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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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Yvonne - 2011-01-16
How long does this type of conure live under normal circumstances - does this vary even in the best of conditions?

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Ashley - 2010-07-22
We have a nanday and have had him for almost 4 years. He came from an abusive family who just didn't want him anymore. He was extremely afraid of us for a while, but my mom was very persistent. Now he cuddles with her and occasionally lets me pet him. He does not like men!
My boyfriend tried to pet him once and he made him bleed. My dad never tries to pet him since he had to get stitches on his finger. We have tried teaching him to talk but he refuses. I don't know if he has something wrong with him or if he just doesn't want to. We named him after Napoleon(the French guy, not Dynamite.)

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  • Tami - 2010-09-25
    I was in the same boat as you. I have had my Nanday Jazzy for a year now and he is my heart but does not like anyone else. He was fed marijuana seeds and punished with a stick or squirt bottle. He has begun coming out of his shell enough to where he explores the house, checks himself in the mirrors, lol and has a very impressive vocabulary, except when he suddenly remembers swear words his last owners taught him. Please, give him some time as they are not trusting with new people, especially after those experiences.
  • Jacquie - 2011-01-15
    l had a Nanday from an abused situation and he never did warm up to men...but he was good with women. No doubt he was abused by a man! Henry (as l called him) loved to take a bath. l had him for 12 years, but unfortunately he got Cancer of the mouth and l had to make the difficult decision to end his suffering. At the time l had him l also had two Cockatiels, one lived to be 20 years old and the other 25....l loved and enjoyed them all. l hope you have fun with your Nanday.
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Vickie Alber - 2011-01-11
I have had Farley my Patagonian Conure for 25 years. She was a wild caught import. She is very affectionate, talks well and loves her toys. Enjoys playing on the ground and finds mud holes wonderful entertainment. We have 6 other birds, a Scarlett macaw, Military macaw, Blue & gold macaw, Umbrella Cockatoo, African Gray and a Blue front Amazon. Farley gets along will with everyone, however she does put claims to being in charge and is very bossy.

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Juliana - 2011-01-10
I have Sun Conure and Red factor conure.. 1 male sun conure name is Sunny and Female red factor name is Mango.. They're match name with their color. Sunny'll be 3 years on September 13,2 011 and Mango will be 2 years on April 1, 2011. I want to know when they're ready to have nest baby? Please me know.. This parrot is my first time..

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Diana - 2011-01-10
I purchased 2 green cheeked conures two days ago because they were 8 months old and very bonded to each other. Despite their agressive reps, they have been nothing but loving and intelligent. They already respond to petting, hand feeding and are prone to 'entertaining' with their antics. We are looking forward to many years of training and fun with Bogie and Bacall. They seem to be quicker to respond than our Fishers lovebird who recently passed away and was badly missed.

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Tania - 2010-12-13
Couple days ago I bought a Blue Crown Conure with a large cage. I'm not sure but someone told me that is male. He is 6 months age. He started talking in Pet shop. Right now he is very shy. I'm trying to talk him a lot of and give him affection. I'm from Italy and I never saw this bird before. I hope He will be a good mascot.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-08
    Mascot is probably not the right word. Blue Crown's are highly intelligent and respond greatly to daily human interaction. Parrots bond with their humans and should not spend too much time alone. Having a bird is not like having a cat or dog, and takes much patience. Hold him dear and you will have the best friend ever!
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Shirley Mullenbach - 2010-09-29
I inherited a GCC from a woman who had taken over the bird from her son so I was 3rd owner. I don't think the poor creature had much by the way of stimulation or interaction with humans and as a result, he is very loud and very very nippy. He has settled a little in the 18 months I have had him and I am trying to spend as much 'open' time as possible with him. He has not had his wings clipped so I don't know how much vet attention he has had either. He is ringed. Does anyone has any suggestions for socializing the boy at such an age?

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  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    The bird may have some trust issues with humans, depending upon how often he has been passed around as well the type of treatment he has received in the past from humans.

    As I often recommend, I highly suggest that you research and read up on the body language of parrots. It is fairly universal between the different species and sub-species of parrots. This will help you determine how the bird is feeling emotionally when you are interacting with him.

