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"Force" a New Conure??????

On saturday, after researching for over 1 year about conures, I bought home a yellow-sided conure He/she is 7 weeks old. I will refer to the conure as a "he" in order to avoid typing both sexes. When I went to get him, he did not want to leave the breeder and he did not want to have anything to do with me. The breeder told me that he was acting this way since all the other siblings had left in the last couple of days. I brought him home and offered millet and he readily accepted it. When I tried to move my hand close to him to try to touch him, he would run the other way... Then hand-feeding time arrived and I gently directed him with my other hand to step-up. He eventually did but he appeared to be on "hot coals". I have contacted the breeder to give her an update and, when I mentioned this situation to her, she advised that I should "force" the conure to snuggle with me and to be touched now otherwise later on he will not allow me to.
This sounds kinda drastic to me since I have always given all my birds respect and all the time they needed to get accustomed and bonded to me. Since I am new to conures I would like to hear from someone with more experience on the subject: Is the breeder correct?
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I don't think I would force cuddling... But I would use all kinds of bribery with toys and treats!
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No I wouldn't be forcing a relationship on a bird, I think it's detrimental to their mental well being, hence why I no longer clip! 7 weeks seems very young for a weaned conure. My baby budgies don't leave until a minimum of 8 weeks and they are far quicker at weaning than conures

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I've heard of people doing this a lot, especially with birds like ring necks that are nervous of people generally. Often they also advise to clip to make the bird dependant on you. It's an old way of doing things that many people have rejected now. Yes the bird becomes accustomed to you fairly quickly...but that in no way means it will actually LIKE you!

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I don't think I would force cuddling... But I would use all kinds of bribery with toys and treats!
Believe me that's what I'm doing... It's so hard to resist that cute little face: I wish he would allow me to hug him!

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No I wouldn't be forcing a relationship on a bird, I think it's detrimental to their mental well being, hence why I no longer clip! 7 weeks seems very young for a weaned conure. My baby budgies don't leave until a minimum of 8 weeks and they are far quicker at weaning than conures
I'm still hand-feeding him twice daily. I'm also trying to introduce him to fruits and vegetables. Only thing he likes so far is a split grape!

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I've heard of people doing this a lot, especially with birds like ring necks that are nervous of people generally. Often they also advise to clip to make the bird dependant on you. It's an old way of doing things that many people have rejected now. Yes the bird becomes accustomed to you fairly quickly...but that in no way means it will actually LIKE you!

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Mine has his wings clipped and I was not happy with that. This breeder clips all wings (I found out too late). I hope that with lots of patience he will accept me: he is still a baby
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Oh hehe sorry! I thought you meant the bird was fully weaned at 7 weeks

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Oh hehe sorry! I thought you meant the bird was fully weaned at 7 weeks
Not yet I actually like the fact that I can still hand-feed him: hopefully that will help the bonding process...
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