I'm feeling really defeated right now. I have a 6 month old crimson bellied conure. When I first got her, she was about 9 weeks old and was sooo sweet. She LOVED to cuddle and be rubbed on her head and things were great. She also loved to cuddle in my shirt and it was soo cute. She'd fall asleep there. Well, soon after she came home, I found out I was pregnant (which was unexpected) and had horrible morning sickness and was SUPER sick. Obviously, I wasn't holding her as much as I had been for a couple of months,but she was still doing ok and still getting out some...she wasn't stuck in her cage all of the time, but her time out was definitely a lot less! I'm feeling a little better now, so I've been trying to hold her a lot more again. Within the last few weeks, she's been biting, which I was expecting since I've read about conures going through a nippy stage. But, now, all of a sudden she's not only biting, but she's not wanting me to rub her head or cuddle with her at all. It's making me so sad. I've been working with her lately, trying to make progress, but I don't seem to be getting anywhere. I'm so scared I've ruined her from the couple of months she didn't get held much when I was so sick. I miss the cuddly, sweet bird soo much. If I try to rub her head, she will dodge my hand or bite me. She's also flying off of me all of the time, too. She's suddenly also this week developed a liking for my husband...which I'm glad for, because i want her to be social, but she is flying off of my to try to get to him and wants nothing to do with me. My daughter can also handle her, but she won't stay on her very long. I'm working through the biting, and can deal with that, but the fact that she won't let me rub her head anymore and she doesn't want to cuddle with me is making me so sad. Have I ruined her? I am so scared she will never be cuddly again and it's all my fault because I didn't hold her or spend as much time with her while I was so sick in the beginning of my pregnancy. Do you think that working with her will bring that back at all? I"m so worried it won't. Any tips? She's potty trained for the most part, and wants to be held, but she just doesn't seem to want to do much when she's with me except climb on top of my head, which I won't let her do. She will go to most anyone, so she's not a mean bird...I just miss my sweet bird and fear that this is nothing but my fault.
Maybe it's just the pregnancy hormones, I don't know...I need encouragement and advice.