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Sun Conures? Topic: Under his wings by the sisters
June 20, 2019 / By Laurine
Question: I purchased 2 sun conures from different suppliers a male and a female both under 4 months of age. I was told by both persons that the birds were hand raised and hand fed, as well as they would clip their wings for the first time. Ive had my birds at home almost a month now and spend atleast an hour a day with them talking to them and attempting to hold them. Notice the word ATTEMPTING because the male will not allow it, when you hold him all he does is bite nonstop, the female never does this. As for the wing clipping I was told to cut the first 8 and they would not be able to fly. I observed as they got their wings clipped, I have 2 Eclectus Parrot2 that gets theri wings clipped and are not able to fly afterwards & neither male nor female ever nipped at me and I got them at the same age as I obtained my sun conures. Any suggestions what I can do to teach my male sun conures not to bite?! And dont say handle him, because we are & we are just as gentle with him as we are w the other 3 I did not get them from petshops. I got them all from 2 breeders that I am familure with so they are not brother and sister. And I watched them clip the wings of the male conure and he can still fly without any problems and his bites are not like the females or that of the Eclectus Parrots I own. When they did bite it was a nip and they'd stop. He does not stop he bites and bites and it does hurt but I dont raise my voice or rush to put him up until he starts biting me over and over again in secession.
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Joann Joann | 3 days ago
I doubt that the male was hand fed or if hand fed he was not socialized properly. Suns don't lose tameness quickly. Clipping 8 feathers seems a bit harsh, a sun will probably crash land, he should glide down, clipping only last till the next moult anyhow. Is the male scared of you, or does he just refuse to step up? If he is scared you need to talk to him and feed him treats via the bars so you don't scare him. If he is just refusing to step up, put a perch in front of him and offer a treat to make him step onto the perch, this saves your skin. When the bird is confident about stepping onto a perch you can ASK him to step on to your hand. Remember that most parrot type birds will test the strength of the hand,arm perch you are asking him to step onto with a beak. Pulling away at this point earns a bite and in can develope into a bad habit. The beak test is more of a pinch and not really a bite. Asking him to step from inside the cage (cage territtorial) onto your hand can also cause him to bite, being clipped it is probably easier to ask him to step from the cage door or the roof. You should never hold any bird unless it desires to be held. My pet sun will bite if I try make him do something he doesn't want to do, I have to ask not tell. Most sun love to be held and snuggled. Another thing if they are the same age, even if from different pet shops check the leg bands to make sure they are not brother and sister. Has the outside flight feathers being clipped? They should be clipped up to the edge of the covert feathers, hold him upside down in a towel to clip. I clip from the underside of the wing so I can see bloodfeathers and the coverts. If he is flying to you to attack cut 1 feathers on each wing until such time he can't fly, wings must be clipped the same amount on either side. Is he biting the hand he is standing on? Use a earthquake move of your hand to make him let go and keep his balance. Is he biting a hand you are asking him to step onto, move into the bite to make him lose his balance, only let him step onto a perch untill he has an attitude adjustment. Suns body language is fairly clear you know what they are thinking or about to do. You will see his eyes pinning and feathers either raised like hackles on a dog or his feathers very flat against his body when he has evil intentions. Hold him well lower than shoulder level so that you are big compared to him.
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Joann Originally Answered: Sun Conures?
I doubt that the male was hand fed or if hand fed he was not socialized properly. Suns don't lose tameness quickly. Clipping 8 feathers seems a bit harsh, a sun will probably crash land, he should glide down, clipping only last till the next moult anyhow. Is the male scared of you, or does he just refuse to step up? If he is scared you need to talk to him and feed him treats via the bars so you don't scare him. If he is just refusing to step up, put a perch in front of him and offer a treat to make him step onto the perch, this saves your skin. When the bird is confident about stepping onto a perch you can ASK him to step on to your hand. Remember that most parrot type birds will test the strength of the hand,arm perch you are asking him to step onto with a beak. Pulling away at this point earns a bite and in can develope into a bad habit. The beak test is more of a pinch and not really a bite. Asking him to step from inside the cage (cage territtorial) onto your hand can also cause him to bite, being clipped it is probably easier to ask him to step from the cage door or the roof. You should never hold any bird unless it desires to be held. My pet sun will bite if I try make him do something he doesn't want to do, I have to ask not tell. Most sun love to be held and snuggled. Another thing if they are the same age, even if from different pet shops check the leg bands to make sure they are not brother and sister. Has the outside flight feathers being clipped? They should be clipped up to the edge of the covert feathers, hold him upside down in a towel to clip. I clip from the underside of the wing so I can see bloodfeathers and the coverts. If he is flying to you to attack cut 1 feathers on each wing until such time he can't fly, wings must be clipped the same amount on either side. Is he biting the hand he is standing on? Use a earthquake move of your hand to make him let go and keep his balance. Is he biting a hand you are asking him to step onto, move into the bite to make him lose his balance, only let him step onto a perch untill he has an attitude adjustment. Suns body language is fairly clear you know what they are thinking or about to do. You will see his eyes pinning and feathers either raised like hackles on a dog or his feathers very flat against his body when he has evil intentions. Hold him well lower than shoulder level so that you are big compared to him.

