Animal Stories - Nanday Conure

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   This juvenile Nanday Conure or Black-hooded Parakeet is about 5 months old. He is a super sweet bird by anybody's standards!
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maria tapia - 2014-04-10
Hi, I've had my nanday bird for around a year. She has always been happy and playful. Not that long ago she started acting weird. She has been avoiding me. She has two cages, one for sleep and one for day time. She has been spending a lot of time in her 'bedroom'. She also bit me and she really has never bitten me before. Every time I try to spend time with her she just seems so sad. I don't know what's wrong with her. Can you please help me?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    How old is she? My first thought is maybe she is sexually maturing and is going into a breeding cycle. Some birds seem to completely change personalities when they are going through that. My other thought is that maybe she is lonely. Are you gone a lot of the day? It's possible she is just craving more attention.
sandra - 2014-01-21
Hi, my name is Sandra our two nanday's just hatched two babies last week, every thing seemed fine. Today both babies are dead she is still laying on the other eggs, I feel so bad. Not sure what happened, this was their first flock together could that be why ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-22
    That could be the problem. Sometimes new parents are not always good at raising their first batch of young, even though they are doing their best. The next hatchlings may be better, or it may take another egg laying session.
Betty Clift - 2013-11-29
My nanaday had a problem with feather picking . By the time we noticed it, she had managed to pick her chest completely bare. She spent 24 hrs on an IV at the vets. And 10 days on L-10 treatment. Her eating habits never did change, and now she acts like she never was ill.

BUT her chest area still has no feathers on it, where she had plucked it down to the skin. I have put her on vitamins, hoping that would help. She no longer is plucking, but I was wondering if there is anything more I could be doing to promote feather growth for her?

Thank you.


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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    A parrots feathers will usually grow back over time after being pulled out. There are several suggestions others have used to help. A Nutritional supplement many praise is called Featheriffic which has lecithin, B vitamins, flax, and amino acids to help grow feathers back. Many use it along with a product called Avicalm, which contains L-theanine and green tea and is good for general stress control. Alone or together, they can be sprinkled on the food. If your parrot won't eat the food with these on it, a somewhat less beneficial alternative is adding them to the water bowl.
Anonymous - 2006-03-18
I came to live with two Nanday Conures when I married my husband. Coming from another country, I had never met the birds and didn't know what I was in for. We also have cockatiels and a few others which I love, but the Conures are so loud and aggressive. I would absolutely dance for joy if my husband would agree to find them a new home. Their screeching makes it impossible to give my toddler daughter a nap, and is very aggravating to my nerves. There is no place in our house we can put them without hearing the noise. I can even hear it when I go outside and across the street from our house.
Please think hard before adopting one.

