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Lizzie
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:02 am    Post subject: Difference between boys and girls?

Hello

I've been reading a lot about young male kakarikis becoming territorial of their cage and biting a lot, but haven't heard it about girls.

I've only had a girl kakariki and she never more than nibbled me, altho it was a long time before I really put my hand in other than to change food and water but I did spend a lot of time just sitting with her and talking to her and giving her treats through the bars for a long time first.

I was just wondering whether boys are much more likely to bite than girls?

I'm looking for a kakariki at the moment and am wondering whether I should really try to get another girl as my girl was such a good companion, but I know often it can be difficult to guarantee the sex when they are young.

I know boys can be tamed down but I'm just nervous as I find it extremely difficult not to pull back when I know I'm about to get bit, which I know is what you must not do!

Thanks, Lizzie
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:04 am    Post subject:

There are some old posts on the subject
Be it a boy or girl , bitting is a consiquience of training and behavour of the owner...not the bird cat dog whatever.

Male pets attach to female owners better, and visa versa...
Hence where you read about posts they have a male bird, agreesive to the husband but not the wife...and visa versa...cats and dogs are the same ..the extent depends on the owners and how well they train.

Over all a male tames down far faster than a female.

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:46 pm    Post subject:

Personally I think male or females are no more or agressive than each other, but if you want one that is tame it is best to get a handreared on, however if you have one that you have bought that you have acquired you could try clicker training it with it's favourite treats x
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:56 am    Post subject:

We never handrear chicks, and any parrots we tame down we do so as per in old posts.
It works even with a mature Suphur crested out of the wild.

3 or 4 days they are hand tamed, a week they will fly to you, ride on your shoulder
kakariki of all parrots do not have a natural adversion to humans, and tae down easier and quicker than any other species I know, Even acidently taming them in a flight.
http://www.kakariki.net/ftopict-209-clean.html

Or get a hand reared, ready tamed.

The advantage of taming down is they keep their natural personality, independance, and therefore issue like boredom, get crappy because the owner hasnt time etc, and feather plucking for attention is eliminated.

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