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jayashree - 2014-02-08
Hi, I bought my new sunconure chick to my Family. I dnt know d gender, Wen i bought he is around 4 weeks old. Now he is around 8 weeks old, he is bit a noisy and very a ctive baby. Once i tried to make him self feed but he dint try to eat but in youtube i have seen many babies eating at 6 weeks itself. I just want to know my baby is not trying eat ah? And couple of times i have noticed that he loses his voice After some time he got back. Why this happens? So sunconure parents pls clear my doubts and provide me some more information to keep my baby healthy and happy. U can mail me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Conures can take up to about 11 or so weeks to wean, and it's best to allow them to 'self' wean. Once they starts to fledge is the time to start encouraging them to become independent. Drop the midday feeding, still feeding in the morning and evening. Providing a dish with soft weaning foods, pellets, a bit of seed, and of course water. On the voice, make sure its getting enough liquid (formula and water sources).
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sandra - 2014-01-21
Hi, my name is Sandra our two nanday's just hatched two babies last week, every thing seemed fine. Today both babies are dead she is still laying on the other eggs, I feel so bad. Not sure what happened, this was their first flock together could that be why ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-22
    That could be the problem. Sometimes new parents are not always good at raising their first batch of young, even though they are doing their best. The next hatchlings may be better, or it may take another egg laying session.
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AEC - 2014-01-18
Hello We adopted a beautiful pineapple green-cheeked conure about 1 1/2 month ago. He (George) has turned out to be a real joy. George is a very curious and playful little parrot. I look forward to many years of play. AEC

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rachel - 2013-06-27
i have recently gotten a Red mask conure that belonged to my uncle who has passed on. he is very mean. i am trying to figure out a way to get him to tame down. he would never allow anyone to touch him other than my late uncle. can anyone give me any ideals on how to help him with his anxiety issue, and how to make his and my social life better. i really would like to gain a relationship with him. i was able to get him to eat a peanut out of my hand and hold him with a towel, but he seems very angry and wants to bite... reminder my uncle just recently passed on, within the last 2 weeks. thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-27
    It's a great thing for you to do, adopting this bird. You didn't say how old he is, but I get the impression your uncle had him a  long time. Birds are very smart and have excellent memories, and like people they will use the socialization mechanisms they know... in his case only allowing the uncle to touch him.

    Moving him into a new enviroment, with a new keeper is disruptive, but to your advantage. It takes a parrot about 30 days to get accustom to their new home. During this time they learn how to cope in the new environment, and they learn what is the norm with the people and place. However, after that initial month or so, they often attempt to resort back to their earlier learned behaviors from their previous environment.

    You have the opportunity right now to establish the norm in the new home. Although it sounds like he may be trying his earlier coping mechanisms on you, keep sharing the peanuts, and shower the bird with praise and affection repeatedly. Do this multiple times a day. You want to influence the bird's behavior in a positive way as much as you can right now. When he tries his old coping methods, don't reward those behaviors.

