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Smiley - 2005-06-12
I have a beautiful dusky named Petie. He is sooo spoiled! He sleeps with me almost every night on his own pillow in my bed! He actually stays in bed for an hour after I get up! He loves to take a bath in the sink and has even taken a shower with me a few times! He is such a sweetie too! He loves to cuddle and snuggle and give kisses. He's even trained to "make poopies" when he gets up in the morning! I love him so much!

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  • Diana - 2012-07-31
    Oh my! You & I are very alike, I have had my dusky for about 7 months now, I love him to death! I mean I'm very emotionally attached to my poopie (nickname) His name is spencer, sleeps with me every night since I am a light sleeper. He goes with me everywhere! My spencer has also known how to poop every morning, he is my alarm so I put him on the bathroom floor and he poops, and it's funny cause he goes backwards in circles till he poops lol.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-31
    If you just take a piece of kleenex and put it on the floor and place him on the kleenex and say 'poop' you will have your dusky trained to poop on a piece of kleenex.  Then you can take him anywhere with kleenex in your pocket book.  They normally toilet train very easily.  You canput a piece ofkleenex on his perch or cage or arm of sofa and they will normally go there. 
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Pam - 2012-03-17
I am looking for a Peach Fronted Conure. I live in VA.

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  • DENISE MEECE - 2012-06-01
    I have a peach conure named Jax. The house I live in now is not friendly to his social needs. He needs someone who can make him part of their family. He spends alot of time alone and this makes him unhappy. I would love to give him to the right person.
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Jacqueline - 2009-06-24
I just rescued a Dusky Conure, she is feisty especially with her mate. When I hand feed her she loves the one on one. I named her Ally, I am not certain as to her living condition or age prior to rescuing her and her mate which I call Noah. They love and fight like crazy.. But how they make up and kiss one another is priceless. I am learning more and more each day. And desperately trying to win there affection.. Any ideas please share. I feed them apples and millet and they seem to really enjoy those treats. I would like to know what other foods they eat, please feel free to post any suggestions. I am new to the world of conures.

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  • Tammy - 2010-04-30
    My husband and I have a dusky, his name is Bubba he's a year old. These guys love to eat what we eat, pizza, bacon and eggs mashed potatoes and gravy, all nut, fruits veggies. NO avocado or chocolate this will kill him. NO avocado or chocolate. Go online or to a bird farm to learn more.
  • TONY - 2010-09-03
    Where did you rescue the bird, i would love to find a dusky to rescue. Tony
  • Mica - 2010-10-02
    Broccoli, carrots, zucchini, dandelion leaves, fresh spinach, rice, pasta, eggs, couscous, chicken, asparagus, green beans, corn, yellow/green/red peppers, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapes, almonds, sprouts, are what my Charli eats, on top of a small amount of yogurt in the morning with a piece of toast. And a good quality grain.
    Charli, 6 years old Dusky conure.
  • Ella - 2011-11-09
    The bird farm where I bought my Dusky conure at, suggests that some of the foods be; peas, pomegranate, yams, broccoli, greens, whole grain rice, pasta, a tiny bit of diary products, etc. Basically, they can eat almost any thing you eat, but never feed it avocado, as it is toxic to them. Hope that gives you some idea.
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Samantha Haagen - 2012-07-20
Just got a green cheeck conure how do can I tell if it is a male or female?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-21
    The only way to tell with 100% accuracy is to do a DNA sexing.  You can purchase the kits (for DNA sexing) in the back of the Bird talk magazine.  With some degree of accuracy - sometimes the males head is flatter with a slight ridge/slope going down from the back of the head to the neck.  The females head is a smooth curve from the eyes to the back of the neck.  If you have a male and a female it is easier to tell - also before they are feathered in.  However, this is not 100% - just a good shot. 
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Sally - 2011-03-29
I have a wonderful red-headed whom we guesstimate at around 20-22 years. He is playful, healthy, eats & drinks well and in all regards seems well. With in the last 24 hours his bill appears to be changing colors - or developing 'blotches' of dark color. A musky color, mostly on his upper mandibill. Does anyone know if thier beaks change color as they grow older? I have spoken to our vet and done research, but know one seems to know the answer. Please comment if you can shed some light on this. I am concerned that it signifies some otherwise hidden issue in health. Thank you !

