Parrot & Conure Behavior Problems Explained


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There are some general factors that can increase the likelihood of a parrot developing behavioral issues. These include inadequate socialization or interaction with humans, poor living conditions (e.g. small cage, lack of enrichment), and health problems. If a parrot is not given enough attention or stimulation, it may start to exhibit problem behaviors out of boredom or frustration.

Below are some common parrot and conure behavior problem FAQs. However, it is important to consult with an avian veterinarian or behavior specialist if you are concerned and your parrot’s behavior issues persist.

My Conure Flew Into a Wall. What Does That Mean?

I bought a Sun Conure today, brought him home after five-hour travel, etc., and around two hours ago I was interacting with and playing with him. I brought him to my beloved parakeets, and he flew from the top of my steps to the bottom, where he collided with a wall.

He has been sitting at his meal ball and closed his eyes in relative silence. Is he healthy or is anything wrong with him?

Typically, do birds run into walls and recover?

He probably is alright… He was only uncomfortable and exhausted after his journey and accident. You should do the following actions.

  • Provide him with a place to sit. Because this is a new residence, he may not feel very at ease at first. Give him a perch to sit on and cover his cage on all sides except the front. If he sleeps with one leg up, he is likely OK. If he sleeps with both feet on the perch, this is not a very positive indication.
  • Check for beak grinding prior to his falling asleep. I do not anticipate him to be grinding as much since he is in a new environment. However, after he has acclimated, he will grind his beak as a show of contentment and health [and to prepare it for the next day’s meal].
  • Clip his/her wings… or get them trimmed at your neighborhood bird shop. Also, birds may easily escape via an open door, making their recovery unlikely.
  • Place the new bird’s cage in a separate area that is peaceful, safe from other animals, well-lit, and not immediately in front of a window or near an air conditioning or heating vent.
  • Do not remove the bird from its cage for a few days… permit it to adapt. However, you may engage with and speak to the bird.
  • After a few days, unlock its cage door and let it escape on its own. Handle the bird for at least one hour every day going forward… and enable extended access to the outside of the cage.
  • Keep the bird in quarantine for at least 30 days, and preferably 90 days. Between handling your birds throughout this time, wash hands and be cautious with clothes.
  • Depending on the age and temperament of your conure, you must use caution with your parakeets. They will likely not be the best of friends.
  • If you have other birds, you must isolate the bird from your other birds for ninety days! This bird might be ill, which could spread to your other birds. Also, introducing him to your other birds was just too much for him to handle, particularly after a five-hour car ride!!

I hope you don’t find this in any way offensive. But birds are extremely delicate, especially conures! Please contact an avian veterinarian immediately and describe your bird’s behavior after striking the wall.

It depends on how hard he struck. I’ve also heard of birds dying after colliding with a wall. Nonetheless, my bird has struck the wall a few times [thus the reason I keep his wings short, but long enough for him to flutter to the ground].

How Do I Stop Cage Aggression in Conures?

Cage aggression is really common in conures. This link is all about cage aggression, and stopping it & it’s what I did to stop my sun conures cage aggression permanently. http://www.eclectusparrots.net/cageaggression.html

You should prepare yourself to recognize the signs of an angry parrot in order to avoid giving it an unnecessary peck or other aggressive behaviors.

Green Cheek Conure, Breeding Hen, Plucking Breast Feathers for Nest/ How to Prevent This?

She started plucking after laying six eggs, she had a male companion, a nesting box, and well-balanced food (pellet, some seed, fresh veggie/fruits, multivitamins/calcium supplements, etc.). This is the first time in four years that I have seen her plucking, and I am scared that it may become a habit.
Note: I do have nesting materials, like shredded paper and fluff, for birds.

All birds do this when they get broody and are ready to lay and hatch eggs; they do this so they have something to line their nests. If you wish this behavior to cease, consider placing wood shavings in the nesting box so the hen doesn’t need to use so many breast feathers and down.

The major reason a hen plucks at the lower breast feathers is to establish a brooding patch (the bare skin region) to ensure that the eggs are incubated at the appropriate temperature.

