On 2/04/09, Mickie wrote:
> On 2/04/09, Rick wrote:
>> On 2/03/09, Mickie wrote:
>>> On 2/01/09, Rick wrote:
>>>> On 1/31/09, Mickie wrote:
>>>>> My lovebird is two and a half years old,for the past 7 t0
>>>>> 8 months he has been acting very weird. He rubs himself
>>>>> against his toys, perches or anything you put into his
>>>>> cage, also if I'm holding him he tries to rub himself in
>>>>> my hands. I know what the rubbing is. But I'm concerned
>>>>> because he is doing this 24/7, he doesn't stop, it goes on
>>>>> even after I cover him for the night. Another part of his
>>>>> behavior is that he is eating and rejurgitating his food
>>>>> and feeding his toys and perches 24/7 he alternates his
>>>>> rubbing and rejurgitating. He eats well and I make sure
>>>>> he has plenty of fresh food, pellets and seeds I also give
>>>>> him vitamins and calcium but because he throws up
>>>>> everything he eats I think he's bulimic. His weight is
>>>>> steady at 53 grams, he was 56- 60 grams when he was a
>>>>> Can you please tell me what's wrong with him and how can I
>>>>> help him.
>>>>> I really appreciate your help.
>>>> Hi Mickie,
>>>> You have a perfectly "overactive" healthy sexual male on your
>>>> hands. We go through the same thing as yourself with our Male
>>>> Macaw. Yes, it does get aggravating, but it's only natural
>>>> them, it will pass, just as ours has.
>>>> Basically the only thing you can do is distract him when he
>>>> exhibits this behavior. If need be, limit your hands on
>>>> contact when out of the cage. He will try and feed you quite
>>>> often as well. When in his cage, well, you will have to let
>>>> his urge pass.
>>>> There are other things you can do to detour this behavior. I
>>>> have attached a link for you to check out regarding hormonal
>>>> behavior in birds and understanding this behavior. Hope this
>>>> will help you.
>>> Hi Rick,
>>> Thank you Rick for your response. I'm glad I finally had
>>> someone tell me that this will pass. My bird has been doing
>>> this for so long I thought it may never stop. Yesterday out
>>> of desperation I went and bought him a new cage,new perches,
>>> dishes, a swing. I placed him in the new cage and he was so
>>> disoriented that he spent most of the day finding his way
>>> around and kind of forgot this naughty behavior. This morning
>>> I checked and noticed that he had done some regurgitating but
>>> not as much. I was pleased. I play with him a lot, so that
>>> has to stop for now.
>>> I read the link you provided and I intend to follow through
>>> with the sugestions.
>>> Again thank you for the great advice.
>> Glad to hear your little bird is dazed and confused for the
>> moment, able to divert his attention elsewhere. LOL. Change is
>> good. Changing everything as you did will surely help keep him
>> pre-occupied and hopefully lessen his one way habit of thinking.
>> I had finally taken out the toys that our Macaw was masturbating
>> on. They were primarily cloth or rope related material. Are his
>> toys made of these materials as well that he favored?
>> UPDATE: Wouldn't you know, as luck would have it, I noticed
>> yesterday while our Macaw was on his tree stand, playing with his
>> rope, he started back with his old habit as well. I just shook my
>> head and thought of you and your little bird. Now, it's "Good-Bye
>> Rope" for the time being. Good thing it only lasts a little
>> while. I hate the noises he makes. Take care.
> Hi Rick,
> I made sure not to put any toys in his new cage, but the ones he
> had prior were made out of rope, plastic and some wood ones. I
> noticed today that he likes the new swing so maybe that might
> become the item that he will get attached to. So far he's really
> busy with the new stuff and I have not seen him missbehaving once.
> I also put a new happy hut in there and Trooper is using it. The
> next few days will tell.
> This whole situation has been very embarrasing. We had family
> over at Christmas and my son was playing the piano and we're all
> singing Christmas songs and Trooper is right there in front of
> everybody doing his nasty thing. Everyone was laughing and I was
> telling the little kids that Trooper was just dancing to the
> music . LOL. Thanks again.
Thanks for the laugh. I can surely relate. Our Macaw usually moans a
lot when he is misbehaving. More annoying than anything else.
I love your Troopers name.
p.s watch out for the Happy Hut, Trooper may continue to set up house
for the 2 of you. Just watch his behavior. Sometimes the darkness from
the Hut can trigger mating instincts. FYI. Take care.