I've been pondering this for some time now. What will my hand reared babies think of me as they mature? Will I always own their hearts? What if not... Now as my parrots are entering fully mature status I'm learning the answers to my questions. My Too is 17, my zon is 13, and my GW is 12. Two of them I got right before the weaning age, and did the weaning. My Macaw I fed from 5 weeks. So far two of them are switching their affections. Solomon my amazon did so long ago, he loves my daughters, and accepts me. When my girls are home, I leave my feisty greenie alone! Sweden my Goffin has begun looking for a love interest. I am not it. She also loves my daughters to death, and is even courting new folk these days. When alone her and I get along fine. But lately (last several years), she's taken to going on the attack if I dare to get between her and her new interests. In the last two days, I've gotten two bites. One on my neck (she flew at me), another on my hand as she pounced on me. My daughter moved back home this week, so these attacks are intensifying. I'm glad she's not a U2 or M2. I can see how terrifying a large attacking Too would be. She does calm down, and I can handle her when she does so. But while she's in this intense state, I dare not approach her, or be sure to have a towel/blanket in hand if I do. I think this stage will get worse before it gets better (if it even does). Chaos is my youngest, and is also showing maturing behavior. He though has no one to switch his affections to, as he and my daughters have not so good relationships. He must deal with me, and only me. As it is, we now almost never snuggle, I am permitted head petting, but not much more. He keeps me at a distance. My knee is a good perch, but my arms are not to wrap around him. I've grown with all of my birds, watched these changes slowly occur, and even sort of expected them. They still are not easy to accept. I am not hurt badly though, I've done so much research I've not been taken by surprise by their change in affections. And I still have their friendship most of the time, if not their undying devotion. What I would do differently if I could. I'd not buy a baby! I wanted companions to age with. I didn't want bird children to rear and have leave me! How many uninformed owners though will have this happen and not know what hits them? How hard it must be to have your loved bird of 10 years suddenly start to attack you. I can see why so many birds of this age are up for adoption. The dream of having a loving flock for life is slowly evaporating. I wonder how things will be in another 10 years. Will their attitude towards me turn to hate as their frustrations worsen? Will they calm down and accept their 'mom' is all they'll ever have? Is rehoming a bird you've raised from a baby better for the bird? Will they be happier leaving the nest, and forming a new different relationship? I wish I knew. If anyone else is going through this, or has been through it and knows answers to my questions, I'd love to hear from you. Has anyone else ever worried about this happening? Life is ever changing. How do we help ourselves and our birds deal with it?