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Michael - 2010-12-21
Deb & I just got our first conure, we had been raising lovebirds and currently have three birds, a fischers lovebird, male, named Snow, a lutino peach faced lovebird, female, named Kane, and, a standard peach face, female, named Star, our conure was born on 27OCT2010, in fact we are actually finishing the weaning process, our conure's name is Kris, a yellow sided green checked conure, later, in about 8 months we will sex our conure, Kris is adapting very well to our home!

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Melissa - 2010-11-30
To the message posted underneath mine, I can advise on some treats for your conure! I used to have a green cheek conure, and she would try almost anything, but definitely had her favorites...apples and strawberries among those! She also liked sweet potato and corn. However, it is not good to give them too much fruit, and lots of apples make their poop even runnier than normal, so try to sneak mustard greens or kale in with their fruit if they are hesitant to eat it on their own. Hope this helps!

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Lyn - 2010-09-06
I brought home my first Conure today. Kiwi is about 1 1/2 years old. He seems small to me, but maybe I'm not used to the green-cheeked sub-species. He rode home on my shoulder and snuggled into my hair. I'm in love already.

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  • Betsy - 2010-11-22
    Lyn, We JUST purchased our conure, Gaspatcho (Gus) and we love him too! What a crazy little guy. My 14 year old son has fallen head over heels and he has spent more time out of his cage than in! We have been surfing to get as much info. as possible. Ours is 6 months and is about 9 inches from head to tail. Betsy
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Molly - 2010-10-12
My son has a Nanday Conure. The bird is almost 2 years old. It (don't know if it's a male or female) has a lot of pin feathers. We're afraid of hurting the conure by getting them off ourselves. Is there another way to prevent or help our bird not get pin feathers?

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  • les - 2010-11-20
    They molt about 2 times a year so they get new feathers. The pin feather is a coating to help the new ones come out . If he is fine with you holding him try putting a pin feather between your thumb nail and finger nail and don't pull slightly push in and snap the coating. If you don't feel it break it's not ready if it breaks he will then be able to get the rest of it off when he scratches himself. You don't have to take them off just break them and he will do the rest. We have 5 conures and this works for all of them one is a nanday, sun, 2 greencheeks, and a brown throat hope this helps.
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Rachel - 2010-11-20
I just got a Cinnamon Green Cheeked Conure.:] he's 7 months old. He is very sweet and curious. His name is Montizuma, Monti for short... I love your website :] I have a 5 year old parakeet as well. Are conures good with other birds? I'm scared to introduce them because Monti has such a hard bite and I don't want him to hurt Cloud, my parakeet. I'd just like to know if it's safe to introduce them once Monti is used to his new home?

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Orla - 2010-11-14
I had had my patagonian conure named george who will be 8 in january 2010 and I love him to bits. Yes he is quite noisy but he was very traumatized when I got him from the last family that had him, they didn't like the sound but it's only now he's coming around and I can use a feather to rub his head and he's trying really hard to talk, if anything happens to him it will be like losing my baby and the cats adore him as well they sleep by his cage and won't go near him but he has a whole room to himself as well.

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michelle - 2009-07-10
I just recently caught a mitred conure in my front yard about 2 months ago. We have no idea how old he is but we do know that he is a boy. He can still fly so I can not take him out of his cage. He bites anything and everything that gets in the cage including fingers. My sister already got bit. I don't know what to do. I want him to be able to get up on to my finger and play with me out of the cage but I do not want him to fly away. I would like to have a great family bird that loves getting out of the cage and playing with the family. What do I do?

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  • Roz - 2010-03-07
    Michelle,
    My mitred conure passed away December 24, 2009. Sophie was 18 1/2 years old. I had her since she was a baby on formula. Sophie used to bite occasionally and follow it with the words. "What's the matter. Sophie is a good girl". They do have a sense of humor and are smart. Any questions, you need to ask, just email me. Roz
  • Roz Levin - 2010-03-28
    You are so lucky to have a mitred conure. I had Sophie who lived 18 1/2 years with me from a baby. She passed away on Dec. 24, 2009. I handled her often(every day), and she was out of the cage 10 to 12 hours a day. She was a very good talker also. When she would bite me, she would follow with "What's the matter? Sophie is a good girl. If you are afraid to lose him, have the wings cut. Sophie was full flighted, but I live in an apartment. She was very attached to me.

    Where are you? I'm in New Jersey. If you have any questions, just contact me.
  • maryann - 2010-07-16
    I too found my mitred conure in feb. On my screen it was screaming to get in side so I put a blanket over him and put him in a dog cage soon my son had an idea to let him out to socialize made a big difference now he is so lovable follows me in the shower, sleeps on the recliner as I take a nap at night he sleeps on the lamp shade. You need to keep your furniture covered but if you want them social they need to be part of your family use food as a reward soon you will have a great pet.
  • Frank - 2010-10-26
    First thing, get his wings clipped. Once his wings are clipped, work on getting him to perch on a stick (14") that you are holding. Once he realizes that he can't fly, he will rely on you to move him around. Next step would be to get him on a freestanding perch outside of the cage and work on massaging him with the stick. It will take time but parrots are a sucker for a massage. Over time choke-up on your holding of he stick. Making it shorter in your hand. As he gains trust, bites the stick less, gets used to your hand getting closer, trust will grow. Takes time a patience. And you may never be successful. But it's a worthy cause! Best of luck!
  • Deb Summers - 2010-11-05
    I also Have a Mitred Conure, Dolly, what a gal. Dolly was a rescue, she had plucked herself bald where she could reach. We knew she came from horrible living conditions. When I got her nobody would touch her. She would bite, foul mouthed brat. Thing is you don't know this birds history so you are going to have to start from scratch. Trust, if you don't build some trust you'll get nowhere fast. Check out Chet Womack on line he was a tremendous help. Because of his advice and some good old fashion common sense, Dolly is my best buddy now. People are amazed she's the same bird.The more I interact with her the bigger the clown she becomes. Get the wings clipped and also when a bird is wet they are easier to handle. In due time though. Be patient and always be calm. These birds are very emotional and shockingly intelligent. Good Luck and don't give up on him. He needs you.
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terrilynne - 2010-10-04
We just got a greencheek conure he is 6 months old ...how to get him to trust you? I've been dying to hold him but he flies away, I have tried treats and bribery ...

