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New Conure: How long before they play with toys?


I just purchased an adorable and wonderfully well behaved 10 month old Crimson-Bellied Conure name Hugo. He's been settling in for about 4 days now. We put some foraging toys in his cage, a bouncy perch, and some other small toys for him to explore and play with. So far, he has not touched any of them.

I was wondering what everyone else's experience was with how long it took their conure to start playing with toys? A week? A month? More? I know every bird is different but hearing your own experiences are greatly appreciated.
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One conure I've had since weaning and is a clown and a half. Nothing stops him, whether its right side up, half way over or fully upside down. My fully adult "breeder" type wild pair, Pan and Nike, took months to start realizing that things in the area were movable. Suddenly, Nike is walking up and down the top the cage upside down like she owns the place and Pan has devised a way to use the fully swinging perches as leverage to get at my hand for a sneak attack. I love it.

Conures are amazing. And they are seriously weird little creatures. Just in my experience, they couldn't care less about what direction is up and which one is down. But, give them time. I got Pan and Nike, untamed and formally in a quite minimally decorated breeder cage, and they took their own precious time learning what was what.

I know it sucks to hear to idea of 'just waiting', but if the options are available, your little guy will recognize them eventually. Especially as a conure breed. He might still be preoccupied by you guys, or being in a new home. It has only been four days, which is progress in itself if he's behaving normally otherwise. They are goofy little birds, he's going to discover what is around him on his own terms, in the next few weeks or so. And you're going to love every second of it. (:

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Thanks so much for your reply! Good to know it took other conures a bit to get used to the idea of toys.
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Our conure is shy and a little skittish. He is also older around 8 years old. He doesn't play with toys much at all in the cage. We adopted him from a rescue and he hardly moved from one perch the first few months we had him. He was more active and inquisitive out of the cage.The birds got a honey seat treat thing for Christmas. It was in the cage for two weeks before he decided it was safe enough to eat. They do not get seeds often and LOVE seeds so it should have been an exciting thing. It did not last long once he decided it was okay though!

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Ours didn't learn to play for some time. If they haven't seen many toys, they may not know what to do! Your best bet would be to comfort and reassure him by playing with it in front of him so he knows that it isn't going to be a threat

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