Intense preening

by Ashley
(Superior, WI)

My two year old Jenday Conure, Tiko, has been with my for about three days. I was really excited yesterday when he started lightly preening my hair. I had read that this is sign of trust and love. Well then last night he started doing it again only now he has been going under my hair and preening hard-it doesn't hurt but is like jerking his beak through it and will be doing it for a couple minutes and then he will bite the side of my neck-usually it's not hard but then this morning it was hard.

I didn't react-I've read you shouldn't but just got him off my shoulder and put him in his cage. Any ideas of why Tiko is doing this? Also, if okay that I let Tiko on my shoulder? I've heard it's bad but other than this new development he is just content perched there and watching what I am doing. Just want to know if you think this is a warning from him or if he's just accidently doing it? Or any other ideas? Thank you!

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Nov 21, 2011
Bird hurts you when preening you
by: Tracie

I am sorry for the delay in answering this. The company that runs the software has had some difficulties and some questions got "lost" in the shuffle.

Some birds do fine on shoulders and some do not. I suggest you keep your bird off your shoulder until you have trained it not to nip you, even if just out of curiosity.

Do not allow the bird to preen your hair. The hair products you use to clean and fix your hair could be toxic and it is also getting impurities from your scalp.

We have some training materials on our Parrot Training page that might help you with training your bird.

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