~ Those Crazy Conures ~
Contributed Conure Stories

Page 2 of Conure Stories

Tuesday, 04-Jul-00 21:19:45 EDT

Baby Five Oh

I've always wanted another bird and on my 50th birthday my husband bought me a maroon bellied conure, only two months old, had to feed him by hand. Guess it helps the bonding, but since we live where we work, Baby Five Oh is with is 7/24. I taught him to say I'm a baby in just two weeks. He was supposed to be my bird, but he has totally stollen our hearts. He has two cats that are older, 16 and 17, and he has actually preened Swatchette, the younger, of course, Dan holds the cat down, 'cause you just never know. He wakes us up in the morning when the sun comes up with, good morning, I love you. He talks incessantly. He picks up words that we say, when we're not talking to him, We figure he's a boy (not been sexed) because he changes the tv channels on the remote and says, I love you, I'm horny (still trying to figure out where he got that one). One of the funniest things happened when he was about 3 months old, he fluttered down from his bedroom (cage) and Swatchette the cat was walking by, he chased after her yelling I'm a baby, I'm a baby, I'm a baby. She turned around and ran out the door. He also likes to chase flies, never caught one yet. Our daughter brought her new son to see us, 3 1/2 months old, she walked in and Five Oh yelled, Are You The Baby? How do you fall in love with a little bird? I don't know, get one,then you'll find out.

Rhonda Heflin
CrzyMHMgr@AOL.com

Saturday, 01-Jul-00 12:29:28 EDT

Stannie boy

I have a blue-crowned conure named Stanley. He is a wonderful bird. He turned a year old a few weeks ago, (we celebrated his birthday with presents and a birdie cake.) Stanley has lots of funny stories of things he's said and done and I'd like to share them with you. 1.Stanley was chattering away in bird language and some human language mixed up with it, and he turned to me and said "Good boy Sarah!" 2.Again, Stanley was chattering away and he turned and said something to me. I said "What?" He repeated the exact same thing he said before. I said "Stanley, say it slower." He said again, only slower! 3.It was one of those busy days, and Stanley wouldn't cooperate, I was going to put him in his cage, and I said "Stanley, hurry up and step up!" Stanley said in the whiniest voice "Nooooooooooo!" Then he made a sobbing sound. I put him in his cage and he looked at me and said "Ooooooooooooooooh!" He was really mad! 4.A bag of potato chips had spilled on the floor. My mother said "Who spilled these potato chips? Someones gonna have to clean it up. Either Paul or Sarah. What do you think Stanley, should Paul or Sarah clean it up?" Stanley said mischeviously, "Okay, Sarah!" Unfortunately, my mother listened to him! Our bird has a valued opinion! Enjoyed these stories? There's more at the web site below.

Sarah
DBishop302@aol.com
Stanley's Site

Friday, 23-Jun-00 18:40:02 EDT

Ryan's Friend Taz

We have a 7 year Red-Headed Conure named Taz. We had only had him a couple of months but he attached himself to the youngest member of our family - 14 year-old Ryan. We knew very little about parrots when he was given to us, so we were learning all we could. We knew that his wings were kept clipped and that he did not know how to fly. He could get out of his cage and loves to walk around on it. Tazzy "sqwawks" alot, and we frequently have to cover him to talk on the phone. One day, we forgot to uncover him. Ryan came home from school and was about 40 feet away talking. Taz must have heard Ryan talking and decided to learn to fly!! He came swooshing out from under the cover of his cage and flew directly to Ryan's shoulder. It sounded like a 747 and scared us all (even Taz, I think!) to death. It was hysterical!!!

