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Communicating With Our Feathered Friends

Animal Communication: Working with Parrots & Earning Trust

A client wrote in:

“Several weeks ago my heart was taken by a 6 mo old CAG baby, “she” was in a pet store and after several visits the bonding seemed to be two sided. My husband was with me for all of the visits, during which we all met and discussed the possible long term commitment, responsibilities and life style changes. We made the commitment, my love for baby Zoe won. I was now Nana to a loving bundle of outgoing curiosity. Zoe appeared to be adapting well to all the new things in her world, after a day she settled in, chatting, baby grinding, whistling and talking. Then my world with her changed, after being with her the first 5 days, at her beck and whistle, I had to return to work. I left the tv on, gave her food, water and her favorite toys. WOW when I returned that evening, she bit, ran away screaming and seemed to instantly fall for my husband, whom she had met just a few times. After some research, I found my error, I forgot to tell her where I was going and that I would return, I sat and spoke to her for a long time explaining what I did and the working hours, also, after things settled, she could go to work with me after we got the screaming under control. Things have been a little better, we have floated in a truce, the previous bond was gone. She still shuns me, runs away, whistles and talks to my husband, only playing with me, if she does not know he is home or if she cannot see or hear him. I am sure you can tell that I am now heart sick, for I still love her dearly and long to pet and play with her in the manner that she allows my husband to. I still remain her primary caretaker, and nurse maid. What happened to cause such a swift solid bond from myself to my husband ? Is there anything I can do to regain her love and trust or am I relegated to caregiver in the background?” Heartsick Nana….

Zeus - Lisa Caza's African Grey. © 2013
Zeus – Lisa Caza’s African Grey. © 2013

I own both an African Grey and an Alexandrine parrot and I can tell you that most have quite similar “ways of thinking” and behaviors – and are all EXTREMELY intelligent. It’s also not as easy to gain their trust as what it is with dogs, cats, etc.

Your “sudden disappearance” unfortunately has somewhat diminished the trust that was building within Zoe, and although I love how you did try to explain to her the situation afterwards, even though she may have understood, things would most likely not have change much (which seems already apparent). A few reasons why:

Birds are temperamental and you may have also perhaps noticed that Zoe may even “discriminate” against certain clothes that you wear! Mine do – Alex my Alexandrine, he HATES every black sweater I own and prefers a particular white or red sweater. Yet Zeus, my CAG, on the other hand actually prefers that I wear a short sleeved shirt. If I wear a sweater he will even try to take it off by biting it and pulling on the sleeve! It is somewhat the same when it comes to their “owners.” They ultimately “discriminate” or “choose” who they wish to ultimately imprint on – and one huge early indicator of who they may “choose” is actually their gender. Females generally, for some reason and in almost all breeds of birds, tend to imprint more on male owners than females … if there are males present in the household that is – and vice versa – male birds tend to bond stronger and faster with female humans. Scientifically while it has been proven, they haven’t found any solid reasons WHY.

Another factor to consider is parrots will most often bond to those who spend the most time with them – regardless of who feeds them, gives them water 10 times a day and daily cleans their cage. Whoever is home the most, they will tend to bond more strongly to.

Alex - Lisa Caza's Alexandrine parrot - here only 8 months old. ©2012 Lisa Caza
Alex – Lisa Caza’s Alexandrine parrot – here only 8 months old. ©2012 Lisa Caza

One thing I notice in your note is you mentioning that you were there for Zoe’s ‘beck and call for 5 days.’ While indeed it is excellent that you were there to make her transition to her new home easier, at the same time we can’t “cater” to our feather babies either. They need alone time just like we do – and if we constantly come to them, speak to them or give them any kind of attention every time they whistle … well unfortunately we set ourselves up for too strong of a bond forming with one person (therefore creating aggressive/protective behaviors when around their imprinted human owner), screaming behavior – and possible trust breaking whenever we have to leave our home … which is what we are seeing here with Zoe. All of a sudden your constant attention was suddenly taken away from her. In her eyes now it’s like “Well she disappeared on me so I can’t trust her now when I need her or call out to her. But this guy is here so I believe I can trust him. At least his behavior hasn’t changed – it is consistent.” There is such a thing as giving too much attention … I learned that one myself the hard way with my parrot – he is protective of me (won’t allow anyone near me if he is out of cage and sitting with me) and he too had the screaming behavior whenever I left the room. However … we’re somewhat dealing with a double-edged sword here because we have to regain some of that bond between you and Zoe. So for the moment … let’s just set this aside and remember for FUTURE reference.

