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Armand E Corriveau - 2014-03-27
My wife and I have adopted a pineapple green cheek conure named George. For the last 3 months my wife has managed to train him to do amazing things. He has become very adept at fetching, spinning around and rolling over. To my amazement George can also play hoops and bowl. Green cheeks are definitely not good talkers but are amazing performers. AEC

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alice - 2014-03-25
I do have a cherry headed conure as well and I got him as a gift 30 years ago and the personalities they have are amazing. My pal is named Charlie the bird. But at times he will tell you he is Chuck or sometimes Charles, we have no idea where those names came from. But will only respond when you agree with him. He also calls the cat or dogs over with the promise of a peanut only to be rewarded with a nip and a laugh.

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Susan - 2014-03-22
I got a Cherry Head when he was a few months old. Now he's 18 months, very social and has a vocab of about 45 words. We never taught him to talk or played tapes, he just picked up what we say to him, things like, What are ya doing, you want a nut, you want a banana, you want to give me a kiss. He has a large cage but spends most of the day playing on his Jungle Gym on top of his cage in our Lanai. He's very friendly to family, but not strangers, he also will not talk when strangers are around. We love him to death, but people should not get a parrot because they are pretty and they talk. Parrots are a lot of work, more work than my 2 dogs, they are very messy, need sun and light, fresh fruit, healthy food, and they are noisy. Also, you need to spend a lot of time with them, or they will have problems.

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james - 2014-03-21
We had our dusky conure for seven years before discovering he was a she - an egg. She is a VIP in our household but when we were out at work she was lonely and we were guilt ridden. We'd researched for years, introducing a companion but advice was mostly negative, even from a local bird sanctuary. 7 years later we adopted an unwanted male dusky conure, 5 years old. They were kept in separate cages, next to each other and had limited contact for 4 months, they tolerated each other you could say. Suddenly they clicked one day. They are so happy. Seeing them now confirms how important it is for birds to have a companion. We went with our instincts and thankfully it was right to do so.

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Vivian - 2012-01-11
My conure is almost 2 years old and we have had her for more than one year. Usually she is very lovely and get along with everyone in the family. My husband and I always let her play outside of her cage until 3 months ago when she suddenly started to bite some visitors very hard. After the same attack happened a few times, we started to put her into the cage when we have visitors. However, yesterday, after her attacked one lady who is my mothers friend, she attacked my mother twice as well. We thought maybe she was just confused about the two people and after one night, she would remember my mother again.

Unfortunatly, she flew to my mother and bit her hard again when she saw her at the kitchen this morning. I had to put her into the cage sadly because my mother is so scared. I feel bad and worried. I do not want to lock her in the cage all the time, but I am afraid that she will attack my mother again. What should I do?

