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Phil and Therese Billington - 2005-12-10
We are sharing our computer with "Bart", a five-month-old mitred conure from Tango

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Janet - 2011-04-06
I got my conure from a friend of my sister. He came from a very abusive situation and the friend could no longer keep him because she had to move to a "no pets" house. We have never nor intend to ever mistreat him, but he has a very "high pitch scream" that is used usually when uncomfortable or scared. "Baby Bird" will take food from mine and my kids fingers but not from an open hand (he shys away, like scared). Does anyone know how I can help him calm down and feel safe? He is even around other birds to associate with. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-06
    Conures are known for that high picthed scream. They love to make noise. Sounds like yours is hand shy. That can be because no one ever picked him up, or taught him "UP", he fell down at one time or possibly abused (even by accident). I just pick them up, like I would a kitten and press them close to my heart. Sometimes the heart beat soothes them. Then you can gradually start petting the top of his head or the sides of his face. I have actaully gone back to hand feeding them formula with a spoon which seemed to work and I pet the bird when I was feeding with a spoon. Hey, ice creme and yogurt worked too - just not a lot. Try giving him the treat in the palm of your hand or holding the teat in one hand white your other hand is extended out. It just takes patience. They are afraid and I imagine you are too cuz no one wants to get bit. I don't like to do this but I have done it where I grab the bird with a sweater or shirt and hold him to my heart. They seem to find comfort in the hiding in the shirt and once I get them close to my heart beat they see to settle. I have even done this with a macaw. Birds are like people, they are all diferent. Just go slow and be patient. I would let them eat off my plate - anything where I can gradually reach out and pet them with my hand so they are not afraid.
  • Richard Brand - 2011-09-01
    I have had my Nanday for around 15 years, and he can be VERY noisy at times. That is the main drawback for them. They need a lot of attention or they will lose their trust of you. Mine was very tame untill my former girlfriend, her son, and cat moved in. I was never able to give him the attention he needed and deserved so he now acts just the way you described.
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alvaro gonzalez - 2006-10-07
I would like to give a warning to half-moon conure lovers. My baby died a couple of weeks ago at the hands of a competent vet where I live, Miami, that as a part of a yearly checkup drew blood from her. By doing that he somehow caused her to have an internal blood hemorrage. She died a couple of minutes later. She was perfectly healthy and didn't need to go see the vet, but I loved her so much I took her in to make sure everything was all right. If I would have ever been told or read somewhere that small birds can experience something like this, I never would have taken the chance. Her death has totally devastated me and changed my life forever, not to mention the emptiness I feel at all times. I suppose only an owner and lover of this bird knows what I mean. So please warn all those that own half-moon conures that there is always a possbility that when they take their beloved birds to the vet, and have him draw blood, that the bord might just die.

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  • LYNND - 2011-12-09
    I lost an adopted Half Moon Conure after just three years due to a sudden bleed out. It occurred in the early AM and it was discovered after he bled to death. He had not suffered an injury. Subsequently, I learned about something called Conure Bleeding Disorder. It is thought to affect some species more than others, and the Half Moon variety is one of them. It is thought to be a clotting disorder. The debate has not been settled as to whether or not it is a virus of some kind or dietary deficiency of calcium and vitamin K (which comes almost exclusively from green vegetables and not from fruits or other types of foods).

    All it took for him to bleed to death was about 1 tablespoon of blood from the nostril and mouth and there was no sign of any clotting.

    Our Half Moon Conure, Ricky Doodle, had a vocabulary of 60 words (including phrases). He was picking up new things all the time. He knew exactly what he was saying and would insist that we come "right now". He could identify my husband and I by name. He also was beginning to identify certain foods by name. We lost him February 26, 2011 and it is still breaking our hearts like the death of a child (because we have no children and he was our baby).

    If you own one of the conure species that is susceptible do not get blood drawn and do not assume that a fruit, seed or pellet-heavy diet is adequate. If your veterinarian isn't familiar with CBD, find another one ASAP. We, too, had him in for a healthy bird checkup and were not warned of this common and hearbreaking problem.
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Janet - 2011-04-06
I was given a conure from a friend of my sisters. She told me that she rescued "Baby Bird" from a neighbor that had put "him" under a porch balcony in a caged area, where the wire was hit with rocks, shoes, sticks and whatever else. But she could no longer keep him because she had to move and no pets were allowed. I have read the info you have here on your website. He is not very sociable, but will take food from mine and my kids fingers, but not open hands (he shys away, like he is scared). We have never mistreated him nor intend to ever. However, he has a very HIGH pitch squack, that is ear piercing sometimes. I read here that they use that pitch if feel uncomfortable or insecure. We have had him for about a year now and he is still doing it. He does no tricks, but does attempt to make a noise at night ressembling a kiss somewhat when I cover his cage. Would you happen to have any suggestions as to how I can help him feel more secure and tone done his pitch. Thank you very much for your time. Janet Gibson P.S. We even have other birds that are in the same area he is located and that he can associate with.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-06
    Conures are notorius for making noise. They are very expressive so watch him and eventually he will make sure his human is trained. You can feed him with your fingers so try and get him to come into the palm of your hand by placing the treat in your palm. Alternative is to just grab him like you would a kitten and hold him to your heart. When he settles, gently pet the top of his head and sides of his face. His feathers will fluff up. Be patient and go slow. Sounds like he is hand shy. Possibly because he never learned or somehow was frightened. They are smart birds and react to affection. They are strongly bonded to their human so just try and hold the little fella.
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Catherine - 2011-12-01
Lost our Blue crowned Conure (Neo) last night...My husband has had him for 12 yrs. Just out of the blue he got very lethargic, feathers puffed up and appeared to be breathing more rapidly. Has anyone ever experienced their birds getting sick so rapidly? I would like to know what could have happened. Nothing in his environment had changed. Would appreciate any info that might be helpful. Thanks.


