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Question Am I being mean?

Sorry I know I'm having too many questions in one day but I'm curious. I think this baby is testing me to see who will be boss. But I was stroking it's head when out of no where it bit the crap out of me. So I did what I read in a training book I found and dropped my hand a few inches down to let it know that that wasn't ok. Then applied gentle beak technique. But then it did it again so i dropped a few inches in height then put in the cage and am currently ignoring it with my back turned. Is this mean? It's how I trained Rio and it worked but I was wondering if the baby is too young to start asserting what I think is wrong and what is a well mannered parrot?
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Give him a little more time to settle in and see what happen. I think you may have scared him by going too quick with the head scritches and he hasn't yet settle in properly and bond with you. I did the same with my cinnamon conure, I went too fast when I first got him, flip him on his back and such, he got scared and I was never able to get close to him since. I hope you can gain your conure's trust again.

This is what I did when I first got my conure, flipped him on his back and it must have been too much and too fast, he got scared and we could never bond properly after that Pic below

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She still seems to like me just fine. follows me around the room by being on the same side her in her cage and flies to me. I hope I didn't break her trust...
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I do hope you haven't broke his trust because it's impossible to get it back, I could never got my cinnamon conure to fully trust me again, he now will still step up but very very hesitantly .

Another thing that it could be is he is testing his beak, if this is the case then it should die off eventually and he'll be back to his normal self . Young conures do test out their beak strength at first. I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya that he is just being beaky.

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I think you're giving a reaction, which you shouldn't do because you're doing exactly what a bird wants and they wrap you around their little toes! If you get bitten, don't change any facial expression, nothing. I'd gently put her on the floor and turn around for a few moments then pick her back up. I don't like the beak techniques, I don't think physical punishment helps with anything when it comes to a bird as it just scares them. Use distraction too, like food or foot toys etc

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Thanks. The baby doesn't appreciate it and I hate doing it to her
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When I first got my GCC, he bit like hell. Would draw blood. He was already clipped, and I was told by the breeder that if he bit hard for no reason, to just put him gently and emotionlessly on the floor, tell him "no biting" in a firm tone and walk away. Every time he did something bad, I did that, and he'd chase after me, climb my pants, shirt, until he got to my face and be all snuggly for a bit. I broke him of biting in a month. I was surprised.
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Not all birds like head scratches. Also are you letting your fingers hang like in his face? or keeping them behind his head? My amazon well beak mine if they are in his face.

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There is a difference in playing with the beak with a tame bird and grabbing it when they have done something wrong.
I think it is ok to return them to the cage, but this only needs to be a few mins at most.
When they bite, try not to react. (This cannot be done when they nail you) But a gentle bite from them is just saying you went to far.
And when they are comfortable with you they will only tell you off
I feel some birds when we are giving head scritches are like loving it one min and then think this is not right! bite! Then straight back into the contact.
If this is the case then as the others have said you maybe going just a little too fast.
I would give the command 'No' and either get on with it, or put the bird down. Let the bird relax again, before trying anything else. Sometimes they only take a few minsto settle down.
I hope I said this right and you can figure out what I am saying?


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hello,

Sage now gives a few "I'm unhappy with you" nips now. but because i didn't have the heart to clip her wings or have them clipped i would put her back in her cage. She's now a happy non nippy bird.
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Well done! It sounds like things are coming right.


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Good for you.....glad it worked out. But also, please remember birds feel you with their tongues. You have to set limits with the birds. It's a matter of doing one thing consistently so they get the message. Turning your back on a conure is great because they are so social and will understand that. You have to be patient and firm. Plus, it is just a baby (according to you comments). It will take a few tries to get it right. Do not underestimate their intelligence. Good attention is better than bad attention...there is a difference.

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