People want to get a single parrot because if they get two then the parrot won’t like them as much.
But then they don’t want the parrot to view them as a mate.
What did you expect? You got a pet in which most species mate for life. Their lives revolve around their mate, preening their mate, feeding their mate, having sex with their mate, raising babies with their mate, driving away competitors from their mate, and yes, spending their entire life with their mate.
You prime them for this situation by you or a housemate being the only ones available, and then freak out when they want to do this to you. It’s natural. It’s not bad. Your parrot isn’t misbehaving, it isn’t a bad bird just because you are keeping a wild animal in a captive situation where it just wants to do what every feather on its body is telling it to do. Stop treating it like such, stop punishing them for displaying mating behaviors.
Do what you signed up for by getting a single bird or work to get your bird a feathered mate. That doesn’t mean buying the first bird at the pet store you see and throwing them in a cage together and wondering why they don’t like each other. That means becoming a match maker and setting up play dates, or even consider rehoming your bird to someone who can.
Stop buying parrots and expecting these wild animals to be pets. They’re not. We’re on the way to domesticating birds like budgies, cockatiels, love birds, Indian ring necks…but we’re still so far from being able to keep them happy and healthily easily like we are with chickens and pigeons who thrive with us. Hell, starlings make better pets than parrots since at least they often choose to be with us.
And please, when you’re researching any animal don’t do a quick google search. Talk to as many people as possible, both new owners and experienced owners.
I’m so excited for even the little things, putting my arm around your waist, you putting your hand on my chest when we walk, looking across the table to you whilst we eat dinner, laying next to you and staring into your beautiful brown eyes, playing with your hair, giving you random hugs when I want you closer to me, cooking with you, driving with you, waking up and knowing I’m going to see you that day, laughing with you, watching impractical jokers with you, laying in bed watching a movie all cuddled up.
Don’t get me wrong I’m excited for the big things we have planned but it’s the small things that are constantly on my mind.
I haven’t posted much Jeankasa lately but it is my other top ship (along with Jearmin.) That being said, this moment was another I was waiting all season for so obviously I couldn’t go without drawing it too! Going to keep trying to work on more of these. They’re a lot of fun and good practice!