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Sandra - 2013-02-20
We have a pair of gold cap conures that have laid one egg this week. Last year the proven sexed female (the other we think is male) laid three eggs but they broke. Now while she is nesting on this egg she frequently chirps for long periods of time. Is this normal? Is this a sign she is sick? Should I be worried?

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Ramdhan Cindy - 2012-05-17
Hi my name is Cindy. I just got a 3 month old Golden -capped Conure as a mothers day gift. I been trying to bond with him. He won't let me touch him. Everytime I try he bites my finger. I try takin him out of his cage he won't budge. I left the door open he still wont come out. I don't know how to aproach him so am asking if anyone has any tips on how to train him. It will be greatly apreciated thank you. I need help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-17
    First you have to get him out of his cage but don't put your hand in the cage to get him out. Put his food and water outside the cage. You can pput millet or pieces of apple outside the cage. He will come out. Once he is out just talk to him, sing, laugh act nutty do whatever so he realizes you aren't scary or a threat. Eat with him - start feeding him with your hand something like cheerios. You now have him out of his cage and you can feed him with your hand --- here comes the hard part. Make a fist and see if he tries to bite the back of your hand. No way can a bird bite a tight fist - keep your thum down. Let him get used to doing this and realize it does not bother you but it doesn't hurt him either. At this stage you can try and just have him get up on your hand. You are relaxed as you realize he can't hurt you with the bite on your fist and he is relaxed cuz he realizes you aren't going to hurt him. If that works then you are home free. If you try this and stillnot comfortable or doesn't work then here's the really hard scary part -- just pick him up - just pick him up. If you think he is going to bite, put a towel over him and pick him up in the towel. Now hold him - he might be in a towel but just hold him. Uncover his little head and slowly pet the top of his head. Hold him close to your chest so he can hear your heart beating. This process could take a few weeks so go slow - real slow. It is more important that you learn the birds body language than it is for you to go fast.
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Carol Ann - 2010-01-06
We have a white eyed male named Oshi. He is a crack up, wants to talk and sing, loves music and be bops to songs he likes, and starts croak singing... so funny. He loves to play peek-a-boo and hide under a blanket till you find him, and he laughs like an old man. Hilarious bird buddy...

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Stephanie - 2012-08-25
If you live In Illinois around the Chicago land area there's a pet shop that had three for sale right now. There do amazing and friendly. I love them so much!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-26
    Queen is so great - I have one I play with all the time.  I even let him on my perch. 
  • Dave - 2013-05-26
    can you let me know the name of the pet shop with the golden conures? Thank you!
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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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