Edie Wagner
emw1116@aol.com

Thursday, 22-Jun-00 14:34:43 EDT

Bye Bye Charlie

Charlie, sun conure, came to live with me a year and half ago. He had been living in a hardware cloth cage with no toys and was expected to eat macaw size pellets. He had also managed to injure his left foot and it was permanently folded under. A new cage, toys, appropriate food was purchased the very same day. Charlie, became my best friend, my crutch and my constant companion. On Monday morning, June 12th, I fed and tidied up the cockatiels and budgies. Prepared Charlies usual breakfast of fruit, veggies, etc. sat down with my coffee to spend time with him while he ate. He appeared to be fine. No signs of stress or illness. He ate a couple of bites went to the corner of his cage sneezed several times, held on to the side of the cage and appeared to be in great stress. Befor the vets opened and before an hour had gone by Charlie died. The necropsy results came back with the results a week later, he had acute hepatitis and bacteria in his blood stream. My precious Charlie, never gave one clue that he was in trouble I miss him every every day. Bye bye BAA BAA

Nora
nss@virginia.edu

Saturday, 17-Jun-00 22:05:19 EDT

Gemini:A loving little Nanday

She is my little angel.I remember when we got her,my husband told my daughter she could get a bird to help heal the pain she felt due to the loss of her ferret.We got her from a local breeder,my daughter picked her out.I liked her but didn't get used to her right away.Now she is 2 years old and she has found her way into my heart.I call her my baby and whenever I leave the room she screams.My daughter hasn't become as close with her as I have,probably because she has a new cat(who by the way is deadly afraid of Gem.)I have so many nicknames for her which include Gem,Gemmer,and of course,Gemini.Because of her I have developed a wide interest for exotic birds and learning more about them.I decided to include my story about my Nanday because she makes me happy and I want the whole world to know it.

Donna Verdet
VerdetG@aol.com

Wednesday, 14-Jun-00 23:22:57 EDT

kiwi the green cheeked conure

i got a green cheeked conure about one year ago...i was very worried when i got her because i had previousley had a goffin cocotoo that had bab behavioral problems and constantly attaked people. so we got kiwi after spending weeks resarching different types or birds we chose to get a green cheeked conure because of their great personalities and quiet voice. I chose to get a hand raised parrot and the extra cost was very much worth while. well now kiwi is one year old and she is sweet as ever. she can say "hello" "kiwi" and "kiwi go poo" because she is toilet trained and when she has to go notifies us by saying kiwi go poo well basicly i am just trying to show how great of a pet a conure makes.

melanie
melanie_77@email.com

Monday, 12-Jun-00 22:10:28 EDT

Mr. Bossy

I have a 2yr old Nanday Conure, his name is Sweet Pea. He is the best choice I could of ever made in chosing a bird. I finished hand feeding him and ever since then I am his momma.He calls out for me all the time and dances up and down on his perch. He loves music and will dance to it in a heartbeat. He is the most loving bird I have ever seen. If I could give anyone any advice on conures, is to socialize them. They do tend to bond with one person, but it makes it easier when they are use to other people. I call him Mr. Bossy because everything has to be his way!!!! So if you are thinking about a bird consider conures they are wonderful.

Angie Campbell
Stormeyann@aol.com

Friday, 09-Jun-00 02:57:26 EDT

My Sun Conure

I just got my Sun Conure (Sunshine) . He (or she) is a year and 2 months old. His cage is in my bedroom. He likes to spend most of his time out of his cage. (Actually, on the top of his cage) The only problem I have with this little fellow is that he never will let me put him back in his cage when it's time to go to sleep. (He always bites me, but other than that.. he's very sweet) So I let him do whatever he wants.. I just leave his door open on his cage so if he ever wanted to go in his cage, he could. But I feel this is not the right thing to do. Should I put him in his cage every night when it's time to go to sleep? He doesn't ever fly off his cage though.



Thursday, 01-Jun-00 15:09:22 EDT

Birds Can Be Heroes Too!

