charge therefore she puts anyone in their place if they cross her. We or I should say, Amy has to teach Matilda that she is not the boss and Amy IS THE BOSS.
Amy seemed saddened by this change and knowing Amy she'd never give up. She's a hard nut to crack because she NEVER gives up on anything she does! She puts her full effort into everything and anything that she attempts to do. It always seems to show in the end, also. This time it has done so again!
Amy took Matilda to her fiance's house this past weekend on Saturday evening. His mother and the whole family is very bird oriented. They have a Macaw,a ringneck parrot, a smaller kind of parrot, a cocktiel and a Gawfins (sp??)Cockatoo; plus two dogs to boot! So Amy likes to bring Tilly over once every weekend and keep her aclimated to being around other animals and people. Scotts mom is so good with her large Macaw, Vincent; so she showed Amy how to deal with Matilda this last weekend...and it has worked!!!
When Tilly starts biting and hissing and spitting at Amy or us not to pick her up, we just "GENTLY" put our hand over her head and neck area and hold it firmly but very gently so as not to ever hurt her . This shows her that SHE is not "flock dominant" but that Amy is first and then us!!! There has been a 99% turnaround in just 3 days with this method! She may spit or do her baby whining "eh eh eh" but once you do that head thing she will squirm a few moments and then stop! Amy did this last night to cuddle with her on the couch and when she was done squirming, she finally settled and put her little head and beak right onto Amy's shoulder or tummy and lay there like a baby being petted ever so gently without being held down or even held onto! After that she ate and ate and ate for about an hour! She sang to "American Idol" songs on the TV and she was so much happier!
I told Amy that the bird is happy NOT to be in charge. She wants Amy to be in charge as it takes the responsiblity off of her. That makes her more serene,calm, peaceful and much more happy with life in general! It's sort of like a little child when the "Super-Nanny" comes to get the child to stop misbehaving. She is very firm and stern and shows them who's boss! The children are then happier and more free to be happy when the weight of being "boss" isn't on their shoulders any longer! The kids end up loving the "Super-Nanny" after it is all said and done!! Just as Matilda loves her "person", my daughter Amy!!