why does conure bite when out of cage

by Cory
(Orlando, Florida)

Why does my conure bite me outside of the cage but when i stick my fingers in the cage he is all nice and sweet and only nibbles? i got him from a family that isnt from the states and couldnt speak english very well. it was a terrible smelling looking place for anything to live so i got him.

when i first got him out of his cage there he bit me very hard and wouldnt let go. then i braught him home and he is this... all nice in cage and only nibbles but then i get him out he bites me. i wear cut gloves so as it dont bust threw my skin and have gave him three days. he now know his ladder and knows when i stick my finger infront of him to step up but he still bites? is he not secure with me and bites?

he also flaps his wings it isnt like he is trying to fly but more of a warning or something. or is he just what? please someone help me. i am willing to do what ever it takes to train him. also when my fience walks up to his cages he gets really freaked out kind of. why?

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May 17, 2012
conure biting when out of cage
by: Tracie

Some conures are very nippy until they are trained. My conures were sweet the first 5 - 6 months and then just turned on me and decided my husband was the only one they wanted.

Please read the training articles on our Parrot Training page and especially read the Biting GC Conure article. That article tells how my husband was able to get our green cheek conures from biting me.

We had the opposite problem than you though, our birds were cage territorial, so we could not put our hands in the cage without being attacked. I would put on a long sleeved jacket when I had to do something in the cage with them in there.

May 17, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I have a vet in house and has told me that the bird is in healthy order. so i know i dont have to do that. i would like someone to help me with the bitting he is getting a little better. also he is only 11weeks old maybe older. not sure of sex because im not going to spend money finding that out. but i know he has been abused in some way. i have changed his diet to a seed diet because he was on a pellet diet witch i have also put into his diet but not strait. all birds need seeds and everything else. so someone please help me train this bird to not bite. he is getting better doesnt bite as hard. do i just keep doing what im doing? witch is time out and no bite commands?

May 16, 2012
why does conure bite when out of cage
by: Linda

This letter is for you and for anyone else reading it. You have a special needs bird meaning that he has been neglected and possibly abused. One thing for sure is he is NOT healthy right now. The first thing you have to do is take him to an AVIAN VET ONLY to have him checked for infections both viral and bacterial. Find an Avian Vet He also needs some basic bloodwork done to see how his organs are functioning.

A bird who has eaten nothing but an all seed diet is NOT healthy and needs to be changed to an organic pelleted diet like Harrison's found here. It takes a while to change from seeds to the organic pellets, and he HAS to be examined by an Avian Vet before any dietary changes or training can take place.So stop with the gloves and all that for now. Dietary changes and training are both extremely stressful which can kill a bird, so make sure he is thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet.

After that, you can resume training if he has no physical problems. If he does have problems, have Avian Vet diagnose and treat before changing diet or doing further training.

As for his attitude, if you had spent most of your life in a filthy possibly abusive home, you would bite everyone too, and he is only doing what he's doing because he's afraid. Keep people away from him for now because parrots can inflict dangerous injuries. He is deathly afraid of you and other humans because chances are he has not been out of cage much with those people.

Special needs birds are much different than a hand-fed baby who has had a life of love and caring. These birds almost hate humans and some of them do hate humans because of what they have suffered at the hands of sick people who call themselves human.Animal, children and bird abusers are NOT human regardless of how they see themselves. They all need to be locked up and have everything they have taken away from them. There is no excuse for hurting little children, birds and animals, and those people who do this are not even close to human or animal either for that matter. They fall somewhere in a type of purgatory I guess.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say and write back in for instructions on how to go about changing from seeds to organic pellets when bird is ready for it. Most of all, begin to see the world from your bird's point of view and shed a few tears for his suffering. Compassion will go a long way towards becoming his friend. Right now, you are his enemy, so get him medical services, good food and begin the slow process of getting him to trust you. Trust is not freely given and is earned, so don't expect so much from him right now. He's just a little bird who has had a very difficult life up to now, so understand that and move up from here.


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