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Old 01-15-2020, 06:39 PM
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So my Cockatiel (Tiki), will be a year old this coming month, and for some reason, he's starting to be very aggressive. I understand he's either hormonal, protecting something, or something is making him upset; but heres the catch...

I'll come home, let him and my parakeet (Male) out, he'll be fine for a little while, no agitation or anything just the sweet boy he is, and all the sudden I get up to walk around, and he'll follow me EVERYWHERE. I mean he'll stay close enough to not wanna get on me, but if I bend down to pick him up, he'll start attacking my hand. So I try to do the trick to teach him that biting is bad, by setting him down and try to run out of the room, but he'll fly after me. Ive also tried putting him in his cage for a while to cool him off, but once I let him out, once again he goes back to running after me, and then attacking me if I bend down to pick him up.
I dont understand what is going on, and why he wants to be near me but gets aggressive when he sees my hand?
He grew up with my parakeet (No they are not bonded and live in seperate cages) but I know its not my parakeet making him upset because it continues in every room.
But suddenly, after a while of not even attempting to move at all, Tiki will calm down and let me pet him.
What is going on guys? I dont think I'm doing anything to make him mad
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:48 PM
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Re: Someone help!!!!!

Hmm...a dilemma!!

My best advice is trick him from focusing on not wanting to be on you by offering a treat to him if he lets you pick him up. That’s what I do when my cockatiels need to go back in their cage in a hurry - they don’t ever really want to go back in after a few minutes of being out but o can always entice them to go back in and do what I want if I offer a treat to do so. It does sort of trick them into seeing food and forgetting about being mad, lol!

Does Tiki have a favorite treat? Perhaps you can offer it to him when you bend down, and he’ll learn to see your hand as a good thing — ooo, a treat? Yes please! Yummy. What was I angry about again?
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Re: Someone help!!!!!

Sometimes for reasons know only to the parrot they develope fear of hands. It's happened to two of my birds. I then feed treats by hand like ment above. Lots of treats by hand, until they get over it, and I'm very careful of their mood.
I have some links that might be helpful.
This one covers different kinds of bites after the normal behavior stuff

This one has lots of good ideas in it. Clicker training isn't my thing, I do shape behavior but just say good bird instead if clicking, then give treats. Such a good article on stress reduction in parrots
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Re: Someone help!!!!!

I wonder if maybe Tiki has come to view you as his “significant other”? Be careful about offering a treat while he’s like this as you don’t want to give him the impression that you approve of his behaviour. Like you’ve said, he does calm down after a while and this sounds consistent with what happens to Fang when he gets all bent outta shape hormone-wise.

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Old 01-16-2020, 03:19 AM
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Re: Someone help!!!!!

Sounds like you know better than to touch it on more than head and neck, so you aren't causing it. Just ignore him except during training and feeding the snacks. jh
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