conure play out of cage

by Becky
(Pa.)

My 3 mth old conure will not play with anything when outside her cage! Plays all the time when in it! We got her on Feb 23rd right after she was weaned! When outside her cage she will only run & climb all over us! Then sometimes she will just start biting! When we try to put her down for a min or walk in the next room she will run after us & climb up our leg! She won't stay by herself for even a min!She has a playground but will never play on it! She won' t even play with balls or toys when out of the cage! Is this normal? Is there anything we can try to encourage her to play & not b on us constantly?

We luv her to pieces & enjoy spending time with her but can' t always just sit there all the time!we do have things to do & don't want to have to put her in her cage so she doesn't' get hurt! Also we want her to have some independence too! I have seen other Conures playing on their cages & stuff! Plus as I said after awhile she will just turn a little aggressive & start running around trying to bite! Any advice?

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Apr 24, 2013
Mango my sun conure
by: Anonymous

My sun conure is two years old. She loves me too much. She is not happy unless she is on my shoulder or somewhere else on me at all times. She screams at me when she is in her cage until I get her out and let her rest on my shoulder. She sits close to my neck and gives me little kisses alot. She also loves her head scratched. Each night I place a fleece throw over my lap so my bird can go under it and eventually go to sleep. She also grabs my finger, flips over on her back and wants me to wrestle with her or tickle her stomach. What a sweetheart! I sometimes feel guilty because I cannot spend alot of time with her because I work during the day. I hope to soon retire so I can be with her more. Just enjoy your precious bird.

Apr 24, 2013
You ARE NOT ALONE!!!
by: Anonymous

Reading your Conure story was like reading a play back story about our Conure who is not almost 2 years old. This is normal..they are or can be EXTREMELY clingy..our conure has no interest of anything else but US when out of the cage. They are mushy cuddle birds..can be very obsessed. lol. They love you to death. This may not change and you don't want to always think of pairing your bird with another because then they don't need you or can really become aggressive with the biting. Just keep working it all out.

Apr 24, 2013
conure play out of cage
by: Linda

If you've not had her for very long, she is being a "baby". This is very normal behavior for freshly weaned baby birds. I'm surprised she has not wanted to go back to eating formula. Most freshly weaned parrots have to go back to being handfed for a short time when they're moved to new homes. The move upsets them because birds like everything to stay the same. They felt very safe where they were, and moving makes them want to go back to the time when they felt safe. This usually involves back to the bottle(syringe) and handfeeding.

She will eventually decide to do things outside the cage. For now, put her back inside her cage when you have work to do. Watching you work and do things is also comforting to her. She just needs to know you are her humans and will grow out of being so needy. She's just a baby, so though I don't advocate spoiling her, do understand the why of her behavior and roll with it.

Thanks for writing, and sounds like this is a very happy birdy family for her.

Linda

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