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Margaret - 2009-11-08
We just got a Peach Fronted Conure and he/she is so pretty. He kind of bites a little, though. Biting more each day, so I'm trying to find something on training him. Anyway, we all love him so far! My son, who is 11, wanted a Conure badly and researched and looked for a long time before finding "Chico" in a pet store. Great bird!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-20
    Biting or grabbing?  They use their beak to hang on or climb a tree.  If they feel like they are going to fall, they grab with their beak which hurts but just a little.  Biting - you can tell if he is going to bite by his body language.  The head comes down and feathers go back and wings out - or just two of these behaviors.  The eyes usually dialate.  That just means they do not want to be bothered and have a headache.  They just want to be by themselves or don't like what you are doing.  My opinion, biting is pretty unusual for a conure unless frightened or losing balance.  Think about what is happening that he is biting (or grabbing) and when he goes to do it put your hand or thyumb directly under his bottom beak, which will prevent him from opening his mouth, and yell a big 'NO'.    The upper beak looks intimidating but it is the bottom of the beak that has the strength.  If you just hold his beak closed and yell a big 'NO' he should get the message.  I'd still really look to see what is happening cuz most conures are real velcro birds and get along with everyone.  They will nip if losing their balance or afraid.  I do not cli[ a conures wings as they always have flown directly to me or a member of the home.  They are one parrot that just doesn't climb down from their cage and walk.  Easily potty trained and fly back to perch or cage to poop.  If wings are clipped, possibly afraid.  Look at the behavior and what is happening.  I am not saying he is not biting because it is possible but you can stop that by closing his beak. 
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J.Schmac - 2003-07-28
I have a peach fronted conure. Don't know the sex.
He is very attached to me and me only. Does not allow
my husband or anyone else near me. He is very lovable
but can be quite nippy, which I have not been able to
find a solution to yet. He has to be with me--will
not sit on a perch or playpen. He will fly to me. He
gets depressed if I do not take him out of his cage to
be with me. It would be 24/7 if it was up to him. I do
have him with me at least 5 or 6 hrs a day. He has other
bird companions which consist of a green cheeked conure,
2 cockatiels and 5 parakeets. He also talks quite a lot.
mainly several words together.

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  • tanwir - 2012-08-18
    do the parakeets live in the same cage as a peack front conure
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shirley howard - 2012-09-12
I HAVE HARLEY FOR SIXYEARS GIVIN TO ME BY MY NIECE, I AM THE ONLY ONE IN MY FAMILY THAT HE WILL LET TOUCH HIM,WE TAKE A NAP TOGETHER,I8 LOVE HIM HE HAS STARTED PULLING OUT HIS FEATHERS ON HIS WINGS AND CHEST,I CAN SEE HIS SKIN WHY IS HE DOING THIS AND PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS PROBLEM WHAT DO I DOFOR THIS? SHIRLEY HOWARD

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  • Dawn - 2012-09-12
    It could be stress induced, dietary or breeding behavior. Take Harley to an Avian vet to rule out illness or Pbfd.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-12
    Conures have a tendecny to pluck if they get bored or understress or something changes big time in the home.  I'd try some new toys, give him some paper towel to tear up or better yet - get some cash register paper rolls at staples and just put them on a dog chain - they love to pull the papper and tear it to shreds.  Beter than their feathers.  Stpritz with aloe bird bath and think - this time of year they are motling - big molt of the year.  So more things to plat with, more attention if you can, somethng to tear apart - even a fruit tree branch, leave cartons or buy a couple of movies with music and cartoons for him to watch - RIO is good. Surfs up, they do watch them.  So more entertainment -  try vet but i really doubt beak and feather cuz you have had him to long unless he has been exposed - and how- doesn't work - but possible thyroid. 
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Neil - 2012-04-20
Hi everyone, I am considering getting a sun conure as a pet. Although I have experiense in keeping budgies and cockatiels they were in an aviary and were hands off, so the conure would be my first tame bird. Are they suitable first time birds? I also wondered how much out of cage time they need a day? I'm not sure if I can provide enough time when I work an 8-6 job. Would a few hours in the evening be enough time for the bird or not? Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-21
    OK mine (conure named Billie) is in a 2 foot deep by 3 foot wide and 5 feet high. He has a little door he can come out of and go to the perch on the top of the cage. When I am out of the house, I close his little door just to make sure he is safe, otherwise he is out. I have had several (some have gotten marrried and now are having children) and they were all totally housebroken. So during the day they would hang out on my shoulder, hang from my sweater etc and fly back to their cage or perch when they had to go potty. I would also train them to go on Kleenex so I could take them out and just carry kleenex in my handbag. They need the room cuz they are active and like to play. Without the toys, room, radio, TV - they can get bored and can be prone to plucking. They are a real easy, fun parrot to have with lots of affection. Babies should be available now as breeding season is usually March.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    Conures are an excellent first companion bird. They are very active, very playful and pretty much a velcro bird in that they want to be on you all the time. Make sure you have a large cage for this little guy and make sure he has plenty (lots) of toys, swings, things to chew up and play with during the day and all should be well. If you can leave the TV on for him (honest) to some cartoon channel - even better. Or music. One thing - make sure you can hold this fella, cuddle, kiss his beak, pet him, put him under your chin etc before you buy him. Don't let some breeder tell you that the bird will be tame when you get him home. The bird should be 1000% tame when you purchase him. Best to purchase directly from a breeder. Excellent first bird - or even only pet. Yes, sometimes they will get a little loud but if you learn to understand them (and obey) that should be minimal. Yes, evenings and weekends - fine - just lots of stuff to play with.
  • Neil - 2012-04-20
    Thank you for your reply Charlie, I will surely keep in mind about the bird needing to be tame from the start. What sort of dimentions would you recommend for the cage?
  • Danielle williams - 2012-09-10
    Hello I have a sun conure on hold from a bird breeder store for 449 with a cage and perch and food is that a good sale? I have a bb here at my home will they get along? I asked her but she said they may but then they won't bond with me. Is that true ? Isn't theren certain questions I should ask or things to watch out for? I was able to pick bird up and she was sweet I the beginning but then she flew away and got nippy.
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Patricia Walter - 2012-09-02
My birds name is Oscar. The problem I have is he picked out all his chest feathers. Now he is working on his wings and back. Don't know what to do?????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-02
    Conures are prone to plucking as they are very very social and intelligent and they need a whole lot of things to do.  More toys, more chew toys, more attention, my socializaion, more out of the cage, ability to view TV programs - they definitely like cartoons and especially cartooms with music.  You can spritz him with Aloe bird bath but he just needs a lot more stuff to do.  Is his cage large enough?  Is he out enough with the family.  They are velcro birds and wish to be with their humans. 
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Henriette - 2012-08-13
Hi, we have 2 jenday's (one we got from a friend who immigrated and the other we bought from an amazing bird shop). Initially we agreed that they were 'gay' because they didn't breed but this morning when I got to their cage I found an egg (yippeee!). My questions are... 1) We have a night cage for them to sleep inside during winter and that is where she laid her egg. I moved the egg to the big cage which we will bring inside for the rest of Aug..Did I do the right thing? 2)How long after the first egg will the second (and 3rd) egg be laid? 3) Do we keep both birds in the same cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    You already moved the egg so why worry - probably fine.  They will usually lay 3 - 4 eggs - 1 to 2 days apart and start seriously incubating after the last egg is laid.  If you get 6 or more eggs, you have two females.  Yes, you keep both birds in the same cage.  He helps by feeding her.
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Heidi Michelle Hellstern - 2012-03-22
I had a dusky that flew away. Her name was Grisi. I miss her (or him; s/he was never DNA sexed).

