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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. :)
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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mary - 2011-05-17
My green cheek kind of bites when I'm holding him. What can I do to make fun activities with him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-17
    Try to tell me more about "kind of bites" when you are holding him. If he is on your hand and he tries to nip, twist your hand. He can't hang on and nip at the same time. He will lose his balance and that can break him of nipping. If it is in PLAY and he is getting overly excited, then just turn him upside down and say a big "NO" and then count out loud timeout till 10. So let me know more.
    OK games take a rug or towel and make up or buy some toys. Dixie cups and hand helds. Hide the toy under one of the dixie cups. "PEEK" very gently place a sheet of paper towel over his head and say "PEEK". "PRETTY" pull the wing out and cover the eyes and say "PRETTY" a song I would sing and clap with mine to
    Sammy, Sammy where you go
    Down to the rodeo
    Sammy Sammy , what you see?
    All the handsome boys they look at me. I would sing and clap and Sammy would bob up and down in rhythym. When she wanted me to sing it, she would sit on my lap and start to bob till I sang it. I have a voice like a rock and she liked it anyway
    "Chase the ball" Throw a little bell, ball etc 2 - 3 inches till she picks it up and then gradually throw it farther. You'll get the hang of it. Tell me more about the nipping and I might be able tohelp more. Put peanuts inside a small kong toy.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-01
    play with him
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    I don't know how old your green check is but if he is around 1 year - I used to call it a teething phase when they would just sorta chew on my fingers. Anyway, it really really helps to have a toy in your hand when you are playing with him. Let him sorta chew/bite on the toy instead of your fingers. I don't think they have any idea at all that your fingers might be sensitive - a little. Have something in your hand that he can play with. Another thing I have done with conures to macaws is "TIME OUT" If I am playing with a bird and he starts to get just a little too excited or rough, I will literally turn him upside down and say loudly "TIME OUT" and then count to 10. I have no idea why they calm down or why this works or anything like that. I just thought it worked for my kids (I didn't turn them upside down) but maybe it would work for a bird. It worked. I have also grabbed their beak and said " NO HURT MAMA" and that has worked also. I think whatever you decide to do - just be consistent. Conures chew or nibble and sometimes get caried away but they aren't really biters but they don't know playing too rough so they have to be taught. Good luck and if you come up with something diferent let us know.
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    Tell him no bit each time he bit, let him know it hurt and if he does it again put him in cage and leave the room. This is just a stag and will end soon.
Izzy - 2011-07-29
Hi, I was given a Green Cheek Conure about a year ago and he seems to be really small compared to the ones I have seen at the pet store. Could it be that he is a runt? I am guessing he is going to turn 2 years old this year.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    Not all birds are the same size. It is true that some can be smaller than others.
  • David Brough - 2011-09-21
    Birds are like people some are biger then others.
Adin - 2011-06-01
I just got my birds both green cheeked conures. And I was wondering if they might bond with themselves instead of us.Got any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    Conures are cool pets and yes they will play with each other but they won't leave you out. The more attention you give them the greater the bond will be with you and them. I had queens and they and I were just best pals and had so much fun. We would play on my bed or they would go sliding down the sofa cushions etc. When they were 4 years, I set them up in a large flight cage with a nest box. I went out to the porch and they were just so excited and happy and flying from their food area to the nest box (back and forth) and making all sorts of racket and didn't stop and I figured something was up. I went and looked in the nest box and there were two little eggs. They were so proud and wanted me to know. I had to check the eggs out everyday and when they hatched, I had to check out the babies every day. I actually could pet the babies in the nest box. So you are fine. Just enjoy them both.
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    As long as you take time everyday to give to them they will still bond with you. They love their person.
Pamela - 2011-01-14
Is DNA testing the only way to tell the sex of GCCs, we have been given 6 of them and have no idea what they are. They are not young birds, maybe up to 2 years old.

