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Old 12-31-2016, 01:38 PM
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Joey seems to be so afraid of every little thing he has earned the nickname of Captain Coward. I love my little coward though, so we've learned to be patient with him.

Flies and gnats send him into a flying panic.

Brooms, mops, anything with a handle, especially the long handled Swiffer duster. Flyswatters freak him out like nothing else does, even though the handle isn't huge or overly noticeable like some things.

Wrapping paper, whether on the tube or not, makes him go to into a huge panic, screeching and flapping like a mad fool.

Toddlers, even playing quietly on the other side of the room, although they haven't been loud or gotten close to his cage make him a nervous wreck. Mom's little guy, Moe, is fine with my great niece and great nephews. They can even reach their little hands into the cage to help feed and water. Same kids, and Joey freaks out if they are in the room and nowhere near him.

He's fine with most toys from the very beginning, but he was very concerned with his birdie kabob at first. He kept eyeing it, even while eating, as if he was expecting it to attack. It was funny watching him take a bite, then turn to watch it while munching each bite.

He's not a fan of nail polish either. I know it is because I rarely wear it. Two of my days at work I am in breakfast (I work at a hotel) and am too lazy to take it off and put more on twice a week so I just don't wear it often.

I'm surprised how much he loves the vacuum, though. Any one I've ever had, and I've had 4 in his short little 3 years of life.
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:15 PM
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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.
Yes. New toys and ravens too. In particular ravens. Once the window was open and a raven was obviously very close and when my boy heard the raven so close he really went mad. I was so worried he would break his neck because he started to bump into things...
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Sammy tolerates just about anything. He's okay when I run the vacuum, or dust, or move things around. He's even happy with new toys. He does startle with sudden loud noises, but there is not really anything specific that is frightening him.

However, if I have a band-aid on my finger when I go to pick him up, it's like the end of the world! He loses his mind!
 
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I forgot about our old microwave. It never made him happy, for the 2 1/2 years he and it co-existed. He screeched his head off every time it beeped, even if we caught it before it went off and made the more subtle beeps of opening the door, and shutting the timer off. It was to the point where I happily gave it to dad when his died, and bought a new one. I kept the receipt until I was sure he was okay with this one.
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I kept the receipt until I was sure he was okay with this one.
Well, you have to listen to the boss!
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The broom

If somebody forgets that his nightlight isn't on and turns off the lights

If I run past his cage or run into the other room when the dogs bark

If I try to leave the house via the backdoor (which he can see) after dark

Predatory birds (duh)

If I start acting all excited and hyper (it's so funny, I'll go up to him, start jumping and going "Kirby! I'm so glad to see you!" and he screams at me. I do the same thing to my dog and no matter what he was doing he gets excited and responds as if saying "I don't know what's going on, but I'm so glad to see you too!"

This isn't necessarily something that he's afraid of, but I just thought it was so funny I wanted to mention it; when he sees airplanes, he's not necessarily afraid of them, but he cocks his head and looks up at them like "what the he**?". It's so adorable the way he does it!
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Also, I forgot to add, I adopted Kirby from a bird rescue, which has exotic parrots as well as raptors. The rescue is probably the biggest reason why Kirby fears so little and never has nightfrights; he lived within sightline of a great horned owl, an American kestral, and has seen his share of dangerous birds. I remember before I adopted him that if I wanted to play with him I would have to do it before working, because if he saw me with a dead rat/mouse to feed the owl and kestrel (or any other raptors he may have been able to see), he would not let me touch him for the rest of the day!

Then, one time he happened to be able to see some live rats when a friend of mine was interacting with them at a pet store. He was all fluffed up and showing signs of just being overjoyed. I guess he was thinking "Hey! I didn't know you guys could be alive!" lol
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Then, one time he happened to be able to see some live rats when a friend of mine was interacting with them at a pet store. He was all fluffed up and showing signs of just being overjoyed. I guess he was thinking "Hey! I didn't know you guys could be alive!" lol
Haha, that is pretty awesome!
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I had bandages wrapped around my hand today, my tiel Elvis saw them, flew over to me. And attacked the bandages! He tried to pull them off, but he was unsuccessful. He is still trying to get them off as I write this. He obviously doesn't like things wrapped around my hands!


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Hats, bright coloured clothing, new toys... And Coco has this intense fear of painted nails. He scrambles away at the sight of them! I can't even pick him up when my nails are painted. Silly boy!
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