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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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Baby78 - 2011-08-18
Hi. I will be purchasing two green cheek conures and will house them together. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the minimum size cage requirements are. Would a cage size of 18 by 18 with an inside height of 29 be convenient for two green cheek conures? I have read that the ideal size for two green cheek conures would be 24 by 24 but I am trying to avoid having a cage of that size inside my home.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    Sorry, that would be way too small. I would suggest at a minimum 21/2 by 3 feet by 6 feet. They play a lot and need toys, they need stimulation and human interaction. They need activity and again stimulation or you are into big time feather plucking. If they are going to be in their cage a lot, then you need an even larger cage or think of a flight. My cage is 3 x 4 by 6 for one with a play top and his own perch.
  • harry - 2011-09-09
    I would say that a 18 by 18 is a bit small for one conure. As it all comes down to how often you get the birds out. I have have a rather large cage for my bird but he is hardly ever in it as he is always on me. I think you should go for a 24 by 24 at the smallest. But if the birds are out of the cage alot a cage of 18 by 18 is just about ok. But remeber evan if the birds are'nt in the cage that often have toys in there for them to enjoy the short time there in the cage!!!!!! Hope you enjoy bird keping as much as I do, harry
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    First off make sure that the birds getting along with each other and if they are boy and girl, make sure they are not brother and sisters. And that is way to small for just one bird. You will need alot bigger cage aleast 24x24, the bigger the better. And they will need alot of toys and vegs and good seed everyday. And time with the family and not left in a room away from the family. These birds need human to be around.
  • Darin - 2011-11-23
    Dear Baby78,

    That size cage would be acceptable for just one Green Cheek with lots of time out of the cage, but you'll need more room for two birds. May have to move up to at least 24 inches.
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Connie vernon - 2011-07-29
I just bought a Blue Conure today and he had been pulling his feathers out. The guys said he doesn't like kids but they also had another bird that they fooled with. I don't think they gave Frankie very much attention.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    Conures crave, want desire human company or the socialization with a flock. They are notorius for feather plucking if not given attention. Conures like kids - they like everything and sometimes I think the mor commotion - the better. They love and thrive on attention.
    They want toys and things to play with but they are extremely content as a velcro bird - sitting with you. I would also suggest some good misting or if the conure likes, then under the sprayer in the kitchen sing. Take him in the shower. He wants attention and I am sure you are right in that he just didn't get any.
  • Stephanie Hastings - 2011-07-31
    I would have a vet see yours as that can be a very dangerous thing and is stressful.
  • karen - 2011-11-10
    I'm in agreement with Charlie - my conure also plucks and I've been to the vet (on more than one occasion), who is also a behavioral modification specialist. After a very lengthy conversation with the vet about specific issues and situations, the diagnosis is "separation anxiety." misting and a good array of chew toys helps - vet also recommended Bac's Rescue Remedy - but I'm not really seeing any results with that. It is frustrating - it's the most frustrating situation I've encountered ....
  • jennifer - 2011-11-14
    I have a 10 yr old that my late husband raised for 8 yrs from a chick. He attacked me persistently for the first year then, with Jeff's coaxing, calmed down eventually. Jeff died 2 yrs ago, so for 2+yrs I have been Cozmo's one and only human. He is physically ON me during most waking hours. Rides on my shoulder around town (wings clipped), climbs up and down my body while I am busy around the house. His only loud vocalizations are 1 )intruder alert 2) skwack for food if I am eating and not IMMEDIATELY allowing him to take food from my mouth. I recommend to everyone: gentle hands-on touch, neck stroking, gaining familiar trust with that and feeding seeds from jar lid, small tidbits from mouth if you have built trust. In addition to a variety of nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies (good luck with anything green...) try 1/4tsp. Ensure out of the cap top. Provides vitamins, minerals and protein. My guy loves dairy and pasta-teensy amts. ok. His favorite English word is ICE CREAM!?! Mom? Please hehehehee. Dad was an entertainer. Seriously, pass this on--1/4/tsp Ensure (WITH NORMAL DIET and only if they lean in and want it) calms nerves and adds to fun loving behavior. Matches vitamin and mineral contents of avian vites TINY AMOUNTS tho--test drive it and monitor all intake/output/stool consistency. If your bird is nervous, stroke their beak, top of head and back of neck. SLOWLY GENTLY Have someone do it to you so that you understand the dynamics, if they lean in, it feels good and you are doing it right.
    I am a wildlife biologist, Cozmo is my first exotic bird, so I am just sharing my experiences with HIM. He plucks and grooms a lot, but not to baldness Tons of love, reassurance and attention along with varied diet seem to be key. Good luck and let me know.-J
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Charlie Roche - 2011-04-06
Cheryl I love my Queens. I truly believe they are the most expressive of the parrot family. They are clowns, very loving and yes they are gorgeous. Queens require a license to ship outside a state. So an individual has to have a license or purchase within the state they are living.

