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ok i been hearing and reading some alow there cockatiels not to go on there shoulders some do i do myself he don,t do nothing just sits there nice and quiet and every now and then bows his head for scritches wich i do give him
 

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mine go on my shoulders with no problems I think its more so with the bigger parrots and I guess even with some smaller it can become a dominance issue if they are up higher then you thats why some don't allow it.
 

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well it sounds like that little guy deserves his shoulder rights!
i think it is fine to have them on your shoulder, as long as it doesnt turn into a dominance thing
 

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I allow Willow on my shoulder...shes on it now.
I agree, it's probably dominance...thinking that your shoulder belongs to them. :rolleyes:
 

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With bigger parrots there's the issue of them being higher then you and that's where the dominance thing plays in. They'll start thinking the rule the flock *you* rather then you being equals or you being the parent. Also, with the larger species there's always the chance of getting a pretty bad beak injury. Macaws, too's , grey have tons of power in their beaks. With aggressive tiels it's also a good idea to carry them on your hand below eye level rather then on your shoulder. Mine have been riding on my shoulder with no problems so far.
 

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i let my tiels on my shoulders, but never on my head, for many reasons...
I don't let them on my head either.
That's the one POOP free place...lol and I'd like to keep it that way.
Second, the dominance issue.
Third, they manage to get tangled in my hair on my shoulders, I can just imagine what'll happen on my head.
 

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I am trying desperately to stop Dooby from going on my shoulder. It's ok if I can stop him at chest level, but if he scrabbles up a bit too quickly and reaches my shoulder, then I have the devils own job in getting him off. It is a "I'm higher and mightier than you!" attitude.
 

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I let Flicky on my shoulder but I Don,t let Nagano my Grey because of the leadership reasons I probably will when hes about 5 or older so then he would of established me as his leader.
 

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I read the thing about shoulders on another site. Part of the problems they were talking about was the possibility that the bird whould bite and scar your face. I guess there were several cases of birds hurting thier owners faces and eyes. I don't know what size these birds were. Knowing this I allow both my tiels and budgies on my shoulder. I love snuggling with them.
 

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All my guys are allowed on my shoulders, i would only stop them if they became aggressive up there. :p
 

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Spike is allowed on my shoulder. The only down side for him is he thinks he has to stick his beak in my ear so I can hear him talk :wacko: I would not let him on my shoulder if I had problems getting him off.
 

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I read the thing about shoulders on another site. Part of the problems they were talking about was the possibility that the bird whould bite and scar your face. I guess there were several cases of birds hurting thier owners faces and eyes. I don't know what size these birds were. Knowing this I allow both my tiels and budgies on my shoulder. I love snuggling with them.
I read the same but about larger species causing some serious injuries. Imagine a macaw lunging at your eye..no thanks.
 

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they say never let a bird be higher then Eye level of the shortest member of your household because of dominance

I have noticed this on my tiels not all of them,though, when we were at our old house we moved the play gym to the living room and put it ontop of the tiels cage, this inturn made me unable to reach the very top of the play gym, so when ever a tiel was up there they refused to step up and Would run back and forth the length of the top perch of the play gym

Now when those same birds were on the cage, or the cage door, or on the couch or any where else where i was taller they steped up perfectly fine no issues at all

With my quaker if he's up higher then my b/f (which is his best friend only person who he goes to w/out biting) he will bite my b.f he will be stubborn and not want to step up

any where else where my b/f is taller he does everything fine
 
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