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eversmileface - 2011-05-16
I've bought a 3 months old jenday conure from a breeder yesterday. Today is the second day for him in this new environment. But he doesn't seem to eat much. I was told he was tamed and handfed but he got pretty scared whenever I tried to touch him or get him out to play. I know it might take sometime for him to settle down but how long is it going to be before he starts eating his food and acts normally?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
    Because a parrot is hand fed, it doesn't mean it was hand held, or loved, or cuddled and many breeders tube feed whether with a tube or syringe. It is OK. It will be OK. Now maybe it is nervous and so off seed or you are feeding it a different seed. I hand fed and held and raised with stuff animals a lot of parrot babies. So let's try this OK?
    Go to the grocery store and get some baby applesauce and baby peaches and some rice cereal. Mix the peaches or applesauce with a little rice cereal and just warm a very little. Just so it is not cold. Just place on a spoon and put a little on your finger and let your baby taste or lick from your finger. He will probably lick from the spoon as well. Put cheerios in his bowel or even fruit loops as those are easier for a baby to eat than a seed or pellets. Don't be nervous and just pick him up and hold him close to your chest so he can hear your heart beat. They can hear it. It soothes them. You don't have to squeeze him just hold him close even if you lay down and place him on your chest. Remember the words "step up" "hug" "love you" etc so he starts to understand what it is you are going to do. While he is by your chest, gradually start petting the top of his head or sides of his face. He is just a little baby with a new enviornment, new smells and possibly for the first time someone is actually handling him. He looks grown cuz they actually get big fast but he is 3 months. Think of a human baby at 3 months. Just go slow. The cereal and fruit will help if he is not getting enough to eat and will also help him bond with you. You can also feed him little squished banana - anything soft that you can hold in your fingers. You have plenty of time so just go slow and he will be a very loving, cuddly addition to your home.
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Katie - 2010-10-07
I have a Jenday named JD that I bought from a pet shop. I had been wanting a conure for some time and he was on special for only $200 so I jumped at the opportunity. The clerks told me that they were selling him for his owner who could not care for him properly. I guess he was just left alone in his cage for 2 years. So he needed a lot of work.

I've had him for 2 months now and things are going well. He is flight capable and when I open his cage he likes to sit on my shoulder when I sit on the couch. We're also working on perching on the hand. He's now at the point where he lets me touch him.

What I'm having trouble with is, he's a screamer. I try not to acknowledge him when he gets really bad. But, there are times that need him to just be quiet. I have a black sarong that I put over his cage when he gets really bad and take it off when he quiets down.

Does anyone else have any tips for screamers?

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  • leigh the bird watcher - 2011-01-01
    Katie I have a house full of parrots and they all scream. It is their nature when they feel board-em they will scream. The first thing you should do is throw that cover away.. That will only make the bird feel insecure. the only time you want to cover birds of any kinda is at night it is a comfort zone. Put some toys in with him or take him out and let him/her stretch its wings. I have found that the TV or a radio helps sooth the feathered beast.. so to speak.. Good luck and give him lots of love.. Leigh the bird watcher.
  • Dan Farace - 2011-01-29
    They are all screamers. They would be the perfect pet if they were quiet and pooped politely. Listening to mine right now on an early Saturday morning.

  • Bryan Semones - 2011-05-02
    Hi. I live in a bus on the California coast with my jenday named Chica. She was chased into my yard by a hawk in Chico, CA, hence her name. She bit the crap out of the hawk which startled it enough to drop her and fly off screaming curse words in hawk. Chica promptly went into a little birdy coma, popping awake after an hour, walked up to me and quacked "where's the food dude?" We have been quite the duo for the past couple of years. To get her not to bite I grabbed her by the beak and bit her head hard enough to freak her out. She got the idea and hasn't drawn blood since. She has never been really loud. We live together in a VERY small space and she let's me sleep and will quack and screech a few times when I finally get up. When she got screechy last month. I mean ear piercing on purpose loud and she knows better. I grabed her like a chicken and scream into her head "SHUT THE ____"! As loud as I can into my cupped hand with her head inside. And repeat no screeching no screeching as I violently throw her in her room and slam the door. (Birds are tough little punkers) after 5 minutes of time out in the dark. I open her door and whine to her about my throbbing ears using the word screeching in a happy tone. Give love and pets and treats until the next screech and BOOM instant violent flip out from her human. Play it up and really scare it or it won't respect you and will take every opportunity to punk you off. My Chica may be a bit more hardened than house / cage birds so don't give yours a heart attack when its used to being unruly. She gets woken up and driven around at night. I run a loud generator that shakes her cage late at night. According to a smug headed manager at a petsmart my jendey should have died like 20 times already. Life as a bird in the wild is hard and cruel. Nature did not evolve awesome jendey's with a goo goo gaa gaa "my little pony" pet owner syndrome. A flock will gang up on a member not acting right and mutilate it until it straightens up or dies. It's their nature If you have a problem bird and no hippy dippy positive reinforcement is working. Try letting it think you are going to kill it if it does not straighten up and it likely will. Between me and the hawk Chica is one well adjusted shoulder chicken.
    Cheers
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Conures do like to make noise. They more toys to play with, the more distractions (television), attention, the less they make noise. They usually just want to be with you. I have always been afraid to cover a cage because if the bird gets tangled in the cloth so be careful with that. A sarong usually has very fine thred which cn be pulled and possibly wrap around the foot of your little guy. Peanuts, toys, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, almonds, cracked walnuts, dixie cup with peanut butter or honey in the bottom something for him to do or play with.
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Martha from Silverstrand Beach - 2011-04-22
Hello, Much to my surprise the "wild parrot" that visits my back yard is a Conure. I would like to make friends, not sure how to go about that. I put fruit and nuts in the birdbath type of feeder and also drove a tall handled shovel next to it for the bird to purch. So now it does stop by to see what I have out to eat. Would you guess this is a pet that took flight ? It stays in a 2 block radius and caws to let us know he is around. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks...Martha

