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Heidi Michelle Hellstern - 2012-03-22
I had a dusky that flew away. Her name was Grisi. I miss her (or him; s/he was never DNA sexed).

I like to think she's still out there.

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  • diana - 2012-07-31
    Aw, very sorry to hear that. Try to find her! I don't know what I would do without mine ):
Diana - 2012-07-31
Hello, I have had my dusky Spencer, for 7/8 months now. Picked him out right before he even had feathers. I highly recommend this bird to people with great personalities and able to always spend one on one time with a fantastic bird like this. I sleep with my poo bear every night! He is so love able and nice, except when he molts. He just wants to relax. Other than that, he is my everything right now! He makes me happy , honestly. He was supposed to be my moms, but I took over. He got attached to me (: I don't blame him. Lol. I love dusky conures. Great Fantastic AMAZING pets <3 I am sure you will love yours as much as I do to mines <3

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-31
    Conures make and are absolutely wonderful as human companions.  Velcro birds, lovable - yeah molting - those little feathers prickle them.  They are clowns and so much fun.
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JANE - 2012-07-23
We have three young conures, but have ended up with 4 beautiful healthy babies. just want to know when is best time to remove the babies from the breeding box and what to feed them when we do. How old do they have to be to feed themselves?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-23
    Hi, if you want them to be really really tame and lovable from the beginning, then I would remove them from the nest about 4 - 5 definitely by 6 weeks of age and hand feed them.  You can purchase bird formula at the pet store.  Follow the directions.  You can feed with a spoon or a feeding syringe and lay the formula on their tongue and let them swallow.  Do not squirt.  It takes a day or two for them to adjust to you hand feeding versus the parents feeding and they need some coaxing those two days. If you sorta pet the coreners of their mouth (where the beak comes together) they will start bobbing up and down in a feeding response.  Then you just lay the formula on their tongue and let them swallow.   If there is a breeder in your area, I would sure go to them and ask them to show you how to hand feed.  They would normally start to leave the nest around 10 weeks but the parents would continue to feed them and help them eat.  You would be hand feeding formula until they are around 3  1/2 months old reducing the feedings down from 3 times a day to two and then just last thing at night the more they eat.  You can tell when to feed them as their crop will be empty.   You would also put food in front of them such as cheerios, pellets, fruit, cooked sweet potatoes and seed, etc starting at 6 - 8 weeks.  They might just play with it at first but they will start to catch on. You can also feed a little cooked sweet potatoe to them with your finger etc - to show them that food is good.   
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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    I'd just wait a week and take them all out.  The oldest would be 6 weeks and the youngest would be 4 weeks and they would all be a good age to start hand feeding.  Most times it seems the mom is relieved but just in case she gets mad, I prefer taking them all at the same time, however, I have done it where i only take the oldest and leave the others for a few more days.  Easier to just take them all out at the same time.  Hold them a lot. 
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marlo - 2012-03-12
I have a female half moon and a male peach front conure..would they be able to have offspring?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-12
    Yes - conures can cross breed.
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Keenan - 2012-06-07
Hi, I was just wondering how much do the sun conure birds cost from a normal pet store or a breeder, and when you want a sun conure do you need any special license of some sort and if so what type of license. Thankyou:)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    Sun Conures run about $150 purchased directly from a breeder and around $300 purchased from a pet Store.  I would recommend purchasing from a breeder and not just for the cost.  Pet Stores charge more but they also have to house and feed the bird and make a profit.  However, then your little bird is in with a bunch of others and not handled a lot and not as tame as if you purchased directly from a breeder at a young age.  Do not purchase a bird that you can not hold, cuddle  and makes up to you regardless of what the store or breeder says.  Babies are as friendly and lovable as you can get and if it isn't - it just isn't a baby, was not hand fed, was not given attention - something is wrong and you don't buy a puppy or a kitty you can not handle and cuddle.  Do not buy a bird you can not handle.
  • Keenan - 2012-06-08
    Thanks for the advice it was really helpful. Do you know any good breeders that I could buy them from? And do you need a license.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    I don't know what state you live in but in the back of bird talk is a listing of breeders and many of them would be able to help you regarding what breeder of sun conures is closest to you.  No, you do not need a license.  The only conure you need a license for is the Queen of Bavaria and i believe that is only if you need to ship or receive out of state.
  • Keenan - 2012-06-08
    thank you so much all of our advice has been really helpful
  • Keenan - 2012-06-08
    Ok so sorry to bother you again.  I can't seem to find where the breeders are. I have checked the back of the chats and they aren't there and I've basically gone all through this whole website looking for them and can't find them. Could you try and explain how to find them a bit more. thanks
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    Most breeders of conures - any conure should be able to tell you who is breeding sun conures.  So you can try any breeder of conures listed in Bird talk.  You can also try this.  Go to and enter in 'sun conure breeders'  or 'sun conure breeders in NY' or whatever state you live in.  You can try 'Up at Six' or   which is a huge classified web site and just enter sun conure in at the upper right side. 

