So you've got a new/baby green cheek conure, and the inevitable has happened: your green cheek conure is biting you. First, relax, and know that green cheek conure biting is normal behavior for your bird. That doesn't stop green cheek bites from being annoying, however.
Green cheek conures are nibbly birds by nature. Green cheek babies bite to explore the world with their beaks (not really a true bite, but it can still be a painful nibble!) Green cheek conure biting happens when birds feel threatened, frightened, or maybe the bird is just in a bad mood. You can never full stop a green cheek conure from biting, it's in their nature. But here are some ways to stop green cheeks from biting you as much as your bird is biting you now:
Stop Green Cheeks From Biting By Making Friends
No, it's not a rant about animal rights, we promise! If your bird likes you more, it logically follows that this will keep them from biting. If you've just brought your green cheek conure home, remember to give your green cheek time to get used to their surroundings, and you. Once your bird warms up to it's human, this should stop a green cheek conure from biting so much.
Train Green Cheek Conures Not To Bite
Yes, that's right, just like dogs birds can be trained not to do undesirable behaviors. In this case, you can train a green cheek conure not to bite by positive (never negative) reinforcement. Pick a noise or a phrase. Once your green cheek conure is biting you too hard, repeat the phrase, and put them back in their cage. Parrots often associate being put back in their cage with punishment. Eventually, your green cheek conure will associate your noise or phrase (such as "gentle bite" or "no bite" with the meaning of stop biting now, please. You can also try this with their favorite treat. When your conure is not biting you, give them their favorite treat to reward them for sitting on you calmly.
Small Earthquakes Stop Green Cheek Conures From Biting You
Earthquakes? What?! By earthquakes, of course, we mean the small movements of your arm. When a green cheek conure bites their owner, it takes concentration. If you notice your green cheek conure biting, or preparing to bite, move your arm a bit to stop biting in it's tracks.
Don't Let Your Green Cheek Conure On Your Shoulder
Birds associate being up high with dominating another bird, or in this case, you. If you let your green cheek conure climb on your shoulder or head, you encourage this dominating behavior. You also encourage your green cheek conure biting your ear - ouch!
Wing Clipping As A Method To Stop Green Cheek Conures From Biting
When you clip a bird's wings, you take them down about ten pegs in terms of aggressiveness. We're not exactly encouraging wing clipping of your bird, just saying that wing clipping of a young bird may give you many months to work on the aggressiveness issue. When a bird's wings are clipped they come to need you for their movement, and may come to trust you more. It exists as an option, though a controversial one, to stop a green cheek conure from biting.
Make The Green Cheek Conure's Environment A Safer One
Many reasons that birds bite come from fear, or feeling threatened. When a bird can't fly away (it's first choice of defense from danger) it will use the last resort that it has: biting their human owner. Birds are prey animals, and need to feel protected from harm such as new situations, aggressive pets, and even young children. Move your bird to a safer environment, such as a quieter room, if your green cheek conure is biting. Remember, once your bird feels safe and settled, it will trust you more, and will stop biting hard (if not stop biting altogether.)
Provide your green cheek conure a happy home (and lots of discipline) and your bird will come to respect you by not biting. Green cheek conure biting can never be fully avoided, but with these tips, you can stop green cheek bites from happening more often than you'd ideally like.