I like to think she's still out there.

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  • diana - 2012-07-31
    Aw, very sorry to hear that. Try to find her! I don't know what I would do without mine ):
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Diana - 2012-07-31
Hello, I have had my dusky Spencer, for 7/8 months now. Picked him out right before he even had feathers. I highly recommend this bird to people with great personalities and able to always spend one on one time with a fantastic bird like this. I sleep with my poo bear every night! He is so love able and nice, except when he molts. He just wants to relax. Other than that, he is my everything right now! He makes me happy , honestly. He was supposed to be my moms, but I took over. He got attached to me (: I don't blame him. Lol. I love dusky conures. Great Fantastic AMAZING pets <3 I am sure you will love yours as much as I do to mines <3

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-31
    Conures make and are absolutely wonderful as human companions.  Velcro birds, lovable - yeah molting - those little feathers prickle them.  They are clowns and so much fun.
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JANE - 2012-07-23
We have three young conures, but have ended up with 4 beautiful healthy babies. just want to know when is best time to remove the babies from the breeding box and what to feed them when we do. How old do they have to be to feed themselves?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-23
    Hi, if you want them to be really really tame and lovable from the beginning, then I would remove them from the nest about 4 - 5 definitely by 6 weeks of age and hand feed them.  You can purchase bird formula at the pet store.  Follow the directions.  You can feed with a spoon or a feeding syringe and lay the formula on their tongue and let them swallow.  Do not squirt.  It takes a day or two for them to adjust to you hand feeding versus the parents feeding and they need some coaxing those two days. If you sorta pet the coreners of their mouth (where the beak comes together) they will start bobbing up and down in a feeding response.  Then you just lay the formula on their tongue and let them swallow.   If there is a breeder in your area, I would sure go to them and ask them to show you how to hand feed.  They would normally start to leave the nest around 10 weeks but the parents would continue to feed them and help them eat.  You would be hand feeding formula until they are around 3  1/2 months old reducing the feedings down from 3 times a day to two and then just last thing at night the more they eat.  You can tell when to feed them as their crop will be empty.   You would also put food in front of them such as cheerios, pellets, fruit, cooked sweet potatoes and seed, etc starting at 6 - 8 weeks.  They might just play with it at first but they will start to catch on. You can also feed a little cooked sweet potatoe to them with your finger etc - to show them that food is good.   
  • JANE - 2012-07-26
    HI CHARLIE, THANKS FOR THE ADVICE WE THINK THE OLDEST BABY IS 5 WEEKS WITH THE YOUNGEST BEING ABOUT 3 WEEKS WILL IT BE OK TO TAKE THE 3 OLDER ONES OUT AND LEAVE THE YOUNGEST ONE WITH MUM FOR A WHILE LONGER
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    I'd just wait a week and take them all out.  The oldest would be 6 weeks and the youngest would be 4 weeks and they would all be a good age to start hand feeding.  Most times it seems the mom is relieved but just in case she gets mad, I prefer taking them all at the same time, however, I have done it where i only take the oldest and leave the others for a few more days.  Easier to just take them all out at the same time.  Hold them a lot. 
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marlo - 2012-03-12
I have a female half moon and a male peach front conure..would they be able to have offspring?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-12
    Yes - conures can cross breed.
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