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    That is very strange, especially because its changed in such a short period of time. I would definitely keep an eye on him; watch his behaviors, appetite, and droppings for anything unusual. Birds can go downhill very fast, so if something is wrong... you should see abnormalities quickly, and be able to get him to a vet.

    But maybe he just got a hold of something that stained his beak...

    All the best!
  • Stuart - 2011-03-30
    Sally I've never heard of a fungus infection on a pet bird but the musky odor seems too fit. We have a cherry head named Peedy who came to us 4 years ago at age 13 (we were told they can live too be 80 years old). Peedy was being given to the nursing home/rehab center my wife is the Activities Director of. He was so vicious that we took him immediately as the residents tend too put their fingers in the cage. He has since bonded with my wife Judi who got him too come out of his cage. Judi got Peedy to learn to fly and eat fruit and drink juice out of her glass. He told me in the beginning SHUT UP,BE QUIET,GO AWAY NOW! and attacked me at every chance. Obviously, he was abused by a male. Now when the phone rings he says hello how are you? and will talk to anyone on the phone saying hello big boy,hello Peedy, I'm a bad boy. He has since gotten used to me and sits on my leg. He quacks like a duck and laughs when we laugh. Peedy is Judi's favorite along with Tweedy, a Cinnamon Green Cheek Conure. I have the 11 Cockatiels of whom I'm the head of the flock. Hope you solve the problem and let me know if it is a fungus infection. God Bless.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    I have had a couple of birds who did have a fungal infection. They were babies and acquired a bacterial infection. I took them to the vet and the birds were given an antibiotic and it did throw them into a fungal infection. I took them back to the vet and a gram stain was done and they did have a fungal infection and the vet gave me a perscription for Nystatin (an anti-fungal). I was also told that food can get embedded in the upper mandible and cleaning with a Q-tip and water would help. Watch the droppings and try cleaning with a Q-tip if possible. You might wish to recheck with your vet regarding an anti fungal.
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Tommy s. - 2012-03-18
Well after reading all these comments, makes me want to grab me a half moon now , always loved parrots all my life. When I was younger my dad got me my very first parrot a Quaker parrot when I was like 11. I was so happy then my brother left the window open, then you know what happen next ! :( then I decided to save me my own $$$ and bought me my own parrot! ANOTHER Quaker again! And this time my dad had the door open and my parrot flew on my dad shoulder and my dad got scared panic and hit my baby, and my baby got scared and flew away and never came back :(!! Sucks wish I still had them! Very smart birds. But now that I'm much much older and I kinda decided to get me another bird! And want my two kids to fall in love with parrots also! So I'm searching and a half moon would do so good for my house old!!! :)

