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August 22, 2022

Fresh foods Behavior

Are fresh raw white sweet potatoes chopped safe for a baby 8 mos. old green cheeked Conure safe for him to eat? Also we are having some behavior/ taming issues with thIS Conure. Nipping when we first got him 3 months ago, but he now lets us in his cage to change food & water. We would like advice how to get him to step up?


Hi Debbie & Jerry,

Sweet potatoes are a favorite of most parrots and can be fed raw or cooked. However, as with any fresh food, one or two small pieces is plenty when you consider the size of the bird. You don’t want him to eat a dish full because too much of even a good thing can be a problem. The best way to offer fresh veggies is to chop up a variety. We do have a playlist of webinars that are dedicated to nutrition and offer tips and tricks to get your bird to try new things.

As for behavior, do you know if he was hand raised? If he was parent raised, you definitely have your work cut out for you. If he was hand fed, it’s easier to establish trust. I’m going to give you the links to our pages on behavior and taming & training. These pages will help you better understand his behavior and body language and cover how to work with him step by step as far as earning his trust and teaching him the basics.

Pet Bird and Parrot Behavior

Teaching Your Bird

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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