Saturday, 05/24/008 00.50
sfcausa
To people who have never had budgies, this would surely sound like a very silly anthropomorphic question indeed, but as those of us who live with the little impsters know, anything is possible. So I will just ask the forum as straight forward as possible. Can parakeets deliberately influence how other parakeets will behave? And do they do so on purpose?
We have 3 budgies Oliver and Clara are a couple, much more interested in each other than in us, and haven't had much in the way of hand-training ; Alias (who was represented to us as having been hand-fed when he came to us) lives in a separate cage across the room from them and is considerably more tame and human-friendly. They're separated by about 10' (we live in a pretty small apartment) and so they are in visual and voice contact much of the time.

Here's the issue: when I am playing with Alias, sometimes one or both of the other two will suddenly set up a great raucous racket of screeching and squawking and "ackackackackackacking" that seems to get Alias all alarmed and worked up and suspicious of me! If I take him into the other room or bathroom to try to get us a little "alone-time" they will often start making loud noises much as if they were shouting out to him, and he'll be all distracted and start yelling back and want to go away from where we are, back to where they are, at once. I try talking and making birdy noises at him, bribing him with a treat, and so on, to no avail.
My question then: do you think the two "wilder" ones could be deliberately "instigating" him to be less friendly with the big weird no-feathers-having thing (aka me) ? Or some birdie behaviour that is not quite that, but works out to the same effect? And is there any way I can either dissuade them from doing it so much, or even better get Alias more interested in the interaction with me that's going on, than the carryings-on of his non-people-friendly roommates?
Saturday, 05/24/008 00.50 sfcausa(snip) My question then: do you think the two "wilder" ones could be deliberately "instigating" him to be less friendly with the big weird no-feathers-having thing (aka me) ?

I don't think they are "instigating" as that sounds malicious. They may consider you dangerous and are warning Alias. When you take him out of their sight, they are panicking and think that you are going to kill him. Do they start squawking when he is playing with your hands rather than with your head?
Or some birdie behaviour that is not quite that, but works out to the same effect? And is there any ... get Alias more interested in the interaction with me that's going on, than the carryings-on of his non-people-friendly roommates?

I know the other two are a couple, but you could make it easier to play with Alias, if you make some effort with them. What happens if when Alias is out, rather than just playing with him, the two of you spend time by their cage talking to them?
Alan