Chicklet attacks EVERYTHING
Posted 15 July 2010 - 06:57 AM
So, about a year ago, I got my parrotlet Chicklet. We've been peas in a pod (and still are) since we met.
In the past four months or so, she's gotten a bit violent! She attacks everything - pens, pencils, papers, blankets, phones, glasses, remotes, pillows, socks, shoes, clothing, cups, cameras, tissues, people, silverware. You name it, she's after it. In fact, I'm about the only thing she DOESN'T try to kill. I've only been bitten hard when handling her least favorite thing of all, our cordless phone, sometimes even drawing blood.
The real question I'm getting at here is, WHY? This happened very suddenly - there was never any terrorizing her with these objects, or any others, and I've always taken a very non-agressive approach to disciplining for biting or overexcitement. Yet, now I can't get dressed, draw, eat, drink or watch tv without having her running up and down my arms clucking like a mad bird and attacking whatever it is she doesn't like. At first, it was kind of funny, and I thought it would pass... But it never passed. And now, I love my bird, but for the first time in almost a year I have to put her in her cage and actually lock her in it in order to go about my daily life.
Is it because I've given her too much freedom by leaving her cage open and giving her free roam of the house, or is it something else? The loudness and the attacking don't have to STOP (though that would be nice), but dialing it back would be a success in my book.
Posted 15 July 2010 - 02:00 PM
Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:41 PM
PEEPY (FORMERLY SKY) - BLUE PACIFIC PARROTLET, ♀, hatched 7-7-7
RUBY - GREEN WINGED MACAW, ♀, hatched 8-22-7
I'M BUD, ♂, hatched 5-7-48
Posted 21 October 2010 - 11:06 PM
For me this souns like a behavioral disorder that you really should not ignore (you obviously don't, that's good ).
The two most frequent reasons for disorders like that are
a) Having no partner. This could increase with gaining fertility! "I must have one" is an instinct, made by evolution. Even more so is the instinct that being alone (meaning when you yourself aren't at home too) is highly dangerous. See http://www.birdboard...tml#post1764227
It is not constantly dark in the night (if you don't properly cover eighter windows or the cage). It shouldn't be so dark, that they can't see at all (or there is an increased danger of hurting themselv - "moonlight" is perfect) but the darkness has to be permanent and unchanging for the whole night.
I hope I could help - please keep us informed about how things are going!
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