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Extremely aggressive Lovebird, Don't know what to do.

Discussion in 'Behavior Byway' started by Akazee, 10/6/18.


Do you think I can rectify the situation?

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  1. Akazee

    Akazee Checking out the neighborhood

    Today I was chased out of the living room by my bird after he wouldn't stop flying for my head to attack me.

    Icarus came to me 4 months ago. He (she???) is a lovebird and was rehomed at 8 months cause his old owner moved away.

    Im inexperienced too I'll admit. This is my first birdie. But I was researching about birds long before I got him.
    At first he was terrified of everything, especially hands and only stepped up to sticks. It took awhile but after a lot of hardwork he was flying and landing on our arms from across the room and eating from our hands.

    But he never got over his fear of hands, I've never gotten him to step up.
    Then his personality took a complete 180. It slowly started when he began to obsess over chewing on phone cases. He started nibbling on our arms, and would try and bite our fingers while sitting on our phones watching us type smth.

    I do not know what triggered it, but hes become so aggressive I'm scared to be around him.

    his lunges have gotten more "deadlier", he'll attack us for no reason. Just the other day I was feeding him out of my palm, he turned to look at me and then he attacked my face, bit and clamped down on to the part under my lip. I have this ugly bruise there now. He does the same with our arms too.

    We could be typing on a keyboard and he'll fly over to sit on top of the monitor because he likes the noise, and then out of nowhere HE double hockey sticks jump off and onto the keyboard and lunge for our fingers. Yesterday he landed on my mothers knee and literally climbed up her body to try and attack her face.

    We also cannot hold him at all without him running up our arms and attacking our faces.

    He has something against faces?

    I don't understand why he's so psychotic all of a sudden. Its breaking my heart - I want my darling back. Not this replacement satan that's literally attacking anyone who walks within a 5 meter radius near him.

    I think it may also be due to the fact he's probably a hybrid birdie - I've read that they may have increased agression. i don't think he's a girl because hes almost a year old and I haven't seen any eggs. But i took away the fuzzy tent thing in his cage just in case. I put a picture of him below.

    I hate putting him in his cage, hes ibut if this continues he may never be allowed to come out for the for see able future.

    Somehow I've seemed to entirely loose his trust, and I dont know if I'll ever get it back.

    Please for the love of god, if you know anyway to remedy this situation do tell. I need all the advice i can get to rebuild our relationship.

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  2. JLcribber

    JLcribber Joyriding the Neighborhood Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran Shutterbugs' Best

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  3. Akazee

    Akazee Checking out the neighborhood

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  4. Jobot

    Jobot Walking the driveway

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    What is your bird's sleep situation?
  5. sunnysmom

    sunnysmom Joyriding the Neighborhood Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran

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    Yes, how many hours of sleep does he get? It sounds like hormones to me too. Increasing his hours of sleep/darkness for 2 weeks may help. Also, when my cockatiel wne through a crazy hormonal period, I gave her Herb Salad. I know some say it works, some say it doesn't. But it really seemed to help calm him down.
  6. LunaLovebird

    LunaLovebird Rollerblading along the road Avenue Spotlight Award Shutterbugs' Best

    It does sound hormonal. That being the case, the good news for you is that it will pass. This will be the first lot of real hormones, and in my experience they are the worst. You’ll just have to adjust how you interact for a while and wait it out.
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  7. metalstitcher

    metalstitcher Rollerblading along the road Mayor of the Avenue

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    It does sound like a bout of bad hormones and it will as everyone has said will pass. I agree with everyone and getting him/her on a sleep schedule and making the darkness longer. It does help because I had to do the same thing with my little because she wanted to kill my husband a few times.
  8. finchly

    finchly Biking along the boulevard Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Vendor

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    And in the meantime...keep something nearby to shield your face and arms. Just a newspaper would do as a blocking device.

    If she won’t step up on hands, offer another body part or a perch. I have one that won’t go near hands but if I indicate where I want him to go he will fly there. (Not a lovie. A parrotlet) offer plenty of toys she can chew and destroy, and hopefully she’s in a good size cage to move around and burn off energy.
  9. Leih

    Leih Meeting neighbors

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    Very informative. My lovebird has been nippy lately. She's 5 months though so I expect her to be a monster for awhile. I'm going to start clicker training with her, and hopefully she'll want the treat and not my finger! Akazee, keep us posted!

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