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How do we feel about Conures landing on heads? Encourage, discourage or something else|?
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Old 03-18-2018, 05:14 AM
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Re: Heads up

I would discourage personally. Landing on my shoulder is okay but discouraging head landings so he isn't in a place I can't easily see/get to. Also other people are scared of birds and the last thing you want is someone to come over and the bird tries to land on their head and cause a big panic
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I would discourage personally. Landing on my shoulder is okay but discouraging head landings so he isn't in a place I can't easily see/get to. Also other people are scared of birds and the last thing you want is someone to come over and the bird tries to land on their head and cause a big panic
My GCC will insist on going to my partners head. She has long hair and I am sure that is part of the attraction. When he used to try to land on mine which is short I could easily wobble him off but he grabs her hair like a rope.
Being used to birds that do not bite I was always happy to have them on my shoulder but I am a little concerned about this one landing on my shoulder. I have sort of trained him to do this which was before he started his biting.
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Re: Heads up

Biting , real biting, looses shoulder priviledges until more bite training is completed. I dont like Salty onmy head. No control, who wants poop in their hair.
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Biting, real biting, looses shoulder privileges until more bite training is completed.
What do you class as real biting. I have had nipping to bruising and some blood drawn now and then. I have had worse from my Eclectus, much worse she took chunks out. I assume there is some bite training info on the forum. It is fading now but this is his last go.
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:13 AM
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Re: Heads up

I let my birds land on my head. I’ve never had a problem getting them off, no biting problems whatsoever. I don’t encourage it, but when they land there, I might let them ride there for a little while before asking them to step off. I see no problem with it for my birds.
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I prefer my head because I usually wear tank tops and I donít like them scratching my shoulders. But birds that bite (nipping included) donít get to be on my head or my shoulder until they learn to be polite.


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I let my birds land on my head. I donít encourage it, but when they land there, I might let them ride there for a little while before asking them to step off. I see no problem with it for my birds.
I do that. If I am moving from room to room he will either land on my shoulder or my head so I just carry on for a while then take him off but if I am sat and he goes to land on my head that I discourage. He is a very active flyer so does not stay long as a rule. In fact his flying is making training hard.
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Re: Heads up

Jojo likes to climb up from my shoulder to be on my head. Then he chews on my hat. Sometimes I let him stay if I am busy doing something. It usually gets some good laughs and awws if customers are watching. I generally don't let him stay up there. I worry about poop and although I have little hair, I can see it a problem if someone new comes in and freaks out if he gets tangled in long hair. I wish people wouldn't freak out when the bird lands on them or tries to perch on them. the quick movements make it worse and scares the bird so now there's a human AND a flock going crazy and me trying to manage it ugh.
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Re: Heads up

Quote: Originally Posted by helijohn View Post
What do you class as real biting. I have had nipping to bruising and some blood drawn now and then. I have had worse from my Eclectus, much worse she took chunks out. I assume there is some bite training info on the forum. It is fading now but this is his last go.
Nipping isnít biting. Bruising and bleeding, thatís biting. If it hurts to you or someone else you allow around your bird, thatís biting. The simplest form of bite training is: if it hurts, set your bird on the floor or somewhere away from you that is NOT their cage. If you set them on their cage, they may mistake it for ďwhen I bite, you take me home, so *chomp*Ē. When you set them away from you, itís like youíre banning them from the flock temporarily. They canít stand that. They come back with a somewhat nicer attitude. They will bite again, you set them away from you again. They will learn fast ďwhen I bite, you ban me from the flock. Therefore I shall not bite unless necessary because human is upsetting me somehow and my body language isnít getting across to you.Ē Took my conure, who would break skin, three days of no bite training to understand that when he bites, I set him away from me. Now with my bird after no bite training, he got testy. As in, he would bite various parts of my body in differing pressures, trying to understand what was ok and what was not. That took about an extra two days. Now he doesnít bite...me. Other people he will bite though. To which I have to save them with more no bite training.
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