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Re: I did something I shouldn't have done- but it worked

Posted by Cassima on 11/17/05
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    Er... yeah. Patience. I act like I have it in mounds when I am really
    smoldering inside. I have been told I am a good actress.

    Well... I did something that was a little un-orthidox this morning. I reached
    into the cage to get the water bowl from Ginger, and she went berserker. I did
    not yell, I did not say anything. I pulled my hand out and she was attatched to
    my thumb. All I said was "You little beast. You are getting SOCAILIZED wether
    you like it or NOT." I shook her off into Vigo's cage (tiel).

    For about two minutes off-and-on, she chased him, running circles around a toy
    hanging from the center of the cage. Vigo is starting to pick up a few words
    and "Stop!" is one that is heard in my house a lot, and it sounded like that
    was coming out of him "StopStopStopStopStop". It was garbled and sounded more
    like "Stah" being repeated. Finally, he stopped, turned around and lit looked
    like he knocked her a good one on the top of the head. He lowered his head and
    I swere I SWERE I heard "I said STOP, chicky-bird!" She stood up and shook it
    off; it looked like they had a stare off.

    I call all my birds chicky-bird when they get rowdy or when I find them in
    trouble. Any more, the only thing that gets Vigo's attention is when I say "I
    said STOP", and call him "chicky-bird". That little rat...

    She stopped, all right. Vigo and I watched as she mosied over to the millet
    spray and eat. Vigo followed, and stood right next to her and ate. I am very...
    confused... I left them together for about ten minutes, and she looked like she
    calmed down. The whole time they were together, it looked like she finally came
    to a mutual agreement with Vigo, but it took a smackdown to do it. There is
    always a bigger fis-uh... bird. (Star Wars moment)

    I have all four of them out right now, eating veggies on the top of the cage.
    Brahm still hisses if she gets too close, but Ginger is leaving the teils
    alone. At least she does not carry a grudge. I have not handled her since I
    stepped them up to the top of a flight cage to munch. She didn't try to take
    flight like she always has. My thumb still smarts, and there is a little bruise
    where she got me. We will have to see where this goes.

    It looks like there was a bit of an attitude adjustment, at least towards my
    teils. I have their cages where all of them are at the same height (give or
    take a 1/2 inch) but I do not want any of the birds to feel superior to the
    others, so I have all of their perches at the same height. All I care about (If
    she is going to be in my home for now) is that she gets socailized with other
    birds. This way, I can pair her up (If there is not a major difference after
    Christmas in her behavior) and at least give her to a breeder as a bonded pair
    next Spring.

    So far, they are all preening and crooning, all four on the top of the cage. I
    have fiddled with this-and-that now for about 3 hours since I started writting
    this, but it seems she's accepted the presence of other birds. We shall call
    this Step One.

    Now, let's see if it stays this way and is not a temporary feeling...

    On 11/16/05, jill wrote:
    > dear cassie,
    > yes it is true that females tend to be very broody and somewhat difficult.
    > it can however be overcome with alot of love and patients. they never stop
    > being broody and difficult but they will become alot more tollerant of
    > you....lol....she will get to where she won't bite when held and she will
    > ride a sholder....my birds like sholders much better than fingers. letting
    > her take baths is an excellant idea as well, not all birds like the bath but
    > the ones who do should have access to one. sounds like you are doing rather
    > nicely with her. i would google "female parakeets and learn what you can
    > about your new, moody friend...good luck, jill