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    ok i know how disgusting this sounds but ive read that some parrots do this by rubbing up peoples hands etc and i was wondering if anyones birds do this and if it should be punished or how to deal with it. im sorry it sounds a bit yuck but its something i need to know

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    Re: Masterbation

    Well, I once had a budgie who used to do this by rubbing himself on the hand of whom he was sitting on! Most birds will probably try to masterbate at some point. They should not be told off for it, but it is advisable to discourage it. Some parrots can get quite aggressive when sexually frustrated, which leads to behavioural problems. Discouraging is best done by removing any toys that the bird may be attracted to (eg, a mirror), or if a parrot is trying to get your affection, simply turn away and ignore the bird. Don't reward them with the drama off verbally 'telling them off', as they won't understand. They are only doing what comes naturally, after all.

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    Re: Masterbation

    heh thanks alot leanne

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    Re: Masterbation

    yes, ignoring the bahavior & removing things that trigger it is best.

    never "punish" a bird. it doesn't work, anyway. chastizing for harmful behavior, but never for harmless ones.

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    Re: Masterbation

    is it rare then or do quite alot of birds do this?

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    Re: Masterbation

    Woody does the self-pleasuring thing too. I wouldn't be able to take away his masturbation aid without removing all perches... he's learned to flip his tail forward and just rock from there, but he pretty much only does it when he's feeling bored, so I just try to not let him get in that state very often.

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    Re: Masterbation

    I have an african grey female who does that to a toy she has, I just ignore the behavior & let her out of her cage to vist with me & the other flock memebers..

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    Re: Masterbation

    Yes, never punish a bird, they don't work the same way dogs and cats do. Daniland is right in saying that you should just ignore the behavior and taking the things away that he likes to do this on most. I know it's uncomfortable to watch, but it's a part of nature.

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    Re: Masterbation

    scientists are finding that virtually all creatures masturbate.

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    Virtually all creatures or virtually all vertebrates? Well.... maybe also some of the arthropods.

    Either way, Yay for normalcy.

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    Re: Masterbation

    :/ can imagine something like a spider or stick insect masterbating....funny lol you learn something new everyday .... like caiques like to sleep on there backs glad i learnt that before i woke up one day screaming hehehe

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    Re: Masterbation

    I find it a little strange that so many people find their birds masturbating, a problem. Ive read a few of the threads on it now. Its a very natural animal behavior,Almost all animals do it.
    Although, I do wonder. If your bird masturbates on you, and you allow it. Dose this cause dominance issues?

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    Re: Masterbation

    OKay but Cloud, my budgie likes his green ball thing. I just walk away. Are you saying to take it away? But isn't it sorta normal?

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    Re: Masterbation

    ... My whiteface cockatiel did that once, on my arm. I took him off and put him on the homemade perch. He hasn't done it for a few months now.
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    Re: Masterbation

    There's a cockatiel at our local Humane Society named Chief. I think (if I remember right) that Chief is like 14 or 16 years old or something like that. The HS had him for about 5 years, and he was a permanent resident there (not up for adoption). He apparently had some aggression issues that they'd worked hard to reduce, and although he's not as aggressive as he was, he can still be unpredictable they said.

    They kept him in a cage with the door open all day for him to come and go as he pleased. When I went to say hello, he jumped on my hand and almost immediately started to masterbate.

    Ok, so it's natural and everything, but it still made me VERY uncomfortable. I put him back on his cage, and he just jumped right back on me and continued. 3 times I would put him back, and he'd jump back on me to continue before I finally said, "it was very nice to meet you Chief" and off I went.
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    Re: Masterbation



    I cant' wait to explain to my 80 year old German grandfather what the bird is doing.

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    Re: Masterbation

    ** stop here if you are easily offended**

    So, at first we just laughed and thought Cole was just being his usual goof ball self (cute! let's get a vid of Cole playing!LOL) , it was then we realized what was actually going on


    http://s93.photobucket.com/albums/l6...t=PA141166.flv

    There is a longer vid too, where the hens start finding what he is doing inteteresting! We certainly can't take away the whole cage!

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    That's a good visual, actually! Good to know what I have to look forward to.

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    Re: Masterbation

    Quote Originally Posted by Jojo's zoo View Post


    I cant' wait to explain to my 80 year old German grandfather what the bird is doing.
    Thats funny!

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    Re: Masterbation

    My previous cockatiel would thumb masterbate every other day on average.
    My left hand, over sixteen years.
    Some days up to three times a day, other times he would go for a week without having sex.
    I enjoyed watching him having fun.
    Most of my birds over forty years have masterbated on my hand one way or another.
    I have zero prroblems with a bird wanting to have sex.
    They sure do appreciate it as much as any other guy.
    PS, If your bird is masterbating, it is a boy....

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    Re: Masterbation

    Lol!
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