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Old 12-12-2018, 06:29 AM
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So my Sun Conure Sierra is biting, everyone, kinda hard. Not as bad towards me and I can usually just point and say no bite and she lets go but others...not so much. What am I doing wrong and what should I be doing?
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:41 AM
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Re: Sierra is biting

Can you share a bit of the backstory.... age, sex, (if known) any other birds in the home, diet, origin, (breeder or previous home) etc?

A few threads that might help!
Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
Bite pressure training?
BRAINSTORMING: Biting Parrots

Hope to offer more targeted advice!
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Old 12-13-2018, 03:13 AM
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Re: Sierra is biting

yes to comform with Scott a bit more info would help. Conures can bite for so many reasons and knowing as much info as possible really helps to narrow down the 'why' which could be something minor or inconsequential but is a big deal to Sierra. Then we can help work out if it's something you can simply change or something that requires training her up a bit extra
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:57 AM
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Re: Sierra is biting

I agree...There are MANY different reasons why tame pet birds start biting, such illness/pain, hormones, environmental changes, not getting enough interaction/out-of-cage time, diet, toys/items in their cage that are causing hormonal and/or territorial issues, etc. So some general information such as age, gender, how old Sierra was when you brought him/her home, how long you've had Sierra, how many prior owners, was Sierra hand-raised/hand-fed, etc. will help tremendously...

Also, do you take Sierra to a Certified Avian Vet or Avian Specialist Vet for Wellness-Exams on a regular basis, and does she have routine blood-work done at least once a year, Fecal cultures, etc.? And what is Sierra's regular, daily diet?
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Old 12-13-2018, 06:10 PM
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Re: Sierra is biting

Agreed with others, we need more backstory to help.

I can offer some advice in how I dealt with this issue with my Skittles, but every sun is different and so is every situation, but I could at least give you some tips. But I'd feel more comfortable with more info.

In the meantime, the most common reasons why suns bite (hard) is because they see/sense danger, are being touched and they don't want to be or even if you are setting a limit or addressing a behavior they don't like.

Bottom line is, "hard biting" is not normal sun behavior and is likely the result of something environmental (though with molting, thats biological) and can easily be addressed like others said. But without more information, I'd be afraid I'd give you bad advice.
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Re: Sierra is biting

Bird age?
How long have you had him/her?
What is the sleep schedule?
How is diet?
CAV?
Any snuggle huts or dark spaces to which bird has access?
Any changes in routine?
How much light does he/she get daily?
How much out-of-cage time?
How do you touch the bird when petting it (head, vs all over)?



The list of questions goes on. As others have said, there are so many possibilities, that without details, it is hard to answer your question.
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Old 12-13-2018, 07:19 PM
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Re: Sierra is biting

Quote: Originally Posted by Skittys_Daddy View Post
Agreed with others, we need more backstory to help.

I can offer some advice in how I dealt with this issue with my Skittles, but every sun is different and so is every situation, but I could at least give you some tips. But I'd feel more comfortable with more info.

In the meantime, the most common reasons why suns bite (hard) is because they see/sense danger, are being touched and they don't want to be or even if you are setting a limit or addressing a behavior they don't like.

Bottom line is, "hard biting" is not normal sun behavior and is likely the result of something environmental (though with molting, thats biological) and can easily be addressed like others said. But without more information, I'd be afraid I'd give you bad advice.
I agree. Biting is not really a normal behavior for a sun conure. I have 3 different types of Conures and my sun is the only one who didn't go though I biting phase. The only time he really bites me is if he's "displacement" biting. Meaning he wants to bite his little sister but bites me instead if I happen to be holding them both. This happens rarely but I thought I'd mention it!
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Re: Sierra is biting

Here are my usual CAV links...

Certified Avian Vets
https://abvp.com/animal-owners/find-an-abvp-specialist/
If none are near you...
Avian Veterinarians
http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
In my opinion, any of the vets listed here should be better than a regular vet.

Good for you, for reaching out.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:07 AM
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Re: Sierra is biting

I want to first apologize for not responding sooner, was very disrespectful of me. Sierra is around 6months old. Little more info; she is loosing feathers, not a fast pace and she has been acting like a wood pecker, she pecks things with her beak. Her housing, once we or if we hang up a toy and she moves it or chews it down, we do not use that toy in that location. She has a large cage; base of it would probably be 2’ x 3’ and a heighth 4’. It has a seed catching and is lifted on wheels. But we never close the door and she has a playground on top with a perch very high compared to other things in the room. She is my only bird and I do not know the sex. Feed, I buy her this fiesta big bites by Kaytee I believe it is. She picks through it, very messing but she enjoys it. When I get the container down she runs to her food bowl.
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Re: Sierra is biting

Well regarding the shedding feathers, thats completely normal in your situation. She is 6mo old and thats when they start shedding their 'juvenile' coat (full green) and grow in their adult coat of feathers.
As for the beak tapping, that's also completely normal. While there doesn't seem to be a 100% sure answer on the reasoning, it is 'generally' believed they do this for one of two reasons. One, they are exploring the texture of the object or they are saying "I like this, this is mine".

As for the chewing, conures are MAJOR chewers and 'safe' chew toys should always be provided. If they don't have them, they'll chew on things they shouldn't. In fact they likely still cause if it can be chewed on, they'll chew it so supervising that activity is important. I have the receipts to a $30 lamp & $80 winter coat I had to replace as well as proof on my $200 office chair. I normally have a 'protective' cover blanket over the top of my Serta office chair but it happened to be in the wash and I forgot to put something to replace it temporarily and Skittles just couldn't resist chewing on the top of the fabric.

As for the housing, the cage size meets the minimum suggested cage size for a sunnie and having the playtop is a big plus.
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