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Join date : 2012-02-21
Age : 64
Location : Southern Cal
My Birds : Sayde AKA Bella= gcc
Posts : 32

PostSubject: Why doesn't my GCC like being in her cage?   Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:10 pm

Hi all, You may remember me and my Sayde. We have had her 6 months now(time flies), she is 16 months old. Bonded very well to me(more ike velcro) still skittish with my husband- but I have given up on that. She is in her beautiful cage about 8-9 hours four days a week, but gets lots of other out of the cage time. I swear she just sits there in one spot all day, and rarely chews on anything. I can tell all the poop is under that one spot. Out of the cage she is very playful and curious. Chews on all her toys, eats great, bathes daily. I have tried rotating the toys to the ones I know she likes. It is not right in front of a window, but she can look out at a piece of window. Any ideas?

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Hyacinth Macaw

Join date : 2011-05-18
Age : 48
Location : San Diego County, California
Posts : 2083

PostSubject: Re: Why doesn't my GCC like being in her cage?   Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:20 pm

Doesn't necessarily mean she "doesn't like being in her cage". If she's getting a lot of out time and a lot of stimulation outside of her cage, then cage time's nice relaxing "down time".

When I'm home on a day off from work, my preference is to literally lay in bed ALL DAY and do NOTHING. Doesn't mean I don't like being in my cage (my house), it means I see my cage as a nice safe, relaxing place to chill.

I'd consider a bird "not liking being in their cage" if they get in the cage and have strange neurotic behaviors like clinging to the side of the cage screaming, plucking in the cage, etc. Behaviors that are opposite of relaxed - neurotic.

If she gets out and is curious and active, I personally wouldn't worry about it. Sounds more like she sees her cage as a nice safe place for down time.

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Hyacinth Macaw

Join date : 2011-05-24
Age : 57
Location : Southern California
My Birds : Scooter
* "Normal" male Green-cheeked Conure
* (hatched 3/2010)

*male Cape Parrot
*(HD unk ~2008)

Blanco (Caballo Blanco)
*Whitefaced male cockatiel
*(HD unk, found 4/2012)
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PostSubject: Re: Why doesn't my GCC like being in her cage?   Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:00 pm

I suspect Roz is right. Scooter is somewhat more active in his cage, but Blanco tends to just hang. And Scooter is a lot LESS active in the cage than out of it, where he is an Energizer bunny. Might just be that she's kind of mellow. You could try posting pictures of your setup and see if anybody has ideas about making it more fun in there, but otherwise I don't think I'd worry about it too much.
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tawheed ali

Join date : 2012-08-17
Age : 20
Location : bangladesh
My Birds : indian pied hornbill
Posts : 6

PostSubject: Re: Why doesn't my GCC like being in her cage?   Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:13 am

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Scarlet Macaw

Join date : 2011-05-19
Age : 53
My Birds : Sebastian - 7 yr old Harlequin Macaw
Arthur - 12 yr old Jardines Parrot
Pickle - 16 yr old Hahn's Macaw
Ecko - 26 yr old Hahn's Macaw

Plus the 180+ various bird from finch to Hyacinth at the rescue where I volunteer and live...
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PostSubject: Re: Why doesn't my GCC like being in her cage?   Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:19 pm

All birds are very different in and out of their cages. If your bird is not ill and has always behaved like this, then it is just her normal behavior. My Jardine has a cage full of toys but rarely moves through the cage actively. Its also quite possible that the bird is only inactive when you are around because she wants to come out, I have seen this behavior as well. She may be very active when you aren't watching. Just because she's not chewing doesn't mean she's not active.

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Hyacinth Macaw

Join date : 2011-05-21
Age : 51
Location : Denver, CO, United States
My Birds : Allie ~ Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure
Mickey ~ Turquoise Green Cheek Conure
Sam ~ Blue Front Amazon
Caesar ~ Bronze Wing Pionus (actually my HUSBAND's bird *grin*)
Mack ~ Lutino Cockatiel
Forté and Duncan ~ Budgerigars
Posts : 1521

PostSubject: Re: Why doesn't my GCC like being in her cage?   Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:16 pm

I realize I'm a bit late answering your question, but my answer is still relevant if you're still having the problem. I had a GCC who didn't like being in her cage. Her actions were completely different from your birds. I'd put her in her cage and she'd go nuts - climbing the walls incessantly. She wouldn't eat, drink, play, anything. Just climb the walls until I returned and let her out.

So yeah, I agree with everyone else! Sayde sounds like she's doing JUST fine. She doesn't dislike her cage - she's just chillin'.


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