Short Circuit from love to attack behavior with my rainbow lory recently

Short Circuit from love to attack behavior with my rainbow lory recently

On Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 4:29 PM UTC, Connie S wrote:

I looked at the anatomy of a bird’s brain that you had on a recent email. I would like to know more about the portion that says: Short Circuit from love to attack behavior! That is happening with my rainbow lory recently.

anatomy of a bird brain

He is 18 years old and has suddenly started attacking my hand when I reach to have him climb on my finger. Otherwise, he hangs out with me with no problem – when I’m sitting in a chair or lying on the bed.

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He was always a bit ornery. But, this has happened twice now and it was really violent. I am assuming he is afraid of something. But, I don’t know what. Is there a book you would recommend? Or should I call and speak with someone there? Thank you so much!!!

Hi Connie and thanks for reaching out to Windy  City Parrot for help. At age 18, sudden onset aggression can be the result of a medical issue causing him pain, so have a check up with your vet.

chattering lory

But first look at the area of your home where you were attacked. Has ANYTHING changed? A new picture added, wallpaper, new hygiene products you are using, jewelry, unusual nail polish?

ANYTHING that has changed could be causing him to see “danger colors” I once had my nails done in a OPI brand iridescent nail polish.

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My sweet tame conure became attack conure until I removed it later the same day ($50 down the drain on that manicure) but that was the cause because she was seeing colors not visible to the human eye. Any change in the home causing fear should be changed back.

dusky lory

One lady placed a big red op-art painting opposite her bird’s cage. The bird freaked out and became mean until she removed the painting to another part of the home. Also, you could give AviCalm by Avitech to help with any stress and really, every bird has stress it its life. It may well resolve the aggression along with looking into habitat changes that could be causing fear.

blue streaked lory

2:08 PM (21 minutes ago)

to Connie

Change can be a good thing, but too much too fast can be bad. Perhaps change a thing or two back, see how he reacts, if he is still aggressive even with AviCalm and a few changes back then do a few more changes back.

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Moving a  cage can be a great move, but stressful if he doesn’t like the new placement.You probably know few birds accept new toys right away, so imagine changing his whole world in one day. Please keep us posted because we love to hear how our advice works for parrot parents. Best wishes from all of us at Windy City Parrot.

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On Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 6:13 PM UTC, Connie S wrote:

Oh my! Thank you soooo much for that information. Yes. Everything is changed in his environment, actually. His cage has been moved to another room. So, I will have to check on a few things. And, get the Avicalm. Thank you again!!!

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Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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