Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Conures

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 12-26-2019, 03:32 PM
Conureflock's Avatar
Junior Member
Parrots:
Hahns Macaw - DOB 28/12/2017 Black Capped Conure - DOB 2018 Pineapple Conure - DOB 07/03/2018 Yellow-sided Conure - DOB 2018
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: UK, West Midlands
Thanks: 14
Thanked 13 Times in 8 Posts
Conureflock is on a distinguished road
Conure conundrum, please help

Iíve asked for advice on this situation before but again have found myself in a conundrum, hereís my situation:
I currently own 3 conures, Iíll reference them as 1,2 and 3 to stop confusion but donít be worried, I genuinely love them all very much. 1 is the birdie I got first, 16 months ago when she (unsexed) was 3 months old. 2 is my second birdie that I got 15 months ago (unsexed) age was under 6 months when I got him but unsure of definite age. And then number 3 I got a year ago (unsexed) approximate age 6 months when I got her.

After various quarantine routines etc I slowly introduced them all to one another and they all seemed to get along in the end. Theyíve all got seperate cages but get along and loved spending time out together. Iíd leave them in my aviary unsupervised and theyíd be fine in the warm sun!
As of approximately a month or so ago theyíve got on beautifully, but suddenly my Ďnumber 3í has starting attacking Ďnumber 2í. My original birdie (no 1) has always tried to place herself inbetween them to stop the fighting but regardless number 3 has fought quite roughly with number 2.

Number 1 still gets on brilliantly with either and they get along with her individually but number 3 wonít leave 2 alone at any time.

So, what should I do?
Do I let them have it out and decide whoís above who on the pecking order? How far can I/should I let them go before intervening? Have broken them apart after falling in a ball to the floor before and having small cuts on the feet so they get pretty gritty!
Should I consider rehoming one? If so, who?! I know thatís more of a personal decision but truth be told I donít want to rehome any of them! It makes sense that last one in should be first out but number 3 seems to get on better with number 1 than 2 does so Iím not sure.
It has been suggested to me that adding another could mean that they seperate into two pairs and live happily with respective partners but again thereís the risk of either them not liking the new comer or number 3 still attacking number 2 or even some hanging up!

Ultimately Iím not sure what to do and am looking for some advice from some experienced in situations like this, even is itís not necessarily conures. Many thanks for any help provided!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12-26-2019, 04:11 PM
Laurasea's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Neptune blue quaker (MIA), Ta-dah GCC female, Penny quaker female, Pikachu quaker unknown, Orbit quaker unknown, 3 parakeets males, Burt The Burd GCC RIP
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: USA
Thanks: 24,998
Thanked 22,611 Times in 7,314 Posts
Laurasea is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure conundrum, please help

I have multiple birds, and I have squabbling.
They are not out together with out me.
I do positive reinforcement with the squabbling birds. If A and B aren't getting along, I take just those two out and feed treats when they are next to each other. I step in and stop any fights before they happen if I can read that one is going to happen, or as soon as it does happen. I move them a little farther apart and start again. If someone is just plain cranky they go back and I try a different day. If all my birds are out and two aren't getting along I out the trouble maker back in the cage. Then later I let them out but put the one they didn't like back. So that everyone has time out.
I also set up several areas that they hang out, each bird has their favorite space. If they leave that space to fight I out them back in their spot. If it keeps up they go back to the cage. Over time and lots and lots of repeating they do pretty great.
All the birds can sit on me like an inch apart and behave. But they can't be that close without me.

Also spend time watching the flock interact. I had my GCC attacking the budgies. So I thought it was a problem with the GCC. But after watching them my Quaker was driving my GCC crazy by try to have sex with her all the time, by bossing her around ECT. So giving the GCC a break from the Quaker almost stopped all attacks in the budgies..
I try a d rotate do all the birds have time out if the cage by themselves too. Not all in the same day , but a rotation everyday of whis turn it is.
__________________
"A Smooth Sea,
Never Made A Skillfull Sailor "
Franklin Roosevelt
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Laurasea For This Useful Post:
mica21493 (12-26-2019), Squeekmouse Vendor (01-17-2020)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-17-2020, 01:48 PM
SassiBird's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Black Capped Conure - Sassafras - 2015; GCC Rosalita - 2018; GCC Apple Blossom - 2018
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Minnesota
Thanks: 769
Thanked 360 Times in 159 Posts
SassiBird is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure conundrum, please help

I would have them sexed. It could shed some light on the dynamics. I'm a big believer in not mixing the sexes in like species unless 1)you want them to mate and you know what you're doing 2)you can have a large flock so they can pair off naturally.

