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Jenny - 2010-03-01
I have recently been given a Jenday, his name is Tango. My sister in law couldn't cope with his screaming but I have realised he only does this when the children are around. I think he is afraid of them. He is also wary of people walking in and out of the house and screams until they sit down. Does anyone know how I can calm the screaming down? He seems to love me as I have him out as soon as I come in and keep him out for as long as possible. He trys to reverse under my chin and rub his wing on my neck. Never having had a bird before this feels a little strange. Does anyone know why he does this? He is typing with me at the moment sorry for any mistakes! He doesn't like to be told no but he does know when he is being naughty so soon stops and gives me kiss. The only other real problem is dive bombing the dogs getting on the floor and marching around like he owns the place. They do not think much of this but I'm more worried about them getting hurt rather than him. Any hints or tips are most welcome, as I have fallen in love with him ( much to my partners disgust as tango is protective of me). I want him to be part of the family!

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  • dave - 2010-04-13
    He does this to show affection, our jenday rolls over on its back and curls up in the kids hair. When a bird exposes its breast it is the holding you in its highest regard the bird really trusts you.
  • Julie M. - 2010-04-24
    Hi jenny, I have three jenday's and unfortunately birds can be very territorial,where ever you take him or let him play he believes this is his space and his smooching of you, he has bonded with you and chosen you for his mate. Children are noisy so your bird will be noisy, get the children to be quiet and make them feed him sunflower seeds as a treat every time they enter the house on visits, most times birds will scream for attention, but generally they will be loud in the morning at day break and once at sundown or when someone comes home, he is greeting you. As for dive bombing the dogs he is protecting his area or he thinks this is just plain fun, I would keep the dogs out while Tango has his out time, otherwise I can see this ending badly for him, dogs will only tolerate so much and then end the torment by retaliating. Try working with him and giving him treats for good behavior and back in his cage when he is naughty, also cover the cage , for about 10 minutes or so, then get him back out,then longer the next time and so on and so on, you need to teach him right from wrong, it will take a lot of your time but with sunflower seeds as a treat and a lot of patience and persistence from you, you will be able to teach him anything, conures are really quite intelligent. Good luck.
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Terri - 2010-02-26
I have an 8 month old Jenday named Beydo. He is the most loving little guy. He likes to snuggle in under my chin and sometimes falls asleep. I noticed today that his beak is peeling and I'm wondering if there is anything I need to do about it. He has a cuddle bone, but rarely uses it. I'm wondering if it might be diet related. He doesn't eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, even though I offer them every day. He loves bread and starchy foods. Any wisdom about this out there?

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Matt - 2010-02-25
I have a Jenday and he is tearing up the paper in his cage. Any help with this would be great.

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  • John - 2010-02-25
    My Jenday loves to tear up paper. I originally used paper to line the cage floor, and this was soon torn into shreds. I now use wood chippings and he loves these, he plays in them, throws them around, kicks them away with his feet and most of all chews them into smaller peices.
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ml - 2010-01-29
I have had my blue-crowned conure (Billy) for about 2 years now. He is just great! Everybody in the room in consumed by his amazing personality. I have taught him many things including : "what does a dog do?..he barks"; "what does a cat do?"..he purrs; "what does a cow do?"..he moos; and the usual give me a kiss, pretty bird, hello, hi, whistles, etc. He is an extraordinary animal. If anyone is considering getting one and you have the time and money to put into it, i would say GO RIGHT AHEAD! But one thing...be careful because they do learn how to scream.

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Yija - 2010-01-24
How can someone borrow a Jenday for breading?

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Marlene - 2010-01-09
Skipper was my dear Cherry Headed Conure that was 28 years old. He was born November 2, 1981. I think I adopted him in April, 1982. He just passed away on January 8, 2010. He was a member of our family. He stole my heart right away right after I adopted him. He talked clearly saying "Merry Christmas", "Going Camping", and he'd barked like a puppy. We'd take him camping with us, and he'd play with his toys. My husband would share his bacon and eggs with him in the morning. I used to call Skipper, "Little Bud". I'm surely going to miss him. I'm a bird lover so right now I don't know if I will get another bird anytime soon. To me there will never be another Skipper.

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Kasey - 2010-01-07
I purchased Kiwi about a year ago, he was half a year old and handfed which helped him be more social. He used to scream a lot more when his wings were clipped, but now that we have let them grow out he is less dependent and flying around the house. I should have worked on potty training before hand haha but it was too late. I'm now trying to associate a noise with every time he poops, hopefully it can become our summer project. He is a definite part of the family, he sometiems walks on the floor with the dogs, though no barking yet. He gets up early in the morning, and if I set food out for him in the kitchen and some water trickling into a bowl he will be happy and singing to himself while I get more sleep. He loves grapes and breaking into mixed nuts tubs in the pantry. His favorite is taking warm showers with me, he will sing and make water noises till I let him on my finger and sprinkle water on him till he is soaked! As for drying him, I usually have to point the hair dryer in his general direction till he grooms dry more. His vocabulary includes water noise, his own version of 'please' and 'thank you', kiwi, and 'what are you doing' in a very gravely voice. He likes to meet new people and having his head rubbed poofy :] which of course makes up for all the times when he's not adorable which is just poop and alert screeching. I'd only recommend a conure when you're prepared for a little flying toddler, the mess and misunderstanding which gives way to a love for the person they are. They live for at least 20 years, and though it's not easy, I can't imagine giving him away to a stranger ever.

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ricc - 2009-12-20
We have a breeder pair that a neighbor let us look after. They finally laid 4 eggs. We got 1 baby out of the clutch. It is 3weeks old today. Have started hand-feeding it to tame it and make a personal pet of it. Have named it MIMZY. And yes the parents are quite noisy. But they ae very beautiful.

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  • Luigi - 2010-05-02
    That is so cool! I have always wanted a pet bird. But now that I have seen your picture I want that kind of a bird (Sun Conure).
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Denise - 2009-12-20
I have a Half Moon that is about 33 yr. old, I am his only owner.
As of this morning he is not using his feet. He stays still and can't grip anything.
I am worried about him. Can you help?
Denise
Lake Forest CA

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  • Anonymous - 2010-05-19
    My Mango was similar...date of the post makes me hope he is still alive and being your greatest companion.
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annette pinedo - 2009-12-09
We just purchased a 4 month old male Dusky Conure. His name is Dusky. He is the cutest sweetest and best pet we have ever owned. In 3 days he has learned to come to his name, and gives kisses constantly. I can see him trying to mimic words. At night when hes real sleepy, he will crawl under my blankets and cuddle up against my body. I would so let him sleep with us if i didnt think he would be crushed. Its amazing how much Joy this little fella is bringing to our lives. I highly recommend a dusky conure to anyone looking for a bird companion.

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