On 12/20/08, GreyLady wrote:
> Hi Claudia.
> I doubt very much that the cage aggression has anything to do
> with her being an Alexandrine. In fact, they are usually
> about as laid back as a Tiel or a Budgie. I would almost
> guarantee it has more to do with her previous situation. If
> you have contact with the previous owners, you might give
> them the 3rd degree on all manner of how she was treated, how
> was she about the cage, did anyone torment her, etc. They
> may have always tried to "grab" her out of her cage instead
> of allowing her to come out on her own, if she wanted to. In
> the meantime, I'd just handle her as I would any other
> parrot having the same issues. More cage open time, more out
> of cage time, as much time with you one on one as possible.
> I know you know the drill. Just lots of patience. Good luck
> with the little lady.
What kind of theory is this? I know you pride yourself in your
avian internet psychology but you really don't know
Alexandrine's Tiel's or Budgie's.
Cage aggression is not always how a bird was treated. Some
birds, no matter how sweet they are out of their cages take a
possessive attitude to their cage and what they perceive
belongs to them. They don't have to be grabbed or tormented to
develop this although that can be a possibility.
Some of the nastiest birds are tiels and budgies and they bite
to save their souls. They attach and grind. "Laid back" is
not a term a knowledgeable bird person would assign to these
two species of birds.
But hey, I'm just a lowly bird person and don't sport the
credentials that you flash.