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Message #2414. This is a followup to #2413.

Date:Friday December 3, 2004 2:54:57 pm MST
Subject:Re: Help!
Message:I would definitely consider trimming his flight feathers so he can enjoy out of cage time more often and you can better control his whereabouts. That will prevent him from flying to attack someone. That doesn't mean that your hubby or your son would be able to walkup to the bird and get him to step up, but the bird will most likely allow them to pick him up from the floor and return him to his cage or play stand and your hubby/son may also be able to take him from his cage and deliver him to you.

What you described is displaced aggression. Cocoa couldn't bite what he wanted to bite, so he just bites whatever is closest to him. It just happened to be you. That is a common male hormonal behavior and some birds do get quite aggressive at certain times of the year. As the bird ages, the degree of his hormonal behavior decreases.

I have a male pionus who behaves much the same way to my husband. My hubby will be the only one to deliver this bird his most favorite treats. The bird will attack my hubby if my hubby gets too close to his cage, but will allow my hubby to pick him up from the floor to return him to his cage or play stand.

If your hubby and son stop trying to interact with the bird, their relationship will never improve. The bird will become a one-person bird and will rely on you a lot. I don't suggest that the boys in your house set themselves up to be bitten, because the more the bird suceeds in biting a human, the easier it gets for him to continue biting the humans. They lose the fear of what will happen if I bite the human. Part of it also depends on the reactions from everyone when the bite happens. Don't yell and scream at your bird (that could actually reinforce this biting behavior). Give the bird the "evil eye" for a few seconds and tell him "No, that is bad" (or whatever you want to say to him) and turn your back on him. Birds look at things they want. Turning your back on them is a clear message (in bird language) that you are not pleased. Ignore the bird until the bird is occupying himself in a way that is desired and then go over and talk to the bird, hold him or whatever. Keep in mind that if your bird is ripping into a toy and is all rambunctious, you don't want to try and pick him up because his energy will be too high and that can also bring on a nip. But if he is sitting there chewing on a stick or piece of food, or maybe is just sitting there quietly preening himself, those are all good behaviors so you could go over and tell him that he is a good bird.

This will take time and patience, but you can make it through this tough period. Just as long as your boys don't tease or taunt the bird, the bird will likely not hold a grudge. If the boys move in a threatening way to the bird and stick their chests out or in some other way approach the bird too quickly in a threatening way, they just might never get a decent relationship with that bird. Some of that depends on the bird and the human personalities.

I hope this helps. Just know that the hormonal aggression decreases with age. At the age of 4 yrs old, your Nanday has just hit his young adult years and we all know how the hormones rage in an 18 yr old boy. Well, in my opinion, your conure can be compared to that point in his life right now.

I hope this helps.

DebbieJ wrote:
> My husband bought me a Nanday for my birthday. Cocoa is a 4 year old
> male. We bought him from a lady that said she didn't have time for
> him. She was planning to retire but that changed so she decided to
> find him a new home. The day my husband and I went to see Cocoa he
> was very friendly. He talks and sings and dances. We brought him
> home. At first Cocoa went to everyone. But within a few weeks he
> started getting aggressive with my husband. Now three months later,
> he dislikes any male figure that is in my house. So much so that I
> can't let him loose when someone is at home. Cocoa is great with me.
> I don't think he would ever think about biting me. He lets me hug and
> kiss him or basically do whatever I want to him. He is okay with my
> daughters, a little protective if he is with me. But....if I am
> petting him through his cage and my husband walks in the room he did
> actually turn and bite ME! I don't know what to do. He is a great
> bird, I love him alot. I work from home so he is with me all day. I
> wanted him to be able to be out all the time but he flies to attack
> my husband and my son.
> Please help with any suggestions on what to do to break him of his
> aggressive behavior with the other males in my life..
> Debbie

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