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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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Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-01-06
7 months ago my Meyers parrot was injured by one of my daushunds and she died that night I had raised her from a baby for 13 years (loved her!!)!.. She had jumped off her cage and I didn't know it immediately. I have now been asked to 'foster' a 16 yr old Conure, which I've only had for 9 days. But am realizing that he/she doesn't step up, is top of cage dependent,(a deal breaker is that this one doesn't climb down from cage, can't go thru that again(I've moved her/him willingly to a better cage)he/she won't allow any touch. I have SO many questions, but the #1 would be is there any hope 'Shelby' will EVER allow me to touch/or have him/her to step up ? I know those bites sting on the smaller, so I'm scared on this one. AM I TOO OLD ?? lol Give it to me straight ya'll )))

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-06
    NO YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD AND YES THIS WILL (NOTE I SAID WILL) work out just fine. Meyers are a little - well actually quite a bit more difficult than a conure. Meyers are loving and excellent body language and great companions. Conures don't have much of an independent bone in their body. They need crave companionship. Right now it is frightened and who knows what has happened in the past. Cage dependent - that is the hardest part is getting little Shelby to come off his cage. Talk to him, sing, hand him treats etc. Allow him and yourself the time it needs to not be afriad. Probably this will happen for both of you around the same time. Shelby is 16 and you have lots of time with Shelby to get to know each other. Cheerios are great treats and mine loves macoroni and tuna. Feed him off his cage the GOOD stuff. If you caqn let him eat off your plate or set a plate for him at the table. Anything to get him off his cage and sitting by you. Conures are velcro birds and once you have him off the cage - Shelby will want to be by you so just let him train you. Listen and learn and love the little fella. Conures are sooo very very social and loving. Major difference of opinion on people here but I do not clip wings. I teach them windows, walls etc and show them safe landings like bed, my head and sofas etc. I have had birds die as wings were clipped but never any problems with no clipping. The big guys walk around the house but my conure just flies from room to room with me or is always on my shoulder. If the conure can fly - doubt it would get down on the floor. Conures are really easy to housebreak as return to perch or cage to potty - So conure is a great wonderful very social parrot and certaibnly one of the easier ones to form a bond with. It will take less time with a conure just because of their social nature. Conures are just not agressive by nature even while nesting much of the time. Expressive so they will train you well and you will learn quickly. They are also clowns and will go upside down, hang from your hair or shirt, sneak under the covers on the bed etc. Lots of luck and just go for it. I do not like BITE either - do not like. Meyers is a pinch bite and you recover quick. Conure is a grab and doesn't hurt as much but yes, watch Shelby and you will be able to tell if he is upset to the point where he will bite. Remember, it is only going to be fear with a conure which causes a bite - not aggression or territory so go slow.
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-01-07
    oh, oh, I found out Shelby rather likes tacos beef (just a tiny tiny piece) but it's like the biggest present!! Anything to say..Donnas fingers symbolize...'good':)))
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-07
    Ahh you are welcome. So many do not realize what wonderful companions birds and other animals are-- mine are my children to and my bestest friends. So I know you will have a wonderful friend in your new little one. Relax and enjoy.
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-01-07
    Charlie, tears really tears...I needed and still will need that 'at a gal' buck it up mentality!!! My mom passed on in 1997 and Meyers was bought as a rememberance of her. So we grew up together. She actually died near midnite the exact same night Saddam Hussein was captured (imagine that)... I love my critters, and probably the Dog Whisperer would have a coronary around me... My animals ARE my little ones. Thank you thank you for taking time to do what you've done. Always open for MORE info as I feel like I have little freaking clue if I'm mending or messing up on this little one .
  • Renae - 2012-01-12
    I'll do my best to give it to you straight. You can't replace the bird you lost and you can't expect for the new one to know how you want it to act. IT TAKES TIME. It takes YEARS sometimes. When you take in a bird that is older and passed around you take on all the baggage they have collected too. Don't give up, know that there simply are not that many people out there that know what to do or how to help these type birds. See if you wrap a towel over your arm if it will step up on that. I've seen some that feel better stepping on something they know they can grab if they loose their balance. We are on our seventh year with a very abused African Grey. She was REMOVED from a home due to conditions. The guy that had her pulled her feathers to make her mind better and his arms looked like hamburger because she let him know she hated him. She saw me with the other birds and knew I didn't do mean things so she was able to trust me sooner but my husband is just now able to move her without towels. Seven years but she will actually get down and go sit with him sometimes. Little by little we will win her over but we don't push. She is our best eater, the bird that never does anything wrong, never picks on the other birds. Was it worth waiting seven years? You bet it was. I look forward to seeing her continue to learn to trust us and enjoy the kisses I give her. BTW I can now pet her and touch her anywhere without worry.
    At the time you wrote this you had given her nine days? Seriously? Sorry but they don't work on our time table and you will have to undo what ever crap has been done prior to your care. I think the biggest problem is that people don't think they have the depth of emotion they have. They have long memories and their intelligence is greater than some of the people I know. lol Your dealing with an intelligence of about a five year old child. Change will not occur over night. If you adopted a five year old abused child would you expect it to be back to normal in nine days? Your age is probably more of a good thing than bad. You have the wisdom, life isn't quite as demanding on you, and you probably already know that change takes time. You also know that there will be great satisfaction when that change comes. Take notes so you can see that change is being made. One possible way to win over a conure might be a shower. Buy a shower head that has a mister setting. When your done with your shower, adjust the temp to luke warm and get the bird. It was how my husband convinced our Conure that stepping up might bring a reward. Silly bird loves his showers. Good luck and don't give up.
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-02-15
    Renae, Really thanks for the words of wisdom. I'm still learning daily as she has such a different personality since we didnt grow up. And I don't know her history. We are now going into our 2 months together. I'm just letting
    her go at her own pace. but I had tried for 3 days, the with holding food to only morning and evening, as an 'expert' that has teaching tapes suggested. I found her to be MORE nippy (I would be if someone did that to ME) I am finding nuggets of surprise, in her past life, she was taught to say 'Hello Stupid' (which Im trying to change to Hello Sweetie) and I tried to share a fruit icee on my finger with her and noticed she would raise her foot and put a nail into her own mouth!! I will try the towel wrapped on my arm. If I have a long sleeved shirt on I try to wrap my arms on the top of the cage, but ony 35% of the time does she not escape me by ducking and running. (I also don't wanna stress her out too much. I have no children (by choice) (now THEY scare me) lol. I have a new bigger cage 6 ft, to move her to, once I get her to step up. But dont know how to stagger
    perches..I think I might be overdoing it. Any pearls of wisdom?
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sirjoe - 2011-11-29
I recently adopted 'Chula' a Patagonian Conure from a family member. I'm not familiar with how she was raised but she has become very territorial with my husband. She does not allow me to get near him when she is resting on his sholder. She snaps at me and chases me away. I love her however I dont think our family can give her the attention she requires because of this behavior. Please help!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    Conures are normally very good family pets. They like the whole family. I would feed her treats with your hand when hubby is not around and see if she comes around. She was just moved and your hubby is a man and maybe a gal hurt Chula or maybe he is the tallest in the home and birds will always go high. I would wait and see if you can bring her around. Feed her treats with your hand. Talk to her. Whistle or sing. Try and spend some alone time with her without hubby around and make a friend.
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jude silver - 2011-06-13
I have an egg in my nesting box. I would like to know if I need to remove the egg. Cause of the male but I only have one egg not more if anyone knows I would apperciate it if someone could get back with me and let me know? thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    Leave the egg in the nesting box. The female will start to sit the eggs when she lays all the eggs - usually 2 or 3.
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billy - 2012-02-05
Hello
I have had my Dusty for 24 yrs, and he is 25 yrs old, yesterday he I thought laid 2 eggs and they are on the bottom of the cage, I had no idea,
Never has then happened before. I also have a Cockatoo that is 11 yrs old same room but across 10 feet apart and don't understand how and why this happend, she will let me touch and move them does not bother her at all she just sings to me and hugs me.

