Any suggestions on how to stop my 4-month-old conure from climbing to the top of my head repeatedly? I had one bird breeder tell me this stunt is used for "I'm the top bird” syndrome. I have longer hair and usually have it up in the back, but I don’t know if this has anything to do with it or not. My daughter, who spends less time with her, does not seem to have the same issue. The main reason I do not like it is because of the poop — I do not want it in my hair, even though she seems to "hold it" with me a lot more than with any other person in my family.
If you have a conure that likes to hang out in your hair, use bird-safe shampoo and conditioner.
It is often difficult to stop a parrot from doing something that you have let it do on a frequent basis, but it is possible with patience. Telling her not to do it is often just a drama reward that she doesn’t understand. Your conure needs to be repatterned with patience and consistency. If she is climbing up your arm from your hand, the best way to stop her is to "cut her off at the pass.” This would be the bend of your arm. If she starts to go beyond that point, you will need to put your other hand in front of her and use the word "Up” to get her to step on your hand. Each and every time she tries to go up your arm, you stop her in this manner.
Repatterning her will take some patience on your part. If you allow her on your shoulder, she should be put there with the words, "Step down.” In this manner, you are giving her permission to be on your shoulder. If she behaves herself, she can stay there.
However, if she climbs up your hair to the top of your head, you need to take control with the "Up” command. The best way to change any negative behavior in a companion parrot is to take control of that behavior by patterning a more positive behavior.
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