Gabbie Gabbie
He needs to be away from the cage, away from the other birds, in a neutral area. Best place is the bathroom, with the door close, one-on-one. Second, only try to pick him up a few minutes a day. Give him some treats. Use a calm voice and kindness. If he starts to get anxious or nervous or scared, you will be making zero progress and in fact completely destroying any previous gains. The whole point it to get him to trust you and associate your touch with pleasure. By far the most important thing to remember is to be patient. If it takes a week just to get him used to going to the neutral area even for 10 seconds, so be it. If you force it, you will never hold him. Patience and love. Good luck.
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Darryl Darryl
You need to get him away from his cage into a neutral environment to work with him. A bathroom is usually a good choice since it is small and if he gets away from you there are not many places for him to hide (make sure the toilet lid is closed). To get him out of his cage either towel him or put on a pair of gardening gloves that will give you the extra confidence to make him step up on your hand. Once you have him in a neutral environment, get him to stand on your finger and practice step ups by using a laddering technique (take the finger of the hand he is not standing on and push straight back against his legs to make him step up onto that finger--say step up at the same time so he associates the command with the action). Once you have him standing on you finger and stepping up, start walking around the house with him and let him do fun things w/ you like watch TV or fold laundry. Once your bird figures out it is fun to come out of his cage and that you are serious when you try to take him out and he can not intimidate you, then the biting should stop.
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Bree Bree
Hello. I work at an animal sanctuary where we see lots of birds that are vicious and practically unhandleable coming through our gates. You say "Dont say handle him, because we are", but that really is the only way. Make it fun for him, get him out of his cage, and I know it hurts, believe me I have had my neck pierced by a bare eyed cockatoo that I was told wouldn't hurt! If he bites you dont tell him off, if you don't do anything or react, they will get bored and stop, but when he is nice, talk to him softly and tickle him. Sit in a chair and let him wander about all over you and the chair. I hope this helps, you just have to persist, some people will tell you to wear gloves, but do you want to wear gloves everytime you handle him, I think not. Start as you mean to go on, and good luck. We have a sun conure here who is lovely, he gently nuzzles your fingers in his beak but doesn't bite. They are lovely birds when they can be handled. Good luck.
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Alexa Alexa
It relies upon on which one you like. You bypass meet them and choose for your self. all of them could have a various character. Suns and Nandays are very loud, Nandays have a shriller scream yet maximum Suns improve their voice greater in many situations. even however, the noise point of a conure is in many situations exaggerated, a healthy and chuffed conure won't scream as in many situations as a bored and ignored one.
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Alexa Originally Answered: Sun Conures?
I doubt that the male was hand fed or if hand fed he was not socialized properly. Suns don't lose tameness quickly. Clipping 8 feathers seems a bit harsh, a sun will probably crash land, he should glide down, clipping only last till the next moult anyhow. Is the male scared of you, or does he just refuse to step up? If he is scared you need to talk to him and feed him treats via the bars so you don't scare him. If he is just refusing to step up, put a perch in front of him and offer a treat to make him step onto the perch, this saves your skin. When the bird is confident about stepping onto a perch you can ASK him to step on to your hand. Remember that most parrot type birds will test the strength of the hand,arm perch you are asking him to step onto with a beak. Pulling away at this point earns a bite and in can develope into a bad habit. The beak test is more of a pinch and not really a bite. Asking him to step from inside the cage (cage territtorial) onto your hand can also cause him to bite, being clipped it is probably easier to ask him to step from the cage door or the roof. You should never hold any bird unless it desires to be held. My pet sun will bite if I try make him do something he doesn't want to do, I have to ask not tell. Most sun love to be held and snuggled. Another thing if they are the same age, even if from different pet shops check the leg bands to make sure they are not brother and sister. Has the outside flight feathers being clipped? They should be clipped up to the edge of the covert feathers, hold him upside down in a towel to clip. I clip from the underside of the wing so I can see bloodfeathers and the coverts. If he is flying to you to attack cut 1 feathers on each wing until such time he can't fly, wings must be clipped the same amount on either side. Is he biting the hand he is standing on? Use a earthquake move of your hand to make him let go and keep his balance. Is he biting a hand you are asking him to step onto, move into the bite to make him lose his balance, only let him step onto a perch untill he has an attitude adjustment. Suns body language is fairly clear you know what they are thinking or about to do. You will see his eyes pinning and feathers either raised like hackles on a dog or his feathers very flat against his body when he has evil intentions. Hold him well lower than shoulder level so that you are big compared to him.

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