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Queen of Bavaria 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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Rosalie Huffington Means
I have a baby nanday conure about 6 weeks. When do they start talking and does one male or female talk more?
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Charlie Roche -
Although conures are quite vocal and extremely expressive, they sure don't start talking at 6 weeks. Not that I know of anyway. You should speak to your baby now and use all sorts of words, phrases, sounds "good baby" "I see mama" "I see you" in context. Hold up his wing and say "Peek" etc. He should be trying to talk around 6 months but will always learn but speech is more like above a year or so. In general females talk more than males. Ask any man.
Rosalie Huffington Means -
Thank you for your reply. I'm having my baby dna sexed next week. This baby is handfed and very sweet. Loves to sit on me.
I have 2 Nanday Conures, a female and male. Finally, after almost 6 years of having them and about 3 dozen clutches of eggs, we had our first baby. The female doesn't speak at all, or at least not in anyone's presence. The male says about a dozen phrases. Our baby is also 6 weeks old and hasn't spoken but has found its voice and will shrill when its parents do.
Nandays are cool I had never seen one before until one day I heard one squawking in the trees. I talked to him and told him to come here and he flew down on my shoulder. I took him inside and gave him water and food he was obviously scared and lost. But he knew he had arrived in bird heaven as he saw our Quaker, Pionus, Patagonian and Bluejay that we found injured and can't fly also several Cockatiels. I suspect he flew the coop from a breeder and was attracted to our home by the constant screeching, since he came in off the street we call him Bo short for hobo if we find out he is a she we can use the first half of hobo for her name. He is very affectionate and has adopted me as his pet as all the other birds have adopted others in the family as their pets. I am glad he came to our home ( we looked and never found the original owner).
My nanday conure is scared of me and backs away when I reach my hand out to him, what should I do to get him to like me?
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This is a response for birds in general,
You have to get them to gain your trust. So instead of taking them out of their cage you have to let them come out by themselves. For my birds, I leave their cage door open for when it's play time and they'll eventually hop out and when they're ready they hop back in.
You can also sit and talk to them through their cage. After a while he/she will come over and sit and listen to you.
You can also give them treats, fruit, or veggies.
Hopefully that helps!
I suggest just being patient, talking and coaxing, sometimes with a toy or food that peaks their interest. They are a smart and curious bird. I found that the height and position of my hand made a difference too. When my hand was at the level of their claws, they were timid and unsure. When it was too high, they were afraid of my hand. For mine, using my pointing finger as the perch at stomach level worked best. Also, I tried different tones in my voice. My female seemed to respond better when I used a more masculine low tone (I am a woman). Once they started to learn it came easy.
I think letting my Nandays hop in and out of a cage at will was a big mistake that I regret - it is something I did later when I tired of coaxing my moody female. It seemed to give them both the impression they did not have to do what I wanted them to and now it is a struggle to get them to 'step up' on command which makes it difficult to get them IN the cage when I need them to go.
PS - If you are timid or moving a lot, that will make your bird timid. I didn't know at first that they used their beak as a foot to make the first step and so I pulled away when they reached out thinking they were trying to nip me. Give them a confident perch. Some places recommend using a wooden perch for them to step on instead of the hand which might be an option if the beak is unnerving.
I am looking for a Nanday Conure. I lost my baby last weekend in a tragic accident. I am having a hard time finding breeders. I bought Archie 12 years ago in Denver. I now live in Tulsa, OK.
How to find a good breeder in my area?
We have a nanday and have had him for almost 4 years. He came from an abusive family who just didn't want him anymore. He was extremely afraid of us for a while, but my mom was very persistent. Now he cuddles with her and occasionally lets me pet him. He does not like men!
My boyfriend tried to pet him once and he made him bleed. My dad never tries to pet him since he had to get stitches on his finger. We have tried teaching him to talk but he refuses. I don't know if he has something wrong with him or if he just doesn't want to. We named him after Napoleon(the French guy, not Dynamite.)
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I was in the same boat as you. I have had my Nanday Jazzy for a year now and he is my heart but does not like anyone else. He was fed marijuana seeds and punished with a stick or squirt bottle. He has begun coming out of his shell enough to where he explores the house, checks himself in the mirrors, lol and has a very impressive vocabulary, except when he suddenly remembers swear words his last owners taught him. Please, give him some time as they are not trusting with new people, especially after those experiences.
l had a Nanday from an abused situation and he never did warm up to men...but he was good with women. No doubt he was abused by a man! Henry (as l called him) loved to take a bath. l had him for 12 years, but unfortunately he got Cancer of the mouth and l had to make the difficult decision to end his suffering. At the time l had him l also had two Cockatiels, one lived to be 20 years old and the other 25....l loved and enjoyed them all. l hope you have fun with your Nanday.
My son has a Nanday Conure. The bird is almost 2 years old. It (don't know if it's a male or female) has a lot of pin feathers. We're afraid of hurting the conure by getting them off ourselves. Is there another way to prevent or help our bird not get pin feathers?
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They molt about 2 times a year so they get new feathers. The pin feather is a coating to help the new ones come out . If he is fine with you holding him try putting a pin feather between your thumb nail and finger nail and don't pull slightly push in and snap the coating. If you don't feel it break it's not ready if it breaks he will then be able to get the rest of it off when he scratches himself. You don't have to take them off just break them and he will do the rest. We have 5 conures and this works for all of them one is a nanday, sun, 2 greencheeks, and a brown throat hope this helps.
My nanday is ten we have had her six years she has now lain two eggs even though she has no mate. What should I do?
My birds name is chak'o and since we brought him into our home... he has been nothing but a joy! Go chak'o!
My Nanday is Panama. I got him/her as a Mother's day present 2005. Panama was about 12 weeks when I got him. When I leave for work he says "Mom come back" and when I get home he says "Mom your back". He can also say Thank you, Kiss Kiss, step up, I'm Panama, bath, go to bed, pretty bird, baby.
Panama also plays baby, he lays on his side and takes one of his claws up to his beak so i will pet and stroke his head and all of his feathers. He loves to take showers or a bath in the sink. I take him everywhere. He will go to anyone in the family and some people outside of the family as long as I offer him to them and if he is in the mood. Although, I did have someone come up behind me and try to take him and he did bite them and draw blood. Panama is momma's bird and loves to be on my shoulders to do chores around the house. He makes life interesting and eats everything we do.