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Haah yeah ive notcied they like to eat what you eat. we just got an eclectous parrot shes only 14 weeks. every time i eat something she starts eating it even if it is in my mouth and when i have a brew she puts her head in it haha shes adorable

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-- That can make for a magnificent bond (sharing a meal) but it can also make for a very costly illness (letting her eat out of your mouth).  We humans have massive bacteria in our mouth and much of it can't be tolerated by avian systems.   I took in one rescue where the resulting infection caused her to self destruct her feathers and while the infection cleared up after many hundreds of dollars, the feather destruction became a habit of 15 years now.

-- And did you know that the 3 top things to avoid ever giving a bird are 1. alcohol, 2. avocado, 3. chocolate

A single sip of your brew shouldn't do harm, but two sips might and more than that, well you've been playing Russian roulette.   What would you do if she suddenly dropped dead?  No do overs then.  You can take it back and you can't fix it.


But other than this, yeah, it sounds like you've got a lovely relationship started.  Keep it up and it'll only get better as time goes on


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Certified Avian Specialist; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council member; Own animal rescue org; National Wildlife habitat #66378; bird care, nutrition & behavior consultant; International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants Associate; National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club member; published bird care, info and behavior articles and guides. Ongoing education in exotic bird behavior and nutrition I can answer behavioral, nutritional, environmental, characteristic/personality questions as well as general health and health care. No animal emergency can ever be addressed on the internet. We cannot see your animal, perform an examination, provide necessary care or medication. Please value your companion for the priceless, living creature they are; not for what you might have paid for them.

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Certified Avian Specialist. For more than 30 years I've worked with veterinarians, protective facilities, nature centers, preserves and on my own in providing care and education with regard to multiple animal species, including raptors (hawks, kestrals, owls, etc) and marsupials. In recent years I've focused on parrots, usually rescued from abusive or less than ideal situations and helping educate owners as to proper care. Expert in behavior studies and modification of problem behavior.

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