Hi all - I'm writing to see if anyone can help, because my green cheek conure is biting me, hard, and drawing blood regularly. It is getting to the point where I don't like him very much anymore. I'd like to (respectfully) preempt two lanes of advice I've read that are not applicable here:
- First, that the GCC is always going to give a warning sign beforehand, so it is really me doing something to prompt the biting, not the bird biting out of nowhere. This is not true. Not five minutes ago I was sitting on the sofa minding my own business, the bird on top of its cage playing with its toys (with the door open, so perfectly capable to go back in its cage if it wanted) and the bird flew over to me, ran towards me, latched onto my thumb and drew blood (and here I am, sitting here bleeding typing this message). There were no warning signs. It was biting literally out of nowhere.
- Two, that I am not supposed to react when it bites. It really hurts when the bird bites me, drawing blood, and it doesn't let go. If I don't react to shake him off or pull away my thumb, he will stay latched on to me. Also, I doubt anyone here would react calmly if anyone took a knife and sliced open their hand - I'm pretty sure we'd all yelp. This is what I do as well, and please don't tell me not to, because I don't think that advice is fair. I'm allowed to yelp and pull my hand away when I'm hurting.