    As parrots are so smart, and with great memories, it can take a lot of patience and a lot of time to develop good socialization. But continue with the peanut sharing (and other treats), affection, and praise for the behaviors you  want. Once this smart bird becomes comfortable with you and decides to try your methods out, he can become a great pet. Patience and love:)
  • Les - 2013-09-24
    Birds are a lot like us, they grieve the loss of their owner, if they do not see that the person they're bonded to they believe they were abandoned by them. We recently rescued a cherry head that is 36. Her owner passed, the son not knowing tried to take care of her. She plucked herself off even her tail feathers, tummy, back and a lot of her wing feathers. The son tried, he even took her to a vet over 15 times in 4 months. She kept declining in health, so he opted to put her down. They instead took her to the local bird refuge. After spending time and patience she responded to me. She is cuddled up to me right now. My suggestion is take tiny steps to gain his trust. Do not use fast motions, never yell this loses trust with a bird. We have found our little girl is blind in one eye so we have to not come from that side it frightens her. We adopted another bird that was a bad biter. We changed her cage from a black to a light gray and she stopped biting. We have one that was sad until we changed where he was in the room, he does not like being in a corner. Somtimes a color of a blanket will set them off, we have a bird that hates pink. Some do not like towels and prefer blankets. I am working with a 45 year old that would never leave his cage, now he is on his cage and I can hold him with a blanket, preen his pin feathers, and rub his cheek and head. There was a lot of no bites said to get there. But say it in a nice low calm voice. I am the first person to hold him in 12 years. No one knows if he was held before that time. Have patience and you may be rewarded with a cuddle bunny.
  • Leah - 2013-10-29
    I have acquired a cherry masked 4-5 year old who lost his human mom a few months ago, he was very aggressive when he first arrived. (He came in with 3 other birds, and I have 4 of my own - so constant attention was not an option) but I spent 15 minute's about every 3 hours with setting his cage on the floor and sitting in front of it just talking to him with the door open - he came out the first time, but quickly went back in - so we took a break and the next time I sat slightly further from the cage and didn't try to approach him when he came out, I just talked to him. On the 3rd try I sat close enough that he perched on the door and walked over to my shoulder, stepped up and nuzzled close to my neck - now I can touch with my hand and this has been 3 weeks. He came with a Sun conure that this technique did not work with though - but patience and calm voices are a must and if you can get the bird down lower than yourself or on an equal level you will have an advantage (most see height as dominance) Love my parrots - it's a shame that I can't keep them all! Best of luck
  • Karan Patel - 2013-12-25
    I rescued my red masked and he is very aggressive some time so I have this thick gardening glove that I hold my hand out to him and he jumps on to my hand and crawls onto my shoulder and then give him a treat and tell him how good he is give him kisses and be friendly and they will get use to it.
  • Susan - 2014-01-15
    Wow - that's great that you have given this bird a new, loving home. I have a Cherry-Head and he is very loving, has a very extensive vocab, he talks all the time, but at times he does bite, especially when he doesn't know you. He used to bite my mom hard all the time, I always had the bandaids ready, but after a few months he got used to her and now kisses her all the time. I don't think we would laugh half as much if I didn't have this bird, he is such a ham, and has brought so much joy into our home! But parrots are a huge responsibility and require a lot of attention. The only time my bird is out of his huge cage is when we go out or when he goes to sleep.
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Nadine Davis - 2003-08-29
I have a peach front too. I have had it since 96. It is a very loving bird. I have taught it to say a lot of words.
I named my bird Peaches to. He will say "give Mamma some
sugar. What you doing baby. He always puts an extra pitch to baby. He also says a lot of other things. Goodmorning, I love you. Let me out. He likes to be with me and cuddly in my hair. So if you want a pet bird, this is the way to go.
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  • sherri carr - 2010-03-16
    i also have a peach face conure and a quaker and they are best friends to each other she likes to sit on my head also she laid 3 eggs and I am waiting to see what happens her name is micheal and his is critter and they say a lot of words good morning pretty baby and so on they are like kids and my world to me .03/16/10 sherri carr
  • Lile - 2013-10-28
    Can you tell me if your peach fronted conure screeches or has a terrible call. I am thinking of buying one but am afraid after I have heard sun conures screech as I live in a condo.
  • Mark Barnett - 2013-12-23
    Peach Fronted Conures have a MUCH smaller voice than Sun Conures! They are VERY sweet birds. They are much quieter than Quakers too.
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Gustavo - 2005-08-30
Indeed, "patagonia" means big foot. it

