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Cage aggressive linnie

Hi guys,
Ok so I just got my first linnie last week after much research.
He is 3 years old and hand tame.
He seemed to settle in great even through I have been taking it slow with him since he is in a totally new place.
All the sudden for the last 3 days he had become cage aggressive. He will squawk repeatedly and bite really hard when inviting him out of his cage or when I go to feed or change his water.
Once he is out and away from his cage he is fine.
I am totally aware he is still new to me and some trust needs to be built. I'm just wondering if this is common and what I can do to help him with this. I am totally willing to work with him. I just don't want him being scared as I imagine that is why he is suddenly doing this.
Any exercises we can do?
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Hi Kales,
to a certain extend this is normal. It's spring and parrots' breeding time begins.
So the males defend their territory.
Please only put your hands into his cage when necessary.
Try to read his body language, does he threaten before biting?
I currently have to work with Paulchen (blue) for giving food and water without biting. When I see him speading his wings with beak open I say: Be pretty kind, no biting! I praise him for self control: Well done, Paulchen, You didn't bite.
It has become much better since I've had him.

Another point is that linnies need a partner of their species to be happy. If you keep them solitary behavioral problems are probable.

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Yes, definitely spring hormones. My two are nesting, an the male is a diligent guard. I do something similar to Karin and when they come at me I talk to them gently and stop moving until they calm. Just don't go so close they actually bite you. Move slowly and respect their personal space. Their fine once their brain catches up to their instincts.

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Thank you for your advice.
I am planning on getting him a buddy, but she won't be ready to leave the nest until mid May at the latest. Is this too long to wait? Specially since I have him in quarantine from my budgies since he is new?
I have been opening his cage, placing it on the floor till he pops out. Then I pick the cage up and feed, water and clean his cage.
He does get low and start to squawk prior to the bite.
He is a wonderful guy away from his cage. He will sit on me while grinding his beak, whistle his tunes and preen himself. It's just the cage area where he becomes a ham about it.
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Are you Henry's mom? The one in the YouTube video!?
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No, I'm not, a German colleague is Henry's mom.
This is her site on facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Linnieworld

Thank you for getting a nice bride for your linnie.
Quarantine is always ok., and he can wait for his little lady till May.
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I had a linnie that went through this during puberty and I was able to reason with her much like how Paulchen's mom described and it seemed to go away on its own. I would be prepared for her charge by watching her body language and but also try warning her before hand and praising afterwards if she stayed back. But I do have two parrotlets and they are like this all year long and cannot be reasoned with in the same way. Sweet little angels away from their cage. I did work with them for a while touching everything in their cage a lot while they were in it and with one hand and pushing them back gently with another while saying no biting in a stern voice. Pretty soon they'd just complain from afar and if they didn't charge I would praise them in a very high sweet voice, what a nice bird! and give them a bite of millet. I think this could work for severe cases like mine with my parrotlets if I did it regularly to reinforce it but I usually just clean their cage when they are outside in the sunshine and cover my hand when I change their food. Otherwise they will draw blood!

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Haha flapping mama that is Pickles, my Linnie's favourite YouTube video to listen to. Henry is a celeb over here in Canada!
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Here is linnieworld on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/linnieworld

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Pretty soon they'd just complain from afar
That's what they should learn: Expressing their aggression by body language and complainig, not by biting.
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Hormones are raging at our house this spring! Comet who just tuned 2 will let do do anything in the cage, will bite when he is out. The hand bites Are not so bad, when he is sitting on me and bites my neck, it HURTS! I stay calm and tell him he cannot sit on me anymore, then try to distract him with something else. Helpfully he'll go back to normal soon.

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I would just leave the cage door open and let him come out on his own terms. Best thing you can do for a territorial bird I personally think that other than changing food and water, replacing toys etc. that we shouldn't put our hands on or in the cage. It's like their private bubble and sanctuary, then these great big hands come in and ruin everything

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