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-23
    Yes, I would say this is/was someone's pet but who knows from where. I had a friend who had her bird fly out of the car on a trip. So the conure could be from your area or from another state. The idea that the bird stays in a 2 block area can mean that it is from there or it got lost there and will expand it's circle of flight. The "caw" is the cry to find what it is used to. It's owners, its mobile home or whatever. You could place an ad in the paper but you might have many responces. You are feeding it and that is the first big step. It is eating. When you see it and it is eating, talk to it. Be calm and go slow and talk to it. Hold your hand out with food in it - or just sit down by it and eat something also. They are usually curious and want what you eat. Cheerios, cheese, cracker, something and it might just come over to you. If you can get that close, you can probably just pick it up. Just hold out your hand and say "UP". However, if you are nervous, at all, then you grab him around the back. If you are really frightened than you can try with a towel. Of course the towel will probably scare the whatever out of the conure so you will only get one chance on that. Your hand and holding it up should work fine. The idea is to get it in the house where it is safe. It can't live out there in the wild too long. There are predators and it doesn't have a clue how to survive out there. Obviously, if you get it in the house, you will eventually need a cage etc. The idea is just to let him know you are safe and feeding him and to come to you.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-23
    It's just Cheryl again and as I was drinking my coffee it occured to me that I didn't know if you have ever had any experience with birds, fish butterflies etc. You can purchase a bird net at the pet store and just slowly approach the bird with the net held at your side and when he is eating, just quickly put the net over the conure. They do not like this. It does make them frightened and mad. However, you would be able to hold him in the net until you got in the house. He will be mad at you but he will be in the house. They are very easy to work with from there. You will probably only have one chance at this cuz somehow birds seem to know a net even if they have never been exposed to one before. I, personally, would just try and pick him up - at least try. Then if that didn't work, I would use the net.
    One other thing, most birds can not fly wet. You can sprinkle him really well with a hose and that would slow him down or bring him to the ground and you could pick him up. You would use the adjustment for spray on the hose not the force of a nozzle. Good luck and let us know what happens.
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GT - 2011-03-28
My name is GT and I have a 1 year old Sun Conure that I have had for about 4 months now. His/her name is Screech (go figure). Screech certainly lives up to his name. His cage and playstation are right next to my bed. He is very patient with me and waits until I wake up before he starts into his daily screeching. He/she is quite the demanding little bird. When he wants attention, he has NO problem letting you know. He is not to much for stepping up but prefers to fly over to my bed and land on my head just as I am about to fall asleep for a nap. All-in-all Screech is a funny little bird. So much so that I am going to look at another Sun Conure tomorrow in anticipation of maybe getting him a little friend.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    Conures are definitely the most vocal of the bird world. I find them to definitely be one of the most expressive and entertaining. I'd go for it and Sun Conures are beautiful. Good luck and tell us how you are doing with them.
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Darlene - 2009-04-08
Hi all. Well I to just bought a sun conure, he's 1 1/2 yrs of age. His last owner couldn't kept him any more. I took him to the vet to be tested and everything turned out great, his weight was 120 grams. And yes, had an dna test done, he's a boy all right :0). His name is tequila, he's so cute. I only had him 3 weeks and already he shower's with me:) and he share my meals. He has a very huge parrot cage with lots of toys. I leave his cage open all day. He love to nap with me, lol, under the covers he goes. He is trying to talk right now, he just moves his little mouth. He is usually very quiet, but let me tell ya he can be very loud if he wants, and yes he the best guard dog I every had, lol. I have a keyless entrance and when he hears you touching it he yell out very loud. You can here him from the back of the house, lol.
GOD I LOVE THIS LITTLE BOY! He still sometimes bites but he tries to be gentle unless he's mad, then it hurts, but he give me the biggest kisses ever OMG! I am in love with my new little bird and, memee my 15 year cat gets along great with tequila. It is scared of the bird though I think because tequila is nothing he has every seen before. But memee is a good cat. In his life he lived with a dalmation and a bearded dragon. They both pasted last year. The dog was 13yrs and the dragon was 7yrs, so now he got a parrot for a friend, lol.
God bless all these little conures :).

