Hand reared birds going wild....
I have come across so many growling ex tame greys and biting Amazons ect I have a theory about why these Hand Reared tame birds go wild and I do not think it is the hand rearing that does it. It`s the owners.
There are many reasons, some I ahve come across:
People buy tame birds because they want an instant pet one that they can interact with immedietly maybe even as a status symbol. Some people and I am not talking to anyone on here personally, some people get bored simple as that. Parrots are messy, loud their own person with their own instincts and cycles of hormones like every other creature. As I type this my Caique Coco is having intimate relations with it`s Java branch (I`m going to get it a friend so that it can have more of a natural life. )
Tame birds do bite they have beaks when they do bite they get stuck in cages and then everything gets worse, terrotoral behaviour and cage guarding results. The bird is often then sold on as the "owner has work commitments ect"
There are many reasons why the tame bird stops getting the same interaction it had as a hand reared bird. The new enviroment might offer less interaction. What is the bird to do sit there moping? no it adapts to the new circumstances it`s instincts replace it`s learnt behaviour. This is true for all animals.... Tame cats go feral, tame rabbits bite and don`t let the owner change the food ect ect ect .... These scenarios result from lack of interaction lack of care I suppose.
Maybe ppl who get or got the parent reared birds put more effort and developed a deeper bond with their bird thus the interactions continued and their birds remained stable.
If everyone looked at the wilder picture there would be more clues to why birds change. All animals on the planet adapt to circumstance this might not always be a postive change but it will be a change.
We as owners and breeders need to make sure that we and future owners realise that Parrots are long lived and that given too little human time will go back to being wild they will adapt they will not stay silly cuddly tame if they arn`t getting the silly cuddly cuddles! Of all the wild life programmes I have watched in my life time I have never seen any parrot laid on it`s back with it`s legs in the air making sweets sounds. It`s not natural parrot behaviour to be silly tame. It`s learnt behaviour and must be reinforced if it is to continue!
We like to believe Parrots think they are human. But they will just do the best they can without another parrot. A budgie might feed it`s mirror or try to have sex with a plastic toy same as I have seen dogs doing the same to sweeping brushes and ppl`s legs, the famous exeriments with baby monkeys cuddling a wire shaped like a monkey or not shaped like a monkey. Point is all animals need company and stimulation sometimes. AS humans we can to a point replace the need for another parrot but I don`t believe we can do that totally.
I personally do not like to see anything that lives in groups living by itself I like them to have a member of their own kind to interact with. I love watching animals interact. I love animals they make me happy. I believe we all need to respect mother nature more and get into the heart and mind of our parrots and looka t life through their eyes. Looking at parrots in the wild gives an insight into their world. If more people did this there would be less parrots in need of loving homes.