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zi-gltterati wrote: > Bruce Byfield wrote: > > zi-glitterati wrote: > > > My daughter recently moved and could not take her bird, a nanday > > > conure, with her. I am keeping the bird. The bird is > > approximately > > > 10 years old. I love the bird and would like to let him out of > his > > > cage to fly and get some exercise. He was free to fly around the > > > first few years and then he began to attack and bite! He took a > > bite > > > out of my face once, and I have been afraid of him since. He > seems > > to > > > protect my daughter and doesn't bite her, but everyone else he > > attacks > > > and bites. Do you have any suggestions for me. I would appreciate > > any > > > help or info. Thanks, zi-glitterati > > > > The first thing that stands out in your message is that you are > > afraid of him. Nandays are highly social creatures, and your bird > is > > probably well aware of your fear, and is using it to dominate you. > > Also, he is probably biting because he feels insecure without your > > daughter around. Quite possibly, he has bonded to her as though she > > were his mate. > > > > The best thing you can do is to spend some quite time with him. > Start > > by sitting by his cage reading or watching television, making no > > demands on him. Then start feeding him. If you regularly spend time > > with him over several weeks, I think you'll be amazed at the change > > in him. > > > > One thing, though: do everything you can to suppress your fear. If > > you're nervous, he'll be nervous, and more likely to act in ways > that > > make you nervous. > > Bruce... > Thank you for responding to my posting. I am going to work on the fear > thing, and spend quite time with him and work my way up to attempting > to handle him. I know he likes me, because he goes nuts when I walk in > the room with him. We whistle the theme to "The Andy Griffith Show" > together and when I dance he dances too. When I leave the room he > yells..."Hey Come Here!" He's very smart! Thanks for all your helpful > info. zi-glitterati
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