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Margaret
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PostSubject: Chico double personalities   Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:59 pm

I try to explain this as a "I protect my own cage behavior"
So here it goes.
Couple of weeks ago, we left empty carton for Chico, my bf make a nice "window" , we left it upside down and left there some things to play and shred.
Day after day Chico became more loco about "that thing". She is going inside, acts like a dog, digging there, moving toys in and out.
But the worst part: when anybody, anybirdy come close to her "residency", she is changing from sweet parrot, to monster aggressive dog. I have never saw her that aggressive! She is running from that carton like a Speedy Gonzales and biting anybirdy/body, who dears to come close.

She also occasionally making kind of crying wee-wee there.
We took that box away, since it was just troubles. She came back to normal Chico.

As you all know, our birds are living in one inside aviary and they don't have cages. Is it possible, that she treats it as ONLY HER TERRITORY as a nest or cage and her instincts are natural to defend it? I can't find other explanation...

On the other side, I have never thought, that cockatiel can be soooooo agresive!


Last edited by Margaret on Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:11 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : To change "net" for "nest")
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PostSubject: Re: Chico double personalities   Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:28 pm

I would guess she was treating it as a nest.
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PostSubject: Re: Chico double personalities   Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:52 pm

Sounds definitely like nesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Chico double personalities   Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:10 pm

Yes, she views it as a nest. Yes, they get crazy aggressive defending their nest (you should see the scars on my hands).

Good that you removed it. It probably would have triggered egg laying.

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PostSubject: Re: Chico double personalities   Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:14 pm

To be honest, I have never seen any of my birds THAT aggressive before.

How you breeders deal with that behavior? thinking
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PostSubject: Re: Chico double personalities   Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:27 pm

Some birds I use one hand as bait and change out bowls with the other hand. My reflexes are very quick. Sometimes I protect myself with a stick or a piece of cardboard and they attack that instead. Sometimes they just jump over/around the stick and I get nailed. Checking nest boxes I usually lure the birds out of the box and cover the hole with a piece of cardboard so they can't attack me while I'm in there looking at eggs and babies.

A lot of the "big" breeders have cages that there's no need to stick any hands in with the birds to feed and water.

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PostSubject: Re: Chico double personalities   Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:34 am

Good Bless breeder's hands, who are messing with large or x-large females laying the eggs! How you guys remove little one from nests, when it's time? I know, read above, but it doesn't seems like fun at all!!!


Lucky and Mickey was also interested in that "toy", but both of them rather preferred to shred it from outside. Non of them even dared to go inside, when diva was protecting it.
I know, that Chico is female, Lucky is male. According to previous "caregivers" of Mickey, s/he will be now ~ 6-7 months old. (OMG I didn't realized s/he is that young.)
Is it a little possibility, that she may be he, or still to early?

(I think I'm asking that question, because I want to hear that Mickey is male) moa Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Chico double personalities   Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:32 pm

Mickey's the lutino pearl, right?

Get Mickey into bright light/sun light and look to see if the pearls have disappeared. Generally, in the males the pearls disappear as they age. Some lines of pearls retain the pearling, but those lines aren't very common. Also, is Mickey singing?

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