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Safe Kisses

by Ken Globus  

Every time I see someone kissing their bird on the beak, I cringe.  Yeah, I know, itís sweet.  Itís a bonding thing between you and your bird.  Well,  I come into contact with a lot of  bird owners and I hear some stories that would make your feathers stand on end. 

Even a tame bird can bite.  At any time.  A loud noise, a shadow swooping by the window, a vibration, can make your bird lash out at you.  Even if it's only trying to tell you, ďLetís get out of here!Ē When it's bird to bird interaction, they're both armed with the same, hard weapon.  But us?  Our lips are soft and sensitive.  A bird bites our tender lips and it's like a knife through butter.  I have heard some horror stories.  A double yellow head that nearly tore a womanís lip off.  Or a totally tame cockatoo that wigged out and drove its beak through the bridge of a womanís nose.  Serious emergency surgery followed up by a couple plastic surgery procedures was required. 

Can I put it any more clearly?  Kissing a bird on the beak is simply not safe.  And I'm not even going into the potential negative health affects your bacteria can have on your bird's health.  But that's something else to consider.

You ask, "How am  I supposed to express my abundant love for my little buddy?"  Well, there is another way to show affection and, in my book, not only is it safer, itís much more appealing (at least, to me) on an emotional and tactile level. 


Practicing Safe Love


All you need to do is control your birdís beak with gentle pressure while kissing it on the face.  Or nuzzling its neck.  Much more tender and sensitive than that rock hard beak. 



Also, if something startles your bird mid-smooch, you will be able to control its head so it canít bite you.  With this technique Iím able to nuzzle and kiss birds that are not even tamed yet, as in the photo below.  

So, next time you want to give your bird a little peck without getting a big peck, please, please control that beak and keep yourself safe.  Here's another shot showing the technique.  It's not useful just for kissing; it's a great way to control a bird's head in the first stages of touching. 





















































































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