Because of all the new birds, and recent posts related to birds reverting back to old behavior, I thought an article or thread on causes might be in order. Now, I realize most of us know these things, but when we have issues with bird behavior, we often look for evil goblins, when we should start at the basics.
1-Birds at bottom of cage/or getting excited, flighty, nervous -- Did you hang new things in or out of the cage,, a clean feed dish hung on outside of the cage. A brush on top of cage. Moved toys, new different colored toy. Moved cage and now there is a window close or a picture hanging over the cage. You get the idea, It may be anything.
I will not make light of the fact that this problem can be caused by sickness also, but look other things over before you freak out and call the vet. A few minutes may save a big hassle, a huge case of nerves and a hefty vet bill. I do mean take a few minutes, maybe a few hours, But if nothing becomes apparent “quickly” call the vet immediately.
By all means if they are off there feed, call a vet.
2-Bird afraid of hands all of a sudden—Are you wearing a different ring, a watch. Did you get a new favorite shirt or blouse, a new nail polish color. Did you use hand lotion, or a new soap scent. Again you get the idea.
3-Birds not wanting to associate with a particular person all of a sudden— New perfume, hair spray, Jewelry, Hair color, Floor or ceiling fan on. Just a windy day with the window open, causing a lamp or toy to swing. Move furniture around and now a window is at your back, or different picture hanging above you. Did you get a haircut, or trim or shave a beard?
Keep in mind that any of these problems, and many more, can cause issues with other areas of behavioral issues. This is just a reminder of the basics
A short example, PB & J are very calm birds. I always put clean feed dishes on there cage for the next feeding. I put a flat floor feed dish on the cage that was a new addition to my feed dishes as we had babies weening. A few minutes later Jas was freaking, a quick look and removing the flat feed dish, problem was solved.
I think we call to much hormonal, or molt related simply because it could be, but I think we need to go back to basics to see what has changed at about the time the issues started. It could well be hormonal or molt. I prefer to be sure it’s not something I did.
As I said, there are tons of issues that can arise, and there are tons of causes. This is just a reminder to check the simple things first. You shouldn’t replace a $3,000 car motor because a fuse is blown.
Sorry this was so long,,,,,,,,,,
AKA PB & J
Last edited by Zedicuss; 06-20-2012 at 08:55 PM..