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"Years ago I founded the national non-profit corporation ZehmZoo Avian Rescue, Rehabilitation and Sanctuary with headquarters in Washington State. We have rescued many Meyer's Parrots over the years, and I have become expert in rehabilitating the poor creatures who have been teased to the point of ferocious biting because members of their companion families did not know how to deal with the Meyers' sometimes feisty nature. Many of these poor little creatures, when in the act of committing a rather painful bite, have been banged repeatedly on hard walls, furniture, floors or anything that is convenient to dislodge them at any cost, without any consideration as to what this action is doing to the bird's brain, neck, spinal column and tendency to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have treated birds who have developed brain damage. My husband and I have developed a method of safely removing a Meyer's which leaves both parties minimally-damaged and still affectionate friends. I call it the Precious Press, named after a wonderful female who had suffered enough brain damage from this kind of abuse in her past that it finally took her life. With the Precious Press, as your Meyer's begins to bite down, you immediately take the thumb and index finger of your free hand and apply them to opposite sides of the bird's head. As you slowly increase the pressure, being careful to avoid the eyes, the technique seems to release endorphins into the parrot's bloodstream. The parrot quickly releases his or her hold and stands quietly as though nothing has transpired to upset him or her in the first place. At this point you can give the parrot a 'head rub', letting him or her know that all is forgotten, and you can continue with many years of a healthy relationship."
"Cherie' Cruver Zehm"


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