14 Year old macaw suddenly started biting
(Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
Hello, My question is regarding my 14 year old blue and gold macaw Chico. I have raised Chico since he was a baby, hand feeding him, bathing him, etc. For 14 years I have been the person he has 'bonded' to, and have always been able to handle him without any serious biting issues. Recently, (for almost 6 weeks now), Chico will not let me touch him. He lunges at me and has bitten me twice now very hard when I've attempted to handle him. I do not understand his actions as I feel I have done nothing(obvious to me),to warrent this behaviour. (I've never physically harmed him). I'm wondering if it has to do with the fact that I've been working more than usual, and therefore have spent less time with him, however when I have had busier periods in the past, this has never seemed to be an issue with him.
Basically, I'm wondering if there are any explanations as to why Chico would suddenly have no interest in letting me pet him, stepping up and why he appears so angry.
Confused Parrot Owner