Posted By: Monkey and Tea-Bird
still plucking, screaming and biting - 11/18/05 05:37 AM
We have had Tea-bird for about 4 months now, 2 of which i have been a part of. He is a rescued bird and was badly treated before we got him. We are all trying really hard to help him lose his aggressive tendancies and plucking\mutilating habits. IT IS SOOOO HARD THOUGH!! He just bit my boyfriends finger for the first time after many many failed attempts. He has tryed to bite me too but i seem to be quicker than he is. I know he is not doing it to be mean and that he has a good reason for everything that he does...but its so difficult to be patient sometimes. I just feel like we have been trying so hard and we get no results. I know things don't happen over night...but they do get prgressively better right? I bought 2 books now, one on diet and one on behavior. I have started to cook and bake for him, i buy and make him toys all the time, and i have been giving him as much positive reinforcement as i can but every morning i still greet a plucked scabby grump who screams in my face and lunges at the cage half the time. I admit, i haven't got him to a vet yet but i don't know how i will. No vets that i have found do house calls and i am terrified of him when he isn't in his cage. Anyone on the big island of hawaii know a house call vet? Anyone have any words of wisdom? If not...it still helps to vent on here. I would just love to see him happy and healthy and i feel like i'm not doing it right. HELP!