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At what age do green cheek conures go through puberty?

If you haven't heard, my new conure has been an absolute terror today. I'm starting to wonder if she's in puberty and is just hormonal. At what age do conures typically go through puberty? She's about 1 1/2 years old. Here's a list of things I've noticed about her since I got her, and hopefully you guys can tell me what you think

- She just finished a full molt, still has some pin feathers on her head.
- If you scratch her head/help remove the covers on the pin feathers, one second her eyes are closing with pleasure and the next she'll screech and bite you.
- Her behaviour is really unpredictable. She's adorable and quiet one second, screeching and biting the next.
- She bobs her head and "lies" down on the perch, with her wings quivering, while making low noises. Someone told me this is a mating behaviour- is it?
- If you pat her back, she "lies" down and puts her tail up. Looks like she's trying to mate
- I also read somewhere that female conures will "back into" things when they want to mate/are going through puberty...she has this toy in her cage that she does this to ALL THE TIME. Her previous owner called it "cuddling", but I'm starting to think that maybe it's more sexual than that?

I'm just curious if she's going through adolescence now, because that would both explain her behaviour as well as the reason why her previous owners only decided to rehome her now, and not a year ago when their son first showed no interest in having the bird. Maybe the cute baby cuddliness wore off, and they no longer wanted to deal with a hormonal parrot?


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When my female conure reached 1 and 1/2 year of age I did noticed she screamed quite alot. She also did the bobs her head and "lies" down on the perch, with her wings quivering, while making low noises. I thought it was mating ritual when she did this. I also noticed she was sometimes so cranky that she even went after my other conures and tried to bite them. She is now about 2 and still a screamer. I am hoping all this loud screaming is down to homornal and will pass in time. From what you have described, it's exact to what my female conure went through at 1 and 1/2. Never thought I see the day I hear the same story.


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My Maroon Bellied conure(similar to a GCC) reached maturity at about 15 months old. He would rub his vent on my other conures whiles regurgitated to them. He does screams too but not as much as the hormonal female GCC. I would say GCC goes through puberty at about 15 months old judging from what I've seen of my conures.

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Libby will be two years old the end of February, so she's 20 months old now. Some of what you are describing sounds just like what Libby started doing four or five months ago; HOWEVER, she does not scream at all. She's very quiet. She does hunker down on the perch and quiver her wings, plus she has been VERY nippy the last few months. One minute wanting to be rubbed and two seconds later, biting me. She doesn't show any signs of wanting to mate with anything.

I've learned to avoid the bites for the most part, but I do think that she has changed. I still love her like crazy and love having her around, but we have more of a "grown-up" relationship now -- nature always wins!

I'm sorry you're having screaming problems with your GCC. That's something I haven't had to deal with. Hope she settles down soon!

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Sounds like I'm not alone My conure's been nothing but super quiet since I got her last Thursday, but she's been a terror today. Screaming all day! Either she's just gotten comfortable enough to be herself around me, or she's just having a hormonal day. Who knows Considering this seems to be the time that "puberty" starts in GCC's (from what I've heard & read), I think her previous owners got rid of her for that reason. She started biting and screaming and being unpredictable/moody, and they didn't want her anymore


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Something else I need to add. I do find it very useful to stick train all my conures. If you could teach your bird to step-up on a handheld perch so when ever you see the evil eye your conure is giving you, you can then use the handheld perch pick up your conure to avoid getting bitten.

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My conure is 1 and 7 months old now and she does the head down and tail down motion..

She likes to nip my mom and dad but she won't bite me.. But she fakes she is going to.. But doesnt have the guts to do it


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Yes! That's a great idea, and something that I'm working on She will also be getting an earlier bed time (should help with crankiness, hopefully), and slightly more structured out-of-cage time. I've just been letting her out whenever I'm home, but I don't think that's a great plan because one day I might be here all day, then only a few hours the next...and she's going to be expecting to be out ALL the time. Don't want to be too rigid, but it will probably help a bit to have some sort of schedule.


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One other thing, I make sure mine get 12 hours of "sleep/quiet" time every night. That's supposed to help with behavior.

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My birds get around 12 hr's of night time and I stick train all. My YSGCC is about 8 or 9 months old and so far no issues. I don't know if I have a he or a she but I plan on doing a DNA test. The issues you all have been describing sure sound like a hormonal female to me.

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She may get annoyed with the pinnies because they're irritating

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