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Hello All,

Just a means of intro I am a 27 yo and owner of a lovely baby GCC [around 9 weeks old] which I just adopted 2 days ago. He had been feeding on his own for at least 2 weeks according to the breeder.

Myself and my wive spent the weekend cuddling him and playing with him. He really makes our family complete and brought so much happiness even though he's been with us just 2 days. He's bonded so well and he's friendly with guests as well.

The only issue he doesn't like to be in his cage and whenever I put him in he gets agitated and starts screeching to grab attention. It makes me very sad when I see him like that...even though he seems to settle down after a couple of minutes especially if we are not in the same room.
The cage is quite roomy as suggested by the pet shop attendant and also includes a swing as a toy.

The biggest problem is we work office hours. Today I feel really sick at work knowing I left him at home in his cage and can't wait to go back to him. We dedicated a whole room for him as if he was our first child, so we can keep the cage open and he can fly and roam around whilst we are away at the office. The only thing I would like him to familiarise himself with his cage before letting the door open whilst I am not home. He gets out of it easily but somehow he doesn't seem to find his way to the cage on his own.

I am really worried of not being a good owner since I really would like to keep him happy as much as possible. Can't imagine our family without him now or him being unhappy.

Would appreciate if anyone has some tips and insight!!
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It sounds like your little feathered friend has won your hearts, I'm sure a lot of us feel the same way you do when you express concern about being away from your bird while you are at work. Its best you keep him in his cage while you are away at work, the cage is a safety place that he will get use to in time. He came from a breeder so he was around other birds and sounds that made him feel comfortable so in the short time you've had him his new cage is a little scary to him as its new. Any bird introduced to a new environment is usually nervous and quiet in their new cage and home at first, but the good news is he is happy to be playing and out of the cage being hands on and friendly with you. He has learned early that if he screams when in his cage he will attract the attention he wants.... YOU!

Leave a radio on when you are gone for the day so he has music or sounds to keep him company, too much quiet in a birds environment can frighten a bird as its well known that quiet in the wild means there is a predator nearby.

He will figure out where his cage is in time and will fly to it when he feels like it, if you have a flat surface on top of the cage I suggest you put up a perch of some sort or a play stand up there or maybe you can make a play stand yourself so that he can fly to it and hang out on top of the cage.

Offer him some millet or treats on top of the cage and make sure he has lots of toys to play with GCC's love toys.

This is a typical play stand you can buy at most bird/pet shops





One of our members had a twisting rope perch set up on their cage for their bird to fly to and hang out.








This member really spoiled her conure and prepared a large branch for the top of the birds cage.
There are so many things you can put on the wood branch to entice your bird to hang out there and play.

And it looks like her conure really liked being up there as well!



Another great example of a perch play stand made of branches.



A good reason for a play stand or a perch on top of the birds cage is to encourage the bird to go there to hang out and eat or play. All birds like to fly to the highest point in its room which is either the curtain rod over a window or a light fixture or standing lamp or a tall wall unit/book shelf or picture on the wall.

You don't want your bird up high and away from you in any of these places.


Many people get some "safe wood" branches and wash it with hot soapy water then wash it again with vinegar to kill any bacteria or bugs. The wood can sit for a couple of days in a bright area of sunshine to dry and cure before you put it on or in a birds cage. I bake my safe wood branches in the oven on 200F for 30 mins to assure any bugs or bacteria are not on the wood anymore.

Here's a list of safe wood you can obtain for your birds cage. Bird; Birds: Safe, Toxic Trees, Woods. Safe Tree Wood. Parrots. Parrot cages.






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Here he is...his name is Zazu

He simply loves to snuggle and fool around.

Later on I will upload a photo of his cage. I added a ladder as a toy to the swing in the cage and also bought some spare ones as well so I can change on a regular basis so he doesn't get bored.
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Here he is...his name is Zazu

He simply loves to snuggle and fool around.

Later on I will upload a photo of his cage. I added a ladder as a toy to the swing in the cage and also bought some spare ones as well so I can change on a regular basis so he doesn't get bored.

Oh man you had to post a snuggle pic of Zazu? Now I have to get a baby gcc!


Zazu is a great name for him!






Con's are great lovers of little toys they can maneuver with their feet and beak they love to put things in their mouth so there are tons of sites out there where you can buy little toys that are safe for them to play with.

You can also pick up teething toys from the baby infant section of stores as these are colorful and strong and perfect for a conures inquisitive beak and feet.

Ladders and swings are fine but they don't really stimulate a conures playful side like plastic toys with bells or rings.




You can also make toys from clean and new plastic drinking straws, new popsicle sticks and new rolls of paper for an adding machine. Most birds love to be destructive so having a wire holding a roll of adding machine paper gives your bird hours of fun as it pulls on the paper and destroys it.

You can dip new popsicle sticks in flavored jello liquid and let it dry, the flavor and scent on the dry stick will allow your bird to lick and chew on the sticks. I sometimes take paper dixie cups and stack them with treats inside and put a string through a row of 4 or 5 and hang it in my birds cage so he can tear at the cups to get at his treats.

Our member "ilovepets" makes tons of toys for her burbs, you should check out the many threads she has it will give you some ideas how to make simple toys at home for Zazu!


big toy for the little guys

you can't afford not to looks at this thread!

toys, little tree, and foraging area

adding to the forrest and flock



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