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Old 11-22-2011, 05:02 PM
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beak grinding???

I like to place a towel over my shoulders when I hold Pyro. This way it catches any droppings he leaves and my clothes stay clean. Sometimes he likes to crawl under the towel and snuggle up to my neck. Today when he was under there it sounded like he was grinding his beak. He did this the entire time he was under there. I think I read somewhere that beak grinding is common in conures, but what does it mean? Is it considered a bad habit?
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:07 PM
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Re: beak grinding???

You have a happy birdy on you hands. It is a sign that he or she is very relaxed and content...and perhaps ready for a nap/sleep.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:16 PM
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Re: beak grinding???

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You have a happy birdy on you hands. It is a sign that he or she is very relaxed and content...and perhaps ready for a nap/sleep.
Well that makes me feel much much better. I was worried he was stressed out or something. Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:15 PM
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He's ready for a nap!
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:40 PM
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Re: beak grinding???

So then not that long after posting this Pyro did another new thing. It was about sun down here and he flew out of his cage and landed on my chest. He puffed up his feathers and stretched out his wings and flapped them vigorously all while taking a few steps backwards then forwards. He was squawking very loudly too. He was also rubbing his beak back and forth on my shirt in between the wing flapping sessions almost like he was trying to wipe something off. I would have him step up on my finger then he would just fly back to my chest/shoulder area and repeat the behavior. My husband took him from me and he flew back to me again and repeated the behavior. This went on for about 5 minutes. It was not bothersome. It was kind of funny. I'm just wondering if anyone knows what this is about?
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:42 PM
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Re: beak grinding???

Quote: Originally Posted by SunMommy View Post
So then not that long after posting this Pyro did another new thing. It was about sun down here and he flew out of his cage and landed on my chest. He puffed up his feathers and stretched out his wings and flapped them vigorously all while taking a few steps backwards then forwards. He was squawking very loudly too. He was also rubbing his beak back and forth on my shirt in between the wing flapping sessions almost like he was trying to wipe something off. I would have him step up on my finger then he would just fly back to my chest/shoulder area and repeat the behavior. My husband took him from me and he flew back to me again and repeated the behavior. This went on for about 5 minutes. It was not bothersome. It was kind of funny. I'm just wondering if anyone knows what this is about?
Interesting! (I have no clue ... but interesting! Sounds funny & cute)
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:30 PM
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Re: beak grinding???

Kassidy grinds her beak whenever she gets sleepy :-)
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:32 PM
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Re: beak grinding???

Puck sometimes grinds his beak around bedtime. It's weird at first but you get used to it.

When they rub their faces back and forth it's called "surfing". I don't know why. Puck does it when he's happy and/or excited.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:41 AM
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Re: beak grinding???

Usually when my ammies puff up and rub thier faces on things its thier way of claiming whatever they are rubbing on. Maybe your baby was saying you are his. Which would explain why he flew back to u when your husband took him.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:59 AM
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Re: beak grinding???

Are you talking about when his head goes forward and back motion? While fluttering his wings? IF that's what your talking about, that's what babies do when they beg to be fed....
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