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Troubled Toddler Turquoise

BeoBean

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So I have a 4 month old Turquoise GCC that's been with me for about 2 months now named Luca. He's usually a sweet little thing that loves attention and is honestly kind of a velcro bird that just loves being with me and/or my wife. For some reason though, he'll sometimes bite our hands without any warning, then will puff up, yell, and keep charging at our hands. He'll just do this completely out of the blue and wont stop unless we hide our hands. When he bites, he bites hard too, usually enough to at least bruise or leave a mark, if not break the skin. Sometimes when he bites he latches on too until you can somehow manage to pull your finger out of his mouth. He's usually completely fine with hands too and steps up with no problem and even knows how to shake. He even tries to preen our fingers and nails sometimes and does it gently without causing us any pain. It's just sometimes he'll randomly get aggroed on our hands and throw a fit. I cant seem to find anything that triggers this either. He'll be preening on my chest while I'm on my phone, all happy and content, then the next moment he bites me, war cries, then charges at my hands again and I have to quickly hide them before I'm bitten again. Sometimes it happens after I ask him to step up. He'll step up liked asked, I'll coo and talk to him for a bit, then suddenly he's reaching down to the hand he's on and biting, usually latching on. I never went through something like this with my other conure. Is there a way to stop this or at least notice some warning signs? I've tried the bite pressure training which has helped with his normal bites but not these random attacks. I've also tried not reacting or just blowing a puff of air on him to get him to stop and nothing seems to work. The puff of air doesn't even seem to faze him. Any advice?
 

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Hmmm... maybe your bird is hormonal or territorial. It can mean many different things, but I've never experienced this with my birds.
 

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Don't let your hands be available to you bird and try to distract him with treats or special toys/play stand out of the cage. @JLcribber makes wonderful play areas for birds out of the cage. Make the entire room a wonder play area for your bird. He will forget about your hands.
 

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I've heard that GCC's can be bitey little beasts. I don't have one, but I'm sure the conure experts will chime in.
It does sound like your baby gets wound up quickly and goes into overload mode.
Perhaps limit the holding/cuddling time, and set him somewhere else before the crazies happen.
Most people will tell you the best way to stop biting is to not get bit.
That means walk away, put him down, don't reward with any kind of excited behavior.
No screaming, jumping about, no anything he may find entertaining.
Just set him down and ignore.
He's a baby and still learning.
He may just be playing overly rough.
He may be overexcited and wound up like a manic toddler.
Learn to walk away.
 

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It sounds like he might be trying to show who's boss- whenever my bird steps out of line (hard bites, etc) I tell her "shh" in a calm but firm tone, and remove her from me. She has learned very quickly that if she misbehaves, she doesn't get to hang out with the fun human. Now all I have to do is say "shh" and she'll stop, no removing required.

I also reward good behavior. If shes being nice (allowing scritches, gentle beaking, etc) I tell her "oh, gentle bird!" in a nice, soft happy tone, and reward her occasionally with a treat, which encourages this behavior.
 

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@taxidermynerd He's only 4 months old Bee, will Conures start that that young?
 

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Well my Jade started with that like 2 days after she came home, and she was just under 4 months, so I think so. Jade is 6 months as of yesterday.
 

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Well my Jade started with that like 2 days after she came home, and she was just under 4 months, so I think so. Jade is 6 months as of yesterday.
Still bitey? How did you stop her? (most relevant to the OP)
 

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Still bitey? How did you stop her? (most relevant to the OP)
As I said in my first post in this thread:
whenever my bird steps out of line (hard bites, etc) I tell her "shh" in a calm but firm tone, and remove her from me. She has learned very quickly that if she misbehaves, she doesn't get to hang out with the fun human. Now all I have to do is say "shh" and she'll stop, no removing required.

I also reward good behavior. If shes being nice (allowing scritches, gentle beaking, etc) I tell her "oh, gentle bird!" in a nice, soft happy tone, and reward her occasionally with a treat, which encourages this behavior.
 

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I've had my gcc 5 years and she's a cuddle bug and very sweet most of the time , however she does the bite thing too with no warning or reason that I can see. She'll be all sweet and cuddly one minute and then seemingly get mad over nothing and chomp down. I've tried various thing, including putting her down or putting her in cage after saying don't bite, but that helps sometimes if I say don't bite and other times it seems to make her latch on harder. I've finally just accepted that she can be mean occasionally and love her anyway
 
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