Nanday Conure Forum

Message #7576. This is a followup to #7574.

Name:Bruce Byfield
Date:Monday October 3, 2011 12:29:12 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Nanday fearful/aggressive
Message:Jaime wrote:
> Please help...my 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.

It sounds like you have a bird who has been traumatized and consequently is easily frightened. If that is so, you'll need to take your time with the bird -- and you may need months or even years.

Some things to do:

- Make an effort to move as slowly as possible around the bird. If the bird is still frightened, slow down even more.

- Try to control your own fear of being bitten. Your fear and the bird's fear can reinforce each other.

- Spend a lot of time just sitting near the cage.

- Spend time talking and/or singing to the bird.

- Find out what food the bird likes, and spend time feeding it.

- 2-3 times a day, take the bird to a quiet place, and see if you can first train it to go up on a perch, and then up on to your hand. Carry its favorite foods as a reward. Don't forget everything mentioned above, and, by the time the bird is stepping up on your hand, you will probably have established some basic trust.

Most importantly: Be patient. If the bird isn't as friendly as you would like, it can still be a very enjoyable companion.

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