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   "Pooki" is just about four months old and he is so darn playful,... he can't wait to be let out of his cage!
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T - 2007-10-09
I find it impossible to read all the wonderful things posted here about GCC. My GCC is 3 months old and was hand tamed/hand fed by a local breeder. When he first came home he was nippy, but showed some promise. Now he is by far the biggest disappointment I have ever had. I have owned cockatiels, parakeets, canaries, etc. and was so excited about getting a small parrot. I have never met a more nasty, hateful creature. I have bites everywhere and can not touch him without a suite of armour. I would never recommend a GCC to anyone (especially around children)unless one enjoys being brutalized daily. He wants to be on you from the time you open the cage and then immediately bites, rips and tears at flesh (arms, fingers, anything). No friend in this beast. Have tried every recommendation onine for curbing the biting and it only gets worse. Will never make such a horrid mistake again.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-09-24
    Sounds to me like he was somehow traumatized early on by you or someone around you. Yours is the first case I've seen bad things said about them. Definitely don't rule them out in the future after one bad experience because they really are such sweet and affectionate birds if raised properly.
  • brit - 2014-11-21
    This is shocking to me. the GCC is so lovable! We rescued on from a home where she got no interaction. She was fearful and bit when we first got her home. We were patient and spent lots of time talking to her. Then it clicked in her.. Loves to be with us (me, husband and 2 children) all day. Never another bite ever!
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Theresa Mary Weeks - 2014-10-31
I recently purchased a Green Cheeked Conure.  I named him Mr. McMurphy....I have only had him for a week...but can someone tell me when he will stop being so fearful.....he clings to the back of his cage and seems to flinch when myself or anyone walks by....I was told by someone to make sure he gets out and interacts w/me.....or he will remain fearful.....he's smart and when I get close enough he will do a step up on my finger.....yesterday we spent a good half hour watching the wild birds and squirrells eating he seemed to enjoy this ...the moment i went to sit on the sofa he tried to fly away (his wings are clipped) and he ended up under some furniture w/me chasing him....Can someone tell me how to make my new child realize he is loved and doesn't have to fear me....Are there any good books anyone can recomend on taming and training ...He is 5months old....I know I seem to be rushing things but animals have always taken to me ...I had parrakeets when I was younger they were all trained and one talked!!! impatiently wanting a relationship w/Mr. McMurhy!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-31
    Yes, I think you may be rushing things a bit. Birds, especially mature birds, have excellent memories. He may have been in a more fearful environment before, and it can take lots of time, patience, and love.  If he is a baby, it won't take as long, but either way it takes time. Keep in mind that some birds never become as friendly as we want, unfortunately there's really no way to say.
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Rachel - 2014-06-26
I have a green cheek conure whose name is Jem. I bought him at the end of last year and he has shared a cage with a 6 year old budgie since the day I got him. They get along quite well, they sleep so close together at night that they touch and sometimes they groom each other. But the weird thing is that the budgie regurgitates in Jem's mouth! I read that budgies do it to their mates, and they are both boys, what's going on? hahahah it's not a problem I'm just curious.

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C.S. - 2014-03-29
We bought a cinnamon green cheek conure two years ago. Within the first day that we brought him home I told him, 'Goodnight! I love you!' and he replied with a muffled, 'wuv you!'. Now we have also taught him how to say 'I'm a Good Baby!' and how to dance. About a year ago we also bought another cinnamon green cheek, and they both get along great together. The new conure muffles when she says 'baby', but other than that she hasn't talked. They are both the best birds anyone could ask for. However, they do have their temper tantrums every once in a while!

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Armand E Corriveau - 2014-03-27
My wife and I have adopted a pineapple green cheek conure named George. For the last 3 months my wife has managed to train him to do amazing things. He has become very adept at fetching, spinning around and rolling over. To my amazement George can also play hoops and bowl. Green cheeks are definitely not good talkers but are amazing performers. AEC

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AEC - 2014-01-18
Hello We adopted a beautiful pineapple green-cheeked conure about 1 1/2 month ago. He (George) has turned out to be a real joy. George is a very curious and playful little parrot. I look forward to many years of play. AEC

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Elaine - 2013-11-24
Hi, I have a yellow sided, blue Conure. He was hand fed and is very tame. He is a busy little bird and talks up a storm. I think he is small for a conure but he is the greatest! One thing that is different about him from other Conurs is his tail...it is a beautiful creamy beige and is shaped like a fan. I havn't seen a tail like his on any other bird. Is this unusual?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    It sounds like you have a captive bred mutation, so the tail would be a result of its mixed parentage. It's siblings may have a similar tail.
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Jester D Clowne - 2013-11-20
I am worried that my GCC Spaz has over bonded with me. Is there any way I can curb his/her enthusiasm? It feels like the poor little guy can't live it's life unless it's with me. I love paying attention to him/her, I even have had the joy of teaching Spaz to eat with a fork, wave, and am currently trying to get him/her to dunk a basket ball. Spaz lets me hold him/her and play with its wings and feet. I feel Spaz trusts me, but I don't want it to be infatuated with me. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Birds are extremely social, and these are flock animals. Right now it sounds like you are his only companion, and the only other member of his flock. You could consider getting another bird and enlarge the 'flock', and it can even be a different type of parrot. However make sure you get a separate cage for it as Spaz will be quite jealous at first... and Spaz's cage is his safe place and home. It can take time for birds to adjust to changes of this type to their habitat, so you will need to be patient and loving with both. The results can make the effort well worth it though, as birds will generally get comfortable with each other, and that can help reduce the amount of attention required by you.
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dawn willis - 2013-07-18
Bought our conure 3 days ago. He will be 9 weeks on Saturday. He was hand reared, he's already trying to talk. Can't go out of the room and he's with you, he hates being on his own, gives kisses and loves his fruit and veggies. Couldn't have picked a more affectionate pet.

