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Chew chew chew chew chew chew chew

Okay, so Driscol is now about 3 months old....a torquioise conure.
the chewing thing is driving me nuts!

DOES IT **EVER** STOP?????

Not believing it's a youn'in thing either. it's just too constant.
Chews your necklace, buttons, papers, pens, computer, glasses, certainly any jewelry, ....you name it, he chews it!
Makes for a lot of time out....not what I planned on.
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Driscol is a really cool name!
I think it's just in his personality Bird's naturally LOVE to destroy and maybe a few shredding toys will help calm him down

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Birds LOVE to chew on stuff! Give him plenty of things to chew on and forage for in his cage. I have a roll of adding maching tape hanging in Charley's (Hahns Macaw) cage and he has a ball with it -- chewing, ripping, tearing, unrolling it and dragging it all over his cage!

They also like to chew on wood -- start with soft wood like Balsa. Also, there's lots of toys that are made to be destroyed. Chewing activity will keep him occupied and busy -- a busy bird is a happy bird!

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I wear crystal drop earrings.. nice and shiny. my conure LOVES them , but everytime he touches him I make an angry budgie sound at him , tell him no and remove the earring from him... I have had him since June and he rarely touches them now... you just have to be consitant with it.. they are very smart and will learn.
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Yeah you really can't avoid chewing. I provide lots of wood for my birds and simply just watch and make sure they aren't chewing anything they shouldn't be.




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All birds chew. I have a bird called Chewee that never ever stops

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No the chewing doesn't stop. It is part of a bird's nature. Disciplining him for what comes naturally isn't fun either. I'd give him lots of things to chew on. My golden is a chewer, anything he can get his beak on and most often it isn't his toys.
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Be thankful he is chewing and not biting. I made a toy for Maxx that has Finger Traps and Jumbo Colored Popsicle Sticks. He chews it up, and I remake it. Also he loves the Wood Kabob. Soft wood that he can destroy.






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Those finger traps are a MUST HAVE in Libby's (GCC) cage! Charley and Angelina aren't into them as much, but Libby shreds about two every day! I buy them in bulk!!

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Yeah, it's in birds instinct to chew. Either for play, to make nest, ect..... A lot of chewing toys might subside it.


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My conure loves to chew too. I take off all jewlery when I play with him. I only wear a watch (so I can time when he needs to go back to his cage to potty - and he has learnt to pretty much ignore it.
When he's on me, I have a dangly beady foot toy and a bamboo one he can destroy. I use these to distract him from my watch or my fingers or anything else I don't want him to chew. I think he sometimes goes to these 'no go' places so I'll use his toys and play with him - which I don't mind at all. He's very clever and very cute.
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I've been meaning to buy some of those finger traps; they look great for chewing up. My Kiki also loves birdie kabobs.




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What's a finger trap toy? Is it like the picture shown on this thread?

Driscol has as many shredding toys as I can find. He chews that for awhile, but would much rather chew anything he is NOT SUPPOSED to chew.

He has one toy I got at the dollar store. It is actually a door knob hanger. Simply a circle ring wrapped in ribbon with strands of ribbon that hand down, each with a bell at the end of it. It's a Christmas door know hanger. he GOES NUTS with that thing for hours! I don't mind that.

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They're called Chinese Finger Traps. Kind of a woven straw and used to be children's party favors. Kind of hard to explain, but if you stick a finger into each end and then pull to get them out, the finger trap tightens up on your fingers.

I string a couple on a chain I have with a bell on the end and hang it in Libby's cage (my GCC). She goes through one or two a day and has never tired of ripping them apart.

I buy them in bulk, about 72 in a package. Cheaper that way. Do a search for "Chinese Finger Traps" and see what comes up. There's a picture of them in Bobiden's post, the first picture.

Sure keeps them busy!

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LOL. Be glad your little one loves to chew and channel that chewing toward toys and independent playing and chewing. It will be so good for your bird as an adult!

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Huh, I wish Bob would chew anything other than my fingers!

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