Aggressive 6 Month Old Kakariki

Sallyann

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Thanks for the tag, DizzyBlue. Some initial thoughts:

At 6 months old he’s becoming sexually mature. Does he have access to any nest boxes/materials? If so I’d remove them. I read on the internet that Kaks can be very territorial. This doesn’t offer a solution to his behaviour but something else to take into consideration. How big is his cage? The smaller the cage the more aggressive a bird can become as it defends it.

Territorial and sexually mature/hormonal are labels - they offer a little understanding but don’t solve very much. So look at the behaviours in context. He attacks you in the dining room where his cage is. Think about how to interact with him differently. Are there any particular times he attacks? What are you doing on those occasions? For example, if he attacks when you go to change food bowls, think about leaving him caged until that deed is done. That way you can let him out when you have no need to go near his cage.

Are you able to interact with him without him attacking? What are you both doing on these occasions? Can you build on these times? Does he play with toys? Have you done any training with him? Encourage him to do these alternative behaviours before he is likely to attack.

Be careful of eye contact if he’s in attack mode. Turn away and do something else. Never get angry with him as that makes the whole thing 100 times worse.
Thanks for the reply it's usually when im working so he gets a but annoyed as lack 9f attention so I thought his cage is huge and I agree the eye contact isn't good as I learnt this morning. I did shout yesterday and it did make the aggression worst as I was so scared he was great this morning then went for me. He's got toys he loves playing if I take them out for him to play he attacks me for touching them but yes fine with my partner I've bin so scared to get him out today and I've booked a vets app just to check it's nothing but hormones as he's started humping a bobble hat too
 

Michael Reynolds

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I am sorry I cannot agree in removing nest boxes from a kakariki, the main cause for aggressive behaviour in these wonderful birds is lack of sleep they need naps during the day with out being disturbed, in darkness, nest box recommended.
 

Roz

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I’ve no idea. See if you can observe what is happening - notice what you are doing when your partner is there - any change in your behaviour? Maybe you are more relaxed. Perhaps you are doing different things (ie not working at the table). Perhaps you are further away? Perhaps....?

Humping the bobble hat certainly indicates hormones. Check that there is no inappropriate stroking - touching on the back and under the wings will only encourage hormonal behaviour. Keep skritches to the head and neck only.

Sounds like he is becoming possessive of his toys. See if you can change them up every few days, ie rotate in “new” ones. If you keep a box of toys this is easy to do when he isn’t in his cage.

Would love to see a pic of him! 😊
 

Sallyann

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I’ve no idea. See if you can observe what is happening - notice what you are doing when your partner is there - any change in your behaviour? Maybe you are more relaxed. Perhaps you are doing different things (ie not working at the table). Perhaps you are further away? Perhaps....?

Humping the bobble hat certainly indicates hormones. Check that there is no inappropriate stroking - touching on the back and under the wings will only encourage hormonal behaviour. Keep skritches to the head and neck only.

Sounds like he is becoming possessive of his toys. See if you can change them up every few days, ie rotate in “new” ones. If you keep a box of toys this is easy to do when he isn’t in his cage.

Would love to see a pic of him! 😊
I think I am more anxious and if I say no to him he then gets aggressive he's a lovely boy really. When it happens he's makes this angry grunt at me every time I talk ots really odd. I'm worried from tomorrow as ille be back working in the room his cage is in. I have rotated his toys today x
 

Roz

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Awwwww he's very cute! :feel_loved:

I think I am more anxious
Birds are excellent at ready body language and that goes for humans' body language too. They can even see the little capillaries in our faces filling with blood when we get angry etc. So he will pick up on you feeling anxious... he will be wondering what there is to be anxious about which may put him on alert. If letting him out when working in his room makes you anxious, try a few days of working with him still inside his cage paying him some fun, hands off attention from across the room.

if I say no to him he then gets aggressive
Instead of saying "no" see if you can reinforce another more acceptable behaviour instead. Change things in the environment to make it easier for him to do acceptable things like play with toys etc, rather than do the things that he shouldn't. He sounds like quite a character! :biggrin: Well done for changing his toys around.

If you have access to a garden or park, you could add other things to his cage like a multistemmed branch to make things more exciting. I have a bay tree in my garden and one of my Amazons spends hours chewing the leafy branches I cut for him. You could also put something interesting on top of his cage like a cut open little Munchkin pumpkin or half an apple. My birds are loving those at the moment. Having exciting new stuff to explore will hopefully keep him out of trouble! :D
 

Sallyann

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Chers for your help we had a good morning I started work he started getting aggressive I put him in and he was going at the cage when i went by it tonight he's out and great coming to me playing etc. Ille try the trees he will like that thanks x
 
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