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Old 10-21-2013, 04:18 PM
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Re: Need help with my green cheek

I want to clip is wings. But i also have dogs and ferrets. And at the same time I like the fact he can get away if something happened. And I know it might help with is bitting and stuff. It's just hard to pick which now is best for him.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:32 PM
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Re: Need help with my green cheek

I keep my birds wings clipped for safety even though I own a bird dog.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:01 PM
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Re: Need help with my green cheek

Sounds like the douchebag stage, Misha finished that a couple of months ago, he's 3 in Feb. You just need to be really conscious of their cues to leave them alone, Mishas is a touch of his beak on my hand (very quick and I never noticed it) but if I kept doing what I was doing then it was me getting bitten and blood everywhere. If he starts to bite just step back to give him some space for around 15secs then get him to step up and put him away, if I go to put Misha away straight after he's bitten he just arcs up even more. Don't worry, its part of the joys of being a conure owner and it WILL pass, just be really observant to his body language, even more so than usual.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:29 PM
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Re: Need help with my green cheek

If you've got ferrets you should really consider leaving him flighted. Ferrets as you know are bloodthirsty killers, I I very much doubt they would be able to resist a hobbled bird. Just try to keep working with him, as was mentioned this is most likely hormonal. Make sure he's getting at least 12 hours of dark and quiet sleep. So many birds go thru hormonal aggression. It passes.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:38 PM
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Re: Need help with my green cheek

Birds who are flighted have more choice than birds who are clipped. Clipped birds are more vulnerable. I'd rather have an independent, confident bird than a bird that must depend on me... and as I say that, I have two conures, one flighted, one growing in her flights, and both demand to be on me!


Alicia, is it possible that your green cheek just has pent up energy he needs to get out of his system???? Is it possible you could encourage him to fly more often and get him interacted in games that'll wear him out?
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Re: Need help with my green cheek

I'd read very carefully about clipping before going down that route to solve the problem you have. Flight is a bird's first natural first line of defense, and taking that away might have a psychological impact that is the opposite of what you're looking for. Also if he's used to flying to be with you he's likely to end up on the floor a few times, which might not be the best thing if you have other pets - and having seen a clipped bird crash land on top of the family cat I'm pretty sure I'll never clip a bird in my household. I'm not saying don't clip if you need to, just weigh it up carefully first.
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Re: Need help with my green cheek

I think he does have pent up energy. I can never find things that will keep interested for more then two minutes. I have looked up toys to make and he is not interested in any of them, or ones I buy.
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Re: Need help with my green cheek

Flight recall and games with flying as the focus are the best way to burn off excess energy, and it's good for them. I use a clicker because she likes to attack it, and click from different parts of the house so she can come and yank the clipper out of my hands and throw it. Or you could use treats. Just use the same word or sound everytime you want him to fly to you, make a game out if it, and reward with lots of scratches, attention, and/or treats.
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We kinda do flying games. I can go to one room and say his name and he will fly to me. But he gets so bored easily I feel like. I don't know I think he is just stubborn bird.
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