The Secret to Stopping Your
Green Cheek Conure
from Biting Once and For All
Green Cheek Conures are fabulous birds. Of course you already know that because you own one. What you may have also found out about your Green Cheek Conure is that they can be prone to biting. This is a common behavior problem among Green Cheeks for a number of reasons. Fortunately, the problem can be eliminated in a few steps. Read on to find out how or have a look at our training packages which also includes this information.
Three steps to stop your Green Cheek Conure from biting once and for all.
Is your Green Cheek Conure biting or beaking?
The absolute first thing that you need to do is determine if your Green Cheek is biting or beaking. Green Cheek Conures are particularly prone to beaking behavior. It is normal behavior and one that you do not want to discourage in your bird. Beaking is your Conure’s way of exploring you and his environment. It is important that he be allowed to express his natural behaviors.
That being said, it is also important that your Conure understands the difference between acceptable beaking and beaking with too much pressure – beaking that turns into biting.
Pay attention to when your bird exhibits the behavior. Does he bite when you reach into his cage? Does he bite as he’s interacting with you, maybe sitting on your shoulder? Does your Green Cheek Conure bite as a greeting?
Is your Green Cheek Conure going through his nippy phase?
Many Green Cheek Conures, actually many parrots in general, go through a nippy phase as they mature. It generally seems to occur around the age of two. It can be a tough time, as Green Cheek Conures tend to take this nippy phase to the extreme. If you don’t get it under control, it can become a real behavior problem.
You don’t want to punish the bird by hitting the cage and you certainly don’t want to hit your parrot. Some Conure owners find that pulling their hand away and startling the bird works for them, but this is a risky practice and can end up making the problem worse because the bird becomes scared and skittish.
Train your Green Cheek Conure.
There are two really important behaviors that you need to teach your bird right away. When you train these tricks you will eliminate much of the biting behavior. What are the behaviors? Step up and Step down. They are commands that you give your bird to let him know that you want him to step onto your finger or off of your finger and are particularly useful when retrieving your bird from his cage.
These are the two commands that you will use the most when you interact with your bird. You will always find it necessary to handle your bird and when your green cheek conure is cued to step up or down they know what is expected of them can respond without and fuss or hesitation.
Trick training is a wonderful way to bond with your Green Cheek Conure and eliminate biting, however training these two commands is only the beginning and if you train them incorrectly they can make the biting problem worse. The best advice is to seek the skills of a bird training professional. Visit us at Birdtricks.com where we will offer a comprehensive program on training your Green Cheek Conure and eliminating the problem behaviors forever.
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