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regina - 2011-02-26
Hi I have just purchased a green cheek conure I have been told she is female she is a lovely bird tho every now and then nips my fingers sometimes quite hard am I doing something wrong will I need to go to a vet to get her sexed properly and do females talk (if that's what she is)?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-02-27
    Conures can bite if they feel threatened, if they learn it is an acceptable behavior, or possibly if they have been abused in the past. Do you know her history and how old she is? If she senses you are afraid of her, she may also be more prone to biting. You will need to work with her to teach her biting is not OK. This can take time and patience. Check out this section on Conure Handling and Training.

    You only need to get her sexed if you plan to breed her (or if you just want to know). If she lays an egg, she's a girl! Female conures can learn to talk.
  • regina - 2011-02-27
    I bought as handraised from a pet shop she's 9 weeks old does it take long to train her not to bite?
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Claire - 2009-05-05
My sun conure, charlie is just stunning. He has a very playul personality and loves mummy more than daddy! He dances and clicks along to music and rolls on his back when he wants to play fight. He did have a cockatiel living with him who died, so we are now considering getting another playmate. Unsure how he'll take to that because he's such a mummy's boy and doesn't like to share! However we are struggling to get his screaming under control, especially now we are expecting a baby! But I wouldn't give him up for the world.

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  • claire - 2010-04-28
    Hi Claire, my name is Claire as well, and my eldest beautiful son is Charlie. We have just added a sun conure to our family, not too sure of a fitting name yet for our feathered family member, but we are all very much in love with the little bugger. After reading your comments, we were all sure that the little bird was meant to be with us, thank you. You would have a lovely little baby by now, good luck! Sincerely Claire.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-15
    I have found that lightly pressing on the top of the beak as you would to break biting works, not all the time but for the most part. It took me a few weeks. Now I have a sun that is pretty quiet.
  • MARY GREEN - 2011-02-13
    Get another Sun conure and he be fine with a male bird not a female that he will turn around without his mommy but male bird will enjoy with other and they love to play on the rope swing and climb to the ceiling too! With a toy wrap around it and foot toy are the best and Get this go to pet smart and get one the these toy it is a Dog toy I have a rope toy that is for a Dog it have a knot on it and ball shape I sun conure have one of these toy he play with and they got a largest parrot bell they go crazy with it they like to play and destroy thing like shredder paper I have the finger paper that you get it at the bird show or party city made have one!
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Kara - 2011-02-12
I heard they like baths...do they?

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  • MARY GREEN - 2011-02-13
    Oh lord yes they do i have three of them and my green cheek love take a kitchen sink and fill with warm water and don"t for get to remove the dishes, they will be in hog heaven with that when you take them out of the sink wrap them in a towel before they get out! Ha ha, they take baths like we do but they love to take a shower with you too! Get a shower perches they love it also! ! My bird take a shower with me and they also get a sink bath too!
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mary blevins - 2009-12-26
I have a Jen-dey his name is Noah I got him while my husband was out of town, and he was great and affectionate with me till my husband got home, now he will go to my husband all the time but he will fly off his perch to attack me on purpose, but when I take hime to go out of town to my job and husband not around he's back to his normal self but as soon as I get home he turns into Dr. Jekyl what can I do and why is he doing this I cant sit on my couch without him attacking and biting me.

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  • rj - 2010-12-13
    Put him in his cage when you and your husband are home watching tv or cover him and say nightee-nitenite birdy birdbird.rj
  • Amy Oday - 2010-12-16
    It's jealousy. My jenday attacks my 3yr old when he is in the room. The other one is affectionate to everyone. I do know that Jendays are very jealous birds.
  • Charles Richey - 2011-02-11
    Mary I have had parrots in the past and have studied them via books and internet and talking to other bird owners. You neglected to say whether your bird is male or female. I'd be willing to bet, it's female. I had a female Senegal named Sky who was the dominant female in the room. I couldn't have another woman to my home without the bird going bonkers. What you learn as you read is that birds form attachments to their owners and will act jealous and protective at times. When your husband leaves there is no need for competition. Check out a book on parrot psychology and read what it has to say. It's very interesting.
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Cathy Burchard - 2010-07-29
I am the proud mommy of 2 Sun Conures, Skittles and Sunny. My "boys" (I have no idea what they really are) have got to be the funniest little things I have ever seen. They are both 5 years old, they are a month apart in age, and lately Skittles has a huge obsession with a dresser drawer of mine. I left it empty and have old t-shirts in there and some toys. He will spend hours at a time rearranging things in there and if the drawer is closed, he will hang on the outside of it and yell until I open it for him. I am wondering if he might be a she and is doing some nesting. This is new behavior for him and not quite sure what to do, should I buy a nesting box and see if they got stuff to do? Lol. I have read some of the other posts on here and totally agree with everyone..... I love these little guys more than I could have ever imagined loving a pet. They are constantly doing something goofy and making me laugh, and have to do EVERYTHING with me around the house. Showers are exceptionally fun, they either hide inside the towel on the rack, or join me in the sprinkle of the shower.

