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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2017, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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New baby sun conure

Hey, I just got a baby sun conure this week. I got it from the pet store with it's wings already clipped. It's about 4 months old, and hand tamed. It knows how to step up, and loves kisses, and attention. I have noticed it tends to nip when it's happy to see you, and tends to bite harder when it's mad that you pull it away from kisses. It constantly wants to go to my face, or shoulder to play with my ear. I don't want to make it scared of me, but I also want it to learn that it can't bite because it's mad that I wouldn't let it continue kissing. It hasn't drawn blood, just more of a "don't stop me warning." I was thinking of trying to teach it a trick to keep it's mind occupied, but don't know how to go about that. It's a very loving bird that just wants attention. It's not interested in being off of a person. :/ Any ideas. I'm already in love, I just don't want to teach it that bad things are okay, if that makes sense.
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Hi and welcome to Talk Parrots.

Your little nipper bird sounds like it might be over stimulated and wants more from you but panics if you move away quickly so it nips or bites.

Scolding or saying NO loudly can often make this bird think its got your attention by its bad behavior so it will keep biting or nipping to keep getting your attention.

You might benefit from some clicker training.

Check out a couple of these training threads for some information to help you with your new bird.


https://www.talkparrots.com/19-parrot...ive-birds.html

https://www.talkparrots.com/19-parrot...-training.html


If you'd like to share a pic of your new bird friend with us please do, we love to see new feathered friends here!
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Thank you! Here's Starburst!
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A very beautiful sun conure!

I have a concern about the lattice balls on a chain that you have in the birds cage though, I've had a budgie chew these and break tiny pieces off that got stuck in its crop causing lots of problems health wise. Your bird has a lot more strength in its beak so it can easily break these balls and maybe ingest chunks so I'd remove the toy from his cage.

There are much better balls you can buy that can entertain him without causing worry to you or harming him.

Like these!

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Thank you! We had actually just removed a mirror from our green cheeks cage, because we found out they can bond to the mirror. Do you know of any websites where you can get clickers, toys, and pellets for a decent price? I'll remove it as soon as I get home (we're now running out of toys for the poor things :/) dang pet stores, lol
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Depending on where you live there are lots of online sites you can order toys and pellets etc.

You can call Harrison's and ask for some free samples of pellets in different sizes for both your birds. They don't send you a large bag but the sample packs will give you and idea if your birds will like the product and you can decide if you want to buy more in the future.

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I'm sorry for asking so many questions, but when I got home Starburst was twitching his wings and bobbing his head with his feathers fluffed. What we found online was that it's something they do when they're happy/wanting food. My husband thinks that it's that he's associating me with raisins. I had been giving him a raisin when he'd go back in the cage for me without fighting me. Did I do something wrong?
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I'm sorry for asking so many questions, but when I got home Starburst was twitching his wings and bobbing his head with his feathers fluffed. What we found online was that it's something they do when they're happy/wanting food. My husband thinks that it's that he's associating me with raisins. I had been giving him a raisin when he'd go back in the cage for me without fighting me. Did I do something wrong?

Don't be concerned with asking lots of questions this is what a forum is for. Sharing info and helping owners learn about their feathered friends.

I'm not sure about twitching or bobbing his head and what it means as I am not familiar with your birds breed. Hopefully someone else can help with some advice.

Maybe you can make a new thread about this in the Behavior and Bonding section of the board will get some more reply's.

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Thank you. I just posted it. He did settle down after I gave him his seed mix though.

I did want to say thank you for everything, and all of the advice. He's started to learn a trick without a clicker, seems very happy (although he wants nothing to do with toys when we are around), and has adjusted well with the family. He even gently pretend our green cheek yesterday without being rough. You have been a huge help!
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He sounds like he's really adjusting well to you and the family. You've done well with him in the short time he's been with you, I'm sure he will keep on learning with all the love and attention you give him. He's a lucky bird to be with you and I have great hope your green cheek settles in and adjusts well to the new bird and learns to love you more and become a happier bird too with all this new activity in his life.





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