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Michelle Kelly <email address not displayed>
Michelle Kelly wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > bonnie ulrich wrote: > > i have a 5 yr. old brown throated conure was given to me for its > > nastiness and it aggression toward men ,3 families back...so im the > > 4th owner and have had her for 3 yrs.she doesnt talk..has no > > personality...is scared of music, water..touch and snuggling...wont > > play and is very sad...what can i do to make her trust me and let > me > > trim her nails and love her? > > > Hi Bonnie, > > With her age, her past and the amount of time that you have already > had her, I would doubt that there is anything that will drastically > change her behavior towards snuggling and being handled. I'm sure that > she will improve over time with lots of love and patience, but she > won't ever be perfect. > > Does she have a friend to play with during the day to keep her mind > active? At this point, getting a pal might be the best option. Of > course I would keep them in separate cages so that they do not bond > too much together -- or the situation with being handled by humans > will worsen. But having them in the same room together for company and > letting them out of their cage every day for play time will help. > Also, coming up with a very regular schedule for play time, baths, > bedtime, etc will be helpful. She may feel more secure and will look > forward to time out of the cage and interacting with the playmate. > Good Luck! :) > > We have 6 parrots -- all of which were rescues -- from cockatoos, to > conures to african greys. Some are sweethearts all the time, others > are moody and one is plain mean to women, but that is part of what is > so great about birds -- their personalities. I think your conure's > personality will come out with a friend around. Also, I'm sure you > cover her fully at night, but just wanted to make sure. It helps them > feel secure. She might be good with a fuzzy cozy -- one of those > hanging beds for her cage so she can relax if she needs to be alone or > gets stressed out.
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