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  • renee - 2011-01-15
    Hi I lost my jenday conure, and I live alone was just me and angel, 25 yrs then one day I found her on bottom of cage wrapped her in blanket ran to vet beg help me I'll pay payments, I live on disability, but I took good care of angel, well a lady offered me this patagonian conure, she told me she is a cockatoo person, she had this breed for 8 mos says she was told it was 5yrs old and the lady kept on her shoulder and did everything with her, she is cage bound, I have to get towel and hide cage to spend time with her, she has bitten me till I was bleeding, but I am still working on trying to get a bond, lady changed her name she had for 5 yrs she has called her another name, her name was molly so I am calling her molly and she seems to know that name, since she has spent 8 mos in cage with not much attention can this bird be returned after this treatment she has been through, if anyone could let me know I fed zupreen pletts, but she has been on seeds, not used to this breed of conure and not much infor on web either, please give me any ideas, do they not like too sit on your shoulder very long I had to make my jenday get in cage to eat and drink water, lost my bird 2006, thanks renee
  • Robin - 2013-12-23
    About your Jenday Concure: I had a conure that was 4 yrs old when I got her. I tried for over a year to make nice with her. I did learn one thing they can be cage aggressive. So try letting the bird out and let it fly somewhere then try picking it up. Mine would do that and ride on my shoulders while I cleaned the house. But she would bite me coming and going sometimes. I finally just could not deal with her behavior and ended up selling her to a woman who already had a conure and wanted a play mate for hers. She also let hers out of the cage for 8 hours a day, something I could not do. My bird is now very happy and thriving in her home. ( Not saying you should get rid of yours) But I am just trying to let you know they are very cage aggressive birds. Also if she was sitting on my Cockatiels cages and I couldn't get her on my finger to put her back. I would slowly move something (like the remote to the TV), I would come slowly behind her while I had my finger up for her to step up in and she would with out biting me. I talked to a woman who told me that once a conure has bad behavior it is so hard to change them. I am not sure if that is true or not but I know I tried with mine and got no where. She just wasn't happy and I could tell. But I get pictures of her and she is very happy now.
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BARBARA NEFF - 2012-12-31
My conure and love bird regurgitate on things,what is that and why do they do it?

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  • Melissa - 2013-03-09
    Birds do that to show 'affection' towards one another or even certain people.
  • valerie - 2013-12-11
    my conure does the. same thing. he really must love you. he is feeding you. you must be his mate! you ate so lucky! good luck!
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Betty Clift - 2013-11-29
My nanaday had a problem with feather picking . By the time we noticed it, she had managed to pick her chest completely bare. She spent 24 hrs on an IV at the vets. And 10 days on L-10 treatment. Her eating habits never did change, and now she acts like she never was ill.

BUT her chest area still has no feathers on it, where she had plucked it down to the skin. I have put her on vitamins, hoping that would help. She no longer is plucking, but I was wondering if there is anything more I could be doing to promote feather growth for her?

Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    A parrots feathers will usually grow back over time after being pulled out. There are several suggestions others have used to help. A Nutritional supplement many praise is called Featheriffic which has lecithin, B vitamins, flax, and amino acids to help grow feathers back. Many use it along with a product called Avicalm, which contains L-theanine and green tea and is good for general stress control. Alone or together, they can be sprinkled on the food. If your parrot won't eat the food with these on it, a somewhat less beneficial alternative is adding them to the water bowl.
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Elaine - 2013-11-24
Hi, I have a yellow sided, blue Conure. He was hand fed and is very tame. He is a busy little bird and talks up a storm. I think he is small for a conure but he is the greatest! One thing that is different about him from other Conurs is his tail...it is a beautiful creamy beige and is shaped like a fan. I havn't seen a tail like his on any other bird. Is this unusual?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    It sounds like you have a captive bred mutation, so the tail would be a result of its mixed parentage. It's siblings may have a similar tail.
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Jester D Clowne - 2013-11-20
I am worried that my GCC Spaz has over bonded with me. Is there any way I can curb his/her enthusiasm? It feels like the poor little guy can't live it's life unless it's with me. I love paying attention to him/her, I even have had the joy of teaching Spaz to eat with a fork, wave, and am currently trying to get him/her to dunk a basket ball. Spaz lets me hold him/her and play with its wings and feet. I feel Spaz trusts me, but I don't want it to be infatuated with me. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Birds are extremely social, and these are flock animals. Right now it sounds like you are his only companion, and the only other member of his flock. You could consider getting another bird and enlarge the 'flock', and it can even be a different type of parrot. However make sure you get a separate cage for it as Spaz will be quite jealous at first... and Spaz's cage is his safe place and home. It can take time for birds to adjust to changes of this type to their habitat, so you will need to be patient and loving with both. The results can make the effort well worth it though, as birds will generally get comfortable with each other, and that can help reduce the amount of attention required by you.
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