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  • Mike - 2013-08-27
    If your nanday is covered this will reduce or stop screeching. I have a nanday living with a sun conure. They get on well and are buddies. When the nanday is loud I cover the cage and he normally then is quiet.
Lauren - 2013-07-04
I've got 3 Nandays living in a dead palm in front of my house. They fly away for most of the day, but hang out on the tops of some living palms I have also in front in the mornings and at night. Sometimes I see them peeking the top parts of their bodies out of their nest. I'd like to make friends...I do go out and talk to them when they are out there and often, they seem very receptive to listening and, instead of their loud squawk, they make little chirruping sounds. I would get a feeder of some kind, but don't know the best food to coax them.....they appear to want to stay high-up. Anybody ever make friends with wild ones? I'm not expecting them to sit on my arm, but hoping for some kind of comfort between us.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    I've never made friends with wild birds, but my parents have several bird feeders in their backyard which attract many different types of birds. Try getting a large wild bird feeder to hang in the tree and buy commercially prepared bird food made for conures. You could also add some fresh fruit, I am sure they would appreciate that! It will take a very long time to have them fully trust you, but it sounds like you've made a good start! The fact that they are chirruping towards you seems like they've already started warming up to you! Good job and good luck :)
Tara - 2013-05-23
Nesting questions. Our nanday started laying eggs ten days ago. We have a jenday but do not know if it is male or female. The nanday mom is very protective of her eggs. We haven't candled them yet because she gets so upset. Her 1st egg was 10 days ago. About 3 days later she laid another one. Today she laid another one, about 5 or six days after the second one. The first two eggs have dark spots on them now. Is this a sign of life or death. It could be poop too. If they are not fertile will she stop nesting after a while? If the first ones are getting old and yucky how will I know and will that hurt the third egg? The third egg has a small crack indented in one side. Would anyone recommend repairing it? I have heard of people using glue or white-out. I intend to let the mother raise them if they hatch so I am not concerned about taking them to incubate myself. I will feel kind of bad if they are not fertile because she is so dedicated to them. Any suggestions? :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-24
     Your hen is  in egglaying mode, but if there's no male then the eggs are not fertile. Laying more than one is not unusual and it's important that you supplement her diet with calcium at this time to keep her healthy and prevent egg-binding. Don't take her eggs from her until she is disinterested in them, which is usually about 4 - 6 weeks. Inexperience females may accidently break an egg, and it can start to smell. Both broken eggs and removing her eggs will stimulate her to lay more, so the best bet is to get some artificial conure/cockatiel eggs to replace any broken ones with. Make sure she is eating. She may incubate the eggs for long periods of time, so you may want to move the food and water close to her nest.
nahomi - 2012-07-22
I just bought a nanday conure and she looks like missing feathers on her chest I went to petsmart and bought her some vitamins for some plumage and feathers. It's my first time having a bird what do I need to do or buy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    I can't know whether the chest is bare cuz she is pulling her feathers or she is real young.  If young then just wait till feathers grow in.  If she is 3 - 4 monhs old (at least) she should be fully feathered.  Conures need a lot of toys and attention and distraction.  They love being with their human 24/7 and think we are one big toy made for them to play with.  If they aren't with us they need toys - lots.  TV is good and yes they do pay attention.  Cartoons and music work best.  I love (it will sound funny) but cash register paper rolls and they just scrunch up the paper or pull it and shred it.  However, they are shreddding the paper in peices and not their feathers.  They sell toys that hold cash register paper for birds but cheaper to buy the rolls at staples and put it in the cage with a piece of chain.  I would also bathe her/him with aloe bird spray. Possibly dry skin/feathers.  So conures are velcro birds and want to be with their human.  They need lots of toys and distraction to keep them entertined as sooo smart.  Aloe bird bath in case dry.  Enjoy and have fun.
  • nahomi - 2012-07-23
    Thank you. And well we just got her yesterday and shes not tamed at all so she bights do you know how I can atleast be aable to grab her so I can bath her
  • Jonny - 2013-04-24
    I also have a nanday and many other exotic birds if I were you I would go to a near by avian vet because there is a possibility that he has Thyroid problem which can possibly be helped with medicine but sometimes not this means parts of his feathers are falling out and normally it's just something you and him have to deal with I would definitely try finding by vet to diagnose the problem it also could be stress plucking which happens normally when the bird is in a new environment thanks hope you can use my advice best wishes your and your bird are in my prayers bye :)
  • Jonny - 2013-04-24
    I think the best way is gently pick her up with a thick towel and if you want to fix this problem she needs you to do that Quite frequently to get her socialized and use to you
linda Huthmaker - 2006-12-15
I just lost my beloved Nanday Conure, Pancho, a week ago, yesterday. He was nearly 40, and so dear to me.
I would like to understand is how he was able to hold onto the side of his cage, with his head drooping, and feathers splayed out. He died within 1 1/2 hours, and was barely alive, when I took him out of the cage. Pancho was in our family the whole time, and I shall miss him desperately.

Thank you for taking the time to read about him.

Linda Huthmaker, Torrance, California

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  • Sandy Thomas - 2013-02-19
    Linda, I am so sorry that you lost a member of your family, for that is what these birds become. The fact that you had him so long means he must have been a happy and healthy conure. I have a nanday conure also. I am sure you have many fond memories.
Carol - 2013-01-06
Hi i have a nanday conure, he is been with us for a week, he was just fine for the first few days, coming out of the cage, getting on our shoulders, eating from our hand, and then out of the blue, he got so agressive, we cant even get close to the cage, because he tries to beat. can anybody help us please, thank you

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-06
    Could an environmental issure triggered this?  Something scare the bird?  Maybe jealous of someone or something new?  Change in diet?
michelle - 2012-06-22
Hello, I have a Nanday whom I guess is now around 20 years old (I've had him 17 years). Lately he has become extremely fussy about eating and spends most of his time now sitting (similar to roosting I guess) his plastic balls with bells in. I am just wondering if the toys are destracting him from eating since he doesn't move unless I take him to his food! I have just weighed him and his weight does seem to have dropped, last time he was weighed he was around 135g, today he is 100g. Can anyone suggest some food which might tempt him to start eating properly again. Thanks. Michelle

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-22
    The toys wouldn't stop him from eating.  Is he/she sitting on the toys like he would be incubating eggs?  If you think he believes the balls with bells are eggs - let him/her sit them for about 14 days and then remove them.  Otherwise, let's try and give him some food that is easy and quick to eat.  Scrambled eggs with the shells in.  Mashed sweet potatoes.  Some cracked walnuts that you can put by where he is sitting (roosting).  Just some nuts - they like them and almonds are high in Vitamin A.  Nuts are high in calories and they usually like them really well. 
  • michelle - 2012-06-28
    Hi, thank you so much for your reply, and sorry not getting back sooner. I will certainly try everthing that you have said. I do think he believes his toys are eggs, so will try and remove them, I think one at a time. Will also try the scrambled egg with shell, never thought of that before. I know he likes a little chicken now and again. Again thanks for your help. Michelle