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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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Mary - 2012-04-10
I had to go away on a trip (which is not the first time) and had my daughter caring for my two parrots a dusky conure and a quaker. They have both been together ever since I brought them home from the nursery 8 years ago. Now my quaker (Sierra) has throughout the years tried to mate with my conure (Duskie). I had been told they were both male...I do understand that sometimes mistakes happen and it doesn't matter because they are my family. But to get back to my question. When I came home there were two eggs at the bottom of the cage. I have to assume that Duskie laid them since it is always Sierra who tries to ride Duskie. I know nothing about breeding. Is it possible that the eggs were fertilized by my quaker?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-10
    Well, it is pretty obvious that one of them isn't a male. Yes, it is possible that a quacker can/will mate with a conure. Speices do cross mate. The egss may not be fertile as it usually takes a pair a clutch or two to cath on to what it is they are supposed to be doing. However, if the eggs are fertile and hatch - just enjoy them and welcome to motherhood. Some folks are just tootally opposed to cross breeding anything. The way I look at it - most of us in the United States are cross bred. My dad was Norwegian and my mom Scottish. My cousins dog is a yorkie poo - part yorkie and part poodle. So if someone is against it - hey ask them their background. The babies from this match will be adorable and obviously great pets. You can see photos of the cross at Conure Quaker Hybrid
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Suzanne - 2011-06-25
I have a dusky conure named yogi. I have had him for 27 years and love him to pieces. All of a sudden he is laying eggs. He/she never did this before.
What can I do? Yogi has laid 2 eggs so far and he pushes them down to the bottom of his cage and leaves them there. Any idea what I can do ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-26
    Leave the eggs there about 10 days or so. If you remove them right away - there is a chance she might double clutch and lay two more. No reason to do that but it happens. If she is totally ignoring them thenjust remove them. Females (all females) have eggs and when it comes to birds, sometimes out of no where for no apparent reason, she just lays them. It isn't something you do or don't do - it is just nature.
  • Suzanne - 2011-06-27
    Thank you for your answer. But when I bought the bird it was a Male at least that is what the breeder told me Yogi was? How come after having her/him for 27 years that now he/she is laying eggs? I have had him/her since Yogi was 6months old.. Thanks for the info. Suzanne
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-27
    The breeder could have believed that Yogi was a male. They actually could have had the little thing DNA sexed and been told it was a male but sometimes labs make mistakes. Some females birds will live 50 years or more and never lay an egg at all. Some will lay eggs fairly consistently every year. I don't know why your little he/she would decide to wait 27 years and lay an egg or why she laid an egg at all. I do know whether after two years or after 35 years, it is not abnormal. It just happens. Now there is one other thing, I did not think to ask, but by any chance did you happen to add a new bird into your family?
  • Suzanne - 2011-07-01
    No new birds at all. I just have Yogi and Kasper my cockatoo. They are in seperate cages and across the room from each other and have been for 8 years like this. I got Yogi 1985 (born) at 6 months of age. And Kasper born 1989 and got him 6 months of age. Yogi is 26 not 27..Yogi has layed 3 eggs now, but all on bottom of cage. He won't let me take any of them away but does not bother with them at all. They just sit there.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-02
    I've had birds for years and this would definitely puzzle me also. Pickles is a Panama Amazon and ever since she turned around 15 years old, she has laid 1 or 2 eggs every spring. She doesn't sit them. They are not fertile. She gets totally bored with them afte a couple of weks and I just remove them. She is not pleasant around this time but when the eggs are removed, she returns back to her normal self. Good luck.
  • Suzanne - 2011-07-03
    Ok! thanks for the input. She does hug onto a toy that has beads on it. I have taken away 1 egg cause it got smashed, she did not like it but since I have left the other 2 there she is ok with it. Now she is biting her house that she sleeps in looks like an A frame but open at both ends, this is her second house, the other one she ripped apart also. I will just wait and see. Thanks so much for the information. Sue
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Featheredfriendsaviary.net - 2011-08-12
I have had a female Cherry Head Conure for 5 months she lost her mate
from the other owner, anyway I have had her 5 months with my male Cherry Head and they dont seem to bond? How do I get them to bond?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-13
    They will bond on their time timetable - not ours. True story. I had a female Hyacinth about 1 year old (Baby Blue) and I wanted her to have a mate. I purchased a male Hyacinth (Troy) and he was about 8 weeks. I hand fed him and Baby Blue would not look at him, would have nothing to do with him etc. Troy was a lover and even by the time he was a year old - Baby Blue would not look at him. If he went on her perch - she would actually somehow get on top of him and hit him in the chest with her beak. He would holler and run. After about two years, I sorta gave up and went and bought Troy a female because he seemed to want the closeness and companionship where Baby Blue just wanted us humans. I brought Midnight (female Hyacinth into the home at about 8 weeks again) and Baby Blue was all over Troy. Baby Blue was on his perch, in his cage, playing coy, would preen him and act silly. I don't even know how Baby Blue knew there was another female in the home as I had her in quarantine. Go figure. After a bunch of years, I have learned that I am not as smart as my birds. They have their behaviors, routines, rules etc and we jus don't necessarily know them.
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Elaine - 2010-06-04
What is the price for a red conure?

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  • Ken Thomas - 2010-08-24
    I gave $100 for mine and that included the cage and several toys.
  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    The price for a Cherry-Masked Conure varies greatly depending on whether you are looking to purchase at a pet store, direct from the breeder, or adopting a bird that needs rehoming or from a rescue/shelter. Price can vary from free to $ 300 or more. Hope that helps! Personally, I would recommend providing a new home for one needing to be rehomed (either through owner or a rescue/shelter). However, please be sure to do your research and make sure this is the sub-species that you are sure will fit correctly into your lifestyle.
  • fanny perez - 2012-03-23
    I paid 100.00 for my Kiki'. That's his name..we love him very much...
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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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