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Old 08-12-2012, 01:06 PM
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Hello all,

My name is Jim and ive just purchased a new pet parrot a Blue crested conure who we believe to be female but not 100% sure.

It appears that she has been mis treated as she bits and is very aggressive to anyone who approaches her cage. she hates fingers and ive only had her a few hours and she has drawn blood already 3 times.. When i visited my friends house the bird seems to have taken to me as she will come to me, but seems hesitant, she does talk and her name is Molly..

I have fallen in love with her, but i really want to find out what her problem is..

Any help or advise is welcomed and respected.

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Old 08-12-2012, 01:13 PM
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Re: I need some help plz?

Be patient. Give her some time to settle in before you try to handle her more. There are quite a few threads in this section on similar topics, you might want to read through them.

Try to avoid getting bitten, as it sets up a pattern of interaction you don't want to reinforce. In a situation like this, I'd spend some time just sitting with her in the cage, maybe feeding her some treats if she will take them from you. But moving is disruptive so I would try to make sure she is feeling comfortable before expecting too much.

what is her age and background?
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:20 PM
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Re: I need some help plz?

James,
Congrats on your new bird. First things first you need get her to the Avian Vet if she has not already had a check-up. How old is she? What do you feed her? How much time is spent outside of the cage, etc. Tell us about her....

You need to give her time to adjust to a new life in a new home and new faces. Think about how stressfull it is for her right now. Speak softly and move slowly as not to scare her. Use a wooden spoon to get her to step onto until she gets used to it. See if she will move from the spoon to your hand without biting. When she does bite, do not scream or jump as this will encourage her to keep biting in order to get that "fun" response from you.
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Re: I need some help plz?

Hello,

Thanks for the speedy reply...

Firstly she has been fed parrot mix and today i have fed her orange from my hand. I have spent loads of time sitting next to her cage and speaking softly.. She will step onto a wooden stick but reluctantly. She is still unsettled at this time and squawking loudly.. She has spent all day out of the cage.

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Re: I need some help plz?

I suggest you get her wings clipped by the vet for the bonding period. Also she should be in cage for a day or two just to feel safe. Not such a good idea to give her freedom so early in the process.
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Re: I need some help plz?

Thanks for the advise but shes already been out all day.. she has just gorn back into her cage and ive covered her up as she is used to it. and i think she is now asleep.

I will leave her in her cage for a while to get used to her new home as she is clearly stressed out.

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Re: I need some help plz?

Check out my thread on the" Stick trick described " it's under the training forum after she has settled down some you might use that to protect your fingers and let her know what is expected of her.
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Re: I need some help plz?

I have also noted that she is very scared and chewing on her toes.. :-(

Im not sure what to do about it.

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Old 08-18-2012, 02:22 AM
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Re: I need some help plz?

Like everyone has stated, just give her some time to get used to her new environment. Consider changing the location of her cage so she is in a corner and will have the walls to give her a feeling of security. Put it in a low traffic area but still be in the high activity room.

How does she chew on her toes? Enough to make them bleed? My conure grooms his toes sometimes, almost looks like he is giving himself a nail clipping but not really. Is that what your bird is doing? Try to give her a variety of toys to play with, varied diet, foraging spots in her cage. That way she spends her energy on those and not her toys.

When you approach her, try not to make sudden movements. I've read that approaching with your eyes cast low, occcassionally glancing at your bird then looking down is a sign of friendliness or no aggression on your part. Speak in low, hushed tones. Try not to handle her if she's not ready yet so as to avoid high tension moments between the two of you.

Most people already gave excellent advice. Just take your time Let us know how it goes!
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Re: I need some help plz?

Hi James...

She doesn't need to have been mistreated to be afraid and bite... It's normal defensive behaviour... She doesn't know you or her new home... It must be absolutely terrifying...

I would only feed her in her cage... That way she'll know where to go, when hungry (since she's already flying around)... I think this makes sense for any bird, and will eliminate the problem of getting a bird into its cage..

Good luck with her.
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