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Catherine - 2011-12-01
Lost our Blue crowned Conure (Neo) last night...My husband has had him for 12 yrs. Just out of the blue he got very lethargic, feathers puffed up and appeared to be breathing more rapidly. Has anyone ever experienced their birds getting sick so rapidly? I would like to know what could have happened. Nothing in his environment had changed. Would appreciate any info that might be helpful. Thanks.


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-01
    I am so sorry. I know what it is like and I feel bad for you. Parrots usually have a long life span and a conure is no exception. Just like anything though some pass at a younger age. When a parrot gets ill - they hide it real well for awhile. Instinct. So most often by the time a person realizes their parrot is ill - it is too late to get it to the vet. It could be anything from a inborn heart defect to possibly it ate something toxic. You can have a necropsy done by a vet but it costs and the chances of it happening again is pretty rare. Also, the vet may not find a cause. Things happen. I am sorry.
  • Catherine - 2011-12-01
    Charlie, thank you. I appreciate your reply. It will be one of those things we will rack our brains for quite some time. They are beautiful birds and Neo like the other BC's I have read about here are amazing each with their own personalities and endearing to their people. Really appreciate your response. Thank you
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-01
    You are so welcome. Yeah, I love the conures - my human has one too. They make wonderful companions.
  • Larry - 2012-03-06
    Our little Nemo passed last night pretty much in the same way. My wife had him for 21 years. He was diagnosed with a kidney problem a few months ago and was daily meds and a special diet. We knew he had health issues, but were shocked how quickly he went from normal to very ill. He blew kisses to my wife and went into the corner of the cage. He seemed like he wanted to be left alone all puffy and breathing heavy. Birds do hide their illnesses well. Enjoy their company. They are great companions.
  • Conscibot Amalia Tsakiri - 2015-03-16
    We just lost our beloved little BCC last Saturday. He was 8 years old, never has been sick, always happy, joyful, talking, dancing, laughing. And one morning, we saw him in a fluffy position, we took him to a specialized veterinarian. She told us that he has serious pneumonia, put him in a nebuliser and thermo-room for 2 days and then, suddenly, he died. And the house is empty and we are still quoestioning ourself and each other, what went wrong?

    It's very like your story...
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Tammi Fleming Hauhuth - 2015-02-28
I just got a Nanday hybrid who is now like 22 weeks old. When he was in the pet store he was ok, not agressive but he was with other conures on perches, loose all day in the store. When we took him home he changed into a biting mean bird. I have had him now about a month and have been trying to work with him, he will only come to me but now he is getting more and more agressive with me and I dont know if he wants to bite me. I am thinking about returning him to the store. I do love him, but am torn and dont know what to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-28
    Nanday conures are very intelligent birds. When a parrot goes into a new environment, they don't know the place, the routine or the people, and are faced with a big adjustment. The first month is actually the best time to establish the relationship you'll have.  First look at the environment of the bird. Often they will start to act out if they become bored, or get frustrated from things like too small a cage, lack of toys, or loneliness. Sometimes a keeper unintentionally encourages bad habits, so you need to look at your own behavior too, to make sure you're not actually rewarding the bird's bad behavior. Things like acknowledging the bad behavior by scolding or just letting the bird out of its cage may simply be taken as a reward by the bird. The bird must learn that biting is not the way to get what it wants. To train these birds, you must gain trust but also establish yourself as the 'flock leader.' Things like making sure the bird is alway at a submissive height, so no higher than your chest, both when out of the cage and its position in the cage, can help. There's are many things you can do, and you're on the right track because you care:)
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Bird Lover but mom of only 1 - 2015-02-04
Today drove 4.5 hours to pick up our new BBC. Flew down to a guy's shoulder in his yard (I'm reading lots I'd similar stories). They did not have time for him so he was scared and a bit nippy. But brought him home and within 2 hours, he was chatting away... and laid on his back letting us pet him on his belly! Sleeping now in his new Happy Hut! So far,so good!

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Shawn Ellis - 2015-01-13
We have an 18 yr old male cherry headed conure that lost his girl several years ago. We have had to work with him on several different behavior issues from biting to plucking etc.. It seems that we have made it thru most of the hard issues an we're now thinking it my be time to get a new girl! And we saw Lola and had some interest,One problem we live in Alaska! we would love any feed back on this if possible? We can travel and are willing to go the distance for our boy!

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Anonymous - 2014-06-17
Pepino loves to be touched! He is a 1 yr old halfmoon conure, demands to be constantly attended to. Can sit on a shoulder all day long, grooms and lets you kiss, and caress his feathers, wings head and under beak. He's a lovely guy (don't know sex so just guessing), loves my husband. And loves to sleep on our chest or in his fur house. Does not say much just 'Pepino' and kissy sounds.

