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Re: biting Conure

Posted by Rick on 2/15/09
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    On 2/15/09, chris wrote:
    > On 2/15/09, chris wrote:
    >> On 2/14/09, Rick wrote:
    >>> On 2/14/09, Dr. Phil wrote:
    >>>> On 2/14/09, Chris wrote:
    >>>>> On 2/14/09, Tim wrote:
    >>>>>> Clip his wings.
    >>>>> We would rather not clip wings we have cats. If there was
    >>>>> anything else. Because no matter how nice my son is to the
    >>>>> bird he flys and attacks only him. I dont understand this
    >>>>> behavior.
    >>>>
    >>>> You need to sit your son down and have the "talk" with him. Tell
    >>>> him that you've enjoyed having him around, but now it's time that
    >>>> he goes and lives with his Aunt Edna.
    >>>> Let him understand that the bird is more important than he, and
    >>>> that should something happen to the bird you will consider taking
    >>>> him back. In the mean time, he should work on having animals
    >>>> like him more.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Hi Chris,
    >>>
    >>> Since you have not mentioned any casualties resulting from the bird
    >>> attacking your son, consider yourself, actually your son, lucky.
    >>> Even Conures, as small as they are can give some pretty nasty
    >> bites.
    >>>
    >>> Tim has given you the BEST response you could ask for. Clipping
    >> it's
    >>> wings would be the best for control. As for the cats, well, room
    >>> separation would appear to be the best for now, when the birds are
    >>> allowed out of cage.
    >>>
    >>> Also you might want to try and let your son just hang out with the
    >>> bird, with the bird inside the cage of course, and let him give the
    >>> bird treats, talk to him, sit with him, etc. This could help for
    >> the
    >>> two of them to start to build on a more promising relationship.
    >>>
    >>> You say this is a Rescue Bird. Do you know of it's past history,
    >>> possibly with youngsters around. It is possible that some incident
    >>> may have occurred involving a boy or child that the bird holds
    >>> resentment to, therefore lashing out at your son.
    >>>
    >>> First step though is to definitely clip his wings for control, then
    >>> work on the trust issues between your son and the bird.
    >>> When talking to your son, explain to him he will need to have a
    >>> great deal of patience, kindness, respect and tolerance for this
    >>> bird, as he may have had an abusive past, and that the bird means
    >>> him no harm, but with his previous home he may not have been
    >> treated
    >>> so kindly.
    >>>
    >>> Good luck,
    >>> Rick
    > Hey Rick,
    > Thanks for the help we will just keep trying to build a relationship
    > with him. I think there maybe a child that this bird may have a past
    > with. We will just work slow but sure. Its so crazy I can hold him &
    > Wally the bird cuddles and is very sweet. Then he see my son flys and
    > bites his neck. Thanks
    > Chris

    Chris,

    Another suggestion. Your newly acquired bird may have taken a liking
    (bonded) to you and sees your son as a threat. We are in the process of
    Rehabilitating (rescue bird) an Umbrella Cockatoo and I am able to spend
    more time with him, although the others in the house have to be careful
    not to get to close for he will try and jump at them. Jealousy. I still
    make sure the others have hands on time as well.

    We also have a B&G Macaw that is a one person bird at times (will try and
    bite me)when his favorite person is home, and on the other hand is sweet
    as can be to me when he is not. They have their favorites.

    One thing you and your son can do is, give your son and the bird their own
    space/ time together, with no others around, and see how the bird reacts
    to him then. This may tell you something about the birds jealous behavior,
    if indeed this may be an issue. Take care, keep us posted.

    Rick