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Old 04-26-2017, 11:35 AM
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I feel kind of bad asking a bunch of Lovie questions in a budgie forum, but maybe some of you Lovie owners can help me understand my Boo Boo's behavior lately. About 2 weeks ago or so, she started acting aggressively towards my husband. She bites him so hard she nearly draws blood, and she never used to bite! In fact, she was quite bonded to him and spent a lot of time with him as he is home more than I am right now. She constantly is doing the "aeroplane" stance and regurgitating food. We have decreased her daylight hours and don't pet her so as not to encourage the mating behavior. She is mostly very sweet with me still. Is this a normal, female adolescent Lovie behavior? We miss our calm, sweet bird and just worry that she is unhappy. My husband's feelings are hurt because Boo Boo's attitude toward him changed overnight for no apparent reason. He can barely touch her anymore.

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I don't know anything about love birds but it does seem to be a hormonal issue. The steps you've taken are good.
I know with budgies it's good for them to work off some of that pent up frustration so it might be worth trying g that too.

Hopefully someone who has some more specific advice will be along soon.
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In general, all psittacines (parrots) go through the same things when they hit adolescence, so if your Boo Boo is around that age, it's likely that this is contributing to her behaviour.

I would just give her space in situations where she bites and interact with her more by verbally speaking to her and spending time with her in the cage when she needs space, so you don't lose that connection and she doesn't get used to biting. If you maintain that bond with her, she will most likely grow out of her biting since it seems that she isn't normally like this.

My budgie went though a "bitey" adolescent period as well, and when she bit me or another one of us, I would simply say "No" in a firm voice and put her in the cage, before walking away. This is a good form of discipline for parrots because they feel that they have done wrong when their flock members walk away from them, so if you do have a bond with her it's a good method to try. You shouldn't leave her alone for more than a few minutes, that's all it takes. Generally just by putting my girl in her cage and then just turning around so she can't see my face is enough for her to want to apologize with a quiet chirp and a kiss through the bars of the cage

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In general, all psittacines (parrots) go through the same things when they hit adolescence, so if your Boo Boo is around that age, it's likely that this is contributing to her behaviour.

I would just give her space in situations where she bites and interact with her more by verbally speaking to her and spending time with her in the cage when she needs space, so you don't lose that connection and she doesn't get used to biting. If you maintain that bond with her, she will most likely grow out of her biting since it seems that she isn't normally like this.

My budgie went though a "bitey" adolescent period as well, and when she bit me or another one of us, I would simply say "No" in a firm voice and put her in the cage, before walking away. This is a good form of discipline for parrots because they feel that they have done wrong when their flock members walk away from them, so if you do have a bond with her it's a good method to try. You shouldn't leave her alone for more than a few minutes, that's all it takes. Generally just by putting my girl in her cage and then just turning around so she can't see my face is enough for her to want to apologize with a quiet chirp and a kiss through the bars of the cage

Good luck with Boo Boo!
Boo Boo's hatch date is early December. So she is only a couple of months old. I thought she'd be closer to a year old before displaying all the "romantic" behavior. My husband isn't letting her out as much during the day to avoid her attacks on him. When I come home she desperately wants to be out with me. She definitely doesn't want to be left alone. I thought she behaved a little better last night-I didn't baby talk to her or throw her kisses because those things seem to get her all excited and hormonal. I let her sit on my shoulder, but wouldn't allow her to burrow into my shirt the way she likes to. I tried to play with her on a flat surface rather than letting her play on my hands and fingers. It is hard because I feel like the dynamics of our relationship have to completely change. I hope it helps her. She is such a special little girl and I want her to be happy!

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One of the characteristics of lovebirds is that they can become quite aggressive and territorial and this is something many people don't realize when they see these cute little birds that look so sweet.

We have another member on the forum whose lovebird attacks his wife.

I'd suggest you and your husband start working with Boo Boo on clicker training. Keeping her distracted and occupied should help calm her down and hopefully she'll go back to a more loving temperament with your husband soon.

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Thanks FaeryBee,

You are always so helpful! :-) I will be working with little Boo Boo. She is a good girl. Lovebirds are definitely very different from budgies, but I wouldn't trade mine for any other bird in the world!

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Please be sure to update us on how things progress with Boo Boo. I'll be looking forward to your posts.
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Hi... My little Sahara didn't read the memo that she is supposed to be my bird... LOL! She prefers my husband, but tolerates me.... most of the time. My little sweetie has also drawn blood from me, but to be fair, she has from my husband too. She has such a big personality and when she is frustrated, watch out.. .. My spouse also lets her burrow in his shirt and I won't... that can also trigger her to bite me. She does better with more out of cage time and people time...
Let us know how clicker training goes... I probably need to do this as well.
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Quick update: I discovered that Boo Boo really likes to spend time with me while I play the piano. She sits on the headboard and chirps away! It isn't the same as when she was a cuddly baby, but this allows her to have out of cage time and spend time with me without being a tiny terror! Baby steps...

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It's excellent that BooBoo likes to sing along and keep you company as you play the piano!
That is definitely a great lovebird sized step.
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