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So, I've got a gal I picked up from a shelter. Her name is Birdie. She arrived there under weight trying to feed 6 babies all by herself. She was in perfect health when i got her though. However, she was mean. And EVERY time she bit- it was for blood!

Now We've moved from Washington State to California, and we've acquired 2 new cockatiels. Well, Birdie has gone from evil *!%$& to just verbally abusive. She all of a sudden steps up (almost every time) And recently, she's taken to "bowing" and having her head pet. :confused: at first I thought she was sick. She just started curling her head and making a little cooing noise. I'm totally baffled!

She sometimes tries to bite still, but she' not drew blood in a while, and like I said- she's wanting to be pet on the top of her head (not her back though, I mad her mad by petting down too far!) :rolleyes:

Thanks!

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It seems to me she got sweet after she realized there is competition. I don't think I know one tiel that doesn't enjoy head scratches though.:p Avoid petting her back since it can trigger breeding behaviors- the little fake bites (if you rub the wrong spot) are perfectly normal- ignore them.
 

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She's the only one to bow down for some head pats. Nobody else likes them. And the mating thing makes sense then. She had babies, and got really sick... think she remembers that?
 

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OH- first paragraph! :D

I got Birdie from a shelter. She came in underfed and trying to feed like 6 babies all by herself. She just couldn't do it. They took the babies and fed them (and so she hated the gal that had the rescue) Birdie got better, and went up for adoption. Don't know how old she is or anything.
 

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That's terrible...I'm sure she remembers what a burden that was on her body-people don't realize how much it takes out of them to breed. Baby doesn't like back rubs either-(not that I give them to her) just head scritches. Maybe with the new additions she just wants to feel loved. You did good getting her from a shelter and out of that mess btw.
 

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Yeah, well, the shelter gal was great, and we update her and she's so happy about it all. It's just sad the way that Birdie came into that gals rescue.
 

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Yup, unfortunetly it happens to ALOT of them...if I could only multipy myself (and my money) to adopt all of them...
 

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Well babyluv, then you'll drool when you find out my plans! We've in California for about a year while my fiance attends school. When we move back to Washington, we've got a house lined up already, and one room will be my "animal room" (i've got lots of gerbils) And we intend on building a floor to ceiling flight about 2 or 3 feet from the wall... and maybe 4 or 5 feet long. Will be amazing! Then I'll be able to have room to take in the ones we see on Craigslist, and the ones that aren't wanted. :p It'll be amazing... just about 14 months away though... lol
 

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I am jelous! I would love to run a bird rescue...your idea sounds great although I like my birds with me in the common areas..if I did that I'm afraid I'd end up spending most of my time in the bird room...lol.:rolleyes: How is it having a gerbil by the way? Way off subject ..I know.
 

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Aww birdie is so cute! And cockatiels love a little tickle on the head for a reward or just plain comfort. Just do to her neck, not down her back they don't like it and it will feel better on their head. Aww birdie is so adorable:D
 

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Here... a video. That's Birdie, of course, then Boomer.... and Cousteau.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9GA1ctmHpg

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What cute babies you have! Looks like you might have hit a pin feather there. Baby yells at me too when I get the wrong spot. Try doing it with both fingers along the sider and on the top by her crest- they love that. Also underneath. Those are the hard to reach itchy places.
 

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Well, she'll freak and get really angry if I pet her anywhere else than that one spot. But did you see that when I brought the camera back, she had her head tucked down read for a pet? :D I just try not to complain because she used to hiss and bite whenever you'd get near her... and every time she bit- I'd bleed! So- this is good for me! lol She shared my cereal the other day. She only got two flakes, but she licked the milk off then ate them. She really liked it!

I keep trying to get one of Boomer talking, but he shuts up as soon as he sees the camera... :p
 

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I keep trying to get one of Boomer talking, but he shuts up as soon as he sees the camera... :p
Thats a typical tiel for you :p Ollie did the same thing,..hehe for the longest time I tried to tape him saying pretty boy and I could never catch it but now he thinks so highly of himself :rolleyes: thats all he says every two seconds Ollie pretty pretty boy....lol
 
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