Animal Stories - Dusky Conure


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james - 2014-03-21
We had our dusky conure for seven years before discovering he was a she - an egg. She is a VIP in our household but when we were out at work she was lonely and we were guilt ridden. We'd researched for years, introducing a companion but advice was mostly negative, even from a local bird sanctuary. 7 years later we adopted an unwanted male dusky conure, 5 years old. They were kept in separate cages, next to each other and had limited contact for 4 months, they tolerated each other you could say. Suddenly they clicked one day. They are so happy. Seeing them now confirms how important it is for birds to have a companion. We went with our instincts and thankfully it was right to do so.

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Jules - 2013-10-07
I have a dusky conure and we named him coach, he goes by mini coach. We also have a great dog who gets along with mini coach. My husband I love our animals very much and we are dedicated to keep them healthy and go to our trip to our vet annually. Unless, there is something wrong or we notice a change in their behaviour. That being said, we took mini coach to his annual visit. It's been two days since we took him and we notice a big dramatic change in our mini coach :(. He was fluffy and standing on one leg, the same leg. However, he does eat whatever we give him. But he still stands and he has been standing on that one leg. Here and there he'll walk. But he was talking very much today :(. We called the vet and they asked when we came in for the visit, if mini coach got his nails trimmed? And he did..and I did notice that the doctor trimmed his nail a little short that it started to bleed. All I'm hoping for tomorrow is when I wake him up he'll be back to himself if not I am considering to take him back for another check up.

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RickELake - 2013-09-01
I have a Dusky Conure named Charlie that has been with me since he was 4 weeks old; He's now going on 14 years. He's very active and has a dozen phrase vocabulary. A few weeks ago he fell off his perch while sleeping, so out of concern for leg breaking - I removed the metal grate that normal sits about 3/4 of inch above the cage floor. I added more newspaper and cedar as ' cushions ' just in case it happened again. Then the behavior started changing. Charlie became obsessed with shredding the newspapers and began hiding under the remains. I became concerned that he might be ill, as hanging out at the bottom of the cage; lethargic, less talkative and seemed to eat less - none of which is a good sign, BUT MUCH TO MY SURPRISE - Today, my 14 old Conure laid a egg. From what info I read, the introduction of the newspaper as nesting material may have triggered this cycle. I know not remove the eggs until about 3 weeks and the need for calcium supplements - but then we are going back to clean and newspaper-free cage.

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birdluver99 - 2012-12-19
Hey peeps, just chillin with my Green Cheeked Conure, Menu!

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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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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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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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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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