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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danielle - 2010-12-29
Hi,
My partner and I purchased ourselves a green cheeked conure about 10 months ago. His name is Dani, well we don't know his sex but either way we love him :) He's very curious and likes to poke his head into things like boxes and cups and stuff like that. He is hand raised and can be taken outside where he will sit our shoulder and wolf whistle at people who walk by :) He's friendly but very protective of my partner and I to the point where if someone walks over to one of us while we are sitting on the couch he will chase them with his mouth wide open :)
We were thinking of breeding our beautiful boy/girl and were hoping for some tips also :) Thanks and hope that your experience is as wonderful as ours :)

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Michael - 2010-12-21
Deb & I just got our first conure, we had been raising lovebirds and currently have three birds, a fischers lovebird, male, named Snow, a lutino peach faced lovebird, female, named Kane, and, a standard peach face, female, named Star, our conure was born on 27OCT2010, in fact we are actually finishing the weaning process, our conure's name is Kris, a yellow sided green checked conure, later, in about 8 months we will sex our conure, Kris is adapting very well to our home!

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Lyn - 2010-09-06
I brought home my first Conure today. Kiwi is about 1 1/2 years old. He seems small to me, but maybe I'm not used to the green-cheeked sub-species. He rode home on my shoulder and snuggled into my hair. I'm in love already.

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  • Betsy - 2010-11-22
    Lyn, We JUST purchased our conure, Gaspatcho (Gus) and we love him too! What a crazy little guy. My 14 year old son has fallen head over heels and he has spent more time out of his cage than in! We have been surfing to get as much info. as possible. Ours is 6 months and is about 9 inches from head to tail. Betsy
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Rachel - 2010-11-20
I just got a Cinnamon Green Cheeked Conure.:] he's 7 months old. He is very sweet and curious. His name is Montizuma, Monti for short... I love your website :] I have a 5 year old parakeet as well. Are conures good with other birds? I'm scared to introduce them because Monti has such a hard bite and I don't want him to hurt Cloud, my parakeet. I'd just like to know if it's safe to introduce them once Monti is used to his new home?

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terrilynne - 2010-10-04
We just got a greencheek conure he is 6 months old ...how to get him to trust you? I've been dying to hold him but he flies away, I have tried treats and bribery ...

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  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    First, you must remember that your parrot is STILL a baby. Having a parrot is very similar to having a "toddler for life" so to speak. His attention span will be lower right now than as he slowly matures.

    Second, I highly recommend that you research and read up on the body language of parrots. This is generally universal no matter which species or sub-species your parrot is. This will help you know if your bird is becoming too upset, frightened, etc. while you are working with your new baby.

    Third, as excited as you are, don't rush it. He will be with you for several decades to come. Start slow. Many birds are territorial about their cage, so if you are unable to handle him or get him to "step-up" on your finger or hand or a perch while he is inside his cage, work with him in a small room when he is outside of it. One of the most important things you will need to teach him is to "step-up". This is when he will step up onto a finger (keep your finger relaxed and curved, not straight- this shows the bird you are relaxed and non-threatening), hand, arm, or even a perch. Teach the bird the command "step-up" when you want him to step up.

    Also, when you notice the bird starting to develop a bad habit, or bad behavior, NEVER hit a bird, and NEVER yell at a bird. Its fairly easy, though can be time consuming, to retrain behaviors and habits. But its rewarding. For example, if the bird starts "nipping" or "biting", whether or not he draws blood or not, it is NOT acceptable. Say in a firm commanding voice, "Ehhh! No bite!". When you have the birds attention, and the bird listened to you and stopped, reward with the bird with verbal praise by changing the tone of your voice to happy and upbeat when you give the verbal praise. Also, don't jerk your hand or finger away, its impulse and difficult, instead slowly pull your finger or hand away and give the correct command.

    The more attention you give your bird, even instead the cage, the better a relationship you will have with your bird.

    Hope this helps you get on the right track to an enjoyable relationship with your new baby!
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Heather Green - 2010-04-25
I have a green cheeked conure and have noticed on a few occasions that the white around his eyes look a little bit red sometimes. I wondered if anyone else has noticed this?

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  • Caroline Normile - 2010-09-24
    I too have noticed this and I think it is similar to how Macaws "blush". Keep an eye (no pun intended) on when it happens and see if it linked to something that is stimulating to him.
  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    I'm not very familiar with this sub-species of Conures, but I DO know that there are several parrot species and sub-species who "blush", meaning the normally white or flesh colored area around their eyes turns a pink to red if they are upset, overly excited, or scared.

    This may be the reason for the color change. If you notice that this doesn't seem to be the issue, I would recommend that you take your parrot to the vet for a well-check.

    Hope this helps!
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miranda - 2010-08-30
i also have a gcc and can't belive how many people feed them BAD food. Human processed food is crap and will not only shorten their life but will kill them.

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Barb Digmann - 2010-08-26
I have a beautiful GCC. We have had him since he was 4 months old. He will be three in two months. We have just met a cute Pineapple green cheek. Dose anyone know If my bird will except a new friend or is this a bad idea.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-27
    There should be no problem getting him a friend, but you should introduce them slowly. Start by putting them in separate cages and slowly move them closer and closer until they are next to each other. Watch their behavior towards each other for signs of aggression. Go slow (if needed) and they should begin to like each other over time. Be aware also that birds that have each other will usually become less attached to the human in their lives and more attached to each other.
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gakomuto - 2010-03-22
I have a green cheek that is one year old but I don't know if it is female or male how can I know what it is?

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  • Ryan - 2010-06-03
    You can get your bird sexed or a DNA scan or something like that.
  • Jacinta - 2010-07-10
    Go to the vet is the best way or you can wait for sexual maturity and see the behaviors displayed but this isn't advisable.
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Jeanny - 2010-04-12
I just recently bought a five-month old Fancy Green Cheek Conure I have named Lexis. Immediately she bonded with me and I'm trying to train her more advanced tricks such as lying on her back. She is VERY intelligent and knows "step up" and "step down". She loves being stroked on her head. I feel more confident handling her because of my experiences with my old Dusky-Headed Conure, Wiecho. I just love birds, especially conures!

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