Green Cheek conure suddenly afraid of me

brogax

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Hi, been a while since I visited the forum..

Everything was super well with the conure he was super tame and always seeking interractions..

I had super busy schedule for past 1 week so the only interraction i had with the birdy is to feed him & clean the cage, this was only for 1 week..

Yesterday I tried to take him out of cage he seemed super afraid of my hands, I left the cage doors open and he left but then after 5 hours or so he decided to come to me by himself unofrtunately it was a little late so spent about 10-20minutes with the bird and put him in cage, I thought that this might have been cause of time as it was a little late however today the same thing, he seems afraid of me he will take snacks from hands but everytime i try to pet him or ask to step up he just runs/flies off.

He became a little aggressive towards my little sister, she came to visit today and instead running/ flying off he puffed up and everytime she was coming close to cage he was ready to bite!...

Any tips on what could this be and how to resolve this? I feel super bad for not being able to give him almost any attention for a week, unsure if this could indicate some health issues?

He always always a little scared of everything new (new objects, items & toys) but never afraid of people, he was always super tame and cuddly and going towards everyone for cuddles
 

dianaT

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I guess he is still eating, drinking and pooing as normal and not sleeping more than normal.
it is likely linked to a change in his routine. Let's see what @Roz can suggest.
 

Roz

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Hi @brogax I'm just going to comment on what I hear/see from you. First of all sorry he seems to have changed in the past week.

What makes you think he might be ill? Does any body language indicate this might be so? Is he quieter than normal, puffed and still? Closing eyes, etc? Diana's observations are good to note re sickness and a change to his routine. If you think something is wrong physically then it might be time to take him to an avian/exotic vet for a check over.

Otherwise, behaviourally, take heed of his body language. You can't force him to go back to how he was, but if you notice and heed his body language, he'll respond better in the long run. So right now, don't try to pet him or ask him to step up, if he just runs/flies off. Likewise with your little sister, if he is showing "aggressive" body language when she approaches him, ask her not to approach him for now. How old is he? It might be that it is spring and breeding time.

What is great is that he will still take snacks from your hands. So see if you can tempt him to step up on your hand (however briefly) for a treat. Let him get off again as soon as he wants to. If he realises he has a choice, he will begin to choose to stay on you for increasingly longer times, IF it is reinforcing to do so. Just don't force him to do anything he doesn't want to do, or you might end up with more "aggression" and/or "fear". Get to know him again gently. He'll be more likely to bounce back if you respect his body language and keep pairing yourself with wonderful experiences like treats!
 

brogax

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Hi @brogax I'm just going to comment on what I hear/see from you. First of all sorry he seems to have changed in the past week.

What makes you think he might be ill? Does any body language indicate this might be so? Is he quieter than normal, puffed and still? Closing eyes, etc? Diana's observations are good to note re sickness and a change to his routine. If you think something is wrong physically then it might be time to take him to an avian/exotic vet for a check over.

Otherwise, behaviourally, take heed of his body language. You can't force him to go back to how he was, but if you notice and heed his body language, he'll respond better in the long run. So right now, don't try to pet him or ask him to step up, if he just runs/flies off. Likewise with your little sister, if he is showing "aggressive" body language when she approaches him, ask her not to approach him for now. How old is he? It might be that it is spring and breeding time.

What is great is that he will still take snacks from your hands. So see if you can tempt him to step up on your hand (however briefly) for a treat. Let him get off again as soon as he wants to. If he realises he has a choice, he will begin to choose to stay on you for increasingly longer times, IF it is reinforcing to do so. Just don't force him to do anything he doesn't want to do, or you might end up with more "aggression" and/or "fear". Get to know him again gently. He'll be more likely to bounce back if you respect his body language and keep pairing yourself with wonderful experiences like treats!
Nothing changed was just looking up and some posts suggested that sudden behaviour change might be linked with some ilnesses... he does seem as healthy as ever.

Thanks, if i give him snacks he does like some scratches and comes towards me now just doesnt want to go on hands, when I'm leaving the room he's flying on my back and sits there as well..

My sister is 10, she's super gentle with the birds but thanks for the advice, will try to patiently win him over again..

I was giving him snack earlier, a grape (his favourite) he was eating it from my palm but he kept kinda hitting me with a wing, never seen this before, would this indicate something?
 

Michael Reynolds

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it may be it is breeding time and i have known conures to have a change in attitude during this time my female jandaya has become very cage protective and will not go on my hand at the moment.
 
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Roz

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That's great he seems as healthy as ever. Since it is spring, behaviour does change, like Michael said. He maybe driving away your sister and everybody else no matter how gentle they are in favour of you. Your sister therefore might be more likely to be able to approach him with you out of the room. You could both experiment and see. Then if he is fine with her when you are not there, she could carefully offer him a treat through the cage bars to pair herself with good experiences for him too.

Re the hitting you with a wing - was there any other body language/sounds that occured at the same time? I am guessing that it might be to do with breeding behaviour?
 
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