My new 6month old baby green cheek conure

by Jemma
(Gold coast, Australia )

I have just got a new 6month old green cheek conure (name billy) and he loves my older female (name tilo) he follows her everywhere, if I lay on my bed with them and tilo walks all over me billy will follow and does what she does, cuddle under my neck, jump on my hand ect and not be scared.

Yet if I go to get them out of the cage billy will move away and try to hide in the corner an wont get on my finger like he is scared :s (I no I have to train him to get on my finger, it's more the fact he looks scared an doesn't want to be touched) my question is, is that just because he is new and still young and will he grow out of it an want to be held and handled like tilo?

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Dec 14, 2011
My birdies
by: Jemma

Thanks :) an ill look into it

But billy is alot better now, he is starting to step up on my finger and not so much wanting to fly straight back to the cage or try to get away. He also now is starting to eat from my hand if I pass him food, I show him that tilo my older one does it then he does :) he follows her everywhere but I'm hoping he doesn't copy how loud tilo is haha :/

An I also always have the cage open if Im in the room because tilo loves to be out of her cage rather then in it haha.

Dec 13, 2011
My new 6month old baby green cheek conure
by: Linda

Firstly, you're very lucky that he allows you to pet and touch him at all this early in his new home. His behavior is normal, and you already have the answer. He will have to be trained to "step up", and as in any training, this will take time. For now, just open the cage and allow him to come out on his own or not as he chooses. Since he likes your other bird, he'll follow her lead in all things which is a plus for you in that you can "show" him how to step up by doing it with your other, older bird.

Birds new to a home are very frightened of everything and everyone, and this is normal and will change as new bird comes to trust their new caretakers. He'll begin to feel comfortable in his new home as well. Trust is earned and never freely given with the parrots, and he is very small compared to you and feels violated when you come into his cage right now.

If you have not already taken him to be examined by an Avian Vet, now is the time to do so. Lots of new birds, especially those from pet stores, already have some kind of bacterial infection, and we recommend new birds be taken for an exam with an Avian Vet only in the first few days. We also recommend they be taken before putting them close to any other birds we already have because if the new bird has an infection, those near him/her will also have it as these infections are highly contageous. Infections in parrots will not just go away, and always have to be first diagnosed and then treated by an avian vet.

The best test for bacterial infections is called a throat swab which is more accurate than an anal swab as there is always some bacteria in the anal area. You may also wish to have some routine bloodwork done to provide a "baseline" for the future. The baseline bloodwork results are something avian vet can go back and look at when or if your birds become ill in the future so they can compare results then with now.

Before you begin any training, we recommend an Avian Vet exam for your new bird because sick and borderline sick birds can and do die from the stress of being trained. All sick, untreated birds will die from their illnesses, so yearly exams are highly recommended for all birds in the home to make sure all is well.

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Thanks for writing,

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