Re: New conure
Posted by everywhere on 10/25/07
ok- after reading through all responses- please go to this
site and read up- as no one here knows much!
On 10/17/07, Popcorn wrote:
> It doesn't look like anyone is on the conure board, so I'm
> reposting here. Sorry it's so long.
> I have never owned a conure before, only parakeets
> and cockatiels. Now I have come across a green cheek
> conure, whose owner is not caring for him properly and I
> have finally convinced him to let me have the bird. So,
> this weekend my mom will be going to get him. He is seven
> years old. They say they take the bird out sometimes and
> I think that may mean about once a month. At the moment
> he is living on the top of a dresser in a small cage where
> he is above everyone's head and has no contact with them
> unless they are cleaning him (which doesn't happen often)
> or taking him out. I held him last night for the first
> time and he is BITEY! And he bites hard with his strong
> little beak. He broke the skin once (not bad but it did
> bleed) and left a few bruises. His owners were saying
> that it's just because there were so many people in the
> room (there were five of us) but he seemed unaffected by
> the amount of people and it seems like he's just always
> been allowed to bite, so he does. When he started biting
> me I imobilized him by grabbing him around the neck and
> him against my body. He couldn't bite me from this
> position but when he calmed down and I let him up he went
> at it even harder and I repeated my response. It
> continued until he got hard enough to break the skin and
> then after that he was still biting but not as hard. I
> think he got worked up when I was holding him because as I
> grabbed his neck his owner (more his owners kid) freaked
> out because I was "strangling" their bird. I kept calm
> but I could tell their tension was mounting even though I
> explained everything I was doing as I was doing it. I
> don't think that helped the bird.
> My problem is that I am in college and only see my birds
> when I am home for break. My sister lets my birds out but
> she will not know how to handle a biting bird. So the
> bird will only be worked with when I am on breaks. I have
> five weeks till I will be home and able to work with him
> and even then it will only be a few days. In the mean
> time I intend to have my mom/sister start introducing him
> to the fresh food I feed my birds, since he is on an all
> seed diet at the moment. I know that this is not an ideal
> situation for taming him but it is better than the one the
> bird lives in now.
> My actually question is does anyone have any advice on the
> biting issue or keeping him entertained while I am not
> around? His previous owners have told me he screams and
> I'd like something to entertain him to cut down on that.
> Any special toys I can get that can make him
> happy and he can play on his own and not be bored?
> He will be in the same room as my one tiel and three
> parakeets so he'll have someone to talk to.
> Thanks, Popcorn!