Wow. Sounds like my little beast. The best way to contend
with this is patience. She can probably sense what is going
on with you internally- as I have found most of my animals
have that strange sixth sense.
These are a compiled post of suggestions from this board and
personal experience with a tuffy budgie with a 'tude bigger
It sounds like your little beak-nik has found an outlit for
sexual tension. Apparently she feels she is the suitable mate
for your husband. This is something you cannot do much for.
If the cage is within the lights of a sun-drenched window,
move it. The UV light is a special ingredient for making
eggs, and for causing irregular mood-swings. Sometimes, I
have heard, over-doing the calcium will do it to. Cut back on
the cuttlebone and oranges/orange juice, and any foods that
are naturally loaded for a couple weeks and see if it makes a
difference. Sleep can also be an important factor. You might
be over-sleeping her. Try to muddle the routine every so
often so it is not a run-of-the-mill day.
The over-spoiling sounds like you are doing things above and
beyond the minimal standards of bird care. If you are looking
to break her of these habits, lots and lots of praise is
needed. The moment your bird shuts up to take a breath,
say "Good -insert name here-!" Or turn it into a game
of "Shhh-hhh!" Put the finger to the lips. Never yell or look
frustrated when confronting the problem. Remember the sixth
sense? They like the reaction.
Try to teach her softer sounds, like a soft growl, a coo or a
purr. Something that has fun sylables that can be a challenge
Once you get over that hurdle, then comes the bonding. Spend
LOTS of time with just the bird, like while you do daily
housework. Always talk and try to keep a pleasent tone while
doing so. When she starts her more annoying sounds (and she
knows they are annoying) start the cooing and the shushing.
Get a close comfortable distance from her and softly make
sounds, then, hopefully, "monkey see, monkey do", and PRAISE
the soft sounds with soft praises.
With the biting, put her in a smaller cage and place her in a
boring corner. I would not put her back in her regular cage-
that is too much of an unhealthy response. She will
think, "If I bite her, she will leave me alone!" You have to
make her think, "If I bite her, she will put me away!"
Use a Rubbermaid or Sterilite tub- one that she can not
easilly jump over the side- maybe a 10 gallon. Do not put
anything in the tub for her amusment. Cover the top with a
thin towel, put her in a bedroom, a bathroom, or a noiseless,
unused room for about 5-10 minutes. They hate being bored.
When the time-out is over, pull her out with a step-up, play
a little game of ladder (step up about 5-7 times) and/or end
on a good note with "Good -insert name here-", and bring her
back to where the TV is on, or on top of her open cage.
On 11/14/05, Sonya Bailey wrote:
> HELP!!!! My beautiful, 4-yr-old, female aqua-mutation
> Quaker has turned into a monster. As the human solely
> responsible for spoiling her beyond rotten, I feel I
> deserve a bit of respect in not being bitten and charged at
> whenever Little Miss Cranky-Beak feels the need to be
> She was the sweetest little chirpet for the first 3 years,
> then all the sudden—Wham!! Watch out for the evil beak. She
> progressively became meaner over the next year bringing us
> to the present. The only person she is not abusive to is my
> husband. He doesn’t take any flak from her. Otherwise she
> is biting, trying to bite, or air- beaking, in addition to
> croaking and/or barking (irritating sounds). Being in or
> out of her cage makes no difference
> Over this past year I’ve focused on providing the best
> environment possible, ensuring she gets 12 hours of
> peaceful sleep, rigidly watching her diet (much to her
> chagrin) and always behaving consistently loving towards
> Her regular diet does not appear deficient—Harrison’s Bird
> Food, lots of fresh veggies and fruit, and whole grains are
> included. She seldom gets any junk food except for the
> occasional Flamin’ Cheetoe (her fav). She does eat
> non-approved foods such as soy yogurt and English muffins
> with butter, but not on a daily basis.
> To my knowledge, she is in good health. I took her to the
> vet last month and had a complete work-up done. She was
> given a clean bill of health. Naturally she charmed all of
> staff until they tried to touch her. Wicked bird!
> One last issue: I’ve been sick this past year,
> unfortunately a brain tumor has returned. Could it be that
> she wants to kick me out of the flock ? I wonder if she has
> matured, and this is what I’m gonna have to deal with, or
> if she’s wanting to make babies, or ????
> Any comments/suggestions are appreciated. Thank You. Sonya
> Bailey, Kenai, Alaska