Animal Stories - Jenday Conure


Animal-World Information about: Jenday Conure

   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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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.

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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.
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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.
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Rebecca Myrtle - 2012-02-19
We have a nine month old or so (just about finished with his first molt) Jenday named Puggles. I was wondering if it was safe to have a cockatiel at the same time? Will the conure hurt the other bird? He's not aggressive and is very loving but I know he hasn't hit puberty yet either. Obviously, they wouldn't be in the same cage, but would they get along together?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-19
    Conures are very social and non-agressive. I don't know why they wouldn't get along - but yes, you keep them in separate cages. If they want to play together when out, they will do it. They don't know not to get along.
  • Rebecca - 2012-02-24
    Thanks. We just didn't want to bring home what 'we' thought a as a buddy to have the poor thing attacked or have Puggles get depressed and feel unloved. We wanted to make sure everyone was happy before we made a move of that magnitude. Again Thanks
  • Robin Gantt - 2012-03-15
    We kept a Jenday Conure and a parakeet in the same cage. They got along very well and we never had any problems. The Jenday was allowed out of the cage more often than the parakeet because the Jenday would stay and play and was not hard to put back into the cage at the end of the day.
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Rebecca - 2012-02-27
How do I get my JJ Conure to stop chewing on our clothes? I have been saying no and pushing his face away, but he goes right back. He'll even stop for a second to the word no, but returns to chewing. He has plenty, and I mean plenty of other toys and stick ect. to chew on but he loves our clothes. How do I get him to stop?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-27
    I don't know if you can actually get a conure to stop chewing on clothes. I gave up and gave mine old socks and socks inside socks to chew on. It worked.
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Xochil Rubio - 2012-01-21
We have a 5y old Quaker and recently got a 4month old J Conure, now 7 months. He is clumsy when
walking, hardly grooms himself and just a little at a time. So compared to my quaker he seems to be very slow, I figure it must be because he still a baby but I wonder if is normal or not for his age or if there might be a problem. I have been looking for Conure first year development, any coments or recomendations that help me?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-21
    His lack of preening may be that he hasn't started to molt yet. Jenday's go through their first molt at about 7 months of age, and then molt yearly after that.
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joann - 2011-12-20
I just got a 4 year old Jenday conure 5 days ago. Peepers is his or her name I'll call it a her. She hates me and snuggles my boyfriend. I'm hoping she will take to me soon.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-20
    Conures normally make a good all around pet for everyone. Possibly, your boyfriend reminds your little fella of the previous owner and it may just take a little time to adjust to new surroundings.
  • JoAnn - 2011-12-21
    You are probly right Peepers old owner had a beard and so does my boyfriend. But Peepers did take an almond from me this Morning:)
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    Just keep giving her treats and realize you are a stranger to her and she is pretty little. Cheerios, peanuts, shelled sunflower seeds. She will come around.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-24
    I doubt you are doing something WRONG. Conures are really social velcro companions and stick like glue for the most part. In the wild they constantly communicate with all memebers of the flock to make sure all are OK and everyone is in place. Mine is loose in the home and wings aren't clipped so he can fly to us whenever and he does. He is 100% housebroken. If someone leaves the room, many times he will make one big racket - I mean really big until that person returns or I convince him (actually via talking) that the MISSING person will be right back etc. They are calling their flock or sometimes a warning - before a storm is coming or a strange car or noise. It takes awhile for a bird companion to train us humans but we learn.
  • JoAnn - 2011-12-23
    Peepers was really loud today I gave her all her needs and left her cage open so she could come and go but she screemed all day what do I do or what am I doing wrong?
  • JoAnn - 2011-12-26
    Thank you for the advice Peepers is doing very well. She still screams when you leave the room but she quiets down faster when you return and talk to her. She still bites me when I try to get her to set up but it's better than her running away from me at least she is getting closer. She takes food from me all the time now. And if we tell her she is a good bird when she is quiet and turn our backs on her when she is to noisey she catches on. She can be quieted just by telling her to be a good bird. When she hangs upside down she will scream till we look at her and laugh and then she is happy. Silly bird. She is training us real well. JoAnn
  • Candy - 2011-12-29
    I have a Jenday Conure that is almost 2 1/2 years old. She screams when we leave the room as well. I think its just because they dont like to be alone. She is housed with my Green Cheek Conure that is 9 months old. They are comical. They def brighten your day with their silly selfs.
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Felicia - 2011-09-27
I just got a jenday conure parrot yesterday an she is two years old. I can't get her out of her cage or pet her because she bites. How can I get her to stop biting?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-27
    She is biting because she is afraid. If you were in your bedroom and King Kong came in to grab you - you would bite and kick. She is scared so let's slow down. Put food treats on the outside of her cage - cheerios, millet, cracker/honey -- and let her come out on her own. Talk to her, whistle, sing - whatever but let her come out on her own. Gradually go from letting her eat her treats peacefull while you just talk to her to letting her take them from your hand. I like cheerios as they can eat them fast and parrots seem to love them. Let her get used to your hand and you feeding her that way and thne just coax her on to your one hand while you hold the cheerio in the other. Go slow - if it takes a few weeks - it takes a few weeks. Your little gal has to learn that you are safe and you have to learn her language and her body movements. Getting bit isn't fun but you will learn her body position - head down, eyes go in and out and she's thinking about biting. Relaxed and upright or fluffy and she is waiting for a head pet. You need to learn about each other. OK?
  • Alan - 2011-10-29
    Time, sometimes lots of it, patience and small treats that the bird willingly accepts would be a good start. Rome wasn't built in a day, my grandpa said. :)
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Irene - 2011-04-21
Hello, my family adopted a Jenday Conure a few weeks ago. He flew on my sons shoulder when he was outside feeding our cows. I know it is a Jenday Conure by the photos seen on your website. He is very lovable and whistles tunes. I know he must have been someones pet, because he is so tame. He has a defected foot, that I believe must be from birth. What do I feed it, and what about bird baths? I never had a bird for a pet, and never liked birds before, but this bird is so lovable I can't help but be attached.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-21
    Attached is some information on the Jenday Conure regarding food, care, housing, etc. Quickly though, conures are very lovable pets and will attach to the entire family. A good name brand seed for conures (or general parrots) is great or you can do a pellet diet - again use a name brand. Conures will eat pretty much anything you eat but skip salt and no avocado and no chocolate. However, if you have scrambled eggs in the morning, he can have some. If you have vegatables at night - let him have some. They like chicken. I gave mine pizza. Fruits and vegatables are great for conures but remember the portion size. Him eating a grape is like an adult eating 1/2 a honey dew melon. Bathing - you can spray it with regular tap water or mine loves tpo be hosed down in the kitchen sink with the sprayer. The foot - to him it isn't a problem. So he is perfect the way he is. Just enjoy him and he will love you.
  • Irene - 2011-04-25
    Thanks for the info. We named him (I think it is a him) R.J. We could not decide on Rosco or Jasper, so we ended with R.J. He is so friendly. He is doing well on fruit and still seed purchased from Walmart. I live in a small town so it is Walmart or nothing. I have not tried a bird bath, he did not like the bowl of water in the bottom of his cage. Received the first bite yesterday, but besides that he is doing well.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-25
    Biting does happen although usually very infrequently. I think only if they get frightened of something or they are totally adamant that they do not want to do what you want them to. Go in their cage. It might hurt a little but best to just say "NO" or I say "No hurt mama". If you jump up and down and yell, they will think it is a game and do it just to see your reaction. Conures are gentle little things. RJ is cute. Remember he can have anything that you eat that is nutricious also. You can feed him vegatables, a little meatloaf, macoroni and cheese (that is fun), etc.
  • Alan - 2011-10-29
    I cannot stress it enough two things, get rid of any non stick cookware you have in the house! A friend of mine didn't know this and while he was away his daughter burned one on the stove and within minutes his crested cockatoo and smaller parrot were on the bottom of the cage. Number two, seeds are not a good source of balanced nutrition for any parrot. Do some research, order online if you have to but get them on a good pellet diet, so you don't saturate the birds liver with oil from the seeds. Of course vegetables and fruit should be a supplement as well as a treat. Check online to see which ones are not allowed
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rose - 2010-01-02
Mary, I'm looking for an answer to the same question. My husband's friend had a Jenday that was always quite friendly with my husband. The friend ended up giving Kirby to my husband. At first, Kirby was friendly with everyone but after awhile he became attached to me and now attacks my husband. My husband says the bird thinks I'm his "mate" and views my husband as competition...

