biting conure

My new 9 week old conure arrived yesterday via air cargo from a wonderful breeder, but he is biting me and drawing blood. It doesn't seem to be aggressive in nature because he will cuddle a bit, lick a bit then wham his beak is embedded. His breeder didn't have this experience. Bela weaned himself earlier than expected. I am gentle with him and trying to make his transition as stress free as possible but I am at my wits end.

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Dec 04, 2011
stop biting conure
by: Tracie

We have some training articles on our Parrot Training page and one is specific to conures you should read.

Dec 03, 2011
Biting conure
by: Anonymous

I agree 100% with Pauls comment. However, I find it interesting you use the phrase "I am at my wits end" with the single bite from this baby. That is concerning because if this is only day 1, and knowing it is only a baby, I am sorry to say, but until the bird finally trusts you, you must expect more bites. There is no such thing as a perfect parrot, and you must know bites indeed WILL happen every now and then. Do not give up on your bird, this age is prime time to do training and show proper manners.. Birds need the same training as would a puppy to be overall well mannered social beings. Goodluck!

Dec 03, 2011
Re: biting conure
by: Paul

If you have only had him for a day he is just nervous as he is in new surroundings in a new cage with new people. It is advisable to not handle a bird for the first few days and let them settle in. Build up the trust by sitting at the side of your birds cage and talking to him gently. Try using a training perch to get him used and to gain the trust. There will inevitably be a few more nips along the way as he learns to trust you. Stick with it though and you'll both be just fine!!

Let us know how you get on!

Paul

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