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Painted Conures:

How To Solve The Number One Behavior
Problem 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 here.

Painted Conure Training InformationOf 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 talk. 

So how do you get rid of your Painted Conure’s bad behaviors?

Step 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 yells.

Is your 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. 

Step Two.  Make sure your Painted Conure isn’t responding to your behaviors. 

Have 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.

Step 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. 

The best 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.