The bird is still friendly with visitors. Just hates my husband and sons... Sounds crazy but my opinion is these birds easily get their feeling hurt when the one they love starts paying too much attention to someone else (human or feathered) -- and there is no fury like the fury of a Jenday who has perceived (incorrectly) the he/she has been scorned!

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  • Stephen - 2010-06-26
    I have a jenday and she is very jealous if I kiss my wife or pay too much attention to my family she goes insane, and tries to bite, it seems they take you into their flock. Any stranger better be very careful around her, it seems that she needs to get comfortable about them being around.
  • Mary Green - 2010-06-30
    Could be a male or female, I have a sun conure but he is a boy and the way I can tell if the bones are close together on the back end of the bird. The pelvis are close together it mean you have male bird.
    Female are their back end are close or very hard of the back bottom or if a opening space it mean a girl!
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-21
    Rose my mom just got a Jenday and loves her, but she has a tendency to bite her. Is this a normal behavior? If you have any suggestions, please feel free.
    Thank you,
    Brenda
  • David - 2010-10-24
    I had a Jendaya back in 1978, it used to sit on my head and preen my hair. Yes they usually get very close and treat you like there baby. Unfortunately the bird died after only 2 years, Tumor on the brain. Very upsetting. I recently was at petsmart and heard the typical squawk of a Conure and sure enough it was a young Jendaya, they love to squawk and scream, as soon as I came to the cage it quieted down. I almost bought it but i have a Border Collie who is very territorial, don't want to take a chance.
  • tiffany - 2011-04-16
    My Jenday killed my fish and the lady bugs I kept as pets since I played with the fish more. For the record, the fish could jump!
  • RoseMarie - 2011-08-19
    Boy, you've got that right! My Jenday Conure, Zuma, is sweet and loving but don't let one of the other birds, African Grey Temneh & common grey cockatiel, or our Main Coon cat, who is great with the birds, get to close or I get clobbered!
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