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Margaret Madison wrote: > My nanday loves her tiny (in my opinion) cage. I've tried to move her > into larger cages, but she just isn't interested. She is out of her > cage whenever I'm home and able to supervise but she spends many hours > in her cage when I'm away. She just likes her cozy cage and I've > accepted that. So sometimes a bird is happy with their cage even when > we're not. > > If your bird's old cage wasn't in unsafe condition (rusty or sharp > edges, etc.) then why not see if he would be happy with his old cage > back (if it's still possible)? > > Many things could have changed your bird's behavior. > > Has the location of his cage also moved within the home? I know that > birds generally like a place out of the way where people aren't > surprisingly walking by. What I mean is they generally want to be able > to see a person coming before the person suddenly appears next to > their cage. I'm probably not explaining myself too well. If the bird > is located around the edge at the end of a hallway, they might hear a > person walking towards them but be unable to see them coming towards > them. Then all of a sudden, the person appears right next to their > cage. Many birds are uneasy like that. Another example is, here at my > house, sometimes I have one of the play gyms located in an area > between the opening to the kitchen and the stairway going upstairs. > That is not a favorite location for them to hangout. Due to space > issues though, sometimes that is where the play gym ends up. The birds > will often fly to a new location when they are situated there. They > don't like seeing the window at the top of the stairs where outdoor > wild birds fly by and the exhaust fan blows. They prefer to be in a > position where they can see the people approaching and feel safe and > somewhat sheltered. > > I realize your bird may have now become more used to his new cage, but > if not, instead of just placing your bird into a new cage/home, you > could let him see the new cage/home from a distance for several days. > Watch your bird. Does he seem afraid of the new object? Does he seem > indifferent and not interested? Or is he kind of leaning in that > direction when you walk him by? If so, then he probably wants to go > check it out. Take the bird over to get a closer look at the new cage. > > > If he's still not interested after several days of just letting him > see it and giving him opportunities for a closer look, you could place > a familiar food cup on top of the cage and see if the bird is > interested in hanging out on top and eating some food. Same goes for > familiar and favorite toys. Place them on top of the cage and let the > bird get used to hanging there. You can always leave the cage door > open and have enticing things inside to encourage him to go inside and > check things out. Treat it as an additional play gym area at first. If > you can get the bird to think of the relocation as his idea that > helps. > > It isn't unusual for a bird to change its loyalties from time to time. > That may be the case especially if he blames you for the new situation > that he may feel has been thrust upon him. There are many reasons why, > too many to list, but I could mention a couple more. > > It is possible the relocation has nothing to do with his change of > loyalties. Sometimes your body language could have inadvertently sent > him a signal and now he sees you in a different light. My hormonal > pionus was posturing one day on top of his cage and my husband began > to mimic him as he thought it was funny, but from that day forward my > pionus saw my husband as a competitor and threat. So perhaps something > like that played a role in what you're experiencing now? Hormones can > change a bird's behavior. > > Has your energy level or body language changed recently because of a > new stress in your life, temporary or longer term? Birds can sense a > change in behavior/moods because a prey animal survives from being > observant? I know that they will not cooperate with my husband if my > husband is agitated or becoming frustrated. If the birds aren't sure > what is going to happen next, they can become uncooperative. Can't > really blame them, I guess. If a big angry guy was coming after me, I > might not cooperate either. <smile> > > I think your case could be mostly hormonal with the bird and you could > use your wife's cooperation with improving the situation. If the bird > is being feisty towards you, I'd just let him be. Don't force a > confrontation. Your wife could put him back on his cage. Don't try to > handle him when he is on your wife. Have your wife put him back in his > cage. When your wife isn't around the bird will probably be fine with > you most of the time. But do watch your energy when handling them. > Best to be relaxed or not at all and watch your bird for clues as to > what it might do next. Try to make every interaction positive. If you > really need to move the bird to his cage because your wife can't and > he's not cooperating, then get a towel and safely put your bird back > into his cage. Over time you will see the pattern as to when he's > hormonal and when he's more open to your direct attentions again. > > I hope this helps.
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