Animal Stories - Jenday Conure

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   The Jenday Conure is probably the best known of the Aratinga conures, as well as being one of the most popular and commonly kept!
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Vivian - 2012-01-11
My conure is almost 2 years old and we have had her for more than one year. Usually she is very lovely and get along with everyone in the family. My husband and I always let her play outside of her cage until 3 months ago when she suddenly started to bite some visitors very hard. After the same attack happened a few times, we started to put her into the cage when we have visitors. However, yesterday, after her attacked one lady who is my mothers friend, she attacked my mother twice as well. We thought maybe she was just confused about the two people and after one night, she would remember my mother again.

Unfortunatly, she flew to my mother and bit her hard again when she saw her at the kitchen this morning. I had to put her into the cage sadly because my mother is so scared. I feel bad and worried. I do not want to lock her in the cage all the time, but I am afraid that she will attack my mother again. What should I do?

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  • Vivian - 2012-01-11
    Thank you very much Charlie. I feel better now after read your comments. You are right, she likes to sit on the chair next to mine and have dinner together with family, but I am not sure if it is safe to do so tonight. I think that talking to her and giving her little treats when she is in the cage is a good approach to reintroduce mom to her. I will try it tonight. However, holding her and getting close to my mom looks dangerous for now, because she becomes so aggressive that can not stay for one second on my fingure once she sees my mom. All she wants is giving her a big bite :(
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Sorta different behavior for a conure but certainly not unusual. Your little guy is part of your FAMILY FLOCK and has talken it upon himself to essentially protect HIS FLOCLK from outside creatures. That is pretty normal. A conure doesn't usually get agressive though but please realize yours is starting the big bad word PUBERTY. My guess would be that by accident or unpurpose someone frightened your little guy. It doesn't take a lot. My one bird is terrified of bright red hair. Little boy came in with bright red hair and my macaw went nuts - So probably a visitor came in and for some reason your little fella became frightened and yes - for some reason he now associates your mom with the visitor. Your mom has to be re-introduced to your little fella slowly --- She can just be around when he is in his cage and give him special treats (cheerios or hulled sunflower seeds). She can talk to him or you can HOLD him while she is there. Don't just remove the bird and place him in the cage but re introduce the feathered fella to the mom. Do it slowly. The bird thinks he is protecting you or possibly mis placed aggression against your mom's friend but it is going to be OK. Just might take some time and extra effort. Just go slow. Let the fethered fella go forward on his own time with your mom and don't try and force it. You can't just forcibly hold the conure in your hand and get him to make up to your mom cuz the conure will just bite you. You can set a plate for your conure when you eat dinner with all the good stuff from the table and let your mom give it to your conure though. It would be nice to know if at all possible what your moms friend and your mom have in common - ie something simple like a neck scarf or something.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Similar thing but not exactly the same. I went on vacation and my neighbor who knows all my birds and geta along just fine with all watches/feeds them for me. I happen to be baby sitting a proven pair of amazons for someone else and the female got out of the cage. My neighbor couldn't just 'pick it up' and I told her to net or throw a towel over it. She did and all was OK except my cockatoo who gets along with everyone decided that my neighbor was the monster from Mars for 2 months. My neighbor felt terrible and it took a few treats and talking before my cockatoo would not just SCREAM at her but all is fine now. I would just go slow and give the bird some 'forgiveness time' for whatever frightened him. Conures are forgiving once they realize who actually belongs to the FLOCK.
  • Alexandria Bunger - 2014-03-11
    I can relate to this....My JC attacks my step daughter who recently moved in with us...He typically loves everyone and would allow guests to pet him and handle him for a little while. BUT, when my daughter moved in he became so territorial... he would do this weird dance and hiss at her. We tried to help him get to know her and he started tolerating her (barely). She was on the phone and she told someone about the EVIL bird and when she hung up he just attacked her. He no longer tolerates her and if he hears her voice he gets into attack mode. She has since moved out and he no longer attacks anyone. He loves his family and she was new and not leaving at the end of the day... He just did not like that. I LOVE MY BIRD!
evelyn - 2014-01-06
Hi I have a 4 year old jenday conure we thought he was a male as we had him when he was 18 months old and have his birth certificate which states male, but last night he laid a egg. Although he has not been with another parrot. Also he has started to bite people when they handle a towel or tea towel, he becomes aggressive and bites, fluffs up his feathers and squawks very loudly. Could you shed any light on this behaviour?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-08
    It sounds like she's going through her 'teenage' years, and could be sexually frustrated. This is a pretty common occurrence with African Grey parrots, but all parrots can experience this as they mature. Be patient with her, usually parrots calm down over time.