What I recommend in terms of regaining some of that bond back hon, is to actually do what I did with my baby when I brought him home. It takes a lot of patience … but it is so rewarding in the end. For the next little while, every day – a few times a day if possible – whenever you have a moment spend time with Zoe while she is in her cage (and unfortunately you may have to ask hubby to leave the room if he creates too much distraction for her. Another thing he can do is move away from Zoe, look away from her, etc when she tries to go to him instead of you). Talk to her. Share your meals with her. Give her a few of her favorite treats. Figure out what some of her favorite kinds of toys are and only offer them to her if and when she comes to you. Sing to her. Dance even. You will begin to notice that more and more Zoe should start to show more interest in being with you. You have to make time with you appealing and fun and engaging – but you have to be diligent … and above all patient and consistent.

If you approach one of your “sessions” with Zoe in the least negative frame of mind she will pick up on that and will not respond as favorably. And to help with the screaming, give her a “time out” – cover her cage for a while until she has been quiet for a good spell. Also, don’t show any reaction to her screaming because that’s what she wants! So no yelling, no telling her to be quiet – no response at all. Realize – a negative response is better than no response in their eyes – therefore no matter what kind of response you give your bird they will like it – it will only enable the screaming behavior. Instead, what I’ve done, is not say a word and not even peek around the corner at Alex. Then once he is quiet, I will then either speak to him briefly or peek around a corner.

Lisa Caza's 2 parrots Alex and Zeus. Alex sporting his new neck ring! © 2013 Lisa Caza
Lisa Caza’s 2 parrots Alex and Zeus. Alex sporting his new neck ring! © 2013 Lisa Caza

Because there is in fact already a strong bonding for your husband, I cannot guarantee you 100% success with this technique my dear. But I do feel that you can gain at least a little grounding back with it – and you should start to be able to do a lot more with Zoe. For me I was quite successful with this technique of mine – with Alex, while in good health and was partially trained, when I got him from the pet store I had quite a few problems with him (a few things: would refuse to step up, would bite me if I tried to take him out of cage, afraid of hands). Now, I can do almost ANYTHING with Alex: give him cuddles, kisses, tickles and actual hugs. We even have a few games that we play together (peek a boo by placing my HAND over his head and he pops out randomly and says ‘peekaboo’, and he pretends to ‘bite’ me in front of others while I yell “Owie! Owie! Owie! He gets a huge kick out of that one – so much so now he has learned to say Owie). We sit and cuddle and watch tv all night together .. we have a very strong bond and sense of trust – and it didn’t take too long to form (with my diligence, patience, understanding and knowledge of what his body language was telling me). And Zeus – because he was older (he was 2 when I got him), he presented with a few other issues –  at first he hated me and preferred my husband. Whenever I tried to even give him a wee pet he would lash out and bite a finger (he actually almost broke my finger TWICE!). With Zeus I was rather frustrated – but it was because he was older – more set in his behavior patterns. However, with diligence (and actually getting hubby to give him a shower – he hates showers!) things changed so positively. With him too now I can pet him like a dog almost – and he’ll lay on his back in my hand. Only thing we have to work on more is him being comfortable away from his cage.

I believe that you too should be able to gain some of that grounding with Zoe. And once you start to have some of that trust building back – then it will be time to remember and implement what was mentioned above – about giving too much attention … but likewise remaining CONSISTENT in YOUR behavior. Gradually ease your way into a new routine by lessening the time you spend with Zoe – but still remain consistent. Know what I mean? Think of it in terms of “slow weaning/withdrawal.”

As a note on shoulder riding – it is recommended that you do not allow any bird to sit on your shoulder as it creates more dominance behavior from them. However, I personally will allow Alex to sit on my shoulder whenever he has spooked or has felt scared or threatened about something – as birds feel safer the higher up they are. I feel that this has likewise contributed to the trust in him for me – but mind you as soon as I feel that he has calmed then I will instruct him to go back down either onto my knee, my arm, or sit beside me on the couch.

I do truly hope that this helps you some – stay persistent. But above all be patient, loving and CONSISTENT – gradually making changes as necessary.

