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Sally - 2011-03-29
I have a wonderful red-headed whom we guesstimate at around 20-22 years. He is playful, healthy, eats & drinks well and in all regards seems well. With in the last 24 hours his bill appears to be changing colors - or developing 'blotches' of dark color. A musky color, mostly on his upper mandibill. Does anyone know if thier beaks change color as they grow older? I have spoken to our vet and done research, but know one seems to know the answer. Please comment if you can shed some light on this. I am concerned that it signifies some otherwise hidden issue in health. Thank you !

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    That is very strange, especially because its changed in such a short period of time. I would definitely keep an eye on him; watch his behaviors, appetite, and droppings for anything unusual. Birds can go downhill very fast, so if something is wrong... you should see abnormalities quickly, and be able to get him to a vet.

    But maybe he just got a hold of something that stained his beak...

    All the best!
  • Stuart - 2011-03-30
    Sally I've never heard of a fungus infection on a pet bird but the musky odor seems too fit. We have a cherry head named Peedy who came to us 4 years ago at age 13 (we were told they can live too be 80 years old). Peedy was being given to the nursing home/rehab center my wife is the Activities Director of. He was so vicious that we took him immediately as the residents tend too put their fingers in the cage. He has since bonded with my wife Judi who got him too come out of his cage. Judi got Peedy to learn to fly and eat fruit and drink juice out of her glass. He told me in the beginning SHUT UP,BE QUIET,GO AWAY NOW! and attacked me at every chance. Obviously, he was abused by a male. Now when the phone rings he says hello how are you? and will talk to anyone on the phone saying hello big boy,hello Peedy, I'm a bad boy. He has since gotten used to me and sits on my leg. He quacks like a duck and laughs when we laugh. Peedy is Judi's favorite along with Tweedy, a Cinnamon Green Cheek Conure. I have the 11 Cockatiels of whom I'm the head of the flock. Hope you solve the problem and let me know if it is a fungus infection. God Bless.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    I have had a couple of birds who did have a fungal infection. They were babies and acquired a bacterial infection. I took them to the vet and the birds were given an antibiotic and it did throw them into a fungal infection. I took them back to the vet and a gram stain was done and they did have a fungal infection and the vet gave me a perscription for Nystatin (an anti-fungal). I was also told that food can get embedded in the upper mandible and cleaning with a Q-tip and water would help. Watch the droppings and try cleaning with a Q-tip if possible. You might wish to recheck with your vet regarding an anti fungal.
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Tommy s. - 2012-03-18
Well after reading all these comments, makes me want to grab me a half moon now , always loved parrots all my life. When I was younger my dad got me my very first parrot a Quaker parrot when I was like 11. I was so happy then my brother left the window open, then you know what happen next ! :( then I decided to save me my own $$$ and bought me my own parrot! ANOTHER Quaker again! And this time my dad had the door open and my parrot flew on my dad shoulder and my dad got scared panic and hit my baby, and my baby got scared and flew away and never came back :(!! Sucks wish I still had them! Very smart birds. But now that I'm much much older and I kinda decided to get me another bird! And want my two kids to fall in love with parrots also! So I'm searching and a half moon would do so good for my house old!!! :)

