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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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Bernardette Dixon - 2007-01-28
When I brought my Greater Patagonian, Dominic, home I was given some wrong information apparently. I was told that Patagonians live about 50 years. On looking up info on the internet, I find that "although Patagonians on occasion will live to 25, the average life span is 12 years old" Well, I must be doing something right, because Dominic is now a happy, healthy, extremely playful 25 years old and has been with me the entire time. We are so close after all these years that he understands everything I say and every move I make. I am now retired and it's just the two of us, so it's like having a perennial two-year-old around the house. Dom has a vocabulary of 50 different words and phrases and uses them appropriately. He loves to cuddle and I have learned from living with him for 25 years that many bird "experts" are wrong when they say parrots merely mimic what they hear and have no understanding of what they are saying. The ones who say that birds (and other animals) have no emotions or feelings or empathy are also wrong and have obviously never been in a close living situation with a Patagonian.

Bernardette Dixon
Escondido, California

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-23
    my patagonian is 26 years old, still healthy and happy. she loves to sing and play , laughs alot too not sure how long the life span is , I must being doing something right ... alot of people don't like this kind of bird ..due to her making loud noises, you do get use her ...she loves to sit on your shoulder too...
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Premnath Rajcoomar - 2013-01-07
I have a Jenday Conure, about 6 weeks old. I would like to tame him, so that he can live freely. Should I cut his wings to prevent him from flying away? I would also like to have some tips for taming and teaching him some words or names.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-08
    The best advice I can give you for taming and training conures is patience. It takes a lot of dedication, repetition, and patience to teach birds tricks and words. It is a very good idea to have his wings trimmed if you don't want to risk losing him out an open door or window when letting him roam free around the house. Here is more information on conure training.
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Jennie - 2011-03-27
I rescued my Samson when I was 16 years old! He had a girlfriend called Delila but unfortunately she died 10 years later. Samson was on his own! It was a very sad time!

Samson is now 26 years old going on 27. My mum had a lot of pets between Delila passing and Samson didn't get the attention he needed. I was growing up doing teenager stuff! However, when I was home he always got my attention and time, looking back on it now it simply was not enough! Very un-fair! However, my mother passed away too so I took Samson to live with me as my dad is nearly blind and couldn't look after him!

He has come on leaps and bounds since I have had him! He really does not like to be held but likes to hold my finger in his beak and enjoys playing little games with me! He is my little man! I love him so much!

Unfortunately Samson is not well and has been admitted to hospital for over a week now! This was due to a pet-shop selling me bad food! Because of his age his liver could not filter the rubbish food fast enough! How bad do I feel! His liver is swollen, his blood count is down & his calcium needs building up! Why was I so stupid to change his regular food (seed) supply! He is now eating Tidy-mix while he is in hospital but they told me he is not that keen on it but he is eating some of it! I have bought this food for his return. Pet shop food is not the way forward! Mind you.... he is 26 years old and has the right to be a fussy old man, he has earned it! lol!

What really upsets me is that these pet stores are getting away with selling this rubbish! I feel really bad on the point I did so much research on what he could eat instead of what he shouldn't eat! Hopefully, if all goes well he should be home on Wednesday or Thursday. That will be 2 weeks in the hospital! Bless him! How old do Blue Crowns actually live to? I have googled it and it tells me 20 to 30 years old! If this is so.... I must be a very lucky person to still have my little man Samson! However, I do not want him to suffer any pain and I hope that keeping him in the hospital going through tests and giving him drugs is the right thing to do!? It feels right in my gut feeling, however, his age is what I am battling with! He has never in 26 years been ill! I am struggling with making sure I am doing the right thing! Do you have any advice? I would really appreciate it. I really miss him and I want him to come home, his friend Schawlie (an African Grey) really miss's him too, she won't come out of cage or eat her fruit and veg, just a little seed but she is not happy right now!

Sorry.... I went on a bit there! However, I really want to do the right thing by him and it's hard to speak to people that do not understand how wonderful these birds are!

Very much kind regards!

Jennie

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    What a tough time for you... and Schawlie. Yeah, he's only 26, you could have him for another decade. I'm so sorry you and your bird had to go through this, and I'm sure I'm just one of many bird owners that feel deeply for you both... we're a unique flock!

