Sun Conure cage aggressive?
Hi all! I've just created an account so I can get some bird help from real bird people!
About 3 months ago I decided to quit my manager position at Petco for a new job at an animal hospital. The Petco I was working at just happened to have a Sun Conure(constant screamer at the store) that I had been taking care of and working with. No one wanted him because he screamed all the time at nearly everything, unless I was holding him.(I was the only one not afraid of him), but he did have to be toweled out and held that way because he did not step up from inside the cage & would try to get away if freed. But enjoyed many scritches and treats in the towel. We would hang for hours at work(he would be wrapped in my apron as I work).
When I decided to put in my notice I realized I wouldn't be able to see my feathery friend every day anymore. I didn't want to think of him going to anyone else or let him not get any attention and stay at petco for longer. So I got some funds together & used my employee discount one last time on one huge life purchase. & Goldie was mine. My first ever bird, but I did ALOT of research and thinking about this. Got the biggest cage, lafebers & zupreem food, natural toys, nektons vitamin, a nice seagrass hut, sisal rope perches, and a few foraging toys.
Now 3 months after getting him he is much quieter & instead of screaming continuously all day at everything he maybe lets out a few screams 2-6 times a day. He tends to scream when I leave the room or am not home(my housemates tell me). Although it is not unheard of for him to have a screaming fit if he is upset at an object or if he is 'bothered' at the wrong time. He is now 10 months old & I have taken him in for a checkup & DNA test.
Goldie IS MALE! so I figure thats where some of the screaming comes from but the biggest issue I'm currently having with Goldie is biting. Any time I am near his cage or get up to leave the room & Goldie is on his seagrass hut, which is where he sleeps, he bobs his head and tries to bite the bars or anything in his path.Or if someone else in the house comes to say hello, no matter where in the cage he is, he bites the air,bars, toys whatever is near to try and make him self look bigger.
Goldie has only come out of the cage on his own two times & went immediately under his cage once he realized he was out. Every other time I've toweled him out(which I hate to do and try to avoid) so we can hangout on my bed. Most the time he just trys to get back to his cage. Another frustrating issue I'm having is the step-up while in the cage to come out. I can get Goldie to come to me and take food from my hand every day but when it comes to me asking for a step up he just bites my finger or goes to the other side of the cage. I have tried perches to get him to step up on while in the cage but he just screams and tries to get away whenever i go near him with a random perch.
When I get Goldie out successfully we usually just hangout under my huge blanket(so he can't go right back to his cage) grooming eachother. I help him with pinfeathers if he has any and he absolutely loves it. He loves to sit on my shoulder and play with my ears, hair, and eye brows. SO I know he is a gentle, cuddly, and loving bird but that side of him is not often seen. And once he is out I can get him to step-up very successfully with an occasional nip. I've even walked around with him on my finger once or twice(which was big for him). I'm just not sure why he is such a well behaved bird when out of his cage, but when in his cage he will scream, threaten, and bite!
Long story short I think my Sun Conure is bonded to his cage, and not me. HELP any advice appreciated in advance.