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I got a new baby today!

So today i went to a bird fair in Council Bluffs. I bought a yellow sided green cheek conure. He didn't bite me once......while at the bird fair anyway. When i got him home he was kinda bitey. He was supposed to be hand tame hand fed. Time will tell. I put him in the smaller cage for a day or two and then after he settles in i will put him in the big one. Just didn't want to overwhelm him. We think it's a him but not sure. I have a few questions i hope you can help me with.
1) He feels a little dirty, do you think i could put him in the sink tomorrow and let him take a bath? Or would that be too soon?
2) Anyone know any good GCC books, videos, sites i could go to to learn?
3) Jodeg, i hope i will be as happy with this little guy as you are with yours. Do you have any brilliant advice about what to do when he bites? I know he mostly is pinching my skin to pull himself up on me but he does it pretty hard like a bite. I just don't want another Twinkie situation.
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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] .

HAVE FUN!

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What a great post, Jo Anne! Can't top that. LOL!
And how exciting. I love conures. I hope things go well, and keep us updated on how he/she is!!




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that post made me exhausted reading it awesome info!

congratulations! and I can't wait to see some pics

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Wow thank you

I knew you would be a world of help. It was kind of cold in the house so i set him on a heat pad while the house warmed up and got him set up with food and placed a towel placed over the cage to keep in some of the heat. I don't know if he is dirty feeling from the cage he was in at the fair with all the other baby green cheeks and they were in and out of their food dish or what. I talked to a fellow at the bird food section who is part of the Greater Omaha caged bird society and he said to be confindent in purchasing from the the guy i bought him from, so that made me feel good. I think i would like to go to some of thier meetings and learn more about birds. I would love to hear more about your time out technique. I think you have talked about it before. Is that all there is to it? Just turn your back and ignore them? I just really want this to work this time. to come soon, i didn't want to scare him today. Thanks so much! Oh, and as far as naming him goes, i have to get to know his little personality so it may be a while. Sometimes something will stick and the next thing I try just doesn't seem right. I may have to scroll thru the forum and see what you guys named yours.

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Congrats! Here's a good article that has some good suggestions on biting. I hope he settles in nicely for you! I've never been to a bird fair, but they sound fun!
http://www.pamperedpeeps.com/bitinggreencheeks.htm
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Great info, Jo Anne! I couldn't have said it any better myself!
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Thank you for that link

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Congrats! Here's a good article that has some good suggestions on biting. I hope he settles in nicely for you! I've never been to a bird fair, but they sound fun!
http://www.pamperedpeeps.com/bitinggreencheeks.htm
I knew i had seen that somewhere, i will put that in my favorites and try it next time i am brave enough to work with him. Jodeg suggested giving him another day to settle in. I think that is good advice also. Thanks again.
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Omg! I forgot something!!!

Gosh, I forgot one of the MOST important things!!!

You need to plan on taking your new baby to an avian vet for a "new bird wellness checkup" asap. I know this isn't cheap, but with a new bird it's very important to get him checked out. This will give you some peace of mind about his overall health.

Oh yes, one more thing! If you have other birds, you need to quarantine the new bird for 60 days, to make sure he doesn't have any illnesses.

If I think of anything else, I'll post! hee hee!

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Thanks for the kind words, everyone! My husband will tell you -- I talk just as much in person as I type in my posts!

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When my birds are misbehaving I often just leave the room. They want my attention so they just sulk, like children!

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