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  • Vivian - 2012-01-11
    Thank you very much Charlie. I feel better now after read your comments. You are right, she likes to sit on the chair next to mine and have dinner together with family, but I am not sure if it is safe to do so tonight. I think that talking to her and giving her little treats when she is in the cage is a good approach to reintroduce mom to her. I will try it tonight. However, holding her and getting close to my mom looks dangerous for now, because she becomes so aggressive that can not stay for one second on my fingure once she sees my mom. All she wants is giving her a big bite :(
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Sorta different behavior for a conure but certainly not unusual. Your little guy is part of your FAMILY FLOCK and has talken it upon himself to essentially protect HIS FLOCLK from outside creatures. That is pretty normal. A conure doesn't usually get agressive though but please realize yours is starting the big bad word PUBERTY. My guess would be that by accident or unpurpose someone frightened your little guy. It doesn't take a lot. My one bird is terrified of bright red hair. Little boy came in with bright red hair and my macaw went nuts - So probably a visitor came in and for some reason your little fella became frightened and yes - for some reason he now associates your mom with the visitor. Your mom has to be re-introduced to your little fella slowly --- She can just be around when he is in his cage and give him special treats (cheerios or hulled sunflower seeds). She can talk to him or you can HOLD him while she is there. Don't just remove the bird and place him in the cage but re introduce the feathered fella to the mom. Do it slowly. The bird thinks he is protecting you or possibly mis placed aggression against your mom's friend but it is going to be OK. Just might take some time and extra effort. Just go slow. Let the fethered fella go forward on his own time with your mom and don't try and force it. You can't just forcibly hold the conure in your hand and get him to make up to your mom cuz the conure will just bite you. You can set a plate for your conure when you eat dinner with all the good stuff from the table and let your mom give it to your conure though. It would be nice to know if at all possible what your moms friend and your mom have in common - ie something simple like a neck scarf or something.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Similar thing but not exactly the same. I went on vacation and my neighbor who knows all my birds and geta along just fine with all watches/feeds them for me. I happen to be baby sitting a proven pair of amazons for someone else and the female got out of the cage. My neighbor couldn't just 'pick it up' and I told her to net or throw a towel over it. She did and all was OK except my cockatoo who gets along with everyone decided that my neighbor was the monster from Mars for 2 months. My neighbor felt terrible and it took a few treats and talking before my cockatoo would not just SCREAM at her but all is fine now. I would just go slow and give the bird some 'forgiveness time' for whatever frightened him. Conures are forgiving once they realize who actually belongs to the FLOCK.
  • Alexandria Bunger - 2014-03-11
    I can relate to this....My JC attacks my step daughter who recently moved in with us...He typically loves everyone and would allow guests to pet him and handle him for a little while. BUT, when my daughter moved in he became so territorial... he would do this weird dance and hiss at her. We tried to help him get to know her and he started tolerating her (barely). She was on the phone and she told someone about the EVIL bird and when she hung up he just attacked her. He no longer tolerates her and if he hears her voice he gets into attack mode. She has since moved out and he no longer attacks anyone. He loves his family and she was new and not leaving at the end of the day... He just did not like that. I LOVE MY BIRD!
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evelyn - 2014-01-06
Hi I have a 4 year old jenday conure we thought he was a male as we had him when he was 18 months old and have his birth certificate which states male, but last night he laid a egg. Although he has not been with another parrot. Also he has started to bite people when they handle a towel or tea towel, he becomes aggressive and bites, fluffs up his feathers and squawks very loudly. Could you shed any light on this behaviour?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-08
    It sounds like she's going through her 'teenage' years, and could be sexually frustrated. This is a pretty common occurrence with African Grey parrots, but all parrots can experience this as they mature. Be patient with her, usually parrots calm down over time.
  • Lisa Mischele - 2014-01-14
    I have a 3 1/2 year old male jenday. Let me know where you live. Maybe we can get our birds together.
  • Alexandria Bunger - 2014-03-11
    My JC is named Kernal Mustard, he is a little over a year old and he is something else. He is everything a JC is supposed to be and he too loves attention. He likes to perch himself above my bed and when I get ready for bed he expects to get under the blanket and go to sleep. I allow him to sleep there for awhile because I feel like he loves the warmth. He buries his head into the blankets or the pit of my arm and goes to sleep, only after he says thank you and a couple of other grumbled words I have yet to figure out. After a while I place him back above my bed so he can go back to sleep and I can sleep without fear of crushing him. I recently almost lost him to metal poisoning--he likes to play with everything shiny and I was unaware he was eating items he would pick off my shirt (metal) bedazzle type items....he ended up paralyzed for about 30 minutes and required medical (expensive) treatment. He is well now but taking a med to help extract metal poisoning from his blood and hopefully he will poop out the small metal pieces. He likes to be with me all the time and I rarely lock him in his cage but I have to retrain myself to allow him some cage time because I can't be with him 24/7 and I do not want him to get into anything or eat anything metal.....BE careful they make you think they are only playing with shiny objects but they break them into small pieces and will eat them.....Very harmful.
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lyric - 2005-11-04
i just have to say that i am so greatful that i found this place, i have the most wonderful sun conure and his name is HOMIE!!! YEA i know!! lol but he is the love of all our lives. in a day he took to the kids and o how he loves his mamma! he rolls over and lays down with me when its time to go to sleep, but his lil goffy self wants to stick his foot in my mouth for some strange reason like its comforting to him. he will do flips and summersalts and to top it off plays catch with our dog. they run the ball back and forth to each other. its the neatest thing to see, i guess i am a proud momma of homie and wanted to share! i love him and cant wait to come back to learn more about the conures

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  • Avie little - 2014-02-27
    Hi. I'm trying to find a baby like the one you have but I'm having a hard time at it. I live in phoenix. Az and have looked in a couple pet shops.. I want a baby around 3 or 4 weeks old so I can hand feed and make our bond stronger. But I can't find a breeder that will let me buy one until it's weaned... I'm really hoping to find one close and soon...Your story is so cute... I hope to be as lucky as you.
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Christi - 2014-02-25
Hi I'm Christi, I live in South Africa and have bought a golden capped conure 3 days ago, I’ve named him Brody. He still looks pretty young, not all his feathers have fully developed (about almost a year?) but he's more than capable at flying. I've read that this kind of bird is very active and likes to move around a lot. When Brody is excited he walks from one side to the other on one of his sticks and also climbs around on the bars. But because I'm at work almost the whole day I can't really keep a good eye on him. But to me he seems a bit inactive. When I arrive at home he is mostly still and doesn't move around much. I try to spend as much time with him as possible when I get home. He eats fruits from my hand and doesn’t really mind me sticking my hand in the cage, but he doesn’t want me to try and do a step-up yet. Which is understandable since I’ve only had him for a few days. He seems curious enough and likes to try new foods. He is mostly quiet and makes crackling noises with his beak like he is cracking open a sunflower seed, but he doesn’t have one in his mouth. He also murmurs to himself softly and moves slowly when he does. Is this behaviour uncommon? Should I be worried that he is sick?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    Conures are peaceful flock birds, but it sounds like yours may be bored and lonely. It helps to give them plenty of things to keep them occupied. Although they need 10-12 hours of rest each day, exercise and play are important activities for their physical well being and psychological health. I would suggest you focus on giving you Golden Capped Conure plenty of things to occupy his attention. Gnawing and climbing are great activities. Most conures will chew up anything wooden, so natural perches and fresh twigs from willow, elder, poplar, and hawthorn work well. Other great toys can be bells, ropes, swings, untreated leather, chew toys and ladders. They also love mirrors and shiny unbreakable objects.
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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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