On 8/19/07, karen wrote:
> 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)
> -go play
> 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.
Thanks - for the suggestion - that seems like a very simple
and effective solution - i will give it a try.
I would love to get back to the point of leaving him out side
of the cage when I am out of the house like I used to. He is
otherwise very well behaved and never gets himself into
trouble. And he enjoys being out of the cage - so would I!