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Message #5984. This is a followup to #5978.

Name:Bruce Byfield
Date:Thursday April 5, 2007 11:38:53 am MDT
Subject:Re: Biting
Message: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.

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