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Old 06-27-2010, 11:36 AM
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Exclamation Sexual Maturity???

OK, for the past two weeks, my cockatiel has been a lot more aggressive than before. Normally, he'd take treats from my hand, but now, he lunges at my hand instead and chomps down. (I currently have 5 band-aids on my arm ) I didn't react and I waited until he was done and I quietly pulled my hand out. Aussie Ben knows about this problem. He also has been a lot more vocal. I've been thinking about it, and I wonered, could he be sexually maturing? Any comments or what you guys think? Thanks.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:57 AM
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Re: Sexual Maturity???

That sounds like a strong possibility.

Be sure he gets plenty of sleep and a long night. Cover his cage at night to artificially shorten the days a bit. Day length - determined by sunlight - is one of the major factors in a birds hormonal cycles.
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Re: Sexual Maturity???

Ok, I'll be sure to do that. Does anyone know how long this lasts?
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Ok, I'll be sure to do that. Does anyone know how long this lasts?
Not sure how long it lasts for.......
Found a great link explaining it all

Hormonal Cockatiel Behavior

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Re: Sexual Maturity???

Thanks Antoinette! I'll keep an eye on him, see if he does have an object of affection (I know for sure it's not me). I'll be sure to keep you up to date.
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Thanks Antoinette! I'll keep an eye on him, see if he does have an object of affection (I know for sure it's not me). I'll be sure to keep you up to date.
Perhaps his favourite toy
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Re: Sexual Maturity???

I don't have many of these problems with my tiel, but being the only care taker for my Ekkie in my family, I have had similar problems with him. Unfortunately he sees me as his 'object of affection', Occasionally throughout the year he does the old smelly regurgitation and snuggles bit - although I'm flattered - mentally, for him its not very healthy (nor very nice for me). I have turned to calmly returning him to his cage when he starts this sort of behavior. Luckily Eddie is not really a biting bird, but he definitely shows his stress and frustration by thrashing his toys around and grumbling.

Ways to avoid this behaviour:
I can definitely vouch for moving the cage as an option of distraction from this behaviour - even just to the other side of the room. Or even add some extra toys to the cage - mix up his environment (not to the point of stress though). Once you get things going training helps avoid this behaviour too. The main thing as mentioned in the article is to avoid touching areas like their back. AD is also correct to say covering their cages will make a difference. For the first time in a while I was out working really late last night and no one covered Eddie up at his bed time. He only got about 6 hours good sleep as I had to leave early this morning. But boy he was very grumpy and very loud when I woke him up - he even gave me a tiny nip which he very, VERY rarely does. IMO prevention is definitely better than intervention with this behaviour, intervention just stresses them out.

In your situation - If you find that sexual maturity is the problem, then I would start with covering the gage like AD said and going from there.
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Re: Sexual Maturity???

Breeding season is rapidly coming to an end (except for toos who are coming into their second season) so, if it is hormonal, as long as you keep him to a solar schedule, he should calm down in a matter of a couple of weeks on his own.
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