  • Keenan - 2012-06-10
    thank you again
  • Louise - 2012-07-10
    Keenan, Did you locate a sun conure yet? I have two young ones that came with a breeder pair I purchased. I do have these two for sale.
  • Keenan - 2012-07-11
    Cool, do u still have them for sale and if so how much are you selling one for.
  • Louise - 2012-07-11
    Hi, Yes I do still have the two baby birds. They were raised by their parents though. When we purchased the breeder pair the babies came with them. I have had them seperated for the last two weeks and trying to get the babies used to me. I do want to sell them, but want them social with the family first.
  • Keenan - 2012-07-12
    OK, how much are you willing to sell one for?
  • Louise - 2012-07-13
    Hi Keenan, Because they are not tame yet I would let each go for about $150.00. Each will go for a higher price when I get them tame. When they are tame and social, the price ranges from around $250.00 up to $400.00. I've seen mature sun conures from $400.00 up to $800.00. I've done some research for Idaho on ordinances and license and there is none that I have found, for having, raising or selling exotic birds that are captive in Idaho.
  • Keenan - 2012-07-16
    OK thanks I'll try and convince my dad into getting one as I'm only fifteen.  I now have a lutino indian ringneck called Citrus and I absolutely adore him. My dad has wanted a sun conure ever since I showed him one at a bird aviary but it wasn't for sale and the one that was there belonged to someone else. It was staying there to be looked after. My dad is going away for my fifteenth birthday and maybe he might feel guilty and might get me one. Just to ask where exactly do you live because I'm in perth in western Australia. thx
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Cory - 2012-07-09
My Cinnamon Conure (GCC) is very shy and quiet. Rarely squawks and clings to me, hiding at the nape of my neck. Should I be worried?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-10
    Yeah, that is normal.  If a person lets them be on their shoulder or lay on their neck, chest or hide behind their neck, they are lovable and quiet.  It is when you are in one place and they can't see you that they get really loud sometimes.  A person just has to answer.  Yours is fine - a loveable velcro conure.
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Annelie Dietrich - 2010-02-04
We are addicted to our Pattis. We have both a male and female, but not a breeding pair. These are the most awesome pets, noisy and rule the household, but lovable beyond words. Could someone advise me, if their birds have experienced any form of fits, similar to epilepsy. Out vet prescribed additional calcium feeding. Also the one bird is nearing 18 years old, and if they experience a loss of balance, and or disorientation. Can someone also advise the life span for these babies... Much appreciated. Regards

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  • susan - 2010-04-27
    I have read the life span is about 30 years. I was wondering how to tell the male from the female.
  • Dawn Jensen - 2010-05-12
    Can anyone help me.. we just adopted "Rudy" and he was so loving when we adopted him from a rescue and now he is being very aggressive and wants to bite all the time... at a loss here! He used to step up on my finger and now all he wants to do is draw blood! What can I do? Help>>>
  • Paul - 2010-06-24
    Susan - the only way to identify males from females is by genetic testing. Your vet should know how to draw a little blood and where to have it sent.