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  • Jean - 2012-06-28
    Hi there Tommy, We have that exact parrot and we are looking for a good home, we rescused him about 8 mths ago. He flew to us in our backyard. So made him a home but we are no longer able to keep him because of busy schedules, grandchildren on the way. Are you still looking? if so please reply ASAP. thank you, Jean
  • leonel gonzalez - 2012-08-13
    We had two half moon parrots, called Merlin and Dolly for 7 years, Merlin died 4 days ago , and Dolly is now too sad. so we are looking for a male same parrot. If you still have yours , my son , my wife and I , are really interesting in the one that you have. We live in los angeles California cell # 323 382 23 93 . thanks for your atention
  • Victoria Fernandez - 2012-11-10
    Jean do you still have him? I'm very interested!
  • Victoria Fernandez - 2012-11-10
    Jean do you still have him? I'm very interested!
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Anonymous - 2012-11-07
I still do not have heat in my house due to Hurricane Sandy. How much cold can a Sun Conure take? Any suggestions on what to do? Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-07
    As long as it isn't actually frost - (freezing) inside the home the little fella should be just fine.  They can tolerate temperatures from 45 - 90 degrees without problems.  They have a solid down under all those feathers which keeps them pretty warm.  You can place a bowl or something like a shoe box with some carefresh in it so she can sorta nest and get warmer also if she wants.
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DeeDeeB - 2012-11-05
I'm new to Conure parrot owning and need to know what she needs? She was given to me buy a friend who couldn't keep her - Any advise would be great ! I want her to be healthy and happy - She has a green body yellow head with an orange mask and blue tail -- Sun Conure is what I was told she is - I've been feeding her store bought seed and fresh fruit ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-05
    Have no fear and watch your little fella.  They are very expressive and as soon as you learn all of his commands there will be no problem.  Seriously.  They are very active and need toys and like TV cartoons and music.  They love being talked to, held, pet and they attach to their human like velcro on a shoe.  They will frequently return to their cage or perch to 'potty' which is great so it is easy to have them out and about.  Of course, he will probably just be on your shoulder or head all the time.  Just love him.
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Muhammad Yousaf - 2012-10-12
Hi, I bought SunCorner pair just 3 months ago to get their breeding. I am new so whatever i heard, i provided everything possible. cage size is 7ft x 3ft x 5ft. Breeding box is 8' x 8' x 18'. Please help me and advice some tips.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    The cage sounds like it is plenty big enough, but as you can see in the info above, the nest box size should be 12' x 12' x 12'.  Here's some more good info: Conure Care: Breeding/Reproduction, with  things about breeding them, like age, humidity,  how long it takes the eggs to hatch, etc. Wishing you all the best!
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Ryan - 2012-09-29
Hi there! Thank you for all your helpful information. I recently discovered how fantastic conures are and I have been doing loads of research so that I am prepared when I get my own. I noticed that you said you think it is better to buy from the breeder rather than a pet store because it's better to get one that is hand fed and interacted/played with regularly. My good friend works at a pet store near me and I know that the staff there hand feeds the birds as well as plays with them everyday. Also, the birds range from 3-6 months old. In this situation is it O.K. to purchase one from here? Or is 3-6 months old too old? I just want to be sure! Thanks for your time!

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  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Thank you so much for getting back to me so soon! Yeah I totally understand about getting a bird that is affectionate and O.K. with being handled. I am not looking for something to sit in my room and look pretty, I want a companion. My friend says they will be able to let me into a back room that they have where you can interact with the birds. I plan on going there quite a few times and playing with the conures and seeing which one likes me. Is this a good plan?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    Yes that is a great plan.  Somehow you will know the right one for you - they have a tendency to sorta pick their companions and go from there.  Good luck and enjoy
  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Ahh I see! The wand chooses the wizard...
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    Yep, you got it. 
  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Just a little edit...They do not hand feed ALL of the birds regularly. Only the conures and occasionally. Is this a deal breaker?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    There are some excellent bird stores in the US - just not lots of them.  When you purchase a bird - you want to make sure that you can handle the bird.  If I am buying a puppy or a kitten, I would want to hold it, pet it, hug it, play with it etc.  I want to be able to do the same thing with a bird.  I would sit down on the floor if i had to and put the bird in my lap (so he wouldn't be nervous that I might drop him) and pet it, pick it up and hold it, kiss the top of his head etc. If I could not hold and handle the bird - then I would determine if I wanted to tame it or purchase another bird.  There is no reason I can think of that you wouldn't be able to hold and pet a hand fed and handled baby bird. 
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-29
    Let's put this in perspective as each situation is different. To say one should buy only from a breeder's is just a cautionary attitude. There are many quality pet stores that have birds of all types and ages for sale. There is no problem buying a handfed baby bird from a pet store that is dedicated to providing well taken care of babies for sale. Many times stores will have older birds for sale too, usually coming in from people who couldn't keep them anymore, for whatever reason.  The store themselves can tell you if a baby in their care is hand fed and well socialized, or if it is a bird that isn't as receptive even if handfed. They can give you the background on each bird and you can make an intelligent decision.  So if you know the store, can observe how they handle the pets they offer, and have a discussion about your needs and what they have availble, the chances are you will get an excellent pet.
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