What he does now is chirps when I'm not paying attention to him. He is definitely getting better. Today he was running and fluttering around and he was getting himself into very tight predicaments. Today he flew into my fish tank but I got him out quickly and dryed him off. He seems perfectly okay now. I dryed him with a towel and he was preening for a while after that happened . Anyways, he was getting himself into tight spots and he was squaking like crazy. I got him out and he was running away from me. My mom said that the wings need to be clipped more because he can get some decent airtime. Then he will be tamer and act better. This bird knows exactly where to bite also. He bites me in the "webbed" area between the fingers. He only bit me once but he's getting much better. Any tips I could use????????????? I may just have this thread be my Chi-Chi journal so I don't have to create new threads for each problem.
Sounds like you have a very smart, curious little guy or girl. He sounds intelligent because he is curious
First of all, don't react to a bite. Don't raise your voice or pull away. Let him chew until you can remove your hand gently and slowly and go in the other room and scream! LOL. If you show fear they will smell it. Try not to put him in situations that will become a bad habit. Use a perch to pick him up if you can, until he gets used to being rescued and realizes it is for his own good. That way, he won't learn to bite you. Talk sweetly no matter how much of a brat he is.
Always clip just enough feathers to let them glide to the floor without thumping. a little air time is ok as it gives him exercise. Don't clip all of the feathers at first.
Lastly, go around the house and look for spaces behind book shelves or pianos or stoves where if he hit the wall and fell behind, you could get him without moving something. sometimes you can't move the thing like a "Stove". Try to block access. Folded towels, pieces of cardboard taped in place. Tin foil folded. Cover open water and close toilets. Cover your fish tank as it is full of bacteria that can be harmful to him. Cover open containers of anything. Make sure all of your house plants are the kind allowed around birds. If they are not, move them to other rooms or get rid of them. All they have to do is take a bite of some of the wrong plants and death is inevitible.
Check for bare or frayed wires to lamps etc. They love to chew them. Remove all candles or at least don't use them. Cover windows with at least shears. Cover mirrors the same way or remove them. Keep doors closed to rooms and in hallways when you enter or leave. They can fly into them by accident.
Check to make sure all non stick cookware, baking pans and cookie sheets are changed for stainless ones. Do not use self cleaning ovens while keets are in the house.
Yep, sounds like he's definitely starting to get use to his surroundings if he is wanting to venture out of his cage! LOL Take joans advise and keet proof your house if you're going to let him fly around. Up to you if you want to clip him more but also like joan said-not too much or he will crash land-THUMP! I think If he is flying too well right now tho, that you might want to clip a little more tho-at least til you get him more tame.Then you can let his flight feathers grow back out again when he's more tame and easier to manage. Good idea about the "Official Chi Chi thread LOL And YES they do seem to find the PERFECT spots to take a bite don't they!!! Little xxxxxxx
Edited by PDM (01/20/0907:42 PM) Edit Reason: language :)
[quote] Little bxxxxxxx [/quote]
[size:11pt][b]I used that expression in an old thread once and PDM censored it! :o I think there is a cultural difference depending on where you live as to the actual meaning of it. After I was censored, I looked it up on a web dictionary & thought “Oh, that’s not what I meant!” :crazy: I never considered it to be an “offensive” term. I had used it (like Kksuns did) to mean “little rascal!” But that wasn’t included in the definition at all. I think, geographically, the word may have changed over time? ? ? ? ? ? :confused:
[color:#990000]ZorkZork:[/color] Good luck with the “Official Chi Chi Chronicles!” :D I’m glad to hear he’s wanting to explore. :) Just take everyone’s advice on budgie-proofing your home. . . It could definitely prevent some future heartache. [/b][/size] ;)
Thanx you guys great input. But how would I go about covering up the fishtank???? He loves his cage way too much now. lol Well... I woke up today to hear Cheech munching away at his food. I tried to grab him but he was squawking. No biting but still. I had a struggle to get him out of his cage and he came out onto my finger. I was petting him and talking to him softly. Then he swiftly flew back all the way right into his cage. Like literally he flew into the cage not even perching on the outside first. He's growing everyday.
Knuckle bites hurt too! LOL ZorkZork,if you want him to stay out of his cage and spend more time with you, you can cover his cage with something(or remove it from the room) after you get him out. I remember I had to cover Levi's cage at first when I had him out or he would try to go right back in too. As for your fish tank-can you cover it with a screen or something? Or a grate or chicken wire or something? You really should figure something out because fish tank water is full of bacteria etc and not only that Chi Chi could drown in it! Tanaka- what exactly did little bxxxxx mean when you looked it up? I'm just curious..I had no idea it could be offensive..anywhere LOL hmmmm
Edited by PDM (01/20/0907:42 PM) Edit Reason: language!!! :)
[quote]Tanaka- what exactly did little bugger mean when you looked it up? I'm just curious..I had no idea it could be offensive..anywhere LOL hmmmm [/quote]
[size:11pt][b]“Bugger” is defined as: “a highly offensive term for somebody who practices anal intercourse.” :o But like you, I never knew that it could be an offensive term. :crazy: I’ve always heard it as a sort of [color:#990000]cute / enduring term to mean “rascal.” [/color]:D So I was totally shocked when I was censored by PDM & even more shocked when I looked up the word (especially because I TRY to keep my language “clean” on the forum. . .) :) At home, well. . . I guess it isn’t too bad, I just wonder if Dango Chan will pick up an obscenity or two he shouldn’t![/b][/size] ;)
[color:#6600CC][PDM : I have edited the rest of the thread, but I think that I should leave this in, as it is factual info :) :) ][/color]
#347279 - 01/17/0903:34 PMRe: The Official Chi-Chi thread. Please help.
luv my bird
It's amazing how phrases used in American can be quite different in other countries. Yes, the word "bxxxxx" is a no-no in England and other European countries. I've often used the term "little bxxxxx", to mean little rascal.