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Message #7678. This is a followup to #7675.

Name:Margaret Madison
Date:Sunday August 18, 2013 8:46:14 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Aggresive bird
Message: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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