On 11/11/05, Cassie wrote:
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> this bird since the end of their medication three weeks
> ago, and the other is a gem.
> To say the least, HELP!
Sounds like the aggressor is a female. Its just territorial
problems, she may get sue to the other birds and will calm
down. My moms baby i just raised acts like a semi tam ebird,
when around othe rbirds. She'll even pick fights will my
starling who is 2-3 times larger than her! But when alone,
she is such a sweety. I think the females are a bit more
territorial, and there is nothing much that can break them
of that habit. Well not that i am aware of.