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Libby will definitely give me a nip if I want her to do something she doesn't want to do! They can be very willful -- I like to say "sassy". And yes, if I try to reprimand her, she gets more mad and bites more. They want to be the boss!
I don't allow Libby on my shoulder at all and definitely not on my head -- don't want to get my hair pooped on - ugh! You may have to not allow that at all, at least for the time being.
One thing I have noticed is that last summer, when she went through her first molt, I let her flight feathers grow out. When I saw they were a beautiful blue color, I couldn't bear to clip them and left her fully flighted.
For a while, it was great. She only flew if she was startled, and then she'd fly to me or back to her cage. In the last month or so, though, she has started flying away from me when she didn't want to do something. Plus, she was getting more nippy than was manageable.
So last week, I clipped her flight feathers - 7 beautiful blue feathers on each wing. I wrapped her in a towel and she didn't bite me while I was clipping them. I was sad to do this, but had to. My Parrotlets is MUCH less nippy when clipped, so I hoped it would work for Libby.
It has changed her tremendously! She obeys now, she's way less nippy and comes right to me when I open her cage door. I think some nipping will always be there -- this is how they communicate with us and test thing.
Now, if I'm putting her in her cage for example, and she won't "step down" but tries to nip, I stop what I'm doing, tell her "NO" and ask her to step down again. Usually she does without any problem.
So it's kind of a combo deal -- clipped wings and learning to avoid the nips.
Also, when I brought Libby home, I made sure she would be content playing in her cage on her own. So right from the beginning, I didn't take her out of her cage every time I came into the family room. This has worked well, because she's very happy playing by herself and coming out to be with me. She also has a VERY large cage, so plenty of room to roam around.
She may also be going through some hormonal stuff or getting ready to molt -- this is rough on them too.
This has been my experience -- hope there's a couple of ideas that will help. It's a battle of wills with a VERY smart bird!
JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
Also owned by Essie,Minnie & Oscar