Otherwise, Laurasea gave some good advice. I wouldn't leave number 3 and number 2 together unsupervised.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-17-2020, 02:51 PM
Senior Member
Parrots:
Umbrella Cockatoo- 13 years old
Join Date: Jul 2018
Thanks: 7,384
Thanked 14,547 Times in 5,824 Posts
noodles123 will become famous soon enough
Re: Conure conundrum, please help

Pecking order is sort of a misnomer in parrots. This is the risk of getting multiples. This is why they always say not to unless you have enough time to tend to each one TOTALLY independently of the others.
Do not allow them to "figure it out" on their own. You could end up with a dead or seriously injured bird.
If they do not get along, do not push it---you are playing with fire.
Sometimes time will help, but seriously, some birds just don't get along and allowing them to deal with it could be deadly.
Unless I am misreading this, it sounds like most haven't even hit puberty yet, and that will present additional challenges, given the fact that you have 3 birds (3 is a tough number).
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-17-2020, 06:24 PM
T00tsyd's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Green cheek conure - Sydney (Syd) Hatched 2/2017
Join Date: May 2017
Location: UK
Thanks: 586
Thanked 1,619 Times in 561 Posts
T00tsyd is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure conundrum, please help

It sounds as if the first thing you should do is get them all sexed. 2 boys and one girl could mean problems between the two boys. They are all just at the age of puberty - don't leave them unattended they could really damage one another.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 01-17-2020, 07:00 PM
Squeekmouse's Avatar
Supporting Vendor
Parrots:
Yoda, Green Cheek Conure - Trigger, Congo African Grey
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Illinois
Thanks: 432
Thanked 2,073 Times in 633 Posts
Squeekmouse is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure conundrum, please help

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
I have multiple birds, and I have squabbling.
They are not out together with out me.
I do positive reinforcement with the squabbling birds. If A and B aren't getting along, I take just those two out and feed treats when they are next to each other. I step in and stop any fights before they happen if I can read that one is going to happen, or as soon as it does happen. I move them a little farther apart and start again. If someone is just plain cranky they go back and I try a different day. If all my birds are out and two aren't getting along I out the trouble maker back in the cage. Then later I let them out but put the one they didn't like back. So that everyone has time out.
I also set up several areas that they hang out, each bird has their favorite space. If they leave that space to fight I out them back in their spot. If it keeps up they go back to the cage. Over time and lots and lots of repeating they do pretty great.
All the birds can sit on me like an inch apart and behave. But they can't be that close without me.

Also spend time watching the flock interact. I had my GCC attacking the budgies. So I thought it was a problem with the GCC. But after watching them my Quaker was driving my GCC crazy by try to have sex with her all the time, by bossing her around ECT. So giving the GCC a break from the Quaker almost stopped all attacks in the budgies..
I try a d rotate do all the birds have time out if the cage by themselves too. Not all in the same day , but a rotation everyday of whis turn it is.
Wow Laura! That's an AMAZINGLY helpful post!!! I've definitely got to work on those tips with my boys.
THANK YOU!
__________________
Happy Parront of Yoda and Trigger. Master Yoda is a Green Cheek Conure. Trigger is a Congo African Grey
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Conures

Tags
conure, conure aggression, new bird, rehome

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Conure conundrum! depedean Conures 10 11-19-2019 05:53 PM
Conundrum, Please help. Corvid333 Questions and Answers 11 11-26-2018 04:03 PM
Conure Chick Conundrum SnowPhoenix Breeding/Raising Parrots 3 10-31-2015 12:12 AM
Moral conundrum between birds benlaus Questions and Answers 8 02-23-2015 09:36 AM
Quaker Conundrum NewBirdie Quakers 6 06-19-2013 01:47 PM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.