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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-21-2014, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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How about this? I have had Tango (sun conure) for almost a year. Never had an issue with him stepping up while in his cage and allowing me to take him out. The past two months he wants nothing to do with that. He now tries to bite me and even says no bite sometimes before I can (then he bites, lol). I am confused. But if I open the door he immediately comes to the door and sits and chatters away, but still won't step up. If he flutters to the floor he then let's me pick him up. What might be going on here? Anyone have any suggestion?
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How old is he? He could be starting to go through "puberty" which for Conures is generally around two years old. They can get aggressive and moody while they go through this phase but generally once they are done they go back to their old selves (as long as you handle their moody phase well).
I would suggest using a perch to get him to step up on to when getting him out of his cage (so he can't bite you) and maybe try target training him with a clicker to help him work through some of his issues.



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Well I had him a year and the pet store where I purchased him said he was probably 4 to 6 months making him a year and a half. I thought maybe he decided I was too nice and now he wanted to be the dominate one. Is 16 months too young for puberty? I had thought that might be an issue as well. Right now we are sitting on the front porch and he is dancing on his perch. He will occasionally try to bite if I try to pick him up from his perch which he never did before. I have taught him to say tickle tickle, ready to go night night and no bite all within the last year. He really is a joy.
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I would say that 16 months isn't too early, every bird is different. Just like people there will be some that go through "puberty" early and some later.



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16 months sounds like a time for a bit of hormonal changes to start kicking in for sure! Try clicker and target training with him so he learns to be gentle when stepping up

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