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Patricia Walter - 2012-09-02
My birds name is Oscar. The problem I have is he picked out all his chest feathers. Now he is working on his wings and back. Don't know what to do?????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-02
    Conures are prone to plucking as they are very very social and intelligent and they need a whole lot of things to do.  More toys, more chew toys, more attention, my socializaion, more out of the cage, ability to view TV programs - they definitely like cartoons and especially cartooms with music.  You can spritz him with Aloe bird bath but he just needs a lot more stuff to do.  Is his cage large enough?  Is he out enough with the family.  They are velcro birds and wish to be with their humans. 
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Henriette - 2012-08-13
Hi, we have 2 jenday's (one we got from a friend who immigrated and the other we bought from an amazing bird shop). Initially we agreed that they were 'gay' because they didn't breed but this morning when I got to their cage I found an egg (yippeee!). My questions are... 1) We have a night cage for them to sleep inside during winter and that is where she laid her egg. I moved the egg to the big cage which we will bring inside for the rest of Aug..Did I do the right thing? 2)How long after the first egg will the second (and 3rd) egg be laid? 3) Do we keep both birds in the same cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    You already moved the egg so why worry - probably fine.  They will usually lay 3 - 4 eggs - 1 to 2 days apart and start seriously incubating after the last egg is laid.  If you get 6 or more eggs, you have two females.  Yes, you keep both birds in the same cage.  He helps by feeding her.
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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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