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Suddenly Bitey Conure
I have an 8mo female pineapple conure named Avis
From day one she loved me and wanted to be cuddled and scratched and would bob her head incessantly to get my attention to let her out. My bird friend said she was doing mating poses but she was a baby so it was just cause it got a reaction. She had a screaming problem when I'd leave the room but I managed to stop that quite fast by ignoring her when she did. She's always been very beaky, touching and tasting anything she could, and would always try to "preen" me by trying to chew off any "spots" on my skin(freckles, scars, scabs). I didn't encourage it but it didn't stop and then it turned into her actually ripping open my scabs and her beak would have my blood on it(I have other animals and am constantly covered in scratches of some kind). This itself bothered me, not cause it hurt but cause I can't imagine blood is good for her.. (It's not like she's one of those sheep blood drinking parrots lol) I just deter her and she will eventually stop but she will "b**ch" about it(what I call her little grumbling muttering sound she makes when she is annoyed/displeased). These little things I didn't have a problem dealing with, but now it's turned into full on biting. She will reach for me, and while she use to just rub her beak on my hand, she will now grab onto my skin(anywhere) and pinch as hard as she can on the smallest bit of skin possible like she KNOWS that makes it worse. Once she brought me to tears but never really broke the skin. Another time(one of the first bad ones) she left a swollen purple welt on my finger for several days. When she would bite I'd put her in her cage(if she lets me) and ignore her. I'd try letting her out just to play on her own and not cuddle, but she insists on flying to my head, shoulder, lap, knee and demands my attention then goes to bite me whether I try to touch her or not.
(Want to note that as I've been writing this and googling she has been pretty good, even letting me pet her and pick at some of her pin feathers, but will still randomly(to me) decide to bite)
I know biting is a part of parrot ownership, however this seems aggressive and dominating(I read they don't dominate but then I read they do?) And definitely intentional. I'm on disability so I'm home almost 24/7 however I personally sleep 10-12 hrs a night (if possible) and her cage gets covered(earlier and earlier) when I go to bed, so I've been trying to give her the chance to get her full 12 hours. I've read all the forums etc and none of the answers seem quite right for our situation..
Some possibilities I saw were molting which she is definitely in the process of, and hormones, but i thought she was still months away from that.
Another possibility is that I went a few days without taking her out more than a few minutes when my dad was visiting and fixing my plumbing. I didn't trust that he wouldn't forget about her and accidently let her out or worse, and I was very stressed out at the time so I didn't have the mental energy to keep an eye on her and entertain her. I talk to her/them all day, and I still changed her food/water/etc every day(twice for water) but it wasn't enough for her liking. I intentionally don't let her out ALL day so she doesn't get too use to it.
I love her to bits and she was the first bird I've ever had a bond with, it hurts(emotionally AND physically) that she is biting so much and so hard. I don't want her to be a cage bird(even tho I'm planning a big cage)
Sorry for the length, and sorry for the 100 posts today lol thanks in advance for any advice/opinions
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