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Tim Nava - 2012-03-30
I have a 1 month old and 2 week old Jenday Conure. It has been weaned but it's a miracle that it's eating and drinking and pooping. Of course his name is Sonny but I have a question. Is it ok if I take him out to petstores like petsmart or pet fun or should I wait he's really tame but young.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-30
    Never ever in a gillion years take your bird to a pet store unless extremely reputable parrot store and there are very few of those. Pet chains get birds from wherever they can get them at the cheapest prices from whatever breeder. Disease, poor health and sick birds are common and a person is just downright lucky if they get a bird and it is healthy. They sure can't really know the age. P{eople write in all the time about buying from these chains and bird dies a week later or they can't handle the bird, bird bites or cage bound so never ever take a bird to a pet chain. You can take him anywhere else (not bird shows though either). If you go to a bird show or handle a bird at a store make sure you throughly wash your hands before picking your little guy up. Weaned --- seeems a little early - not to early to be eating on his own but a little early to not have someone giving him food. Why don't you try giving him some baby sweet potatoes or apricots with a spoon or from your finger before he goes to bed to make sure belly full. Yeah - I am one of those moms. No pet stores. This little fella should be so tame you can kiss his beak, tickle his feet and cuddle him all you want - might still be having balance problems with the 'UP' so make sure you hold him but start the 'UP' but just gently hold his back as he steps 'UP'
  • Krystal - 2012-05-16
    I had bought a conure from a pet store, but the problem is I cannot figure out what type he is he looks most like the Jenday (way to green for the sun) but he looks a little different and little less yellow on top of his head. Is this normal? He has been hand raised and is like our little baby. As I am typing this he is nestled up in my hair on the side of my neck making it difficult to type lol. Does he look a little different because he is a baby?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-16
    Conures do not get their adult coloring until after their first major molt. So your little fella won't have his colors till around October of this year. First major molt occurs at the end of the summer.
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Pat Johnson - 2012-05-10
We found a Nanday Conure after a storm in the neighbors tree 4 years ago. For no particular reason, we assumed it was male. I have been putting the bird out on the patio this spring in the cage, and today the bird laid an egg. Does the bird have to be fertilized with a male bird to produce eggs??? Or could another bird breed my conure from outside her cage??? We are extrememely puzzled and she is very fussy around her cage today, she is inside now. This is bizarre to me and my husband.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-11
    A female doesn't need a male to produce eggs. Sometimes they just lay an egg. If she wants to sit it, let her as she will probably lay additional eggs (up to 6). She may sit them but they don't usually sit them until the last egg is laid. You can put the egg on some shredded paper towel or sawdust in a bowl or tupperware container and just let her sit them until she gets bored - or just throw them out after 20 days. You don't want her to just keep laying eggs cuz calcium defienciency. Think of chickens. A female parrot laying eggs without a male is not all that unusual. Just happens sometimes.
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Rebecca Myrtle - 2012-02-19
We have a nine month old or so (just about finished with his first molt) Jenday named Puggles. I was wondering if it was safe to have a cockatiel at the same time? Will the conure hurt the other bird? He's not aggressive and is very loving but I know he hasn't hit puberty yet either. Obviously, they wouldn't be in the same cage, but would they get along together?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-19
    Conures are very social and non-agressive. I don't know why they wouldn't get along - but yes, you keep them in separate cages. If they want to play together when out, they will do it. They don't know not to get along.
  • Rebecca - 2012-02-24
    Thanks. We just didn't want to bring home what 'we' thought a as a buddy to have the poor thing attacked or have Puggles get depressed and feel unloved. We wanted to make sure everyone was happy before we made a move of that magnitude. Again Thanks
  • Robin Gantt - 2012-03-15
    We kept a Jenday Conure and a parakeet in the same cage. They got along very well and we never had any problems. The Jenday was allowed out of the cage more often than the parakeet because the Jenday would stay and play and was not hard to put back into the cage at the end of the day.
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yolanda - 2012-04-30
please call me if you know who will sell me a red masked conure
541-292-7538 ask for tito.

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yolanda - 2012-04-30
i am very interested in buying a red mask conure.the one i had died and will like to have another one

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Michelle Greene - 2012-04-28
Hi I got a blue crowned conure. I don't know how old he is but by the looks of his feathers he seems a few years old. He wont let me go near him. He'll play peek a boo with me if I'm sitting in the sittingroom. My friend caught him in a tree outside and no one in the area owns one so its a mystery where he came from. Can they talk? I've had him 3 years now. I leave the cage open all the time and everyone in the house talks to him as well he squakes a lot. I try to make him feel as comfortable as I can. How can I find out if it's a boy or a girl? I called him Paulie