  • Lisa Mischele - 2014-01-14
    I have a 3 1/2 year old male jenday. Let me know where you live. Maybe we can get our birds together.
  • Alexandria Bunger - 2014-03-11
    My JC is named Kernal Mustard, he is a little over a year old and he is something else. He is everything a JC is supposed to be and he too loves attention. He likes to perch himself above my bed and when I get ready for bed he expects to get under the blanket and go to sleep. I allow him to sleep there for awhile because I feel like he loves the warmth. He buries his head into the blankets or the pit of my arm and goes to sleep, only after he says thank you and a couple of other grumbled words I have yet to figure out. After a while I place him back above my bed so he can go back to sleep and I can sleep without fear of crushing him. I recently almost lost him to metal poisoning--he likes to play with everything shiny and I was unaware he was eating items he would pick off my shirt (metal) bedazzle type items....he ended up paralyzed for about 30 minutes and required medical (expensive) treatment. He is well now but taking a med to help extract metal poisoning from his blood and hopefully he will poop out the small metal pieces. He likes to be with me all the time and I rarely lock him in his cage but I have to retrain myself to allow him some cage time because I can't be with him 24/7 and I do not want him to get into anything or eat anything metal.....BE careful they make you think they are only playing with shiny objects but they break them into small pieces and will eat them.....Very harmful.
karen - 2013-04-05
Hi. I've had my conure for 1 year. He was approximately 2 years old when I purchased him. About a week ago I noticed few downy grey feathers on her chest..... 1 week later her whole chest is grey and little on her wings, any ideas thanks?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    It could be the final adult coloring coming in as they do attain full color at about 2 years. You could check with the breeder to see what their hatchlings look like at full development. Most of this species are very similar overall, but some may have more gray/green on the chest than others. There is a slight chance of a hybridization, as they have been known to be crossed with Nanday Conures, though that's pretty unlikely.
Kathy Jackson - 2013-04-03
I have a Jenday Conure who is 5 years old he used to be really loving, I`ve had him for 3 years but for some reason he has turned mean. he won`t even come on my finger anymore. I do work all day, but I`m home in the evenings and we spend time together, I try, My Mom died recently and she was always home, but she never played with him but someone was always there and their was noise in the house, do you think he lonely that`s why he acting this way.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    Birds are very social, so it could very well be that he is lonely. Even though your mom didn't handle him, having a constant companion would have been a big thing in his life. With her gone, it sounds like he may now be very isolated for hours at a time and that could be causing mood changes and depression.
samantha snyder - 2013-02-11
I have a Male sun conure, my question is can two male conures (different types) be placed in the same cage, or will they become territorial? This question arose because the the breeder will not pay to have the bird sexed...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-11
    There is a good chance they could get along together. Conures in general are social and friendly birds and in the wild will often live together in pairs or flocks of up to 15 birds! But, depending on how long yours has been alone, he may be wary of a second bird at first. You might want to introduce them in a play area first or put their cages next to each other to see if they get along.
  • samantha snyder - 2013-02-11
    Thank you got your help!
Premnath Rajcoomar - 2013-01-07
I have a Jenday Conure, about 6 weeks old. I would like to tame him, so that he can live freely. Should I cut his wings to prevent him from flying away? I would also like to have some tips for taming and teaching him some words or names.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-08
    The best advice I can give you for taming and training conures is patience. It takes a lot of dedication, repetition, and patience to teach birds tricks and words. It is a very good idea to have his wings trimmed if you don't want to risk losing him out an open door or window when letting him roam free around the house. Here is more information on conure training.
