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Re: biting Conure

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

    On 2/15/09, Rick wrote:
    > 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
    > 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
    > if indeed this may be an issue. Take care, keep us posted.
    > Rick
    Thanks for all your help. Today went better we had Alex put a hat on and
    he got along better with Wally. I guess he didnt recognize him. He fed
    him seed, and held him. So we will keep going with the hat trick.
    I think somewhere in Wallys past maybe he had a hard time with someone
    that maybe looked like my son Alex.
    take care,