How To Solve The Number One Behavior
In Three Easy Steps
According to many owners of the lovely Painted Conure, the biggest complaint is
their tendency to nip. Nippiness is an overwhelming tendency of this bird and
if it isn’t stopped as soon as it begins, it can escalate into a real problem.
We cover biting in depth in our
training package found
course, if you’re reading this article, then you likely already know that
Painted Conures are nippy. They’re also potentially noisy – screeching to get
your attention, to make you go away, and heck sometimes just to hear themselves
So how do you get rid of your Painted Conure’s bad behaviors?
One. Make sure they feel healthy, strong, and comfortable.
Is your Painted
Conure getting enough sleep? He needs 10-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep in a
dark room every day to feel his best. Is your Conure getting the proper
nutrition? He needs an organic pellet based diet supplemented with fresh fruits
and veggies daily. Save the nuts and seeds for treat time – they make an awful
diet and the result will be a very sick and grumpy bird – a bird that bites and
bird stimulated and comfortable? Is his cage big enough? Is he encouraged to
forage and explore? Does he have fun and interesting toys to play with? Do you
interact with him? Is his cage positioned in an area of your home where he
feels safe, his back to a wall for example, and yet he is still able to interact
with you and your family? This is important.
A bird that feels threatened or
bored is an unhappy bird, a bird that is inclined to nip and screech.
Two. Make sure your Painted Conure isn’t responding to your behaviors.
you added a new pet or family member? Occasionally, jealousy of another bird,
new family member, or new pet can cause your Painted Conure to misbehave. He
may screech for your attention or bite when the offending person or animal
enters the room.
If you react, you reinforce the behavior.
Instead, try to
learn what sets your Conure off. Read his body language and when he begins
misbehaving you can be ready with an appropriate reaction, like turning your
hand so he cannot bite it.
Three. Trick train your Painted Conure.
In addition to being nippy and noisy, Conures can also be skittish birds. They don’t trust easily.
Trick training is a
wonderful way to build trust, to bond with your Painted Conure. Trick training
will eliminate biting, screeching, and any other undesirable behavior.
advice is to seek the skills of a bird training professional. Visit
www.birdtricks.com where they offer a comprehensive program on training your
Painted Conure and eliminating the nipping behavior forever.