Several questions about my new conure
Hi all! I just joined to see if I can get some advice regarding my new birdie.
Some info about me:
- I have previously owned parakeets.
- I have some experience training dogs and training horses, but I don't feel quite up to speed in the parrot department.
- I'm about to get married, and my fiancé isn't so sure what he thinks about birds, so I want my little guy to make a good impression when we all move in together.
Some info about Loki:
- He is a Sunday Conure.
- I don't know if he is really a he.
- I got him as a handfed baby.
- He was just finishing the weaning process when I got him 2 months ago.
- He wants to be with people all the time. He can't stand to be left out, just like my dog and my horse; somehow all my animals have the same personality.
Okay, so here are some general questions I have regarding Loki.
What would you say all tame parrots need to know?
(Conversely, what would you say all owners of tame parrots need to know?) Loki knows step up and step down. He knows how to communicate that he wants to go somewhere other than where he is currently. He is not potty trained. He sometimes does not seem to notice the difference between my fingers and his toys that he chews on. I want to have a respectful and respectable bird, so any tips on methods of training or specific commands that you think apply to all tame birds would be very much appreciated!
In regards to training, I'm trying to find him a treat to use in training sessions that he can eat quickly and move on. With my parakeets, I would hold a single millet seed between my fingers, and they would step up or do a trick for that. Loki doesn't seem interested in the millet spray when I put it in his cage, and other bird treats I have tried are dried fruits and veggies. He enjoys tearing them up but doesn't swallow them. Is this just because he's a baby? Any treat suggestions?
He currently lives at a friend's house where he is not in a position in the house where he can see people very often. He seems to have learned that screaming is a good way to get attention. What is the best way to address this? I've tried only taking him out when he is quiet, but he has a habit of screaming at me as I'm in the process of opening the cage door. Is this normal/acceptable or should it be discouraged?
I'd like to train Loki to a flight suit. I have put it on him several times, and he is perfectly content to wear it. As happy as can be. Getting it onto him, however, is a two-person job, because he bites. Does anybody have experience with flight suits? Is there a good one-person way to get it on? Perhaps there is a certain hold I should practice with him before I try the flight suit again?
I'm all ears to any advice you all have to give!