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Old 12-21-2018, 06:54 PM
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Around spring time Max randomly became scared of me..I don't know why but he wont come close to me unless I have food. I treat him the best I can, give him the best food, keep his cage clean, keep his food fresh, and try to spend time with him everyday, He seems so different than every other bird, He has become fairly quiet since he became scared of me, He is less happy, he doesn't dance to music any more, He doesn't like anyone anymore unless they have food. He doesn't bite very much which is good, But I know he is not supposed to be quiet, barely makes a sound anymore. He only comes to me once or twice a month. He never gave me the chance to try training him, So I really want to sort out his behavior, so I can try training him again..Is there any hope?

Any suggestions would help...I just want the little bird i brought home from the aviary back..
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Re: Maxwells Behavioral problems

How old is Max? Late winter/early spring can herald the time of year when Max’s hormones are telling him it’s mating season which can bring out all sorts of new and “interesting” behaviours. Happily this will generally only last for a few weeks then he will revert to his everyday personality. When was the last time Max had a health check up by a specialist bird vet? That could be worth doing anyway if he has suddenly become “randomly quiet”. A good bird vet will help you understand the behaviour plus testing blood and poop will rule out any underlying health issues.

Also make sure Max doesn’t have one of those “Happy Hut” snuggle hut type things that seem to be so popular. Not only do they absolutely not need them, but they can encourage hormonal behaviours and aggression in a bird and they can and do often prove deadly to the bird. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the reams of information on the internet about this but hundreds probably thousands of pet birds have been injured or killed either by being hung/strangled by loose threads or have had their intestinal tracts completely blocked by ingesting the tiny synthetic fibres which do not pass through their systems. - so if Max has one, toss it and quick!

PS it’s also helpful if you say where in the world you’re located so we can understand local conditions or even help you find a good vet.
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Re: Maxwells Behavioral problems

You need a Avain specialist veterinary visit. There are many health issues that could be causing this. Birds hide being sick. That's the very first thing you need to do! Blood work, and fecal gram stain to start with. You need to get a kitchen gram scale and start keeping track of weight. I aslo recommend in warm weather three times a week spending time outside with the burd in a safe travel cage for at least 15 miniuts each time, light shade is ok you don't have to sit with the bird in bright sun. Feed veggies, feed hot chili peppers, bell peppers, romaine lettuce. Do you have other pets in the house? Could a pet, and sadly sometimes a person be harassing him?
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Re: Maxwells Behavioral problems

He needs time outside of the cage at least four hours a day, if won't sit with you, set up the top of his cage with rope perches and other perches abd toys, abd a food and water dish and let him climb out and explore on his own. Sometimes it's easier to work on training outside of the cage. You can set up a separate area maybe by a different window as a play station/stand as well for him to hang out at. Birds live to be part if the flock, mine have hanging hoops that I attached with a screw in the ceiling and use fishing line to hang down over the breakfast bar. Then we all eat breakfast together, and I allow stealing eggs and toast from my plate, and they have a plate of fresh veggies to eat. You can also do a reboot, and pretend you just brought him home for the first time. Start all the bonding all over again sitting next to the cage and reading your text , the news, or a book out loud to him. Have a certain time you put on the radio band sing and dance with him. Make forage toys. Do you offer baths or spray bottle of baths? But first off as we have said need a veterinary visit!!!!!
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I live in Idaho and I have a little dog, she is not causing the problem because he has no issue with her what so ever, He was at an aviary for a week while I was gone on a vacation and he had a health checkup then, He is extremely healthy they told us.
(it's also a very good aviary with extremely knowledgeable people)
He is out of his cage all day, way more than 4 hours, he is allowed full freedom to wander around his cage area, he goes in and out as he gets hungry/tired. it's too cold outside in Idaho right now for him to be out. He had a pretty serious injury at the beginning of last year and has been different ever since. He is not entirely quiet, he squeaks an chirps a little bit every day. I didn't change anything about his surroundings. I am completely confused on to why his behavior changed.


Oh and he is about oh and he is all most three, Can you train birds later in there life? or does it have to be done early in there life?

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his bed is a big cylinder plenty big for him to move around, but not too small to make a problem. His cage is pretty big gives him a bunch of room, he usually chills out on a kitchen chair and the couch, he has vegetables and fruit everyday, He would die for safflower and chia seeds, He loves to burrow into blankets. I think this is all normal for birds except the whole being scared of me thing.
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He steals our drinking glasses to take baths, he gets a shower on the rare accasion he comes to me, but all in all he gets 1-3 a week.
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What was the serious injury, and what caused it?
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On a terrible Sunday morning last year we were dog sitting (the last time we ever will)


He tried to fly but his wings had just been trimmed so of course he went plunk onto the ground and the two dogs went for him one big him and picked him up in its mouth and ran out side max was dropped in the grass and I was able to get to him he was losing blood really fast, We were able to stop the bleeding as we called the animal hospital, he had to stay there 24 hours in an oxygenated warmed chamber, once he got home we had to give him a bunch of meds for weeks, and take him to the vet twice a week so his bandages changed, He had to deep puncture wounds from the dogs teeth under his wings. He became scared of me around the same time it happened the year later.
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Re: Maxwells Behavioral problems

Ooooh poor Max he must’ve been terrified! And you too it probably gives you the horrors just thinking about it! You were lucky not to lose him!

If Max is about three years old he may also be experiencing puberty which can alter a bird’s behaviour. You also mention he has some kind of cylinder as a bed ... really they don’t need a bed for sleeping as such and those kinds of sleeping arrangements can feed into undesirable hormonal behaviours, so it still may be worth your considering getting rid of it.
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