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Old 08-19-2018, 02:09 AM
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My conures all have different favourite treats - I use a hand chopper to dice up nuts for one, raw sunflower seeds for another. One loves safflower seeds, all of mine hate pine nuts (but I know many birds like them). All of mine will do anything for little bits of fresh apple, 2 of them love dried papaya, all of them think dried apple is pretty awesome. Just try different things and don’t be afraid to eat the treats yourself in front of them.... mine are all suspicious of new foods and will try anything I offer if I eat it first
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Re: Shy Conure - Need help taming

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Nuts, millet, sunflower seeds, fresh fruit, dried fruit, or any other number of things can be used as a treat.


I'm working with a hands off green cheek conure and he's *VERY* food motivated! He's actually a pretty fantastic eater, even compared to my own birds whom I've had for several years! (upwards of 17 years!) So he's rather easy to work with. Heck, he even likes Benebac Probiotics! And gets antsy if he thinks I'm giving it to other birds! (medicating two other birds...) He's still rather hand shy, but he's been on my hands a few times already. I think he'd be great in a home where someone already has a tame and friendly green cheek (or other Pyrrhura) and the other bird could help him come out of his shell.
Thatís really helpful thank you, as my black capped is past the quarantine time Iíve introduced them when theyíre both in their cages and theyíve seen each other for just over a week now. I got my friendly Conure Alby out while he was in and made sure she stayed interested in me rather than him, but I thought that I shouldnít introduce them any further while he is still hand shy, is this a good idea or does that not matter much as to how friendly he is with me?
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Re: Shy Conure - Need help taming

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My conures all have different favourite treats - I use a hand chopper to dice up nuts for one, raw sunflower seeds for another. One loves safflower seeds, all of mine hate pine nuts (but I know many birds like them). All of mine will do anything for little bits of fresh apple, 2 of them love dried papaya, all of them think dried apple is pretty awesome. Just try different things and donít be afraid to eat the treats yourself in front of them.... mine are all suspicious of new foods and will try anything I offer if I eat it first
Okay thank you for the advice! Itís nice learning what their different preferences are, everyday I feel Iím learning something new about him! Like he really likes broccoli! But I was wondering about the dried fruits, I read somewhere that if they contain sulfur dioxide then it can make them aggressive, but at my local supermarket on the dried fruits contain sulfur dioxide!
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My conures all have different favourite treats - I use a hand chopper to dice up nuts for one, raw sunflower seeds for another. One loves safflower seeds, all of mine hate pine nuts (but I know many birds like them). All of mine will do anything for little bits of fresh apple, 2 of them love dried papaya, all of them think dried apple is pretty awesome. Just try different things and donít be afraid to eat the treats yourself in front of them.... mine are all suspicious of new foods and will try anything I offer if I eat it first
Okay thank you for the advice! Itís nice learning what their different preferences are, everyday I feel Iím learning something new about him! Like he really likes broccoli! But I was wondering about the dried fruits, I read somewhere that if they contain sulfur dioxide then it can make them aggressive, but at my local supermarket on the dried fruits contain sulfur dioxide!
You can buy dried papaya bits for birds in the pet store and I have a dehydrator that I use during fruit season so I know thereís no sulfur dioxide in any of their dried fruit. I just bag and freeze it once dehydrated and itís great snacks for the rest of the year for me and good treats for them
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Re: Shy Conure - Need help taming

The other green cheek I have isn't interested in Merlin, the hands off green cheek. Merlin is quite interested in Scooter, though! That's why I feel he'd do great in a home with a friendly and confident green cheek.

So it can vary between birds.
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Re: Shy Conure - Need help taming

Safflower seeds those white ones are pure magic to GCC!!
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Re: Shy Conure - Need help taming

My 3 conures have all liked different treats. My sun loves pine nuts, my gcc loves safflower seeds and my nanday loved tiny pieces of dried fruit.
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