New aggression from a beloved Hahn's Macaw
I have a Hahn's Macaw who is about 3.5 years old. When he was very young, he was absolutely my baby. He preferred me to everyone. As he went through puberty, he became aggressive toward our children, and started to slightly prefer my husband to me, but otherwise his behavior toward me was not different.
Over the last couple of months, though, he has begun to prefer my husband to the point where he will not stay with me, and tries to walk or fly to where my husband is sitting. Still, he wasn't aggressive.
The last straw, though, was that two weeks ago we left on vacation for a week. We left him with someone he knows and likes, and who herself has an African Grey, used to manage the pet shop where we bought Pete (our macaw), and who knows a lot about birds. She has mentioned that she thought maybe that "Pete" was actually "Petra", and that she noticed the change that he prefers her boyfriend to her, which was not always the case.
Anyway, since we got back from our trip, not only does Pete not want to spend time with me, he has become very aggressive with me and attacks me when I try to handle him.
This bird is very dear to me, and I don't understand his sudden change in attitude toward me. I don't believe anything has really changed in our relationship. My husband and I both work, but Pete gets several hours of kid-free family time every evening. If this had started sooner I would assume it had to do with our new baby, but that new baby is now almost 2, and this behavior is very recent.
Any ideas about why this is happening, and how I can change it, would be most appreciated. I am devastated by the bird's sudden rejection of me.