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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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PyrO - 2003-07-26
hi Ellie,
I know that pionus parrots are lovable but dont' need that much attentiion as do cockatoos and other parrot's
you're better of loking into those kind of birds there known to be very nice tempered.

good luck on your search.

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  • Sylvia - 2012-01-21
    It definitely just sounds like a petite-Mal seizure. That just means that they're acting normal on second and then they just pause and blank out the next second. They don't remember anything from the few moments during the seizure. Also, considering he is new to the environment, he is probably just scared and nervous. Things should get better. If not, take him to the vet. They don't really do anything to stop petite-Mal seizures but it is possibly that it could be something else.
  • Sylvia - 2012-01-21
    Chinchillas are really great pets and not a ton of hard work. And going with the carpet floor, if you get the right cage, you shouldn't have to worry about pee on the floor. But! Peeing is one of a chinchillas biggest defense mechanism especially if they are territorial... so, they may pee on you when you go to get them out of the cage, but not all chinchillas do that.
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Xochil Rubio - 2012-01-21
We have a 5y old Quaker and recently got a 4month old J Conure, now 7 months. He is clumsy when
walking, hardly grooms himself and just a little at a time. So compared to my quaker he seems to be very slow, I figure it must be because he still a baby but I wonder if is normal or not for his age or if there might be a problem. I have been looking for Conure first year development, any coments or recomendations that help me?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-21
    His lack of preening may be that he hasn't started to molt yet. Jenday's go through their first molt at about 7 months of age, and then molt yearly after that.
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nicholas - 2012-01-16
Hi one of my green cheek conures past away recently and the other has been acting strange lately. If i get a new mate will she adapt to the new mate or be aggresive to it she seems lonely and I would buy a new mate if it made her calmier

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    Conures are VERY VERY social beings and want companionship from their human or their flock. I am sorry that one died but yes the one that is left is mourning and looking for her companion. However, the one that is left will also be more protective of her cage waiting for her companion to come back. I would get another one and introduce them in neutral terriotry - not close to the cage. Let them get used to each other for a few hours on the living room floor or bed - porch whatever. Feed them and play with them both etc. Rearrange the old cage - just move toys around or add new toys. Move perches around and if possible even move the cages location. Let the new one go in first and get used to it whilke you give the older one some extra attention and then place the new one in the cage.
    They should be fine, 100% OK minus a little squabble but just let them play together and eat together on neutral territory till you see they get along.
  • nicholas - 2012-01-16
    Thank you for your help. I will get one as soon as possible does the age matter? The one I have I believe is a female
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Mary Gueli-Corp - 2011-10-15
I bought a blue crown conure from a pet store his name is tiki and he is 3 yrs old but unfortunatley i am his 3rd owner and for the life of me i cannot stop him from biting i work with him faithfully and cannot get him to step up if he is top cage if he is bottom he will buy he is very nervous. i have had him for about 6 days. i hope i can get him to stop biting he got me good yesterday. CAN ANYONE GIVE SUGGESTIONS HELP!!!!!!!!!!

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  • karen - 2011-11-10
    pine nuts and small pieces of cheese - these two treats work wonders (at least for me and my opinionated and bitey blue crowned).
  • Scott Watkins - 2011-11-29
    You have a long road. I was given a 3 year old blue crown, and he was vicious. He bit everyone, and screeched, and was generally hated by the first owner. I was told that taming a BC of that age was impossible. I got him ( Maximillian ), and spent 3 months gaining his trust. I would coax him with goodies until he let me touch him. After about 6 months, he would perch on my finger. Then one day into the ninth month I opened the cage and it was like magic. He climbed onto my finger, and up my arm and on my shoulder. He began grooming me, and I was his buddy for life. He began trusting other humans, and talked, played, and was smart as a whip. He even played jokes; made kissy noises at my stepdaughter ( whom he hated, long story short; she was a brat ), and when she kissed him he bit her lower lip really well and then proceeded to laugh at her! Taming it will take a long time, but it's worth every second.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-27
    You don't have to go fast. You have a whole bunch of years so a few weeks one way or the other won't make a difference. He is biting from the top of his cage as he is protecting his territory and himself. He is frightened if you approach his cage when he is inside it as your hand looks like King Kong to him and he has no where to go. He is frightened. Start with hand feeding with your hand, pine nuts, cheerios anything he likes while he is on the top of his cage. You are just trying to feed him - not pick him up. Eventually he will come to you for the treats. When he is comfortable with you and comes for the treat, you can just pet him very gently on the top of his head for a few seconds. Then pet a little longer. Watch the bird and learn from his body language what is acceptable to him. He will come to you. He is just very frightened now and you should just let him settle in and be comfortable - he will approach you. This is also up to you but I never clip a conures wings (heated debate there) as they are such Velcro birds and will constantly stay with their owners around the home. They will fly to me and they will also stay on top of their cage (sometimes) and play on the operch and with toys. They always fly back to their cage or perch to potty. Conures make a lot of noise if they aren't with their 'flock'. Yep, I have to watch doors windows etc but so worth it to me. That little fella once he realizes you are not going to hurt him will come to you.
  • Cynthia - 2011-12-27
    I adopted a blue crown conure, age about 5 years. He was left on his own in a small room. No company, sunlight, proper food, etc. I took her straight to our vet for a proper examination and advise of how and what. Had his wings trimmed, manicure, penicure, etc. Within a month I could let him out to wonder around and on top of the cage. First allowed him to scratch my head 'koppie krap' and slowly took things step by step. Before 3 months, he got onto my shoulder, started talking, calling and did not bite so much. He still bites me but not as hard and I gently reprimand him and put him back on the cage. Have him now for 6 months and have fallen head over hills in love with each other. Hang in there, it will get better. Good luck
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