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I think we have come to the conclusion that Dooby just doesn't like being touched. When we first got him, even though he was hand reared he wasn't too keen on hands, over the weeks, we sort of got him used to our hands but he was never really comfortable with it. Now as time has gone on, he has become more and more bitey and we have decided to just let him be himself. So, if he wants a cuddle or head scratches, he will come and sit on my chest so I have the privilege of giving scratches until he shows that is enough. He will sit on my lap and preen and then go off to sleep, that's fine with me as well. If he gets stuck or wants a "lift" he will either jump onto my arm if I hold it out or onto my foot if he is on the floor. He seems happy enough, as you know he's always chatting and whistling, so I'm not going to make it even more annoying for him by keep trying to get him to accept my hands. So, all in all, he does get all the attention that he wants, head scratches, lifts around the house, playing etc. etc. but on his terms. I think that way we are both happy. He's a little darling and I love him to bits but I don't want to make him unhappy with having my hands near him if he's not comfortable with it. No doubt I could eventually "make" him accept my hands but I really don't see the reason for it. When it comes to wing clipping time again, then I will towel him anyway and do it, so no problem there. It works for us.