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Attacked by my green cheek conure

Okay guys, I think it's time for help here.

Here's the story of Basil:

I got him at a pet store. His band says he was born in 2010 which makes him roughly 2 years old. I do not know if he is a male for sure; he hasn't been sexed. He was at that pet store at least a year, they said. I don't know his past. He wasn't tame in the pet store (but wasn't mean).

So I've had him for a good few months now. Everything was going okay with training, if not slow. He wouldn't bite and he was eating out of my hand cautiously. Then, about 2 months later, I took him in to get his nails clipped and he's been vicious ever since. I watched his nails get clipped and he wasn't manhandled, they were gentle.

Ever since that day, when he sees me, he lunges at me. He fluffs up and flaps his wings rapidly at me. I'm pretty sure he hates me. His wings are now fully grown out but he apparently doesn't know how to fly. I was thinking I should get his wings reclipped so he can't actually fly out and attack me (if he learns), but wasn't sure if this was something I should do.

I work from home so I'm not gone often but if I get back from the store he gets all worked up, talking and fluffing up when he sees me.

He's not bonded to anyone else in the house, and isn't tame or nice to anyone else, but he definitely is not vicious towards them like he is to me.

Today he leapt on my hand while I was changing his food and seriously went to town attacking me. This is the first time he's actually got me (he tries to bite me when out of his cage, in his cage, etc but I've been too fast and try my best not to tempt him). He drew blood.

Things I've been doing since he became mean to try and tame him:

Sit next to his cage and talk to him
Use a perch to get him out/in his cage (he doesn't trust it, usually I have to lure him with millet or fruit)
I was doing the whole put your hand near the cage thing so he got used to it but he just goes for me.

I'm not sure what to do now. Just keep trying? It's been a few months of this and he has not become any less mean. I don't want to be fearful of him but man, it hurts when he bites. I feel like I've failed him; I thought getting him from the pet store would be a nice thing to do since it seemed no one else would take him because he was older.

I don't know if it matters but I have two parakeets whom he gets along with if they are out of the cage at the same time.

Thanks guys!

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well sounds to me like she or he blames you for what happen with the nails being done. if the bird has never had that done it was probably terrified and when you did not do anything to help it you just watched it probably was seen you as the one that caused it. the only thing you can do is start at the beginning again like you are doing it will take time to earn the trust back

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I think he could possibly have just had a vile experience and he is taking it out on you. Try and avoid nail clippings by using those concrete and natural perches that wear them down more for you so it doesn't have to happen so often try offering him food through your fingers all the time, my birds always warm up to me a lot quicker if I give them food. Try target training too, works a charm!

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I think he could possibly have just had a vile experience and he is taking it out on you. Try and avoid nail clippings by using those concrete and natural perches that wear them down more for you so it doesn't have to happen so often try offering him food through your fingers all the time, my birds always warm up to me a lot quicker if I give them food. Try target training too, works a charm!
Thanks, he does already have a sand perch.

What is target training? I'll look it up on this forum.
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look it up on youtube you can see it being done

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I agree with everyone. But everytime he sees you, give him a small treat or something to play with. Then he might think you are good and give good things which will help him trust you.


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I used to have a normal mutation green cheek and I know what you mean about they can bite. The normal green cheeks bite much much more harder than the mutation types, I know I have them all and have been bitten by them all.

What I did with the feisty conure was I did the training with her on the floor- they're less aggressive when they not your height and also I train her somewhere away from her cage(some unusual place) because then she is less territorial; if you're training her whilst she on her cage or her room then you're asking for trouble- I know I've been there and done it all.

Get Basil to step on a stick, take him somewhere that is different to his normal scenery and do the training with him on the floor, try that


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I used to have a normal mutation green cheek and I know what you mean about they can bite. The normal green cheeks bite much much more harder than the mutation types, I know I have them all and have been bitten by them all.

What I did with the feisty conure was I did the training with her on the floor- they're less aggressive when they not your height and also I train her somewhere away from her cage(some unusual place) because then she is less territorial; if you're training her whilst she on her cage or her room then you're asking for trouble- I know I've been there and done it all.

Get Basil to step on a stick, take him somewhere that is different to his normal scenery and do the training with him on the floor, try that
Thank you ^^. I will try this. When he attempts to fly and lands on the floor he does get on my finger without biting me, so I can put him back in his cage.
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When my green cheek was a bit younger ( she's only 1 1/2 now) and was nippy I would plop her gently on the floor and turn my back for 1-2 minutes... When allowed back up , with a stern no bite, she was sweet as pie... It worked wonders !

My birds breeder also told me the normal greens are much nippier than the mutations...wonder why?
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