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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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Diane Swanstrom - 2005-12-31
Hi everyone who told your story about the sun conure. We are getting a baby "Abby" soon. First bird and cannot wait. We also have an Old English Sheep Dog who is very gentle with all our animals. Thanks Di

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  • Diane - 2010-08-08
    Update on Abby. She calls the dog with "Murphy come here" and "Murphy's here", barks, kisses when she wants to sleep and wake up. Abby says "Hello" when the phone rings. Asks "whats up" when you walk by and makes the noise of the internet dial up perfect. She is very loud and a wonderful joy. Diane Swanstrom
  • donALD GREGORY - 2010-12-23
    Don't mix bird with dog.
  • Diane - 2012-01-07
    Abby the sun conure is doing great. Thanks for you responses. Speaks more then ever and the dog is wonderful with her. She is a watch bird especially when a deer or horse is not supposed to be at the patio door.
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carol curtis - 2012-01-01
I have a breeding pair of maroon bellied conures they have 5 eggs could you tell me will they throw the shells out when the young has hatched? Thanks.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    As in the wild, birds usually remove egg shells from their nest. I would not recommend touching the chicks, or nest during the first several weeks after hatching, or before hatching.
  • carol curtis - 2012-01-05
    My pair of conures has chicks do I continue giving them the same amount of fruit while they are feeding their young or not so much,thank you for any information.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-05
    I would let up on the fruit and do more scrambled eggs and leave the shells in while scrambing and add veggies. I would also do a little chicken/tunafish - mine loves tuna salad
    -- little more soft foods that are eaasy to eat and feed the babies and calcium and protein are important.
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joann - 2011-12-20
I just got a 4 year old Jenday conure 5 days ago. Peepers is his or her name I'll call it a her. She hates me and snuggles my boyfriend. I'm hoping she will take to me soon.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-20
    Conures normally make a good all around pet for everyone. Possibly, your boyfriend reminds your little fella of the previous owner and it may just take a little time to adjust to new surroundings.
  • JoAnn - 2011-12-21
    You are probly right Peepers old owner had a beard and so does my boyfriend. But Peepers did take an almond from me this Morning:)
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    Just keep giving her treats and realize you are a stranger to her and she is pretty little. Cheerios, peanuts, shelled sunflower seeds. She will come around.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-24
    I doubt you are doing something WRONG. Conures are really social velcro companions and stick like glue for the most part. In the wild they constantly communicate with all memebers of the flock to make sure all are OK and everyone is in place. Mine is loose in the home and wings aren't clipped so he can fly to us whenever and he does. He is 100% housebroken. If someone leaves the room, many times he will make one big racket - I mean really big until that person returns or I convince him (actually via talking) that the MISSING person will be right back etc. They are calling their flock or sometimes a warning - before a storm is coming or a strange car or noise. It takes awhile for a bird companion to train us humans but we learn.
  • JoAnn - 2011-12-23
    Peepers was really loud today I gave her all her needs and left her cage open so she could come and go but she screemed all day what do I do or what am I doing wrong?
  • JoAnn - 2011-12-26
    Thank you for the advice Peepers is doing very well. She still screams when you leave the room but she quiets down faster when you return and talk to her. She still bites me when I try to get her to set up but it's better than her running away from me at least she is getting closer. She takes food from me all the time now. And if we tell her she is a good bird when she is quiet and turn our backs on her when she is to noisey she catches on. She can be quieted just by telling her to be a good bird. When she hangs upside down she will scream till we look at her and laugh and then she is happy. Silly bird. She is training us real well. JoAnn
  • Candy - 2011-12-29
    I have a Jenday Conure that is almost 2 1/2 years old. She screams when we leave the room as well. I think its just because they dont like to be alone. She is housed with my Green Cheek Conure that is 9 months old. They are comical. They def brighten your day with their silly selfs.
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Giovanni Giustino - 2011-07-13
Hi, I have a sun conure, he is 4 mounths old. I would take a Green African also but I am afraid that the conure will be jealous and change his affection for me. What do you think?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-13
    You mean an African Grey? A conure isn't a teritorial or protective bird. He is as good natured as they come. The more the merrier. He is going to love you no matter what. It is just their nature. He is not going to be jealous. As far as they are concerned, they just think the world is for them to play with. He will want you attention. I have a conure now and hubby has a grey. They are fine. My conure is in love with my Macaw and does everything to break the Macaw out of the cage. I don't know how but I frequently find my conure and my Macaw sitting next to each other in the Macaws cage in the morning. It is a houseful but the conure loves all. The grey only loves hubby. Greys demand your attention and conures will trick you into it. The grey rules and the conure will allow it. My conure tries very hard to talk to the grey and mimic the grey. Also, your conure is young. A young grey - all will be fine. They don't know. They just love their human. Of course conures love all and grey will probably only love you.
  • Giovanni Giustino - 2011-07-13
    Thanks for your early answer, Do you remenber I asked you about travelling with my sun conure, you answered that won't be problem for 100 miles, but I mean 1000 miles by car... Are you sure that I can bring Conny with me?


