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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Aggressive conure


I have an 8 month old GCC. When I first got him, he was nippy (which was to be expected), but he eventually learned not to bite hard. Everything has been fine for about 4 months. He still loves being around me, being on my shoulder, etc. However, he has started having these very aggressive periods that I don't understand.

They seem to manifest themselves sometimes (but not always) when I open up his cage, whether it's to change the water/food, find out if he wants to come out to play, anything like that. He will scramble from wherever he is in the cage up to the perch right by the cage door like he does when he's excited about coming out. Except when he gets up to the cage door, he sits on a perch and glares at me. When I reach in, his head goes forward like he's going to step up, except then he bites. HARD. Even if my hand isn't going near him, he goes to where my hand is and attacks it. This never happens outside of the cage, and it does stop if I can get him to come out on his own.

I've heard of cage aggression, but I'm not sure if this is it. It doesn't happen all the time (the only pattern I've noticed is that it happens more often than not if he's been dozing), so I'm not really sure what's triggering it. Could it just be the change in weather since it's winter here? Or the fact that he's close to a year old and going through a phase?

I have an appointment with the vet later this week to get his nails trimmed and I plan to ask about it, but was wondering if anyone here recognizes this behavior and can give me some tips (before the bird bites mine off )
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I have a parrotlet like that and what I do is remove him from his cage with a perch if I need to fiddle around in there... It does sound to me like cage aggression... My green cheek is not in the least cage agressive and will be 2 in he spring.. I hope she never gets that way!
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If it's cage aggression, is it normal for it to just start out of the blue like this? He's never had a problem with my hands or me in his cage before. The cage is the same (and very spacious), the only thing that has changed is a few new toys in there. I do rearrange the perches and toys in there about once every 2 months, but I haven't done so in about a month, and this just started in the last week and a half. He's been so sweet and social before this, I guess I just don't understand what might have triggered this and what I can do differently.
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I don't know how quick it can start , my parrotlet has been that way for a long time , but can't remember how it started,,, he is 4 now
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I would say your bird is being cage aggressive too and it can just come out of nowhere sadly. Just let him come out of the cage by himself. One of my three gets extremely irritated if I go in and around his cage. I just let him come out by himself and his feeders are swing feeders so I don't have to go in the cage

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My Green Cheek gets aggressive sometimes, but I've started noticing it's usually only when it's been a while since I've let him out of his cage, ESPECIALLY if I'd been talking to him and calling to him but didn't let him out. Even if I let him out 15 minutes later, he'd still come right out and attack me before I finish latching the door. But then he'd be fine once I walk away and ignore him. He'd fly after me and be like, "O hai, mommy "
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