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Queen of Bavaria 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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I purchased a 6 month old GC Conure four months ago and though he was rather untame when he came home, he quickly settled into a routine with some patience from his companion humans. By "triangulating" with my border collie, Blackie, with whom I carry on many albeit one- sided conversations, Ariel began to pick up speech and though his voice is gravelly, he has an active vocabulary of over 70 words, mostly formed into phrases such as his first one: "Come see Blackie." I tried to turn all "contact calling" when I left the room into intelligible but simple conversation, and now get to answer Ariel's queries about what I am doing: eating, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. I'm delighted with Ariel's interest in language, though I read conures are not known for their language ability. Apparently, Ariel had not read such information. If you want to stimulate language, I recommend an involvement of a third party (even a dog)in the process, and teach in context and as if you are teaching a small child. Ariel's favorite word: Beautiful!
I have a GC Conure named Shorty. He is two and a half and going on one, its seems like he's going to be a crazy baby forever. I don't recommend conures to anyone who doesn't have the time to spend on them as they are very sensitive. Shorty is noisy in the mornings, he chews anything he can get his beak on and he messes everywhere. He drives my husband wild with his irratic moods swings, one second he's a cute cuddly little baby the next he's an evil aggressive little monster but I wouldn't trade him for anything. He is such a playful little man, wrestling like a kitten, sometimes getting a little too rough but nothing a good talking to doesn't fix. He responds to most commands but deliberatly ignores the ones he doesn't agree with like "Shorty, leave the dog alone". We recently got a great dane pup named Sampson who is doomed to a life of harrasment from Shorty. Getting the dog really put Shorty's nose out of joint as he is no longer the center of attention. It has taken lots of time since Sampson arrived to bring him around to the idea of having a dog in our lives but now I think he appreciates another victim to annoy.
My Green cheek's name is Pete. He was given to my grandma and when she became unable to care for him I volunteered to take him. In all we have had him in the family for 8 years, but we do not know how old he is. He loves to hide under my hair and will even fall asleep under there when I'm holding still. Pete is potty trained. That seems to surprise everyone the most. He prefers not to go in his cage and he will wait until you put him over a garbage can or set him on the toilet seet and say "go potty". He only screeches in the morning to tell you he is ready to come out of his cage and go potty. We love him.
I was given a GC Conure by a third party. He had been ignored in a dark room for years. At first he was vicous and very nervous. Sudden moves or noise freaked him out
I love my 8 year old green cheeck, Icarus, but he is not fun all the time. He is loud a lot of the time when I am leaving him to go to work or just leaving the room. I have him out playing with me a couple hours a day, but he still is very needy, and wants to be out all the time when I am home. He bites me pretty hard sometimes, particularly as a displacement when someone else comes into the room. He hates everyone except for me, regardless of many years of trying to incorporate other people such as my wife. He is loud every morning at 6-7am. I am not trying to complain, I love my bird and would not replace him with for anything, but realistically, he is a huge commitment, and I would not suggest to anyone without the time/energy to get one. I can't believe some of the things I have read such as kids bringing them into a classroom and having all the other kids handle the bird. Mine would make them bleed. And it is not just an owner thing, I am a researcher and will read up and try to do anything for my pets. I do think people should get this bird, but know the bad as well as the good.
I have a green cheek conure that is around 3 months old. He is the funniest parrot I've ever come across - plays like a dog, sometimes biting a little bit harder than he should. We all love him very much. he's cheeky and funny and has started making mimicking sounds of words we regularly say. He loves to curl up behind my neck and lie down and sleep, making a clicking (grinding) noise with his beak.
I have had parakeets in the past and unfortunately lost one to egg binding and one to a philodendhron that I have now gotten rid of. I was nervous about getting a new bird but once I got to the pet store and met Oogie my GCC it was love at first sight!! The only way I can describe him is like a tiny puppy with feathers. He is into everything, chews on everything including my very tolerant cats. He has not started talking but I believe he may be trying. He does imitate a couple of whistles though. When it comes to bedtime he has also learned the command "back in your cage oogie" I sometimes have to tell him a couple of times if he really really doesn't want to go.;)
I Own a 3 month old GCC. His name is Ozzy. Ozzy is such a little explorer. He shares a room with 5 lovebirds and he loves to take a bath. Everytime he hears me come through the door he freaks out and wants out of his cage immediately. He's so funny. He is having a little bit of trouble saying his name but has no problem saying Ricky which i guess sounds close to him. He loves to play catch with our jack russel kato .. what a great bird.
I own a five-month-old green-cheeked conure named Mojo. He doesn't speak yet, but he does make some whistling noises. Being a budgie person until now, I can't decipher what his parrot noises mean like I can with my two budgies. He bathes in a small bowl almost every day. He likes to burrow underneath the paper lining the bottom of his cage and in his own scarf, and also likes walking through and under things. He's sweet and affectionate and wants his cheeks rubbed all the time. He likes to play with a ponytail holder--he becomes so absorbed with it that he'll lay on his back, waving it around with one foot, and sometimes does accidental somersaults. He generally ignores my budgies, but eats their food and plays with their toys. His wings are clipped and he likes to go outside on my shoulder and gaze wide-eyed at the hummingbirds and the hugeness of the world around him. He loves all kinds of food, especially fresh berries and fruit juice. Mojo's a great pet.
Animal-world your site was and still is very helpful, because I am thinking about gettting a Green cheeked conure and the information your site provided was very helpful, especially since I knew absolutely nothing about conures! But now I do! Thank you!