New sun conure

by Briana

Sun Conure

Sun Conure

Ok, so I just got my conure (timmy) who had a previous owner. He has a clean bill of health and has been here 4 days now. He's not very nice :( I know he never got much attention, and was locked up 24/7. He is HOME now n this is where he's staying.

I'm not new with birds just his breed. He seems to cuddle w his toys n nap, play n scream when ya talk to him him but very skittish. Very protective of his bells. How much adjusting time should i give him before starting to work with him? He's already coming out of his cage. Just wondering ???

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Dec 07, 2012
Bird napping a little is fine
by: Tracie

A few naps are fine. If your bird sleeps most of the day, doesn't eat normal and is fluffy all the time then an avian vet visit is in order.

We have some training and bird health articles for you to read on our Parrot Training page when you have time.

Dec 07, 2012
another question
by: Anonymous

Everyone keeps saying give it time.. which is not a problem, I have nothing but time :) my son can walk up to him n feed him, he will let him lightly touch him but will let out a lil warning squak. He won't let me that close wo biting me. He will let me feed him n clean his cage. My son wants everything to do w him but I want him to love me n b friends w him. He's my bird. LOL! Ok.. here's the question, he seems to nap a lot. He likes to nap on the outside of his cage under one of his toys. With a clean bill of health is 3-4 short nappy dozing normal?

Dec 06, 2012
New sun conure
by: Linda

Birds who have been neglected and/or abused do not trust new people easily if at all.In this case, you are wanting way too much too soon from this poor bird.

Keep in mind that he is terrified of coming out of cage, so the fact he is now coming out on his own is a major hurdle. It can take a long time for him to trust you, and the time varies depending on the bird and what has happened to him in the past. Birds never let out of their cages become what is called "cage bound" meaning they are frightened to leave their safe space. If he is now coming out of cage, leave him alone and allow him to process that being out of cage does not mean his life is threatened. As he gradually comes around, you will be able to handle him more. You may need to re-tame him. There are some taming/training materials on this site. If you've never had a wild bird, then this will be a new experience for you. Respect your bird, treat him with kindness and understanding, and you will get back the same.

The most important thing to remember is that your bird has been neglected which is abuse. He needs to know he can trust you, and bird's trust is never given freely. It has to be earned, and will take however long it takes. Continue to allow him to come out of cage and leave him alone. If, when he comes out, you are there trying to handle him, he'll stop coming out at all.He is afraid, and you are in too big of a hurry.

You mentioned he is now "home". Well, that does not mean anything to him. All he knows is that he's in a strange environment with a strange human he does not trust. With time, watching you feed, water and clean his area up, he will begin to come around. In the meantime, he will need his wings clipped as this will help with training later. Have avian vet clip just the first 4-6 Primary Flight feathers, and these are the long ones at the ends of each wing. Do not do this yourself and do not allow avian vet to clip up any higher as this causes chronic pain and suffering for the bird.Do not take him to a pet shop for this either as they sometimes have no idea what they are doing.

In the meantime, begin to look for information about taming and training your bird.Learning about birds takes a lifetime and more, so learn about birds because you love birds, and this one in particular. Birds are highly intelligent, very sensitive to human moods and feelings, and they need to feel safe and loved before their beautiful, funny, quirky personalities are fully out for you to see.

Let your bird teach you about himself. Sometimes, he will teach you, and sometimes you will teach him. Be comfortable with being both student and teacher because all of us have much to learn from our pets.

Thanks for writing,

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