My birds are travelers. They enjoy going on”walkabouts” around our home. Occasionally, I have to do a” beak count” to make sure I have them accounted for. I’d do a roll call, but Parker is stubborn and keeps mum if he’s out checking out the back forty. Once in a while, one goes missing. I have a sudden, quiet anxiety attack, thinking of horrible circumstances: electric shocks, drownings, smothering etc. I do worry. But I don’t like to keep them locked up every minute and deny them a life.
Like children, they are going to wander and explore. I’ve “Parrot Proofed” the house pretty well, so there isn’t a whole lot they can get into that will cause them harm. I keep the toilet seats down for the most part, and I don’t leave any running circular saws lying around. But nevertheless, I worry. Parker has developed the nimbleness of a Ninja when it comes to sneaking past me and I’m sorry to report, that Pepper is developing a sneaky nature as well. But, I have learned where to look for them. Here is one of the first spots Parker discovered and I used to find him there often:
Parker usually gives his location away by pinging Mattie’s water bowl with his toenails.
Here is another spot I’ve occasionally found him:
I don’t know if he’s checking out the photos or what, but both Parker and Pepper like hanging out in the guest bath. I am at a loss as to why. Here is Pepper’s favorite spot in the guest bath:
I think she’s nesting back there. She gets very broody and does a lot of “clucking around.”
Parker is more of a wanderer than Pepper. Sometimes he just strolls around the living room:
But Parker’s all time favorite spot to go to when I’m not paying attention is here:
Sure, it doesn’t look like a big deal from this angle. But look at the entire scene:
I have absolutely no idea how he gets up there because I’ve never been able to catch him doing it.
Patricia Sund is a Free-Lance Writer residing in Florida with her three African Greys. She has been published in About.com, Bird Talk Magazine, Birds USA, In Your Flock Magazine, Good Bird Magazine as well as numerous websites and newsletters. She is currently doing research for a book titled "Parrot Nation".