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Message #7601. This is a followup to #7600.

Name:(No name)
Date:Tuesday March 20, 2012 1:23:42 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Mischievous nanday!!
Message:Bruce Byfield wrote:
> Sylvia wrote:
> > I have a nanday named Buster that is almost two years old. He
> responds
> > well to commands like come here, step up, and can do some minor
> > tricks. He is nice to most people that show him no fear, but will
> bite
> > any one who seems uneasy. He is REALLY destructive, which I know is
> > normal, except for the fact that he wants nothing to do with bird
> > toys, or anything he catches on I want him chewing. And he knows
> when
> > he is being bad, because the moment I take what ever thing he is
> > destroying he gets defensive and upset. His other big problem is he
> > over preens everyone, not himself, but it's very annoying. I have
> had
> > other parrots and know this behavior is normal, but he will do it
> till
> > you bleed! And I know he is just living on me, he becomes very
> > obsessive. If he is really into it and I tell him to stop and kind
> of
> > pull away he sometimes bites, as if I need to stay out of his
> business
> > and let him keep doing what he is doing lol. help!
> Several suggestions come to mind.
> First, what is Buster's diet like? In my experience, many nandays
> become hyper-active when there are too many sunflower seeds in their
> diet. By contrast, birds who have a diet that is at least half fruits
> and vegetables tend to be calmer. If Buster is receiving more than
> about half a dozen sunflower seeds a day, cutting them out could make
> him calmer in a matter of a couple of weeks.
> Second, how regular is Buster's routine? Birds without an established
> routine tend to be rowdier, especially if their routine means that
> they don't get enough sleep.
> Third, could Buster possibly be a bit spoiled? He sounds like he is
> used to having his own way. If you don't already, you might try
> putting him in his cage as soon as he misbehaves. You might also try
> very lightly tapping his beak and saying, "No!" in a loud voice;
> parrots understand this treatment because it's close to what they do
> when

Thank you for your suggestions. He does eat a lot of sunflower seeds, and I willchange his diet. Every time I try to change it he refuses to eat it and just eats what I eat, but i will be stricter. He is very spoiled, he mostly stays on perches and I don't lock his cage. When he is bad I do put him in my room. Do you think it is necessary that I begin to cage him? He never has been caged and I wonder if it would depress him. I know I sound like an enabling mom, but he really is a sweet bird just I little self entitled.

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