I feel like I have a caique, not a GCC
I got my GCC, Sammy, at 6.5 weeks old from a bird show. My partner syringed fed him till about 9-10 weeks of age when he fully weaned. He is fully flighted (never clipped), is very hand tame, and has been socialized with other birds and a cat. I don't know his sex but the vet had a feeling he was male.
Once he weaned he turned into a different bird, like a version of himself on steriods. I've been around a couple of other GCC, and he is so different. He is extremely active and nippy, constantly on the move climbing, wanting to wrestle and bite hands, flying after the other birds, hanging off things, getting into things, try to bite feet, etc. Seriously, he does not just sit still and hang out, ever, unless in his cage.
The problem is I'm getting very overwhelmed by his energy level. He is very high maintenance and nippy. I'd like for him to just sit on my shoulder or hand, calmly, once in a while but he won't sit still unless it's bed time. I try and teach him "no bite" by gently holding the sides of his beak with my fingers, but I think he's too hyper to "get it". I like that he likes to wrestle and play with my hands but the nipping that goes along with it now is just too painful. I also notice he is very hyper vigilant of his surroundings, eyes always darting to things or sounds. He's simply not mellow in the least.
I don't know what to do. I had no idea a GCC could be this demanding. I don't if it's because he's never been clipped or what. He is in his cage while I work full time, but then let out for at least a couple hours to fly free at night. Maybe that's not enough?
I have a parrotlet so I have dealt with moody, bitey birds. But the activity level of my GCC is FAR beyond that of my parrotlet.
Any advice would be helpful. Is there anyone else who has experienced a bird like this? Do they mellow out as they get older? I thought the real nippy stage happens at 6 months. He's so nippy now I'm scared it will get worse!
Thanks for the support