Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices
Rated for: Peach-fronted Conure
Mandeville, Louisiana, United States
Posted Jan. 17, 2019
Most of my birds aren't especially afraid of the new, although they're cautious and don't mind if another bird checks out the new food or the new toy before they do. I've had only one bird, a peach-fronted conure that I bred myself, that seemed to be an anxious bird. Maybe it was a classic case of a chemical disorder, because I'm not aware of any cause, and the others were more confident birds.
Common sense stress reduction seemed to work pretty well. I gave him a somewhat smaller enclosure than the others-- a cage all his own, under his complete control. He had a box he could retreat to if he wanted, but good visibility at a decent height if he wanted to be out and about where he could watch the action. He also got lots of chew toys to help him express himself. He was a great fan of chewing.
He most enjoyed having a cage near a much larger bird, my yellow-crowned Amazon. My guess is he experienced some sense of comfort from being near a more powerful bird? He seemed to admire Cookie a great deal and enjoyed watching and engaging with him without touching from the safety of this cage. He was never as physically affectionate as some peachfronts, but he lived to be 15 years old, and was healthy and happy for most of that time after a rocky start.