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Old 08-15-2018, 09:21 PM
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Exclamation [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

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Hello everyone! I recently joined this forum as I seek what I feel is urgent- I need help figuring something out.

My school has a Veterinary Pathway.
We have a Vet Lab, which is dedicated to multiple incredibly healthy animals- except, not all of them are healthy.

We have a pair of cockatiels that are incredibly hostile and stressed.
When I inquired the 'cause of aggression', the teacher explained,"Ever since they bred and laid eggs, they've been very very aggressive."

I further inquired and I was given more context, which was shocking to me-
"We took away their eggs."

So... you're telling me that you took away their eggs and didn't expect them to become hostile? So now you're just going to neglect them of any sort of opportunity to be happy?

I found this shocking, as taking away a pair's eggs can be quite devastating to them! And I believe this was their first ever clutch : (

I feel as if I should also mention the physical condition of these birds.
We have a Normal Grey. I believe the Normal Grey is the male as they are more chatty!
The Normal Gray is seemingly blind in the left eye (there is a gray 'spot' in the bird's eye) and is balding- not molting- balding.

The other cockatiel is brown and white (but not a cinnamon).
She is in great condition but is seriously hostile. Whenever I stick my finger up to their cage, they try to strike my finger and often display hostile/territorial behavior.

These birds are trying over and over again to hatch eggs, but every time we catch them we have to take the eggs away, whether they're broken/cracked or not.

I am very concerned for these birds, but I can only do so much.
I would appreciate any help at all you guys can suggest- perhaps describe the condition thus further so I can show my Vet teacher why she should be more than concerned about those "evil egg laying birds".

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Oswald


(also, if it is ever necessary, i will try and get pictures of the birds!)

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Old 08-15-2018, 09:38 PM
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

Jezzz, what kind of vet teacher is this?? Next clutch, boil the eggs, put them back and they will loose interest eventually when they don't hatch.
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

Wrench said it first! Just let them go through their cycle and get it out of their systems.

A bald head? Are you sure the other tiel is not doing that?
(the other reasons I can think of is the birds ending up scalping themselves while panicky flying up and grazing their heads on the mesh on top of the enclosure / usually nightfrights or predators)
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:42 AM
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

for a vet they sound like an absolute moron to put things bluntly. Maybe, juuuuust maybe the cockatiels are trying to defend their young being taken away? But nah I guess that thought never occurred to the vet there.

As said above, next batch of eggs boil them and put them back after cooling down (do one at a time) and let them get it out of their system. Otherwise soon that female could get egg-bound and die.

As for the balding on the male that sounds like the female has got so stressed she's begun plucking him, or like Christa said he could be scraping his head on the roof of the enclosure if he is having night frights which is possible considering their stress levels
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:22 AM
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

Thank you so so much Wrench!!
I will suggest this to her, and I'll keep you guys updated!
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:24 AM
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

The other tiel is in perfect condition. Literally looks like a 'brand new bird'!
I don't think these guys fly around much. The most I've seen them do is scale the side of their cage, but that's about it!

I'll definitely keep an eye out though!
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:28 AM
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

I agree. I feel as if she's more interested in the reptiles and mammals in the lab simple because they're easy to handle and bond with.

Alright! And for the eggs, I'm assuming I'll need to remove them after a while because they'll rot?

That's what a lot of the others students think too- I'll keep an eye on that because the balding tiel often tries to strike the other tiel.
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:53 AM
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

What is their caging situation like? how big is the cage? so they have multiple toys? what about perches? An inadequate home could also stress them out.
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

The best way I can describe it is a tall cage (4-5 feet) with a length of about 2-3 feet?

They have a swing, water bowl, food bowl, cuttlebone, and one toy. They also have a perch near the bottom of the cage.

They have newspaper at the bottom of their cage.

The cage's painting is coming off from the birds biting on the cage.

That's the best description I can offer!
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:50 AM
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Re: [HELP!] School Cockatiels are Incredibly Aggressive

In otherwords - poor and dangerous conditions. Chipping paint allows bare metal (rusted?) to be ingested along with the paint. And gee whiz , one whole toy to keep them happy? Cocky toys are small and cheap, take up a class collection and get them 4 or 5 new ones. Unbelievable that this is in a Vet Pathway classroom.
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