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Date Posted: 07:26:29 08/08/07 Wed
Author: Beverly
Subject: The behaviour you describe is the 'norm' for a brooding ...
In reply to: Connie and Rain 's message, "What about"attack mode"?" on 01:46:30 08/08/07 Wed

(The behaviour you describe is the 'norm' for a brooding ...) female flyer. All my girls will 'punch' the way you describe Rain doing, if they have babies, and are not 'ready' for 'Aunt Bev' to handle the pups. It sounds to me as if Rain is protecting her 'BF' the way my girls protect their pups. I would not worry about Rain 'attacking' my finger, when it's poking through the cage, especially as she's still quite amiable to you, in general. I think some territorial behaviour is not only normal, it's also indicative of a healthy flyer. I'd be much more worried about a flyer that never shows any 'temper'. And besides, the occasional 'war dance' is just so darn entertaining!!!

>Now that I think Rains diet is fine: what about the
>"attack mode" she is going through, again?? If I am
>outside her cage, and stick my finger through the
>bars, she attacks! And don't even touch her
>boyfriend; she will go after me! However, if my hand
>is inside her cage or she is out in the Bathroom, all
>is well! She will lick and rub (kind of like a cat)
>and climb about! Is she going through another mating
>time? No matter what, still don't touch that stuffed
>toy in her cage! She gets VERY angry!! She hits you
>with her front feet and tries to bite, even though
>that seems to be more threatening than the real
>thing!! Has never bitten me!!(like I'm really scared
>of those little Squirrel teeth, when I deal with all
>kinds of dogs every day!) If I touch her bag, she
>goes into attack-mode also! (Protecting her stash??)
>So Silly!!>>Thank You! Had a cicada land on me last
>night and
>>thought for, one second, "Rain may love to eat this"
>>but, just couldn't bring myself to put it in her
>>cage!! They don't have that long to do what they
>>have to do anyway!! I'm not a bug lover! Heaven only
>>knows, if it were a Roach or whatever, I would still
>>hessitate!! Just don't like my "baby" crunching on
>>these tidbits! Sqeamishness? Yes!! If I ever get
>>brave enough to give her those worms, I will have to
>>throw them in and run!! The "baby" will have to
>>survive on what I give her!! I do think she is doing
>>fine!! If I didn't, I would resort to drastic
>>meassures!! Nothing too good or too "Yucky" for
>>her!!Right! Rain is doing fine on her diet, so don't
>>>worry 'bout ...) what others may feed their flyers.
>A
>>>good selection of fruit and veggies, added to a diet
>>>of nuts and seeds, will suit just fine.
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>>>I didn't know that 'bout dragonflies! But, I can't
>>>imagine how anyone could catch a dragonfly for a
>>>flyer, anyway! Worms, I don't have any trouble
>>>offering to my flyers, and the grasshopper they got
>>>was in the water trough -- I fished it out, and gave
>>>it a half hour to recover (there was still some leg
>>>movement, when I found it floating ...). It didn't,
>>>so I put it in the flyers' worm box. It was gone
>>>within a half-hour. I don't know which flyer got it,
>>>but there were no remains found, at all ...
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>>>>>1st of all, those Dragonflies eat mosguitoes!! And
>I
>>>>just have a problem with "my baby" eating anything
>>>>alive!! I don't know why this is, but, if I can
>feed
>>>>her otherwise; I would rather!! Any suggestions???
>>>>She is very healthy on what I am giving her: Why
>>>>should I change her diet?? I always get in a
>"panic
>>>>mode" when I think I am doing everything wrong!!
>>>>Everybody has different feeding practices!! It is
>SO
>>>>hard to know what to do!! "Acorns give them loose
>>>>poop" Rain gets an acorn every day and has yet to
>>>>have a loose poop! Dog Food "no good" and yet Rain
>>>>loves it!!(as a treat) She also gets fresh water
>w/an
>>>>ice cube added every night! Now I will be told "ice
>>>>cubes, not good!" Am totally confused on "good
>diet,
>>>>bad diet!" As long as she gets her Vits., Veggies,
>>>>Fruit, nuts (in the shell), a bone and some protein:
>>>>she should be good! Right?? But, I refuse to spoil
>>>>her!!!!
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>>>home
>>>>>from Publix and found them already infested BEFORE
>>>>>they spent any time in my pantry. But the Zoo
>>>>>inhabitants are happy to help me out! Hee, Hee!!
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>>>>>>Your right Marianne. Some times it just doesn't
>>>>>>matter how clean you are the little pest find your
>>>>>>food. I was making sauce one day and tossed a
>>brand
>>>>>>new unopened box of macaroni into hot water. The
>>>>>>whole top had floating worms. yuk...

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