Conure biting - 15 wk old

by Samantha

Conure biting chasing your hand to bite
I have I 15 week old green cheek conure he is hand reared he as recently been biting hands and fingers and he is chasing after your hand to try and bite you.. It's like he is attacking
Anyone have any ideas why he is doing this and how to stop it??

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Apr 06, 2013
Conure 15 week
by: Samantha

He is on parrot mix and fruit diet I have Also noticed that he is biting/grooming and itching himself a lot

Apr 06, 2013
Young conure biting
by: Tracie

My wonderful readers have already made great suggestions. :-) Here is the Parrot Training page link mentioned. There are parrot training articles and parrot health articles too.

Developing a relationship of trust and mutual respect will make training easier. Conures have a reputation for being nippy, and we found that to be true with our conures.

Our conures became cage protective, so we learned to just open the cage door and let them climb out to handle them. ;-)

Apr 06, 2013
Conure biting - 15 wk old
by: Linda

I know this is not comfortable for you, and maybe not for your bird either. A lot of times, sudden changes in behavior are the first sign of illness. In view of that, you will need to find an Avian Vet only in your area and make an appointment to have bird checked for infections both bacterial and viral. Basic bloodwork will need doing as well to see how organs are functioning.

You did not say what kind of diet your bird is on. If he is eating any human food, nuts or other high fat/carb food, this can make him aggressive. If he eats an all seed diet plus junk food and too much of both, this will cause aggression because there is a severe dietary imbalance. We highly recommend feeding birds food made for birds that is high quality and provides all the proteins, vitamins and minerals a bird needs to be happy and healthy. The one most recommended and Avian Vet endorsed is Harrisons. Harrison's is an organic pelleted diet that provides 100% nutrition and should be fed as 80-85% of diet. Rest of diet can be 10-15% of overall diet in the dark yellow, orange and green veggies. No animal protein is fed while eating Harrisons.

Before you can begin the change, your bird has to be examined to take care of any physical issues present like infections, etc. Below is link on how to go about change written by an avian vet:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Before any further training can take place, your bird will need his exam at the Avian Vet's and get him started on a more healthy diet. While at the avian vet's make sure his wings are clipped. Just the 4-6 Primary Flight feathers are all that need trimmed, and these are the long ones at the end of each wing. Do not allow trimming any higher or more extensive than just the few flight feathers.Trimming his wings will allow him to glide to the floor without enough lift to fly in an attack on you. Use a stick to get him in and out of cage until you can get into training. All parrots are exotic wild animals and under certain circumstances will attack and can cause severe injuries, so keep your eyes open and your temper in check. Keep bird away from face and never allow any parrot on your shoulder as this is a good position for attacking face, eyes, ears and neck.

Keep in touch because we are here for your bird and you. If the avian vet finds a problem, have it treated before beginning dietary changes or training. Thanks for writing,

Apr 06, 2013
biting conure
by: Alex

Anytime behaviour changes this can indicate an illness and the physical symptoms can be hidden until the bird is too ill and too weak to hide them.

Take the bird to an avian vet to make sure he isn't ill.

Unwell birds can become aggressive and don't want to be handled when they are not feeling well.

Apr 06, 2013
Conure biting
by: Anonymous

Your bird is growing up and is starting to see what bad behavior he can get away with. Birds are like small children and it is up to you to train him to what is acceptable behavior. When you clean the cage and feed him, if he starts to bite, just say "no" firmly and walk away. If he attacks you or anyone else, put him back in the cage, again, give a firm "no" and leave the room.

Try not to cry out in pain or yell (I know the bites hurt) because it will eventually become a game to the bird and he will continue. My bird did the same thing to me and the "no" tactic worked, it does take time though. My bird used to fly to my husband and intentionally bite him and he would yell "ouch" and the bird liked it. I would do the "no" and put the bird back in the cage but the bird didn't stop biting him until my husband started doing it.

Also make a big deal when the bird is behaving and offer words of praise and a treat. You need to stop this bad behavior so you can enjoy your pet for many years to come. Also, read the parrot training articles on this site, they offer great advice.

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