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Elephantshow1984

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Hello there. I’m new here.
Looking for a little advice.
I share a house with a friend. My friend last year decided to adopt a baby conure. He’s now a year old.
He bonded well with the conure last year until recently where he had to work 12 hour shifts for around 3 weeks. I was left to take care of the conure while he was working. Now it seems is attached to me. When I leave the room. He sits in the door handle looking through the window on the doors. It’s kind of cute.
But he won’t go to my housemate any more . Flies off when he tries to hold him. It is technically his bird not mine so I was wondering how I can get him rebonded to the conure please?
Also, he’s a naughty little boy at the minute and nips and chews everything. I’ve been placing him back in his cage when he’s taken a chunk out of me lol and gave him time out in there. Is that right? Sorry for the long message. Thanks.
 
Biting, whether intentional or not, just over preening your skin or actually taking chunks of meat out - all are PAINFULL! In the wild that sort of behavior is not tolerated by the flock. They ostracize flock members who continue to act like that. We call it 'Shunning'. This WILL work, but needs to be done correctly to get the message across and it needs to be done IMMEDIATELY so the parrot can associate the bite with the shunning action. And it needs to happen every time and with anyone involved with the parrot.

When the bite or over preening occurs:

  • Say in a forceful but not shouting voice "No Bite" or other endearments.
  • Immediately place the parrot on a nearby, handy chairback. NOT the cage (that would only teach the parrot to bite when he wants to go back to his cage).
  • Turn your back to him and ignore him for 1 minute. No peeking, no talking about or too him, NADA. NO eye contact. No less or the message is lost, no more or the bird will not associate the action with the bite.
  • After a minute you can try to re-establish contact.
Rinse, repeat as needed. Most parrots get the message after a few times, some may need more. Also very important - make sure the bite is not your fault. Annoying your parrot, asking him to step up when he is otherwise preoccupied with eating or playing, bothering him during known moody times like mating season, or ignoring the warnings and body language of your parrot - these are bites that you deserve! Learn, and be a better parront !!
 
What Wrenchie said! I love it when Wrench beats me to a thread; then all I need to say is... "what Wrenchie said"!

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Hello there. I’m new here.
Looking for a little advice.
I share a house with a friend. My friend last year decided to adopt a baby conure. He’s now a year old.
He bonded well with the conure last year until recently where he had to work 12 hour shifts for around 3 weeks. I was left to take care of the conure while he was working. Now it seems is attached to me. When I leave the room. He sits in the door handle looking through the window on the doors. It’s kind of cute.
But he won’t go to my housemate any more . Flies off when he tries to hold him. It is technically his bird not mine so I was wondering how I can get him rebonded to the conure please?
Also, he’s a naughty little boy at the minute and nips and chews everything. I’ve been placing him back in his cage when he’s taken a chunk out of me lol and gave him time out in there. Is that right? Sorry for the long message. Thanks.
Conures are nippers, looks like he picked you as his person, we have 5 , the 3 babies they had are great the mom loves my husband the dad loves me, hates my husband. I got a nip from the mom who is sitting on 7 eggs and I was trying to feed her. Give it time you'll work it out. Treats help.
 

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