More questions: red poop, walking on the floor, should riding, calling out at bedtime. . .
Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:45 AM
Second thing I'm wondering about. He tends to fly down from his cage to the floor and join us wherever we are in the house - scuttling around the floor to find us. While I find it quite cute and charming, we're a little concerned he could get stepped on. I try to keep a pretty close eye on him whenever he is out of the cage, but I have two relatively young kids at home who are not always thinking about where they step. Any suggestions for keeping him safe or getting him to avoid the floor? I'm thinking about letting his flight feathers grow back in so he can fly to us, but I've never had a flighted bird and I'm just not sure about it. The bird shop owner said keeping them trimmed would help keep him in line, so to speak, too. But regardless of whether we let those grow back in, I need to be sure he's safe in the meantime.
Finally, I'm still not always sure what to do with him when he's out of the cage. He doesn't seem to be much on shoulder riding at the moment. I've been unsure if I should do this anyway because I've read it can make them feel somewhat superior and cause behavior issues. Still, it would be nice to just have him with me as I go about my daily chores.
I often watch my evening TV with him in my lap on a towel to catch the poop and a toy for him to chew on while we sit together. I think I may start clicker training this summer, but I just don't have the energy for formal training times right now. Do most of you carry your bird around the house with you a lot? I think I'm also going to buy several play gyms so he can hang out with me in different play areas as I visit different rooms of the house. I'm still just trying to feel my way through how to incorporate him better into family activities and would love even more suggestions!
Oh, and just wondering who else has a bird that calls at night when you turn the lights out. When we go to bed and turn the lights out, he carries on for about 10 minutes. The first night I went to him, but when I realized nothing was wrong, I stopped doing that so as not to reinforce the behavior. Thankfully he stops after a short while. Really, it's the only "screaming" he does at all with the rare exception of when he wants out of his cage and I haven't been to open it since I got home. So I think we are quite lucky with regard to noise. I find it sweet and yet not a good thing that he does this. So happy to have a bird, though, that likes hanging out with us!
Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:32 AM
If you train Gio right, then you can have him live happily in your home, flighted. Birds who are flighted have the *choice* to do as you say or do as they want, and it's not about dominance. It's a good idea to have a flighted bird trained in recall, stay, fly to perch and fly to cage for basic commands. Otherwise though, you need to train him to "stay" and praise him when he does. If he goes to the floor, put him back. You could also teach him to come, get him "coming" to you on a frequent basis, then don't use the command.
Superior, aka dominance, is just a myth. Parrots bite for a variety of reasons, not because they are trying to dominate you or be superior. I highly suggest looking into clicker training and positive reinforcement. If you really look into it, it will help teach you how to not only communicate better with Gio, but to better understand him as well!
As far as training goes specifically, it doesn't take more than 15 minutes a day, two to three times a day! Heck, the sessions don't even have to be that long! You only need to keep the sessions short and fun!
My mitred conure often screams when I leave the room, irregardless of the time of day or night. It usually helps if I make sure he's had enough exercise (aka flight), but still he'd rather be attached to me than stuck in his cage!
Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:27 AM
Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:48 AM
Both my conures prefer high perches than the floor but both are fully flighted and almost always choose to fly up when they are near the floor... My green cheek will follow birds on the floor when we have a visitor that likes the floor - but does not choose to be down there by herself.
Neither of my birds say anything after a couple of minutes of "lights out." But they are up at 5:00am and go to bed at 10:00pm - and, aside from some daytime naps, they are probably pretty sleepy.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:27 PM
Colored pellets will definitely cause colored pooh. Not sure about red pepper... but it seems possible.
Do you cover his cage at night? He probably just wants to be with you poor guy, sounds like a sweet conure you have there!
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