Bought a 5 month old Conure today, what to do?
by Amanda H
(New Castle, Delaware)
So I was with my grandmother today at the pet store getting dog food and she went to go see the birds. and there was a Green Cheeked Conure that has been there for a while. Well, long story short, we ended up getting him for my mother.
We bought the cage and everything today, except some toys we're going to get them tomorrow, but how do I introduce Otto ( the Conure) to me and my mom. He wouldn't let me take him from the carrier box so I held it up and let him climb in the cage. The whole ride home I talked to him, and every time I've gone into the room when my Mom isn't there. He's not much of a talker. He's stayed in one part of the corner for the most part, getting on one of his perches every once and a while, right now he is dozing off in his bed. The people at the pet store told us he was shy, but he was really sweet. I just want to know how to go about introducing him and socializing him so he doesn't end up like the older one we have right now
Right now we have a 11-13 year old Green Cheeked Conure and a Cockatiel that we rescued. The Cockatiel, Sun Shine is sociable and will let you hold her, she's just a little skittish. The Conure Stitches is a wonderful mess, he'll whistle, make kiss sounds,talks to News papers, and can say his name, but he if you hold him he goes on a mission to bite, and when I say bite I mean breaking the skin drawing blood and leaving a total of 6 scars on my hand so far. I don't give him a reaction when he does it, so he doesn't think of it as a reward, but I don't want Otto to end up like that.
So if any of this has made any sense any help help or comments would be awesome, I just found this site a few minutes ago so I'm not really sure if its ok to post this here.