My bird seems too in love with me

by Corey
(Dallas Texas )

I have a sun conure that seems to be in love or lust with me. She must be right next to me every waking moment or will cry out all most nonstop. And when I mean right next to me I mean on my shoulder usually trying to reach my face or ear where she constantly nibbles, bites and grooms. When I sit or lay down this becomes more extreem. She often backs up to my face and tries to ( this is a little gross) press her rear to me. It is getting super obnoxious.

I have trouble reading, meditate, or watch a movie. I have trouble doing any activity in my house without her constantly calling or on top of me frantically grooming. She is basicly frantic to be right on my face all the time. She basically ignores everyone else and only let's them touch her if she thinks she might be able to claw her way to me and basically nonstop groom my face. it is very bizarre and I am not sure what to do. I love the little thing but she seems out of control. What should I do?

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Jun 26, 2012
My bird seems too in love with me
by: Linda

Some of this behavior is normal, but this has gone over the line of normal into something else entirely.

There are some training materials on this site on the Parrot Training page you may wish to take a look at. Before any kind of training, birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY to determine if this could be physically based. If she is sick, in pain or has some physical issue, this would have to be looked into before training of any kind. Her crying non stop when away from you indicates there could be a physical cause for at least some of this, and you have to make sure you've covered the physical bases before training because a sick or physically impaired bird will not do well with training and could actually die from the stress.

So, first, take her to be thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet, and this includes basic bloodwork to see if organs are functioning properly and/or if there is a viral infection present. A throat swab would be done to rule in or out bacterial infections, and a fresh stool sample would be provided to check for parasites. Once she is either ruled healthy or treated for something, then you can begin the training. You may also have to have a bird behaviorist come into this for a while so you can learn how best to deal with her. It sounds a lot like separation anxiety which for the animal suffering from it, is a very serious problem. Possibly the people who had her before neglected her to a drastic point. Many factors can be involved, so look at the training materials, and they may also point you in direction of a parrot behaviorist. If they do not, your avian vet may have someone in mind. It probably would not be for long, just time enough for them to get an understanding of the situation by watching how bird interacts with you.

Diet can also have lots to do with behavior, so make sure she is eating a healthy diet of organic pellets and not an all seed diet. All seed diets with or without fruit, veggies, and other foods is a starvation diet which causes birds all kinds of physical and emotional issues from not getting what their bodies and brains need to function properly.Make NO changes in diet until she has been examined by an Avian Vet and her behavior issues are being addressed.Below is link on how to go about changing birds from seeds to pellets, and I recommend Harrison's found here as the best, and it is Avian Vet endorsed.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Let us know how this goes, and please continue to be patient with your bird. We are here to support you every step of the way, so write when you can and keep us posted.


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