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Post: New conure

Posted by Popcorn on 10/16/07

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    Hi. 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 just has never been worked with
    enough to stop the biting. When he started biting me I
    imobilized him by grabbing him around the neck and holding
    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? Any special toys I can get that can make him
    happy and he can play on his own and not be bored?
    Thanks, Popcorn!

Posts on this thread, including this one
  • New conure, 10/16/07, by Popcorn.
  • Re: New conure, 10/19/07, by Yardpro.
  • Re: New conure, 10/19/07, by Popcorn.
  • Re: New conure, 10/20/07, by Serena.
  • Re: New conure, 11/10/07, by Jason.