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Judy Weldon - 2011-12-02
I am looking for a green cheek for my grandsons Christmas gift. I have found a four month old female that stays in a cage with his brother and has become territorial. The lady says he bites when she goes in the cage to feed, etc. The male is not so. She says once she gets him out he is fine. Will he stop the territorial actions when isolated and spends time with a new owner? I don't want to give my grandsons a biter. Judy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-02
    A person can tame a conure but not fun and should have a lot of experience with parrots first. If the woman can't handle her own bird - there is no way a stranger is going to be able to. Yes, will probably tame down after a time. My concern is a breeder that hand fed babies would not leave two together at that age as bond to the other bird. She should be able to handle them with no problems at all and give them to others to hold and handle. She obviously can not do this. Another concern I have is the 4 month old. The only way that is possible is if they were born really late in breeding season. Real strange. Conures are born in the spring. So she can't handle her own supposedly hand fed bird. You really don't know how old these birds are. They are not going to be better behaved at a new home and it would take a lot of doing to tame them - otherwise she would be able to handle them. A conure is a super super great pet for a young person. They are family orientated, love playing, they are like velcro to your shirt, affectionate and just a clown. However, I would wait until spring and new babies are born and I think I would not buy from this woman. You want a hand fed baby that your grandson can hold and give kisses to and will play in his lap when you purchase it.
  • Judy - 2011-12-02
    Thanks, Charlie. I just talked with the lady and she is not sure of age and says she has papers where she got them from the breeder. She says the male bird is very laid back and easy and the female has just started becoming territorial. The vet said the conure was healthy and probably is displaying jealousy and/or a protective attitude. Once the female is out of the cage she is fine and easy to handle. I am going to see them this evening. You sound very knowledgeable and I appreciate any tips you may have. I have a green cheek that I purchased as a 4 month old approximately 9 years ago and she is a great bird. Thanks again,
    Judy
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-02
    OK you know the personality of a conure and how friendly, outgoing and velcro they are. Expressive etc. I don't have any idea how old these conures are - but it just makes no sense to me that at 4 or even 8 months or a year - a person wouldn't be able to just pick these guys up and hold them. With a conure, it is more you have to get them off you but they are so affectionate. Good luck.
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Baby78 - 2011-08-18
Hi. I will be purchasing two green cheek conures and will house them together. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the minimum size cage requirements are. Would a cage size of 18 by 18 with an inside height of 29 be convenient for two green cheek conures? I have read that the ideal size for two green cheek conures would be 24 by 24 but I am trying to avoid having a cage of that size inside my home.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    Sorry, that would be way too small. I would suggest at a minimum 21/2 by 3 feet by 6 feet. They play a lot and need toys, they need stimulation and human interaction. They need activity and again stimulation or you are into big time feather plucking. If they are going to be in their cage a lot, then you need an even larger cage or think of a flight. My cage is 3 x 4 by 6 for one with a play top and his own perch.
  • harry - 2011-09-09
    I would say that a 18 by 18 is a bit small for one conure. As it all comes down to how often you get the birds out. I have have a rather large cage for my bird but he is hardly ever in it as he is always on me. I think you should go for a 24 by 24 at the smallest. But if the birds are out of the cage alot a cage of 18 by 18 is just about ok. But remeber evan if the birds are'nt in the cage that often have toys in there for them to enjoy the short time there in the cage!!!!!! Hope you enjoy bird keping as much as I do, harry
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    First off make sure that the birds getting along with each other and if they are boy and girl, make sure they are not brother and sisters. And that is way to small for just one bird. You will need alot bigger cage aleast 24x24, the bigger the better. And they will need alot of toys and vegs and good seed everyday. And time with the family and not left in a room away from the family. These birds need human to be around.
  • Darin - 2011-11-23
    Dear Baby78,

