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Old 05-14-2019, 04:04 PM
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Re: Conure biting

Congrats on your new fid!


Three days is not a long time- it usually takes 'on average' a few weeks for a bird to become accustomed to its new surroundings and is likely to be hyper-vigilante and defensive in unfamiliar territory.


You are doing the right thing in letting her come out on her own though and not forcing her.
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Re: Conure biting

Quote: Originally Posted by LaManuka View Post
Hello Robert, welcome to you and Mango.

You’ve only been together for a few days, Mango needs time to learn to trust you. You might just need to slow down and allow him to settle into his new household. If he persists in biting you can use the “shunning” method. If he bites you, simply pop him gently down on the floor, or the back of a chair, walk away and leave him for 5 minutes or so. Don’t put him back in his cage as this may be what he wants! Go back to him and try again. Repeat the procedure if he bites you again. But I think he’ll come around given time, he sure is a cute little thing


I think I may need to take him to get his wings clipped again as he can actually fly upwards for short distances.


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Old 05-14-2019, 04:31 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by munami View Post
That does sound like defensive body behavior especially with the skinny bird feathers. Is he lowering his head and body when he does this?

Possibly he's figured out if he bites you hard enough, you'll leave the room and put him back into the cage. If so, that's the response he wants.

If you see him getting into aggressive stance and behavior, you need to distract and redirect his attention to something else. Then give him his space. Have you tried any training with him yet?


I've seen this thread shared a lot. It's got a lot of helpful tips on starting a trusting relationship with your parrot.


Tips for Bonding and Building Trust


https://streamable.com/igap6 here is a video of mango biting if this helps. Typically my girlfriend doesn’t yell she just says no biting but this is the only video I have.(he bit her pretty hard) also I have been training him step up and he does it pretty well.

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Old 05-14-2019, 04:37 PM
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Re: Conure biting

Honestly I don’t know if wing clipping will help. Badly clipped wings can result in loss of trust plus possible physical injuries if he hits the floor too hard. He would just find another way to retreat from you anyway. Just go slowly with him, and try to make each interaction a positive one. If everyone in the home is consistent with him, particularly with the shunning method if it comes to that, he will learn biting gets him nowhere.
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Re: Conure biting

Quote: Originally Posted by LaManuka View Post
Honestly I don’t know if wing clipping will help. Badly clipped wings can result in loss of trust plus possible physical injuries if he hits the floor too hard. He would just find another way to retreat from you anyway. Just go slowly with him, and try to make each interaction a positive one. If everyone in the home is consistent with him, particularly with the shunning method if it comes to that, he will learn biting gets him nowhere.


His wings where actually clipped since I’ve owned him(the pet store clipped his wings) but he can fly upwards so when I put him on the floor he just flys back up to either us or the cage.


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Re: Conure biting

IMO poking a bird's beak with a fingertip is begging to get bit.
Not watching while interacting is another mistake.
Reacting to a bite is teaching it to bite and even rewarding the bite because parrots LOVE drama.

Parrots are complex.
Learning what they like or accept takes time.
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Old 05-14-2019, 04:48 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by LaManuka View Post
Honestly I don’t know if wing clipping will help. Badly clipped wings can result in loss of trust plus possible physical injuries if he hits the floor too hard. He would just find another way to retreat from you anyway. Just go slowly with him, and try to make each interaction a positive one. If everyone in the home is consistent with him, particularly with the shunning method if it comes to that, he will learn biting gets him nowhere.


I just tried shunning mango and he went back to his cage and has been making quite tweets and fluffing his feathers. Is he trying to get my attention?


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Old 05-14-2019, 04:51 PM
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IMO poking a bird's beak with a fingertip is begging to get bit.
Not watching while interacting is another mistake.
Reacting to a bite is teaching it to bite and even rewarding the bite because parrots LOVE drama.

Parrots are complex.
Learning what they like or accept takes time.


I typically push the beak away/tilt or earthquake my hand and don’t respond verbally to the action.


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Re: Conure biting

Yes very probably! Conures are masters at “playing” their owners! If he bites you again just shun him again, either to the floor or the back of a chair. Conures can also be very cage-territorial although Mango is still very young. He will soon learn that the fun stops if he bites!
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Re: Conure biting

He doesn't know you or your fingers. He is just trying to protect himself.
With time, he will learn that your fingers bring the good stuff to him, such as treats and neck scratches.
Give him time to settle in and don't push your fingers towards him like that, lol.
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