Please do not conflate this with common plucking, which may become a habit. The feather follicles are often unharmed during incubation and should regrow when the bird is not in breeding mode.

If you put them up to breed regularly (which I do not advocate), the bird will see the patch as necessary and it will be visible for a longer period of time.

Check to discover if your region has a local Bird Club. Members are always eager to offer their expertise.

How Do I Stop My Bird From Biting in His Cage?

My bird is a 9-year-old sun conure that I got from a friend after her bird pulled out all of its feathers. When he’s not in his cage, he’s very nice, but when he is, he bites and bites and won’t even come out. I don’t know how to teach him that it’s okay to come out. I’m not angry with him or anything. It’s just kind of frustrating.

Mistreated birds have difficulties just like humans do when we have problems, so simply work with him and give him some time, and maybe remove the cage’s top so just the bottom is there. You can check more about how to train an aggressive parrot to solve this issue.

My Jenday Conure Will Not Stop Plucking Its Feathers….what Should I Do?

I have a 5-year-old Jenday conure that won’t stop picking at its feathers. It’s very friendly and likes to hang out outside of its cage, sit on my shoulder or finger, and eat almost anything conures can eat. However, it picks at its feathers a lot, and I want it to stop. It doesn’t have any feathers on its chest, legs, or back. How can I get her to stop?

  1. Take your conure to the veterinarian for an examination, in particular, due to the fact that conures are not among the kinds of birds renowned for “behavioral” plucking, such as greys, cockatoos, etc. There are a number of diseases that may cause or contribute to plucking.
  2. Perform an inspection of the bird’s environment. Ask yourself the following questions: Is the bird housed in a cage that is large enough, does it have plenty of interesting and rotating toys; have you moved the cage; have you added anything new to the area where the bird lives, such as new furniture; does the bird eat a healthy pelleted or cooked food-based diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, and other foods on the side; does the bird get enough sleep; is the humidity level adequate; do you smoke or
  3. Conduct a behavior analysis to see whether the bird is capable of entertaining itself and playing by itself. Is the bird being hounded by someone who does not know it? Is he spoiled, does he not get enough constructive attention, is he isolated from the rest of the family (i.e. doesn’t share meals, showers, etc. with you), is he petted or held too much (petting certain areas like the back, tail, or under the wings leads to sexual frustration), is he petted or held too much (petting certain areas like the back, tail, or under the wings leads to sexual frustration)?
  4. A habit, such as biting one’s nails or tugging one’s hair compulsively, may become difficult to break. This is especially true for behaviors such as nail-biting and hair-pulling.

Feather Plucking for birds is a difficult issue to resolve, unfortunately. Medications are not always the solution, and there is a risk that they may have adverse consequences on your pet bird.

I once had a Dusky Conure that would pick at its feathers, but as soon as I saw this behavior I brought the bird to an avian veterinarian for an examination. He gave me some valium to put a few grains of in each morning’s drinking water, and almost immediately, he stopped picking at his skin. After a few months of taking the prescription, he was able to quit taking it altogether. You have to find a solution to the issue as soon as possible, or else it will become a habit that is difficult to quit. I beg you to have an avian veterinarian examine him.

Can a Princess Parrot Be Trained?

When I see princess parrots, they aren’t usually trained or doing anything. do they take more work to train?

YES. We have princess parrots in our huge aviary. Even though they are aviary birds, they fly to us when we are in there and sit with us. They climb up on our fingers and eat from our hands. If a Princess Parrot in an aviary can do that, it should be easy to train a baby, Princess Parrot. They are beautiful and gentle birds, but they need room to fly. When you are taming your bird, be patient and try to use some techniques to achieve the goal.

What Is My Conure Doing?

So now my young sun conure is nestled up to my neck and continues backing up towards me, virtually hitting me in the face with his right-wing as he cherps, what does this mean?

He’d want you to pet him. This is something my birds do all the time. He sees you as a partner, mother, or guardian. He needs his head and neck lovingly caressed, and you are, for the time being, his mate. He could also desire a spray. It is always important to show love to your parrot.

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