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  • robin - 2011-06-25
    DNA testing is the only "sure" way. You're so lucky to have been given 6 of them. Best of luck with them.
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    DNA is the only sure way to know for sure.
shirley J - 2011-07-19
I recently got a green cheek conure from my director. It's a boy we believe. She didn't have much time for him so I took him in. He got on a stick one time. I was present at his old home but we tried here and he didnt budge. I know he needs to gain trust. He's been here for about 2 weeks his name is MANGO. He seems to reply to me whistling. I'm the one scared to touch him but my fiance is willing. He tried and he just kept biting him when he was trying to pet him. I've read some other comments but what approach to take. I talk to him through out the day and so does my 2 yr old. Another reason why I am nervous at the thought of getting him out because I dont want him to bite my son. When I was younger my grandma had a bigger all red parrot in Central America, so I am definitely into them. It's just I haven't been around them much lately. I guess i need some helpful hints!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    First things fist. You have to be relaxed and at ease. They know when you are not and then they get more afraid. You have plenty of time. I am not real fond of sticks. Bird sits there and wonders if you're going to hit him or pick him up. Let's just make friends with the guy first. Let's feed him with our fingers. Try handing him small pieces of food - but large enough that you wn't be worried that he will bite you. Piece of sliced apple, piece of chicken, spehetti cooked (just one string and hold it up), piece of cheese. I have no idea what for sure he will like but keep feeding him by hand - and then let the pieces be smaller - cheerios, piece of dried fruit. Now you and the bird are starting to relax around each other. I take it he is in a cage so after you are relaxed - let him out - just let him out. He might fly but probably will just walk around on top of his cage. Back to the feeding again by hand. Finally after all this - hold a peanut or piece of apple in the palm of your left hand and let him take it from your hand. Now try and just pet the top of his head. I don't mind just sorta grabbing a bird (use a small towel if you want) and hold him and wait till he is calm and just pet the top of his head. If your comfortable, let him sit in your lap while he eats his apple. Don't point - The idea is that you and he will get used to each other slowly. You will feed him and he will learn trust. You will learn that if he is not afraid, he isnot going to bite. You will let him out of his cage and realize he is not going to DIVE BOMB. Then you just start to say things as you do them. They are velcro birds and he will take to you as he is ready. Food, eat, step up and hold out your hand. It isn't easy but you just go slow.
  • harry - 2011-09-09
    This is farly common in birds when the move to a new home. Just carry on talking and whistling to all the time and he should get used to you. Also try putting your hand in the cage several times a day and slowly move your hand towards him. Be careful not to do this to fast or for a long time as you may make things worse. Try your local pet shop for advice. There are also loads of books on the market in how to break bad habbits in bird. good luck harry
  • betty - 2011-09-21
    It will only take time for him to trust you. You can try first just talking to him, then just put your hand in the cage and leave it for along as you can each day while talking to him. You can also then try to find something he likes, My Punkin likes grapes. Let him take it from your hand. Green Cheek are great pets and they love their people.
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John - 2011-06-20
Hi, I need your help! I have a sun conure since 20 days, his name is Connie. He is very sweet and lovely. I love him like a son... The problem is that when it is time to sleep, he doesn't want sleep in the cage but under my hands in the nest box. He is almost 4 months old... Do you think that this habit he has is due of age? Will he loose this habit?


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-21
    Conures are pretty much known for being velcro birds. They like to be with you and on you. Birds are also quite intelligent and they have the ability to train their humans quite well. Yours has trained you to essentially rock him to sleep (in a way). He will be fine sleeping in his cage by himself. He is a baby (just 4 months) and still just venturing out very little on his own. Mine breaks out of his cage and gets in my bed every shot he gets ---He will only lose the habit if his human doesn't do it.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-22
    Conures are extremely extremely expressive. Some can say a few words (in human language) but they can say many words in their own language and believe it or not you will learn theirs. They are expressive and make their wants/likes and dislikes known at an early age and it only gets better. Good luck and enjoy.
  • John - 2011-06-21
    Thanks for fast reply, I will try to get him to sleep into his cage when will grow. I have another question, is it normal to talk already pretty good ? He says lots of word that learns in twenty days.... and usually is jumbery on lots of incomprehnsible phrases.
  • John - 2011-06-25
    Hi, Connie started to nip my fingers two days ago. I'm not understanding why he changed this way.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-25
    Hi John,
    This isn't the right word but I call it teething. The baby bird gets to be about 4 - 6 months old and for whatever reason they start to chew on your fingers, ears, nose etc. It is annoying but doesn't really hurt. Take his beak between your thumb and index finger when he does this and say "NO" or "NO hurt DADDY" or whatever you choose but in a stern tone. It is similar to a puppy needing to teeth on a dog bone. It does stop. It is not biting. Guys ears - I have absolutely no idea why birds are so totally facinated with mens ears but they are. They stick their little tongue in your ear, they sorta chew on your ear. They are not biting or really even chewing. I think they believe they are preeening you. Womens ears are normally covered by their hair but guys ears are usually not. Again, if it bothers you, grab his beak and tell him "NO" but the ear thing has always appeared affectioneete to me when I see my birds doing it to fellas. They have never hurt any fella but it does look sorta funny to see my Hyacinth with her tongue in some mans ear. Again, to stop it - grab the beak and a strong "NO" but it is not a bite - it is a growing stage. They are learning and you need to teach them what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior to you.
  • John - 2011-06-26
    Ok I will try so, now I have a question... I have to go on vacation. I'm you think that is good for Connie to come with me or to get him in a staying into the car for so much time?
  • S Bolivar - 2011-07-15
    I have a sun conure that is around 12 years old, and I have her sleep with me at night. I am not a restless sleeper, so she just cuddles down in my PJs and sleeps quietly through the night. If I happen to wake and roll, she just walks with the roll of my body and goes right back to sleep as I do. Her name is Rainbow.
  • Giovanni Giustino - 2011-07-25
    Are you not scared to tread on her while you are sleeping? I would sleep with Conny in my bed but I'm scared of that.
  • Leila - 2011-08-10
    The conure sleeping in bed with you sounds wonderful - but doesnt it mess? Just curious to know.
  • Giovanni Giustino - 2011-09-08
    my not, he never dump on the bed or sofa, just on the floor or into her cage
  • rhi - 2011-09-14
    Hi, I used to have a beautiful sunny conure, he was amazingly lovely, I kept him as a free bird. He had his own little bed, (it was actually a sofa he claimed), in my bedroom, and yes sometimes he would come over and I'd wake up with him snoozing on my chest, or preening my hair. It was wonderful for both of us, I loved when he was close to me, just as he loved being close to me, However, it saddens me deeply to say the worst thing that could have happened, did happen.

    Please please please do not have your bird sleep with you or free to visit you in the night, or morning when you are asleep. You dont really know that it is safe - they are so small and if you roll over too quick for it to make a noise or move you have lost your companion forever.

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