Much love and blessings to you and Zoe – Please do let me know how things progress I would love to try and help best I can. Lisa

© 2014 Lisa Caza

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Alex – Lisa’s Tarot Reading Parrot

Meet Alex: Lisa Caza’s Very Cute, Intelligent, and PSYCHIC Tarot Reading Parrot!

We all know that pets and their owners share a very strong and loving bond … and it has been scientifically-proven that they likewise share quite the psychic connection as well! I personally have seen how somehow all three of my dogs “just know” when I am about to come home – and it doesn’t matter what time I leave or return. Every time I pull into my driveway all three of them are already standing there at the door barking in excitement. Conversely, I will be here at home – waiting for Yvon to arrive home from wherever he may be at (i.e. work, grocery shopping, etc). Those dogs once again “just know” when he is soon to pull in because they will start to stand at the door and watch intently … not being able to even relax for two seconds … literally waiting for that truck to appear. Once again – it doesn’t matter what time of day it is. No matter how we’ve tried to “fool them”. We’ve tried leaving with the truck, parking it up the road, and then WALKING back … it doesn’t work because they still know we’re coming!!!

Well it isn’t just dogs that can be psychically connected to their owners. I fully believe that ALL animals, no matter what species, have psychic abilities and are truly connected to divine … and even perhaps the universal consciousness. Look at how for example I personally seem to have this “strange gift” of attracting wild animals into my life in order to give me very special but important divine messages and/or lessons. I can also hear their thoughts … and what they are saying to us silently.

Alex Tarot Reading Psychic Parrot - Soul Psychics - Lisa Caza - Psychic Readings
Alex, Lisa’s “Psychic” Parrot © 2012 Lisa Caza of Soul Psychics

This strong belief of mine was reinforced even more one day not too long ago when I returned home with some pellets, treats, and a couple of new toys for Alex – my Alexandrine Parrot. Now usually when I come into the house – Alex is of course happy to see me and right away he will start to do his usual chitterchatter and talking in order to get my attention. But on this particular day – for whatever reason – Alex was literally going NUTS inside that cage of his. He was flapping his wings, hanging upside down doing the monkeybird dance as I call it, screeching as loud as he can … just extremely excited. He has never behaved like this before so it of course immediately caught my attention. I walked into the living room and over to his cage – right away I could hear his thoughts: HE KNEW THAT I HAD NEW TOYS AND TREATS FOR HIM!!! What confirmed this for me was when I right away grabbed one of the toys out of the bag and showed it to him. Again he started screeching. I put it in his cage and I swear it didn’t even take 10 seconds and he was busy chewing away on the wood pieces. Now realize, normally for birds in order to introduce anything new to them – especially when it is going in their cage – it is recommended that you have it sitting outside of their cage close by where they can see it and get used to it over a day or two BEFORE putting it in their cage. For almost as long as I’ve had Alex I have had to do this because otherwise he would flip out, get scared, even to the point of falling off his perch. But on this day … I didn’t do this. I didn’t need to. Alex KNEW what it was and well wow he definitely wanted it and wanted it RIGHT NOW.

All of these experiences with wild animals as well as with my own pets … especially with Alex … they ultimately led me to the conclusion that, “Hey – how much you wanna bet Alex can do tarot card readings?” I introduced the idea to family, friends and colleagues and on facebook – and it definitely did get a lot of interest and excited feedback. So away to work Alex and I went …

Alex just had his very first “client” (volunteer test client) and reading … we did NOT do ANY kind of training prior either. But it seems that my theory is correct because Alex not only knew exactly what was being asked of him, his psychic ability and tarot drawing was extremely accurate.

I simply talked to him … just like he were another person really. Told him we were going to do a card reading for someone. I even said her name and showed him a picture of her (of which he DID take an interest in; he was carefully viewing her picture with true interest). I had previously prepared the cards for him where I fanned them all out on the floor. After viewing the picture of the “client” I took him over to the cards … and … he did his one-card reading! I am in full belief that we were, as a team, working with and through each other psychically and telepathically. Once again I need to restate here that we did not do any form of training prior … this was Alex’s very first time in even seeing tarot cards….