    On the food... most pet shops offer you several choices of food, it may be that there was a problem with the food itself. You might want to look to the manufacturer of the food, and let them know what happened. And then of course, like you say, offer him a more premium diet. All the best to you both... and to your African Grey too!
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-02-15
    Jennie, just read your note and it's touching. Please update us on your little one! I've gotten foods from Walmarts bird section to mix with pellets from Petsmart. Now I'm wondering!!!
  • boriqueen - 2012-02-18
    God bless him. I pray he's fine and your better. I know how sad it is to have a sick bird because they become so much more then a bird. They are memories and family ~ my coco ~blue crown is very sick right now she won't pass her eggs and I had her since I was 16. I'm 30 it's heart breaking. Your story was beautiful thank you for sharing it. I think you are doing the right thing in trying to save him and made me think about what shes eating alot!!
  • Paulie\'s Mom - 2013-01-08
    Paulie is a three year old and we just got him. We will have to work on the handleing as I was told he loved being handled .. wrong .. but he is a delight .. his food he has been on hasn't been the best but he loves Nutri-Berries .. a great food according to my Vet and it turned out to be his favorite food too .. so .. I suggest Nutri Berries.
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Carol - 2013-01-06
Hi i have a nanday conure, he is been with us for a week, he was just fine for the first few days, coming out of the cage, getting on our shoulders, eating from our hand, and then out of the blue, he got so agressive, we cant even get close to the cage, because he tries to beat. can anybody help us please, thank you

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-06
    Could an environmental issure triggered this?  Something scare the bird?  Maybe jealous of someone or something new?  Change in diet?
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Rina - 2012-06-16
I need help. About 2 month ago I adopted a GCC. She is 4 years old. I think, at one time she was very loved. Then her owner got sick and she became a neglected bird, living on the carport. She is fine when I sit next to her cage and talk to her, but as soon as I open the door to her cage, she runs to the furthest corner of the cage. Otherwise she does seem very happy here. Next to her cage lives my Lovebird (8 years old), whom I hand raised from 3 days old. He is a very happy, but independent fellow who has taken a shine to my GCC. He tries to get into her cage. My questions are these: how can I get her to trust me and interact and bond with me? Should I let them interact yet, or should I wait with that? Would it be detrimental to my relationship with my Lovebird if they bond? Would my GCC get close to me should she bond with my Lovebird? Please help.... at this point, I do not want to make any mistakes.

