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Re: New conure

Posted by everywhere on 10/25/07
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    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
    > 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? 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!