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Re: biting Conure

Posted by Rick on 2/14/09
(11) Comments

    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,