What can I do to make his parrot hate me less? Some details within.
My partner inherited a 24-year old Amazon parrot
about a year ago. She loves him to pieces. He can hang her upside down by her tail, swing her around, it doesn’t matter what he does to her, she loves it. Ditto when he scratches her, which makes her lower her head and shut her eyes in avian bliss.
She’s hugely entertaining. While she’s not much of a talker, she loves to sing. And if anyone laughs, she joins right in, albeit mirthlessly, which makes it even funnier. And she has this absolute thing about laundry. Left to her own devices, she will perch on the laundry hamper for hours, and if the washer or dryer are running, she’ll stand in front of them clucking. Open the dryer and she’s inside instantly, fluffing the clothes.
But here’s my problem: she’s fearless and a bully. When she’s in the laundry area, for example, she “helps” my partner fold clothes, etc., but were I to be so foolish she attacks with tail feathers fanned. Even if I’m just standing nearby, it is not unusual for her to climb down from the hamper to waddle over and bite my shoe, as if to say, “Remember, I hate you.” She’s the same with the dogs and the cat, who all have learned to steer clear of her when she’s out of her cage.
I long ago learned to keep my hands and arms far away from her beak, because if she can reach skin, she will bite. Hard.
There are two times she never bites: when I offer her a pistachio, which is apparently parrot crack, and when she’s quickly deposited on my shoulder. In which case she goes silent and starts figuring out how to get off and back to her beloved. And she’s vocally responsive when I “chat” with her, though I suspect that when she says, “Hello,” she means fuck you.
So, my question: what if anything can I do to get her to tolerate me better and not think that she needs to attack me given half an opportunity?
I should perhaps add that I cannot fully participate in feeding and watering responsibilities, because I’m routinely away for several days a week. And while this AskMe
about an African Gray comes close, after a year of treat bribes and hanging around unthreateningly, we’re still at square one.