Hi, I'm Sue. We all have heard stories about dog and cat heroes but mine was a Half Moon Conure. I adopted Paco when he was 2 years old. He was not friendly and though I had heard conures could be loud at times Paco never made a peep.Since I am the also the mother of 5 rambunctious sons who were ages 1 to 9 at the time I housed Paco in a large cage in the den . I wanted him to feel comfortable and I worked slowly with him as he was very stand offish.I soon found he loved slices of apple best so tried to get him to take them from my hand but he wouldn't. I also introduced him to my boys and that was the only times he would show any interest in life. No matter what I did or said he just sat on the perch but how he loved my boys. My oldest son began feeding him and he actually ate from his hand and rubbed his beak against him. As months went by he still had not made a sound and would not interact with me just the children. But I was patient and moved him to the living room where he could be near the kids all the time. He began to thrive .He started to play with his toys and get acrobatic but still had not made a sound.My other birds all chittered or chirped happily away but not Paco. I was afraid he wasn't happy but he did seem to enjoy the boys attention. One day as I was making breakfast my youngest,now 18 months,was fussing and fuming in his highchair . His brothers were all watching Saturday morning cartoons so I sat Matthew among them and told them to tell me if he leaves. I then began a marathon of turning pancakes,running to check on Matt, and so on and so on. I had just put on the last batch when there was an earsplitting shriek that had to be Paco.I ran in sure he was hurt so I went straight to the cage He was running back and forth on the perch and screaming but in my panic I realized his eyes were fixed on something across the room so I turned and there was my baby climbing on to the railing that separated the living room from the cement foyer 7 feet below and he was going head first . To this day I don't know how I made it in time - I caught him by his footed pajama- but once I had him in my arms the first thing I noticed was the silence. The bird who had never made a sound before had stopped screaming and was now calmly eating a chunk of Romaine lettuce. After that Paco made bird sounds but never again did he do that shriek. I am just thankful he did it then. I am now raising a baby St. THOMAS CONURE but I am having a hard time finding any info on them. If anyone has any please let me know.

Sue Sibley
SueAries@aol.com

Wednesday, 31-May-00 14:13:41 EDT

He's a Character

We have a peachfront conure who is almost 5 years old and we have had him for 2 years. His name is Frodo but we mostly call him Frodie. I didn't want him at first but now I don't know what I would do without him. He doesn't take a bath in a bird bath he likes for me to put hot water in a spray bottle and spray him while he is on top of his cage. He opens his wings really high when I tell him how pretty he is so that I can spray under them. He likes to crawl inside my shirt while I am cleaning up around his cage. He plays peek a boo with me by crawling in and out of my shirt. He has a playground we made for him out of branches and he stays on it all day and goes in his cage between 7 and 8pm all by himself every night. He gets covered at 10pm and won't come out even if the door is open until we uncover him the next morning. His favorite treat is white bread. He loves wheat thin crackers and sometimes cheetos. We have a cabinet that has our snacks and his crackers in it and if we open it to get ourselves something he just knows we are going to get him something as well. He likes to take naps during the day when he is molting so we have another playground in a walk in closet in my roommates room where he likes to nap. I didn't even want a bird in the first place because we live in an appartment and I thought it would be too loud for the neighbors. Frodie does have a loud squawk but he quiets down when we ask him to. It took a lot of time to teach him not to scream so loudly but now all I have to do is lower my voice and say "Frodie" and he still may grumble but at least it isn't too loud. He keeps me company and is spoiled rotten (because of me) and I love him so much I don't know how I ever got along without him before.

Carol
carol_a8@yahoo.com

Tuesday, 30-May-00 20:34:10 EDT

my half-moon conure

hi my name is carol! i used to have a sweetie half moon conure named polly.she was so sweet. well my dad was in down town and whenhe stop to see what was all this comotion wwas about. then he noticed that the people were selling a conure. my dad thought that i would like it since we had to give our dog away and i was so sad. when my dad brought it home i fell in love with it right away. it took about 15 min for the bird to love me back. then when we where on our way to our cuzins house we went to the pet shop to get her some food and find out what sex she was. well the pet shop owner said that she was a she and that she was very sick and if i gave her the medican that she gave us that the bird should be just fine. well my bird loved to be handeled and lover to be played with even though she was sick. and i knew if i played with her she would get even more sick.well as the days went by i noticed she woudnt eat. and once i just took her out to see what was wrong she perked right up and started eating and every thing. but when i put her back in her cage she stoped eating. i told my dad that if i took her out and hand feed her i knew she would be alot better but my dad said no. so after a day or so she was getting weaker and weaker. then one night i went to go cheak on her but i found her at the bottem of the cage dying. i was so heart broken. i picked her and started to cry. she gave me one kiss and she was gone forever. i was so heart broken. all i could do was stare at her grave all day and just cry. then one day my dad brought home this other half moon conure. he was very nerves when he came. then after like a week he started to trust he and we be came the bestest friends.i love him so much! he is around 1 in a half years old. and now he is the sweetest thing in the world. couldnt imagan life with out him.