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  • John S. Chambers - 2010-10-17
    My wife and i added a baby sun conure to our family last year. We named him giovanni (and we know he is a boy, as we had him dna tested. . . Lol. . . Don't ask), and he is such a wonderful part of our family. We love him so much. He is a fortunate little guy, as my wife works with me and our office is a half a block from our home--- so every work day, we pack him in his traveling case (covered by a flannel shirt and/or down vest, depending upon the weather), and take him and our rottie/shepard to the office. His wings are not clipped, and he enjoys the run of the office. Mostly he loves to be on either on of our shoulders-- he's even landed on our rottie/shepard, romeo, on occassion. He is amazing, and we totally love him. John s. Chambers
  • Kym - 2011-02-02
    It sounds like Skittles is a she. Female conures can sometimes have more red in their face or irises than males. I have been breeding exotic birds for 10 years and you are describing a nesting behavior that I have seen when the female starts getting ready. I would suggest that you remove the items from the drawer otherwise she may end up laying eggs in there and if her diet doesn't support her calcium needs she could become egg bound.
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???????? - 2010-08-14
My nanday conure is scared of me and backs away when I reach my hand out to him, what should I do to get him to like me?

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  • Taja - 2010-10-19
    This is a response for birds in general,

    You have to get them to gain your trust. So instead of taking them out of their cage you have to let them come out by themselves. For my birds, I leave their cage door open for when it's play time and they'll eventually hop out and when they're ready they hop back in.
    You can also sit and talk to them through their cage. After a while he/she will come over and sit and listen to you.
    You can also give them treats, fruit, or veggies.
    Hopefully that helps!
  • kjsacramento - 2011-02-02
    I suggest just being patient, talking and coaxing, sometimes with a toy or food that peaks their interest. They are a smart and curious bird. I found that the height and position of my hand made a difference too. When my hand was at the level of their claws, they were timid and unsure. When it was too high, they were afraid of my hand. For mine, using my pointing finger as the perch at stomach level worked best. Also, I tried different tones in my voice. My female seemed to respond better when I used a more masculine low tone (I am a woman). Once they started to learn it came easy.

    I think letting my Nandays hop in and out of a cage at will was a big mistake that I regret - it is something I did later when I tired of coaxing my moody female. It seemed to give them both the impression they did not have to do what I wanted them to and now it is a struggle to get them to 'step up' on command which makes it difficult to get them IN the cage when I need them to go.
  • kjsacramento - 2011-02-02
    PS - If you are timid or moving a lot, that will make your bird timid. I didn't know at first that they used their beak as a foot to make the first step and so I pulled away when they reached out thinking they were trying to nip me. Give them a confident perch. Some places recommend using a wooden perch for them to step on instead of the hand which might be an option if the beak is unnerving.
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mazza - 2011-01-22
My red masked conure was mistreated before I got her, how can I get her to trust humans again?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    It will probably take a lot of time and patience. Here are some general guidelines on taming conures: Handling and Training Conures
  • Steve - 2011-01-30
    It is possible, I once had a wild caught adult orange wing amazon, who was very frightened of humans, afraid of hands and tended to bite at every opportunity. With love and patience, over a 6 month period, I earned gus's trust and he became an awesome friend and companion. Although he never spoke, he was quick to learn tricks, and love to play hide and seek. Be patient with your bird, go slow, and give him lots of love, and he'll eventually learn to trust you.
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barry kearney - 2010-12-19
Heya I had a breeding pair of jendays and the male suddenly died, I was wondering would my female breed with another male? Thanks for your time.

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  • Dan Farace - 2011-01-29
    Sorry for your loss. Depends on the age of the female. If she was older and had bonded with the male, probably not. Otherwise she probably will. Birds are like people in this regard; each one is different.
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Tod Tucker - 2011-01-28
I am looking for a Nanday Conure. I lost my baby last weekend in a tragic accident. I am having a hard time finding breeders. I bought Archie 12 years ago in Denver. I now live in Tulsa, OK.

Thank you!

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Lauri - 2011-01-21
How to find a good breeder in my area?

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