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
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