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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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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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