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  • Brandi - 2012-06-16
    I don't know anything about love birds so I can not give you advice with that question. The conure...that is something I know a little about. Birds need time...and they must develop trust. Being an older bird (not old they live over 25 years, but not a baby) the bird has already established its 'bonding' relationship with an individual. That doesn't mean that she wont be your friend over time...but being a second owner, this is not an easy task. The worst thing you can to is jepordize your progress so be careful. Conures are so affectionate that it can be hard when this person they are use to is gone. Its like they lost a parent...they are devistated. My bird (although a baby) we are working on her skills because she's taken to me so strongly she squaks if someone gets near 'us' durring our cuddle time. She screams and nips at them. We are working on the behavior, but it shows you they tend to perfer one person. Doesnt mean that the bird can't...my children hold her all the time...but when she allows it. When she interacts with me...its when I allow it. Does that make sence? Anyways, my advice to you is for you to ignore the bird. Feed it, water it, sanatize the bowls daily, change the bedding...but ignore the bird. They get curious. Give it a few days. Sit next to the cage. Read a book and let it get use to your presence. Maybe spend time with your other bird where the conure can see...so he/she knows you are okay. After a few days start talking to him/her sweetly. Not too much, a hi now and then...let the bird know you are aware it is there...always be friendly and kind. Then maybe when he/she starts to act interested and curious maybe open the cage. Leave it open for a min. or two...then close it. Do that for a few days. Try getting a stick or a branch and seeing if the bird will step up on that and come out of the cage...or lift it off the pearch and then put it back. They LOVE people food and it will expand their life cycle. Once the bird becomes curious about you let it watch you eat. Be enthuastic on how yummy it is and how wonderful it is. Offer it a bite through the bars. If it doesnt want it...slowly let the bird watch you place it in the dish and walk away. Curiosity will always get the best of these guys. It will eat the ( watermelon/grape/strawberry/whatever) and realize oh wow, she was giving me the good stuff! Eventually if you can get it to eat out of your hand then you can maybe pet it and touch it an pick it up. Before you make any progress the first thing you have to do is build a relationship and establish trust. Without that ya'll will get nowhere and it wont be a good relationship. These birds live a very long time so you have lots of time. Take it easy, take it slow and always show love. My bird (never been a bird person) is the most amazing creature alive. We have our issues and things we are working on but aside from that...its an amazing experaince. Remember, nothings easy, nothing is over night...and it is all worth it in the end!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-17
    The little conure is scared and I would think 'cage bound' in she is afraid to come out of the cage.  Put her food outside the cage.  Talk to her, sing, laugh etc.  Let her get used to sounds in your home but get creative to get her out of her cage.  Yep, they become very attached to their humans and this is very different for her -   Get her out of the cage.  She will love you too and probably that little lovebird as well.  Conures just aren't agreeeisve and more velcro birds in that always want to be on you.  Conures like all things.  Mine sleeps frequently with one of my macaws - looks a little odd but the conure will actually and i do not know how break into the macaws cage.  They are pals but that little conure is 'attached like glue to me' and other members of family.  Yours will be that way also - just the way they are.
  • Rina - 2012-06-18
    Thank you Brandi, thank you Charlie. It seems, I am on the right track. Sometimes I get busy with other things and do not give them first thing their veggies.... she sits on the bowl holder, looks at me and let's me know that I forgot something. I adore her personality. I have both their cages placed that I can see them from my desk and they can see me. So we see each other all day. Beni, my Lovebird calls me when he wants to come out and I let him 'help' me with my office work (shred papers). She watches it with interest but that is all. Now, that I got both of your advise, I can relax and just let it happen with her. I thought I was doing something wrong. Many years ago I rescued a 26 year old African Gray. From day one he came into my home, he was attached to me. He wanted to be with me and around me most of the time. At least he wanted to see me. So I thought, it would be the same with my GCC. I will take a deep breath and relax. As long as I know all is well. Thank you again. It was a great help. Rina
  • nell - 2013-01-05
    Rina , I got a GCC from my brother They had been great friends but his life got complicated and the bird spent several years living with my aging mother who was not a bird person. In short he developed some anti social behavior including becoming cage bond and a sad periodic squawking. I ended up with him, it took several years but he's a happy bird now. He bounces cat balls, shreds sisal rope and has developed a nice vocabulary--he learned my name from hearing my aging mother call me. For 15 years all he said was 'osbert' then he learned 'hey nell' frmm my mom ---and his next one was 'osbertnell' (that made me tear up) he say 'sleepy' when he goes into his tent----- oh yeah try to buy him a birdy tent he seems to like having a safe place to hide, it made him more social. It took him several months to use that tent so be patient. Mine loves pasta, blueberries apples and strawberries, rice cakes and a little cheese now and then. Good luck and be patient. It's been a pleasure to see Oz come out of his shell.
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Shelly Mickey - 2012-10-28
We had gotten a 14 month old Jenday Conure from someone who really didnt have the time to spend with it and she had gotten it from a pet store when it was 6 months old. It is afraid of hands. Now when you put a wood perch in front of it and say up, it will go up on it. Now if you were to move your hand around it, it hurries up and moves away. You can try and try to slowly put your finger towards and and say up it dodges it as fast as possible. The ex owner said that Sunny was in the pet store for to long and all the people and kids poking their fingers at it caused it to be the way it is. Now I do have to say is that when sunny gets on his stick he will follow it to the end and climb up your arm and perch on your shoulder. Now if he sees your hand move close to it it moves away quickly. Ok now, I have had this bird now for 2 months now. Sunny gets all excited when it sees me but as soon as I go to change his cage he freaks out because he sees my hand coming into the cage. I would love to be able to touch it and do all the thing everyone else doing with theirs. What do I need to do to do that. HELP!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-28
    Not sure but my guess is the mirror - puberty and spring right around the spring.  However, being that all the work you went through - you got the plucking stopped.  Better the 'quacking' than the plucking.  Maybe you could try and remove the mirror when you are home and he can see you and see what happens. Hand shy - it's hard but it is workable.  You can get him out of his cage and everything so let's just keep doing what you are doing but try to give him treats with your hand.  Cheerios work good - normally.  Sit down on the floor with him or on the bed and let him come up into your lap to get cheerios and then just hold one cheerio at a time.  So first let him climb up into your lap with a towel on your lap and a few treats - hands away.  Then just let your hands sit on the towel.  Then try and hold one treat at a time with your hand.  Just try maybe 10 minutes a day - could take a few weeks but should work.
  • sam - 2013-01-03
    You are not spending enough time with your bird. Conures are very affectioante and will allow you to touch only if they trust you and trust can only come if you spend at least 2 to 3 hours daily with it.
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Negurj - 2012-01-22
I bought a young Green Cheek Conure in September 2008 for my partner which turned out to be a delightful little companion, naughty, inquisitive, not scared of and very curious about everything. Life and working pattern changed and a years later we bought a companion who was not well cared for. They took to each other, the new friend bloomed, learned tricks and became very very tame but unfortunately we found out a few month later that this unscrupulous person sold us a Johnny instead of a Jenny. We had no idea what to do and needless to say that eggs did not survive. It took the pair a few month to calm down and become regular pets again. However, they got frisky again this year and despite of removing the sleeping pouch they made eggs. Again, eggs did not hatch but we both can not stand another episode of becoming pseudo-grandparents....and here is my dilemma. Female bird is already back to her normal mischievous self, out of the cage causing mayhem but the male, usually hand tame and cuddly, this time around is inconsolable if she is not with him. When we leave both out he is chasing her and trying to hang onto her - wing, foot, neck, anything he can get hold of her. They are content in the cage and I know we are the problem but has anyone else dealt with this problem? A friend is ready to take the male but are we doing the right thing in separating them? Alternative is a bird sanctuary where he would be living in a flock...HEEEELP please, our hearts are aching by the thought of doing the wrong thing.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-22
    It sounds like you're not wanting to keep going through the breeding stage, where they become less social and may end up with babies. I understand the birds are content in their cage, but out of the cage the male is chasing and hanging on the female - wanting to keep close contact. It's a tough call to decide to separate them. It sounds like they have a good companionship with each other and birds have a very good memory. But most likely the they would adapt to being without a companion again. If you decide to separate them I think the birds would adapt, though it may take some time.
  • Negurj - 2012-01-28
    Thank you very much for the encouraging words, we have still not decided what to do but at least there is a silver lining. Amazing how two little birds can run your life....
  • mark - 2012-05-13
    Do not separate them. I made that mistake once and will never do that again. The male became unmanageable for all it's remaining years.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-14
    You are not going to do a wrong thing. Your friend can take the male and the male will form a human bond again with a new person. Might take 2 weeks but he will be fine. In the wild they will take other mates and form other bonds. When two parrots are trying to 'do it' for the first time, there is trial and error and more often than not the first few clutches are infertile. There is no FLOCK for them to watch and see how 'it' is done. Many parrots have their hormonal phase in the spring whether mated with another parrot or not. So you can give the male to your human friend and he will bond. You can keep the pair you have and eventually they will figure out how to 'do it'. Many times the hormonal stuff will stop when summer finally comes. If they figure out how to 'do it' you can keep one of the babies for yourself but don't pair it. Example if you put even two males together, frequently one will assume the female role. You can have two conures or a macaw and a conure but don't let them share a cage.
  • Elizabeth Najera - 2012-06-04
    Charlie - you mentioned to keep them in separate cages, is there an underlying reason for that?

