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« on: September 06, 2013, 09:54:37 AM »

Morning everyone, every now and then my parrot seems to get a bit moody, it can last for a week or so. During this time, his mood changes where he does bite aggressively. He doesn't let me near him. He does things like 'clicking' and generally wants to wreck his toys. Nothing in his area has changed, his routine is the same . His feathers will be sticking up and he throws his food everywhere ! Is this a general behaviour thing with a young male ? His health is good and he still plays around, cant think what he might be thinking.

Any ideas ?
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Re: biting
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2013, 12:22:59 PM »

First moult? How old is he ?
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Re: biting
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 12:25:46 PM »

Charlie has just turned 4, he's moulted a few times now
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Re: biting
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 02:11:17 PM »

Is he a he for sure or could he be a female?  DNA is the way to test for sure.  It could be hormonal/time of year/moulting/don't like you today/didn't like you a few weeks ago..... :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:  they get their funny moods and that's about as much as I can help with really.  If it gets too bad then try training as I suggested in one of my posts, I think it's in the training section under "How To Stop Biting" I go through it with my Grey, he's called Charlie as well.......hey, maybe they don't like their names!  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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Re: biting
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 02:55:22 PM »

Pat, I think you've hit the nail on the head there  :rofl: I have a Charlie and he's a right grumpy thing with me.but that's not a week here a week there, that's all year. It must be the name that does it.  :rofl: :rofl: :ignore: :rofl:
Mind you, my Hubby isn't a Charlie, so what's his excuse.  :paper: :rofl: :rofl:  :whistle:
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Re: biting
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2013, 09:39:42 PM »

Thanks guys, yeah he does just throw a strop at times, ive recently got him to step up on my hand and walk up and down my arm. So he's feeling comfortable enough with me. Maybe its in his Charlie jeans lol. Thanks for the tips though. He does have the head and face markings of a male but yeah i no about the DNA test. He's generally a happy chap but when he aint, i gotta watch out.

Thanks for the advice
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Re: biting
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2013, 01:49:34 AM »

I have come to accept that moods are part of owning a parrot. It was that which brought me to this forum originally. With Boycie I keep him really occupied with plenty of things to destroy. I also take him in the car in his travel cage. He comes into the garden too. It just gives him the jolt he needs to forget about beak clicking or biting. Having been through and out again the other side I now know this happens and it doesn't upset me as much. The first time Boycie attacked me I thought that was it and the bond we had was in tatters and I ought to rehome him. Thank God I met all these lovely people on here. They held my hand through it all and Boycie and I soon got back to how it has always been. I now can pick up on the signs he is heading for a Mardy Mood. Good Luck with Charlie. x
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Re: biting
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2013, 07:22:53 AM »

Yeah I have gotten used to the parrot moods too. They are little horrors at times Sheldon has his moments too but I can almost predict his moods now so not been bitten in a while.

I guess I'm probably due a bite soon  😋
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Re: biting
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2013, 11:37:40 AM »

So is it best to leave Charlie to himself when he throw's a strop ? I try to carry on as normal but just without trying to touch him or pick him up.

He also has a very bad habit of eating his own poo  :nono: from time to time, is this a common thing ? Or just him being a naughty birdy !
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Re: biting
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2013, 12:03:08 PM »

When my Charlie plays up I just leave him alone for a day or two, obviously still chat to him, not completely ignore him, but don't try to interact too much.  I let him get over whatever he's moody about.

As for eating poop, no, my two don't do that and I have a feeling in the back of my mind that they do it because they are lacking some sort of nutrient or vitamin.  Maybe someone will come along and help with that.

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Re: biting
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2013, 12:05:48 PM »

I just looked it up and yeah, eating their poop is a sign of deficiency in their diet.......so, what do you feed him, exactly?

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Re: biting
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2013, 12:15:10 PM »

Ok, that sounds interesting. Charlie has a mixture or fresh fruit and vegetables. I also mix a healthy balance of seed mix and dry pellets. I have a vitamin tonic for his water, maybe i should try using this tonic more regularly
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Re: biting
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2013, 05:05:41 PM »

Does he eat his pellets?  If he does he won't need extra vitamins, you can also overdose on vits.

I expect (hope) someone else will be along to help out with diet but it sounds like he's getting all he needs.  Maybe get some Daily Essential 3 and sprinkle on to his fruit and veg everyday. 

Have a good look through the diet section, I'm sure you will be able to see things in there that he needs or just find useful.

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Re: biting
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2013, 08:36:48 PM »

My kakariki eats poop, her poop, someone's else's poop, wet/dry Poop, she eats pellets, seed, fruit, veggies, anything really, I don't believe it's a lack of anything, I just think it's how certain birds are?
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Re: biting
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2013, 04:22:26 PM »

My kakariki eats poop, her poop, someone's else's poop, wet/dry Poop, she eats pellets, seed, fruit, veggies, anything really, I don't believe it's a lack of anything, I just think it's how certain birds are?
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Re: biting
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2013, 10:01:08 AM »

Well, another week has passed and ive still been bitten twice this week. Its been a long week with Charlie and still he has pin point eyes at me and ruffled feathers around his head. His aggressive behaviour hasn't subsided as yet. He's had treat bits this week to try and break his mood but its not worked. I cant let him out, as i cant get him back in without a struggle. Ive been trying a bit of stick training with him for his food. He has a few time's come and touched the end of the stick, but not really enough to show he's interested. I need another game plan     ;cheers:
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Re: biting
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2013, 10:12:47 PM »

I wouldnt keep him in for too long as this might frustrate him more. If you cant get him back in, try asking him to step on a cushion, tht often works  :biggrin:
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Re: biting
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2013, 03:31:07 PM »

one other thing i have noticed this last few days is Charlie tucking himself up for a sleep during the day. Ive never seen him sleep during the day before. Is this right or is it a sign of him not feeling well or just being unhappy ?
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Re: biting
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2013, 06:29:31 PM »

How much sleep does he get at night steven? This could be another reason why he is nippy during the day. Is he sleeping fluffed up alot, and looking lethargic? X
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Re: biting
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2013, 07:05:22 PM »

He never sleeps when im here. His sleeping pattern hasnt changed, he gets an average of 7 hours. This is my confusion as nothing in his routine has changed. He was sleeping today on one leg with his head tucked up on his back, ruffled feathers yes
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