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I got a green cheek conure because they are supposed to be so snuggly. Mine is not. And now that I have one I am hearing more and more about how nippy they are. Are all the pyrryhura conures similar? Or are some less nippy? What about a Sun conure? Sounds like they are maybe less nippy? And I had always thought they were more nippy? I am so confused.
 

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We have three greens and one black cap. My boy Remmy who is a girl is very cuddly, mostly because she was held all the time at petco by all the employees. She has catraracts and they ll felt bad for her so she is spoiled. She is so tame we did no trainig at all with her.
Bella is a secnd chance girl who lived with a single man, who had her around for his once a month daughter. Bella was not cuddly or very friendly. Two years later she is nort cuddly, but loves to sit on our shoulders and eat pizza crusts and cheese! She was a biter for months.
Oggie is another second chancer, a 12 year old guy. He is spometimes nice to me, but not often. He is cage aggresive, and will bite if I try to get him to step up. He even bites my clothes thru the cage if I'm too close. Yesterday I had him on my finger for a few minutes. He eventually nipped the end of one finger and it was nukmb for a bit!
Tuco is our black cap, and Remmy's chosen mate. He doesn't like me at all, or my husband, and he is my bird. He loves my daughter and sleeps on his back in her hand. He draws blood every chance he gets to be near my flesh. He is a one human guy and I am not it.

So the moral of my story is, ya they are cuddly sometimes and with some people. Sometimes! If your baby if young you have a good year of bonding to do, then they get hormonal and its another few months of nipping! See, thats whuy we loves them so much, they are just like people, only with lots of green feathers:rofl:

After posting I read it and the errors are too funny to fix, its friday, oh well.
 

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I got a green cheek conure because they are supposed to be so snuggly. Mine is not. And now that I have one I am hearing more and more about how nippy they are. Are all the pyrryhura conures similar? Or are some less nippy? What about a Sun conure? Sounds like they are maybe less nippy? And I had always thought they were more nippy? I am so confused.
How long have you had him? Most, if not all Green Cheeks go through a nippy phase. If he's past the adjustment to your home, there are things you can do to discourage biting. Reward good behavior and put him back in the cage with a firm NO, when he bites too hard. He should learn that it's not acceptable to bite hard...This worked with Fred, my Amazon. He used to leave bruises. Now, I can't remember the last time he hurt me. I do think that birds do not like to displease us, once a relationship is formed.
 

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I have heard that, in general, sun conures are much less nippy than green cheeks, but everything about birds is individual. Some suns will be nippy and some green cheeks will never bite. I've handled many pyrrhuras, and only one was not nippy to begin with. I believe most green cheeks can learn to moderate their biting so that the bites are gentle enough that they do not hurt. Then, throughout life, they'll go through periods when they are grumpier, but you will learn how to read the body language. It is a learning process for both of you.

From my point of view, the best thing I learned from a behavior class I took with my avian vet was to let my birds say "no" to my requests without getting bitten. This way, you don't "teach" the bird to bite even more. It is incredibly easy to teach a green cheek that the only way to communicate with humans is through biting. Your bird is young, and I do not believe that is an issue with your bird at this time. I believe your bird is still in the process of learning how to interact with you in a way that both of you enjoy.

I suggest starting some training with your bird. I use clicker training with my birds, but you do not have to use clicker training. Green cheeks generally love trick training, and it is a way to build trust with the bird. Five minutes of training a couple of times a day, or even less often than that, puts a myriad of positive encounters into your relationship. It is also fun for the trainer, and it helps you understand the bird's body language better, too.

Even if you do not want to use a clicker, I would suggest teaching targeting as the first lesson if you possibly can, because targeting enables you to handle the bird even when it is not the right time to put your hands on or near the bird.
 
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I'm sorry you're having problems with your GCC. I think birds have different personalities, just like people. Libby is a Pineapple GCC, and she turned 1 year old in February.

She's usually very cuddly and clowny. She only nips when something doesn't suit her (prima donna!). I usually give her a minute of time out, and then she's as sweet as pie.

I have read, too, that they can be nippy, just like Parrotlets, but for me, it's not bad at all. When she wants to be with me, she really doesn't like that time out, so she gets real sweet after a minute!

I don't know much about Sun Conures, except that they are beautiful, plus I have heard that really loud scream they do, and that would definitely not work for me!

Even though Libby can be a little "willful" at times, her other wonderful personality traits make it all worthwhile for me! I wouldn't trade her for any other bird!
 

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I have heard that many of them are similar in the way that they behave. As the others have said, all conures go through a nippy phase (well most birds do) until they know how hard is too hard.