    I have a cockatiel 'Panfilo' he is my boe. My husband came home with him one afternoon and although it took Panfilo several months to grow on the family, he eventually fell in love with me. I have a special cage for him and I leave his door open. Once I am ready to relax I will call his name out from the room where I am and he flys out to me. After 3 years he will climb on me and approach me on his terms but I am not allowed to touch him lest he fly away. I have always wondered why this is. He lets me play with him in his cage from time to time and on some nights he will fly into my bedroom and sleep with me on my bed. Later, my husband and kids came home with 'Tilly' she was a 4 month old GCC and she was very shy and nervous. She took onto Panfilo right away, although, Panfilo really didn't care for her. Panfilo didn't mind sharing his cage, he just didn't want her getting to close to him, but he was never aggressive. He just flew out of the cage. For about a week Panfilo slept in my bedroom on the ceiling fan and hung out with the family, only visiting his cage for eating or pooping. After a while they adapted to each other and now they both sleep in the same cage and co mingle very well. 'Tilly' however, is now very much like Panfilo...she allows you to handle her but only on her terms and when she comes to you. You may take her from the cage and she will allow it but she loses her fire and becomes shy and nervous again and it's been a year since she has joined our family. I have three cages now. Once in the Laundry room where Tilly enjoys her time best. Also, when Panfilo gets a lil chilly he will go hang out in the laundry room as this is the warmest room in the house when the a/c is on. Well, about 3 weeks ago my husband and kids came home with yet another GCC. She still has no name, but she has taken to me very well. Actually, she is my new bff! I was not able to place her in the same cage as Tilly and Panfilo as Tilly immediately became aggressive with her. So, I kept 'Sweetpea' (I call her that for now) in my bedroom and pretty much handfed her sead and gave her water in my masterbath sink. She takes showers with me too and appears to enjoy them. Now, they are all doing well co mingling. Not sure why Tilly now is ok with her coming into the kitchen cage is what I call it. Since this is where I keep most of the feed and plenty of bathing water and drinking water. The second cage has mainly toys and happy huts what not. Back to my question, is there a specific reason that they should be kept in a separate cage as all mine now by own will fly into the same cage to sleep, I do not place them there they choose to go there on their own.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-04
    Conures are very social and will accept pretty much all family members and all birds and get along with everyone. A cockatiel can be a lot more independent and also a one person bird. I figured that your cockatiel would get pretty jealous of you and possibly get annoyed at the conure and an arguement would ensue. Most birds get along with each other as long as what they consider 'their mate' is not in the room. Sometimes then they can be a tad possessive. Additionally, allowing birds to share the same cage, there is a much greater possiblity they will bond with each other and get a little stand offish with their human. There are always exceptions.
  • tracy - 2013-01-01
    i got a gcc yesturday and hes only 3 months old and hes had no contact with people and is very scared at the min would it be ok if i put my buggie in the same cage as him would they be ok together..i dunno if my buggie is male or female its hard to tell...also i got told to leave him for a week is this true...not to try and pick him up...also im thinking about getting another gcc next week would they all fight or be ok..
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