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Old 03-18-2013, 05:25 PM
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Alex personalities/ cage aggression

Hi all,
I am just curious about cage aggression and territoriality. I read somewhere in the board that it only happens in females as their cage is their nest. Is there any truth in this?

I'm trying all types of strategies to combat this, but I think I'll definitely have to get another sleep cage.

What is your Alex like?
Floyd is very independent, only barely tolerating pats. But loves giving kisses. He is absolutely driven by food, but loses concentration easily in training sessions. He is very curious, which gets himself into trouble.

This is him investigating my smoothie
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:11 PM
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Re: Alex personalities/ cage aggression

My female Alex isn't cage aggressive at all, if anything she's mommy aggressive :P
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:26 PM
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Re: Alex personalities/ cage aggression

I have known other male and female alexandrines to be cage aggressive. With my first got alex he was really aggressive. But with some clicker trainer/taming him/gaining his trust hes not aggressive now.

Yuki and Alex are independent. Yuki loves scratches and pats. She loves everyone. She is very curious and also gets herself into trouble You can touch her anywhere and she doesn't mind it.

Alex will only want scratches when he wants it. He is has trust issues but he is very curious and loves to chew on everything. So we have to keep an eye on him. When we looked away for a second he had chewed/ripped off a huge chuck of wood out of my draw/dresser. He loves food and loves doing tricks
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Re: Alex personalities/ cage aggression

I dont really think it makes a difference whether they are male or female in regards to being Cage Aggressive. Codie is Male and he is VERY Cage Aggressive He is absolutely fine once he is out of his cage though.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:29 PM
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Thanks guys!
I was thinking Floyd might be a Floydette. But seeming as if its both sexes, ill just have to wait to see
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Re: Alex personalities/ cage aggression

Quote: Originally Posted by Camille View Post
Thanks guys!
I was thinking Floyd might be a Floydette. But seeming as if its both sexes, ill just have to wait to see
LOL.. Up until 3 months ago I thought Codie was a female, so I decided to have him DNA tested and it turned out he is in fact a Male
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Re: Alex personalities/ cage aggression

I would say Floyd looks like a male just from the head shape but of course some females have large heads xD

Well you can get a DNA test or wait up to 3 years to know for sure.
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Re: Alex personalities/ cage aggression

Mine is not at all cage aggressive, but he throws a fit about my cell phone. I think he's jealous of it.

I love the picture of your bird, it's the first picture of an Alex I've seen where the head looks like my Alex's head. I wonder what subspecies we have.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:51 AM
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Re: Alex personalities/ cage aggression

Ozzie was a bit cage aggressive during his bluffing stage, but now he is totally fine. Cage aggression can happen on both females and males, but sometimes females does tends to get more aggressive. Bring Floyd around the house, to different places, etc. It will help with the aggression.

Ozzie's personality actually changes everyday, sometimes he is very cuddly while other days he is more independent , but one thing is that he is always super playful. Even if he is in a bad mood, and I invite him to play a game (like peek o boo under a towel) he would be happily to play the game. Most of the time Ozzie is not very cuddly, but he is always happy to be with me.
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Re: Alex personalities/ cage aggression

When you open his cage, do you take him out or let him come out on his own.

My guess is that you might open it and let him come out when he's ready. This unfortunately can make them rule the roost and get Territorial.
If he knows that the only way he's getting out of the cage is by jumping up on your hand, he won't ever bite it
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