New aggressive behavior in caique
Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:33 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:37 AM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:39 PM
My suggestion would be to go back to basics. Don't treat her like you've had her all along, treat her as you would a new bird. Start with clicker training her and targeting her to go places without biting.
Easiest way to start out is if you have a clicker (actual clicker for pets, a pen, or any other item that makes a quick, sharp noise), click it and give her a treat (preferably her favorite treat, but you'll need at least 3-5 different treats that she enjoys). Do this a few times in short sessions throughout the day for a few days. Then, using a stick, empty pen, bamboo skewer or other long object, get her to touch the end of it, click and treat. Once she figures out that she gets rewarded for touching the end of an object, you can then have her moving around the inside of the cage to touch the target for a reward. Once this has been accomplished, move on to targeting her to step up onto your hand for a reward.
Caiques, as I'm sure you know, are high energy birds. I remember when I used to exercise frequently, and if I didn't get out of the house at least once a day for a 15-60 minute walk, I became edgy and irritated. In other words, 'cabin fever'. I'd imagine that with a caiques high energy needs, they might be feeling the same stuck in a cage more often than normal! So... once you are able to have her out of her cage again, you might try engaging her in various activities or perhaps tricks! It'll keep her mind thinking of what you want her to do... such as turn around, wave, hop, roll over, "Big Eagle" (wings up) or anything else to keep her busy and entertained! Also, ways to forage and perhaps some new toys may be of interest to her?
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