Animal Stories - Green-cheeked Conure

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Cory - 2012-07-09
My Cinnamon Conure (GCC) is very shy and quiet. Rarely squawks and clings to me, hiding at the nape of my neck. Should I be worried?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-10
    Yeah, that is normal.  If a person lets them be on their shoulder or lay on their neck, chest or hide behind their neck, they are lovable and quiet.  It is when you are in one place and they can't see you that they get really loud sometimes.  A person just has to answer.  Yours is fine - a loveable velcro conure.
sue makin - 2012-03-25
I have a green cheeked conure parrot, donot know the sex, it is 18 weeks old and is bonding with me very easily, when I give it a scratch around its his head and neck it of course loves it, then I will stop for a minute and sometimes it will turn around and kinda push its bottom (I suppose you call it that) right up against my hand which is resting on the table and its tail feathers are up above my hand and then it gives a little wiggle and shakes its little wings, kinda like a little flutter and then a little wiggle again, do you know what it is doing?

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  • Brandi - 2012-06-16
    You might want to check with a vet and make sure the bird isn't using you to masturbate. I know that is gross and the first thing you think is Birds need to get theirs too. You want to be the 'mommy' or 'daddy' but not the significant other. They will attach to one person, and that person becomes their 'mate' their 'better half' their 'bonding partner' and even new owners to a great bird will never have that relationship as the first one established. That's why you arent suppose to put a mirror in conures cages. Next to cockatoos they are the second most affectinate bird on the market. You want your bird to love you and look up to you and be your best friend...but not is lover. Im not saying that's what it IS doing...but I am saying be careful what kind of relationship you establish.
LaShelle - 2012-05-16
I bought my GCC about a month from a local pet store, but he is exactly one year old. My GCC name is Jessie, he is a lover, nosey, and greedy bird. I can't do anything without him stalking me. Jessie loves his attention he would do anything to get his attention from such as making noises, bobbing his head up and down or anything else. One thing I could said is he loves to bite me when I touched his red bowl anything else he won't bite me. Jessie loves to cuddle with me while watching television or want to take a nap with me. I consider Jessie as my child I do anything for him to make him happy, and he does things to make me happy by trying to help me with my homework on my laptop by pressing the keys with his beak and he loves to play mancala with me on my touch screen phone by using his tongue. GCC is a great bird to have. If you dislike kids don't get GCC because they act like a child; they demand attention, won't leave your side, make loud noises, make huge mess, and sometimes they bite hard. If you decided to get a GCC do your research first before buying a GCC, because GCC is not for everyone.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-17
    A Green Cheek may not be for everyone but there are just a few who wouldn't get attached to this velcro bird with its antics and affection.
Angela Wyse - 2012-04-28
Can you help our conure has started ripping the newspaper at the bottom of the cage, this morning the paper has been pushed to one end and it's staying at the bottom of the cage, not sure if it's male or female hense the name Bobbie, are they nesting? Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-28
    I have no way of knowing if your conure is trying to build a nest, however, they do chew up paper into little bitty pieces. I buy my conure whole tablets to chew up in little pieces and keep the tablet on his perch. That way he doesn't chew up the paper in the bottom of the cage. Good luck.
Celynne - 2007-10-25
My GCC, Peabody, is my first parrot. I had a few budgies (parakeets)before, but never a parrot. Peabody was four months old when I bought him. I thought he would be a lot like a budgie, silly me. Tiny little bird that he was, I found myself 'bird proofing' my home. I couldn't believe his deductive reasoning. It would take more space than I have here to explain what he would do, but it amazed me. I am a high school teacher, and this little bird had more critical thinking skills than many of my students. He talks... A LOT! His favorites are 'Whatcha' doing', 'Get the baby!', 'Whaz up, Nut', and my favorite is when I take him for a ride in the car ... 'Wheeeeeeee' and 'Zoom, zoom, zoom' (from the TV ads on tv). One thing he does that I have never seen or heard of about GCCs is he PURRS! I don't have cats, so he can't have learned it from a cat. He crawls into my lap in the evenings for his scratch and purrs! You can hear it and feel him vibrating as he purrs. Has anyone ever had a purring conure? Anyway, he's six years old now. A happy, healthy bird raised by a totally inexperienced parrot person.

