Training a Jenday Although it may seem challenging at first, conure is really rather simple. The Jenday is a bird native to South America that is very clever and can be trained with a moderate amount of difficulty. Conures are curious and lively birds who thrive on human connection because of their personality. Because of this, instructing them is a procedure that can be completed quite quickly and easily. Before you start, you need to make sure the bird is receiving enough rest and the right kind of food. A bird that is in good health will respond better to its instruction.
Taming and gaining the parrot’s trust is the first stage in the training process for every parrot. If the Jenday was handfed when it was young, it will be simple to tame if you continue to handle it often after it has been handfed. Taming an adult Conure might be more challenging than training a younger Conure since you have to earn the bird’s trust first. It does not matter how old the bird is; keeping the wings trimmed so they do not cause the bird to hurt itself is essential. During the taming phase, it is also beneficial for the bird to have its own cage of its own. When this happens, it will look to you for company. To begin, you should engage in regular conversation with the bird. While maintaining a calm demeanor, treats of fresh fruit should be passed through the cage. It’s possible that it will take some time, therefore having patience is essential. The Jenday will begin to consume goodies as soon as it feels more at ease around you and your presence. After that, one might attempt to coax the bird into standing on its hind legs.
Step-up is a skill that should be mastered by every bird. It eliminates the need for any fighting on your part to get them into and out of the cage. There are a few different approaches to taking when teaching a bird how to step up. The more mild approaches are preferable when working with conures. If the bird is already used to being handled comfortably, all that is required is to place your finger on its lower belly while maintaining a very solid grip with your other hand. The bird will land on your finger as if it were a perch and stay there for a while. If you continue to say “step-up” every time the Jenday does this action, it will eventually learn to correlate the command with the behavior.
It will take a lengthier amount of time for the Jenday that is just starting to be hand tamed. Continue where you left off in the process of taming the bird, but this time open the cage and give the bird in the cage some goodies. It is possible that at first, it will get anxious because your hand is inside the cage, but if it is used to you, it will rapidly become at ease with the situation. Make the treat available to the Conure. Continue to interact with the bird even after it has consumed the reward. Perform this activity many times every day at the very least. After a few days, you should be able to start teaching step-up by placing your finger in front of the bird’s belly. However, the amount of time it takes to do this will vary depending on the nature of each particular bird.
Even well-behaved birds may sometimes bite their caretaker if they are overtired or under a lot of pressure. It is also essential to be aware that not all bites are identical. For example, a Conure may nibble its human playfully at times, nip a little harder when something is upsetting them, and bite when they are agitated or terrified. You should never laugh at your Jenday when it bites or nips since this will teach it that biting is unacceptable behavior. Don’t get all up over it either. Say “no” in a stern voice while maintaining your composure, and then put the bird back in its cage for a short “time-out.” When the bird acts inappropriately, you should never damage it or shout at it. The aim is not to hurt the bird in any way, but rather to educate it on how to behave appropriately.
You won’t be able to teach your Jenday tricks until it has learned to step up on command and has internalized the concept that biting results in the loss of your company. At this stage, it is totally up to you to decide what lessons to provide. Conures are capable of picking up a few sentences and words, but the process may be time-consuming and unpredictable. Because they hear their own name so often, they usually pick up the ability to pronounce it correctly. You will have a lot of fun teaching them new techniques like the arabesque since they are so good at picking them up.
Potty Training Jenday Conures
Many people have asked me various questions about the housebreaking process of Jenday Conures. Is this even possible? Although it is possible since Jenday Conures are highly clever creatures, I do NOT RECOMMEND doing so.
Quite a few years ago, I came across a Conure that had been taught to use the restroom in its cage. The owner had come to the conclusion that they could no longer stand having the bird in their house because of how noisy he was and how much trash he made.
This adorable little bird would hold his potty and wait for the owner to take him to the bathroom. Because he had to hold his toilet, he put himself at risk of developing dangerous bacterial infections.