    Dawn - our Charlie went through the same stage when he was maturing. We would "punish" him by closing the cage door and walking away, sometimes covering it, since he loves to be around us. Good behavior got a peanut as a reward (he is an addict). It took some weeks but he is a smart bird. Doesn't mean he won't still bite on occasion, chewing is in their nature. When he does, he is back in his cage.
  • cherisse - 2011-07-22
    Hi there,
    We also have a patty:) he had symptoms of epilepsy, which was a result of lead poisoning:( We were very lucky to find a bird specialist that knew what to do and got him sorted:) he's alright now. If you like here is the vets number if you would like to get a second opinion. He's names Philip 0114758680 (south africa). He's very passionate about his birds and we wouldn't go anywhere else. For now just to be safe, give your birds some peanut butter to eat. It helps bind anything in the stomach that shouldn't be there and gets it out the system. If you need to know anything else, my email address is, feel free to send me a email if you need to:)
  • Carl Moore - 2012-07-09
    Dear Dawn: We have found a time out in a very dark cardboard box for 15-20 minutes is a blessing!!! also, when you take your Patti out of the cage gently insert a dowell rod into the cage and he'll hop on that and do a side scoot onto your arm!!!(this is great I do it all the time now, and in time your bird will learn this behavior pattern in a Pavlovian kind of way.
Ann - 2012-06-06
I just got a patigonian conure (less than a week ago), he has some issues stepping up but other than that, he is so sweet and loves to cuddle! He is loud but I don't mind. I have a life long friend once we get to know each other :)

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  • Carl Moore - 2012-07-09
    Dear Anne: Great choice for a bird!!! We have had 'OZZY' for about 10 years and let me tell you what I know so far!! They are very lovable and will change their behavior 'IN' the nest to a more docile behavior 'Out' of the nest. Mine loves a variety of seeds and fruits, also plain doritos or plain corn chips, Want some entertainment? Put a freshly cooked, and cooled kernal of corn on a spoon and put it in front of your bird's beak, he'll pull out the pulp from the kernal and spit out the skin!!! it's hillarious to watch!!!! Yes a life-long relationship is to be expected with your Paddi, as their lifespan is around 45 -50 years!! (no kiddin!!) Let your Paddi enjoy lots of 'out of cage time' by sitting on your shoulder. walk around the house and do your choreres, or just make lunch, as long as your movements are fluid and not jerky, (he'll launch if you make jerky movements)you can let your paddi ride around on your shoulder for up to 20 minutes, after that they tend to get hungry and thirsty, so make sure he gets to that foodsource!!! Enjoy your Paddi Carl Moore
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michelle - 2012-06-22
Hello, I have a Nanday whom I guess is now around 20 years old (I've had him 17 years). Lately he has become extremely fussy about eating and spends most of his time now sitting (similar to roosting I guess) his plastic balls with bells in. I am just wondering if the toys are destracting him from eating since he doesn't move unless I take him to his food! I have just weighed him and his weight does seem to have dropped, last time he was weighed he was around 135g, today he is 100g. Can anyone suggest some food which might tempt him to start eating properly again. Thanks. Michelle