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  • Joanne - 2014-06-25
    Do you or does anyone know a reputable breeder who has Half Moons for sale? I'd love to have one!
  • Gen - 2015-01-11
    I know a reputable breeder here in AZ. Message me @ luvmygirls_9597@yahoo.com & I will give you the information. I have an adorable male & he has a huge vocabulary & knows what to say & what they mean. He says, 'you're pretty, I'm pretty, whatcha doing, I'll be back, where are you going? come here, Kiki wanna come out? Kiki come out, Kiki good girl, Good girl, Hi, Pretty baby, Pretty girl, Hi Pretty Girl, Kisses (and makes the noise), Come on, Tiffany, Goodnight, Kiki go night night & I love you. Some things he says w/ attitude. I am having so much fun w/ him it's unreal.
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Tiffany Neal - 2014-12-01
My aunt gave her nanday conure cause she took in my dead grandmas hyecen macaw who my grandma spoiled rotten where it doest allow u to talk to anyone but him or on the phone he squawks nonstop all day long where the nanday started plucking het feathers out on her belly and under her wings cause of him now I have her in my quite apartment and she gets alot of attention and love I have notice some downy like feathers like maybe 3 to 4 on her belly does that mean all her feathers will grow back cause we by we me and my aunt goes to a store call bird fever said it might not grow back in so I wanna know if there is even a slightest chance it will plz let me know

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-12-02
    It could be that the feathers will grow back. Having a quiet home reduces stress, but these birds still need plenty to do so make sure you have toys and things for it to climb around on.
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bill - 2003-08-19
Hi Kathryn,
I regards to your question, I have a 3 year old Sun Conure named Gazoo, about the only thing I can get him to say is "Hello" which he learned all on his own when he was about 10 months old. Beside "Hello" he has learned no other words.

From my understanding Sun Conures are not very good talkers, but I have discovered they are good at mimicing sounds, and they are a ton of fun. Although Sunnies are not good talkers, but like all parrots they are very intelligent, and the more you hang out with your bird the more you will appreciate their intelligence, whether or not he/she ever learns to talk much.

Best Regards,
Bill

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Karen Mock - 2014-11-01
I adopted a Jenday Conure I was told he is around 12 years old.He loves to listen to music and dances he also loves to watch bird videos on YouTube. He has recently been very moody I can't seem to please him with anything and he nips at me not hard but enough to let me know he's not happy and growls in my ear. Can you please tell me what I'm doing wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-02
    You may not be doing anything wrong. You didn't say how long you've had him, or anything about his environment, but I'm assuming he has a good sized cage and plenty of toys for his active nature.

    A rule of thumb is about a month for a parrot to acclimate to a new home. During that time they are usually at their best, then as they become comfortable previously learned behaviors start to emerge.  Be sure you are consistent with daily routines and your expectations. Then time and patience, along with plenty of love, are your best tools.
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Karin Wessels - 2014-09-02
Good day our Jenday Conure, is a loner for 12 years now! We thought 'Toet' is a boy, but now al of a sudden it laid 4 eggs in 2 weeks time and Toet is alone! My wife is the original owner for 12 j and I only known Toet for a bit longer then a year! Toet excepted me as his partner and basically run away from my wife for example if she takes him out of the cage and I am near Toet will fly to me instantly and do not want to go back to her! I do spend a lot of time with Toet and is very jealous, if one of my dogs come to close Toet will chase down my shoulder to bite them! Why is Toet laying eggs and what are to be done with the eggs and what do we do to stop it!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    Nice to hear about your Jenday, sounds like a great bird. It's actually not unusual for a single parrot, at quite a mature age, to lay eggs, though it can be shocking to you. Leave the eggs with her until she is ignoring them, because if you remove them it will simply lead her to laying more eggs. A lot of signals go into egg laying, including longer daylight hours. You can increase the amount of time it is dark by covering the cage. Egg laying is stressful for the bird too, so an adequate diet is very important to keep her in good health. Increase the amount of calcium in her diet, you can do this by offering a cuttle bone, if she'll use it, or by adding calcium to the food. A trip to an avian vet for a check up would also be a good idea to rule out any other complications.
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BARBARA NEFF - 2012-12-31
My conure and love bird regurgitate on things,what is that and why do they do it?

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  • Melissa - 2013-03-09
    Birds do that to show 'affection' towards one another or even certain people.
  • valerie - 2013-12-11
    my conure does the. same thing. he really must love you. he is feeding you. you must be his mate! you ate so lucky! good luck!
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