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December 1, 2022

Rescuing a green cheek

Hi! I’m taking in a two year old green cheek conure. He used to be very social and friendly and but then he was not given any attention for aboutt a year and now won’t leave his cage without flying away and bites and and won’t cuddle anymore. I want to rescue him, but I’m scared I won’t be able to help him gain my trust and be social again. It’s very important to me that I can have that physical bond with my bird. I want to make sure i am the right home for him, other wise I could just adopt and already hand friendly bird. What to you think I should do? And do you have any training tips?



There are no guarantees with any bird. Even the friendliest bird can have behavior issues. A bird that started as hand fed and then was neglected is better than a bird that was never tame. But it is still often a long process and can take weeks, months, or even years for a bird like that to fully trust you and want to be handled. Unless you are willing to put in that much work, you are probably better off adopting or buying a bird that you can handle from the start. There are many good breeders out there, and adopting from a rescue isn’t for everyone. There are birds at shelters that were given up for reasons such as the family moved, and the bird has no issues. But many have come from situations where they were neglected. There is nothing wrong with buying a pet bird if you find a responsible breeder who cares for their birds. Without quality breeders, many of these species would no longer exist. There are many who pressure others not to “shop”, but if you adopt a bird and it isn’t a good fit, then you aren’t helping that bird, and you could be denying another bird a chance at a good home. Do what is right for you & your future pet bird.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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