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-22
    The toys wouldn't stop him from eating.  Is he/she sitting on the toys like he would be incubating eggs?  If you think he believes the balls with bells are eggs - let him/her sit them for about 14 days and then remove them.  Otherwise, let's try and give him some food that is easy and quick to eat.  Scrambled eggs with the shells in.  Mashed sweet potatoes.  Some cracked walnuts that you can put by where he is sitting (roosting).  Just some nuts - they like them and almonds are high in Vitamin A.  Nuts are high in calories and they usually like them really well. 
  • michelle - 2012-06-28
    Hi, thank you so much for your reply, and sorry not getting back sooner. I will certainly try everthing that you have said. I do think he believes his toys are eggs, so will try and remove them, I think one at a time. Will also try the scrambled egg with shell, never thought of that before. I know he likes a little chicken now and again. Again thanks for your help. Michelle
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Tiki Bird - 2012-06-07
I have raised my blue crown from a baby. He talks all the time, never shuts up, if you don't talk with him, he will start sayin 'poor tiki, poor poor tiki', he has a huge vocab, pet stores are amazed at his vocab when they hear him. He use to be so sweet, he would step up on my finger, he kissed my mom, my daughter made a tinker toy perch on wheels and would pull him around...that was up until he was about 2, now he is meaner than a hornet, he is entertaining, and he loves your company, but he will not step up, and he bites if you get near him. What causes this? Tiki is about 8 years old.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    What causes it - I am not sure but I called it the terrible two's.  It seems my parrots went through the infant and cudly stage and then the terrible two's.  However, I got to cuddly threes with pretty much all of them.  Someone has to be boss and I think it is your Tiki.  He can be RETRAINED (if that is really a word) but somehow, he got out of control (which most do) in the terrible two's but a person usually gets the control back in a couple of months.  He can not bite the back of your hand if you make a fist and hold it tight with the back of your hand going toward his beak.  Nothing for him to bite.  You can say 'UP' and if he doesn't just grab his feet fast and he will get up.  If you twist your hand slightly, he can't keep balance and bite also.  You can enjoy him as he is or you can look for 'how do I train my parrot' classes or books.  Up to you....  Either way he sounds fun and entertaining.  To start, I would sure make sure he is not on his cage and on a neutral perch not by his cage. Realize that until around 20 years ago, most pet birds were wild caught and trained.  Tiki is just being boss - it is up to you if you wish to change it.  But he has to be removed from his cage to neutral teritory and learn. Have fun. 
  • Tiki Bird - 2012-06-18
    Now that you've mentioned removing him from his cage, I forgot to mention he is nicer when I remove him, but doing so is something. I have to wrap my hand in a towel (so he doesn't bite) and put my hand in his cage. He will not let me physically remove him, he flies to the ground. When he is on the ground, he is sweet, he picks his foot up for me to pick him up. I can pet his back, and sometimes carefully stroke his tummy, but don't get to comfortable with him, because he will nail you. When he was old enough for a cage, I bought a cheap cage from a pet store (it's about 4 ft high X 2ft wide X 2 ft deep). Several years ago, we bought him a nice cage that would cost about $500. He HATES it, he sulks, won't talk, won't eat, won't bath, won't play with toys, won't go out of it. It is really nice, the top opens up with perches on top with food and water bowls (it's about 6-1/2 ft tall X 4 ft wide X 4 ft deep). We finally had to put him back in his old cage, and he is happy as a lark. I guess the other cage is for the birds. Now, we are trying to find someone to buy the big cage, because he wants nothing to do with it.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-18
    Parrots have really distinct personalities and likes and dislikes.  They are territorial and frequently become very protective of their cage.  Usually, if they are removed from that territory - they are a whole lot calmer.  I have never heard anyone have a problem with a conure coming OUT of a cage.  They will do everything to not GO IN their cage.  They prefer peoples shoulders, their heads, laps.  A person has difficulty geting them off --

    Think about what your little guy is doing when he gets feisty.  Is he thinking you might be trying to put him back in his cage?  Can you just leave his cage door open and he can go in and out (when you are home) as he pleases?  Conures really WANT to be with their family and will get difficult if they believe you are going to reutrn him to their cage.  Anyway, try and figure out what he is getting mad/upset/feisty about and then maybe you can change the behavior.  Foot toys, flip him upside down and 'time out'

    I don't get the new cage thing but if you want you can put the new cage next to the old cage with the toys etc in the new cage.  Then put the food in the new cage and leave the doors open - he will go to the new cage gradually (especially if you don't look) but familiarity of old toys etc - Also, what was the location of the new cage.  Farthur away from family.  Conures are extremely flock oriented - they want their family and need to be by them and see them  They do not behave well on their own and that's when they will make noise. 

    Kitchen mit or anything - if you tried to get him out that way - he is going to be scared - think KING KONG coming after you in your bedrrom - so leave the door open and let him come out.  Can he fly down from his cage or fly to you?  Try and concentrate on his behaviors and ask yourself why he is doing it? 

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