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  • Jean - 2012-06-28
    Hi there Tommy, We have that exact parrot and we are looking for a good home, we rescused him about 8 mths ago. He flew to us in our backyard. So made him a home but we are no longer able to keep him because of busy schedules, grandchildren on the way. Are you still looking? if so please reply ASAP. thank you, Jean
  • leonel gonzalez - 2012-08-13
    We had two half moon parrots, called Merlin and Dolly for 7 years, Merlin died 4 days ago , and Dolly is now too sad. so we are looking for a male same parrot. If you still have yours , my son , my wife and I , are really interesting in the one that you have. We live in los angeles California cell # 323 382 23 93 . thanks for your atention
  • Victoria Fernandez - 2012-11-10
    Jean do you still have him? I'm very interested!
  • Victoria Fernandez - 2012-11-10
    Jean do you still have him? I'm very interested!
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Anonymous - 2012-11-07
I still do not have heat in my house due to Hurricane Sandy. How much cold can a Sun Conure take? Any suggestions on what to do? Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-07
    As long as it isn't actually frost - (freezing) inside the home the little fella should be just fine.  They can tolerate temperatures from 45 - 90 degrees without problems.  They have a solid down under all those feathers which keeps them pretty warm.  You can place a bowl or something like a shoe box with some carefresh in it so she can sorta nest and get warmer also if she wants.
DeeDeeB - 2012-11-05
I'm new to Conure parrot owning and need to know what she needs? She was given to me buy a friend who couldn't keep her - Any advise would be great ! I want her to be healthy and happy - She has a green body yellow head with an orange mask and blue tail -- Sun Conure is what I was told she is - I've been feeding her store bought seed and fresh fruit ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-05
    Have no fear and watch your little fella.  They are very expressive and as soon as you learn all of his commands there will be no problem.  Seriously.  They are very active and need toys and like TV cartoons and music.  They love being talked to, held, pet and they attach to their human like velcro on a shoe.  They will frequently return to their cage or perch to 'potty' which is great so it is easy to have them out and about.  Of course, he will probably just be on your shoulder or head all the time.  Just love him.
Muhammad Yousaf - 2012-10-12
Hi, I bought SunCorner pair just 3 months ago to get their breeding. I am new so whatever i heard, i provided everything possible. cage size is 7ft x 3ft x 5ft. Breeding box is 8' x 8' x 18'. Please help me and advice some tips.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    The cage sounds like it is plenty big enough, but as you can see in the info above, the nest box size should be 12' x 12' x 12'.  Here's some more good info: Conure Care: Breeding/Reproduction, with  things about breeding them, like age, humidity,  how long it takes the eggs to hatch, etc. Wishing you all the best!
Ryan - 2012-09-29
Hi there! Thank you for all your helpful information. I recently discovered how fantastic conures are and I have been doing loads of research so that I am prepared when I get my own. I noticed that you said you think it is better to buy from the breeder rather than a pet store because it's better to get one that is hand fed and interacted/played with regularly. My good friend works at a pet store near me and I know that the staff there hand feeds the birds as well as plays with them everyday. Also, the birds range from 3-6 months old. In this situation is it O.K. to purchase one from here? Or is 3-6 months old too old? I just want to be sure! Thanks for your time!

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  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Thank you so much for getting back to me so soon! Yeah I totally understand about getting a bird that is affectionate and O.K. with being handled. I am not looking for something to sit in my room and look pretty, I want a companion. My friend says they will be able to let me into a back room that they have where you can interact with the birds. I plan on going there quite a few times and playing with the conures and seeing which one likes me. Is this a good plan?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    Yes that is a great plan.  Somehow you will know the right one for you - they have a tendency to sorta pick their companions and go from there.  Good luck and enjoy
  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Ahh I see! The wand chooses the wizard...
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    Yep, you got it. 
  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Just a little edit...They do not hand feed ALL of the birds regularly. Only the conures and occasionally. Is this a deal breaker?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    There are some excellent bird stores in the US - just not lots of them.  When you purchase a bird - you want to make sure that you can handle the bird.  If I am buying a puppy or a kitten, I would want to hold it, pet it, hug it, play with it etc.  I want to be able to do the same thing with a bird.  I would sit down on the floor if i had to and put the bird in my lap (so he wouldn't be nervous that I might drop him) and pet it, pick it up and hold it, kiss the top of his head etc. If I could not hold and handle the bird - then I would determine if I wanted to tame it or purchase another bird.  There is no reason I can think of that you wouldn't be able to hold and pet a hand fed and handled baby bird. 
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-29
    Let's put this in perspective as each situation is different. To say one should buy only from a breeder's is just a cautionary attitude. There are many quality pet stores that have birds of all types and ages for sale. There is no problem buying a handfed baby bird from a pet store that is dedicated to providing well taken care of babies for sale. Many times stores will have older birds for sale too, usually coming in from people who couldn't keep them anymore, for whatever reason.  The store themselves can tell you if a baby in their care is hand fed and well socialized, or if it is a bird that isn't as receptive even if handfed. They can give you the background on each bird and you can make an intelligent decision.  So if you know the store, can observe how they handle the pets they offer, and have a discussion about your needs and what they have availble, the chances are you will get an excellent pet.
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Margaret - 2009-11-08
We just got a Peach Fronted Conure and he/she is so pretty. He kind of bites a little, though. Biting more each day, so I'm trying to find something on training him. Anyway, we all love him so far! My son, who is 11, wanted a Conure badly and researched and looked for a long time before finding "Chico" in a pet store. Great bird!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-20
    Biting or grabbing?  They use their beak to hang on or climb a tree.  If they feel like they are going to fall, they grab with their beak which hurts but just a little.  Biting - you can tell if he is going to bite by his body language.  The head comes down and feathers go back and wings out - or just two of these behaviors.  The eyes usually dialate.  That just means they do not want to be bothered and have a headache.  They just want to be by themselves or don't like what you are doing.  My opinion, biting is pretty unusual for a conure unless frightened or losing balance.  Think about what is happening that he is biting (or grabbing) and when he goes to do it put your hand or thyumb directly under his bottom beak, which will prevent him from opening his mouth, and yell a big 'NO'.    The upper beak looks intimidating but it is the bottom of the beak that has the strength.  If you just hold his beak closed and yell a big 'NO' he should get the message.  I'd still really look to see what is happening cuz most conures are real velcro birds and get along with everyone.  They will nip if losing their balance or afraid.  I do not cli[ a conures wings as they always have flown directly to me or a member of the home.  They are one parrot that just doesn't climb down from their cage and walk.  Easily potty trained and fly back to perch or cage to poop.  If wings are clipped, possibly afraid.  Look at the behavior and what is happening.  I am not saying he is not biting because it is possible but you can stop that by closing his beak. 
J.Schmac - 2003-07-28
I have a peach fronted conure. Don't know the sex.
He is very attached to me and me only. Does not allow
my husband or anyone else near me. He is very lovable
but can be quite nippy, which I have not been able to
find a solution to yet. He has to be with me--will
not sit on a perch or playpen. He will fly to me. He
gets depressed if I do not take him out of his cage to
be with me. It would be 24/7 if it was up to him. I do
have him with me at least 5 or 6 hrs a day. He has other
bird companions which consist of a green cheeked conure,
2 cockatiels and 5 parakeets. He also talks quite a lot.
mainly several words together.

