I'm sorry but if you think your birds understand you apologizing to them but don't understand punishment you are certifiable. The bird doesnt understand punishment OR apologies.
My friend has a budgie, which seems to understand everything. I have read items and seen documentaries about how intelligent they are.
I am not saying that keets will or won't understand apologies & punishment - and I am certainly not condoning punishing such a timy creature - buit to say that someone who believes this to be true is 'certifiable' doesn't seem correct, or logical, or polite, to me.
If you are aimimg this word at someone in particular, then it breaks rules ~ so please express yourself and your thoughts in other ways.
This is the reason why I don't frequent this board. There are communities out there where people help each other with their problems without judging and for some reason, no matter how this community evolves, with the exception of a very few people, this has never been one of those communities.
You are not the only person to have said this, so it is a problem which does need to be addressed.
Pets must be well looked after and members need to be treated with respect. Criticism can be made, of course, where birds' health & safety is at risk, but assumptions should not be made so quickly.
Good, decent members should be helped to be better owners ~ not frightened off the board.
It's different, if they are just here to cause trouble ~ if that is proved to be the case, then they can be banned.
However, calling someone 'certifiable' is not helping to prevent the negativity.
Now we have an accidental instinctual reaction that caused a problem and REMORSE (the key sign that anger management isn't necessary) and out of three pages of posts 4 of the posters have been attempting to help.
I suppose the answer to this may be that people try to help in different ways. Somme want to help the person to cope with this issue.
Some want to help the bird to ensure that this cannot happen again.