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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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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eversmileface - 2011-05-16
I've bought a 3 months old jenday conure from a breeder yesterday. Today is the second day for him in this new environment. But he doesn't seem to eat much. I was told he was tamed and handfed but he got pretty scared whenever I tried to touch him or get him out to play. I know it might take sometime for him to settle down but how long is it going to be before he starts eating his food and acts normally?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
    Because a parrot is hand fed, it doesn't mean it was hand held, or loved, or cuddled and many breeders tube feed whether with a tube or syringe. It is OK. It will be OK. Now maybe it is nervous and so off seed or you are feeding it a different seed. I hand fed and held and raised with stuff animals a lot of parrot babies. So let's try this OK?
    Go to the grocery store and get some baby applesauce and baby peaches and some rice cereal. Mix the peaches or applesauce with a little rice cereal and just warm a very little. Just so it is not cold. Just place on a spoon and put a little on your finger and let your baby taste or lick from your finger. He will probably lick from the spoon as well. Put cheerios in his bowel or even fruit loops as those are easier for a baby to eat than a seed or pellets. Don't be nervous and just pick him up and hold him close to your chest so he can hear your heart beat. They can hear it. It soothes them. You don't have to squeeze him just hold him close even if you lay down and place him on your chest. Remember the words "step up" "hug" "love you" etc so he starts to understand what it is you are going to do. While he is by your chest, gradually start petting the top of his head or sides of his face. He is just a little baby with a new enviornment, new smells and possibly for the first time someone is actually handling him. He looks grown cuz they actually get big fast but he is 3 months. Think of a human baby at 3 months. Just go slow. The cereal and fruit will help if he is not getting enough to eat and will also help him bond with you. You can also feed him little squished banana - anything soft that you can hold in your fingers. You have plenty of time so just go slow and he will be a very loving, cuddly addition to your home.
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Katie - 2010-10-07
I have a Jenday named JD that I bought from a pet shop. I had been wanting a conure for some time and he was on special for only $200 so I jumped at the opportunity. The clerks told me that they were selling him for his owner who could not care for him properly. I guess he was just left alone in his cage for 2 years. So he needed a lot of work.

I've had him for 2 months now and things are going well. He is flight capable and when I open his cage he likes to sit on my shoulder when I sit on the couch. We're also working on perching on the hand. He's now at the point where he lets me touch him.

What I'm having trouble with is, he's a screamer. I try not to acknowledge him when he gets really bad. But, there are times that need him to just be quiet. I have a black sarong that I put over his cage when he gets really bad and take it off when he quiets down.

Does anyone else have any tips for screamers?

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  • leigh the bird watcher - 2011-01-01
    Katie I have a house full of parrots and they all scream. It is their nature when they feel board-em they will scream. The first thing you should do is throw that cover away.. That will only make the bird feel insecure. the only time you want to cover birds of any kinda is at night it is a comfort zone. Put some toys in with him or take him out and let him/her stretch its wings. I have found that the TV or a radio helps sooth the feathered beast.. so to speak.. Good luck and give him lots of love.. Leigh the bird watcher.
  • Dan Farace - 2011-01-29
    They are all screamers. They would be the perfect pet if they were quiet and pooped politely. Listening to mine right now on an early Saturday morning.

  • Bryan Semones - 2011-05-02
    Hi. I live in a bus on the California coast with my jenday named Chica. She was chased into my yard by a hawk in Chico, CA, hence her name. She bit the crap out of the hawk which startled it enough to drop her and fly off screaming curse words in hawk. Chica promptly went into a little birdy coma, popping awake after an hour, walked up to me and quacked "where's the food dude?" We have been quite the duo for the past couple of years. To get her not to bite I grabbed her by the beak and bit her head hard enough to freak her out. She got the idea and hasn't drawn blood since. She has never been really loud. We live together in a VERY small space and she let's me sleep and will quack and screech a few times when I finally get up. When she got screechy last month. I mean ear piercing on purpose loud and she knows better. I grabed her like a chicken and scream into her head "SHUT THE ____"! As loud as I can into my cupped hand with her head inside. And repeat no screeching no screeching as I violently throw her in her room and slam the door. (Birds are tough little punkers) after 5 minutes of time out in the dark. I open her door and whine to her about my throbbing ears using the word screeching in a happy tone. Give love and pets and treats until the next screech and BOOM instant violent flip out from her human. Play it up and really scare it or it won't respect you and will take every opportunity to punk you off. My Chica may be a bit more hardened than house / cage birds so don't give yours a heart attack when its used to being unruly. She gets woken up and driven around at night. I run a loud generator that shakes her cage late at night. According to a smug headed manager at a petsmart my jendey should have died like 20 times already. Life as a bird in the wild is hard and cruel. Nature did not evolve awesome jendey's with a goo goo gaa gaa "my little pony" pet owner syndrome. A flock will gang up on a member not acting right and mutilate it until it straightens up or dies. It's their nature If you have a problem bird and no hippy dippy positive reinforcement is working. Try letting it think you are going to kill it if it does not straighten up and it likely will. Between me and the hawk Chica is one well adjusted shoulder chicken.
    Cheers
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Conures do like to make noise. They more toys to play with, the more distractions (television), attention, the less they make noise. They usually just want to be with you. I have always been afraid to cover a cage because if the bird gets tangled in the cloth so be careful with that. A sarong usually has very fine thred which cn be pulled and possibly wrap around the foot of your little guy. Peanuts, toys, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, almonds, cracked walnuts, dixie cup with peanut butter or honey in the bottom something for him to do or play with.
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Mack W Womack - 2010-12-02
What's the life span for a Jenday Conure? So far I have had this one for
about 30 years...

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  • Dan Farace - 2011-01-29
    I have read 35-50 years.
  • Amitabh Roy - 2011-03-02
    They live for 30 years but can live for 3/4 years more in captivity if taken care of properly.
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