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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2013, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone, its lovely to find such a cool forum

Ive got three budgies already (ernie, eric and elvis - we were on talk budgies too!)

On Saturday, my boyfriend and I acquired a 5 month old green cheek conure, Elmo. We bought him the week before but, as it was the festive period, they wouldnt let us take him til the 28th, so we went to visit him every day, talked to him and held him. He was hand reared by a male, and the pet shop guy was male who himself has an african grey at home and he cared for elmo in the shop and oft had him on his shoulder.

Elmo prefers my boyfriend to me...(possible because of the male influence, who knows!) and that makes me a bit sad (I know its not the playground hhahah) and jealous, but i know it'll take him time to settle so Im just going to enjoy the cutie.

So, saturday, ten to nine we are waiting for him, very excited lol, got him home, first thing he does is run up my shoulder (clearly didnt realise who i was and wanted to get high...height, not other high lol) My boyfriend came in and we were sitting on the sofa quietlu. . As he was used to being the birds favourite, my boyfriend went in for a stroke...and got the biggest baddest bite in the world. Cue blood and sulk upstairs oh but how i didnt realise i would be laughing on the other side of my face!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

So day one, boyfriend working 12 - 6, me sitting on sofa chatting to elm, put carrots and spinach in (looved them, cue orange poop!!), didnt get him out except once, as we thought we should let him settle. In that 5 mins i got him out he was very strokable and on my lap and shulder then lap again. Angry boyfriend got home (less angry now, and ready to try with Elm again) so we armed ourselves with sunflower seeds and elmo spent the whole evening on his shoulder.

Sunday, again, boyfriend working, got him out at breakfast, he couldnt get to my boyfriend fast enough, charging and trying to get near him awww (tad jealous lol).

That day, i opened his door, gave him brocoli and carrot witgh his pellets and seed and he got acquainted with his cage more and the cage top. I put some paper on it for his feet and he loved shredding it. I put a small dish on in case he wanted to bathe. Boyfriend h9ome, we sat on the floor and played with elmo together for about 20 minutes, giving him sunflower seeds when good etc. Had a lovely sleep,

This morning, well, opened his door, went on boyfriend after i got him on my finger (i want to get him out so he gets exposure to me too). Later, he was on cage door and said hello!!!! so i made a fuss and gave him a sundlower seed. Well. Now I'm in a sulk,...the blood, the pain!!!!!!! The bird doesnt like me booohoooooo.

Oh, I dramatise. It hurts tho, physically and emotionally!!! rejection!

Well, any tips on what Im doing wrong or if Im expecging too much in two days when the poor souls probably still unsure of everything, would be gratefully appreciated!!

Thanks guys, cant wait to look around,

Melissa and Leon xxx
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2013, 07:55 AM
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GCC tend to be nippy. Don't take it personal. Try interaction with him away from the cage may help. Also have something to distract him from biting and learn to read his language so you don't get nipped.
I have a couple birds that well nip me if I am not paying attention to what they are doing.
Good luck

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Hello thanks for your reply and advice. He's had a very grumpy day today and reflecting on this,I think perhaps we are so in love with him we haven't just given him the space to be and take in his new surroundings and us. We are going to step back and talk softly to him while togetheretc...trying to get him off the cage today was bite central. Def not nips cuz I can deal with those. ... We r going to try using the stick. I adore him and am being impatient methinks Melissa xx
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Hi Melissa, welcome to our forum!
We'd love to see a photo of Elmo.
I hope he will learn to love you soon.
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Hi Karin thanks for the reply
Oh yes I'd love to show you elm, I'm at a relative's for new year so not by computer :P I'll pop some up upon my return xxx
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I'd give him some time to settle Welcome to the forum!

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Hello Melissa and welcome to the forum. I'm from the linnie forum that crashed after a few months in the last year, no one knows why. I find this forum quite friendly, helpful and fun! So enjoy. As with any new bird they need time to get to know you in YOUR home while learning trust at the same time. Sounds like your GCC had a good beginning as a baby, I'm sure you will have many happy moments with him. And ditto on pictures

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