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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-06-2009, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Jealousy

Do any of your parrots exhibit jealousy if you interact with another bird in the flock and give one more attention than the others?

I've read many cases of birds that get very jealous and develop behavioral problems. I'm just curious to know how easily a bird can become jealous.

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When I had my two budgies, I had a slight problem with jealousy. I would have to give M&M his meds, and after he would get millet for being such a good boy. Cutie would get jealous,and would fly out to get some too! Considering the fact that she would never come out, no matter how long the cage door was open, I was amazed! She never really had a behavior problem because of it... but M&M passed away shortly after, so she wasn't jealous for long

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My Quaker and GCC become extremely jealous if I'm around one of the other fids and not paying attention to them.

I make sure they all get an equal amount of time with me, as well as love, but they still get jealous, maybe it's just how they are.. I tell them ALL the time, "don't be jealous, I love you too", lol.

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Goober and Moose get extremely jealous of each other. If I have one, the other squaks. We're working on getting along, and right now one will sit on one shoulder, one on the other, but it involves me watching them every moment - Goober could really hurt Moose if I'm not careful.

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Oh you betcha! gcc's get clingy when I have the senegal. Senegal says hey when I have the tiel, Parrotlet stomps her feet and peeps loudly if we don't let her have the back of the couch! Keets fweep and tweet until we let them out too. We just love them all like a bunch of kids. Mother Hubbard had so many birds she just gave them all love and a hard time and they keep coming back for more. Really it's like a house full of kids, they all get what they need and jealousy subsides till everyone has a spot on the couch(loveseat) and no one fights. All in two and a half hours in the evening!
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Years ago I had 2 Cockatiel brothers that I hand raised. They lived very happily in the same cage together without any problems but if they were both out with me we often had domestics. They would both get on the same shoulder, cause if one was there the other had to be as well.

One of my Cockies Sammy is jealous of anyone that comes near me if he is out on my arm, including humans. No one is aloud within 2 feet of me.
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This is a little different slant on jealousy, but it can be used to our advantage when training our birds.

My budgies are very jealous of each other and want whatever the other has. Several of mine have been tamed and trained just because they wanted to do what the others were doing. I also use their natural jealousy to get them to try new foods. If just one will try it, then the other want to do it too.

I am now using this trick with my young Quaker to introduce new foods. I let him watch me hand feed different foods to the budgies, and then he is very eager to try whatever it is.

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Storm is jealous of Spike and will try and get him, if she thinks he is too close infront of her or doing something she does not like Spike can sit beside her with no problems though
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My half moon, Darwin gets very jealous if I pay attention to the other birds, he stops whatever he is doing and makes a bee line for them to chase them away. For some odd reason he's more tolerant of me paying attention to my GCC, but throws a hissy fit if I fuss over my tiel, lol.
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This is a little different slant on jealousy, but it can be used to our advantage when training our birds.

My budgies are very jealous of each other and want whatever the other has. Several of mine have been tamed and trained just because they wanted to do what the others were doing. I also use their natural jealousy to get them to try new foods. If just one will try it, then the other want to do it too.

I am now using this trick with my young Quaker to introduce new foods. I let him watch me hand feed different foods to the budgies, and then he is very eager to try whatever it is.
that is the very same trick i use to get my budgies a tiel to eat new things too.all i have to do with bingo is eat it myself and then sudinaly he wants it to lol
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that is the very same trick i use to get my budgies a tiel to eat new things too.all i have to do with bingo is eat it myself and then sudinaly he wants it to lol

Yes....eating something myself works well with the Quaker too. It never really worked with the budgies. They had to see another budgie eating it before they stopped acting like it was a snake poised to strike them.

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I have a jealousy issue with Parsley, my linnie and my budgie. Parsley does not want the budgie anywhere near me. And then the dog doesn't want me near the birds. I keep telling them there is plenty of me to go around. (One of the reasons I avoid dieting.)
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My GGC gets jealous when I pay attention to the other birds. LOL
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I have a jealousy issue with Parsley, my linnie and my budgie. Parsley does not want the budgie anywhere near me. And then the dog doesn't want me near the birds. I keep telling them there is plenty of me to go around. (One of the reasons I avoid dieting.)
I never thought of that one
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