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Message #7615. This is a followup to #7597.

Name:Heather
Date:Wednesday May 9, 2012 7:51:57 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Nanday Questions
Message:Well we found out about a month ago that Kiwi is not a female but in fact a male Nanday conure. I also recently had some issues with him. I got him out of his cage one day and he literally attacked me. Bit my face several times, lunged at me through the bars of his cage, was just an all around very mean bird. It was worse than he ever behaved when we first got him. I was literally scared of him. Well I was told by several bird breeders that it was hormones due to it being spring time. So I left him alone only going to his cage to open it. Since he cant fly right now I wasnt worried about him flying to attack anyone. It took a little over a week before we could even walk near him again. And then he started allowing me to pet him, hold him, and even started talking to me again. He now says "momma loves you", "pretty bird" "pretty pretty" and Pretty baby. I was heartbroken at the thought of having to get rid of my bird but I really wasnt prepared for the hormonal changes I saw in him as no one told me ahead of time what to expect. I'm a first time bird owner, Kiwi is my first feathered friend and I love him to death. Recently I've seen a change in his behavior again. He's aggressive when he's on/in his cage. He nips at me when I try to get him off of his cage. After he does finally come to me he's great. He'll love on me, allow me to pet him for hours. Is there anything I can do to help get him over his desire to bite me? I'm the only person in my house that can even handle this bird. If anyone else tries he freaks out and flaps his wings, screeches and tries to run away. I just really need some advice. I was told that Nandays are the most gentle and loving birds, but honestly I've not seen much of that from Kiwi!!

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