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Noisy, Anti-Social Green Cheek Conure

I adopted a 3 year old Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure about 2-3 weeks ago. A nice lady dropped him off at the pet store my brother works at because she could no longer take care of him.

Since then, I have bought a larger new cage. I kept some of his same toys and his bed, but also provided new toys. He gets fresh water and veggies with some fruit every day. He has a seed/pellet mixture with various treats throughout the day.

He never bites, but was more interested being around us when we first got him. He used to like me more than my boyfriend, but ever since I took him to the vet for a DNA test it hasn't been the same. It could be coincidence or even just all in my head. I took him in a cab that day and it seemed fine, but he did seem upset after his nails were clipped and DNA taken. The vet cut all his nails without asking me first. I understand he needed to for the DNA, but I wasn't impressed he didn't ask me first as I would have said no.

At the time I didn't get his wings clipped because he wasn't flying very far, but now he can fly across the apartment which makes it hard for me to have him out with me more often. Every time I bring him out, he tries to run away from me but eventually does step up. Before he used to come running to me and do a cute little hop on to my finger. Once he's out, he flies back to his cage or the closest place he can fly to if I'm not near it. He does have a wing clipping appointment in 2 days so hopefully that will help.

He was also very quiet when we got him. Now he is screaming for most of the day when I'm working (I work at home), especially when my boyfriend isn't home. I've had him in the same room as me but it doesn't help. We have him next to our other parrot who is a Quaker. They have their own cages, but when they are out, the Quaker is interested and wants to be friends but the Conure wants nothing to do with him. We don't force them to interact but we do have their cages side by side.

Another thing the conure does sometimes is tuck his tail in and shake. I don't know why he's doing this.

Any suggestions/advice is welcome.

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I personally wouldn't go down the route of clipping his wings. You want to build a relationship based on trust, not force. If a bird can't get away from you using their only method of escape then you can end up with more problems than originally thought. By all means it is your choice, it will make it easier for you to catch up with him. Just my personal opinion - it's easier and nicer to work on training and having a mutual understanding of one another than it is to just be able to pick him up

Regarding positive reinforcement. The method that has worked best for me on just about any bird has been clicker and target training. You can target a bird to step up easily as long as they're will to take treats from you. He doesn't sound too wild so I imagine training him would be quite easy if you put the time in

As for the noise, he could have just been more nervous when you got him and now he's coming out of his shell he wants to sing you the song of his people I have found that with a few birds. I see you said you had him next to your quaker. In my experience of quakers I have found them ear splitting loud, does he try to out-shout him or is he just screaming out of the blue? If it's first thing in the morning and in the early evening that is quite normal. My conures would do it every day without fail

In what way is he tucking in his tail? Do you mean straight down?
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