By bird problems - 07/03/2016 17:42 - United States - Salt Lake City

Today, since I've been paying attention to my newborn, my pet cockatoo learned to cry like the baby on the middle of the night. I haven't gotten more than four hours of sleep. FML
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1. Learn the cockatoo a nursey rhyme 2. You and the baby fall asleep easily 3. ??? 4. Profit!

This is why you get dogs.

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That sucks. Sorry.

This comment sucks, sorry.

1. Learn the cockatoo a nursey rhyme 2. You and the baby fall asleep easily 3. ??? 4. Profit!

that sounds like an excellent idea :D

Aerobic_Exorcism 13

No offense, but I sincerely don't understand how you're not bothered by using "learn" in place of "teach". I wasn't aware people actually made that English mistake until now.

Isn't that how some people say it, though? I'm American and I've always used teach but I feel like I've seen some people use learn that way that aren't American.

maybe their mother language isn't english, mine isn't

It is okay to use the word learn in that manner, yes. While much more obscure and frankly much more of an eyesore than the word teach in that usage, it isn't incorrect.

no people don't germanspeakers do

Why would German speakers do that? We have separate words for "teach" and "learn" in German.

"Learn in the sense of “teach” dates from the 13th century and was standard until at least the early 19th . But by Mark Twain's time it was receding to a speech form associated chiefly with the less educated . The present-day status of learn has not risen. This use persists in speech, but in writing it appears mainly in the representation of such speech or its deliberate imitation for effect."

They also spelt nursery wrong, but I just assumed that English isn't their first language.

Teach your bird lullabies for your baby, that way the bird can put your baby to sleep in the middle of the night :D. Problem solved?

This is why you get dogs.

So they can wake you up at 2:30 in the morning to go pee? I can't count the number of times I've had to stagger out half asleep so my dog can refuse to empty her bladder so she can sniff all the exciting smells. Or the fact that I learned the hard way and had to ban toys from her crate at night because she loves her squeaky stuffed animals. Or the random dreams where she kicks, growls, or whimpers. Every night. I'm a light sleeper. I'm tired.

theoldman 22

No, cats are so much more self sufficient!

Because dogs never make any trouble or get jealous? Every pet has its ups and downs and 90% of the problems people complain about, are self-made because they don't learn how to properly care for said pet or how to read their body language (e.g. getting a young kitten without company in a small apartment and then complaining bc it's bored and tearing the walls down *facepalm*)

If anything, this would be a reason to not get a cockatoo. Not necessarily a reason to get a dog.

Try having six of them and they all want your attention. Usually at the same time lmao. I wouldn't change a thing tho to be honest.

_lifemyfuck_ 11

Yes it's much better to sleep to the soothing sound of barking.

Should have gotten a big dog... I don't think we've ever had any problems with the ones we've had over the last 6 years.

bad_boyfriend 10

People who take their dog out in the middle of the night are suckers. It's a dog, not a baby. Unless it has health problems it can go 8 hrs without taking a piss.

You spelled "cats" wrong.

Two screeching animals. What a dream.

KayleeFrye 39

I agree!

OP wishes they could dream.

It gets easier! My twins went from an every 3 hour schedule to every 5 very quickly, 6 hour stretches started at 2 months. I would get rid of the bird if it persists though.

Pets are for life, you don't just get rid of one because it becomes inconvenient in your life. Yes it's a nuisance for learning the cry but that's what birds do and I'm sure OP knew this too. It sucks but you don't just get rid of a pet!

johhnn 8

I disagree, you can pass a pet on to a loving owner.

There are reasons Id understand giving up an animal, mostly if the animal would be better in another home or you really don't have a choice. Changing owners can be very stressful to animals. The bird isn't trying to be a nuisance, i doubt it understands. It just wants attention from its owner because it seems like this is their first child so before it probably got a lot more attention. Many kids also react badly to getting another sibling because that means less attention, you don't consider getting rid of them.

You are absolutely right. Priorities. As much as I love my pets my sanity and my children come first.

I really hope you don't have pets. First class moron right here, ladies and gents.

I believe that pets are family too, but you can't judge other people for not being able to handle their pet after big life changes and feeling that it would be better (not just for them, but for the animal as well) to give them up to another person that would love it and be able to take care of it and give it what it needs better than what the current owner can give it. I hate when people judge other people so severely when they are doing the best they can and making hard decisions that they feel is best for themselves and others in their family (including the pet).

As others in other comments have said, some animals react very badly to changing owners, I believe birds are one of them. As for "good homes", it's hard to be sure at times. Our mastiff-lab we were barely scraping by and thought it was better to rehome him. It was with my moms coworker, someone who she talked to constantly. He had a very hard time adjusting and when we got him back we find out he'd been abused in the short amount of time they were with them. This was someone my mom talked to a lot before giving him to them, who never indicated any sort of thing wrong. I'll accept responsibility for what happened to him but it shows you can't always be sure that "good home" is so good.

Screw getting rid of the bird. Dump the child.

Wow. Your just fucked up. I get caring about animals, I do, but that doesn't mean you have to be totally apathetic or even mean about human infants. They didn't ask to be here. You can car about both, as any decent human would.

I would rather not run either of them over with a car, let alone both of them. Much too messy.

fpants2010 18

I know it doesn't seem like it now, but it will get easier!! Good luck, and congratulations on your bundle of joy :)

The solution to your problem is quite simple. Just start paying attention to your cockatoo and your baby will start chirping like a bird ... then you will have nothing but the soothing sounds of birds to fall asleep to.

Put the bird in a cage at night and cover the cage with a sheet, and it'll probably stop doing that. Doesn't work with kids, sadly.

I don't know much about birds but a lot of parrots species (if not all?) need a partner to be happy. So if you've always been its solitary form of entertainment/communication, I would suggest you read up on your pet and/or go see a professional about it. Maybe a second bird might just solve all your problems?

Not really. Because there is no guarantee that the other parrot will get along with your new one. And you can't cage them together for a long time. For sickness and safety reasons. Then you have two upset birds to take care of