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    Hi ya, I'm new here don't even have a conure, but there is a lady who wants to give me one. She knows I love animal and take care of all that I do have. I cannot even remember what it is I thought it was a sun conure, but I think she said it has a gray head. I have never owned a bird but would love to have one. Can you all tell me about yours, your experiences and anything I should know. As the title says Any input is appreciated. Thanks so much and God Bless! Mel

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    Re: Any input is appreciated

    You have a lot of reading and research to do before you make any decisions.
    It sounds like it could be a Dusky Conure but there are several Conures who have different colored heads.
    Do a Google search on Conures and start taking notes.
    The first thing to think about is do you have the finances for a cage, toys, food, VET BILLS, etc. I wouldn't even start thinking about it unless you had $500.00.
    And consider that a Conure can live 30+ years. Can you make that kind of commitment?
    Maybe she'll give you the cage and toys and food which would save you some money. But you must have at least $200 available for Vet care.
    Check if you even have an Avian Vet in your area.
    It is overwhelming to take on a bird but the rewards are endless. Good luck and start reading.

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    Probably a GCC, (Green Cheek Conure), they are the most common but it could very well be a dusky. How much do you know about this bird? Like, what is his diet and does he have any bad habits? You would know if he were a Sun because he would be bright yellow/orange (see Gail's siggy above me) and LOUD.

    Conures can be noisy and willful so if you aren't prepared to take on a full-time pet I wouldn't try. They need fresh veggies and foods daily, lots of time outside the cage, lots of toys and perches and most importantly lots of social interaction. They go pretty crazy if they get cooped up in their cages all day long. If you can give us more info on him we can give you better advice.


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    well, yes I have already started reading up on the whole matter. I have had or currently have many different animals, but have never had a parrot.

    I have never seen him myself, actually there is a boy or a girl, she said she would give me the choice of which one i wanted... so is there one that is easier, nicer, quieter any thing like that? I know with dogs, in my experience my girls have been easier to train. just wondering if birds are the same way.

    I do know, they bite, she has been trying to break that habit before I come get it... Is that even possible to break that habit?

    I can find out exactly the diet they are on, no i don't know yet. Pat the lady going to give it to me, said they have papers... whatever that means. (it means nothing to me) . what happened was she had a bird some kind of parakeet, and her friend fell in love with it, well her friend lost her husband so Pat took her parakeet and gave it to this lady. well then this lady got sick and called Pat years later and asked if she wanted to take it back. Pat agreed and when she went to pick it up there was her parakeet and then 2 pairs of conures. Pat offered to take them and the lady agreed because she was sick and couldn't care for them very well. But that is a large responsibility for Pat also. So knowing how we are (me and my daughter) she new we would love it and give it a good home.
    We currently have 3 dogs, 1 cat, 16 Chickens, 10 Tennessee Bob White Quail, 1 Pheasant (most of these birds we hatched ourselves this past spring) and a 2month old pygmy nanny goat still on the bottle.

    Anyhow... keep'em coming! I'm still doing my homework.

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    Re: Any input is appreciated

    I do know, they bite, she has been trying to break that habit before I come get it... Is that even possible to break that habit?
    It is possible to break the habit, although if you end up adopting the bird expect to continue to work with it in regards to that biting.

    Not sure about the difference in attitude between genders, so I'll let someone else answer that. :]

    As you know, the absolute best thing you can do is research, research, research! There might be a possibility that this conure is not going to be very well socialised, so if that's the case be prepared for a lot of hard work and patience on your behalf. If possible, find out as much about it's history as you can. A single traumatic incident or abuse of any kind can scar a bird for life, and I do not recommend adopting such a parrot as a first-time owner unless you are absolutely sure you can provide it with what it needs despite any severe attitude or trust issues which may or may not resolve.

    You and your daughter might want to try to meet the conures at this woman's house, interact with them and get a feel for their personalities before making a decision.

    I have had my gcc for almost a year. He has had an iffy past and can be quite violent at times, primarily towards me, lol, but he is a full-blown member of the family and we love all the more for all his interesting quirks. ^^ If you do decide that taking in this conure is truly what you want to do, that you have the time to spend with it every day, the space for a big cage, knowledge of the do's and don'ts, and the funds for proper food, toys, perches, vet care and the like, then I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Parrots are amazing creatures and are capable of so much awesomeness,

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    Re: Any input is appreciated

    Re: genders. A female DOES present the posibility of egg laying. With this comes the posibility of egg binding, soft shell or misshapened eggs, multiple clutch laying, etc., ALL of which require Vet visits.
    All this considered - all 3 of my birds are female (I wanted males but it didn't work out that way) and I love them all.
    Egg laying CAN be avoided by increasing dark hours (cover the cages earlier in the summer) and altering the soft food intake.
    Do lots of research and remember "the bird will pick you".

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    Re: Any input is appreciated

    Cosmo, my black-capped conure, is a clown. He is engaging and busy busy busy. He does NOT sit still for a single second - we are pretty sure he is ADHD. He beaks while playing, but responds to OUCH! or Gentle! And has only chomped down when scared of something (say my blue highlighter - wierdo). He is a velcro bird and won't just BE. He is also the LOUDEST bird I have ever met. He loves his ball toys and his happy hut and he enjoys lounging around on his back. Due to his incessant playing he requires a really large cage to roll around in. Good luck with your addition!

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    IMO female birds are harder to 'train'. I say this because when they get hormonal they can get nesty, and if they egg lay then they can get really nasty. Of course, it totally depends on the bird. The biggest factor in demeanor is just how they were raised. Birds have such diverse personalities. Like...my Senegal is a lover, outgoing, not afraid of anything. My boss has a sennie who is the opposite. Bites, very nervous and scared of everything. It's all relative.

    I just think you need to do as much research as you can. Ask any question you want, we can answer pretty much anything. From diet to housing to temperament.


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    Thanks for all your responses. I'm still researching, I will go meet the birds before deciding. Hey anyone else feel free to leave comment, I can never have too many. I have been reading through some of the other posts on the board too!

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    Re: Any input is appreciated

    My experience with birds is that they're VERY smart. Mango and Kiwi have their respective personalities. My Sun Conure is very mischievous and LOUD and cuddly. My conure loves to be around people, she LOVES attention. She's loud when I get home and she's been in the cage... and she wants to get out. I don't let her out until she quiets down though. She loves to cuddle at night before bed time. It is very rewarding to have a parrot as a pet, but they are not easy to take care of... as some people think. They require attention and love and a good nutritious diet.

    In regards to bitting or nipping, that can be changed but do expect to get nipped sometimes. IF they are upset or annoyed sometimes they nip to show their anger. Mango is a nipper lately, I don't know why but she never breaks my skin... so thats a positive .








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    Re: Any input is appreciated

    Hi, please bear in mind that some parrots dont like children. How old is your daughter? My parrot gets very jelous when kids are about and has attacked me more than once. Also is this bird tame.It will be very difficult to let it have flying time if its always a struggle to get him back in his cage.You may want to consider having him as an avairy bird,but then you must have more than 1.I would always advice a new bird owner NOT to take unwanted birds or rescues,they have nearly always proved hard work and then get re homed again.

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    Re: Any input is appreciated

    one thing i thought i'd throw in there is that you said she had 2 pairs of conures? are they bonded pairs? if so, could you consider taking the pair and not just one? it might make the transition easier for the birds - they wouldn't be losing/missing their mate, and they'd have some company...
    rip percy, isabella, and little oliver. i will never forget you...


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