danamaynah wrote:a great protector u have may I ask if she gets jealous of your partner.
I have noticed his reaction to some of the ppl at home he will attack my dad as if he hates to even listen to him speaking, he would freeze if I go next to him and like I said he would pay a lot of attention to my sister in law but I know she is not able to train it .
I'm discussing with my partner of bringing him to my place but we haven't agreed on it yet
Kookooloo does not allow anyone to touch her other than myself, period, no exceptions at all. She, for all intents and purposes bonded with me at first sight. I try to consider that she was abused, mostly through neglect as far as I can tell, so she was pretty well plucked naked by the time that we met and in addition to that she had mutilated herself and had three rather large holes in her body from this when I got her. This was not the fault of the people that I got her from, although their parrot keeping would have only made it worse and I already had one bird that came from them that had been abused as well as neglected. Kookooloo, did not make it any easier on herself when she was delivered to them as she never accepted any of them or allowed anyone there to ever touch her. They only had her for about three months from time of delivery to them until they let me have her.
I had the self mutilation stopped and the plucking down to the level that she had regrown most of her feathers, but she never completely quit plucking. This last breeding season she plucked herself naked again, and I am to blame for that as I was having some major difficulties with my medications ( pain meds) and was not able to get up for more than just a few minutes at a time for a while and that caused some neglect of her on my part and that just added to the stresses of breeding hormones. We have straightened that out and her plucking has dropped back down and she is once again regrowing her feathers.
Anyway, Greys are like other parrots in many ways, but they are also very different than most of them. First of all they really do not like to be touched by anyone and this holds true even in the wild where the only other bird that they allow to touch them is their mate and that is highly restricted even in breeding season from everything that I have read on them. This by no means suggests that they are not loving or even affectionate, because they are very much affectionate and loving birds, they are also extremely social birds, at least as far as their mate is concerned. They bond very deeply and since the very first day with her, I have never been able to leave the room without her screaming for me. We have that down to her just whistling to call for me, which she does whenever I am home but out of sight. She does know that sometimes I have to go away and does well enough while I go to doctors appointments or otherwise am not at home as long as it is within reason ( in her mind, not mine).
I must say that if esp truly exists, and there is no scientific evidence yet that confirms this, then Kookooloo puts forth a very substantial case in favor of empathy as she is fully cognizant of how I am feeling as well as my state of mind and emotional condition almost as soon as I am and I must admit that on occasion it appears that she may be aware of these things before I am fully aware of them myself. She is truly a most amazing creature in her own right and I am totally fascinated by her.
I really have no way of confirming or denying whether she is jealous of me and my human mate, as she has never allowed anyone other than myself to touch her for any reason, nor will she allow anyone to touch me when she is out and on me. Not one dog, cat, or human. I have been able to get away with Kiki and Keeta being on me, (Kiki is my Senegal and Keeta is my Parrotlet), but that is not something that she allows, it is one of those things that happens because I protect them from her at those times. She has been known to bite me once in a while when I do this, but not very often and it is easy to tell that she is holding back when she does. That is the only time that I could attribute any of her behaviors to jealousy, but I do think that she is very much jealous of me. It would be easier to say definitively that it was jealousy if she allowed any one else to touch her as then I could say that it was standard jealous behavior, but the fact that she does not allow anyone else to touch her prevents me from saying that with any real certainty, but I do think that she is jealous.