Loyal Conure Who Decides to Attack
(New Bedford, MA)
I have a green cheek conure, very lovable, and is not territorial of her cage. I can put my hand in there at anytime and pick her up. She kisses me - totally loves me. One thing baffles me, and I think about all the reasons why does she act a certain way. Fear? Dominance? Or, possessiveness?
It seems to happen in the night, not sure if her vision is hindered, but I thought conures have great eye sight, but if I lay down and place the bird on my stomach area and go to approach her with my finger, she seems to go at it by attacking it. She gets ruffled up and you can really tell she is not happy. I use my left finger and she is fine, or when this is happening and she runs up to my shoulder, I look her in the face and she kisses my nose, my lips even, very gently. So I don't get it. A mistaken finger?
She acted this way when other family members try to get near me - sometimes not always. I try to show her that is my finger and place it up to my face while she kisses me to know the finger is safe. I don't get it... This morning she did not act this way at all. Same scenario but totally lovable. I try to grab her beak and say no, then she kisses me. I grab her beak when playing so I'm not being mean here.
I use the "UP" command which diminishes the act to bite. So when it does happen, I use my other finger by saying UP, then use the finger she was mad at, and place it in front of her again and say UP, so she climbs onto it and knows there is no danger, then I place that finger by my lips making kissing sounds so she can kiss back. I don't know, hopefully she gets it is me, and if she knows it's me then she must be scaird from something the previous owner might have done, or she is acting in a 'Controlling' way.
I can't think birdie, so don't know what their minds are up to in this case. Does anyone have experience to answer this? Thanks