|Message:||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
> > 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
> > out of my face once, and I have been afraid of him since. He seems
> > protect my daughter and doesn't bite her, but everyone else he
> > and bites. Do you have any suggestions for me. I would appreciate
> > 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.
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