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Re: New GCC expectations

Posted by Karen on January 30, 2012 at 13:48:34:

In Reply to: New GCC expectations posted by Kae on January 25, 2012 at 12:43:46:

Sounds like you are just spoiling him a little. Something you may often hear people say is 'don't give a new bird any more attention than you are prepared to for the rest of its life'. That means, think about how much attention you will be able to give your bird down the road, after the novelty wears off. The saying isn't precisely true, since babies do need a little more attention and socialization than adults. But still, it is important that you let your GCC learn that he can entertain himself, he is safe by himself, and he doesn't need constant attention.
Make his cage a fun place to be... try hiding a few treats throughout his cage or giving him a foraging bowl (a bowl with some raw pasta, toy parts or beads too big to swallow, strips of paper, and a few seeds or other treats all mixed together). Then you might progress to foraging toys. Maybe you could also make him some small gyms or perches where he can spend out of cage time in the same room as you but without you holding him.
Cuddling him some is fine, but if he grows to expect to be cuddled most of the day, it will be very stressful for him if something changes and you don't have time for that.

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