Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Regina, SK
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Drawing blood if I say "No"
I have a 7 month old yellow sided green cheek conure, he is a real sweetheart until I say no to him. Only two things have caused it so far, 1) Me putting my fingers inbetween him and my earrings and/or lip ring when he is nibbling on them and I can't distract him 2) if he is chewing on my phone and I pick it up and take it from him. Now I understand that it's like taking a bone from a dog and that's why he's mad, but I'm not sure what to do if I can't distract him from it. I have been taking my lip ring out to prevent that as I'm scared he's going to chomp on my lip one of these times I say no instead of my finger, and I've been wearing a touque to prevent him from getting at my earrings because I can't take them out right now. Now these options to me are temporary as I am home alot and plan to have him out most of the days so can't leave my lip ring out all day and shouldn't have to wear a hat all the time!
If he doesn't want to step up or if I scratch him the wrong way and hit a pin feather he bites but just a little pinch to let me know he isn't happy, but he gets angry no matter how nicely I try to redirect his attention from something he wants and he has drawn blood every time, and it's not just one bite it's multiple bites until I get him off my hand.
I'm wondering what the best way to correct this would be, it's really like he is throwing a temper tantrum. Just keep trying to redirect his attention? Put him in his cage so he knows that doesn't give him anymore play time with me?