New aggressive Jenday behavior

by Tara
(Northern Ky, USA)

Our sweet and loving little jenday has recently started attacking anyone holding paper or a book. He will fly across the room and swoop and bite. Is it breeding season(USA, Fall)? He has become way too attached to me and tries to hump my hand or foot. He doesn't show any interest in our female Nanday. He started attacking my 19 year old daughter today while she was holding a computer tablet (unsure if this is why). I firmly say "no" and put him in his cage and cover it with a blanket because he will scream if he sees me. As soon as I let him out he did exactly the same thing so is in "lock-up" again. We could never part with him. We got him from a bird rescue about a year ago. I really don't want to have to trim his wings. They were when we got him but he seemed to be adjusting fine to having flight until recently. Does anyone have any insights or suggestions?

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Dec 22, 2013
Jenday chewing on clothes
by: Tara

We had his wings trimmed and he has stopped chasing people. He can fly across the room still if he really wants to bad enough.

My new question: He has become very obsessed with me. I am home most of the time and he chose me as his favorite person. He wants to be on my shoulder, under my shirt or under the covers with me non stop. If I am in sight he wants me. That is fine except that he likes to chew on my clothes. I have to wear practically rags while at home. He rips everything up. I do try to give him particular t shirts and towels that he is allowed to chew, but he still gets to my clothes. I know I spoil him. How can I stop this behavior?

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Oct 30, 2013
New aggressive Jenday behavior
by: Linda

The first thing you have to do is have him thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area. A sudden change in behavior always signals a possible physical issue. Also have the avian vet trim his wings. Just the first 4-6 primary flight feathers is enough. These are the long feathers at the ends of each wing. Do not let them trim up any higher as this causes chronic pain and is not necessary since all you need to do is make sure he cannot fly at anyone. He will glide gently to the floor with the primaries trimmed. Since he is attacking people with paper products or items he perceives as paper, it could be that he was abused using newspapers rolled up and you are just now seeing the true HIM. All rescues have been through varying degrees of abuse and/or neglect, and they are never going to be the stable, loving little birds they once were.

Since this has just begun, my money is on a physical issue, so have the avian vet test him for infections both bacterial and viral plus some basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning. His diet needs to be one for birds only which means any people food or junk pellets, nuts, etc. has to be stopped. He will need to be changed over to organic pellets like Harrisons found here. Below is a link to article written by avian vet on how to go about the change as it takes time. Make no changes until he has been examined and either cleared for physical problems or diagnosed and treated as dietary and other changes are stressful for birds.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

So, find and make an appointment with an avian vet only. Do not take to dog and cat vet because they are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and will give him a bunch of meds that will do nothing but make his worse. Avian Vets are the only vets able to diagnose and treat birds safely and effectively.

Let us know how this goes and thanks for writing,
Linda

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