Green Cheek Conure:
The Secret to Stopping
Green Cheek Conure
from Biting Once and For All
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.
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 package which also includes this information.
steps to stop your Green Cheek Conure from biting once and for all.
Is your Green Cheek Conure biting or beaking?
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.
being said, it is also important that your Green Cheek Conure understands the
difference between acceptable beaking and beaking with too much pressure –
beaking that turns into biting.
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
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.
Trick Train your Green Cheek Conure.
There are two really important
‘tricks’ 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
tricks? 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.
two commands teach aggressive birds that you are the boss, you are the one in
control and they give shy or timid birds the comfort of knowing what you expect
from them. The commands provide structure.
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
www.birdtricks.com where they offer a comprehensive program on training your
Green Cheek Conure and eliminating the biting behavior forever.