    That size cage would be acceptable for just one Green Cheek with lots of time out of the cage, but you'll need more room for two birds. May have to move up to at least 24 inches.
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mary - 2011-05-17
My green cheek kind of bites when I'm holding him. What can I do to make fun activities with him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-17
    Try to tell me more about "kind of bites" when you are holding him. If he is on your hand and he tries to nip, twist your hand. He can't hang on and nip at the same time. He will lose his balance and that can break him of nipping. If it is in PLAY and he is getting overly excited, then just turn him upside down and say a big "NO" and then count out loud timeout till 10. So let me know more.
    OK games take a rug or towel and make up or buy some toys. Dixie cups and hand helds. Hide the toy under one of the dixie cups. "PEEK" very gently place a sheet of paper towel over his head and say "PEEK". "PRETTY" pull the wing out and cover the eyes and say "PRETTY" a song I would sing and clap with mine to
    Sammy, Sammy where you go
    Down to the rodeo
    Sammy Sammy , what you see?
    All the handsome boys they look at me. I would sing and clap and Sammy would bob up and down in rhythym. When she wanted me to sing it, she would sit on my lap and start to bob till I sang it. I have a voice like a rock and she liked it anyway
    "Chase the ball" Throw a little bell, ball etc 2 - 3 inches till she picks it up and then gradually throw it farther. You'll get the hang of it. Tell me more about the nipping and I might be able tohelp more. Put peanuts inside a small kong toy.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-01
    play with him
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    I don't know how old your green check is but if he is around 1 year - I used to call it a teething phase when they would just sorta chew on my fingers. Anyway, it really really helps to have a toy in your hand when you are playing with him. Let him sorta chew/bite on the toy instead of your fingers. I don't think they have any idea at all that your fingers might be sensitive - a little. Have something in your hand that he can play with. Another thing I have done with conures to macaws is "TIME OUT" If I am playing with a bird and he starts to get just a little too excited or rough, I will literally turn him upside down and say loudly "TIME OUT" and then count to 10. I have no idea why they calm down or why this works or anything like that. I just thought it worked for my kids (I didn't turn them upside down) but maybe it would work for a bird. It worked. I have also grabbed their beak and said " NO HURT MAMA" and that has worked also. I think whatever you decide to do - just be consistent. Conures chew or nibble and sometimes get caried away but they aren't really biters but they don't know playing too rough so they have to be taught. Good luck and if you come up with something diferent let us know.
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    Tell him no bit each time he bit, let him know it hurt and if he does it again put him in cage and leave the room. This is just a stag and will end soon.
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Izzy - 2011-07-29
Hi, I was given a Green Cheek Conure about a year ago and he seems to be really small compared to the ones I have seen at the pet store. Could it be that he is a runt? I am guessing he is going to turn 2 years old this year.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    Not all birds are the same size. It is true that some can be smaller than others.
  • David Brough - 2011-09-21
    Birds are like people some are biger then others.
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Adin - 2011-06-01
I just got my birds both green cheeked conures. And I was wondering if they might bond with themselves instead of us.Got any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    Conures are cool pets and yes they will play with each other but they won't leave you out. The more attention you give them the greater the bond will be with you and them. I had queens and they and I were just best pals and had so much fun. We would play on my bed or they would go sliding down the sofa cushions etc. When they were 4 years, I set them up in a large flight cage with a nest box. I went out to the porch and they were just so excited and happy and flying from their food area to the nest box (back and forth) and making all sorts of racket and didn't stop and I figured something was up. I went and looked in the nest box and there were two little eggs. They were so proud and wanted me to know. I had to check the eggs out everyday and when they hatched, I had to check out the babies every day. I actually could pet the babies in the nest box. So you are fine. Just enjoy them both.
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    As long as you take time everyday to give to them they will still bond with you. They love their person.
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Pamela - 2011-01-14
Is DNA testing the only way to tell the sex of GCCs, we have been given 6 of them and have no idea what they are. They are not young birds, maybe up to 2 years old.
Pamela

