Special Needs Lovebird?
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So I grew up with an Amazon parrot, and I have chickens and quail now. I am reading up on parrot training and interaction because it's been so long since I had a parrot and yesterday I picked up 3 for free over craigslist. A blue Indian ringneck and 2 lovebirds. They are all very shy and I want to work slowly with them to make them friendly enough to hold without them being terrified. Any tips on that or reference sites or books, I would appreciate.
Other than that, I wanted to ask opinions on one of the lovebirds. She has a messed up beak, like an old injury or perhaps she was born that way. She can eat and drink fine and she even climbs and preens with it. Do you think I need to take her to the vet to evaluate it? Or is it okay as long as she is acting normal? The people did not tell me one of the birds was special needs until I got there, so I'm a bit concerned.
>pic related; the lovebird with the messed up beak
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as a pre-face to this situation i will give a green text to traumatic childhood events.
>be me 10-13, autistic, but not full blown. fat piece of shit.
>dad decides he wants me to get in shape so we should go biking out on dirt roads.
>most days are okay sometimes dogs barking from farms, occasionally they give short chase. most are on chains though.
>sometimes they get pretty close and its scary and have to move pretty fast.
>start to strongly dislike going past houses while biking.
>one day going past farm and one actually makes it on the road after us after jumping out of the bush.
>peddle as fast as I possibly can, follows me for another 50-100 meters before giving up. Dickhead dad is way the fuck ahead and isn't slowing for me to catch up. Dog would have gotten me if I had wiped out or something like that for sure.
>couple months later i'm 12 now, we go up a mile long and mile high hill (sure feels like it, you can coast for about 2-3 miles coming down it)
>tired as fuck getting to the top of it. there is a house at the very top.
>suddenly large dog bolts out driveway after us again, try to pedal away but tired still.
>It comes right up behind and tries to bite my tire, can feel the entire back of bike moving.
>REALLY starting to dislike going biking.
>one day we are going out again and we start to go towards those same roads.
>nope the fuck out. tell him i don't like the dogs.
>go home, never return to regular bike riding.
>develop distain for father since.
>never been able to be around a large dog without others close by since those days.
>million times worse when I'm alone. even with friends around sometimes still freak the fuck out.
Now i've moved into an apartment building out of town still on highway but out of the way. takes 5 minutes to get into town on bike these days.
past 2 years have been fine no dogs on our property, ocassionally the crackheads dog from down the street comes to visit but quite rarely.