Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Kent, UK
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I need some help and advice with my birds so I thought I'd turn to you guys as you've always been helpful in the past.
Currently I own a 2 year old Indian Ringneck female, a 4 year old female budgie, two 10 month old budgies, one male, one female and a 6 month old male lovebird.
I've been having problems with my lovvie since I got him four months ago but lately it just seems to be getting worse. He's very aggressive about everything, though not his cage, and he often goes for the other birds for no reason. He's stressing them all out and even my ringneck will fly away from him. When I'm at home they're all out all day and I think that none of them can relax with him around. I think it's caused them to be quite snippy with each other, too, and I've actually found that none of my five birds like each other.
I know I could try putting him in his cage but he absolutely hates it. He runs and jumps around the cage the whole time he's in there and screeches at me to let him out. He won't calm down until I actually let him out. I do put him in there for a few minutes if he does something naughty but so far nothing much has changed.
Yesterday one of my budgies decided he wanted to investigate me - he's never had much to do with me before - and Remy went absolutely crazy with jealously, driving the budgie off and then chasing him down to have another go at him. I have to physically get between them in order to spend any time with any of my other birds.
I want a flock that gets on and well, I know that a lovvie probably wasn't the best choice. What I want to know is whether you guys think that this is something I can deal with with training, and if so, does anyone have advice/links etc.? Alternatively, is this something I can only sort by giving Remy up? He's aggressive with me too and bites a lot, but I love him to bits.
I do want to get a cockatiel but I'm worried as I know they can be quite timid birds and since I do want to get a tame one I worry that Remy would be intensely jealous of it. Obviously this isn't something I'd get until I've sorted things out.
Anyway, help and advice would be greatly appreciated as I do love my flock and I'd love them all to get on.