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Charlie's a fairly happy, well looked after 3 year old Green Cheek Conure but he has a bad habit of attacking his feet. He'll just stand on his cage or perch and attack one of his feet and then the other sometimes even to the point where he'd fall off.
He used to get bored sometime and chew his tail feathers, so could this be connected to him being bored or would there be some other problem?
And how do I get him to stop doing it?

And another question, he won't step onto my finger, but he'll happily climb up my shirt to get to my shoulder. But when he flies and lands somewhere he doesn't want to be he'll step onto my finger, would you be able to give me any advice on how to get a suborn bird to do something it doesn't want to?

Answer
-- Let's address the most serious issue first ok?  The foot biting AND feather chewing aren't always boredom.  Very often they can be signs of serious illness, including, but not limited to hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) or even heavy metal toxicity

Tell me more about his environment.  Specifically what he eats (not so much brands, but does he get seeds or pellets) - what his 'wake up' time is, how do you put him to 'bed' and how long is his 'nighttime' ?


 We'll go from there ok?  

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