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Obsession with the floor

So this is starting to become a bit of an issue, not a big one but enough to be rather annoying. There are periods of time during the day that I physically cannot keep Reptar off the floor. This happens wherever we are too. If we're in my room, he likes to pick at the carpet a bit but nothing major. Out in the living room, we have wood floors so theres nothing for him to really get at. Otherwise, theres nothing of interest down there and nothing he gets into, just likes to walk around at ground level, usually looking out the backdoor trying to get out. But during these times, its constant. I put him up on the rolling play gym, he flies right back down until hes satisfied with his adventure.

Any real reason you guys can think of why he'd like it down there so much? All my birds love high places, all birds in general like high places! So why is this quirky, dorky silly bird so obsessed with the floor? I can't really seem to think of any reasons for it.



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He might just be thinking there would be food down there. A lot of species forage a lot on the ground, although I'm not sure if Conures are one of those species. I don't see a problem with it unless he starts attacking feet!



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I think most psittacine species like to forage on the ground


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Very true and understandable, my tiels forage a lot on the bottom of the cage when they knock stuff off. Just odd that he keeps going back, day after day, when there is nothing on the ground that he even shows interest in. Thank you for the responses (:



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I hate that too. When my green cheeks get on the floor, they would poop everywhere, I hate them pooping on the carpet the most .. luckily they don't get on the floor too often, thank god.

When my grey get on the floor if she ever does she would chew through the carpet, the wood skirting and the wall with her strong beak. If I leave her to her own devices I wouldn't have any house left..My grey was adopted at quite an old age and she's got her bad habit from all the previous owners, she's now too old to be trained.

Find out she your little green cheeks afraid of the most and use that by putting it on the floor as a deterrence. I have even been spraying my carpet with anti plucking spray so that my grey won't chew it all up .

I hope you can train her at this early stage to stay off the floor


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I think Reptar has discovered a new game...how long does it take for my human to scoop me up off the floor

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Aw man, I'm being trained! Sneaky little thing aha.



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My green cheek does not care to be on the floor, she will follow us around to get picked up, it is the method I use to discourage biting (placed on floor and ignored for a few seconds). However she is not distressed, more like an .. Oh crap, I'm on the floor... Lol. I try to discourage my birds from the floor as I am scared of stepping on them. My parrotlet has come VERY close a few times... Like accidentally kicked across the floor close.. Very scary as he won't move he waits for us to come get him if he lands on the floor... If he flys down there and we don't notice it is a disaster waiting to happen!
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That's the only issue I have with it really, the birds wins because I can't leave him on the floor for too long. Its a perpetual pick up game til hes tired of it for the day. I put him up on the gym, turn away and hear him jump right back down again half the time. So yeahh, theres reverse training going on here, lol.

Its honestly not like he gets into anything, causing destruction and such, I just really don't feel like its a safe move for him to get so used to it. Its just a constant jump back down to investigate.



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He's playin' ya Sista... Lol
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Yes, my experience is the same as Parrotletsrock, none of my GCC likes floors.
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If Anna (Wyrinth) is right, your attention you give him when he is on the floor is a reward for him.
Try to ignore him, and praise him when he is on a higher place.

My guys never walk on my floor, but they love the floor of their flight cage.



That could also be a solution - to set up a nice floor he likes in his cage.
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I agree with Wyrinth honestly, but like I said, the bird wins in that case. Unfortunately, with dogs in the house, its just not viable to leave him on the floor for a period of time. When they're locked outside, sure, but they usually aren't. I could explain every reason that it is a non issue with the dogs for the past 8 years and that we take so many precautions, but I would still be judged regardless so not going to attempt it. No offense guys.

Are there other ways to discourage being on the floor without me become the 'trained' species in the scenario when I have to pick him up? If not, extra care can be taken that when he gets into one of those moods, he just stays in my room. He can be on the floor there and do as he pleases. So far, thats been the only solution I've found. This isn't a constant thing either, just more there are periods of time that he is incredibly insistent on it, and couldn't care less about the floor the rest of the day.



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Does he seem attracted mostly to 'dark places' (like behind or under a sofa)? Because those was the only 'reason' why my GCCs wanted down from my shoulder: the quest for a suitable 'nest'. Does your have a sleeping hut? Mine loved theirs.
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He has a sleeping hut in his cage and uses it regularly, but hes only ever really in there at night. I can easily bring it out and attach it to the play gym in the living room during the day. The object of his fascination most of the time, but not always, is the back door. He mostly likes to sit there and just watch things. He's learned that when the dogs sit at the door, we let them in or out. Its almost like he chills there waiting for us to do the same for him, lol. But our dining room table is in the same area as well, so theres a chair that I've pushed all the way up to the glass to give him a safer viewing zone, and he still prefers chilling right by the where the door opens. Otherwise, he just walks around in the middle of the room.



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Perhaps you could give him lots of millet or treats or food when he's not on the floor, and avoid him getting any food while on the floor. Funny though, seeing as most birds prefer to be up high!




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Maybe he just like to look at things from a new perspective. HAha!
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