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  • tanwir - 2012-08-18
    do the parakeets live in the same cage as a peack front conure
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  • Dawn - 2012-09-12
    It could be stress induced, dietary or breeding behavior. Take Harley to an Avian vet to rule out illness or Pbfd.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-12
    Conures have a tendecny to pluck if they get bored or understress or something changes big time in the home.  I'd try some new toys, give him some paper towel to tear up or better yet - get some cash register paper rolls at staples and just put them on a dog chain - they love to pull the papper and tear it to shreds.  Beter than their feathers.  Stpritz with aloe bird bath and think - this time of year they are motling - big molt of the year.  So more things to plat with, more attention if you can, somethng to tear apart - even a fruit tree branch, leave cartons or buy a couple of movies with music and cartoons for him to watch - RIO is good. Surfs up, they do watch them.  So more entertainment -  try vet but i really doubt beak and feather cuz you have had him to long unless he has been exposed - and how- doesn't work - but possible thyroid. 
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Neil - 2012-04-20
Hi everyone, I am considering getting a sun conure as a pet. Although I have experiense in keeping budgies and cockatiels they were in an aviary and were hands off, so the conure would be my first tame bird. Are they suitable first time birds? I also wondered how much out of cage time they need a day? I'm not sure if I can provide enough time when I work an 8-6 job. Would a few hours in the evening be enough time for the bird or not? Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-21
    OK mine (conure named Billie) is in a 2 foot deep by 3 foot wide and 5 feet high. He has a little door he can come out of and go to the perch on the top of the cage. When I am out of the house, I close his little door just to make sure he is safe, otherwise he is out. I have had several (some have gotten marrried and now are having children) and they were all totally housebroken. So during the day they would hang out on my shoulder, hang from my sweater etc and fly back to their cage or perch when they had to go potty. I would also train them to go on Kleenex so I could take them out and just carry kleenex in my handbag. They need the room cuz they are active and like to play. Without the toys, room, radio, TV - they can get bored and can be prone to plucking. They are a real easy, fun parrot to have with lots of affection. Babies should be available now as breeding season is usually March.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    Conures are an excellent first companion bird. They are very active, very playful and pretty much a velcro bird in that they want to be on you all the time. Make sure you have a large cage for this little guy and make sure he has plenty (lots) of toys, swings, things to chew up and play with during the day and all should be well. If you can leave the TV on for him (honest) to some cartoon channel - even better. Or music. One thing - make sure you can hold this fella, cuddle, kiss his beak, pet him, put him under your chin etc before you buy him. Don't let some breeder tell you that the bird will be tame when you get him home. The bird should be 1000% tame when you purchase him. Best to purchase directly from a breeder. Excellent first bird - or even only pet. Yes, sometimes they will get a little loud but if you learn to understand them (and obey) that should be minimal. Yes, evenings and weekends - fine - just lots of stuff to play with.
  • Neil - 2012-04-20
    Thank you for your reply Charlie, I will surely keep in mind about the bird needing to be tame from the start. What sort of dimentions would you recommend for the cage?
  • Danielle williams - 2012-09-10
    Hello I have a sun conure on hold from a bird breeder store for 449 with a cage and perch and food is that a good sale? I have a bb here at my home will they get along? I asked her but she said they may but then they won't bond with me. Is that true ? Isn't theren certain questions I should ask or things to watch out for? I was able to pick bird up and she was sweet I the beginning but then she flew away and got nippy.

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