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Tara - 2013-05-23
Nesting questions. Our nanday started laying eggs ten days ago. We have a jenday but do not know if it is male or female. The nanday mom is very protective of her eggs. We haven't candled them yet because she gets so upset. Her 1st egg was 10 days ago. About 3 days later she laid another one. Today she laid another one, about 5 or six days after the second one. The first two eggs have dark spots on them now. Is this a sign of life or death. It could be poop too. If they are not fertile will she stop nesting after a while? If the first ones are getting old and yucky how will I know and will that hurt the third egg? The third egg has a small crack indented in one side. Would anyone recommend repairing it? I have heard of people using glue or white-out. I intend to let the mother raise them if they hatch so I am not concerned about taking them to incubate myself. I will feel kind of bad if they are not fertile because she is so dedicated to them. Any suggestions? :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-24
     Your hen is  in egglaying mode, but if there's no male then the eggs are not fertile. Laying more than one is not unusual and it's important that you supplement her diet with calcium at this time to keep her healthy and prevent egg-binding. Don't take her eggs from her until she is disinterested in them, which is usually about 4 - 6 weeks. Inexperience females may accidently break an egg, and it can start to smell. Both broken eggs and removing her eggs will stimulate her to lay more, so the best bet is to get some artificial conure/cockatiel eggs to replace any broken ones with. Make sure she is eating. She may incubate the eggs for long periods of time, so you may want to move the food and water close to her nest.
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thomas sanchez - 2013-05-03
I have two yellow crowned parrots. They had a clutch of three eggs And My question is do I lettThe parrots feed their young or should I hand feed them? Also if so should I change their diet to a better quality food or are the pellets and mix good enough? She's a very good mother as far as staying on the eggs all day so seems to be successful. Please help with any information please and thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-05-03
    I would first let the parents feed them. If it appears that they are not feeding them or caring for them, then there might be indication for you to step in. Otherwise you can let the parents do it. However, if you want to hand feed, make sure you know the correct techniques, as handfeeding can be difficult!
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nahomi - 2012-07-22
I just bought a nanday conure and she looks like missing feathers on her chest I went to petsmart and bought her some vitamins for some plumage and feathers. It's my first time having a bird what do I need to do or buy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    I can't know whether the chest is bare cuz she is pulling her feathers or she is real young.  If young then just wait till feathers grow in.  If she is 3 - 4 monhs old (at least) she should be fully feathered.  Conures need a lot of toys and attention and distraction.  They love being with their human 24/7 and think we are one big toy made for them to play with.  If they aren't with us they need toys - lots.  TV is good and yes they do pay attention.  Cartoons and music work best.  I love (it will sound funny) but cash register paper rolls and they just scrunch up the paper or pull it and shred it.  However, they are shreddding the paper in peices and not their feathers.  They sell toys that hold cash register paper for birds but cheaper to buy the rolls at staples and put it in the cage with a piece of chain.  I would also bathe her/him with aloe bird spray. Possibly dry skin/feathers.  So conures are velcro birds and want to be with their human.  They need lots of toys and distraction to keep them entertined as sooo smart.  Aloe bird bath in case dry.  Enjoy and have fun.
  • nahomi - 2012-07-23
    Thank you. And well we just got her yesterday and shes not tamed at all so she bights do you know how I can atleast be aable to grab her so I can bath her
  • Jonny - 2013-04-24
    I also have a nanday and many other exotic birds if I were you I would go to a near by avian vet because there is a possibility that he has Thyroid problem which can possibly be helped with medicine but sometimes not this means parts of his feathers are falling out and normally it's just something you and him have to deal with I would definitely try finding by vet to diagnose the problem it also could be stress plucking which happens normally when the bird is in a new environment thanks hope you can use my advice best wishes your and your bird are in my prayers bye :)
  • Jonny - 2013-04-24
    I think the best way is gently pick her up with a thick towel and if you want to fix this problem she needs you to do that Quite frequently to get her socialized and use to you
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karen - 2013-04-05
Hi. I've had my conure for 1 year. He was approximately 2 years old when I purchased him. About a week ago I noticed few downy grey feathers on her chest..... 1 week later her whole chest is grey and little on her wings, any ideas thanks?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    It could be the final adult coloring coming in as they do attain full color at about 2 years. You could check with the breeder to see what their hatchlings look like at full development. Most of this species are very similar overall, but some may have more gray/green on the chest than others. There is a slight chance of a hybridization, as they have been known to be crossed with Nanday Conures, though that's pretty unlikely.
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Kathy Jackson - 2013-04-03
I have a Jenday Conure who is 5 years old he used to be really loving, I`ve had him for 3 years but for some reason he has turned mean. he won`t even come on my finger anymore. I do work all day, but I`m home in the evenings and we spend time together, I try, My Mom died recently and she was always home, but she never played with him but someone was always there and their was noise in the house, do you think he lonely that`s why he acting this way.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    Birds are very social, so it could very well be that he is lonely. Even though your mom didn't handle him, having a constant companion would have been a big thing in his life. With her gone, it sounds like he may now be very isolated for hours at a time and that could be causing mood changes and depression.
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ilene - 2013-01-13
My 8 month old is starting to pluck chest feathers!! We don't know why??? All the love, toys, delicious food, attention, won't stop this behavior. Any suggestions?? He seems healthy and eats well, plays actively, etc.

