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DONA

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Unusual behaviour
« on: October 16, 2016, 04:20:00 PM »

Hello,

Oscar is four years old and is not normally a biter.  He always talks and is really a wonderfully happy bird.

He's totally changed over the last two weeks. Biting for no reason, not coming out much, not really talking and being very selective with his eating.

I can work out what's up with him. It seams he's in a huff or is he ill?

He experienced a wee bit of change with a new dining table and a change of pellets which I've changed back due to him not eating.

We are really worried about him. It's just not like him. He's a different boy.

Any suggestions?

Dona
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Re: Unusual behaviour
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 10:45:19 AM »

My instinct says anything unusual warrants a little check up. Though I'd say you've also got a horny teenager... so could be trying to use biting to drive you away.. as for reason could be several.. not the chosen one, get you away from a threat or competition. Or something else.. for example maybe stabbed a pin feather..

The biggest problem is whether someone else is reinforcing it. My mum started so we had to roll back.. Will actually has been mouthing when not getting his way. We've had to retrain him and make sure my mum is rewarding the no biting..

I always think...
Can I repeat the situation therefore avoid it.
Lets achieve the same without the behaviour we don't want.
I also pause and think if my reaction to the behaviour is rewarding. Then work on training what you want, so you reward no biting. Do also have to say find Hickory gets grumpy hungry I always joke she's going to eat me.. After vet happy check

It could be the trust account if I force Hickory, it can take me days to get back to where I can pluck her from trouble. Those days I just avoid her and reward I eventually win her around.

For us training is constant, taken to using Harrison's as rewards. We reward step up, sitting somewhere safe, not going for the phone etc..etc.. we don't reinforce every time

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Re: Unusual behaviour
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2016, 12:42:31 PM »

I agree with Stefan its probably worth a check up

it could be many things, it could definitely be 'teen' behaviour, an uncomfortable moult (if this is the case give lots of sprays to see if that helps).
The table could certainly be a factor, they hate new scary things in their world :)

Or it could be a simple as him just being in a grump with you, but i'm leaning towards moulting, it often makes them just want to be left alone.



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Re: Unusual behaviour
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2016, 07:59:30 PM »

Thanks people.  Xxx
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