I just had to post about this, I'm so happy! I don't know if I've ever posted about it, but Libby (my GCC) has been attacking my fingers a lot, probably since about 2 months before Charley (Hahns Macaw) came home, so that would be since last August. I've tried just about everything, and have sore, bleeding fingers to prove it! She could really hurt and we didn't trust each other any more. I was so sad about it and didn't know what else to do.
Anyway, I took Charley and Libby to Varietee's (my bird shop) yesterday for grooming, and I mentioned the problem to one of the ladies at the shop. I said I had heard that GCC's could be "nippy" when they reach maturity, but this was worse than that.
She suggested that I lightly towel her, leaving her head out, and just sit and cuddle with her for 20 minutes or so. She demonstrated and Libby let her rub her head, neck, beak, you name it! She said this should help us re-build our bond.
WELL, I tried it yesterday and again today, and let me tell you, it was absolutely WONDERFUL!
I can rub her head, neck, beak, under her beak, you name it and she doesn't even TRY to bite! She will actually fall asleep and her head will drop back onto the towel and I can rub under her lower beak.
I talked softly to her while I was holding her, and it was SO wonderful! I have my lovey baby back! It was heaven!
I know I'll still have to be cautious at other times, but if we can share these few minutes every day, I know it will help and I'll be so much happier with her and she with me!
I even called the lady at the bird shop and thanked her! I'm so happy, I love her so much!