A young pineapple conure perched on her human's shoulder.

The Reward of Letting your Parrot Be a Parrot

The Reward of Letting your Parrot Be a Parrot

Before you create trust, you have to create understanding.

My greatest joy, the joy that is wrapped in a peaceful gratitude, comes when I just let these feathered companions be themselves. Surrounded in the morning in a first floor filled with parrots in their chosen places quietly going about their chosen things. This is the balance that is the goal in the companion parrot lifestyle.

To create understanding you'll need to let them be themselves.

I can hear Kirby, our IRN, in the dining room eating from his secondary bowl. It's on top of the cockatiel aviary where he and his flock of cockatiels can look out the big window together. Butters, our blue and gold macaw, has taken over Felix's cage and perched inside. She's gruxing quietly. Not ready to eat, but happy to look out the windows that surround her. Snickers is on the very top of our 6-foot java tree, preening and muttering. Also, not ready to eat, but readying for the day. The cockatiels in their aviary are up at first dawn and already napping after a meal of fresh apples and greens with flax and pumpkin seed. They do enjoy Kirby's company no matter what they've just eaten.

Felix, our African grey, is to my right on his Felix Tree Tent Stand. He knows Butters is in his cage. He knows she's napping on his digesting perch. He doesn't care at this time of day. His beak is tucked under his wing. He is fast asleep. 

And then, me, writing. The sound of a clicking keyboard and a quiet exhaled breath to carry the words to page screen.

It is morning, and we all enter into the day in our own personal way. Together.

Kathy LaFollett is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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