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Rina - 2012-06-16
I need help. About 2 month ago I adopted a GCC. She is 4 years old. I think, at one time she was very loved. Then her owner got sick and she became a neglected bird, living on the carport. She is fine when I sit next to her cage and talk to her, but as soon as I open the door to her cage, she runs to the furthest corner of the cage. Otherwise she does seem very happy here. Next to her cage lives my Lovebird (8 years old), whom I hand raised from 3 days old. He is a very happy, but independent fellow who has taken a shine to my GCC. He tries to get into her cage. My questions are these: how can I get her to trust me and interact and bond with me? Should I let them interact yet, or should I wait with that? Would it be detrimental to my relationship with my Lovebird if they bond? Would my GCC get close to me should she bond with my Lovebird? Please help.... at this point, I do not want to make any mistakes.

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  • Brandi - 2012-06-16
    I don't know anything about love birds so I can not give you advice with that question. The conure...that is something I know a little about. Birds need time...and they must develop trust. Being an older bird (not old they live over 25 years, but not a baby) the bird has already established its 'bonding' relationship with an individual. That doesn't mean that she wont be your friend over time...but being a second owner, this is not an easy task. The worst thing you can to is jepordize your progress so be careful. Conures are so affectionate that it can be hard when this person they are use to is gone. Its like they lost a parent...they are devistated. My bird (although a baby) we are working on her skills because she's taken to me so strongly she squaks if someone gets near 'us' durring our cuddle time. She screams and nips at them. We are working on the behavior, but it shows you they tend to perfer one person. Doesnt mean that the bird can't...my children hold her all the time...but when she allows it. When she interacts with me...its when I allow it. Does that make sence? Anyways, my advice to you is for you to ignore the bird. Feed it, water it, sanatize the bowls daily, change the bedding...but ignore the bird. They get curious. Give it a few days. Sit next to the cage. Read a book and let it get use to your presence. Maybe spend time with your other bird where the conure can see...so he/she knows you are okay. After a few days start talking to him/her sweetly. Not too much, a hi now and then...let the bird know you are aware it is there...always be friendly and kind. Then maybe when he/she starts to act interested and curious maybe open the cage. Leave it open for a min. or two...then close it. Do that for a few days. Try getting a stick or a branch and seeing if the bird will step up on that and come out of the cage...or lift it off the pearch and then put it back. They LOVE people food and it will expand their life cycle. Once the bird becomes curious about you let it watch you eat. Be enthuastic on how yummy it is and how wonderful it is. Offer it a bite through the bars. If it doesnt want it...slowly let the bird watch you place it in the dish and walk away. Curiosity will always get the best of these guys. It will eat the ( watermelon/grape/strawberry/whatever) and realize oh wow, she was giving me the good stuff! Eventually if you can get it to eat out of your hand then you can maybe pet it and touch it an pick it up. Before you make any progress the first thing you have to do is build a relationship and establish trust. Without that ya'll will get nowhere and it wont be a good relationship. These birds live a very long time so you have lots of time. Take it easy, take it slow and always show love. My bird (never been a bird person) is the most amazing creature alive. We have our issues and things we are working on but aside from that...its an amazing experaince. Remember, nothings easy, nothing is over night...and it is all worth it in the end!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-17
    The little conure is scared and I would think 'cage bound' in she is afraid to come out of the cage.  Put her food outside the cage.  Talk to her, sing, laugh etc.  Let her get used to sounds in your home but get creative to get her out of her cage.  Yep, they become very attached to their humans and this is very different for her -   Get her out of the cage.  She will love you too and probably that little lovebird as well.  Conures just aren't agreeeisve and more velcro birds in that always want to be on you.  Conures like all things.  Mine sleeps frequently with one of my macaws - looks a little odd but the conure will actually and i do not know how break into the macaws cage.  They are pals but that little conure is 'attached like glue to me' and other members of family.  Yours will be that way also - just the way they are.
  • Rina - 2012-06-18
    Thank you Brandi, thank you Charlie. It seems, I am on the right track. Sometimes I get busy with other things and do not give them first thing their veggies.... she sits on the bowl holder, looks at me and let's me know that I forgot something. I adore her personality. I have both their cages placed that I can see them from my desk and they can see me. So we see each other all day. Beni, my Lovebird calls me when he wants to come out and I let him 'help' me with my office work (shred papers). She watches it with interest but that is all. Now, that I got both of your advise, I can relax and just let it happen with her. I thought I was doing something wrong. Many years ago I rescued a 26 year old African Gray. From day one he came into my home, he was attached to me. He wanted to be with me and around me most of the time. At least he wanted to see me. So I thought, it would be the same with my GCC. I will take a deep breath and relax. As long as I know all is well. Thank you again. It was a great help. Rina
  • nell - 2013-01-05
    Rina , I got a GCC from my brother They had been great friends but his life got complicated and the bird spent several years living with my aging mother who was not a bird person. In short he developed some anti social behavior including becoming cage bond and a sad periodic squawking. I ended up with him, it took several years but he's a happy bird now. He bounces cat balls, shreds sisal rope and has developed a nice vocabulary--he learned my name from hearing my aging mother call me. For 15 years all he said was 'osbert' then he learned 'hey nell' frmm my mom ---and his next one was 'osbertnell' (that made me tear up) he say 'sleepy' when he goes into his tent----- oh yeah try to buy him a birdy tent he seems to like having a safe place to hide, it made him more social. It took him several months to use that tent so be patient. Mine loves pasta, blueberries apples and strawberries, rice cakes and a little cheese now and then. Good luck and be patient. It's been a pleasure to see Oz come out of his shell.
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