carol

Monday, 29-May-00 20:40:50 EDT

My best friend, so little time,,,

I want all you conure lovers to give your little birds an extra hug and kiss when you read this, and also thank God for him/her. I aquired a mean little sun conure back in August. He bit me, I bled, I got over it, and we fell in love!!! He was with his original owner for 8 years and she could no longer keep him, so I hesitantly took him in. However within a week we were buds!!! I worked in a petstore, so he was with me all the time. He rubbed against my cheek, made kissing noises when he pecked my lips, laughed when I laughed, and when I pulled eight hour shifts, he stayed right there on my shoulder to help pass the time away. We were inseperable!!! One night I messed up : (. We both fell asleep on the couch and I suffocated him. The heartbreak and guilt I feel to this day is almost unbearable. How could something so smart and sweet have it's life shortened so tragically? I know it was stupid of me to allow this to happen, however, please, please, no matter how tired you are, never allow your birds to sleep with you. He is buried under my window in a special little flower garden which blooms orange/yellow mums which look like little sun conure heads. I miss him terribly and hope to someday acquire another special little friend, and though I only had him for a month, he gave me a lifetime of cherished memories.

kathy mc

Friday, 26-May-00 16:52:09 EDT

Crazy Cornielious

Cornielius is my crazy little Nanday Conure guy! He goes almost everywhere with me, and no one really seems to mind. Iv'e taken him shopping, on walks, car rides and generally all about. This may seem dangerous, but I make sure that where we go, he won't get hurt or spooked. He's really quite social, but won't talk to anyone but me....he won't even sqwauk if anyone else is around. I thought that was pretty strange considering what Iv'e read, but these little guys are their own people! Corneilious is definitly a toy destroyer!! Toys generally don't last very long and my beau says that I spoil him rotten....but that's waht birdies are for!! Recently "Cornhole", as I affectionately call him, began a people complex! He won't let anyone besides me and my beau handle him. This is very strange because he has always liked everbody....especially cause he can go right up to there shoulder without an ok from me! I don't know why, oh well!!

Charity Dahlien
Cdahlien@mpr.org

Tuesday, 23-May-00 18:26:58 EDT

Polly the Peach Front Conure

Polly is 13 years old. My parents bought him from an aviary as a baby still on baby food. He was my father's companion. When my father died, I went to live with my mother and inherited Polly. I jazzed up his name to Pollerina. Sometimes I wonder if he is the reincarnation of my grandfather - cantankerous, loves lettuce, is not overly fond of me, and must be fed before anyone else. His cage is in the dining room, and we can't sit down at the table without hearing about it from Polly. He'll say, "What are you doing?" Before I can answer, he says "Be quiet!" He whispers, "Hi Polly." And he loves to play Peek-a-boo. He bows his head and his eyes pin. He'll finish the word for us. We'll say "Peek" and he answers "kaboo." He has lots of toys but his favorite is a seed dish on which one of the hooks has broken off. He throws it around and makes a lot of noise. I love our little Polly. Sometimes he'll kiss me back with his little black beak. I would trade him for a million dollars.

