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Old 12-30-2016, 06:29 PM
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(If this topic is placed in the wrong section, or not appropriate for the boards, please let me know and I can remove it!)

They had a topic like this over at the talk parrotlets boards and it was a lot of fun reading all the responses. Our fids can have the strangest dislikes, be it certain colours, parts of our bodies, random items....

What are things your cockatiel would 'refuse to touch with a ten foot pole'?

I'll start by giving an example.

Puck is really weirded out by nail polish! He tries to pick it off my nails, then looks at it in horror when it doesn't come off.
In all fairness, he's never seen me wear the stuff on my nails until I put it on for Christmas. I'm not a regular wearer of nail polish anyway, since I will need to remove it for any pet-related work (I am currently on an internship at a shelter) for hygiene reasons.
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Dusters, like this.

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Old 12-30-2016, 11:06 PM
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Puck is really weirded out by nail polish! He tries to pick it off my nails, then looks at it in horror when it doesn't come off.
In all fairness, he's never seen me wear the stuff on my nails until I put it on for Christmas. I'm not a regular wearer of nail polish anyway, since I will need to remove it for any pet-related work (I am currently on an internship at a shelter) for hygiene reasons.
Both of my birds freak out at nail polish too, except for french manicures. But any nail polish with bright colors really weirds them out. They won't step up on my hands if I'm wearing it. I'm also not a regular wearer.
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Jaid actually isn't afraid of anything, surprisingly. He'll fight anything.

I know this is specifically for tiels, but my conure is much more shy and isn't bold. He's more timid of pretty much everything. He's always been a shy bird. Since he's young I'm still trying to desensitize him to stimuli.

And seriously, what aren't my budgies afraid of?
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The dustpan and broom. The same one that's been in my bird room for 15 years and they see every day. I move it, they freak.

Birds are weird, LOL!!
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Dusters, brooms and similar items.
The other day I entered the room with a teddy bear in my hands (I thought he would even like it) and he got really scared. I think he thought it was a real animal. Funny how he doesn't react like that if I have something else in my hands. Somehow he recognized it had the shape of an animal...
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New toys. All new toys must be hung outside of the cage for 2 days before I can put them in the cage with them.

Ravens outside. IF they hear a raven close by they get worried. if they SEE one fly by in the window... I have to go settle calm then down after that.
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Love the stories, guys! Keep 'em coming!
It really is funny how random their fears of things can be, especially if it's things they see every day.

Puck isn't a fan of the vacuum, but he isn't really scared of it. I mean, I can hardly blame him, that thing makes a LOT of noise (One of those that doesn't require a bag to be put inside). But he will be more quiet than usual and give it the stinkeye when I'm cleaning up around the cage.

He also seems to dislike/fear any perches that move.
Maybe that's because he is clipped, though. Regardless, the two swings I got him because I thought they'd be fun for him, he will refuse to touch!
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Elvis my Ttiel isn't afraid of anything (that's kind of a a bad thing in my household)
But my other two birds (not cockatiels) are afraid of lots of things

Jordan my lovebird is afraid of Elvis my cockatiel, but that's about it.

Chrissy is afraid of anything smaller then him.

Elvis use to be scared of his cage. When I first got him he sat on my shoulder for hours as soon as I let him out of his box. I put him in his cage, he freaked out! It took 2 weeks for him to get use to his cage.
None of my birds (or my past birds) liked nail polish. I had 2 budgies (in know not tiel.) 1 blue 1 white. They didn't like each other, and the white one attacked my nails every time I had blue nail polish on. Elvis use to attack my nails only when I had sparkles on my nails. Now he just ignores my nails.
Sorry it's not entirely my cockatiel, but it's mostly my cockatiel.

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Dusters for Bennie, too. I was on crutches for a few weeks in November and December and he didn't like them, either. He also freaks out sometimes when I sneeze; he goes screeching around the room in panic.
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