I've written about him before when we first got him. Not sure how old he is, but he is young. Husband "rescued" him for a pet store about 4 weeks ago. From the store, I found out that he was hand-aggressive (after calling them to tell them how excited I was b/c he'd begged for head scritches from us on the first day.
He isn't finger-tamed and is cage aggressive. I think he may be going through a phase. He's certainly smarter than my budgies and watches every thing. He especially likes to watch TV. His favorite spot is one near the bottom of the cage where he can watch TV (for reals!) across our foyer and into the living room. And, he's a great watch dog as his cage also is close to our breakfast room window.
I have him on a 4-hr daily UV/UB light through the middle of the day. The first day he was delighted with it and couldn't keep from looking at it and began hanging on the side of the cage where it's hung, and then immediately began to take a bath in his water cup. *silly little bird* It's now lost it's curiosity content, but I think the addition of this light has added greatly to his quality of life considering how he reacted to it the first day.
The problem is that all of a sudden when I'm scritching him, he let's me scritch for a millisecond and then he wants to groom me, but he grooms so hard. I try not to jerk my hand away as it makes him hostile, I can tell by his body language. So, I just go "ah-ah" in a loud voice, which causes him to pause. I can see him thinking. He tries again to get a scritch and then immediately begins to bite my finger. I've given him hangnails and such to work on, but I've run out off them.
I've began using pieces of millet through the bars as a reward to come for a treat. Now, his behavior has accelerated into his taking the millet, but sometimes he tries to take a nip from my finger. I can tell from the raised hackles, he's being aggressive. Some days, it's just fine. Then, the next day, or the next treat time, he's at it again. I don't want to make this worse. I've never had an aggressive bird before. My pionus parrot was a sweetie from the get-go and loved to groom my eyebrows.
I've never had a single bird, not part of a flock, not be loose at their desire(except for a tiel that refused to come out of the cage).This little fella, when I let him out of the cage on top of his cage, is just fine. I tried to see if he'd get up on a perch stick, and he attacked my hand. So, now I just let him explore the top of the cage and eventually he gets back on the inside of the cage door to explore that and I close it with him on it.
Since I have rescue dogs/cats (which aren't allowed into this part of the house....but I'm afraid they might get into it), I don't let him out at will as I've done with other birds.
So.....my question, what are the suggestions to handle this new aggression? I've thought also that he might have been taken from his mother before he got any socialization from her on even just "bird" behavior. Is that possible?
I've read some of the threads, and will continue to look for ideas on them. Thanx.
EDIT: And, he's quite demanding for attention. I purposefully do not respond when he calls out, but wait until he quiet. Then, he seems overexcited, pacing around his cage, crawling around on it, and wants immediately to be scritched which starts the whole thing over again. Could he just be that needy?