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Question Grumpy conure

Hi everyone, ok so I bought my conure home on Wednesday and he was fine until this weekend where he hasn't stopped biting. Ive told him no and put him in his cage etc but as soon as I get him out again he's biting me. He also does a little squawk when he does it and I try and stop him. Also he hates me doing stuff when I'm with him, like if I'm on my phone he'll come down off my shoulder and bite it and me :s I got no idea if it's normal behaviour coz I've never had a conure before. He actually just did it now, he peels off my screen protector and when I tell him no hangs onto my finger with his beak so I try and shake him off coz it really hurts. He's left a big dent in my finger, there beaks sure are sharp and strong for a little bird lol. He's only 3/4 months so I don't know if he could be molting or not, again coz I haven't had a conure before. I'm going to order a book online right now I think
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Well since you just brought him home he is definitely still settling in. There's a lot of new things that have been thrown at him at once: new house, new cage, new toys, new people. He may need some time to get used to you. Some birds settle right in, others take a bit longer. I'd just go slow with him and make him feel secure.

My conure is around 4 months old and he's molting and he's a bit cranky because of it. Yours could be starting to molt as well. My little guy is full of pinfeathers and he wants me to scratch his head but if I try it's ouchy to him and he gets all mad at me. I do manage to get a few of them with my fingernails but until most of them are gone he's probably gonna be a grump. He's not drawing blood but he is letting me know it bothers him.
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Young conures, and older conures as a matter of fact, are nippy birds as I have found out. I keep working with mine and he gets better and better

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He's fine when we're playing but sometimes just for the fun of it he bites really hard, not that I find it very fun lol.
He does have a few spines around his neck where he likes to be tickled so maybe he is/was moulting?
Also I forgot to mention his droppings are kind of yellow and a bit runny. They weren't when I first got him, he's on the same food as he was in the store so I dunno if I've done anything wrong :s I hope not
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There's a thread in the health section called the poop report or something like that I think, it's really useful! You should check that out.

As for the biting. It seems as though he just wants to test you, and see how much mischief he can make! My conure still does it but hardly at all now.

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They ware very "willful" and want to be the boss of you, that's for sure! Libby is molting and is a bit grumpy too. However, she always wants everything HER way, no matter what! I offered her a bath yesterday -- it's a large shallow tray that I put in the bottom of her cage. She wasn't interested, so I went to take the tray out, and as I was moving away, but still in the cage, she JUMPED into the tray and started taking a bath! If I tried to put the tray down inside the cage, she'd stop. So there I stood, holding the tray, while she bathed! WHAT A DIVA!

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They ware very "willful" and want to be the boss of you, that's for sure! Libby is molting and is a bit grumpy too. However, she always wants everything HER way, no matter what! I offered her a bath yesterday -- it's a large shallow tray that I put in the bottom of her cage. She wasn't interested, so I went to take the tray out, and as I was moving away, but still in the cage, she JUMPED into the tray and started taking a bath! If I tried to put the tray down inside the cage, she'd stop. So there I stood, holding the tray, while she bathed! WHAT A DIVA!

she sounds like a funny bird, bless her
I think Sheldon is the same, if i have anything in my hands he'll bite it til i put it down and as soon as i pick it up back he comes telling me to give him my full attention even when hes sleeping on my shoulder :P.
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There's a thread in the health section called the poop report or something like that I think, it's really useful! You should check that out.

As for the biting. It seems as though he just wants to test you, and see how much mischief he can make! My conure still does it but hardly at all now.

Ooh thanks, i'll go look at it now
Hopefully he'll grow out of it, fingers crossed lol
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one thing i have heard is not to let a nippy- biting bird on your shoulder. Its a bird thing that means he is the boss. One thing i found to help when Cricket was extra naughty was the hand quake. You will hear various opinions on this but if done correctly it really helps. Also, when they are being naughty, make them step up a few times to show them who is the boss. Good luck, i think they go thru stages. Cricket has been pretty good lately but he has his days. I just put him back in the cage and tell him naughty birds don;t get to hang out, outside the cage. Of course he understands every word i tell him.

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Ooh thanks, i'll go look at it now
Hopefully he'll grow out of it, fingers crossed lol

Hey, mine still bites and shrieks for "fun", and this is a bird who is absolutely CRUSHED if she can't spend much of the day snuggled up against my hand!

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