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Rehomed a green Cheeked conure. Owner passed away. He is 3 years old. Never met him so we are getting to know each other. I opened his cage door he came out and climbed up to the top.
My question is will he go back in on his own? I waited for awhile he didn't , he let me pick him up and I put him back. Was that the right thing to do? New to this never had one before. Thank you for any help. IMG_20240216_151516310_HDR.jpg
 

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That’s actually really fantastic that he let you put him back in his cage. Sounds like you’re doing great so far!
 

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You can start guiding and teaching him to return when asked , use same phrase and treats . White safleflower seed makes a pretty darn good treat for GCC. And GCC are quick learners.

Thank you for taking the little one in!
 

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You can start guiding and teaching him to return when asked , use same phrase and treats . White safleflower seed makes a pretty darn good treat for GCC. And GCC are quick learners.

Thank you for taking the little one in!
When I let him out he flys, but having a hard time knowing where to land. He then goes on the floor and I have to pick him up and put him back in his cage. I afraid he is going to get hurt.
We live in a motorhome it's big but lay out is not like a reg. Home. Should I get his feathers trimmed so he can't fly high? Feel bad for him. Thanks
 

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I would not clip his wings . For myself and advice I myself would share , I'm personally never going to clip .

Set up places for him to land , his own " furniture" you will probably have to be creative as it's a moter home . But I can think of ways that might work. Tie thicker rope between things . Useing a planter hook to attach to curtain but out a few inches and hang a spiral rope from . Teach him to step from you to different spots if furniture as well. Set him down on backs of chairs or things that would be easy to land on. I teach flight paths by walking from cage to a spot and set them down , then have them step up and walk back to cage to step off too. Then repeat from cage to a different spot .

I see you have corner window with curtain rods you can definitely string something up between those .

I use ceiling hooks, which I imagine you can't in your place . But if there are those really stong stick on hooks that can hold several pounds , if you use some kind of light perch or attach on opposite walls and a rope between that much work fir a rope . You can use fishing line tied to one from ceiling and hang a light swing. My swing I'm going to share pictures of is definitely to hefty. But just to give ideas

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Forgive the poops , little guys roosts there and they poop all night he flew off when I came over

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Oh and you can use tension rods!! And hang things from them! This i have done with clear shower curtain to help prevent accidental fly out the door . But my friend @Parutti used to hang stuff fur her birds!
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I would not clip his wings . For myself and advice I myself would share , I'm personally never going to clip .

Set up places for him to land , his own " furniture" you will probably have to be creative as it's a moter home . But I can think of ways that might work. Tie thicker rope between things . Useing a planter hook to attach to curtain but out a few inches and hang a spiral rope from . Teach him to step from you to different spots if furniture as well. Set him down on backs of chairs or things that would be easy to land on. I teach flight paths by walking from cage to a spot and set them down , then have them step up and walk back to cage to step off too. Then repeat from cage to a different spot .

I see you have corner window with curtain rods you can definitely string something up between those .

I use ceiling hooks, which I imagine you can't in your place . But if there are those really stong stick on hooks that can hold several pounds , if you use some kind of light perch or attach on opposite walls and a rope between that much work fir a rope . You can use fishing line tied to one from ceiling and hang a light swing. My swing I'm going to share pictures of is definitely to hefty. But just to give ideas

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Forgive the poops , little guys roosts there and they poop all night he flew off when I came over

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Thank you so much. Love the hanging swing idea. I still can't get him to go on my finger so I can move him around. He's only been here for 4 days. He lets my pet his back and hand feed him seeds and apples. Is there any idea how to get him to go on my finger? Thanks
 

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Ooo 4 days wow you just barely got the sweetie! He still adjusting to all this rapid change.
Lots of sitting with and sweet talking, handing out yummy seed treats like safflower the little white ones. Give him more time if this , sounds like you guys are doing great so far !

I would hang a sign by door , something to remind you check bird is caged.tgey make signs, knob hangers and stickers to help remind everyone sbd guests. And some sort of xrta safety so it's a two step to exit and the motor home, a screen, they have magnetic screen doors, a chest shower curtain , something..Because sometimes the little ones can escape the cage, and when you come home could escape outside because you weren't expecting him to be out. Clipping really doesn't make this any safer , because they can glide or catch up draft or in panic manage to fly. Once you guys are friends and in the future work on in motor home recall flight. This is teaching them to fly to you when asked. Thst way if ever escapes is an extra layer of safety with the hope will recall to you.
I found this on Etsy
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Look what I found on Etsy: In/out of Cage Door Hangers old Style - Etsy
 
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Thanks for taking this little one!

He'll probably figure out the layout of your space in a few days. One of my parrots was clipped when I got him, and now that his feathers have grown back out he can actually turn around and fly in a small room much easier than when he was clipped. So I also recommend not clipping this cutie :)

I am very paranoid about mine flying out the door so I hang a curtain in the doorway. They can still get past it, so I always put everyone in their cage before I open a door, but the curtain is a good reminder to me to check.

I do use cheap tension rods in my windows and hang toys and branches in front of the window. I have double hung windows so there is a natural ledge in the middle, but I like that the branches give them a spot to land that isn't right on the window. I'll try to add a picture if I can find it.