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  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    First, you must remember that your parrot is STILL a baby. Having a parrot is very similar to having a "toddler for life" so to speak. His attention span will be lower right now than as he slowly matures.

    Second, I highly recommend that you research and read up on the body language of parrots. This is generally universal no matter which species or sub-species your parrot is. This will help you know if your bird is becoming too upset, frightened, etc. while you are working with your new baby.

    Third, as excited as you are, don't rush it. He will be with you for several decades to come. Start slow. Many birds are territorial about their cage, so if you are unable to handle him or get him to "step-up" on your finger or hand or a perch while he is inside his cage, work with him in a small room when he is outside of it. One of the most important things you will need to teach him is to "step-up". This is when he will step up onto a finger (keep your finger relaxed and curved, not straight- this shows the bird you are relaxed and non-threatening), hand, arm, or even a perch. Teach the bird the command "step-up" when you want him to step up.

    Also, when you notice the bird starting to develop a bad habit, or bad behavior, NEVER hit a bird, and NEVER yell at a bird. Its fairly easy, though can be time consuming, to retrain behaviors and habits. But its rewarding. For example, if the bird starts "nipping" or "biting", whether or not he draws blood or not, it is NOT acceptable. Say in a firm commanding voice, "Ehhh! No bite!". When you have the birds attention, and the bird listened to you and stopped, reward with the bird with verbal praise by changing the tone of your voice to happy and upbeat when you give the verbal praise. Also, don't jerk your hand or finger away, its impulse and difficult, instead slowly pull your finger or hand away and give the correct command.

    The more attention you give your bird, even instead the cage, the better a relationship you will have with your bird.

    Hope this helps you get on the right track to an enjoyable relationship with your new baby!
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Heather Green - 2010-04-25
I have a green cheeked conure and have noticed on a few occasions that the white around his eyes look a little bit red sometimes. I wondered if anyone else has noticed this?

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  • Caroline Normile - 2010-09-24
    I too have noticed this and I think it is similar to how Macaws "blush". Keep an eye (no pun intended) on when it happens and see if it linked to something that is stimulating to him.
  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    I'm not very familiar with this sub-species of Conures, but I DO know that there are several parrot species and sub-species who "blush", meaning the normally white or flesh colored area around their eyes turns a pink to red if they are upset, overly excited, or scared.

    This may be the reason for the color change. If you notice that this doesn't seem to be the issue, I would recommend that you take your parrot to the vet for a well-check.

    Hope this helps!
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amie - 2010-09-25
We have a conure that we found in our pond about 3 months ago. He has bonded with me and typically won't let anyone else near, until recently. Anytime my husband comes into the room, the bird will automatically start trying to bite me hard and when he does it draws blood. He still won't my husband rub him like I can so what gives with the biting?

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  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    It is possible that your bird has trust issues with males, or something about your husband reminds the bird of a bad experience. We currently have a Cherry-Masked Conure in foster care that was severely abused and traumatized by teenage boys. As a result, "Red" doesn't trust ANY men. The abuse and trauma happened almost 10 years ago. She "tolerates" my husband, but he doesn't try to handle or pet her. When she first arrived, she would lunge at anyone (male or female) who tried to come anywhere near me. I retrained her to stay on my shoulder, by telling her "Eh! No lunge" in a firm commanding voice (NOT yelling) when she would attempt to lunge and attack others who came near me. When she listened to the command, I praised her by telling her "Good Girl! Good no lunge!" in a higher more up-beat voice. This worked very well with her. Red used to be poked at and stabbed at, so anything that comes near her (even a finger) she sees as an attempt to hurt her. I understand this, I understand why she has this fear, and I try to work with her in such a way that is comfortable for her without causing more fear.

    Unlike me, you didn't get any history regarding the bird you have adopted. Instead, you will need to study and watch his/her body language. I would highly suggest that you do your research and read up on the body language of parrots. This will help you determine what things make him/her nervous or scared. If the bird "puffs-up" with his/her feathers, that is a universal warning that he/she is scared and that you need to back off until the bird calms down and feels more comfortable.

    Also, as the bird has bonded with you, and with the biting behavior you have described, it sounds like the bird is treating you as a "mate" and trying to "warn" you about your husband coming near. Kind of, "hurry, we need to leave" type of warning. For now, until the bird is more comfortable with your husband, just have your husband talk to the bird while he/she is in his/her cage, and have him give him/her special treats (that only HE gives him/her) through the cage or into the feed dish. This will help them develop at least the starting of a relationship.

    Hope this helps!
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