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  • robin - 2011-06-25
    DNA testing is the only "sure" way. You're so lucky to have been given 6 of them. Best of luck with them.
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    DNA is the only sure way to know for sure.
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shirley J - 2011-07-19
I recently got a green cheek conure from my director. It's a boy we believe. She didn't have much time for him so I took him in. He got on a stick one time. I was present at his old home but we tried here and he didnt budge. I know he needs to gain trust. He's been here for about 2 weeks his name is MANGO. He seems to reply to me whistling. I'm the one scared to touch him but my fiance is willing. He tried and he just kept biting him when he was trying to pet him. I've read some other comments but what approach to take. I talk to him through out the day and so does my 2 yr old. Another reason why I am nervous at the thought of getting him out because I dont want him to bite my son. When I was younger my grandma had a bigger all red parrot in Central America, so I am definitely into them. It's just I haven't been around them much lately. I guess i need some helpful hints!! anyone..help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    First things fist. You have to be relaxed and at ease. They know when you are not and then they get more afraid. You have plenty of time. I am not real fond of sticks. Bird sits there and wonders if you're going to hit him or pick him up. Let's just make friends with the guy first. Let's feed him with our fingers. Try handing him small pieces of food - but large enough that you wn't be worried that he will bite you. Piece of sliced apple, piece of chicken, spehetti cooked (just one string and hold it up), piece of cheese. I have no idea what for sure he will like but keep feeding him by hand - and then let the pieces be smaller - cheerios, piece of dried fruit. Now you and the bird are starting to relax around each other. I take it he is in a cage so after you are relaxed - let him out - just let him out. He might fly but probably will just walk around on top of his cage. Back to the feeding again by hand. Finally after all this - hold a peanut or piece of apple in the palm of your left hand and let him take it from your hand. Now try and just pet the top of his head. I don't mind just sorta grabbing a bird (use a small towel if you want) and hold him and wait till he is calm and just pet the top of his head. If your comfortable, let him sit in your lap while he eats his apple. Don't point - The idea is that you and he will get used to each other slowly. You will feed him and he will learn trust. You will learn that if he is not afraid, he isnot going to bite. You will let him out of his cage and realize he is not going to DIVE BOMB. Then you just start to say things as you do them. They are velcro birds and he will take to you as he is ready. Food, eat, step up and hold out your hand. It isn't easy but you just go slow.
  • harry - 2011-09-09
    This is farly common in birds when the move to a new home. Just carry on talking and whistling to all the time and he should get used to you. Also try putting your hand in the cage several times a day and slowly move your hand towards him. Be careful not to do this to fast or for a long time as you may make things worse. Try your local pet shop for advice. There are also loads of books on the market in how to break bad habbits in bird. good luck harry
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    It will only take time for him to trust you. You can try first just talking to him, then just put your hand in the cage and leave it for along as you can each day while talking to him. You can also then try to find something he likes, My Punkin likes grapes. Let him take it from your hand. Green Cheek are great pets and they love their people.
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Sha - 2011-02-11
I Bought my 1st Green Cheeked Conure on sat and it's 4 months old...and it's just so loving..loves to hide in my hair and giving kisses...but for some reason he's starting to become very forceful wit his beak...I don't wanna say biting ..but it's hard...any suggestions?

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  • Hayley - 2011-03-05
    They are able to bite but if you spend lots of time and give them love they will learn to be nice and not to bite. If you want them to be nice to others then the others must spend time with the Green Cheeked Conure.
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regina - 2011-02-26
Hi I have just purchased a green cheek conure I have been told she is female she is a lovely bird tho every now and then nips my fingers sometimes quite hard am I doing something wrong will I need to go to a vet to get her sexed properly and do females talk (if that's what she is)?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-02-27
    Conures can bite if they feel threatened, if they learn it is an acceptable behavior, or possibly if they have been abused in the past. Do you know her history and how old she is? If she senses you are afraid of her, she may also be more prone to biting. You will need to work with her to teach her biting is not OK. This can take time and patience. Check out this section on Conure Handling and Training.

    You only need to get her sexed if you plan to breed her (or if you just want to know). If she lays an egg, she's a girl! Female conures can learn to talk.
  • regina - 2011-02-27
    I bought as handraised from a pet shop she's 9 weeks old does it take long to train her not to bite?
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Diana - 2011-01-10
I purchased 2 green cheeked conures two days ago because they were 8 months old and very bonded to each other. Despite their agressive reps, they have been nothing but loving and intelligent. They already respond to petting, hand feeding and are prone to 'entertaining' with their antics. We are looking forward to many years of training and fun with Bogie and Bacall. They seem to be quicker to respond than our Fishers lovebird who recently passed away and was badly missed.

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