cockatiel Our sun conure Cooper has been behaving strangely since we took him in to have his nails and wings clipped.?

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Question by Michelle J: Our sun conure Cooper has been behaving strangely since we took him in to have his nails and wings clipped.?
he use to be very lovey and always want to be held. now we almost have to chase him around the cage to pick him up. my boyfriend cant get close to him without him running away, and he does’nt seem as friendly, almost like he is afraid of us.

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Answer by mockingbird
could be scared of you. don’t chase him. use treats to make him come to you if you have to, or corner hiim in some way. forcing a bird is ok as long as they don’t bite you, but chasing is bad. an example: if i were to catch my cockatiel inside her cage, she wouldn’t like that, but if i were to chase her around my room to catch her, it would traumatize her. chasing is bad. find a way to manipulate your bird into not being chased. but give him time. some birds forgive everything but some birds can get hurt or angry or in your case, scared.
also, if he had full wings before but now he can’t fly that would be really scary. he probably feels helpless and submissive now. give him some space but attention and use treats or toys or something to make him come out of his shell.
chasiing just re-inforces his fear that you are a predator. you can also try putting him higher than your eyes for a while to give him some confidence.

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  1. Betty on

    He’s just ticked off at you and has lost his dominance of flight. Just leave the cage open and let him come and go..Let him come to you when he’s ready. But do NOT chase him or corner him as he sees that as danger. Just give him time…he’ll stop being mad soon.

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