It can take a little while for any bird to trust fingers or hands. Training them to "step up" is useful, even if they already let you scoop them up. When he lets you pick him up, does he step onto your hand?

One of my birds does step up onto my finger and will for pretty much anybody. One of my long time foster birds will NOT step onto fingers or hands but will onto a long sleeved arm every time. One of mine will not even attempt to step up and walks away if he thinks I'm going to attempt to have him come closer to my arm for a treat ;)

As you get to know your guy's personality and preferences, you'll probably get a good idea of what he is comfortable with and can train him to step up however works best - arm, onto a rope perch, a stick perch, hand, whatever works for starters.

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It's kinda hard to tell because the tension rod is white, but here are a few photos. The white chain I use to hang branches is a garden chain from Menards/Home Depot type store. I use twine too, to tie branches or toys. My parrots don't chew these if they have toys there.

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It's kinda hard to tell because the tension rod is white, but here are a few photos. The white chain I use to hang branches is a garden chain from Menards/Home Depot type store. I use twine too, to tie branches or toys. My parrots don't chew these if they have toys there.

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Thank you so much for the ideas. I am going to do them. With time and love he will be more comfortable with me.
He's getting more relaxed. I won't let him out if his cage until I put up 2 or ,3 perchs. Right now he has really no where to land. I don't want him to hurt himself.
Thanks for all of the ideas.
 

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When I let him out he flys, but having a hard time knowing where to land. He then goes on the floor and I have to pick him up and put him back in his cage. I afraid he is going to get hurt.
We live in a motorhome it's big but lay out is not like a reg. Home. Should I get his feathers trimmed so he can't fly high? Feel bad for him. Thanks
In my experience, they crash worse with their wigs clipped. Ill never do that again.My conures are excellent fliers. Once he knows the lay of the land, he’ll be fine. I would be more worried about him crashing into the windows more than anything. I always keep the curtains closed when my birds are out. Thats just me.
 
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Thanks for taking this little one!

He'll probably figure out the layout of your space in a few days. One of my parrots was clipped when I got him, and now that his feathers have grown back out he can actually turn around and fly in a small room much easier than when he was clipped. So I also recommend not clipping this cutie :)

I am very paranoid about mine flying out the door so I hang a curtain in the doorway. They can still get past it, so I always put everyone in their cage before I open a door, but the curtain is a good reminder to me to check.

I do use cheap tension rods in my windows and hang toys and branches in front of the window. I have double hung windows so there is a natural ledge in the middle, but I like that the branches give them a spot to land that isn't right on the window. I'll try to add a picture if I can find it.

It can take a little while for any bird to trust fingers or hands. Training them to "step up" is useful, even if they already let you scoop them up. When he lets you pick him up, does he step onto your hand?

One of my birds does step up onto my finger and will for pretty much anybody. One of my long time foster birds will NOT step onto fingers or hands but will onto a long sleeved arm every time. One of mine will not even attempt to step up and walks away if he thinks I'm going to attempt to have him come closer to my arm for a treat ;)

As you get to know your guy's personality and preferences, you'll probably get a good idea of what he is comfortable with and can train him to step up however works best - arm, onto a rope perch, a stick perch, hand, whatever works for starters.

Congratulations and welcome to the Avenue!
I had to grab him off the floor to put him back in his cage. He did bite me but I had no choice. He was flying and hitting the wall. I was so afraid he would get hurt.
Now I am going to put up a few perchs outside the cage around the room so he has places to land.
He won't go on my finger or hand yet.
The only thing I'm not sure about will be go back in his cage on his own? Thanks
 

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Of the 3 GCCs I have had, the ones who had their wings clipped before I got them were terrible flyers and crashed a lot even with landing places. The one that had never had wings clipped was a very confident and safe flyer once given places to land.
Keep asking any questions, I’ve learned so much over the years here. :)
 

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Of the 3 GCCs I have had, the ones who had their wings clipped before I got them were terrible flyers and crashed a lot even with landing places. The one that had never had wings clipped was a very confident and safe flyer once given places to land.
Keep asking any questions, I’ve learned so much over the years here. :)
I'm not sure when I get everything set up for him and let him out, will he go back in his cage on his own??
 

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I don't know GCC personalities, but my ringneck did try to go back in on his own before he trusted me. It helped to turn off lights elsewhere and to put a lamp by his cage, so he had light where I wanted him to go.

I did have one evening of watching him from afar (he was SO scared of people at first!) and trying to change his access to his cage, but he was definitely *trying* to get back in to roost for the night.

He was an extreme of not tame and scared of people.

I got really great advice at the time that most birds want to be somewhere safe, and will usually make their own way back to their safe cage. They can't see well at night, so I was advised to have light by his cage and it worked for me :)

My newer parrot went back as soon as he figured out I put a little food inside at night!
 

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Another thought, when your bird learns to fly you might want to think about getting some bird decals for your windows so he doesn't fly into one by accident.
 

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Another thought, when your bird learns to fly you might want to think about getting some bird decals for your windows so he doesn't fly into one by accident.
Mirrors are just as bad.
 
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