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  • Cherane Pefley - 2013-03-22
    A couple of reasons (if not health) came to mind for one of my Parent reared started to pluck badly or so I thought till.... her head on top became bald too..   I ordered PROBAC at Seigles Pigeon supply and gave her according to instructioons.   She wasn't plucking she was molting, all the greenish color etc.. I continued to follow the instructions on the PROBAC for this is their stressful time.  She is gorgeous today.  She was about your Goldens' age when this happened.   I really was very upset to think I did anyathing to cause her to do this to herself..  with her beauty today, now I know she was  molting.
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Steven - 2013-02-25
hello do you have specific know hows, when they start breedinng, what you need to do,special requests of the birds about cages/food etc. have a pair who is 5 years, hope the start this year waiting for any feedback regards, Steven

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linda Huthmaker - 2006-12-15
I just lost my beloved Nanday Conure, Pancho, a week ago, yesterday. He was nearly 40, and so dear to me.
I would like to understand is how he was able to hold onto the side of his cage, with his head drooping, and feathers splayed out. He died within 1 1/2 hours, and was barely alive, when I took him out of the cage. Pancho was in our family the whole time, and I shall miss him desperately.

Thank you for taking the time to read about him.

Linda Huthmaker, Torrance, California

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  • Sandy Thomas - 2013-02-19
    Linda, I am so sorry that you lost a member of your family, for that is what these birds become. The fact that you had him so long means he must have been a happy and healthy conure. I have a nanday conure also. I am sure you have many fond memories.
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samantha snyder - 2013-02-11
I have a Male sun conure, my question is can two male conures (different types) be placed in the same cage, or will they become territorial? This question arose because the the breeder will not pay to have the bird sexed...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-11
    There is a good chance they could get along together. Conures in general are social and friendly birds and in the wild will often live together in pairs or flocks of up to 15 birds! But, depending on how long yours has been alone, he may be wary of a second bird at first. You might want to introduce them in a play area first or put their cages next to each other to see if they get along.
  • samantha snyder - 2013-02-11
    Thank you got your help!
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Heather - 2013-02-01
Can I keep a female cherry headed conure and a male indian ring neck in the same cage? Will they bond, or will they fight?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-01
    It's probably not an ideal situation. However, if you keep their cages next to each other for a while and they seem to be friendly then you could try introducing them. If they don't fight right away you could try to keep them together. Just watch for any signs of aggressiveness.
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