Green Cheeked Conure Aggression

by Linda
(Morgan City, Louisiana)

I have a Green Cheeked Conure named Foster that I have had for about four years now. He/She (I'm going to call her a she) and I have been attached at the shoulder ever since. She was loving, never wanted in her cage and always wanted to be wherever I was.


It has recently started showing aggressive behavior. She has never bit me unless provoked until recently and now she latches on. I bought her a tent that she plays in all day long, my question is: could this tent have caused her to present a protective bad habit? Am I getting too close to her nest so to speak? She stills plays with me but only from inside the cage, she refuses to come out. Then when I do get her out, she wants back in the cage. She will still bebop for me, play peek-a-boo and I'm going to get you but only from inside the cage. Should I take the tent away and if so, what is the best way to do it without sending her into depression?

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Feb 07, 2011
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by: Linda

Thanks for your posts. I noticed the change the first time when I had a featherduster, this caused her to chew out all of her tail feathers so I took that away and quit using it and got that under control so I decided to do the tent thing. I do cover her at night, every night and with a thin sheet, never a blanket. I've been doing that ever since I got her. I am currently looking for a avian vet HOWEVER I live in a small town with only two local vets in the area in which none have experience in exotic animals. I will try the removal of the tent and see how she acts. I did manage to get her outside the other day which she enjoyed so she got some sunshine. I am being patient, I know she's a bird but am really looking forward to having my sweet baby back. It breaks my heart that she doesn't want anything to do with me. Does anyone know a good vitamin to give to Conures, daily supplements or otherwise and also one that can help with their lack of sunshine when none is available or it is too cold outside?

Feb 07, 2011
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by: Linda

Thanks Linda, I noticed the behaviour change after the tent incident. At first she was afraid, then once she got use to it, that is where she hangs out. I just didn't want to just take it out and send her/him into a depression. I always cover her cage at night with a sheet, not a heavy blanket. I am in the process of trying to find a Avian Vet in my area but I live in a small town with only two local vets and none of them deal with exotic animals. I am staying positive and being patient. I hung outside with her yesterday since it finally turned out to be such a nice day and I think she enjoyed that, getting some sunlight. I am working on regaining that bond we once had and am hoping that the tent removal will bring my fun loving friend back to me...

Jan 28, 2011
Aggression
by: Anessa

Hi there...this is happening to me with my green cheek. I took him to the vet (not knowing the sex for sure) and the vet told me that the bird could be in "mating" season which leads to aggressive behavior. I did a DNA test and found out that he is male which doesn't really matter in terms of mating behavior. My bird is most aggressive near his cage and perches. He is extremely territorial, fluffs his feathers a lot and draws blood when he snips at me or latches on. The vet recommended a series of hormone injections that might help get him back to friendly and loving. So far we have done 2 and I don't really see that it is helping much. According to www.birdchannel.com/behaviorindex it can last 1 month. We are going on 2 now. It will pass, it will just take time. Don't take it personally or do anything that will get you bit. Just give your bird space and let it go through this phase. There's really nothing you can do. My bird is the calmest when I take him outside for walks. He is just now allowing me to momentarily pet him which is nice. I can't wait to have my sweet bird back!

Best of luck to you!!

Jan 28, 2011
Green Cheeked Conure Aggression
by: Linda

If this behavior started after you put the tent in there, then take it out right away and put it away. She will not go into a depression as birds live in the present and only become depressed when they are sick or have recently lost a loved one. Make sure you start covering her at night with a light cover that is light colored like a sheet that leaves the bottom open for air circulation. I think the tent has become a kind of extremely safe place for her, and be sure to start covering her cage at night so she can rest and feel safe.Do not cover with anything that has loose threads or loops or open weaves as bird will get feet and toes caught in them and cause a very bad if not fatal injury.

It also would not hurt anything to have her examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area because changes in behavior can be the first signs of a physical illness. There may also be something in this tent that is causing a toxic reaction, so get it out and leave it out as she'll adjust. Any toys made in China are subject to questions as they use poisons in their metals and cheap grades of fabrics dyed with we don't know what. Have her examined by an Avian Vet unless she has been recently and received a good report. We recommend once a year exams which will catch problems before they become too bad for birds. These exams include bloodwork to make sure all organs are functioning properly.

Between take out the tent and a trip to avian vet, your bird should be back to normal in a while.

Linda

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