Is your poi aggressive?
Posted 08 May 2011 - 03:32 PM
I'm looking into getting a new bird next year, and doing as much research as I can, preferably from people who know the birds first hand (you might have seen my post in the macaw forum).
I was really seriously considering a poi until I heard from someone on another board (who is very knowledgeable and owns a Meyers) that her bird is very very aggressive and and other poi owner she's talked to has said the same.
Here are some quotes from their post.
"We have a Meyer's and we don't really suggest them to people. There isn't a lot of info on them online. Through our own experience and talking to a LOT of other Poicephalus owners (both in person and on-line), what we've read online about them isn't really accurate.
There are always exceptions, but in general, the Poicephalus (Meyer's, Red-Bellied, Senegal, etc) tends to be a one-person bird (even though we read online that they make great family pets), can get loud, and are aggressive. I forgot who I spoke to, but someone I know ended up rehoming their Meyer's because it was just too aggressive toward the other birds - and that person's Avian vet said the Poi's are aggressive in general as well.
Our Raptor is the most aggressive bird I've ever known. In his previous home, he was attacking and hurting a Cockatoo, Grey, and Pionus. He wants to KILL any bird he sets his sights on, regardless of size. He will dive-bomb off the play gym to try and get to the foster cage and attack. He is also totally bonded to my bf, even though I spend double the time with him. Rather than take a treat from me, he wants to bite me. He doesn't care for anyone but the bf whatsoever. Luckily for us, we have a small flock (and plan to keep it that way) so we're able to manage. We have Mika and Raptor out at the same time, but in different rooms (since we have a play gym in every room). The times I bring Raptor and his play gym out into the living room where Mika is, I make sure I'm not doing anything so I can keep my eye on Raptor. We don't do that too often though... "
okay, sorry that was a little longer than I remembered.... but, I'd like to hear your take. Is you bird aggressive? Loud? I'm looking for a cuddly and sociable bird that I can take with me places and won't be too loud as I'll have room mates.
I'm really interested in these little birds, and would have just shrugged her post off if it was just one bird, but it sounds like it's a lot of them so I'd just like more info from more owners
Posted 10 May 2011 - 04:41 PM
Now, as noise goes, yes they can be crazy loud. Not Cackatoo or Macaw loud, but very piercingly loud. BUT, this is the exception, not the rule. Read my post on the main bird part of the site titled something like "All new parrot owners, please read this". It details my bout of loudness. Having said that, Pois mostly chatter, but will sometimes let out a scream. The key is unless the bird is in danger, do NOT go to the cage when they are screaming. Leave the room or ignore it. Mine is chattering as I type this, but is actually pretty quiet overall. I suggest investing in a good set of earplugs if you want to drown out the noise. Pretty quickly you learn your birds noises and what to pay attention to, and what not to. Hope this helps.
Posted 10 May 2011 - 08:36 PM
I think whatever kind of bird I get, I'm going to make sure they're handled A LOT by as many people as possible while they're young, because my lovebird is very much a one person bird. Granted, he wasn't a baby when I got him, and I certainly didn't let other people handle him, because he wouldn't even let me do that!
I'm a little surprised that you would describe them as very loud, then again, I probably shouldn't be surprised about anything I hear related to birds because they're such individuals
My problem with noise is that I'm going to have 4 room mates. I don't really know them well (or really at all) so for all I know, they could never be home or not mind a loud bird. I guess we'll have to see, and I'll of course have to talk it over with them when I do decide to get a bird, no matter what species (a downside of room mates, I guess!).
Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:31 PM
We're slowly trying to work with him, though it's hard because my husband's not that interested in him because of the past aggression. But! I think if your poi is socialized at an early age and remains in contact with plenty of people, it shouldn't be a problem!
As for the noise level, my Kelsey is pretty quiet for a bird. He'll call out to you in the mornings on weekends, and squack a bit when he's playing in his cage, but he mostly talks, and it's pretty tolerable, esp. if you've had a lovebird. I find love birds a lot more grating (though they're so cute!). But then again, I used to have a sun conure, so maybe my idea of not-so-loud may not be everyone's XD
Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:32 PM
Posted 11 May 2011 - 04:23 AM
I have kept every kind of animal under the sun but a bird. Some say they require alot more of your life than other pets. I would say it's not neccesarily more, it just feels different. If you have a dog, you spend alot of time with them, but the type of interactions feels more 'natural' than a bird, since a bird lives in a cage, thus when it gets let out, it's a concrete start stop time. Anyway, feel free to ask any questions here. I am getting alot of tips myself for my Sennie. And let me tell you, birds can be addictive in you want to get more and more(kind of like tarantulas if you have any xp with them) but I would advise making sure you have a clear routine down before considering anymore. Enough of my rambling for now
Posted 11 May 2011 - 12:11 PM
Posted 12 May 2011 - 02:51 AM
My love bird can be quite loud when he wants to be (if he's on my shoulder and "chirps" loudly, my ear will hurt pretty bad!), so it doesn't sound like a poi would be any louder. My room mates will actually be on a different level from me, so they'd have to be quite loud for it to be real noticeable.
Thanks everyone for the responses so far! If you have more advice for me I'll always willing to listen
Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:10 AM
Chichi was definitely a 1 person bird. He would allow one other person to feed him but nothing else. He would lunge and bite the cage at anybody else that came near him. To me he was an extremely cuddly friendly bird most of the time. I've never had another bird to put him with so I don't know if he was aggressive, although I know he was kept in a dark room with another type of bird (think it was an amazon) although they where in separate cages.
P.S. I know what Chichi means in Spanish slang but he was named after chi chi rodriguez because Senegal coloring reminds me of a golf sweater.
Posted 20 July 2011 - 01:07 PM
He can have his little tantrums when he doesnt get what he wants (aka. let out of the cage) but other than that hes just sweet and cuddly. he loves to have anything you want and especially those he's not allowed. He can bite really hard but thats only when I seem to have frightened him... which isn't all that often.
He loves nothing more than to just lie on his back and eat his feet, cuddles with mummy/daddy or chewing on stuff. & that pretty much sums up my senegal.
Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:56 PM
Posted 04 August 2011 - 07:23 PM
He is a bit cage aggressive and doesn't particularly like when I clean his cage, however, I know this, so I just keep an eye on him.
Overall, he is a sweet bird. He is my only bird who I trust to let people hold when they come over (if they really want to hold a bird). The amazon would tear a visitor apart and the cockatiel is just too nervous/flighty, although she'd never bite....just won't sit still on a stranger's hand. Scooby easily goes to a new hand if it's offered.
All that being said though, Scooby is aggressive towards other birds. In fact, he attacked my cockatiel last summer and broke her beak. He's even gone after my amazon and a Goffin's cockatoo that I fostered for several months. Scooby isn't a good flier though, so he mainly stays on his cage, which helps with his aggression towards other birds.
Good luck with your decision!
Moe - White-faced 'tiel
Scooby - Meyer's parrot
Rio - Yellow-shouldered amazon
Nigel - White cat
Chase - Black cat
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