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  • Mary Green - 2011-03-16
    Dear Darlene, I just wanted to let you know that I have three Sun conures and They are spoiled and too smart and I have three of them I know how loud they are but I just got a perfect little boy here he think that I'm his real mommies bird I rescues him from the breeder that she was not taken good care of him I found sick and under fed and His cage was so un-real and so so very and very nasty even I got him that he was so sick I got stuck on the vet bill and I told her that I'm very mad about this she had no idea that he was sick and not been fed when I got him he was nothing but all bone and starving to death so I had fed him every hour around the clock and He now spoil even he wanted to be with me all the time he will not accept no one else that I try to let him been handle by other people no way for him will now he will not sleep in no bird cage but he sleep with me at night time during the day he stay on his perch the i made for him that all he do he is bird free trouble maker and he just stay on his perches all day long then he goes to bed with me the rest of the night he got a spot that he sleep on and I have my spot where his stay right now his on my shoulder he want stay no where even he like to take a car ride with me He goes where ever I go! Even I had to seek him the store with me!
    Some one had ask did you hear that what is that~~ ahuahhhhhhh
    I told them to be quite about that i got a bird with me!! SHHHHHHHHHH

    I hated to see you get rid of your birdies even the are your pet why do you want to get rid of them if you can't keep your bird I'm ll take from you when you get this message from me!! I have all way love birdies and take good care and find them the right home not been neglected or abuse this what happen to my Sunny-boy! He spoil every day and night!!
    He love his mommies!!

    Love Mary G. I hope you will find me on face book!
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Debbie Mitchell - 2011-03-06
We just got our Dusky 2 weeks ago and what a total joy baby he has been so far. He was hand fed. We named him 'Loubert' (parts of me and my husbands middle names combined). I am really anxious to hear Loubert talk (I hope he does). He is so loving and my favorite thing so far is the kisses and snuggles when he gets sleepy at night. We are trying to learn the best ways to train him so any helpful tips would be appreciated.

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Sha - 2011-02-11
I Bought my 1st Green Cheeked Conure on sat and it's 4 months old...and it's just so loving..loves to hide in my hair and giving kisses...but for some reason he's starting to become very forceful wit his beak...I don't wanna say biting ..but it's hard...any suggestions?

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  • Hayley - 2011-03-05
    They are able to bite but if you spend lots of time and give them love they will learn to be nice and not to bite. If you want them to be nice to others then the others must spend time with the Green Cheeked Conure.
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Mack W Womack - 2010-12-02
What's the life span for a Jenday Conure? So far I have had this one for
about 30 years...

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  • Dan Farace - 2011-01-29
    I have read 35-50 years.
  • Amitabh Roy - 2011-03-02
    They live for 30 years but can live for 3/4 years more in captivity if taken care of properly.
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Beakman - 2011-03-01
Nandays are cool I had never seen one before until one day I heard one squawking in the trees. I talked to him and told him to come here and he flew down on my shoulder. I took him inside and gave him water and food he was obviously scared and lost. But he knew he had arrived in bird heaven as he saw our Quaker, Pionus, Patagonian and Bluejay that we found injured and can't fly also several Cockatiels. I suspect he flew the coop from a breeder and was attracted to our home by the constant screeching, since he came in off the street we call him Bo short for hobo if we find out he is a she we can use the first half of hobo for her name. He is very affectionate and has adopted me as his pet as all the other birds have adopted others in the family as their pets. I am glad he came to our home ( we looked and never found the original owner).

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Rosanna Palma - 2010-05-05
My lovely red-masked sweetheart just passed away. We have no idea how old was my baby when he died. We only know he had like 17 years with us. We actually saved him from a man who was selling him and was mistreating him and feeding him badly. He was my dad's best friend I used to call him my lover cause he always love to receive kisses and hugs. It seems it was a heart problem. There is not a part of me that is not thankful for every year he spent with us and all the funny things he used to do.. give kisses.. imitate my laugh my crying my coughing my dogs barking my singing and my whistling.. specially that.. he loved to do that. My heart is sad when he remembers I'm not gonna see him anymore but totally thankful to have had such a beautiful animal for such long time. I'm also proud cause these animals originate from Tumbes Peru my country hehe.. and are so beautiful. Love your parrot very much while you can. My beautiful "Loro" now rests in peace.

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  • fred - 2011-02-28
    Sorry Rosanna about your "loro". I own several conures and one day my Hahns Macaw escaped last year 6/2010. I felt very bad and my Half-Moon conure also was his buddy. They were both 5-6 yrs old. Then I heard about 400 birds confiscated from hoarder and brought to humane society. I decided to do something good and adopt one. I ended up adopting my "Cherry" who was abused but was in good health when I got him or her. He is a lovely Cherry head who is afraid of my fingers most of the time BUT will show affection to my ear or nose. He is a buddy to my Half-Moon conure, also. Don't know how old he is BUT I will love my parrots very much.-----
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