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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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Connie - 2012-12-31
My Jenday Conure is so sweet and loving. I came home from work one day for lunch and he was being amorous with one of his toys is this normal behavior I had never seen this happen before.

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mike silver - 2012-12-28
Hola trabajo en el zoologico de morelia Michoacan Mexico, tenemos una pareja de cotorras doradas pero una de ellas la hembra tiene una deformaciĆ³n de su pico como si fueras una cuchara pico inferios, asi mismo una hiperqueratinizaciĆ³n del mismo, y no cierra su pico simetricamente, estoy preocupado por que puede que se encesite cirugia , se agradecen sus valiosos comentarios gracias.

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bepasmom@gmail.com - 2012-12-27
I have had my paddi for 4yrs.he was a hatchling when we got him'kalihi'.named after the town of kalihi,ohau Hawaii.my husband found him in a 'bird mill'he didn't even know what that was till I explained it.now back home in Wisconsin I have to tell you he is my best friend.he eats anything and everything he can he barely is ever in his cage and 'fathers'all 4 of my kids.he's the most loyal and loving thing I've ever saw and couldn't imagine life without him.we've been thru thick and thin and have went thru everything from severe biting to attitude to molting really bad to every behavior you can think of.call it gifted but I got him thru every step and now he just blows peoples minds.lol.gota live my conjure.good luck to all

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elisea - 2010-03-03
How do you know if it's a girl or boy?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-12-22
    Hello there! I wrote about my red-masked conure last year. I volunteer at the local bird santuary here in Indiana. I love Pete to pieces. He is like sunshine in the mornirng, although some 'She' turns pretty mean and want to attack everybody in the household. His botton started to get huge and red, I was fearful that 'She' was going to die and was searching for answers. She enjoy being on the empty pizza boxes, finally I remove the boxes thinking it was irritating her botton. Last night when I got home she laid 2 non fertile eggs. Her name now is not Peter, now she is Pretty Priscilla. By the way is very detrimental to their health to lay eggs, my uncle John she needs calcium shells and other nutrients. Some people can tell just by examining their physical features by looking at the eyes or the color of their beaks, plumage,etc. If you take you red headed conure to an expert avian he will look into their excreting and they find out if is a male or female by looking into their reproductive organs. That all I now! Like I said when I adopted Pete he was a boy, now I know she is 'lovely Priscilla'
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birdluver99 - 2012-12-19
Hey peeps, just chillin with my Green Cheeked Conure, Menu!

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Sharon - 2012-12-09
My Sun Conure pees when he flies and I was wondering what I could do to pervent that.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-09
    Do you mean that when he flies in the air or do you mean when he flies from your shoulder on down?  Parrots do not 'pee'.  They do poop but essentially it is not liquid it is droppings and a solid.  If your conures poop is not solid I would take him to the vet as something is wrong.  If the 'waste's solid and he is flying down from your shoulder - conures try theire best not to potty on their owners and return to cage or perch to 'poop'  
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irma reyeros - 2011-06-01
I found a cherry head conure, he fell from his moms nest. I nursed it back to a healthy parrot. However, I never wanted to trim her wings because I always thought if he flew away hell find many of his brothers and sisters in the area where I found him. But... I have been so sad because I kept him for a year and he was such an amazing bird. Very lovable, affectionate and good companion. I just did not think it was fare for me to keep him in captivity.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    All a person can do is make the best decisions they can on the days they make them. I am glad you got to enjoy her for awhile and saved her life.
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caren - 2011-08-16
My redheaded conure was abused before I got it. It's plucking it's plucking it's feathers out. How do I get it to stop plucking.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-16
    WOW that is not fun and real rough to deal with. So much information and so many articles have been written - it can make a person nuts. In summary, most agree that birds pluck because they get stressed or bored. How to get out of the circle is the problem. First, try bathing with an aloe bird rinse - as the aloe seems to soothe the itching. Second, there are things like foragining toys or straw toys that they can easily tear apart and that seems to help. Letting them tear down paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, seems to help. Those toys where you put a roll of paper (cash register roll) and they pull it off and chew it up seems to help. Leaving them with movies like surfs up, cartoons with music seems to help.

    Giving them lots of attention, cuddle, talking any sort of stimulation seems to help. There is also those plastic collars which prevent them from chewing but conures really don't like them. I would try the toys, attention, bathing, aloe and even pieces of paper for them to chew up before I would try the collar and I don't know that I would try a collar on a conure.

    It isn't your fault. It isn't something you do. It is something where in the wild they would be busy 100% of the time just getting enough to eat. In captivity without stimulation, flocks and just attmpting to survive, some have a tendency to pluck. You have abuse and it is hard to turn around so just be patient and remember it looks like YUK to you but he thinks he is pretty. Now is a good time to start with toys, paper, bathing etc cuz molting. Some also just pluck during molting cuz the new feathers coming in itch them or prickle them. Conures usually love bathing and I pout mine in the kitchen sink with the sprinkerl on - he loves it. Makes a mess but he loves it.
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tara - 2012-09-02
I have a dusky Conure Willy. he is such a joy, my kids spend all thier time with him. He gets alot of love and he loves it. I have a concern about him though just last night he started shivering and been bit lathargic. I am really worried about him and can't wait till Monday to take him to the vet. Any Idea what those symptoms might be?? Can't imagin that something bad would happen to beautiful Willy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-02
    I would get him to the vet as soon as possible - preferably before tues.  Till you can get him to the vet place a heating pad wrapped in a towel on low underneath or even inside his cage.  You can also shine a light onto his cage.  You need to keep him warm. 
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