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   "Pooki" is just about four months old and he is so darn playful,... he can't wait to be let out of his cage!
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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..
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. 
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
  • 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. 
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.