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  • Yohana Forte - 2011-09-07
    Do you know of anyone selling in Florida?
  • Steven - 2011-11-05
    I am looking for all necessary information about golden conures, what to feed them best, aviary, breeding results, how to breed, best nest boxes to use etc, I am looking for breeders all over the world who will exchange their experiences, thanks and hope to hear a lot of people
  • ann - 2011-11-13
    If you are looking for golden conures for sale in florida, golden cockatoo a bird store in FL, sells them, here's the link to their website, http://www.goldencockatoo.com/
    hope i helped :)
    ps just copy and paste the link in the search bar or just google "golden cockatoo"
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parie - 2006-09-04
I have had my dusky conure since december of 2005. All I have to say is that I love her more then any thing in the world. she is my best buddy. she is so so smart, loving and sensitive, and she loves me so much. about 3 months after I got her my father passed away. it was a very difficult time for me because his passing was very unexpected and I was devestated. but I can honestly say that through out that time my littile angel (coockie) was such a comforting friend. she always made me smile even in the worst times and she gave me reason to hold on and be strong and not give up. It might sound silly to hear that a littile bird can do all that but she did that for me, because her simple presence made me realize and see the good in life, and it gave me joy and hope.

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  • Ella - 2011-11-09
    Parie, I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing. I too lost both of my parents. My Mom, in winter of 1999 and my Dad summer of 2005. But I wanted to tell you, that I don't think that a little bird helping you through your grieving process, is silly at all. There is a reason that God created all creatures great and small. In this case this little conure helped you through your father's death. I too have a little two month old little conure, that is very cute. Of course I'm just getting to know him, as he is in the training process, but it's a real character! I hope your little friend continues to be a constant joy to you. Bless it's little heart.
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Felicia - 2011-09-27
I just got a jenday conure parrot yesterday an she is two years old. I can't get her out of her cage or pet her because she bites. How can I get her to stop biting?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-27
    She is biting because she is afraid. If you were in your bedroom and King Kong came in to grab you - you would bite and kick. She is scared so let's slow down. Put food treats on the outside of her cage - cheerios, millet, cracker/honey -- and let her come out on her own. Talk to her, whistle, sing - whatever but let her come out on her own. Gradually go from letting her eat her treats peacefull while you just talk to her to letting her take them from your hand. I like cheerios as they can eat them fast and parrots seem to love them. Let her get used to your hand and you feeding her that way and thne just coax her on to your one hand while you hold the cheerio in the other. Go slow - if it takes a few weeks - it takes a few weeks. Your little gal has to learn that you are safe and you have to learn her language and her body movements. Getting bit isn't fun but you will learn her body position - head down, eyes go in and out and she's thinking about biting. Relaxed and upright or fluffy and she is waiting for a head pet. You need to learn about each other. OK?
  • Alan - 2011-10-29
    Time, sometimes lots of it, patience and small treats that the bird willingly accepts would be a good start. Rome wasn't built in a day, my grandpa said. :)
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Irene - 2011-04-21
Hello, my family adopted a Jenday Conure a few weeks ago. He flew on my sons shoulder when he was outside feeding our cows. I know it is a Jenday Conure by the photos seen on your website. He is very lovable and whistles tunes. I know he must have been someones pet, because he is so tame. He has a defected foot, that I believe must be from birth. What do I feed it, and what about bird baths? I never had a bird for a pet, and never liked birds before, but this bird is so lovable I can't help but be attached.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-21
    Attached is some information on the Jenday Conure regarding food, care, housing, etc. Quickly though, conures are very lovable pets and will attach to the entire family. A good name brand seed for conures (or general parrots) is great or you can do a pellet diet - again use a name brand. Conures will eat pretty much anything you eat but skip salt and no avocado and no chocolate. However, if you have scrambled eggs in the morning, he can have some. If you have vegatables at night - let him have some. They like chicken. I gave mine pizza. Fruits and vegatables are great for conures but remember the portion size. Him eating a grape is like an adult eating 1/2 a honey dew melon. Bathing - you can spray it with regular tap water or mine loves tpo be hosed down in the kitchen sink with the sprayer. The foot - to him it isn't a problem. So he is perfect the way he is. Just enjoy him and he will love you.
  • Irene - 2011-04-25
    Thanks for the info. We named him (I think it is a him) R.J. We could not decide on Rosco or Jasper, so we ended with R.J. He is so friendly. He is doing well on fruit and still seed purchased from Walmart. I live in a small town so it is Walmart or nothing. I have not tried a bird bath, he did not like the bowl of water in the bottom of his cage. Received the first bite yesterday, but besides that he is doing well.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-25
    Biting does happen although usually very infrequently. I think only if they get frightened of something or they are totally adamant that they do not want to do what you want them to. Go in their cage. It might hurt a little but best to just say "NO" or I say "No hurt mama". If you jump up and down and yell, they will think it is a game and do it just to see your reaction. Conures are gentle little things. RJ is cute. Remember he can have anything that you eat that is nutricious also. You can feed him vegatables, a little meatloaf, macoroni and cheese (that is fun), etc.
  • Alan - 2011-10-29
    I cannot stress it enough two things, get rid of any non stick cookware you have in the house! A friend of mine didn't know this and while he was away his daughter burned one on the stove and within minutes his crested cockatoo and smaller parrot were on the bottom of the cage. Number two, seeds are not a good source of balanced nutrition for any parrot. Do some research, order online if you have to but get them on a good pellet diet, so you don't saturate the birds liver with oil from the seeds. Of course vegetables and fruit should be a supplement as well as a treat. Check online to see which ones are not allowed
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susan - 2011-10-12
I have had my blue crowned connure for about 8 years. I bought him from a pet shop that no longer exists. He had been there for at least 2 years. I don't really know how old he is. He started pluking his feathers several years ago, I know this is not unusual for connures, his feathers do not grow back now in some places but he can fly. His wings,back and head are the only places he has feathers. He is such a fun bird. He tries to sing when I sing. I taught him to play peek a boo and when he plays with me he also raises his foot to his eye and says peek a boo. There are many other praises he is able to say.

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