Jenday obsessive chewing on clothes
I am having a problem with my Jenday Conure, Buddie biting my clothes obsessively. We have had him almost a year and he is about six-years-old. We got him from a bird rescue. He has been thoroughly checked by our Avian Vet for any health problems. The vet is aware of his behavior but doesn’t seem very hopeful in changing his behavior. I don’t think that behavior is his strong point.
We also have a Female Nanday Conure that we have had about two years that we got at the same place. Buddie, the Jenday gets along great with her and moved in with her several months ago. He would go in her cage and eat her food and she wouldn’t care at all. He didn't want to go to his own cage at night so we just keep them together.
Buddy wants to constantly be with me and screams for me to get him. At first I would have a towel on my shoulder and he would chew on it. So I allowed him to chew on an old towel. I know I spoiled him. Now, if he is on the couch with me and I am busy doing something or I fall asleep he chews my clothing. I know I have spoiled him by not stopping him much. I have been too tolerant and just wear chewed-on clothes near him.
About four months ago he decided to start flying after and chasing my daughter who he used to love. I tried putting him in the cage and covering it with a blanket to let him know he was in trouble. The blanket distracts him from screaming for a while because he can't see me. We decided to have his wings trimmed because of his aggressive behavior. I was suggested on your site. He was chewing before the wing clipping but has definitely gotten worse. I don’t know if that is a factor. He also seems to be in a hormonal stage and is even worse right now. Now he screams for me to get him and wants to be with me either in my shirt or on my shoulder. My family says he is better behaved if I am not home.
Is there anything I can do at this point to change this behavior? I don’t want him to be stressed out and scream for me constantly. Actually, I would like having him do my chores with me and even hide in my shirt as long as he wouldn't bite my clothes. Please give me some advice.