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Old 08-06-2020, 04:40 PM
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Aggression towards women

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I recently adopted a pineapple conure (around 5 months old) 2 months ago (also I don't know my parrot's gender but I feel like she is a female) and I've noticed she lunges towards women to bite them and I don't know to keep her under control when guests come over but with males she doesn't attack or show aggression. What I know from the breeder is that she is a women and she kept her outside the cage a lot and my parrot loves being around me on my shoulder or hair so I don't think she was treated badly by her and that is why she shows aggression towards women. If anyone could help I would appreciate it greatly even if you have tips on how to deal with her lunging at people.
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Re: Aggression towards women

How much sleep does the bird get and on what schedule?
Are you petting anywhere other than the head an neck?
Do you have any snuggle huts/tents/shadowy spaces in the cage or nearby (that he/she can access)?
Are you around when the "aggression" occurs?
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Re: Aggression towards women

Welcome to the forum.
Yiu will get advice from great people here.
It’s also a good idea to read the other threads both in the conure forum and the daily active topics. Much applicable to all parrots, with only a smaller amount very special specific,
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Re: Aggression towards women

Welcome to you and your pineapple conure! If the age is correct, she/he has not entered full blown puberty. Parrots have experiential and innate preferences that may be modified with significant effort. Behavioral modification can occur when the unfavorable person works to build trust and bonding. Two threads may be of help: Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
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Re: Aggression towards women

Quote: Originally Posted by noodles123 View Post
How much sleep does the bird get and on what schedule?
Are you petting anywhere other than the head an neck?
Do you have any snuggle huts/tents/shadowy spaces in the cage or nearby (that he/she can access)?
Are you around when the "aggression" occurs?
She sleeps are 10 or 11 hours and sleeps and wakes up around the same time
I sometimes pet her back too but then I remember I shouldn't
She a sleeping tent she really likes snuggling in blankets
Yes I'm always around I try to hold her back or distract her with a toy
Thank you for replying.
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Re: Aggression towards women

Sleeping tents aka "Happy Huts" are among the most dangerous of accessories! Parrots tend to chew and ingest the strands, leading to blockages and painful deaths. Not all parrots do this and some folks inspect daily, but the potential for harm coupled with hormonal release in "dark spaces" makes them about the worst cage addition. I'd respectfully suggest you remove and discard. There are some huts made from sea-grass that are safer, but the problem of enclosure persists.

Similarly, blanket snuggling is conducive to hormonal nesting issues. If you are willing to refrain from using the hut and cease using the blanket and similar items, behaviors may improve. Improved socialization may improve the tendency to lunge. Some folks advocate "Target/Clicker" training as reward: Clicker & Target Training
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