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Chip loves feet D:

ItsGavin_

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Hey!

Long time lurker, first time poster here :)

Chip, my grey cockatiel has grown quite an attachment to my feet, particularly when I am wearing socks, however, it doesn't stop at that. When he goes close to my feet, he sings and kisses, but sometimes bites them. I try to move him away from my feet whenever he goes close, but the last few days, when I do move him, he becomes very aggressive - flying at my face, biting my hand and fingers when I try to put him in his cage, flying away when I try to put him in his cage.

Its becoming very upsetting, because I don't feel like I can have him out anymore because of Chips growing aggression :(

Does anyone have any tips on how I can combat this?

Thanks in advance! :)
 

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Are these always the same sort of socks?
if so, try switching fabric, color, etc etc :) see if that helps!
 

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Maybe try wearing slippers?
 

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Maybe try wearing slippers?
It started with slippers, then I changed to wearing socks to see if that helped - it did for a while, then it ended up the same :/

Are these always the same sort of socks?
if so, try switching fabric, color, etc etc :) see if that helps!
I've worn different types and he doesn't seem to discriminate :roflmao:
 

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Let me ask a few questions to see if we can get an understanding of Chip’s behavior:

how old is Chip?

is Chip the only bird?

has Chip shown any obsessive behavior towards any other objects?
 
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ItsGavin_

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Let me ask a few questions to see if we can get an understanding of Chip’s behavior:

how old is Chip?

is Chip the only bird?

has Chip shown any obsessive behavior towards any other objects?
Chip is about 3 years old now and he is the only bird in the house.

He does show a keen interest in other 'cloth' items - tea towels, gets very excited when we are hanging the clothes on the line, however, he never really gets too aggressive as he does with socks/feet
 

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Chip is about 3 years old now and he is the only bird in the house.

He does show a keen interest in other 'cloth' items - tea towels, gets very excited when we are hanging the clothes on the line, however, he never really gets too aggressive as he does with socks/feet
How about wearing sandals or crocs at home? If it's cold you could wear socks underneath sandals.
 

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Chip is about 3 years old now and he is the only bird in the house.

He does show a keen interest in other 'cloth' items - tea towels, gets very excited when we are hanging the clothes on the line, however, he never really gets too aggressive as he does with socks/feet
It might be a good idea to perhaps get another Tiel (gender shouldn. When they are by themselves they can develop obsessive behavior towards object (usually a mirror) but in your case, he likes feet. Lol.

How about wearing sandals or crocs at home? If it's cold you could wear socks underneath sandals.
That is actually a really good idea. But we would need another object to be the source of Chip’s affection.
 

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How about wearing sandals or crocs at home? If it's cold you could wear socks underneath sandals.
This is a good idea! I'll try it out and see what happens! Thank you!

It might be a good idea to perhaps get another Tiel (gender shouldn. When they are by themselves they can develop obsessive behavior towards object (usually a mirror) but in your case, he likes feet. Lol.
As much as I would love another, I'm not sure if my partner would allow it :rofl:
 

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This is a good idea! I'll try it out and see what happens! Thank you!


As much as I would love another, I'm not sure if my partner would allow it :rofl:
Dump the partner. No one needs such negativity in their lives.
 

jh81

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Hehehe well it was sarcasm obviously ;-) but it made myself smile too.. how bad is that huh
 

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Hello ! Although I do not have a solution, my cockatiel does this too , its actually quite common from what I've read. I either wait it out until he gets tired, or remove my feet from his view for a while until he goes away and forgets about it and moves on.
 
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