Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:39 AM
He got the bird when he was still a kid, and I believe he said that Chipper is about 16 or 17 years old now. From what I can see, Chipper is healthy. He likes eating and climbing on things in his cage. He's also very talkitive during the day, and I often return his whistling by mimicking him or talking to him. I can't stress how much he loves to talk!
Here is my problem:
Chipper DOES NOT like ANYONE. Just my boyfriend's brother, but he wants nothing to do with Chipper and it breaks my heart. I can only imagine how stressful and lonely it is for Chipper to see his "mate" waling around, but ignoring him. I'm scared of confrontation, so I haven't tried to explain this to him. He doesn't seem like he would really care if I did anyway, since he is very picky and OCD and hasn't played with Chipper since he was a child and Chipper poo'd on him. My boyfriend's parents aren't exactly animal people (And this also drives me crazy), so its the same deal with me talking to them. I'd feel like they'd look at me like I have lobsters coming out of my ears and give me the cold, "It's just a bird and he's mean." and thats that. I think Chipper can sense all this and it's also adding to his behavior problems.
This bird wasn't always this way though. My boyfriend says that him and Chipper used to be the best of friends, but the little guy just snapped one day and wanted nothing to do with him or anyone else. This really upsets him since he never really had pets and Chipper was pretty much his best friend. I would like to calm this bird down enough, reassure him that we're all friends and love him, and help build that bond between Chipper and my boyfriend back up again.
Some other things I noticed about Chipper:
He doesn't play with toys. He has a rope and some plastic doo-dads hanging from the top of the cage. If anything is added to the cage, he'll refuse to go near it. Even after days of it being there.
He doesn't like it when people open his cage.He becomes very hostile and "hisses" at me or starts making this horrible screeching noise. But if I sit down in front of the cage, door open, and talk to him softly, he calms down and starts investigating. Sometimes he even starts singing.
I'm racking my brain for answers and scouring the internet. However, I'm not familiar completely with birds, bird behavior, or bird logic. (This is mostly because of an incident when I was a child and was attacked by my friend's cockatiel. She tore up my thumb pretty bad, and from that point on I've always been leery of having birds on me because of their sharp beaks and talons, but I'm still facinated by how beautiful they are. Silly, I know.)
So what can I do? Is there any hope for coaxing Chipper out of his cage and being friends? Or has his behavior been rooted too deep over the years? (I suggested getting a female cockateil, but that is out of the question with the parental units.) Any help is greatly apriciated!
Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:25 PM
I'm going to guess hess probably not clipped, and he does not need to be clipped to do this, however try not to push him. If he hisses or backs up, you might be going a little too fast.
Likewise, you can also try training in the morning. Feed him enough food to last one day, then the next day start feeding him by hand, but let him come to you. If after 5-15 minutes and he's not interested, refresh his food and try again the next day.
I've done this with tiels of various ages and personalities... you can get a better idea in this thread.
As far as toys go, well he may need new toys that interest him, and his toys could be made even more interesting if you hang pieces of food and treats from them. Yucca toys you can even shove seeds into to make them more tempting and helps to get them started!
Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:37 AM
By "clipped" you mean his wings? Chipper hasn't had his wings clipped in years, according to my boyfriend. And something happened that's caused all the long feathers on his left wing to not grow back in. I'm assuming they aren't growing back in since they haven't been there since I first saw the bird a year ago. So he can't fly. (Other than that, he seems healthy. No plucking or anything.)
I really feel like I'm on the moon here when it comes to birds. I'm super grateful for your help.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:06 PM
When I was a teenager, my little brother got a female cockatiel for his birthday. She was an angry bird that hissed at everyone. Needless to say, this discouraged my brother, who pretty much abandoned his bird. I decided I would work with her. I opened the cage door. She leaned over and hissed with an open beak. I moved my hand in slowly, and her head shot out like she was going to bite. But instead, she very lightly beaked my hand, realized it wasn't dangerous and calmed down. She never hissed again and was quickly tamed.
I'm not saying anyone should move that fast. Just saying that it could just be a bluff. Good luck.
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