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What to do for fly by attacks

We got a couple Cockatoos a few months ago. When we first got them they were great with both my husband and myself. About a week or so after Chevy, the female decided she hates my husband. He has not done anything to her, she would lay with him and let him scratch her head before. Now if he comes in the room, or even hears his voice she fluffs all up and starts hissing. To make matters worse, if she is out of her cage she will dive bomb him and try to bite him. She waits till he is looking away and she swoops in for the kill, so to speak. I don't have any idea what changed. If my son comes over she is perfectly fine. My son is nervous because of what she does to my husband, but she is very sweet to him. I have not seen that behavior with anyone else.

I have been trying to get him to give her treats every time he see's her thinking that might tame her down some. But he is afraid she will bite him.

I'm thinking it is a jealousy thing going on, but I don't understand what prompted it. He works a lot so he is not around her a whole lot and I don't ignore her when he is around, thinking that she won't feel like he is taking me away from her. I'm lost what to do with them.

We also have a male which she is very bonded to, but she shows very little jealousy if I pay attention to him, she just usually tries to push him out of the way. We also have an African Grey and since we got the Cockatoo's has really bonded to my husband. The Grey is our Alpha in the house, he will chase the Cockatoo's from one cage to another just to mess with them. He has even went after Chevy if she starts go after my husband. Basically protecting him.

I know if he is in the house she can not be out of her cage if I am not right there to monitor.

Any suggestions on what I can do? Do you think she will ever turn around? I know some times birds will hate one sex over another, but I don't really think that is the case since she has never shown that kind of aggression towards anyone else.

Last night I stood in the kitchen near my husband, which is basically open to our living room, where their cages are. As soon as he would look away, she would fly towards him, and I would step in between, and back to her cage. Few minutes later, same thing. This continued until I put her in her cage. I did this just to see what she does if I am not there. My husband will not go into a room if she is loose because she will jump on him and bite him.

Help please, has anyone had this problem and was able to over come it?

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Re: What to do for fly by attacks

I forgot to mention, the Chevy and Frenchie 9 years old.
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Re: What to do for fly by attacks

So sorry you are having issues with your too. It may be hormones. One thing to do to prevent this behavior would be a wing clip. Just for the time-being, until you can understand why she is doing this. This would give you more control over the situation so she can no longer dive-bomb with her ability to fly temporarily cut off.

Has there been any changes recently, in job, home, relationships? Birds, especially the larger species like cockatoos, react to the slightest of changes to their lives. Hopefully some too owners can chime in with their advice on this. Good luck!
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Re: What to do for fly by attacks

Thank-you, for your very informative description of the actions of your Too's and Grey.

Not to be hardhearted, but viewing from a distance, its got to be fun to watch. I am sure your husband would not agree with that - but, his relationship with your Grey has improved greatly.

I have never had a Too, lots of friends with Toos and MAC's that just love placing their feathered friends on the local Amazon Snob.

I would love to provide you so advise, but most of what I would provide would be commonly relationship stuff. If the Too experts do not show, up I will provide you what little I know.

- If you have not read the two 'Sticky' Threads (highlighted in light blue) at the top of the TOO Forum please do so! Also, read through the first view pages for some insight on what you are facing.

I understand that this sounds odd, but both of you need to have a good laugh at what is happening. It nothing else, it takes the edge (bite ) off the moment.
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Re: What to do for fly by attacks

Be very careful with clipping a Too's wings. They tend to react differently than other Parrots - see Sticky at top of the Too Forum before you go this direction.


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So sorry you are having issues with your too. It may be hormones. One thing to do to prevent this behavior would be a wing clip. Just for the time-being, until you can understand why she is doing this. This would give you more control over the situation so she can no longer dive-bomb with her ability to fly temporarily cut off.

Has there been any changes recently, in job, home, relationships? Birds, especially the larger species like cockatoos, react to the slightest of changes to their lives. Hopefully some too owners can chime in with their advice on this. Good luck!
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Re: What to do for fly by attacks

I'd clip.

You can't have dive bombing birds who bite. It's not safe, or fair, to the people in the house. He has to learn some manners.

Back to basics. Clipped. Step up. No biting. That is not yours. You don't decide that bird. We're in charge, NOT YOU! Do you need to go time out?!

We had a foster that was chasing people around the room. Pulled the couch cushion off the couch, so it was huge compared to him and he couldn't latch onto it. backed his little butt right straight into a corner, and made him sit there for awhile. You start it. It finishes like this... Still a fun game to you bird?! Was that a no?!

You want off the floor, you want cuddles and treats? THEN STEP UP NICE AND BEHAVE!!!

If they go after another bird in the wild, the other bird doesn't just sit there and take it... THEY DRIVE THEM COMPLETELY OFF THE PERCH, AND POSSIBLY EVEN DRIVE THEM AWAY FROM THE PROTECTION OF THE FLOCK TO EMPHASIZE THE POINT.... AND THEY NEVER DO IT AGAIN!!!

Same survival instinct.

Just sayin'...

I'm old school. It isn't abuse. It's teaching. You don't hit. You don't hurt, you put them on the floor and make them back off being aggressive... with you, or with each other. Aggressive birds get an immediate attitude adjustment.

Once adjusted, it never happened. All is forgiven. End the lesson on a positive note.
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Re: What to do for fly by attacks

Great advice above.
My Patagonian pre-dated my husband and has always seen my ol' man as his rival. He doesn't attack unless I touch my husband or vice versa. Same with just about anybody else or any other pet. I'm ashamed to say that we all just cave in and indulge him. He's flighted and fearless and gets his way.
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Re: What to do for fly by attacks

It's probably going to be controversial. But that's the way I've always done it. And I was the one rehabbing "the biters."

Grown a$$ man running from his own greenwing... I didn't run. Bird got the Couch cushion instead. Stepped right up for me. Let me scratch his head. Then turned and tried to rip his owners face off... WHY?! BECAUSE HE KNEW HE COULD GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING IF HE WAS A BRAT AND A BULLY...

And he knew I wouldn't let him get away with anything, so he stopped.

Dominance?! Or discipline?!

I've gone round and round with some folks on this. Barbara and I seem to greatly disagree on this one.

Her way works too... on some birds.

And I have a different approach for pluckers. Pluckers are trickier...
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Re: What to do for fly by attacks

I'm sure there can be different reasons for this, hormones, jealousy, etc. but in my experience it was a clear act of defiance and disrespect.

I had a Slender Billed Too who would fly around then "bounce" her feet off my head like a little platform and take off again. Now, my naughty Ruppell's Parrot who is always getting into trouble doesn't like to be told what he can't do, so to 'punish' me, he lands on my head hard (thank goodness my hair is thick). Sometimes he does it violently and tangles with the top of my head. If I was bald there would be blood lol. He knows that means he has to go in his cage, but to him apparently it's worth it.
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I'm sure there can be different reasons for this, hormones, jealousy, etc. but in my experience it was a clear act of defiance and disrespect.

I had a Slender Billed Too who would fly around then "bounce" her feet off my head like a little platform and take off again. Now, my naughty Ruppell's Parrot who is always getting into trouble doesn't like to be told what he can't do, so to 'punish' me, he lands on my head hard (thank goodness my hair is thick). Sometimes he does it violently and tangles with the top of my head. If I was bald there would be blood lol. He knows that means he has to go in his cage, but to him apparently it's worth it.
Have you considered a clip for your parrot? That would drive me nuts..
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