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-01
    I am so sorry. I know what it is like and I feel bad for you. Parrots usually have a long life span and a conure is no exception. Just like anything though some pass at a younger age. When a parrot gets ill - they hide it real well for awhile. Instinct. So most often by the time a person realizes their parrot is ill - it is too late to get it to the vet. It could be anything from a inborn heart defect to possibly it ate something toxic. You can have a necropsy done by a vet but it costs and the chances of it happening again is pretty rare. Also, the vet may not find a cause. Things happen. I am sorry.
  • Catherine - 2011-12-01
    Charlie, thank you. I appreciate your reply. It will be one of those things we will rack our brains for quite some time. They are beautiful birds and Neo like the other BC's I have read about here are amazing each with their own personalities and endearing to their people. Really appreciate your response. Thank you
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-01
    You are so welcome. Yeah, I love the conures - my human has one too. They make wonderful companions.
  • Larry - 2012-03-06
    Our little Nemo passed last night pretty much in the same way. My wife had him for 21 years. He was diagnosed with a kidney problem a few months ago and was daily meds and a special diet. We knew he had health issues, but were shocked how quickly he went from normal to very ill. He blew kisses to my wife and went into the corner of the cage. He seemed like he wanted to be left alone all puffy and breathing heavy. Birds do hide their illnesses well. Enjoy their company. They are great companions.
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Raeanne - 2012-03-05
I have a question: My concure goes to the bottom of his cage and rolls onto his back and takes his plastic ring and looks like he is doing curls with it - is this normal??

My husband does not believe me because Oscar will not do it in front of him and when I want to take a picture he moves to quickly.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-05
    Yes, it is normal. Conures are great acrobats and comical and they will do just about anything to get a person to laugh. I know what you mean about not doing it in front of another person too. Conures do lay on their backs and will sorta juggle a toy or roll a ball. They will turnover or swing by your hair with just one foot. They are just a lot of love and fun.
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Rebecca - 2012-02-27
How do I get my JJ Conure to stop chewing on our clothes? I have been saying no and pushing his face away, but he goes right back. He'll even stop for a second to the word no, but returns to chewing. He has plenty, and I mean plenty of other toys and stick ect. to chew on but he loves our clothes. How do I get him to stop?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-27
    I don't know if you can actually get a conure to stop chewing on clothes. I gave up and gave mine old socks and socks inside socks to chew on. It worked.
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boriqueen - 2012-02-18
I have a 16 yr old blue crown and this is her third time laying eggs. I however don't know how long I should wait before it is a serious problem. She was just laying on the bottom of the cage last night . Today she seems more active but only has one egg and is all swollen on the bottom side. How long should I let her be before its an emergency

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-18
    If she is on the bottom of the cage because there is no other flat space, or nest box or bowl for her to sit in - then it is an emergency now. Third time laying eggs? Where does she lay them? Do not remove the eggs. If she has laid the eggs and you don't let her sit them for a least a couple of weeks or until she doesn't want to - she will just lay eggs again and you run the risk of her becoming egg bound. If she is laying on the bottom of the cage and inactive - I would get her to the vet. If she has laid an egg in a food dish, a nest box, anything and the egg is still there - you have two more to go. She would be swollen on the bottom side cuz of the eggs but my concern based on your description is if she is egg bound. I'd get her to the vet.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-18
    I saw that you had responded to another person concern over her conure and your little gal is still egg bound. I am recommending that you get her to the vet as soon as possible because most of the time the home remedies and trials do not work. I also realize this is the weekend so I tried to find something I thought might help. I hope this helps you and she is all right Egg Binding
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Tony Bilsborough - 2012-02-18
We have just purchaes a patagonian conure parott. He has a ring on this being JRBB 303 does anyone know what this means? How do you age a parott also? Thanks Tony

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-18
    The ring is the breeders band identification. The breeder is JRBB or JRBB aviary and the number 303 usually stands for the baby number so the 303 rd baby born there (or close to it). It is how breeders keep track of babies, parents etc. How you tell the age - minus certain phases like 2 months, 3 months, possibly a year, middle age and old age - beats me. I never thought of it cuz I always knew how old mine were.
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Pam Aguirre - 2012-02-03
My little guys name is Ozzie. He walked up to my boss one day in his yard. My boss put him in a box and brought him/her to the restaurant. Ozzies family lived in a tree in my bosses yard. I have had Ozzie for about a year and a half. He is wonderful and is a big show off. Talks up a storm, sings and plays games. I don't know what life would be without him now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-03
    Birds have a way of picking their human companions. This is one unique way of doing it though. Fantastic and happy for you.
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-02-15
    IM JEALOUS!!! :))))Is he named after THE Ozzie?
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