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Margaret <email address not displayed>
Margaret wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > Beaker wrote: > > Hello everyone. I recently just got a nanday conure. I work at a > > petstore and a man brought in his 7 year old conure that he could > no > > longer care for. He is very sweet but he has some behavioral issues > > that i want to address right away. The first one is that he really > > likes me. He lives in my room and i spend most of the time with him > > and he bites the rest of my family when i am around, and wants only > > to be with me. I want him to accept them so that if i ever go away > > for a couple days that they can care for him but they are all > > starting to dislike him very quickly as he bites them like crazy. I > > am not saying that he has to love them equally but he has to at > least > > let them hold him and allow me to hand him to them without drawing > > blood. How do you dicipline biting to teach him that biting is > wrong. > > Another problem I have is that he is very possessive. When he is > > eating or playing with a toy, if you try to pick him up he gets > very > > upset and once again bites. A final thing is he doesn't seem to > play > > with toys. He is scared of everything. If I try to give him > something > > to play with he immediately runs or flies away. He is just a big > > cuddler and would rather ride up on my shoulder nestled in my hair. > > Is it ok that he is on my shoulder? Most of the time he is good at > > getting off when I want him to. I know that this is a lot of > > questions but I want to get this all right at the beginning so I > have > > a well behaved parrot at the end. > > Thanks > > Beaker > > Many times what happens when a new bird begins showing favoritism > towards one member of the family is that the rest of the family stop > interacting with the bird. That just drives that wedge further in the > bird's relationship with others. If the rest of the family want a > relationship with the bird, they will need to interact with and spend > time with the bird. The bird, however, may not want the same level of > a relationship with them (for whatever reason) as he has with you, his > favorite human. > > Keep the flight feathers trimmed which should help him cooperate with > the humans when it comes to taking him from place to place. You can > try having someone else bring the bird to you instead of you going to > get the bird. That way the bird will get the idea that if he wants to > see you he will have to cooperate with the other humans in the house. > You can also have the other family members be the only ones that give > your bird his favorite treats. Then he should begin associating the > other family members with pleasurable experiences. If you have an > upstairs in your home and that bird has never really visited upstairs, > your family members might want to take him on a little excursion and > show him the view out the upstairs windows (or whatever). Often > working with a bird in "strange" or "new" surroundings makes the bird > more cooperative. In a strange place, he will seek comfort and safety > from who he is familiar with - the other family members. > > Does any of this make sense to you? I hope this helps. It will take > effort and cooperation from everyone (including you) to help your bird > get over this and begin associating fun things to eat, see and do with > the other members of your family. Good luck!
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