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Attacked by my green cheek conure
Okay guys, I think it's time for help here.
Here's the story of Basil:
I got him at a pet store. His band says he was born in 2010 which makes him roughly 2 years old. I do not know if he is a male for sure; he hasn't been sexed. He was at that pet store at least a year, they said. I don't know his past. He wasn't tame in the pet store (but wasn't mean).
So I've had him for a good few months now. Everything was going okay with training, if not slow. He wouldn't bite and he was eating out of my hand cautiously. Then, about 2 months later, I took him in to get his nails clipped and he's been vicious ever since. I watched his nails get clipped and he wasn't manhandled, they were gentle.
Ever since that day, when he sees me, he lunges at me. He fluffs up and flaps his wings rapidly at me. I'm pretty sure he hates me. His wings are now fully grown out but he apparently doesn't know how to fly. I was thinking I should get his wings reclipped so he can't actually fly out and attack me (if he learns), but wasn't sure if this was something I should do.
I work from home so I'm not gone often but if I get back from the store he gets all worked up, talking and fluffing up when he sees me.
He's not bonded to anyone else in the house, and isn't tame or nice to anyone else, but he definitely is not vicious towards them like he is to me.
Today he leapt on my hand while I was changing his food and seriously went to town attacking me. This is the first time he's actually got me (he tries to bite me when out of his cage, in his cage, etc but I've been too fast and try my best not to tempt him). He drew blood.
Things I've been doing since he became mean to try and tame him:
Sit next to his cage and talk to him
Use a perch to get him out/in his cage (he doesn't trust it, usually I have to lure him with millet or fruit)
I was doing the whole put your hand near the cage thing so he got used to it but he just goes for me.
I'm not sure what to do now. Just keep trying? It's been a few months of this and he has not become any less mean. I don't want to be fearful of him but man, it hurts when he bites. I feel like I've failed him; I thought getting him from the pet store would be a nice thing to do since it seemed no one else would take him because he was older.
I don't know if it matters but I have two parakeets whom he gets along with if they are out of the cage at the same time.
Last edited by Apolline; 09-02-2012 at 11:04 AM.