One legged Conure question

by Nana

I got a yellow sided conure just one week ago. One of his legs is crippled. He can use it for holding on to the bars in the cage sometimes, but for the most part, it is a little challenging for him to get around. He was hand raised. I try to improvise in his cage, making it easier for him. I don't know why, but sometimes he gets nippy, sometimes pretty hard, and then again, sometimes he is the most loveable bird you would ever want. I wondered if anyone out there could tell me how to break him of his really hard nipping. He comes to me, sits with me, rubs his head on my hand, and lets me feed him too. Am I doing something wrong?

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Jul 22, 2008
Nippy Conure
by: Tracie

Hello Nana,

Some birds tend to be more nippy than others. Mostly you just have to keep two things in mind...

1) Respect what the bird wants. If it does not want to be petted, leave it alone, for instance.

2) When the bird bites, say "nooooo" in a calm low voice and glare at the bird. Then do something it would not like, such as putting the bird back in the cage and leave the room. If the bird likes being out with you, it will learn not to bite you.

I have more information in training articles at the following link:

Also remember, that some birds protect their cages and toys. We have to let our Conures climb out of the cage to handle them or they will bite and bring blood.

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