I have a major issue with my best friend Zipper. I was hoping someone here could give me some advice.
My little man Zipper used to be a little peach. He'd sit on my shoulder and just ruffle up. Everyday after work he needed to preen my eyebrows or he'd be upset. Just a pleasure to call this little guy my best friend.
Now my fiance and I have bought our first home. So the change of scenery seemed to change him too. First we kept him in a smaller cage (the original cage he had when we adopted him), just for ease of travel, to clean his big cage thoroughly, to make sure he was safe during the move. He stayed in the small cage for two days, but I made sure to take him out constantly to make sure he was comfortable. (BTW- his wings have never been clipped). He also does not respond well to changing things in his cage. He fears new toys, so we make sure to do these things gradual or while he is in a different room. We thought the new house would be better for him, the living room is bright and the old house it was kind of dark and dingy.
His attitude seemed to change when I bought some new gear for his cage, such as ladders, perches, and toys. Some of his older perches are dirty so I figured with the new house, he could get some new things too. He saw me messing with these things and flew over and chomped me harder than he ever has before.
And now since then, he doesn't let me near his cage. If he is out on his perch and I stand up from the couch he will fly at me silently nipping at my face. One of these times he startled me and I accidentally swatted him. If i manage to get him to step up (he is trained to do so and used to do it flawlessly), he will chomp my fingers and knuckles drawing blood and taking chunks of skin off. He does a low "nasal" sound when on my shoulder right before he bites my neck or at my face. Very unsettling and upsetting. He does not do this with my fiance, even though I used to be his "chosen" one and didn't care for her. Now he hates me and still just doesn't care about her.
Is there something I can do to change his behaviour? I've been trying the towel trick, wrap him up and try to calm him down, but all he does is viciously attack the towel. I've been trying to use a perch to make him step up, but he crawls towards my hands to bite them or he'll just fly at my face. I also have been doing some bonding activities like have him in the shower (which he used to love) and have him with me when I prepare his vegetables (which my fiance used to do the night before), but nothing is working. He just seems upset, scared, aggressive with me. Nowadays his outside of the cage time has diminished and I have just about 0 quality time with him.
Thank you for anyone who has read the whole story and can lend me some advice.