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confused about my pineapple conures on and off behavior

Hello this is my first time posting on this forum so I apologize if I do anything wrong. I have a wonderfully loving 6-7 month pineapple conure named atlas. He is a huge mamas boy and usually follows me around wherever I go. After thanksgiving he started getting very aggressive out of no where. He was perfectly fine in the morning and later that evening after I had gone out to the store I came home and all he wanted to do was attack my hands. He's never done this before and has never shone any signs of aggression. Before this he would always be excited to get on my hand when I opened his cage and would step up with no problem.I have been trying to gain his love back with fruits and treats and have been giving him plenty of time to play and spread his wings. now he won't let me pick him up from his cage. I have to wait for him to fly to me and sometimes he will let me pick him up but most of the time he just sticks his neck out to bite my fingers. I have been doing the ladder technique to try and combat this behavior thinking maybe its a dominance issue but when I do he just latches onto my finger. I have cuts all over my hands and have no clue what to do. I'm thinking he may be upset with me for being busy over the holiday but Im not sure how to approach this. I don't want to use the earthquake technique and I don't like blowing in his face seeing as these can lead to other issues. Any help would be appreciated. I would love to have my snuggle birdie back
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Hi Eedy,
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Atlas' behavior sounds like hormonal puberty behavior.
That's a time you and your parrot have to go through.
In my opinion the best solution would be to get a female partner of his species for him. That would make him very happy.


Maybe other forum members wil suggest you to work with him, but I can't promise you that the behavioral problems will disappear when you go on keeping him solitary. That is against parrots' nature, those birds often have problems like this.
In nature parrots are with their partners 24 hours a day, so a human will never be able so satisfy their needs.

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He's at the age now where he will be hitting some hormonal problems. Conures can become little demons for a few months while the hormones kick in so managing them is your best bet. Make sure his daylight hours are reduced, reduce the amount of protein in his diet (usually a problem with those that feed their birds pellets) and take away any nesting sort of toys (snuggle huts etc.). Those should help for now

I imagine that he is a hand raised bird, adding another to mate up with him could end badly. Not to mention the fact that it's extra finances, food, vets bills and such. It isn't something that should be considered lightly. Birds who have been hand raised tend not to get on with another bird if they have become quite dependent on human attention. Usually I would suggest getting a mate but we don't know enough about your situation or the bird to say what you should and shouldn't do. It can help give him company yes, but it could go badly too

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When I got him he was being caged with a female and they really liked each other. She is still for sale and I was thinking about getting her after Christmas. They were both somewhat aggressive birds when I got him but for some reason they both really enjoy me and have never bitten me. The female is more aggressive then my atlas was and she hasn't nipped me yet either. I have no nesting toys for him in the cage and I feed him a zupreem fruit blend with natural fruit daily. He likes apples the best tho so that's what he usually gets he doesn't mind stepping up onto a towel or shirt usually which I found out recently but hates my fingers unless he's not on his cage or play area. Thank you for all of the help and I hope that it is hormonal and dissipates at some point.
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He is still young. If he already had a partner he loved and she is still available, that would be the best conditions.
Thanks so much for thinking about getting her.
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Of course! She hasn't gone to anyone because of her aggression so I feel that since I have her buddy and she doesn't mind me that our home would be best
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Oh that's wonderful that he was raised and kept with other birds. It's so beneficial to their mental well-being. It's sad when a hand raised bird becomes dependant on humans for affection or even conversation. All birds have the right to be birds! It's even better that you are considering a buddy for him!

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We just picked his old cage mate up yesterday. She's a little girl pineapple and we names her Delphi the reunion was really sweet they were excited to see each other and started cuddling and grooming each other and later started cooing. On the ride to get her, atlas regurgitated on me for the first time and I know that is a sign of love. When we got home they were doing well but since then have gotten into 3 small fights that I've broken up. One over food, one I think was Delphi hit a sore spot cleaning atlas and I'm not positive what the other was from. I know atlas has been the king of the roost and I'm worried even though they are old cage mates that I shouldn't keep them together. I've never had two birds at a time so I don't know if the fighting is normal or not. I only put them together when I am supervising at the moment and they are being caged separately. Idealy in the future I'd like for them to be kept together because that is the main reason I got her. She Is very shy and loves atlas to death but I think atlas is a tab less fond of her. He also gets a bit nippy to her if I'm holding them both but he just nudges her he doesn't attack her. I'm not sure what to do I have 14 days to decide if I should keep her or not. I would really love to but if they don't get along then I don't think I will be able to.
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Eedy, you wrote that Atlas regurgitated to you. So he choose you as his partner.
Buying Delphi was the best you could do.
He will need time to understand that he has a parrot partner now, but he will have to share you with her.
Please don't give up! He might be just a bit confused now who his partner should be.
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Thank you I really don't want to be selfish and take her away just so that I get all the love from him. I know that him not being alone during the day is much better for him. Me and atlas are very close and I am just worried that I will loose my little buddy. Its hard to spend 1 on 1 time with either one of them now as well seeing as I'm in a very small house and if I leave the room with one they both start calling to one another until I reunite them. I'm hoping things will calm down and that they will both be great friends to me and each other. Delphi is a little secluded and doesn't like to be pet really but atlas is a love bug and loves cuddles. Delphi loves cuddling with atlas though. I Just need to give it more time. We all need to adjust
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I'm sure you won't loose your little buddy, you even got one more now.

Little fights are absolutely normal as long as they don't hurt each other.
Parrots can love thier partners to death, but like in human relationships there can be conflicts sometimes.
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confused about my pineapple conures on and off behavior

It sounds like it will be fine and just take time. Your home is Atlas's territory and territory is important to birds he just has to accept her as part of the flock on his territory. Caging them separately is best, it will be best if they can decide they want to be friends and visit each others cages on their own rather than it being forced on them-which they are more likely to reject. I know of many people that have multiple gccs that are still tame and love their humans....he may not be as clingy but that is better for him emotionally anyway. And it is so heartwarming to see two birds together. Once you see it, you just feel horrible for not letting them have each other sooner. It is so heartwarming and they are funnier and more confident. It really brightens up their lives. Keep us updated and just let them go to each other. Try putting their cages next to each other and a method of visiting each other like a rope perch or a ladder connecting the cages. Of course stay in the room when you let them visit.

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