I remember seeing a heart-wrenching meme a few years ago that left a huge impact on me. It pictured a bird inside a cage: “You have your job, your family, your friends. I only have you.” I actually lay awake that night thinking about the truth of it. How many bird spend the majority of their days, unmotivated and inactive, waiting for their humans to come home from work?
Some birds have the strangest fears: a certain color, a leather jacket, a particular chair, sunglasses, flies. As random as these might seem, each of my birds has had nightmares over one of the items on this list at one time or another. Fear of toys is frustrating because it leaves your bird with nothing to do all day while you’re away. Many resort to feather destructive behaviors, and worse. Such was the case with Theo, my rehomed goffins cockatoo.