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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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I don't know what to do about my Conures not getting along!

Well, I've been around birds all my life. I know how to take good care of them but this time I've come across a problem I've never faced before. I can't find any articles online that help.
I have a Sun Conure "Scooter" who is my baby. He is my shadow. Constantly on me, sharing food with me, etc.... He's pretty obsessive. It's been like this for years and I haven't had any reason to complain. I love him to death.
Then I got a Nanday Conure "Monster" out of a bad situation. He's the sweetest thing ever, very affectionate to anyone who will let him, but he plucks. At his previous home he was stuck in a cage with a breeding pair of Suns who killed his mate of 10 years. Then they were working on him when I got him..
Anyway since I brought Monster home in August, Scooter has acted very aggressively toward him. He will go over to his cage for a chance to bite a toe, and he's gotten one a couple times.
I put their cages further apart. Scooter still goes after him. I've tried punishing him by putting him in his cage for awhile, it doesn't work. I can't put Monster into the other room because he would just be more secluded.
I really want to be able to give Monster more attention. I put Scooter in his cage to handle Monster. He really needs some company but Scooter won't have it. he practically has a coronary when I go near the other parrot. I don't keep Scooter locked in his cage for long periods. He's almost always out, riding on my shoulder.
Needless to say I don't know what to do. I thought about getting Monster a female friend, not another parrot but maybe a cockatiel, he's fine with other birds.
But I'm not sure bringing another bird in would help. I have other people living here who could help and socialize with Monster but they don't have enough interest and are too busy most times.
I don't want to have to rehome Monster, he's a great bird and I don't have much faith in people anymore. Not many people know how to care for parrots anymore and most just end up ruining them.
If I could get any suggestions I'd appreciate it. This parrot deserves more.
Thank you for your time. =]
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:35 PM
 
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Scooter, your sun conure, is male right? It sounds like he views you as his "mate" and is protecting both you and his territory from an invading male. The best solution I could offer is to create a set/fixed schedule of who comes out when - Monster comes out roughly the same time every day, and Scooter does as well. Scooter is the dominant bird in the flock and you should recognize that - he gets food first, attention first, etc. Birds pick up on all those little things. If you cater to him and indulge him a bit, you may find he has more tolerance to Monster being in "his" home because he'll be reassured that he's still #1 to you



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Jessica, how is it going with Scooter and Monster? I have four conures, amd only two get along! We juggle out time with ours. One gets evening time,and the other gets the mornings. The little buggers just have to fight.
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