Alexandrine behaviour change

My 10 month Alexandrine males behaviour has suddenly changed, he's started biting if he sits on someone and they don't give him food, and yesterday he walked up my daughters arm and bit her on the lip for no reason at all. He has just started his first moult, could this be why he is behaving this way?

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Dec 27, 2013
behaviour change
by: Alex

Moulting is a stressful time for a bird. Just imagine a hormonal moody teenager.

If you are concerned, then you can get him checked over by an avian vet.

Any behaviour changes should be checked by an avian vet, but this sounds like a teenage bird.

My budgies became more aggressive and bit me a few times when they moulted.

Dec 26, 2013
Alexandrine behavior change
by: Z

Your bird is 10 months old. Sometimes birds that young can be nippy. They are exploring and still learning. Your job is to teach him what is acceptable and not. Birds are like austic toddlers. Here's a few tips to prevent hitting and behavior issues.

Never let the bird on your shoulder more than a couple minutes at a time. I personally never Aloow my birds only shoulders. In the wild flock leader picks the highest branch to perch. By letting the bird on your shoulder you're letting him think he's the flock leader. My bird sits on my hands no higher than my chest level. This tells him I am flock leader. And reduces aggression.

Now when holding your bird he will subtly tell you if and when he may bite or nip. When the pupils get small, it's usually a good sign. Always watch his eyes for that.

If he bites when you try to pick him up. Quickly turn the back of your hand to him fingers tucked into a fist. Birds can't bite a flat surface. Do this rather than pull your hand away. Pull your hand away bird then knows he can use this to get his way, and then becomes a bad habit

If he is on your hand, and he reaches to bite you a quick gentle twist of your hand at the wrist throws him
Off balance a bit. Something a bird doesn't like. So if that happens each time he tries to bite, he will stop. Make sure your thumb is placed on his foot to prevent him from jumping and injuring himself. At his age he's still working on balance.

Also what I do
To prevent my bird from bad habits is once a week I change out the toys in her cage. She's gotany different types from
Foraging toys to preening toys to wood toys and so forth. Having plenty of toys in the cage keeps them busy, changing them around for new ones keeps her mind stimulated and prevents boredom.

I also take her out for couple hours in the morning for play time. And evenings as well. When time permits the. Afternoons too! However each time she comes out it's a different play area. Either coffee table with foot toys small perch, or her play gym, sometimes my bed, or just the play top on top of her cage.

Try introducing one new object to your bird per day, even if it's an old plastic measuring cup. This prevents phobias, which can lead to biting. Plus it stimulates the birds mind. Please make sure items
are bird safe!
Good luck!

Dec 26, 2013
Alexandrine behaviour change
by: Linda

Well, the molt has nothing to do with becoming a biter. Your bird needs some training, and there are some materials on this site as well as other areas on the internet.

The very first thing we do with new birds is have them examined by an Avian Vet ONLY to clear them for any latent infections both viral and bacterial, basic bloodwork done to make sure organs are functioning and a general exam to see if there are any problems with the skin or other areas of body. This has to be done before any training can begin because training of any kind is stressful, and a sick bird cannot be exposed to this stress. For the time being, make an appointment with avian vet only, have bird examined, then begin some simple training like saying NO firmly when he bites and putting him back into cage. If you have been feeding him a lot while he is on you, then you have spoiled him to food being offered everytime he is on someone, and this is very bad training. Food training is not recommended because then bird will not behave unless his face is being stuffed. So, when you or others have him out, do not feed him. If he bites, say no firmly and put him back into cage with the door closed. Be sure and have him cleared by avian vet before you begin this or any other training.


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