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Message #7574.

Date:Monday September 26, 2011 8:06:23 pm MDT
Subject:Nanday fearful/aggressive
Message:Please husband and I are desperate. We have a nanday conure who is a year and a half old...and he is fearful of us. Sometimes he'll come out and sit and he's fine, and other times he will freak out suddenly and begin biting if he suspects he is somehow in danger. The only thing is, we aren't sure exactly what is setting him off or why.

We've made a lot of mistakes with him due to poor "training" techniques...covering him when he screamed incessantly, moving him to another room. For a couple months I tried ignoring him so he would see that his behavior was not gaining him any attention, thinking maybe that was the problem. And when that didn't work, we tried taking him out and sitting together with him every night and offering him plenty of interaction. But he isn't sure about that, either. Sometimes he will bite or scream. We want to be with him and give him affection, but we aren't sure how to do it at this point, is what it boils down to.

Another thing; if I eat in front of him at all, he screams and will not stop. I believe maybe my husband taught him this, as he is always giving the bird little bits of food while he is eating, however, feeding him does not always help the problem to stop, and I feel that feeding him for screaming is only reinforcing the behavior.

In the end, it's one bad, long series full of mistake after mistake, even though many of them are well-meant.

I know we've made a lot of mistakes with this bird, so what I'm hoping for is not a lecture, but for some understanding that we are posting here because we love our bird desperately and want to learn to communicate better with him. If anyone can offer some tips we would be extremely grateful...and that is an understatement.

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