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Old 01-05-2021, 02:33 PM
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Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Albie has become really nasty. It started yesterday evening when I got home from work. I had a total of 8 days off with 2 days work in the middle.

He's biting without provocation and he means it. He's fluffing up with a flat head and fanned tail and lunging at me, and chasing what ever body part is offending him. I cant get him out of his cage with out him lunging at me. He's never been cage aggressive. I don't put my had in the cage. I put it near the entrance so he can climb on me. He let's me know when he wants out by hanging out by the door and when he really wants out he hangs upside down trilling. If he doesn't, he hangs put at the back of the cage and I don't bug him.

This evening I got home said hi to him and got him out as he was giving me his sign he wanted put (hanging upside down by the door trilling at me) he bit me 2x, 1x when I went to give scritches like I usually do (I invited the scritches with a finger wiggle and he told me he wanted by coming to me with his head bowed) and 1x when I went to remove him off my shoulder for time out. Both times it was my hand and fingers. Normally he steps up no questions asked if I tell him to. Then I went in the kitchen to move away from him he followed and landed on my shoulder. I start singing to him, not attempting to touch him again, and he runs down my arm and bites it really hard to the point he almost drew blood. It hurt. I calmly got hubby to remove him and put him in his cage.

Im upset and trying hard not to take it personally. He's currently contact calling me.

His chop yesterday consisted off : rocket, spinach, watercress, red chilli, yellow Bell pepper, sugar snap peas carrot and fir the first time in a while some strawberries and grapes. This evenings chop is more or less the same but minus the fruit. He has a sunflower and peanut free seed mix and I don't give him pellets, trying to find a sutible one he will actually eat. He only gets sunflower seed for training. He's been getting about 11 hours sleep at night on a cage that's in our bed room.


He's evening going after my hubby. I don't know what I'm doing wrong and feeling really crappy. Is just me going back to work and he's mad att me for it?
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Old 01-05-2021, 03:24 PM
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Hatched a year ago, right? Welcome to puberty! Nothing you did wrong, anyone who starts with a baby goes through it.

Hormonal controls apply: lower any sugar (including sugary pellets and fruits), ensure 12-14 hours of sleep, don’t touch inappropriately...etc.

Most importantly: patience. Hormonal controls aren’t miracle workers, they’ll take the edge of a LITTLE bit. Puberty really is something that you hunker down and ride out/endure, get through to the other side. Albie will calm down with the biting by years end, if not sooner. And you’ll get him back, if not a bit different (like humans their personalities change over time as they mature). The aggression won’t be constant, it’s more unpredictable and sporadic in nature. he’ll go through sweet and sour phases so it won’t be all bad all the time.
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Old 01-05-2021, 03:34 PM
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Thanks for this. I was really stating to worry I had done something wrong.
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Old 01-05-2021, 03:40 PM
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Thank goodness I target trained him. I was able to get him to his bed time cage with sun flower seed and his target stick. To any one reading this, NEVER under estimate the power of teaching your bird to target a stick. It may seem like a silly useless "trick" but it has saved my fingers and sanity this evening by being able to get albie into his bed time cage with out having to touch him.
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Old 01-05-2021, 03:46 PM
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

my GCC has gotten mad at me when I worked a bunch and didn't spend time with her fir a few days, or if I'm in the hospital for a few days. The quickest I get it to turn around is apologizing, feeding treats by hand, sweet talking , watching that body language, . Then she gets over it. She doesn't like any changes in routine, abd gets huffy if there has been a change. Spending extra time together the huff, has her back to sweetie.
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Old 01-05-2021, 04:27 PM
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Syd is super hormonal at the moment. It feels like completely the wrong time of year but I can see that at times he really doesn't know what to do with himself. I do remember that the first time at about a year old he suddenly turned into the nastiest being possible. Like you I used a target stick all the time, sunflower seeds and just avoided him. Now he knows the word 'no' and 'no biting' and it's enough to make him think twice.

It won't last just don't offer any bits to bite, no shoulder privileges, I remember wearing hat, scarf and gloves in those early days just to make myself unavailable. I remember lots of blood before we both got the hang of it.
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Old 01-05-2021, 04:59 PM
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Ah, pain! Thy name is puberty . Hormone season is bad, and the first time is the worst and longest.

Just repeat this mantra "And this too shall pass" .
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Have you thought of using chamomile (dried flowers) in/on foods or as a tepid tea? Also invest in some challenging toys, give him plenty to do/destroy which will both tire him out and distract.
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Old 01-05-2021, 06:04 PM
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Tango did this too, at just over a year old. I wore a hoodie with the hood up and tied tight and bandages on my fingers . It does pass.... your sweetie will be sweet again. Way to go on the target training - very handy in these situations!
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Old 01-06-2021, 03:47 AM
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Re: Please help me figure out what I've done wrong.

Quote: Originally Posted by plumsmum2005 View Post
Have you thought of using chamomile (dried flowers) in/on foods or as a tepid tea? Also invest in some challenging toys, give him plenty to do/destroy which will both tire him out and distract.

Looks like I'm picking some up th s evening after work!
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