Animal Stories - Green-cheeked Conure


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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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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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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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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.
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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 ewe...no. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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