Shelly Mickey - 2012-10-28
We had gotten a 14 month old Jenday Conure from someone who really didnt have the time to spend with it and she had gotten it from a pet store when it was 6 months old. It is afraid of hands. Now when you put a wood perch in front of it and say up, it will go up on it. Now if you were to move your hand around it, it hurries up and moves away. You can try and try to slowly put your finger towards and and say up it dodges it as fast as possible. The ex owner said that Sunny was in the pet store for to long and all the people and kids poking their fingers at it caused it to be the way it is. Now I do have to say is that when sunny gets on his stick he will follow it to the end and climb up your arm and perch on your shoulder. Now if he sees your hand move close to it it moves away quickly. Ok now, I have had this bird now for 2 months now. Sunny gets all excited when it sees me but as soon as I go to change his cage he freaks out because he sees my hand coming into the cage. I would love to be able to touch it and do all the thing everyone else doing with theirs. What do I need to do to do that. HELP!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-28
    Not sure but my guess is the mirror - puberty and spring right around the spring.  However, being that all the work you went through - you got the plucking stopped.  Better the 'quacking' than the plucking.  Maybe you could try and remove the mirror when you are home and he can see you and see what happens. Hand shy - it's hard but it is workable.  You can get him out of his cage and everything so let's just keep doing what you are doing but try to give him treats with your hand.  Cheerios work good - normally.  Sit down on the floor with him or on the bed and let him come up into your lap to get cheerios and then just hold one cheerio at a time.  So first let him climb up into your lap with a towel on your lap and a few treats - hands away.  Then just let your hands sit on the towel.  Then try and hold one treat at a time with your hand.  Just try maybe 10 minutes a day - could take a few weeks but should work.
  • sam - 2013-01-03
    You are not spending enough time with your bird. Conures are very affectioante and will allow you to touch only if they trust you and trust can only come if you spend at least 2 to 3 hours daily with it.
Connie - 2012-12-31
My Jenday Conure is so sweet and loving. I came home from work one day for lunch and he was being amorous with one of his toys is this normal behavior I had never seen this happen before.

Henriette - 2012-08-13
Hi, we have 2 jenday's (one we got from a friend who immigrated and the other we bought from an amazing bird shop). Initially we agreed that they were 'gay' because they didn't breed but this morning when I got to their cage I found an egg (yippeee!). My questions are... 1) We have a night cage for them to sleep inside during winter and that is where she laid her egg. I moved the egg to the big cage which we will bring inside for the rest of Aug..Did I do the right thing? 2)How long after the first egg will the second (and 3rd) egg be laid? 3) Do we keep both birds in the same cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    You already moved the egg so why worry - probably fine.  They will usually lay 3 - 4 eggs - 1 to 2 days apart and start seriously incubating after the last egg is laid.  If you get 6 or more eggs, you have two females.  Yes, you keep both birds in the same cage.  He helps by feeding her.
Tim Nava - 2012-03-30
I have a 1 month old and 2 week old Jenday Conure. It has been weaned but it's a miracle that it's eating and drinking and pooping. Of course his name is Sonny but I have a question. Is it ok if I take him out to petstores like petsmart or pet fun or should I wait he's really tame but young.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-30
    Never ever in a gillion years take your bird to a pet store unless extremely reputable parrot store and there are very few of those. Pet chains get birds from wherever they can get them at the cheapest prices from whatever breeder. Disease, poor health and sick birds are common and a person is just downright lucky if they get a bird and it is healthy. They sure can't really know the age. P{eople write in all the time about buying from these chains and bird dies a week later or they can't handle the bird, bird bites or cage bound so never ever take a bird to a pet chain. You can take him anywhere else (not bird shows though either). If you go to a bird show or handle a bird at a store make sure you throughly wash your hands before picking your little guy up. Weaned --- seeems a little early - not to early to be eating on his own but a little early to not have someone giving him food. Why don't you try giving him some baby sweet potatoes or apricots with a spoon or from your finger before he goes to bed to make sure belly full. Yeah - I am one of those moms. No pet stores. This little fella should be so tame you can kiss his beak, tickle his feet and cuddle him all you want - might still be having balance problems with the 'UP' so make sure you hold him but start the 'UP' but just gently hold his back as he steps 'UP'
  • Krystal - 2012-05-16
    I had bought a conure from a pet store, but the problem is I cannot figure out what type he is he looks most like the Jenday (way to green for the sun) but he looks a little different and little less yellow on top of his head. Is this normal? He has been hand raised and is like our little baby. As I am typing this he is nestled up in my hair on the side of my neck making it difficult to type lol. Does he look a little different because he is a baby?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-16
    Conures do not get their adult coloring until after their first major molt. So your little fella won't have his colors till around October of this year. First major molt occurs at the end of the summer.