Billy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-06
    Well, guess Dusty isn't a he. Just put the eggs in a little dish with some sawdust or carefresh or torn up paper in it and put the eggs there. Doubtful she will sit them or do anything but they don't usually sit them until the third one is laid. She might sit them then for 20 days or so - let her. If you remove the eggs, you run the risk of her laying an additional 2 - 3 eggs and having a calcium shortage. Look at it this way - she decided to have eggs but does not want to have kids. It is just natural - happens infrequently but it happens.
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brigitte - 2011-12-17
Desperately looking to purchase pair of Queen of Bavaria birds.

Central Florida. Thank you.

Don't need to be young

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-19
    I know of two breeders in Florida who breed the Queens. Bernie Levine at Last Chance Farms and Susan Clubb at Hurricane Aviaries. However, they are down by West Palm/Miami. Also, Golden Cockatoo (they have a web site) as do the aviaries is an excellent Bird Store and Rik (owner) usually has Queens or knows where to get them.
  • Deborah - 2012-02-04
    'Browns Birds' 954-559-8394 We recently acquired our golden conure from Janice when she was in Orlando.
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order tramadol - 2012-01-31
so what do we do now?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-31
    If you want just the one - then give the male to your friend. The Male Johnny I am sure will bond with a human companion. They will adjust. Try and look at it this way - they had a teen romance - now it's time to grow up, be companion, be loved, be fun and when they really grow up and it is time for them to Marry - say 20 years old or older - then they can think about it again.
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