Hi folks, hopefully there is a conure person who can offer some tips... Last summer we got a Sun Conure from Petco named Khaos and he is a real delight. Then early December while at Petco the assistant manager saw us and offered us another Conure for a reduced price. This one is a Jenday, every time they put him (or her) in a cage there it would get stressed and quit eating to the point of losing weight. Then the assistant mgr would take it home to put weight back on it, bring it back and it would quit eating again. In the back they had it in an 18' x 24" cage. We brought it home (named him Riot) and while I have a cage that size I put him in a cage that's about 20" x 32" hoping he wouldn't feel as trapped. Don't know if that was a good idea? The manager thinks he was too young when they got him and I don't know if he was hand raised or parent raised.
Riot is eating fine, but I think he is scared of us. At first I put his treats in a dish for him, then started offering them in my hand. He would snatch the treat and back off to eat it. This went on for about a month. About 2 weeks ago I decided to push things a little so started holding my hand under his face while he ate. At first he would drop the treat and climb up the bars of the cage, then eventually give up trying to get away and slide down to eat the treat out of my hand while clinging to the side of the cage. Now I am breaking the treat into smaller pieces. He'll eat them out of my hand but goes out of his way to not step on my fingers. A few times he did move over so his foot was touching my hand but after a minute he would move away again. I talk quietly to both birds while I am there.
Am I doing something wrong? Or will this just take more time? Or is Riot always going to want to avoid contact (which would mean he'll be stuck in his cage since I have cats and even Khaos has to stay in if the cats aren't locked up). I would also like to put him on a scale but don't want to scare him in the process. My small kitchen scale turns off after a few seconds, maybe I need one that stays on longer and put treats on it? Any suggestions are appreciated!