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  • paul - 2012-04-16
    Yeah my green cheeked conure purrs as well. I can't move without him following me everywhere I go. He wants cuddling all the time. He's like a baby and starts crying for me for attention if I am out of the room. I love him very much.
jude silver - 2011-06-13
I have an egg in my nesting box. I would like to know if I need to remove the egg. Cause of the male but I only have one egg not more if anyone knows I would apperciate it if someone could get back with me and let me know? thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    Leave the egg in the nesting box. The female will start to sit the eggs when she lays all the eggs - usually 2 or 3.
order tramadol - 2012-01-31
so what do we do now?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-31
    If you want just the one - then give the male to your friend. The Male Johnny I am sure will bond with a human companion. They will adjust. Try and look at it this way - they had a teen romance - now it's time to grow up, be companion, be loved, be fun and when they really grow up and it is time for them to Marry - say 20 years old or older - then they can think about it again.
nicholas - 2012-01-16
Hi one of my green cheek conures past away recently and the other has been acting strange lately. If i get a new mate will she adapt to the new mate or be aggresive to it she seems lonely and I would buy a new mate if it made her calmier

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    Conures are VERY VERY social beings and want companionship from their human or their flock. I am sorry that one died but yes the one that is left is mourning and looking for her companion. However, the one that is left will also be more protective of her cage waiting for her companion to come back. I would get another one and introduce them in neutral terriotry - not close to the cage. Let them get used to each other for a few hours on the living room floor or bed - porch whatever. Feed them and play with them both etc. Rearrange the old cage - just move toys around or add new toys. Move perches around and if possible even move the cages location. Let the new one go in first and get used to it whilke you give the older one some extra attention and then place the new one in the cage.
    They should be fine, 100% OK minus a little squabble but just let them play together and eat together on neutral territory till you see they get along.
  • nicholas - 2012-01-16
    Thank you for your help. I will get one as soon as possible does the age matter? The one I have I believe is a female
carol curtis - 2012-01-01
I have a breeding pair of maroon bellied conures they have 5 eggs could you tell me will they throw the shells out when the young has hatched? Thanks.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    As in the wild, birds usually remove egg shells from their nest. I would not recommend touching the chicks, or nest during the first several weeks after hatching, or before hatching.
  • carol curtis - 2012-01-05
    My pair of conures has chicks do I continue giving them the same amount of fruit while they are feeding their young or not so much,thank you for any information.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-05
    I would let up on the fruit and do more scrambled eggs and leave the shells in while scrambing and add veggies. I would also do a little chicken/tunafish - mine loves tuna salad
    -- little more soft foods that are eaasy to eat and feed the babies and calcium and protein are important.
Judy Weldon - 2011-12-02
I am looking for a green cheek for my grandsons Christmas gift. I have found a four month old female that stays in a cage with his brother and has become territorial. The lady says he bites when she goes in the cage to feed, etc. The male is not so. She says once she gets him out he is fine. Will he stop the territorial actions when isolated and spends time with a new owner? I don't want to give my grandsons a biter. Judy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-02
    A person can tame a conure but not fun and should have a lot of experience with parrots first. If the woman can't handle her own bird - there is no way a stranger is going to be able to. Yes, will probably tame down after a time. My concern is a breeder that hand fed babies would not leave two together at that age as bond to the other bird. She should be able to handle them with no problems at all and give them to others to hold and handle. She obviously can not do this. Another concern I have is the 4 month old. The only way that is possible is if they were born really late in breeding season. Real strange. Conures are born in the spring. So she can't handle her own supposedly hand fed bird. You really don't know how old these birds are. They are not going to be better behaved at a new home and it would take a lot of doing to tame them - otherwise she would be able to handle them. A conure is a super super great pet for a young person. They are family orientated, love playing, they are like velcro to your shirt, affectionate and just a clown. However, I would wait until spring and new babies are born and I think I would not buy from this woman. You want a hand fed baby that your grandson can hold and give kisses to and will play in his lap when you purchase it.
  • Judy - 2011-12-02
    Thanks, Charlie. I just talked with the lady and she is not sure of age and says she has papers where she got them from the breeder. She says the male bird is very laid back and easy and the female has just started becoming territorial. The vet said the conure was healthy and probably is displaying jealousy and/or a protective attitude. Once the female is out of the cage she is fine and easy to handle. I am going to see them this evening. You sound very knowledgeable and I appreciate any tips you may have. I have a green cheek that I purchased as a 4 month old approximately 9 years ago and she is a great bird. Thanks again,
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-02
    OK you know the personality of a conure and how friendly, outgoing and velcro they are. Expressive etc. I don't have any idea how old these conures are - but it just makes no sense to me that at 4 or even 8 months or a year - a person wouldn't be able to just pick these guys up and hold them. With a conure, it is more you have to get them off you but they are so affectionate. Good luck.