I think I'd better get back to basics with Libby. I've always approached her, talking to her at normal volume, asking her to step up, cuddling and rubbing her, talking all the while. She's always been loving and sweet, and it never occured to me that she might not WANT to be handled right then.
I just went to her cage, didn't open the door, just stood there, without saying anything, and looked at her. She looked back with a "what's going on?" kind of look, and then she climbed as closed as she could get to my face (through the cage bars) and we stared at each other.
I slowly put one finger up to her head and she bent her head to be rubbed, no trying to bite! I rubbed her head, neck, under her beak and she just closed her eyes like she was loving it. I got close to her beak, she opened it and only touched my finger, no nipping or biting. I whispered softly to her and moved slowly. It was just like old times!
So perhaps, because she's just an active, playful, always-on-the-move kind of bird, I took it for granted that she wouldn't mind on the move, talkative handling. I wasn't rough with her, but maybe I was too.....fast with her?
I'll keep trying this gentler, quieter approach and see how it goes, especially during out-of-cage time. I want her to be really happy -- maybe she was telling me my approach needs to change.
Will post how it goes -- any advice will be welcome and appreciated!