Dylan is doing fine by the way - he's in good health, and is eating well. I am having a few problems with him though - he seems to be getting very vicious towards me.
When I first started looking after him (he was only a few weeks old), he would sit on my knee and let me stroke and play with him, sometimes he would roll onto his side and let me tickle his tummy. He'd even fall asleep in my arms - must admit that I was getting maternal feeling towards him. Emotion: smile
Now, he doesn't like to do this any more. He'll still let me pick him up sometimes but I get the feeling that he'd rather not be handled. Usually, he just wanders away from me when I go outside to see him, but he also does this thing where he puts his head down low to the ground, caws at me, puffs his feathers up and runs at me, flapping his good wing and snapping at my ankles.
I just get the feeling that he doesn't really like me any more. He only seems to want to have anything to do with me when I have food for him. I never expected him to become a household pet but can anyone think of a reason why his personality has changed so much when I've been treating him well and giving him lots of time and attention?

I've seem him conversing with the wild gulls - sometimes they'll land next to his enclosure and Dylan will spend ages gabbling away at them. Could this be anything to do with it? Is he pissed off because he can't fly away with them and he blames me for it?
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Dylan is doing fine by the way - he's in good health, and is eating well. I am having a ... anything to do with me when I have food for him. I never expected him to become a household pet

Sure you did. Any of us would.
but can anyone think of a reason why his personality has changed so much when I've been treating him well and giving him lots of time and attention?

Maturity.
I've seem him conversing with the wild gulls - sometimes they'll land next to his enclosure and Dylan will spend ... do with it? Is he pissed off because he can't fly away with them and he blames me for it?

I don't think it's quite that sophisticated.
He may be frustrated that he can't connect with his own species but he probably doesn't understand why and certainly isn't holding it against you.

If he were mine, I'd put out an APB for an unreleasable companion with whom he can share his life.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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Unfortunately we can't blame ourselves for the difficulties that our pets face in life.
I have two budgies that I bought in a store and they don't want to have anything to do with me except to tell me when their food tray needs to be refilled or else when they want to get out and fly around my room.
I love them anyway. I guess they're like children; you can't change their nature or tell them how to behave.
I think it's great that you rescued this bird, but don't expect him (her?) to ever understand your act of generosity.
Give him (her?) time and perhaps he (she?) will come around. I suppose that's just how it is when you have a pet. You have to accept them for who they are.
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He may be frustrated that he can't connect with his own species but he probably doesn't understand why and certainly isn't holding it against you. If he were mine, I'd put out an APB for an unreleasable companion with whom he can share his life.

Make sure you don't get another cock bird. Unless you have lots of space, if you put them together in your 'gull enclosure' they'll fight constantly.
Unfortunately we can't blame ourselves for the difficulties that our pets face in life. I have two budgies that I ... that's just how it is when you have a pet. You have to accept them for who they are. Innominate

First of all folks its not a pet, its a wild animal and should never have been held in captivity, its very cruel and thoughtless of you. You have no idea of the natural history of the species.And are doing a great disservice to the animal.
Thats why there are laws about keeping wild animals/birds. The best and most humane thing would be to put the bird to sleep. I'm sure you mean well. This saddens me greatly thinking about this poor bird and how he is forced to live.
First of all folks its not a pet, its a wild animal and should never have been held in captivity, ... sure you mean well. This saddens me greatly thinking about this poor bird and how he is forced to live.

There were three choices: let it survive any way it could (its fate was sealed), euthanize it or take it home and care for it. Not a difficult choice in my eyes. Who among us isn't compassionate to the immediate needs of a helpless animal?
The OP is just dealing with the issues as they arise. I'm sure the OP will work through this one.
The bird is unreleasable and a rescue would give it a home or put it down. The bird is not in pain, just lonely. A rescue with enough resources would allow it to live with other unreleasable gulls. How is this different? At the moment, the OP is a one-bird-rescue without a license (big deal). She's learning and adapting. Rescues wouldn't exist but for the love of animals. Who knows what this animal lover will turn this experience into?

Sincerely,
Joanne
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The bird is unreleasable and a rescue would give it a home or put it down. The bird is not in pain, just lonely. A rescue with enough resources would allow it to live with other unreleasable gulls. How is this different?

It wouldn't be lonely. It's different because the gull would be with others like itself. It doesn't sound like the OP has a lot of interaction with the gull, which is outside in a pen by itself. It's not much different than sticking a pet bird in a cage in a backroom all day, visiting only to feed it and clean the cage. I find it to be quite sad and am not surprised at the reaction of the gull. Becky
First of all folks its not a pet, its a ... this poor bird and how he is forced to live.

There were three choices: let it survive any way it could (its fate was sealed), euthanize it or take it ... Rescues wouldn't exist but for the love of animals. Who knows what this animal lover will turn this experience into?

Joanne,
I'm glad you wrote that; it saves me the trouble. Well put!

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First of all folks its not a pet, its a ... this poor bird and how he is forced to live.

There were three choices: let it survive any way it could (its fate was sealed), euthanize it or take it ... Rescues wouldn't exist but for the love of animals. Who knows what this animal lover will turn this experience into?

I am a vet tech and a former rehabilitation specialist. People are well meaning, nobody wants to see an animal suffer. But keeping a wild animal in captivity is causing it to suffer.
They are not humans, they don't think like humans. Don't transfer your emotions to the animal. Its not a cuddly animal, its a wild bird with wild hard wired instincts.
The fact is its illegal, the person should not have the bird. It is clearly not doing well. it is a danger to the person and possibly children or other pets. Wild birds and animals often harbor microorganisms that are pathogenic to humans. And how do you know its not in pain? Maybe having the wing damage causes it a lot of pain.
The person should have called a rehabber in the area and taken it to them. And get a mate for it? to raise a family of human imprinted psychotic gulls that will all need to be euthanized?
Its a feel good thing for the human only. It should never be acceptable to harbor wild animals, it can be very dangerous. Sure they are one person with out a liscense, but also with out proper knowledge or training in caring for this bird.Thats why a liscence is required. How many excpetions can be made before too many well meaning people have wild animals. By a "rescue" do you mean a rehabber? rehabbers are almost all stretched to their limit. There is no gull ranch where unreleaseable gulls go to live happily ever after. After you get done with your feel good attempt at caring for this bird, it will need to be euthanized. Hopefully it wont have to suffer too much longer.
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