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

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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!


I’ve been moving him to the floor over and over every time he bites. He knows I’m going to put him on the floor now and clings to my shirt.


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Old 05-14-2019, 05:06 PM
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Re: Conure biting

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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.

He comes out to us we don’t take him out of the cage with our hand. Should I give him a treat even shortly after he has bitten? I’m afraid this will reinforce the behavior.


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Re: Conure biting

Don't worry too much about trying to spot the body language with your GCC. With my two the obvious signs appear at almost the same time the beak has latched on. They seem to go from nice to bitey in an instant. Mostly it sounds like Mango is getting a feel of boundaries in the new flock. A lot of the biting will settle as you develop trust.

The shunning method is the most effective I have come across. If they bite too severely they are put back in their cage and are ignored for a short while. This has proven to be for me the best method.

As far as I am aware birds don't have the same sort of dominance behaviour as other animals. Height doesn't matter, it's about feeling safer not more dominant. There never really seems to be any dominant bird in a flock. Sure you'll have one that pushes all the others around, but it gets ignored as often as obeyed. They don't have an alpha mentality like dogs. Don't get me wrong they will try to push the boundries and see what they can get away with. Sort of like a cranky toddler. If they can make you do what they want they will.

I would suggest that you look at target or clicker training. Your bird will enjoy the mental stimulation and it will give you better control of your bird.
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Re: Conure biting

No treats if he bites.
When I first got Remi (he was a cage aggressive and bitey two year old conure then), he was biting a lot. I mean, A LOT. My hands were covered in scars.
It's been a year, and he rarely bites, and even if he does, it doesn't break the skin. I think Mango needs time to settle in. I just kept saying firm "no" every time he bit me and would put him on the perch. But with time, he wanted to be with me, so putting him back on the perch was not what he wanted so he learned the meaning of the word "no". Now, if he starts biting for some reason, he actually says "no" - I am not kidding you.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:17 PM
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Re: Conure biting

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No treats if he bites.

When I first got Remi (he was a cage aggressive and bitey two year old conure then), he was biting a lot. I mean, A LOT. My hands were covered in scars.

It's been a year, and he rarely bites, and even if he does, it doesn't break the skin. I think Mango needs time to settle in. I just kept saying firm "no" every time he bit me and would put him on the perch. But with time, he wanted to be with me, so putting him back on the perch was not what he wanted so he learned the meaning of the word "no". Now, if he starts biting for some reason, he actually says "no" - I am not kidding you.

I was suspecting it would get better with time


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Re: Conure biting

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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!


I’ve been moving him to the floor over and over every time he bites. He knows I’m going to put him on the floor now and clings to my shirt.


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See how smart he is?!

Absolutely no treats if he bites. I know you are eager to get that bond going with him but he is still adjusting to his new surroundings so just slow down and give him time, he’ll come around soon enough
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Re: Conure biting

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Don't worry too much about trying to spot the body language with your GCC. With my two the obvious signs appear at almost the same time the beak has latched on. They seem to go from nice to bitey in an instant. Mostly it sounds like Mango is getting a feel of boundaries in the new flock. A lot of the biting will settle as you develop trust.

The shunning method is the most effective I have come across. If they bite too severely they are put back in their cage and are ignored for a short while. This has proven to be for me the best method.

As far as I am aware birds don't have the same sort of dominance behaviour as other animals. Height doesn't matter, it's about feeling safer not more dominant. There never really seems to be any dominant bird in a flock. Sure you'll have one that pushes all the others around, but it gets ignored as often as obeyed. They don't have an alpha mentality like dogs. Don't get me wrong they will try to push the boundries and see what they can get away with. Sort of like a cranky toddler. If they can make you do what they want they will.

I would suggest that you look at target or clicker training. Your bird will enjoy the mental stimulation and it will give you better control of your bird.


I’ve been shunning the bird for the last hour and it has been working except he knows that I’m going to put him on the floor or the cage and try to prevent me from doing so. I had to put him into the cage with Millet seed a few minutes ago after he bit really hard.


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Re: Conure biting

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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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New birds should be minimally handled and never pushed in any way.
Birds are by nature fearful.
Trust develops gradually, but only if you respect the bird's sovereignty, so to speak.

Be patient.
At first, as much as possible, let the bird take the lead.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:28 PM
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Re: Conure biting

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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!






I’ve been moving him to the floor over and over every time he bites. He knows I’m going to put him on the floor now and clings to my shirt.





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See how smart he is?!



Absolutely no treats if he bites. I know you are eager to get that bond going with him but he is still adjusting to his new surroundings so just slow down and give him time, he’ll come around soon enough


Okay thank you very much I guess I just need to let him settle in and keep shunning him he bites.


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Re: Conure biting

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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.
+1

New birds should be minimally handled and never pushed in any way.
Birds are by nature fearful.
Trust develops gradually, but only if you respect the bird's sovereignty, so to speak.

Be patient.
At first, as much as possible, let the bird take the lead.
how should I get the birds beak off my skin then?


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