Judy Zimmerman
jlzimmerman@lnc.com

Sunday, 21-May-00 01:57:41 EDT

Bomba & Kiki

A couple of weeks ago we got our Jenday conure (Bomba) a friend, a Sun conure which we named Kiki. We tried to get them into the same cage but Bomba just wouldn't allow it, he would fly off his cage and bob his head so much so that he ended up biting her toes! She was about a year younger than he and didn't seem to be that strong. We were worried about her in her cage as she would just bob her head and seem very unaffectionate. We asked the vet if there was anything wrong with her but he said she would be like this until she could sqauwk properly. And in a couple of weeks she was sqauwking properly. Since she was so young she just wanted to eat and sleep. We also thought that maybe Kiki was too young for Bomba. By this time I had sent Linda(the lady who owns Louis) about three or four e-mails. She had given me some quite good advice. By this time we could just about put them on either side of the cage without them biting each other, but he would still try and bite her feet and she would just fly off. About a week after this Bomba flew away(for the fourth time) since we live in a block of apartments he had flown onto the other building! When we went to try and get him he had flown onto a tree in our garden and by this time the two birds (Bomba and Kiki) were calling to each other. Bomba had then flown down to the ground, so we went and picked him up. The next day we put them on the same cage and they cuddled up together. We have now had them on the same cage for a week, Bomba doesn't make as much noise as he used to make and the two birds seem very happy with each other>

James Oesi
jamesrules@catsrule.garfield.com
Compaq MEMA

Wednesday, 17-May-00 22:46:42 EDT

Flown the coop

On Labor Day of 1999 my Blue crown Solomon flew away. He was just turning one year old and had never flown before. His wings were kept cliped. My husband took him outside to enjoy the sun, something we did often and he just took off into a tree in our front yard. We tried everything to get him down and it was getting dark. so we gave up for the night. We are from Michigan so at that time of year it gets kind of chilly. In the morning he was still there but wet from dew and I was starting to panic. He flew all over th neighborhood for the next three days and every time it was farther and higher into trees. When I would wake up in the morning I wouuld call to him and he always called back until I found him. On day somebody call the police on me because I was laying on the sidewalk and talking to a tree. The police officer offered no help. Neither did the fire department, tree serviced or animal rescue places. On Monday we decied to give up. It was hpoeless. I had read many stories on how if your bird flies away he rarely returns home. But the an angel of a neighbor climbed an impossible tree to climb and brought Solomon to me. He was dirty and hungry but safe. He ate alot and slept alot for the next few days but returned to his old self. Needless to say he has never gone outside again nor has he ever flown again. I think that he knows how much better it is to have a home than to be free.

Michelle Dishaw

Wednesday, 17-May-00 13:02:55 EDT

Woody

I have a conure named Woody-he is the best money I have ever spent on a pet. He is so loving and cute and I never liked birds before I got him. He always knows how to cheer me up when I have had the worst of days. I love him with my whole heart

