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Old 10-21-2013, 01:24 PM
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Re: What am I doing wrong

How old is your conure? I mean I know you've had it for a month but is it a year old?

My gc when he reached a year would charge at me and bite my lip and would get angry if I tried to pet him. They said it was just a "phase" kind of like a "teenage phase".

I hope she gets better though! they are really sweet birds.

Oh and about the head part, my Pocky does the exact same thing. He'll grab onto my hair and will let go when it suits him.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:39 PM
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Re: What am I doing wrong

Dumb question, but is she getting enough sleep? My bird is evil when she's tired, and is quick to anger and biting as you describe (holding on and drawing blood). So in addition to the other advice, make sure she's getting a solid 10 hours of dark sleep, maybe even 12. I keep my cage out of the living room, and in a separate bedroom with the door closed at night so that we disturb them as little as possible between 930 pm (give or take an hour) and whenever they wake up on their own.

I do agree with starting over and starting slow. Let her come out on her own, and interact with her on a perch. My birds do not care for petting most of the time, so I no longer try unless they ask (once in a blue moon). Any attempt gets me a little screech and an open beak coming for my finger (usually just an empty threat). Sometimes going in for a kiss is risky, too! My husband and I have both ended up with cold sore-like wounds on our lips.

However, she will ride around on us for hours, happy as a clam.

In short, let her do what she wants and allow her to set her limits. Test her limits very slowly and gradually.
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