Below is the ACTUAL VIDEO of Alex performing this reading. I pardon my mess on my table … as well as his initial behavior. He’s a lot like me he has to be “in the mood” to do a reading obviously as I had to play with him for a bit first (hence why the different “takes” in the video lol). Carefully observe his body language and behavior in selecting the card … I even try to distract him by pointing at different cards. Any other bird or animal would normally go to whatever is being pointed out to them out of curiosity … usually … but Alex doesn’t. He is extremely fixated on one card and one card only. I even put BACK that card at the end and place it on all the other cards. He STILL chose the same one. After the video, you will find not only the one-card reading itself but also the feedback received from the “client”:

Actual Card Reading: King Solomon – Priorities. This is coming through with a few slightly different meanings for you. Firstly: when was the last time that YOU were a priority? You’ve been “ignoring” yourself and your interests, goals, hobbies … and even perhaps some sort of projects that you’ve had in mind. You need to start making yourself a priority above all other things – especially when it comes to other people and their needs. YOUR needs must come first! You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself first. And as mentioned this is all-encompassing to include your talents, abilities, hobbies, interests, goals … etc etc. Start making YOUR ideas and wishes your top priorities, but also make your happiness and health top priorities too. Now secondly, well – somewhat similar – you need to devote time to your highest of priorities – even if it means getting to bed earlier or later. Consider this confirmation showing you that this is a wonderful time too to work on projects and ideas that you hold close to heart. Even if you’re confused about how to approach things or fear whether you can manifest your dreams – just do it anyways. Your inner self will feel loved and well cared for by the time and energy you put into those priorities. Realize that as you invest in your priorities you are actually investing in yourself.You may need to revamp your schedule so that you devote regular time to your priorities – especially those that as mentioned earlier you’ve been “ignoring”and/or “putting off”. But no more stalling! You have to likewise let go of any procrastination or perfectionism and just do it. I also want you to take special note of Alex’s behavior when he was selecting your card and afterwards. He was literally zoned in on that one and only one card. He made it his PRIORITY. He didn’t care about any of the other cards surrounding him nor could I even distract him from that card to go to another card. He was trying to show you Diane that you shouldn’t allow anything to stop you, get in your way, distract you from your priorities and those things that you most enjoy/love/wish to have. So be assertive in saying “no” to anything that may divert you from your path. Hope that makes sense to you ….

CLIENT: Thank you Lisa! And thank you Alex! I do make it a point to say no, but I hate saying it to my son….I have always put him first….and now I have to wean him off my doing his laundry….etc…..and put my physical health first, like stop procrastinating about exercising when I know I would sleep better after exercising every day…..In order to do that – I NEED TO GET AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER!!!! LOL!!! Thank you again so much! It was wonderful! : )

LISA & ALEX: You are very welcome! Thank you for being Alex’s first “client” lol! And wow I can definitely see and feel how the messages tie in to what you’re saying about your son. So Alex was definitely right on the ball there … but the thing is … it isn’t just pertaining to your son and for example your desire to exercise hon … as mentioned the messages are somewhat all-encompassing for you and go beyond that of the situation there with your son. I am wondering if perhaps right now you’ve been “unable” to consider these following concepts because you are in fact so concentrated on your son. For example, what interests you in terms of your hobbies and skills? Photography, knitting, painting, playing music, etc? Nature walks? And, what sort of ideas have you had in mind for YOURSELF in terms of for example a self-business, volunteer work, meeting new people, taking up a new exciting class, etc etc? All ideas/projects/desires/interests/hobbies that you’ve personally held for yourself – goals – they need to be paid more attention to and fostered. Realize that as they are paid attention to and fostered, it does go towards bettering your physical health. Our spiritual health mirrors our physical – and vice versa. You do have the realization that you need to make yourself more of a priority – but the concept of it is all-encompassing. Now is your time – it is “Diane Time” – and that time is meant for you to begin fostering those things that you’ve desired for yourself and have been wanting to do/experience (as mentioned including your hobbies, talents, etc).

CLIENT: I think I need to make my spiritual practices more a priority. I don’t partake in it nearly enough….I would love to go to a lecture or seminar with other like minded people and meet more people who share the same beliefs – much like I had when Danielle was in the states and we gathered at her home for channeling, card reading and just generally basking in spirituality….so thank you again for that!

LISA & ALEX: Yes! Now you’re rolling. Perfect! That’s exactly what I am talking about hon … things just like that … and don’t stop there. I know there’s more that’s been rolling around in that mind of yours LOL!!!!

CLIENT: LOL!!!!

© 2012, By Lisa Caza

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