Jennifer Mcconaha
haddenhamj@aol.com

Thursday, 11-May-00 09:58:38 EDT

Jade's sad story

One sunny day in South Africa this bird flew into one of our friends property and the only people he new to take it to was us as we love birds and have tons of others in the house. She was very tame and adapted to me instantly. We first thought she was an Amazon parrot but after we took het to the vet found out she was a conure. We bought her a cage and toys and introduced her to th other birds and animals very well. Her fevourite meals were brocolli, banana and banana jogurt and at night as a treat she loved to sip rooibos tea with me before bed. She lke to fall asleep on our bed and then when we come to be creep into her cage to sleep. She always teased the male staffy and when he barks at her she will squeek and start bopping from side to side. When ever she could not see you r find yoiu in th hous eshe would make this funny wisstle sound and as soon as i answer wistle like mad. She hated being in her cage during the day and loved to crawl under my hair in my neck and nibble on my ear and lips. During the easter weekend we were not home allot but at night we took her out and spend some time with her. On Sunday morning she wistle call at me to take her out but she was not her self. During that night we heard a loud noice like a gage falling over and we thought it might be her but all the birds were fine and we went back to bed. That after noon we came home Jade wsa at the bottom of her cage sitting very still. I was devestated when i picked her up to find that her legs were stiff and ice cold. We treid everything warming it up, massaging it and phoning breeders to find out what might be wrong. So many people told us it sounds like a break, but why in both legs we could not understand. We left her on a hot water bottle with our house maid for the day to monitor her. She still ate tha same food and loved the soft bed at night. Now she started refusing to gert off the bed at night as winter was approching and the bed blanket was on she prefered to stay there. On Tuesday i took her to a vet that works and knows birds. He examined Jade and said to us that it looks like her back might be broken but he wants to take some exrays first. She had all the feeling in her legs, he said that is a bit strange to him after a break. We took her home after a huge painful injection and started with her viseo and medication. The exrays came back and confirmed nothing he could not see a break. Nothing changed after a week. The vet gave us the option to continue with viseo or to put her down. Jade was suffering. You could see in her eye that she had trumendious pain and she was gettin frastraated with herself and us. She was in a bad mood and just wanted to be held all the time. She had no use of her legs and could not lift herself off the floor so what happened now is that her bum so to speak starte swelling and getting all infected even though i cleand her cage and her ever evening it did not help for much during the day. She was dirty and frastrated and she started pulling her feathers out round her bum. On Sat morning we woke up and if she could cry it looked like she will. I could not stand to see her like that. She had breakfast with us and i made her kiss the staffies she alwyas use to play with and we took her to the vet to put her down. It was the hardes thing to do..........she creeped into my heart and as i speak of her today i am still swollowing the tears down. The vet told she is still a baby and the chance for recovery is good or so fatal that she will not heal at all. We realised the noise we hear that night was Jade falling down in her cage. Her cage was to high and with all the horisontal beams and toys she could not open her wings to brak her fall and she cracked or hurt her spine. The vet showed us on the exray the damage to her lower spine. I miss her wistling in the morning and her kisses and her playful loving personality. even thought she was only with us for such a short time Jady girl will always be a memory in our household. We burried her next to all the dogs and made a cross to put on her grave. Sorry for not being able to save you girl but i know you are better off where you are now..........

Minette
minette@cws.co.za

Tuesday, 02-May-00 10:39:00 EDT

The return of Dysis!

Dysis is doing just wonderful! She has captured our hearts - and our ears! One thing I must say about Dysis is that she adapts really well. I felt really bad for her, but we had to go out of town for 5 days, and had to board her at our vet. I cried every day that we were gone thinking about how alone she must feel. But when I went and picked her up, she acted calm, cool, and collected. She was very happy to see me, though, and nuzzled under my neck with some force. When we got back home, I decided to move her cage from the dining room into the living room, so she would feel closer to the action. I was also hoping that this would quiet her down some. Well, it did quiet her down some while we are in the living room, but if we make any move to leave the room, she screams at the top of her lungs. It's an ear piercing, constant scream that lasts until we come back in the room and sit down. I really wish there was something I could do about this, it really is a problem since we live in an apartment. I can't even take a shower without the whole complex listening to ten minutes of screaming. I have tried calling to her and letting her know that I am still there, but it doesn't work. I really would like some advice from anyone willing to offer it. I have tried pretty much anything, but I would try it again. I really hope that I didn't traumatize her by leaving her for 5 days, or by moving her cage. She seemed to have done so well, and she is as sweet as ever. Her personality hasn't changed at all, in fact everyday we bond more and more. But I would do anything to make her a happier bird, so please help if you can. I really enjoy coming here and reading all of the stories! Keep them coming and I'll keep reading! Thanks! Jessica and Randy

Jessica Reuter
jessica_reuter@hotmail.com

Sunday, 30-Apr-00 10:19:10 EDT

Wing Clipping

I was reading all of the conure stories posted, they are really great. But I was alittle surprised at all of the stories from people who's birds have flown off a few streets or further. I own a Dusky Conure who gets his wings and nails clipped religiously every 4 to 6 wks. I wouldn't dream of letting wing clipping get behind. My little green guy is my best friend. C'mon people, get your birds wings clipped!!! Avoid the agony of losing your pet due to laziness. Alot of bird places do it for free or a small fee.

