I have a GCC that is about a year and a half old. Recently, I've started having an increase in problems with screaming and biting. I've read that parrots have a "terrible twos" period just like kids do, so maybe that's it, but was wondering if anyone might have some advice.
The first screaming issue is first thing in the morning. When I uncover his cage, I don't want to let him out right away, because I don't want that gigantic "first morning poop" all over my floor or shirt :P. However, even if I spend time in the room saying 'good morning' and talking to him, he screams like crazy until he's let out of the cage.
The second one occurs by the window in his room. His cage is situated away from the window, but I have a large stand made from tree branches screwed together that sits in front of the window, with toys and perches hanging off it. He loves it, and loves to look out the window. He also seems to love screaming at anything that moves out there. I don't want to close the shades and stop him from getting sunlight, but I'm not sure how to curb this screaming behavior, which I assume is partially territorial and partially "I'm just happy!"
Finally, biting. In the past the way I've dealt with biting is going by the advice my vet gave me, which is when he is on my hand/shoulder and starts biting, to do a quick shake so he loses his balance, and use a simple phrase "Gentle" or "No bite". He's gentle about 90% of the time now. However, if I do something he doesn't like, such as when he's screaming non-stop and I get him to step up and put him back in the cage, he likes to take a big chomp out of my finger.
Anyone have any tips on how I might better handle this? I realize conures will scream and bite sometimes, it's just their nature, but I'd like to find a way to curb some of it that has been increasing in intensity recently. Thanks in advance.