    For the noise, Conures are generally (in my experience) a loud species of parrot. However, each bird is individual and their history also comes into play. To help solve the problem of the noise, set up some boundaries. Allow the bird to "squawk" for a short time first thing in the morning, and just before he settles for bed. This is normal instinctual behavior. It will also help with the happiness of your bird as well. Outside of those times, when the bird starts getting loud, use the command (in a firm and commanding voice) "Ehhh! Quiet!". Do not hit the bird. Do not yell at the bird. Repeat as needed. When the bird starts responding and doing what you wish, make sure you give a good verbal praise by changing the tone of your voice to more happy and upbeat when you give the verbal praise. Another thing that sometimes helps in retraining this behavior, if the above doesn't work well alone, keep saying, "Ehhh! Quiet!" and slowly lower the volume of your voice until you get quieter and quieter. The bird should eventually get the hang of this and lower his volume as well. Most "screaming" behaviors are to get attention in the first place. Remember to ALWAYS reward the bird when he does what you want with verbal praise (you can offer treats in addition, but keep the treats specific to training- don't give the bird any other time except when training) and make sure you change the tone of your voice as well.

    For the nipping, you will want to do something similar to what you do with the noise levels. The difference being, of course watch the body language. It is also instinctual behavior when the bird is scared or frightened. After all he is tiny and you are a huge animal trying to handle him. LOL If he is nipping at your finger, keep your finger relaxed (not stiff). When he tries to bite or nip, say in a firm commanding voice, "Ehhh! No bite!". Gently pull your finger away, do not jerk it away (I know, its impulse and difficult), at the same time you give the command. Try to get the bird to "step-up" again on your finger. Repeat the process. When the bird does not nip or bite, reward the bird verbally by changing the tone of your voice to more happy and upbeat and say something like, "Good bird!" You can also reward with treat at same time, follow above instructions under noise level.

    Retraining behavior takes time and patience. However, it is very rewarding once it is accomplished!

    Hope this helps!
  • Deborah T. - 2010-10-31
    First of all, take the bird to the vet. Get the wings clipped. This can sometimes go a long way towards calming a bird down. I am a breeder and I hand-raise babies, so I hate to hear about babies getting passed on like that. It really changes the temperment. Green Cheeks are not normally really loud conures. So something has definately occured to upset this guy. Talk to him in calming tones anytime you are near. Without more details, I don't know what else to tell you, but at least you have one person's opinion, I hope some of it helps.
  • roberta - 2011-01-04
    Well, I believe it is never too late. We have a cinnamon gcc for 3 years. We just found out it's a girl...from day one she has been free to roam around the house...she loves to walk...and she walks a lot...we are constantly aware of her presence at any given time...it settles in the back of your mind....what I am trying to say is...the more time they spend with you and the more you talk to them the tamer they get...She's in her cage only when she sleeps at night or if we are not home...she is constantly on our shoulder...we are basically her own private ride....because she has been handled so much she does not think of herself as a bird...she's more like a dog...she plays games...like hide and seek, or will walk behind following you around the table or a chair or the bed...she must hang from my shoulder when I am cooking because she ABSOLUTELY has to know what I am cooking and she constanly asks : whatchadoin?...she talks a lot, because we are talking to her all the time...she likes to dance and sing. if we are all at home, god forbid if she's not where we are...she'll scream till we go get her...well, she can fly of course,but she's too spoiled and we have to go get her; when we are eating we have to give her everything...she'll nag you till she gets her food...and she wants to eat with us, not on her perch...well it is said parrots will die if they eat chocolate and avocado...we do not eat avocados so we do not have that in the house at any time...but chocolate is an entirely different story...and sadly to report, she has been known to have "stolen" a bite of a piece of chocolate very so often....and she's OK...she also loves iced tea and whipped cream..she'll probably eat a whole tub if we'll let her..but she only has a little taste...Funny thing is...just read another post here about someone who has lost birds to escape...ours flew out the balcony door once...once outside, I think she just got scared and flew away, and almost instantly she started screaming from the top of her lungs...it was towards the evening and we could not see her and she couldnt see us...but we all went outside and we started calling her...she loves our daughter to pieces and she has finally come to her so we have recovered our bird...iIdo not think the outcome would have been the same if we didn't handle our bird so much ...to the point we think she doesn't see herself different than us...
    Hopes this helps somehow.
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stacey - 2011-01-02
I have a blue crown conure called jasper, he's about 10 now. When I first got him he was about 1 and he was nice to everyone at first. But, he has seemed to pair to me and I'm the only one that can touch him and everyone else is scared to even try to touch him. Does anyone know if I can change this aggressive behaviour? He's my little baby and I want everyone else to see how clever and cute he actually is.

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