On 8/19/07, jon wrote:
> I notice no one responded to a previous posting on a poop
> problem with conures. So I will submnit this and see if
> anyone has any ideas:
> Our Sun Conure loves being out of the cage - great - until
> he decided that he doesn't like to poop in his cage but
> anywhere else - especialy the kitchen table. I'm not sure
> but this seems to be related to his flight capabilties.
> When he first adopted this bird, he would poop outside of
> his cage but was afraid to explore anywhere else. On the
> advice of a vet, we let him grow his flight feathers so he
> could enjoy flying around the house - when he started
> pooping all over the house, we tried clipping his wings
> thinking this would help.
> Nope! Now he flies down to the floor and climbs on
> something else to poop on. I have tried keeping him in
> his cage and only bringing him out to play, but as soon as
> I get him out he POOPS!
> Arrrgghh! I don't know what to do about this. I can
> handle the loud incessant screaming, but, not both
> screaming and pooping everywhere. He is a great bird and
> I hate to keep him trapped in his cage - but I don;t know
> what to do???
You stated the solution your self.
When you take him out he poops
-this is normal
When you take him out of his cage
Take him to a poop station and say “poop”
(Or whatever command you want him to poop to)
When he does give reward
(Say good boy, good boy & give treat)
Then take bird to poop station again 20 min later
say “poop” & if/when he does give reward
be patient this takes some time
Train the bird that there is a ‘poop station”
Keep taking him to it every 20 or 30 min
& say poop when he does give reward, good boy & treat
-A poop station is a perch with paper below it
can have food, water & a toy a place to hang out & poop.
Keep one near the cage & if you have a big house
Have several poop stations.
Do not punish for a misplace poop
Just reward when he poops in the correct place
Be consistent and patient
small birds are going to poop often
make it easy on every one, give him a place to do it.