Training your Blue Headed Conure
when you thought all hope was gone.
Bad behaviors have you ready to give your Blue Headed Conure away? Don’t give up yet! Breathe easy and try these three simple strategies to a well behaved, even loving, bird. Picking up a copy of our training course would also greatly help you though this process.
You’re at your wits end with your blue headed conure’s bad behaviors. He’s biting, screaming, thrashing, throwing himself against the cage, charging, and even pulling his feathers out – not what you bargained for. Before you give him away, read and follow these three simple steps:
Step #1 Play with your blue headed conure.
Yes, I know he’s not fun to be around but if you can interact with him, do. It’s important. Give your blue headed conure plenty of time and attention every day. Conures are social birds and love interacting with people, so when possible let him out of his cage to hang out with you and your family.
Your blue headed conure also enjoys being handled. If biting is a real problem consider placing a towel on your hands when you get him out of the cage, at least until he is properly trained. Of course, when you’re unable to be with your blue headed conure, make sure that he has plenty of room to fly around his cage and plenty of toys to keep him busy. If playing with him is absolutely not a possibility then skip to Step #3. (Read step #2 though, it’s still important)
Step #2 Don’t encourage bad behaviors in your blue headed conure.
It is possible that your blue headed conure is simply maturing or going through a nippy phase. If you punish the behavior or have an extreme reaction, you will actually train them to continue nipping. Similar habits can be developed if you have a strong reaction to any adverse behavior whether it’s biting, screaming, charging, or feather plucking.
If you yell or splash your bird for screaming or biting, you teach him to be fearful of you. Fear breeds more bad behavior, you’re doing exactly the opposite of what you want to do. You want your bird to love and trust you. You want your blue headed conure to feel comfortable, happy, and well socialized.
Step #3 Trick train your blue headed conure
Trick training solves bad behavior problems in several ways. First and foremost it gives your conure what it wants most, attentive and structured time with you.
Secondly, it engages your Blue headed conure’s intelligence. Bored Blue headed conures can cause trouble. Trick train your conure and you challenge its intelligence. You stimulate its problem solving skills. Third, when you trick train, you build a bond of trust between you and your bird.
It is important to know that there are specific tricks that you can train your bird to make it stop those annoying and potentially frightening behaviors. Biting when you retrieve him from the cage for example can be trained away by training the step up and step down commands.
Trick training must be done correctly, which means that if you’re going to trick train your Blue headed conure then consult the advice and guidance of experts in Bird Trick Training. Look for easy step-by-step guides, like the ones found at birdtricks.com. The free resources and trick training products found there are specifically designed to eliminate unfavorable behaviors and give you the loving, friendly blue headed conure you want.