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Re: biting Conure

Posted by chris on 2/15/09
(11) Comments

    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
    > Tim has given you the BEST response you could ask for. Clipping
    > 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
    > 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
    > so kindly.
    > Good luck,
    > Rick