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Old 03-08-2019, 06:06 PM
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Time to re-home?

So.... I've had Ricky and Lucy since they were weaned. At about eight months in, Lucy started to become territorial and aggressive. She will defend the cage an chase Ricky all over. Ricky can take care of himself, and for the most part, they get along.

I figured that Lucy was going through puberty, and at some point, she would calm down.

Nope.

They are about 18 months old, and while Ricky is sweet, can be handled, and is making efforts at learning tricks, Lucy is a Ninja. She is sneaky, tries to attack me every day, and bites really hard.

This is not what I envisioned when I decided to provide a home for them.

At what point do I cut her loose?

If I replace her, am I just likely to get more of the same? I have no interest in breeding. I got a pair so that they could keep each other company.

Any advice or suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 03-08-2019, 08:00 PM
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Re: Time to re-home?

Theyíre beautiful. I would hate to see you rehome her/them. Unfortunately, when you get a pair of parrotlets, they arenít often going to be as tame as they might since they will often choose their own species for company. And even so, thereís no guarantee theyíll like each other, as youíre noticing. May I ask some questions?

Are they caged together or separately? If you donít want them to breed, youíll need to have them separate. You can keep the cages close together if they are upset by being apart. Separating them might also tone down the aggression. Parrotlets are notoriously cage-aggressive, and aggressive in general.

What have you done to get and/or keep them tame? All birds take a lot of effort in that department, and before I got Bumble, I was told that she could become untame in a matter of 2-3 days if I didnít handle her. I donít know if this is true because I wonít put it to the test. Sheís been out of her cage every single day since I brought her home (got her at 7 weeks, sheís 2 now).

This post is invaluable. You may have to start at square one with Lucy.

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Have you tried having them out of cage one at a time so theyíre both getting undivided attention?

Target training is an amazing bonding tool and also gives you a little control (influence ??) over your bird. There are several threads around here about it. Once youíve got that mastered, you can teach a bunch of other tricks. Trick training is fun and rewarding for both bird and human, and itís always fun to show off your bird when you have guests

Basically, in the words of our esteemed Sailboat, itís never the fault of the parrot. Itís always the fault of the human. With that in mind, what can you change so that you have a more rewarding relationship with your little guys? And also with that in mind, yes, rehiring and replacing her is going to get you more of the same.

And finally, I hope youíve got your thickest skin on because there will be people who find the idea that youíre contemplating trading your bird in to be abhorrent and they are not going to be afraid to say so. Please remember thatís because the thing most of us here place first is the welfare of the bird.


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Re: Time to re-home?

They live together in a large aviary. I let them out daily and handle Ricky. I used to handle Lucy also, but she no longer allows it.

I'm pretty sure that the solution is to re-home Lucy. She causes too much stress for all involved.

I was hoping that perhaps if I was patient, she would settle down in time, but the more I research, the less I think that I will find a solution.

Now..... Aside from returning Lucy to the breeder, what would the best course of action be? I could not in good conscience give such an aggressive animal away.

The other day , she bit me so hard and attached herself to my finger. When I shook her off, she hit the floor and went limp. She was fine after a while, but I'm certain that she was concussed.

That's what I mean by saying that the situation must change.

Any thoughts?

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Old 03-08-2019, 08:19 PM
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Re: Time to re-home?

Yes. Take both birds either back to the breeder or to a rescue and get yourself a Labrador.


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Re: Time to re-home?

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Yes. Take both birds either back to the breeder or to a rescue and get yourself a Labrador.


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I'm going to keep Ricky and give Lucy to either an experienced bird family or to a rescue. Ricky is like family already....

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Old 03-08-2019, 08:26 PM
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Re: Time to re-home?

I have some experienced plet owners who may be interested in her. Where are you?


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I have some experienced plet owners who may be interested in her. Where are you?


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Re: Time to re-home?

I have a friend who would like you to contact her. I will send you a PM.


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Old 03-09-2019, 06:41 AM
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Re: Time to re-home?

Hoping for the best for everyone! We have a fairly large community in the Tampa circle! I am not too far out either, Clermont!
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Re: Time to re-home?

These birds are bonded? You are essentially separating a husband & wife. Do whats best for the birds & rehome them both together.
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