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Old 06-21-2020, 03:18 AM
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Question New Green Cheek Conure

I've just bought a new green cheek conure.
I feel that it's already got a bad impression of me.
It refuses to eat and just sits there.
I try to get it on my arm and it goes on my arm for a few seconds and tries to fly off or it bites me.
However, it's wings are clipped.
How do I get it more used to me?
(It's currently 4 months old)

It also keeps on biting me very hard to the point where there's blood.
It bites whenever it's on my hand and I'm transporting it around my house.

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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

He has not even settled in yet. Leave him in the cage for a few days so he gets accomodated to his new home and you!

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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

Hello Calorious, allow me to welcome your new green cheek to the Forum Family. What is his name by the way?

Your new baby doesn't yet know that he can trust you, he is biting to protect himself. With time, he will learn that you and your fingers bring good stuff to him, such as yummy treats and head scratches. Give him a little time to settle in and trust will develop gradually.

Thank you for joining and reaching out! I wish you and your new feather baby a long and happy life together
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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

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Hello Calorious, allow me to welcome your new green cheek to the Forum Family. What is his name by the way?

Your new baby doesn't yet know that he can trust you, he is biting to protect himself. With time, he will learn that you and your fingers bring good stuff to him, such as yummy treats and head scratches. Give him a little time to settle in and trust will develop gradually.

Thank you for joining and reaching out! I wish you and your new feather baby a long and happy life together
Yeah I still don't know what name to give it.
Anyway, it keeps on biting me. I don't really know how to stop it.
it's bitten it so hard very persistently.
Sometimes it climbs up random things and while trying to get it off.
It falls off down to the floor.
When it falls, it seems to always be hostile to everything.
After it falls and I try to get it on my hand, it just bites me very persistently. I don't really know how to stop it anymore.
I had a parrot that flew away before (it was a ringneck), I could just blow at it and it would stop biting. However, I blew at this parrot and it let go for 2 seconds and started biting very hard again.
I don't really know how to stop it. I know it's trying to protect itself but does it think I am a very hostile opponent or something?
Any ideas?
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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

Firstly let me say I am very sorry for your loss of your ringneck. It must have been very painful to have lost him.

Now, take a step back and see things from your new bird's viewpoint. Conures in the wild are prey animals and they have evolved that way over millions of years. They can also be particularly aggressive around their cage which they perceive as their territory. Do try to be careful about handling him if he is clipped, unless you have carpet he may injure himself if he hits the floor very hard.

I really think you just need to leave him for a few days and allow him to settle in, you may just be expecting a bit too much too soon. Your baby has gone through some major changes in his short life and you don't know what he has experienced before coming home to you. Every bird is different and some will take to their new surroundings more readily than others. My cockatiel Fang for example settled straight in on day one, but when I brought my lorikeet Lilly home she was TERRIFIED of me for about the first 3 weeks she was here. I would just sit a few metres away from her cage and read to her calmly and offer her treats - in her case eucalyptus flowers but you might try a millet spray which you can hold through the bars of the cage.

Once you have established a base level of trust and your bird knows you're not going to eat him you can work on the biting. 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 a few minutes with no eye contact. Don’t put him back in his cage as this may be exactly what he wants! Repeat the procedure if he bites you again.

But first I would urge you to just slow down and allow him that precious time to calm himself. He is just a baby going through some radical changes in his life and he doesn't know what to expect next.
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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

Quote: Originally Posted by LaManuka View Post
Firstly let me say I am very sorry for your loss of your ringneck. It must have been very painful to have lost him.

Now, take a step back and see things from your new bird's viewpoint. Conures in the wild are prey animals and they have evolved that way over millions of years. They can also be particularly aggressive around their cage which they perceive as their territory. Do try to be careful about handling him if he is clipped, unless you have carpet he may injure himself if he hits the floor very hard.

I really think you just need to leave him for a few days and allow him to settle in, you may just be expecting a bit too much too soon. Your baby has gone through some major changes in his short life and you don't know what he has experienced before coming home to you. Every bird is different and some will take to their new surroundings more readily than others. My cockatiel Fang for example settled straight in on day one, but when I brought my lorikeet Lilly home she was TERRIFIED of me for about the first 3 weeks she was here. I would just sit a few metres away from her cage and read to her calmly and offer her treats - in her case eucalyptus flowers but you might try a millet spray which you can hold through the bars of the cage.

Once you have established a base level of trust and your bird knows you're not going to eat him you can work on the biting. 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 a few minutes with no eye contact. Don’t put him back in his cage as this may be exactly what he wants! Repeat the procedure if he bites you again.

But first I would urge you to just slow down and allow him that precious time to calm himself. He is just a baby going through some radical changes in his life and he doesn't know what to expect next.
Yeah actually, I think I'm handling him like I would when I was with ringneck for like 3 months+.
Thanks! I'll try to check in on him after a few days and weeks.
I'll try to pick him up and feed him though, but it just seems so eager to get on another stable platform when it seems to be making my own hand unstable for itself (it just walks around my hand when I'm moving which makes it think that my hand is an unstable platform)
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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

Just a question... do you know if this little one was hand fed? This can make a big difference when it comes to attitude towards hands at first. If it was not hand raised it could be reacting like a bird in the wild would, scared and afraid. It’s just going to take some patience to get him/her to know your there as a friend.

