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Re: Alexandrine parakeet information requested

Posted by Alexandria on 12/20/08
(8) Comments

    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.