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Old 02-15-2012, 12:59 AM
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Re: Conure nice on hands but vicious on bed

When you have an area of aggression, it is best to remove them out of that area! You can try training it by doing repeating process like what you suggested with treats and all. But it's a lot easier to just remove the bird out of that area where the aggression starts. Wait a while longer until the bird is more used to you before attempting it again. It can take a week, a month, or longer. It just depends....So far I am able to train my birds in a week and have them in pretty good shape by a month. I am able to hold and play with all my birds except the Canaries, Parakeets, and one super mean Cockatiel. I stopped training him because my partner told me to let him be. The time I stopped training after a month, at least he knows how to step up to perches. Can't trust him on fingers cause he would do good and then all of a sudden he would just chomp down and drawl blood and won't let go. Maybe one day I'll attempt the training process with him again....But the last few times he's gotten out of the aviary, he did step up nicely without biting. So we'll see....
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Re: Conure nice on hands but vicious on bed

Our GCC has a thing for toes. She turns vicious whenever she is around someone's feet (whether it's on the bed or on the floor). Once she starts chasing after toes, she becomes extremely aggressive and will bite anything else that it's in her way. COuld it be that your bird's aggression is also triggered by your feet and not so much the bed? I've read similar similar stories from several memebers on this forum.
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Re: Conure nice on hands but vicious on bed

It could be your feet. Are you wearing shoes or slippers or at least socks when you aren't laying in bed? A lot of animals seem to react to our feet. My cat will chase me sometimes and chomp down on mine. And most of us have probably had a puppy, kitten or bird attack our feet. Our feet do look quite a bit different than our hands, where most 4 legged critters have front and back feet that look pretty much alike.

Or it could be something about your bed has made him want to claim it like Mikey suggests.

It could even be some other part of your body that he sees more in the bed. I swear the first time my cat saw me naked she screamed and ran away! Pete was definitely a bit scared and curious as well the first time he showered with me. His previous owner had been a man, and well, men and women do look different naked!
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Re: Conure nice on hands but vicious on bed

update:

i held him a few times in the living room today and he did really good, except he climbed down onto my lap and started biting my fingers. not his attack bite but still painful. I tried not to react to it and lasted maybe 5 seconds but he kept doing it so I rocked back and forth so he would have to catch his balance and let go. its so weird though he's like the best bird on my hands and shoulder, then when he's on something flat he gets mean. I dont understand, should I just avoid everything flat or can I do something to prevent this?
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Let him beg to be picked up. Dont touch him while he's down. You tell him no biting everytime he tries. Just ignore him. They don't like to be ignored.
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alright mikey, well I appreciate your advice. I see it says you've been thanked 400 times and I want to add to that but I dont know how lol can you tell me XD?
On the bottom right of the person's message there's a Thank button, just press that!
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Look at the bottom right hand corner of someone's post and you will see a tab that says "thanks". Click on it and it will thank that person.

Heck, I've had conures a long time and I'm reading Mikey's posts with interest because I've never heard of a conure claiming a bed or table, lol! They are all unique though! Rowdy has pretty much claimed the entire front room though, so I suppose if she came to bed with me she might try to claim that, too.
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Re: Conure nice on hands but vicious on bed

okay one last question. when I hold him my palms sweat alot and he tries to lick the sweat. is that okay or is it bad for them?
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Re: Conure nice on hands but vicious on bed

Its not gonna hurt him no. But try not to share your bodily fluids too much. Make sure you wash your hands prior to handling your bird.
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