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Old 08-22-2018, 08:58 PM
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I have a severe phobia of birds! My sister in law breeds budgies and my loving husband decided to bring one home to me....😲 Anyway, a year on and from finding out she is a she and a name change, due to this, I'm actually rather fond of my wee girlie. However, I'm still holding back from her and she's really keen on spending time with me and being near me. She's a little madam but she has really bonded with me. How do I overcome my issue and is it doing her harm? She's been with me now from practically a wee egg!

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You are her flock. If you're home all the time, you're the person she wants to bond with.
What kind of interaction do you have with her now? I'm assuming she doesn't come out of her cage?
My niece is very afraid of birds and going at her own pace, she went from not even stepping into a room where the birds were caged, to sitting in with them when they are out and flying around and even holding a baby budgie (although for a very short time but she initiated the want to hold one).
I think that while your phobia of birds isn't something you will overcome, being afraid of this bird is something you can crack. If you're considering letting her out to be with you, perhaps take the first step when your husband is there so he can support you if you become a little overwhelmed.
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You’ve received a great response from Therm. It is difficult to answer your query atm without knowing your current level of interaction.
Can you manage to pin point which aspect of birds you find most disturbing? Is it the fear of being bitten, the idea of them flying towards you?

When my birds fly very close to my head, I find that momentarily closing my eyes helps stop me instinctively jerking away from them. In fact, I once opened my eyes to see a budgie tail right in front of my face; one of them had landed on my glasses and they’re such delicate little things, I hadn’t even felt the weight of him there .

If you can explain your situation in more detail, I’m sure that members can give you suggestions to help gradually lessen/manage your phobia.
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Therm has offered you excellent advice and JRS has posed good questions as well as given some good suggestions.

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Hi there and to the forums

You've been given great advice You are indeed her flock now, and she's interested in spending time with you.

Just spend time with her in whatever way your comfortable with Read her books, sing to her, talk to her, etc. while she's in the cage. If you become more comfortable with interacting with her more personally, you can start putting your hand in her cage as far away from her as possible so she gets used to it, etc, and doesn't get spooked. In the end you both will be working to trust each other together

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Bird phobia is actually quite common among humans . You’re taking steps to get completely over it, and you’re almost there, since your little one has already worked her way into your heart! Good advice above.

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