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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Pat Johnson - 2012-05-10
We found a Nanday Conure after a storm in the neighbors tree 4 years ago. For no particular reason, we assumed it was male. I have been putting the bird out on the patio this spring in the cage, and today the bird laid an egg. Does the bird have to be fertilized with a male bird to produce eggs??? Or could another bird breed my conure from outside her cage??? We are extrememely puzzled and she is very fussy around her cage today, she is inside now. This is bizarre to me and my husband.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-11
    A female doesn't need a male to produce eggs. Sometimes they just lay an egg. If she wants to sit it, let her as she will probably lay additional eggs (up to 6). She may sit them but they don't usually sit them until the last egg is laid. You can put the egg on some shredded paper towel or sawdust in a bowl or tupperware container and just let her sit them until she gets bored - or just throw them out after 20 days. You don't want her to just keep laying eggs cuz calcium defienciency. Think of chickens. A female parrot laying eggs without a male is not all that unusual. Just happens sometimes.
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kent wotton - 2012-03-25
I'm hoping someone can give me some advice. I just purchased two Conures from someone who was allergic to them. One is a male sun conure and the other I believe to be a female Nanday. I got them a real nice cage and put a nest box on it just for them to play in,but now they are both sleeping in at night and I've noticed they have started feeding each other. Is there a chance that though they are both different breeds of conures but I'm curious if they will mate and lay eggs They don't like me to open the nest box. Is there a chance that they could possibly breed? I know it isn't good to cross breed them and if I should take down their nest box. Thanks if anyone has any advice. Kent

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    Because you have two different species of conures - it does not mean they will not breed. They will cross breed. It is not a bad thing. It is just that some people feel that you should never cross breed a species. The babies will be born and healthy, happy etc. Not a bad thing - just some folks do not approve. It would do no gfood to remove the nest box as the female would just lay the eggs off the perch or in the food bowl. If they eggs break, she might continue to lay eggs and run into a calcium deficiency so you might as well let them do what comes natural and enjoy it. The feeding is breeding/courtship behavior. No, they would not want you to open the nest box - it is their private place. Have fun.
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marie worthing - 2011-09-11
I'm looking for nanday conures parrots to buy.Can you help me? I live in Texas. In Henderson county but i will travel a long distance if the price is right. Thank you. (903)432-3214

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  • laurie - 2012-03-10
    i just bought one from a lady in Euless. $250 if that is a good price for you.
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Janet - 2011-04-06
I got my conure from a friend of my sister. He came from a very abusive situation and the friend could no longer keep him because she had to move to a "no pets" house. We have never nor intend to ever mistreat him, but he has a very "high pitch scream" that is used usually when uncomfortable or scared. "Baby Bird" will take food from mine and my kids fingers but not from an open hand (he shys away, like scared). Does anyone know how I can help him calm down and feel safe? He is even around other birds to associate with. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-06
    Conures are known for that high picthed scream. They love to make noise. Sounds like yours is hand shy. That can be because no one ever picked him up, or taught him "UP", he fell down at one time or possibly abused (even by accident). I just pick them up, like I would a kitten and press them close to my heart. Sometimes the heart beat soothes them. Then you can gradually start petting the top of his head or the sides of his face. I have actaully gone back to hand feeding them formula with a spoon which seemed to work and I pet the bird when I was feeding with a spoon. Hey, ice creme and yogurt worked too - just not a lot. Try giving him the treat in the palm of your hand or holding the teat in one hand white your other hand is extended out. It just takes patience. They are afraid and I imagine you are too cuz no one wants to get bit. I don't like to do this but I have done it where I grab the bird with a sweater or shirt and hold him to my heart. They seem to find comfort in the hiding in the shirt and once I get them close to my heart beat they see to settle. I have even done this with a macaw. Birds are like people, they are all diferent. Just go slow and be patient. I would let them eat off my plate - anything where I can gradually reach out and pet them with my hand so they are not afraid.
  • Richard Brand - 2011-09-01
    I have had my Nanday for around 15 years, and he can be VERY noisy at times. That is the main drawback for them. They need a lot of attention or they will lose their trust of you. Mine was very tame untill my former girlfriend, her son, and cat moved in. I was never able to give him the attention he needed and deserved so he now acts just the way you described.
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marie worthing - 2011-09-11
I'm looking for nanday conures parrots to buy. Can you help me? I live in Texas. In Henderson county but I will travel a long distance if the price is right. Thank you.

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b.m.l. - 2003-07-20
There should be more info on nandays on the web!

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  • G. Williams - 2011-08-11
    Did you find a way to contact Tim Anthony? I am also interested in purchasing a Waterslager from him. Thank you.
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Rosalie Huffington Means - 2011-05-01
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 - 2011-05-02
    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 - 2011-05-22
    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.
  • Jenifer - 2011-07-19
    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.
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Beakman - 2011-03-01
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).

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???????? - 2010-08-14
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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  • Taja - 2010-10-19
    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!
  • kjsacramento - 2011-02-02
    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.
  • kjsacramento - 2011-02-02
    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.
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Tod Tucker - 2011-01-28
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.

Thank you!

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