My quaker is suddenly attacking my dusky conure...

by Regie
(Toronto, Canada)

Sam, my 2 year old quaker and Stewie, my 18 month old dusky conure have been getting along for the most part. We got the dusky when the quaker was 10 months old. However, lately, Sam has become very aggressive towards Stewie and actually attacks him causing injury. They each have their own cage.

Stewie wants to be with Sam regardless of the sudden aggressive behavior but Sam wants nothing to do with him. Stewie will follow Sam everywhere and wants to be as close to him as possible.

Also, Sam is now biting my husband and me and actually breaking skin. He has never done this before. Is there something we can do to prevent this behavior? Also, for the most part, do quakers and conures get along?

Any suggestions is much appreciated.

Thank you.

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Jan 20, 2009
Quaker attacking Conure
by: Tracie

It sounds like your bird might be getting hormonal. There is really nothing you can do if the birds don't get along but separate them.

If you think it is hormones, you can shorten their day time hours to simulate the winter daylight hours. You might have to put the bird in a sleeping cage so that you can put in a separate dark room in the evenings.

You can also let the two birds out together, and when one of them goes after the other, take the attacker and say "nooooo" in a calm low voice and put it back in the cage and let him see you reward the other bird with a treat.

We did this with our Conures and it only took a couple of weeks for them to decide that they preferred a treat over being locked up. We would always give them a treat after a few minutes when they got along.

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