New to conures & need some advice
Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:55 AM
I should point out that I was correct about their sexes. On April 2nd Lecia laid her 1st egg. 7 eggs later, the 1st one hatched on April 24th (2nd one yesterday). If this behavior from Rowdy hadn't been present from early on I would just chalk it up to being a new parent. I'm not seeing any feather ruffling prior the the biting. He will be sitting there happily whistling in my ear & then suddenly bite. I can put my hands in the cage to clean it or to feed & water them without any worries except that they may try to escape out the open door (I have 2 dogs & a cat so I have to be cautious about when they are out) Since they can't be out all the time I made sure to place their cage in a place where they would be near me & interract with me all day. Neither bird will step up & both will move away from me if I try to get them to climb on. They will only climb onto my shoulder from the side of the cage after the doors have been open for a little while & I'm not paying attention.
My concern is how I get Rowdy to stop biting me when he's outside of the cage. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:32 AM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:39 AM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:58 AM
With my Green Cheek biting was worse when she was one year old and now, at five years, biting has subsided to a very low level. I suspect it will simply be time and interaction that will solve the issue for you. If I have any advice it is go slowly with your interaction with the birds and build a trusting relationship with them, never push the birds beyond their tolerance level (otherwise you'll end up a few steps - or many steps - back), and be very, very patient...
Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:06 AM
I went into the same pet store today that I got Rowdy & Lecia from. They have a pair of beautiful conures that have been horribly neglected. The one they are calling a Mexican Jenday has a feather plucking issue and has even plucked feathers on the top of the Sun Conure's head. They were in a smoker's home & the birds & cage smell awful. I spent an hour with the birds today. Both are very interested in people but very shy. The original owner did not clean their cage for several months at a time. They have no toys unless you count a stainless steel chain hanging from the top of the cage. They are on an all seed diet & not used to being fed every day.
I'm wondering if I would be crazy to bring them home. I am a stay at home mom of one 16 year old daughter (who loves animals as much as I do) & have more time on my hands than I know what to do with. I am very patient & have been doing so much research on Conures in general. I have plenty of love to give all 4 conures. Would bringing them in be too disruptive to Rowdy & Lecia?
I would absolutely be taking them to an avian vet as soon I get them.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:02 AM
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