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Re: New conure

Posted by Jason on 11/10/07
(5) Comments

    I got a conure about a year ago myself
    and wrote a review of how I handled some
    of the bad habits my Kiwi had. You can
    check it out at

    On 10/19/07, Yardpro wrote:
    > On 10/16/07, Popcorn wrote:
    >> 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!
    > Hi Popcorn,
    > I don't know whether we can help each other out or not,
    > but I'm sure it's worth a try.
    > I'm in the process of trying not to be forced to give
    > a green cheeked conure that flew to me out of the blue sky.
    > was so excited he came to me, but almost gave him to the
    > avian vet the same day since I knew nothing about birds. I
    > actually wanted to keep him but didn't know for sure that I
    > was the right person. However my daughter expressed
    > in keeping him, so I decided to start learning about how to
    > care for him. He's still biting 4 months later, and I still
    > don't know enough, but in between classes, etc. (I'm a
    > student too) I'm reading books about how to train parrots.
    > He seems to like being with my family, but is displaying a
    > certain amount of unhappiness. Since he's being treated
    > royalty, I'm relatively certain that he's sad because he's
    > been with other birds, and instinct is telling him he's
    > missing an important part of his life. I really like him,
    > but need to make it practical to keep him. Last week I
    > talked to the man at Project Haven, a place people can take
    > their birds if they no longer want them. He says that I
    > to find him a mate, for that reason - the fact that he knows
    > what it's like to live with other birds. I don't have the
    > budget to go out and buy another bird, so maybe we should
    > our birds together, and work on making them both happier if
    > we can integrate them with each other. The detail I don't
    > know is whether mine is male or female, but I might be able
    > to find out, based on his leg band, if I can find our where
    > he was hatched. If the two birds are not the same gender,
    > maybe they would consider each other mates. What do you
    > think? I'm in the Dallas area.
    > Yardpro