We have a turquoise, a pineapple, and a yellow sided and all were hand fed. They all can be nippy when playing hard or not wanting to leave or go back in cage. At first they did clamp down when stepping up onto fingers as can be unsure or afraid. Think of their beak as also being the equivalent of your hand. It’s the only way they can grip things they are not standing on.

As far as falling and such, if they are not used to wings clipped, they can be clumsy. Just be careful how high off the ground or table you put her/him.


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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

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Just a question... do you know if this little one was hand fed? This can make a big difference when it comes to attitude towards hands at first. If it was not hand raised it could be reacting like a bird in the wild would, scared and afraid. It’s just going to take some patience to get him/her to know your there as a friend.

We have a turquoise, a pineapple, and a yellow sided and all were hand fed. They all can be nippy when playing hard or not wanting to leave or go back in cage. At first they did clamp down when stepping up onto fingers as can be unsure or afraid. Think of their beak as also being the equivalent of your hand. It’s the only way they can grip things they are not standing on.

As far as falling and such, if they are not used to wings clipped, they can be clumsy. Just be careful how high off the ground or table you put her/him.


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I doubt it's hand-fed because I got it from a bird shop.
I'll take note of the rest though.
Regarding it biting, I would be fine if it were to just grip onto me to get onto it's destination point but it just seems to be biting me very hard just to protect itself despite me trying to be patient with it.
I'll take note of everything and get back after a few weeks. Thanks everyone!
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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

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Just a question... do you know if this little one was hand fed? This can make a big difference when it comes to attitude towards hands at first. If it was not hand raised it could be reacting like a bird in the wild would, scared and afraid. It’s just going to take some patience to get him/her to know your there as a friend.

We have a turquoise, a pineapple, and a yellow sided and all were hand fed. They all can be nippy when playing hard or not wanting to leave or go back in cage. At first they did clamp down when stepping up onto fingers as can be unsure or afraid. Think of their beak as also being the equivalent of your hand. It’s the only way they can grip things they are not standing on.

As far as falling and such, if they are not used to wings clipped, they can be clumsy. Just be careful how high off the ground or table you put her/him.


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I doubt it's hand-fed because I got it from a bird shop.
I'll take note of the rest though.
Regarding it biting, I would be fine if it were to just grip onto me to get onto it's destination point but it just seems to be biting me very hard just to protect itself despite me trying to be patient with it.
I'll take note of everything and get back after a few weeks. Thanks everyone!

You should call the shop and ask them. It could have been hand fed but may have been there for a while with no interaction. Just take it slow. Take her:him out and let her crawl all around you. They are great birds and usually are playful.

Just patience and time. Try letting it snuggling up in a blanket on your lap. Ours love this. Just be careful and don’t fall asleep yourself.


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Re: New Green Cheek Conure

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Firstly let me say I am very sorry for your loss of your ringneck. It must have been very painful to have lost him.

Now, take a step back and see things from your new bird's viewpoint. Conures in the wild are prey animals and they have evolved that way over millions of years. They can also be particularly aggressive around their cage which they perceive as their territory. Do try to be careful about handling him if he is clipped, unless you have carpet he may injure himself if he hits the floor very hard.

I really think you just need to leave him for a few days and allow him to settle in, you may just be expecting a bit too much too soon. Your baby has gone through some major changes in his short life and you don't know what he has experienced before coming home to you. Every bird is different and some will take to their new surroundings more readily than others. My cockatiel Fang for example settled straight in on day one, but when I brought my lorikeet Lilly home she was TERRIFIED of me for about the first 3 weeks she was here. I would just sit a few metres away from her cage and read to her calmly and offer her treats - in her case eucalyptus flowers but you might try a millet spray which you can hold through the bars of the cage.

Once you have established a base level of trust and your bird knows you're not going to eat him you can work on the biting. 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 a few minutes with no eye contact. Don’t put him back in his cage as this may be exactly what he wants! Repeat the procedure if he bites you again.

But first I would urge you to just slow down and allow him that precious time to calm himself. He is just a baby going through some radical changes in his life and he doesn't know what to expect next.
Yeah actually, I think I'm handling him like I would when I was with ringneck for like 3 months+.
Thanks! I'll try to check in on him after a few days and weeks.
I'll try to pick him up and feed him though, but it just seems so eager to get on another stable platform when it seems to be making my own hand unstable for itself (it just walks around my hand when I'm moving which makes it think that my hand is an unstable platform)
Don’t leave him for weeks, just a couple of days to allow him to settle. Alembic is quite right, he may have been hand fed but that often isn’t the warm and fuzzy experience that it sounds like. Often it’s just a case of being isolated in a brooder with his nestmates and being handled at feeding time and very little other interaction. And yes he may be reacting to your hand being unstable, in my experience GCCs only latch on even harder if that’s the case.
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