I have too heard that sun conures are less nippy and perhaps this would suit you? I don't know. They can be VERY loud when they wanna be though. Are you considering getting a new bird then?

Let us know how your research goes! :thumbsup:
 

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I have 2 sun conures and a gcc that actually belongs to my sister (it lookes like he will be mine.) I also have a jendaya, 2 nandays, a cherry head and a Nanjen.
Sun conures are very loud! They are less nippy and love attention, at least every sun I've ever had was this way. They do go through phases where they just want to be left alone and usually don't bite but run the other way. IMO Suns that are kept by themselves without other birds are a lot more sociable.
My GCC used to be nippy when he was younger. He's not so nippy now. If he nips at me I usually touch his beak and tell him no and he stops. He is about 3yrs old now and at this point he wants attention every chance he gets. He is very smart too. He is the only bird I have thats figured out he can slip underneath the bird room door and fly into the LR. He constantly wants attention and will lay in my hand and just let me scratch his belly. My suns do not do this. They mostly want to be on your shoulder when they want attention but not scratched as much. They are way more independent as far as being held and played with than the gcc. You just have to have patience and keep working with him. When he nips you tell him NO sternly and he'll come to understand. Nanay is right, start with trick training with him. Gcc's seem to love to entertain you by hanging upside down, laying on their back and just doing silly things. Gcc's as they get older seem to want to entertain and make you laugh but I think they do get less nippy as they age. When they're not hormonal at least. lol
 

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Well my black cap was super cuddly and only nipped once in awhile and Ive always loved green cheeks, my black cap was prolly the cuddliest but russel is more clingy seriously that birds ridiculous if he hears me and im not with him hell make a high pitched screeched hes usually not nippy buy hes in his teenager phase so if I dont let him have something he wants he sometimes nips, when you have a conure its something you have to get used to. Ohh and heres an idea, take your ggc out later at night too like bedtime shell be more likely to settle down for a nap
 

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Yesterday was a bad day with Tookie but I worked with him a lot today and he was much, much bettter. As a matter of fact, he was up for lots of snuggling today. Laying in my hand on his back. He still likes to chew on my hands but I am giving him a REALLY loud ack, ack when he bites too hard and he lets go. I man loud! And I think he is getting it. Hoping the same thing works tomorrow!
 

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That's great, keep us updated!
 

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Sounds great! Keep working with him, and be patient with him, don't give up! GCC's are wonderful pets!
 

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I had forgotten, but agree about the evening part. Actually, Shira, my green cheek, is best both in the early morning hours and in the evening. I think she is just better when she is tired, lol.
 

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I have a 11 year old Cinnamon Green Cheek Conure, He was handfed and never went thru the nippy stage and has never bitten me or anyone in my family. He will go to anyone. He is a big Snuggle bug and loves to cuddle and be petted and loves to just hang out with you. He also will not poop on you he will go back to his cage or playstand when he needs to. I never taught him not to poop on people it was something we noticed right away :) I often hear that most Green Cheeks go thru a nippy stage and some are nippy and I just find it so hard to believe. I feel we are lucky and that Birdy is a one of a kind. He chose his name, I had a list of 5 names I would say and then on accident said what a pretty Birdy you are and we was all excited and you could just see that that name suited him. See picture below :eek:)

Just be patient and understanding and I am hopeful that within time he will come around and be your best friend.
 

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Birdy sounds like a WONDERFUL bird! He's beautiful tooooo!
 

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Totally agree, he is gorgeous! And he sounds wonderful :D
 

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Do you guys all think it depends on how these birds are handled as babies and at a younger age? Like, can they be taught from a young age how hard they should and shouldn't close down on your fingers? Or will they always be a nippy no matter what?
 

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Most birds go through a hormonal stage so a bit of nippyness is totally normal and nothing to do with the breeder. They can very much so be better socialised though!
 

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Most birds go through a hormonal stage so a bit of nippyness is totally normal and nothing to do with the breeder. They can very much so be better socialised though!
How so? Are there exercises you can do with a young GCC in order to make them not be nippy as adults other than when they're going through a hormonal stage?
 

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I believe the important thing with green cheeks, and with all birds, is to learn to read their body language and respect their right to say "no". Most birds, including most green cheeks, have to learn how hard is too hard when they are just biting down in play or curiosity. There are several methods folks use for that, and I have used various methods depending on the birds' individual personalities. Once they learn that, they are pretty reliable to not cross that line when they are just being mouthy. After they know this, if they are biting, they are biting to communicate, or they are biting to protect themselves. If the bite is to communicate, I try to determine where I missed their earlier forms of cummunication and remedy that in the future. If they are scared, I try to alleviate the fear.
 
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