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Re: Aggressiveness

Posted by Sherry on 8/14/06
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    Well, I posted a lengthly response the other day but, I see it
    did not post! Here I go again!

    Thanks so much for your advice.

    First - the food. My bird has never liked fresh food. He
    tears it up and throws it but has never eaten it. The
    expensive mix I was purhcasing at the bird shop was a tropical
    mix full of dried fruit and seed. He never ate the expensive
    dried fruit.

    Now - regarding the aggressive behavior! My friend came over
    on Saturday morning. She has not met my bird before. He was
    on the outside of his cage when she started walking up to him.
    I told her not to go to him because he would bite her and yes,
    even attack her. She did not listen and put her finger up to
    his beak - he did the natural thing and attacked her - he put
    two large puncture wounds in her index finger. He has been
    really freaked out ever since. My friend and I went out, and,
    when I came home alone later in the day, I let him out of his
    cage. He climbs to the top and I always ask for a kiss to
    which he sweetly kisses me on the mouth - well, this time he
    bit my lip and put a nice slice in it! That really hurt and my
    feelings were really hurt too. He won't go near me now - when
    he is out of his cage, the only way to get him back in is to
    throw a towel over him to pick him up. I'm afraid of him now
    too. I'm giving him all the space he needs so he can calm
    down. Help me! What can I do to get back my sweet little
    birdie!

    On 8/10/06, Elizabeth wrote:
    > On 8/10/06, Sherry wrote:
    > My Red-Belly is acting aggressively towards me. (he is
    > around 8 months old). When I hold him, he attacks my ear,
    > my chin, and screams. When he does this, I can't get him
    > to stop so, I put him on or in his cage. A friend told me
    > that she heard that a diet with sunflower seeds makes them
    > aggressive. Have you heard this? Is this just a phase he
    > is going through?
    >
    > Another question - are parrots like other pets where they
    > need a certain amount of attention and handling to stay
    > emotionally well?
    > -----------------------------------------------------------
    > Ok, you have a few questions so I will do my best to answer
    > them without being terribly long. The first question - if
    > your parrot is being aggressive I *never* suggest allowing
    > your companion to perch on your shoulder, it is too close of
    > an area to your face. Even a "smaller" parrot like yours can
    > do lots of damage given the chance.
    >
    > The second reason for this is if you need to be able to stay
    > on top of your bird it is hard to see what they are feeling
    > (reading their body language) out of the corner of your eye
    > or attempting to retrieve a stubborn parrot from running
    > across your back.... I would suggest keeping your baby on
    > your lap, arm or a play stand.
    >
    > By putting your parrot back in its cage when s/he bits s/he
    > has taught YOU when I am cranky & bite - I get to go to my
    > nice happy home. You need to reinforce all the good
    > behaviors - just like with a small child. A not yelling but
    > firm NO, followed by a "be nice" and a :-( face gets the
    > point across. Most of my guys read my facial clues and learn
    > that way...being firm and non-negotiable is the key. REWARD
    > the good - did I get that part across???
    >
    > Diet - sunflowers are NOT the diet for parrots. It does NOT
    > have enough nutrients and is essentially feeding your parrot
    > french fries - yes you could eat only french fries but it
    > would make you sick. You would NOT be able to get the
    > vitamins/minerals that you need not to mention fresh
    > fruits/veggies.
    >
    > I would offer lots of fresh foods - think foods like
    > broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers (all colors), collard
    > greens, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots etc. I make my
    > birds food every 3 days up fresh and I vary their diet to
    > what is in season and looks good. Hard boiled eggs are also
    > a great addition...some fruits like apples (no seeds) etc.
    > should be included some as well. For nuts almonds, esp. in
    > shell should be relished, almonds also have healthy
    > properties to them as well.
    >
    > You can also offer a pelleted diet as well - zupreem you can
    > get at almost any pet store....their are lots of others too.
    > If you do not have an avian vet I would suggest getting
    > one, you can look at www.aav.org for a list for your area.
    > They can also suggest more helpful information and I would
    > check out if you have a local bird club - they can be worth
    > their weight in gold as far as talking with people who will
    > have tips.
    >
    > Parrots are like a 2 year old child - they have needs, wants
    > and bad days too. You need to spend several hours (1 MIN) a
    > day with your parrot - this does not mean all of it has to
    > be hands on....on a play stand with toys and food is great.
    > Mine love to sit with me while I am on the computer, they
    > love showers.....watching baseball with my husband. So yes
    > they need attention, rules on how to behave and LOVE.
    >
    > Your parrot is going through the testing phase, if you allow
    > him to get away with it he will get worse and boss you
    > around. You need to set reasonable limits, re-enforce the
    > good actions and love him no matter what.
    >
    > Oh, for mental health make sure your parrots cage is large
    > enough to house several toys (rotate them every week or
    > two), dishes, perches (several) - I like a natural varied
    > perch, a perch for nails, a REAL natural perch and a swing.
    > You can change the perches, just DO NOT have the cement
    > perch at the highest point....
    >
    > Best wishes~!
    > Elizabeth