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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-29-2018, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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I have two lineolated parakeets. They share a cage and are approximately 8-10 months old. I bought them from their previous owner three weeks ago and took on their cage. I named them Kermit and Gonzo. I'm not sure of their genders.
Neither of them are completely hand tame, as in they don't step up and don't want to be touched. But they will eat from my open palm and when I offer them foods with my fingers.
After about a week, Kermit became aggressive towards me. He started making a chirping noise when my hand was coming near him and I figured out it's a warning signal. Then he started biting my hands after making the warning signal. But these moments of aggression seemed random to me, as he will still take treats from me!
Then one day he started flying at my head/face and screaming. He even landed on my face once and bit my nose. Occasionally when they're in their cage, if he's agitated then he will scream and chase me from inside his cage, coming towards my direction, screaming and flapping his wings. His attack seemed to me as completely unprovoked. They were out of their cage and were eating on their little playground. I was eating my breakfast next to them and talking softly to them.
It's confusing behavior because he will take treats from me and even sit on my hand to eat, but then suddenly he'll get aggressive towards my skin. Basically, any skin showing on my body.
I've also noticed that he tries to get between me and Gonzo. Gonzo is very chill and content to sit on my shoulder or even move along my arm if it's clothed. When Gonzo nears my hands, Kermit flies over and attacks my hand. It seems like Kermit is jealous or is protecting Gonzo.
Also, Gonzo regurgitates food for Kermit.
So my question is, how should I handle them? Or should I even handle them at all? I want them to become my companions and be able to have them out of their cage as much as possible.
We called the man who sold them and he recommended to limit their daylight to only 7 hrs/day and to not take let them out of their cage for 2 weeks. Is this a good recommendation?
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Yeah, I can relate to those experiences. I have had our linne dangling from my septum before but also can give him scritches.

So first, generally speaking:

Birds are individuals, but in my small experience with linnies they just hate hands, and you just have to . Its been years mind you, but I can "easily" up and handle our linnie now, even though he is not bonded to me. Taking treats is a good sign. I would just keep being gentle and keep up repetition, but try not to build a habit out of biting, ease into interactions with them.

Specifically for your situation:

This sounds like they have paired off and you are intruding on their private time or worse, into what they consider their Den of Evil. Keep in mind your face and hands may be seen as competition in certain contexts and they can be real territorial even though you may be considered a flock member. Try to interact with them in a different area that they have not claimed as theirs. Try to choose a more chill time of day, like just before dusk. Keep the encounters very calm. After a while, when you cut through their terrifying initial impression they can be real gentle. Ours legitimately hates me but will vocalize with me sometimes and let me groom him when it is flock time.
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