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Post: Very unhappy bird owner and VERY unhappy keet.

Posted by Cassie on 11/11/05

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    I am having a major problem. I have 2 tiels I have had for
    5 years and I just bought 2 hand-fed keets last month. The
    keets were bought with health problems which were not
    apparent until the next day and I rushed them to the vet.
    They have been given a clean bill of health from my avian
    vet.

    One is a very good potential pet, he knows step-up and is
    very social with my tiels. The other one is flighty and
    nippy, and picks fights with the tiels, and with a quaker
    parakeet (I never let him out the same time as the other
    birds, he gets his own specail time) I take care of a
    couple days out of the week, teasing him outside the cage
    and screaming. I now keep the quaker in a different room
    when quaker comes over. When the parakeet bites, he draws
    blood. He wants nothing more then to be with his brother,
    who I think is his clutch mate, and bites the bars of his
    cage trying to get out, taking the powder coat off the
    bars. The other one is not like this. I have seperated the
    brothers because of this behavior, where he also tries to
    fight his brother (the good one), who is actually larger
    and bulkier then he.

    They were hand fed, but this one was not eating, so on top
    of medicating them both, I had to syringe-feed him for
    another 11 days. When he finally refused the syringe for
    five days straight, I quit offering it.

    He refuses to learn step-up and will not perch on anyone's
    hand. When he's out of the cage, he becomes a very bad
    influence on his brother, and they both start picking
    fights. When his brother is out by himself, he has no
    problem with the tiels, and even grooms one.

    I am unsure what to do. They are on the same 1/4 seed and
    3/4 pellet diet, eat millet and have a variety of food
    offered to them every day. He refuses to eat anything
    outside of the pellets and seeds I leave for him a part of
    his normal diet.

    He is an English budgie, crested and Amarican parakeet
    mixed bloodline, and is a cinnimon color.

    If I cannot break him of these nasty habits, I will
    definately find him a new home, but I am afraid he cannot
    go to a home that is/are new bird owners, or a home with
    small children. I have already begun a search to find him a
    new home, but I don't know what to do outside of that, and
    I think it is cruel to him what he is going though. Even my
    vet is stumped.

    I have tried isolating him, which drives him further to
    this cage-biting behavior, I have tried rewarding him with
    treats and I have tried time outs. I have been working with
    this bird since the end of their medication three weeks
    ago, and the other is a gem.

    To say the least, HELP!



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  • Very unhappy bird owner and VERY unhappy keet., 11/11/05, by Cassie.
  • Re: Very unhappy bird owner and VERY unhappy keet., 11/14/05, by Kitty.J.
  • Re: Very unhappy bird owner and VERY unhappy keet., 11/14/05, by Cassie.
  • Re: Very unhappy bird owner and VERY unhappy keet., 11/14/05, by jill.
  • Re: More neglect then abuse.. And a pic!, 11/14/05, by Cassie.
  • Re: More neglect then abuse.. And a pic!, 11/15/05, by Jessica.
  • Re: More neglect then abuse.. And a pic!, 11/15/05, by Cassie.
  • Re: More neglect then abuse.. And a pic!, 11/15/05, by Jessica.
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