Education of young green cheek conure

After weaning, an EAM bird requires education and monitoring in order to maintain taming because hand-rearing is essentially limited to feeding and getting used to the hand of the keeper, which is not sufficient to have a tame pet bird.

The follow-up consists of continuing the manipulation by hand from the first treatment, caressing it, talking to it… and this as often as possible while still respecting its rest times! this is valid for the MAN bird.

In addition, rules of life must be put in place so that the bird learns good manners, this education will make your life easier.

Important educational rules to teach your bird


  • To move up and down with your hand

It is a question of saying the word “up” for example when taking the bird. As soon as the bird gets on the hand it is rewarded. The bird will quickly learn that when he hears the word “up” combined with the presence of a hand in front of him, that he must climb on the hand to have his reward. Over time, it will no longer be necessary to give treats. The same is true for the “down” command.
  • The reminder

Once the “up” and “down” commands are acquired by your bird, the recall exercise can begin. It is exactly the same as the previous step, except that it must be adapted to the reminder by modifying the name of the command (eg: come…) and the reward after the execution of the command. For more details, see this article “Teaching your bird to recall”.

  • Go to his cage on request

It is necessary to take advantage that the bird is still young and easily manipulated to teach it to enter its cage. Leave it out of its cage on its own, normally it will return alone to its cage to eat or drink, that’s when you put it back together with its favorite treat by saying the word you want to associate with this “cage” order. for example. If the bird refuses to enter, do it yourself without rushing it, ask the bird to climb on your hand and bring it into its cage, then give it its reward. Leave the door open for him to come out and repeat the previous step.

  • Do not bite

Young birds tend to nibble to taste and test the resistance of objects. Your skin will not be spared but this is corrected by making your bird understand that your skin is not to bite, for this you must say a firm “No” to your bird and leave it in the room alone for 30 seconds then return. to see him. Repeat the action until the bird stops biting. You can also gently pinch its beak by saying “No”.

Avoid locking him in his cage to punish him. Its cage should be a pleasant place for your bird.

For more information, read ”  Teaching your bird not to bite  ”

  • No call shouts

The bird wants to know where you are. That’s why he’s screaming. This is usually a contact cry. He wants to make sure you’re not too far away.

  1. Ignore unpleasant behavior.
  2. You should never come back to see the bird when it cries, the bird will have had what it wanted. Even if the person comes back to inflict a punishment on the bird (which is really not advisable) the bird will have understood that when it cries, it has attention.
  3. Reinforce good behavior.
  4. Reward the bird for not screaming.

For more information, read ”  Why is my bird crying?” Causes and advice  ”

You must not relax your work, the young bird must have attended every day, for at least an hour, under penalty of regressing or even becoming depressed …