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Re: Very unhappy bird owner and VERY unhappy keet.

Posted by Cassie on 11/14/05
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    Thank you, Kitty- but it seems then there is a bigger problem.
    Female of male, this is unacceptable.

    Every book I read said to take the bird into a different room,
    one that they are not familiar with to train, because they will
    be on their best behavior because of the new situations and dot-
    dot-dot. I don't want to give up, but this little $#17 bit my
    hand (drew blood), crawled up my sweat shirt and bit my ear. He
    took the skin right off the lobe in a V-shape, and it still
    hurts. (What was I going to do? Swat him? And he bit HARD.)

    I have tried this a couple times- I have taken him to my
    sisters (where he went under the couch when he tried to take
    flight and ran), I have closed every door and gone into the
    hallway and in my bedroom. Every time, he take flight and runs.

    He does the same thing to my boyfreind and a gal pal of mine
    who both have tried to work with him, so it's not just me he is
    biting then runs.

    He has begun to hiss at other birds, makes threatening poses (I
    would assume) at my tiels. They ignore the keet and don't make
    a fuss, but he almost get's upset that they all don't scream
    and hollar when he starts up. Eventually, they do, then the
    keet shuts up.

    Now lately, he will sit on his swing with his back to everyone
    and hang his head. He looks depressed. I do the week-in-week-
    out toy thing, but when I am home, it does not look like he
    plays with the toys at all.

    I just don't know what to do. Now that he's old enough, either
    he has started his first moult, or he's started to pluck. I
    found a couple stray feathers on the slide-out tray under his
    cage, and one was from his tail, the other looks like a breast
    feather.

    I just don't know what to do. He looks like he's getting
    worse...

    On 11/14/05, Kitty.J wrote:
    >
    > 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.