I have posted here once or twice before, but I own a male Quaker Parrot and a male Sun Conure. Cody,the sun conure is 5 years old. Midori,the Quaker is about 2 and a half.
Cody has always had his cage in my room while Midori usually was in the Sun room. In September of last year we started having a boarder here who happens to own a dog. Unfortunately this type of dog has a prey drive and I do not feel safe having her around the birds while they are out of their cage.
As such I moved midori into my room. However, he doesn't seem very happy about his new home-although he tolerates it. But this week he began acting strange after I put him back in his cage(after he was out for about an hour).
He won't let me have my fingers exposed to him without him biting me! Not just nipping,actual bites. He sometimes hisses as well. The first day he was lunging at me for being near his cage-up until this point he used to not have a problem with me being near his cage. He was content to be petted in his cage and often tried to hop on my hand to come back out.
I thought maybe he was just being cage aggressive for some reason,but he was just as bitey outside of his cage. Eventually I just put him back in his cage and tried to leave him alone for the rest of the day,although it hurt my feelings for a normally friendly little bird to suddenly be very aggressive.
The next day he was no longer lunging at the cage bars if I walked near,but I still could not show my hands to him. He would still bite. I tried covering my hand in a towel to perch him-this worked.
But as soon as my fingers show,he bites. Even if I am not trying to pet him or have any contact with him what so ever. He even bit the back of my hand!
The bites don't draw blood but are enough to definitely hurt,and to leave an imprint in my skin. The day after and today he is a little better, but still not normal.
He chirps and chatters and makes friendly noises in his cage,but not outside of it. He used to love to be petted,now he can't be touched at all. He tries to bite if I even try.
I can pet and perch him wearing winter gloves for some reason,but not with my bare fingers. (I used to wear them if I painted my nails as he didn't like the dark colors on my nails for some reason?)
This behavior has been going on for three days now but it still makes me sad. He used to always be petted and would never care if I touched him. I worry he no longer likes me or trusts me. :c
He is usually friendly towards my roomate, and he offered him a chip as a treat and he started eating it out of his hand-only to suddenly bite him just as hard as he bit me.
Midori does not exhibit any warning like Cody does,he just bites.I have him on my arm as I type but I am hiding my hands in long sleeves. I don't trust him anymore. :c
He isn't sick or anything I know,but what do I do? I just want my sweet little bird back.