    Thanks
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    I know you aksed the quetion but somehow it got lost on me. Traveling the 1000 miles with your conure will be just fine. It is best to have a cage and also a carrier. When you leave the car, it is best to take your little guy with you in a carrier. It can get way too hot in a car - quickly especially in the summer. Your conure can being the cage while driving. If he is easy going, he can be on a car seat perch as well instead of a cage, You need to be careful. Frined of mine stopped at a car wash and the bird flew into the car wash. All was wel but sure soaked the bird and it could have been hurt. Toll booths etc be careful.
  • sue - 2011-07-17
    When being affectionate take him away from the other birds view so he will not become jealous.
  • Giovanni Giustino - 2011-07-25
    He is already affectionate and jealous, because when sees some other bird on TV he try to attack them..
  • Mandy - 2011-11-19
    Sun Conures, are (or maybe its just mine) sooooooooooooo protective and jealous, if my husband , friends, son, anyone tries to come near me when I have him on my neck, hand , shirt or hand he freaks out and tries to bite! So I would think that, if you got another bird , yes your conure might get jealous, but remember, all birds are different, just like people. It all depends on your bird.
  • Tesha - 2011-12-16
    We have a sun conure named Skittles that is spoiled to no end, he even sleeps with us, and he is very, very jealous and protective. Not when it comes to the household, but when our oldest son comes over, they have a love hate relationship. I wont get his wings clipped because I have potty trained him, so those two go running and flying about the house. We tease our son, saying he is afraid of one ounce of an eight ounce bird. Answer to your question, mine is jealous. Since they are all different, before you pay for the African grey, ask them if the two birds have a problem with each other, if you can bring it back.
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Judy Weldon - 2011-12-02
I am looking for a green cheek for my grandsons Christmas gift. I have found a four month old female that stays in a cage with his brother and has become territorial. The lady says he bites when she goes in the cage to feed, etc. The male is not so. She says once she gets him out he is fine. Will he stop the territorial actions when isolated and spends time with a new owner? I don't want to give my grandsons a biter. Judy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-02
    A person can tame a conure but not fun and should have a lot of experience with parrots first. If the woman can't handle her own bird - there is no way a stranger is going to be able to. Yes, will probably tame down after a time. My concern is a breeder that hand fed babies would not leave two together at that age as bond to the other bird. She should be able to handle them with no problems at all and give them to others to hold and handle. She obviously can not do this. Another concern I have is the 4 month old. The only way that is possible is if they were born really late in breeding season. Real strange. Conures are born in the spring. So she can't handle her own supposedly hand fed bird. You really don't know how old these birds are. They are not going to be better behaved at a new home and it would take a lot of doing to tame them - otherwise she would be able to handle them. A conure is a super super great pet for a young person. They are family orientated, love playing, they are like velcro to your shirt, affectionate and just a clown. However, I would wait until spring and new babies are born and I think I would not buy from this woman. You want a hand fed baby that your grandson can hold and give kisses to and will play in his lap when you purchase it.
  • Judy - 2011-12-02
    Thanks, Charlie. I just talked with the lady and she is not sure of age and says she has papers where she got them from the breeder. She says the male bird is very laid back and easy and the female has just started becoming territorial. The vet said the conure was healthy and probably is displaying jealousy and/or a protective attitude. Once the female is out of the cage she is fine and easy to handle. I am going to see them this evening. You sound very knowledgeable and I appreciate any tips you may have. I have a green cheek that I purchased as a 4 month old approximately 9 years ago and she is a great bird. Thanks again,
    Judy
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-02
    OK you know the personality of a conure and how friendly, outgoing and velcro they are. Expressive etc. I don't have any idea how old these conures are - but it just makes no sense to me that at 4 or even 8 months or a year - a person wouldn't be able to just pick these guys up and hold them. With a conure, it is more you have to get them off you but they are so affectionate. Good luck.
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fanie - 2011-07-07
Hi
Our sunconure, Twiggy, sleeps under the newspaper we put in the bottom of his cage at night. It is his/her first winter and we were wondering if this is what the sunconure usually does. Although we keep the environment warm at night. thanks
Fanie

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    I think it is pretty normal behavior for a conure. I got mine one of those birdie buddies (not sure of name) but it is soft fabric that ties to the side of the cage and they snuggle up to it. Your little one isn't cold, they hide or sleep in stange places. Conures are so much fun and a lot of that is cuz they are so silly.
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-01
    We have a hanging sleeping bag in our cage for our sun conure. It seems to me like he needs something covering him while he sleeps. He probably isn't comfortable sleeping and needs covering.
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-29
    They're raised surrounded shoulder to shoulder by siblings and covered with parents. As they mature, they still prefer that covered, secure sensation when it's sleep time.
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Bridget - 2011-11-29
I am looking to purchase a pair of Queen of Bavaria birds for our daughter.

Please advise. Thank you. We live in Central Florida.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    There are several breeders in Fl, that do breed the Queens. I would recommend Hurricane aviaries - Susan Clubb DVM. She is in Loxahatchee. They would run about $1300, I believe. There are several other breeders and I remember one in Tampa but i don't remember the name.
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