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Re: Poop Problem

Posted by jon on 8/20/07
(3) Comments

    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???
    > EASY
    > 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!