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shoulder aggression

i find solo is way more aggressive when on my shoulder? is this common among birds? i always just let him sit on my shoulder because that way he could always be with me and i could carry on doing what i needed to do, because if i leave him on his cage he screems and demands attention, who ever said IRNs are good at entertaining them selves have never met solo, he has no interest in his toys just mine (laptop ,cell phone ect) but now i find he becomes an instant brat when i put him on my shoulder , i flinch every time he gets close to my face i try not to but he bites my face so its a reflex more then something i mean to do
does this happen with anyone elses birds ? and if any one has any advice its welcome

besides that he is still mommys boy, he follows me around the house like a lost puppy its very cute and if i say to him " go to your cage" he looks at me as if ive said something very hurtful and then he goes to his cage hes such a smart little monster

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none of my birds are shoulder aggressive or anything like that, even the ones that are known for biting.

Just simple as this, don't let him on your shoulder!!!!
I use my shoulder as a reward for my birds, I wouldn't let one sit up there if I didn't trust them with my face

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thanks daisy, he has good dyas when he is a lillte angel and then i dont mind hime on my shoulder and i know he wont bite but then on other days he is a total brat

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I'd say don't let him on your shoulder until he learns how to behave. My Parrotlet used to go for my ear (yikes!). One nip and off she comes, either to a playstand or her cage. She's learned to behave and never nips me any more.

One funny thing she does do when she's on my shoulder: when I'm talking on the phone, she'll climb around to my front and get right up by the phone. Then she'll VERY gently tug on the corner of my mouth. I think this means "PAY ATTENTION TO ME!" Luckily she's very gentle about it!

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how to keep bird off shoulder

I know it's kinda hard sometimes to keep them from scurrying up your arm to your shoulder. I actually blogged on how I teach them to stay off the shoulder:

http://staringatbirdsandgoats.blogsp...privilege.html

I understand the convenience of having him on the shoulder as to you move around your house. What I do is I carry birds around on my hand and then put them down somewhere when I get to the room I'm going to be in. If you don't have a playstand you can use some impromptu thing like the edge of a waste paper basket (added bonus - poo goes in the bin), or the back of a chair.

Teaching him to stay on something while you go about your business also teaches him independence and will alleviate the screaming behaviors.

If your bird's really clingy, you might need to take a carrier with you and put him in the carrier, then put him down somewhere as you do what you need to do.

I have IRNs, but I don't really have any clingy problems with them. The conures I have, on the other hand. . .
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before i got solo i did reaserch on INRs and the sites sait that while they loved attention they were great at entertaing them selves and werent known to be clingy but not my solo

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Sometimes in birds you need to sort of teach them how to play on their own when you cannot be with them. They need balance in everything. Seems strange, having to teach them to play by themselves, but it's common that birds sometimes depend on you to stimulate them and give them something to do. You might want to Google it. I don't know too much about it.




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I have this shoulder aggression with my new Green Cheek He steps up fine anywhere else, but he loves being on my shoulder so much that when I go to reach for him to get him off, he would nip my hand. I normally just screamed out "ahhh" i'm in pain sound, he does ease off a little bit but has not stopped the shoulder aggression permanently. I think some birds thinks the shoulder is their home bite anything that comes near.

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its got much better with solo beause the second he bites he goes strait on the floor an he would rather be on the me then the floor , he has become very gentel eith my face

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That's good news, Solo.


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great news, thanks for letting us know

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