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Old 12-22-2018, 02:36 PM
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100% normal. Birds who haven't been well socialized can be very aggressive towards strangers and many birds are fine around adults and hate kids because children are unpredictable, loud, rambunctious etc... and they can sense it. Birds who have bonded to their owner in a way they perceive the owner as their 'mate' can also lash out as they feel they are defending their 'mate'.

With the serious issues your bird is having, you need to work on fixing your relationship with him before working on socializing him with strangers. For now the safest option would be to have him locked in a cage or in another room when strangers come around. Also, I never allow non-bird people to hold my bird. Parrots can and do occasionally bite and anyone who isn't familiar with birds just doesn't get that it happens sometimes. Obviously its not good for a bird to bite any guest but if it's someone who's only a casual acquaintance, they could sue for their injuries or take other legal action against you.
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Re: Maxwells Behavioral problems

I will probably get him to the vet with in the next month or so, Which blood tests should be done?
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And part of whats causing it could be that some of my family are not very nice to him when he is being stubborn/aggressive. Rude words unfortounatly sometimes yelling..
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:25 PM
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Re: Maxwells Behavioral problems

You said you still have a dog, he is very likely fearful of the dog, even if that wasn't the one that attached him....I would always put the dog away when you work with him. Once you have gained his trust back you can work with him and other people, but first he needs to know there is someone he can trust, and everyone else should respect him and give him space. I am so glad he survive that!!! I agree with others he might very well have chronic pain. Definitely need the vet visit. Birds are never to old to change, never give up on them. I have a rescue, and at first she was very sweet and so happy to be rescued. Then we went through some trying times if constantly screaming and bites. I went through all the bonding, treats, consistent, patience. She turned right around no bites, she just pushed my hand away now if she us unhappy, no screaming, abd now very loving snuggling. She has some triggers from past abuse, I can never cover her cage, or hold a stick or sweep near her, but all else is good. And my GCC of eight years I list her trust when trying to harness train, took six months of work to get her trust back. You can make progress too. I would probably do your training bonding, with just you , maybe take him into a bedroom when working with him, so no other pets and people. And speak with all family members that they have to leave him alone, once you have made headway, you can bring in one person and work with them, after he trusts the two of you, work on adding the next person. I think you said you have a large family?? I had to take quite a few bites, without anger, without frustration, without any punishment, and without giving up to heal my relationship with my birds. And learn to read your birds body language. I'm not sure if you told us where in the house the cage is placed? It's completely understandable that your bird had a behavior change after the trauma, the hospitalization and treatment. Now you need to heal his soul, and make him feel he has a flock he can trust.
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Thanks for all the help guys, his cage is in the corner of our kitchen right next to the dinner table, so he can see and know what's going on, And family is usually around the kitchen area, so he is with people.



How should I proceed with him? Is it as simple as going into a bedroom and feeding him treats and just sitting with him? If so, how long? And specifically what blood tests should he have?
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His bed is kind of like this but instead of poofy white fabric, its just purple felt.

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07JYZWJ...detail_4?psc=1

Do I really need to get rid of it? He seems to like it a lot.
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Yes you need to get rid of it and fast. I have read far too many posts from heartbroken bird owners whose bird has either strangled themselves on loose threads or have ingested (completely unbeknown to the owner) many many tiny pieces of fabric over time which block the intestines and has proven deadly.

These sorts of hiding places also feed into undesirable hormonal behaviours which can contribute to aggression so yes you need to remove it. You may not be very popular for a few days but it’s safest in the long run!
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Aww man, I was hoping I didn't have to get rid of it, He seems to love it.
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:33 AM
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I know they love em, doesn’t seem fair does it?!

Seriously though if you use your favourite internet search engine to look up the topic the number of tragic stories will blow your mind and break your heart. There’s a link here on the forum somewhere too. I don’t know which marketing genius it was came up with the idea that birds need those contraptions to hide/sleep in but they don’t. Actually very recently another new member was persuaded to get rid of hers and reported an improvement in her bird’s behaviour. Individual results will vary of course but give Max a few days to get used to the idea and he should be fine.
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Aww man, I was hoping I didn't have to get rid of it, He seems to love it.
would you rather have him be a little grumpy/ticked off for a bit coz his blankie is gone...or would you rather have him DEAD? Because THAT is what can,and does,happen. We are not trying to scare you ( or maybe we are! for your birds sake!) You are being told the absolute truth..so it is up to you!



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