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Old 01-14-2019, 01:15 AM
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Hello all! I havenít been active on the forums in quite some time, as Iíve been diagnosed with several chronic illnesses that now keep me bed bound. Thatís all Iíd like to say on the matter and please donít ask me any further questions, Iím sorry!

My sweet Juliet (3.5 yr old Pineapple Green Cheek) is still my very best friend. Sheís nibbly but Iíve never minded. My live in fiancť/caretaker met her probably about a year and a half ago, and their relationship has improved immensely over time. She likes to hop forward to jump onto our fingers because she gets very excited to be handled at times. When she doesnít respond to putting our fingers up, backs away, or puts her head down, we leave her alone and donít attempt to pick her up. We know most of the typical things you are supposed to do to assert and respect boundaries with a parrot.

My question is, lately Juliet will excitedly hop onto my Fiancťís finger, THEN bite down very hard. She does not do this to me, and she wonít normally step up for anyone besides us so Iím not sure if she would do it to anyone else.

Normally he will quietly put her down onto or inside her cage or play stand after this and ignore her. Why is she doing this rather than just biting straight away or avoiding being picked up (as we never force her to step up unless she is in a dangerous spot)? What can we do to try and curb this very specific behavior? We do reward her with treats when she DOESNT behave this way, but that doesnít seem to work either.

Thank you for your help, and Iím sorry for my absence and only returning to ask of your help. I know thatís not polite.

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Old 01-14-2019, 01:25 AM
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Re: Biting after stepping up?

For the record, I am aware that the answer could be that she just does not like him, or that they are not in tune with eachothers body language, and that the answer could be for him to only pick her up with a step perch. Aside from this, Iím still curious as to why sheís expressing herself this way and would appreciate any theories.
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Re: Biting after stepping up?

My corella is doing something very similar with my family members. She's *extremely* hormonal at the moment and it's clear as crystal that she's 'defending' me as her preferred 'mate'. Maybe your bird is doing something like that? Perhaps she sees your fiancť as competition for your affection?
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Re: Biting after stepping up?

Welcome back, hope you have a positive medical prognosis.

No apologies needed, this is a safe-zone! You need not consistently participate to ask advice.

My guess is Betrisher's analysis is spot on. Don't know Conure personalities, at some point Juliet's relationship with your fiancť/caretaker may plateau. Doesn't mean progress is impeded, just might come slowly unless a creative breakthrough is achieved.
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Re: Biting after stepping up?

Thank you both! I had a feeling that was the case, but when youíre not a ďbird personĒ itís very easy to humanize them and results in hurt feelings.
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