OH MY! Congrats! Can't wait to see pics!!!
I imagine he's pretty scared right now, so you're doing the right thing to give him a chance to settle in a little.
Libby spent time in the nursery at the bird shop where I bought her, finishing being hand fed along with her 3 clutchmates, so I got to go and visit her, handle her, walk around the store with her, etc. before she came home. But even so, they are scared at first. I would be too!
1. I wonder why he seems dirty. Do you know how old he is? As far as a bath, Libby loves a bath, and will plunk herself in her water dish if she doesn't get one. If he's not a real, real young baby, you could offer him a dish of water in his cage and see if he wants to bathe. If he's real outgoing and friendly with you, you could try hand bathing him or misting him. When I first brought Libby home, she hated being misted or bathed in my hand under the faucet, and preferred the bathtub in her cage method. Just a few weeks ago (she turned 1 yr. in Feb.) I discovered she now LOVES perching on my finger, held under a slowly running faucet and having me bathe her!
If he seems too scared for any of these methods, you could gently hold him and wipe his feathers with a real sopping wet wash cloth to try and clean him a little. Make sure the house is warm, with no drafts. They don't usually like being dirty, so he may welcome a bath of any kind!
2. The only book I have is Conures, A Complete Pet Owner's Manual
by Barron's. It was at my bird shop, but you can probably find it on line, maybe at Amazon. The ISBN number is ISBN-13: 978-0-7641-4366-3.
I also did a search for "Green Cheek Conures" on line and read everything I could find.
3. Most birds will test your finger with their beak before they climb on, but it shouldn't be too hard. Libby went through a phase where she was a little nippier than I'd like. Usually, I'd say "no bite!" and if that made her madder (yes they have a temper!), and she'd try it again, I'd put her back in her cage and turn my back on her -- she wanted attention, so even though she loves her cage, she didn't like me turning my back on her!
During this phase, Libby was very "willful" and wanted her own way, so was always testing to see if she could be boss -- she can't!
For the most part, this phase seems to have passed and she doesn't bite or nip much, unless she's annoyed. For example, when I'm bathing her, if I try to spread out her wings to wet them, she'll give a little squawk and act like she's going to bite -- but that's about it.
So, either it was a phase, or I've learned to avoid the situations where she bites me! I won't allow her to continue biting me though, if she starts, she needs to learn that this is unacceptable behavior. I warn you, they are really FAST when they decide to bite!
I do hope you are as happy with your new baby as I am with Libby! She's affectionate, smart, clowny, sassy and beautiful, as I am sure your bird will be!
Have you decided on a name????
If I can help in any way, please let me know. I want you to be as happy and "in love" as I am! If you'd like, you can e-mail me at [email protected]