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-28
    The only for sure 100% way is to DNA sex the little one. You can puchase a DNA sexing kit run in ads from the back of Bird Talk Magazine or you can have your vet do it. However with about 90% accuracy you can tell by the shape of the head. The males head is flatter and there is a sorta ridge/slant at what would be in the back of the head right before it slopes down to the neck. The females head is a smooth curve from above the eyes, over the top of the head and down to the back of the neck. You can actually feel the heavier SLOPE of the males head. Look at the link attached as they are two male conures and you can see th ehead is flat and the defined slop at the back of the head Two Male Conures
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Angela Wyse - 2012-04-28
Can you help our conure has started ripping the newspaper at the bottom of the cage, this morning the paper has been pushed to one end and it's staying at the bottom of the cage, not sure if it's male or female hense the name Bobbie, are they nesting? Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-28
    I have no way of knowing if your conure is trying to build a nest, however, they do chew up paper into little bitty pieces. I buy my conure whole tablets to chew up in little pieces and keep the tablet on his perch. That way he doesn't chew up the paper in the bottom of the cage. Good luck.
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Shelie - 2012-04-27
Last August a Sun Conure just appeared on a perch in our front yard. We live in Idaho, so this is very unusual. My husband approached the perch, talked to the bird and he came right to him, up his arm onto his shoulder. We live in a pretty small town and we let everyone we could think of know that we had this bird. We still have not received any response. However, in the meantime, we have totally fallen in love with the bird. His name is Buster but we wonder if his name s/b Bronco. As he says 'Bronco' all of the time. At first he loved us both, but in the past 3 months, he has decided I am ok if my husband is not home, but if my husband IS home he wants to attack me. We took him and had his wings clipped so that he could no longer fly to me and attack me. It has not calmed his attitude, but at least he can't get to me. I love this crazy little bird and I take care of it most of the time, feeding, cleaning up after, providing lots of treats, but I am not the chosen one at this time. I hope this gets better, but if not, I will just accept it as it is. We think someone may have released him and we have no idea how old he is. All I can say is he is loved and we are happy to make room in our life for him. Oh, and we are taking him on his first camping trip this weekend. We have a large 5th wheel and an extra cage. Wish us luck.

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rande wood - 2012-01-02
Hello. I have a beautiful three year old male conure, named Baby. I completely adore him but am at a loss of what to do about his biting problem. He only likes/loves me and my 78 year-old mother and bites everyone else if he gets a chance. Recently, he has been biting me. Today he bit me on my face. I am thinking that I have spoiled him. I cook him food twice a day and have pellets and snacks available for him daily. If I am not giving him my undivided attention, he bites me. I am away, at work, ten hours a day and five days a week however, my mother keeps him when I am at work. Baby does not bite my mother. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I am so sad about this and don't know what to do. Thanks, Rande.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-02
    I doubt you have spoiled him - too much and if you have - so be it. You little fella is going into puberty at that age. Conures are great with everyone - everyone that is a part of THEIR FAMILY. If there was you and your mom and 5 children, the conure would be great with all. If you took Baby everywhere you went and introduced him from a young age to ALL PEOPLE, then chances are he would be good with all people. I am going to assume you have a male as a male can get protective/aggressive during puberty. Never fear it goes away. He will try and make sure that all others are away from you. He is saying 'hey you belong to me'. It's close to that time of year they would normally be picking their mates now and breeding season would sart in the spring. If they can't bite what is making them aggravated or jealous - they will frequently displace and bite the person they love. Pain in the rear but true. First - he will probably outgrow it but you should help him along. They can not bite if you hold their beak closed and say a big 'NO' that is essentially what their mate would be doing. I had one female that picked up a rawhide doggy bone and hit her mate in the head with it. Hysterical. You need to stop the biting. Big 'NO' If he is on your arm and tries to bite, rotate your arm and 'NO' as they can't keep balance and bite at the same time. Big noise - paper slammed on table and 'NO' A trainer told me to yell 'Jail' and put the bird in the bath tub (no water) and turn out the lights and close the door and count to 60. I thought she was nuts (honest) but I did it. The third time I yelled 'Jail' my little guy just shook like a dog throwing off water but he did not bite again. The idea is to STOP IT but gently and I think just holding the beak and 'NO' should work. Then give him a kiss on the beak or top of the head and a 'Luv you'
  • rande wood - 2012-02-25
    Charlie, thanks for the advice. Makes sense. Can't wait to try the jail thing. This cracks me up! Also grabbing his beak....this will be fast and easy. Also great to hear that he will age out of this. So thanks so much for so much good information. Rande.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-22
    Give him to your mother, as she can spend more time with him
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Karly - 2012-02-08
I have a sun conure 8 months old that screams a lot. I know they need attention but sometimes even when my daughter just play with him. I don't know what to do. My husband is very upset because the noise. Screams a lot all the time. Do you have a problem like that? Can you tell me what to do?
Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-08
    Conures are extremely social beings in the wild and in the home. The 'scream' to make sure that all their flock is 'OK'. Unfortunately for you - all you humans are the flock. Usually, all you have to do is respond back. Hey OK or whatever you wish to see. Be right back. If you think of the conure as a 3 year old feathered child, it will get easier. If you leave a 3 year old in the kitchen by themselves and DISSAPEAR - panic ensues - that is what this little guy is seeing. Much of it he will outgrow as soon as he realizes that you leave and come back. Much of it, you will have to respond to by 'hey I'm here' and most of it you will get through training. Conures don't normally just yell. They are expressive. Maybe they want their head pet, maybe they want on your shoulder - they are velcro birds and need to be a part of the family. You will find that they can essentially be loose in the home and will return to cage or perch to potty. They just want to be with you. As soon as you learn to obey and to reasure your little guy that you haven't abondoned him and he gets a little closer to a year old - it will settle. I do not clip my conures wings as I have found over the years they just love to go from person to person for attention and will fly to all members of the family. Much disagreement on whether to clip or not. I have never had a problem without clipping a birds wings but I had one die because she wanted to come to me and fell and broke her back. So my birds are free flight but all except the conures walk. They climb down and walk. The conures fly to all memebers of the home and then settle.
  • bird lover - 2012-04-22
    I have a conure that screams when I'm not touching him. I usually will cover him with a blanket but know I don't know what to do.
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