I have two filleting gloves that I've used doubled up, believe me it still hurts to be bit by an amazon even with them on! I'll try to find a leather glove to put on top, maybe that will help.
Michael wrote:You said the bird flies after you when you leave the room. Why are you leaving the bird out if you are leaving the room? Or, why aren't you taking the bird with you?
If I'm leaving the room just for a minute, say to grab my phone, get a drink, let the dogs out, or just grab anything from another room I don't think he needs to come with me every time.
Michael wrote:Obviously if you put it away in cage when you are leaving, problem solved.
His cage is located at the other end of the house, it's not necessary to take him all the way to his cage, then go across the house to my bedroom or any other room, then go back and get him just to prevent him from following me. I'd rather encourage him to be able to stay put for a few seconds!
I'm finding that the clinginess is getting much worse as time goes on. When I'm in the room he'll usually be happy playing on his perch, but then he decides he wants to be with me and won't stop flying to me. I've tried sending him back, waiting for a little bit and then cueing him to come to me and then giving him attention, but he hasn't realized that coming when called is the only way to get attention. Well coming when called and attacking my husband is the only way to get attention. My husband is getting very good at not reacting when he's bit because he understands it will only encourage the behaviour, but I do have to get Mojo away from him. Any attention is good attention by that point so prevention is key here.
Michael wrote:If you are letting your parrot out of cage and then walking away right away, it did not get to interact with you and gets jealous. But if you would let it out and spend half an hour with it first, perhaps it would find other occupations of its time more rewarding. Also you can shower the parrot. They don't fly good when they are wet and they have to spend a while drying off and preening so it keeps them naturally busy.
Lately that's what I've been doing, him being jealous really does make sense. I'll try fitting in some intense one-on-one time with him as soon as I get home as time allows but I don't know how often I'll be able to do that. No, I'm not a bad parrot owner, this is just an extremely busy time of year for me.
Showering might work as I can stick him in there and still be able to get other things done. I'll try that tonight and see how it works. If I'm not in there with him though he might start to see showering as a bad experience and I definitely don't want that.
Thanks for the ideas! I'll try to work them in with what I'm currently doing.