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Message #1701.

Date:Saturday May 22, 2004 3:02:23 pm MDT
Subject:First Parrot... Some help please!!
Message: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.  

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