Hello everyone. Help. We rescued a 14year??? old male (confirmed by DNA testing) Goffins who lost his original owner suddenly and self-mutliated in his grief until the family finally surrendered him to a vet 9 months ago for surgery and rehoming. He was placed in an exotic bird resuce in a hard collar for 6 months and we fostered him and eventually adopted Cloudy.
Cloudy was an angel of course for the first 2 months :-). We changed his diet to veggies and pellets (we found the recipe here actually) and raw almonds, peanuts for treats.
We are using Avicalm and Featheriffic combined daily as Cloudy is molting (pin and blood feathers everywhere) in hopes to keep plucking at bay. We removed collar Day 2 so so far, so good.
Recently, in the last week or so, Cloudy has begun to bite. First time it was a problem was when I asked him to step up from counter when getting his breakfast ready. He grabbed my finger HARD and of course I went to shake him off and he grabbed harder and drew blood. I was able to wrap my arm in a towel and get him back on his cage and serve breakfast with not TOO much expression (yeah right it hurt!!!).
Today Cloudy was having his morning cuddles with head petting and just randomly bit me. Not sure if I got a blood feather and it bothered him or not. He was also somewhat excited as he was bobbing and vocalizing Hi Cloud and Tada after and when he bit, he stared at me to see my reaction which was nothing. I stared back. I then put him back on his cage and told him Hi Cloudy, and when he responded gave him a treat. He then took the treat and lunged at me from inside the cage as I simply went to shut the door and lock it. I was not inside the cage at all.
Not sure where this behavior came from except as he continues to settle in, and molt, he is grumpier maybe?
FYI, he sleeps in a sleeping cage (for the past 2 weeks) in 12-13 hours of darkness each night.
He still shakes at times with uncertainty I believe.
I no longer allow shoulder time either after reading here.
My problem is now I am feeling nervous and I am sure he knows that.
How can I work with him on value during this time, to get him to step up so that I have more confidence?