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Old 11-16-2016, 09:43 AM
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My B&G (George) hates my fiancÚ (Greg). He lunges, opens his mouth to attack, and has even gone into full attack mode by opening his wings and chasing Greg off the couch. He's entirely tame for me, and will sometimes behave in my presence for other people, but when I am absent, George acts as if everyone else is a threat. If he even catches Greg and I cuddling or getting close on the couch he gets agitated and ready to attack. Is there any way I can get him to at least behave around Greg? Neither of us care if he bonds or likes him, but it would be preferable if he wasn't so aggressive and would let Greg put him to bed or move him as needed. Greg's B&G also highly dislikes me but in a pinch I can move her. She's highly jealous over him too, but George has been less forgiving. Any tips would be appreciated.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:19 AM
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Re: My B&G hates my fiancÚ

Well, I'll leave the GOOD advice to others who have it.
Here's the wrong thing to do.
I had had my bird for years when my ol' man came along. The bird has always hated him. And he's fully flighted and fearless, and has no problem attacking husband OR me if he sees exchanges of physical affection, sooooooooooooo...
After years of trying unsuccessfully to straighten things out, I just gave up.
When he's loose, I don't touch other people. I pretty much go by Rbird's Rules all around.
When it's cage time, I toss a green chile in there and he scrambles in after it. Then everybody relaxes.
I have an old bird who is set in his ways, and may be a good example of what can happen if you DON'T do effective, early intervention.
I have reduced biting to almost zero over the decades... not because I've changed the bird, but I have changed me. And a lot of that has involved giving up on a lot of my desires/expectations.
No complaints, though.
I love him.
And now for the GOOD ADVICE...
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Old 11-16-2016, 11:51 AM
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Re: My B&G hates my fiancÚ

From this point on, your betrothed is the only one who gives George his favorite treat! For now, most likely while he is in his cage(George). Other than giving treats, and respect, Greg should play hard to get!
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Old 11-16-2016, 12:20 PM
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From this point on, your betrothed is the only one who gives George his favorite treat! For now, most likely while he is in his cage(George). Other than giving treats, and respect, Greg should play hard to get!
I second that. Birdie affection can be bought, you just have to identify the proper currency. Food is often the easiest thing to use. Their little brain might be saying "bite the evil hand!" The little belly might be shouting "OOH! OOH! Goldfish cracker OMG!" Be prepared for an intermediate accept/change mind/bite phase, followed by accept/retreat/growl furiously phase.
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See? I told you the GOOD advice would be along!
Y'all are great.
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Re: My B&G hates my fiancÚ

Seems like it'll be a long road just to get George to be civil with Greg. As of right now, George doesn't fly...should I worry about him flying to attack if I fledge him? I'm assuming I should wait until he learns some manners. I'm able to hand him off to most people, so he's not always this aggressive.
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:57 AM
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Re: My B&G hates my fiancÚ

Well from a psychology standpoint he probably sees your fiance as competition for you. If you can minimize or take away any behaviors that would complement those thoughts, it would help, along with the treat thing as mentioned above.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:05 AM
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Have you read this Big Beak O Phobes Guide to Understanding Macaw Beaks...

My RB2 loves my hubby but cuddles are off limits, no sharing!
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Re: My B&G hates my fiancÚ

We did the favorite treat thing described above with MrC's Amazon. He hated me at first. Now we have a tentative understanding and peace agreement. That said, be prepared for it to take a lot of time. It took me three years to break through to Goofy.
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How do the two get along when you are not around?
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