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I wonder if some day he will grow up and decide he doesn't love me anymore. Right now, he loves me even more than bananas.
Most small birds are mature at about a year old give or take a few months. By two years old you should be seeing very mature behavior. However, do keep in mind that birds can switch bonds and show different behaviors even as adults.No one has answered my question
Pooka: Part of Becky's post that scared me was about her G2 starting to change allegiance at 17. Pooka is 11, and I sort of considered him mature enough to be 'settled' in his preferences. He will be a holy terror if he decides to get aggressive with someone. Right now, we are both more like his slaves than anything else. We are there to pat, feed, provide toys, pat, transport him around the house, pat, amuse him, pat. And did I mention that he wants to be patted a lot?
Flappy is a budgie not a lovie With Baylee i didnt see any change but with Kiwi i had seen minor changes. I think small parrots changes too but not like big parrots.I don't know much about lovebirds, and someone earlier mentioned how quakers lived in large communal nests, and that might mitigate changes like we can see. Whether or not you'll see many of those changes I think may have a lot to do with species.....anyone else know about the smaller parrots?
Pooka bites when he's fully flighted. I have to stop denying this connection. I want him to be flighted. Every time his flights grow out, he starts biting humans and being aggressive towards the macaws and bullying Zuni more than usual. After my second bad bite, I clip him and swear I won't let his wings grow out again. Then I cave, and we repeat the whole cycle. I had to admit to this pattern finally this year, even though I pretty much knew it. I keep a calendar of bird stuff every year - weights, vet visits, behavioral things. It's not so elaborate. Sometimes an entry will be "Zuni - PYSCHO!" or "Chico - dirty deed on play gym" If a bite is bad enough, I remember to record it. In October there was an entry "Nailed by Pooka. Very bloody, hurts." Then there was another similar entry about 10 days later. A the few weeks before the bites, there were happy little notes about his flying. If I look back over the last four or five years, the two types of entries are always together.
I still see changes in my G2, she's not as crazy playful or as high strung as before, though her changes are happening much more slowly than when the heavy hormone changes hit. Right now I'm again her loved one. But, I'm also the only one living in my home right now. Her nippyness is not bad right now, and it's easy to see when she's heading that direction. No outright attacks in quite sometime. I'm not sure what I'd see if she had another person to woo. She's in her early 20's now. Even her feather destructive behavior has calmed somewhat. Perhaps the season's have some bearing on that.