Robin
bandit513@aol.com

Friday, 28-Apr-00 11:34:58 EDT

A Conure who Speaks his Mind

My sweet Buffy is the most determined, strong-willed parrot I have ever met. He was supposed to be my husband's bird, but he & I bonded quickly. He is 5 now & says exactly what he thinks, no matter who happens to be around. He was only 8 months old when he began to make sense with his speech. Before that, I think he'd just been experimenting with words. My husband was nailing a hanger into the wall to put up a new print & Buffy said clearly, out of the blue, "Shut up please." My husband asked "what did you say?" Again, Buff clearly stated "SHUT UP", more forcefully. Rude, admittedly, and where did he hear this phrase?! Watch what you say around these small sponges: they're intelligent enough to pick up *everything*. 8-] The other funny statement he made as a baby was on his first visit to see the Avian Vet. She has a conure too, so she picked him up right away & said "Well Hello. You're so cute!" Buffy stared at her, deadpan, and said "WHAT do YOU *want*?!", which cracked us all up & made him dance a bit. He is also (I noticed Asia's comments) a brown-throat, but he's more orange-throated than brown. He is an amazing bird. :)

Victoria Michael Hewitt
vmh27@yahoo.com
Victoria's Verbiage

Wednesday, 26-Apr-00 20:35:14 EDT

Asia My Love

I have had Asia for approx. 2 mths. He/She is about 24 weeks. She is taking showers with me about once a week. Asia also loves for me to finish washing dishes. Once the sink is clean and the water is barely streaming down my shoulder to cupped hands Asia goes. I have really found it hard to believe that a bird could be so loved. Asia is diffently my bird, screaming when I leave a room or go to work. On the weekends Asia is so quiet until I appear from sleep then the loudness begins. I wouldn't have it any other way. Asia is a brown throated conure, that has already started making sounds of calling the dogs, and whistling.

Toi Franks
tonkatoi@alltel.net

Wednesday, 26-Apr-00 20:35:14 EDT

Asia My Love

I have had Asia for approx. 2 mths. He/She is about 24 weeks. She is taking showers with me about once a week. Asia also loves for me to finish washing dishes. Once the sink is clean and the water is barely streaming down my shoulder to cupped hands Asia goes. I have really found it hard to believe that a bird could be so loved. Asia is diffently my bird, screaming when I leave a room or go to work. On the weekends Asia is so quiet until I appear from sleep then the loudness begins. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Toi Franks
tonkatoi@alltel.net

Wednesday, 26-Apr-00 19:01:06 EDT

The Odd Couple

About 14 years ago I lost my Mexican Redheaded Amazon parrot to a liver ailment. I was broken hearted and a good friend decided that he'd try to cheer me up by replacing her with another Amazon. Unfortunately, not being a "bird person", he bought a mitred conure instead. Definitely wild caught, my new feathered friend even had some permanent scarring on her head probably due to rough handling during capture. She also was not the friendliest bird around. But, being a bird, no, animal lover, I accepted her on her terms. She was extremely noisy, screeching in the morning and causing havoc in my household. I should say that I have other birds, the largest being a military macaw. The macaw had run of the house, never being caged unless I wasn't home. Over a period of months, the strangest thing happened. The macaw started sitting on top of the conure's cage and talking to her. I named the conure Squeaker, as she does utter a noise that sounds very much like that. Soon, I let them both out, under my watchful eye. They became fast friends. Even my vet can't explain it. Now I've dedicated one of my bedrooms to them, they have a huge cage (always open)and most of their days and nights are spent sitting on top of it. They groom each other and take turns eating and drinking. And at night, when I go in to close the blinds in their room, I find my mitred conure sleeping underneath the wing of the macaw. They've been bonded to each other for probably 8 years or more. Any small squabbles they seem to have are settled quickly. The conure sends out a series of squawks at the macaw and he backs down, even though he is at least twice as big as she is. She is still not friendly with humans and I suppose given her history, she has good reason. But I have grown to love her and could never imagine separating the two. I feel I've provided a sort of sanctuary to two birds that might otherwise have existed inside cages and not living out their full life span. The macaw is probably about 20 years old and the conure, probably close to the same age. Non bird people think I'm crazy to give a room to two noisy birds, but I love them and they love me.

Diane
Diane1240@aol.com

Saturday, 22-Apr-00 22:38:45 EDT

Woody

I recently bought a conure and he is really neat. I got him for a gift for my hubby and really didn't like birds at all. Now that we have had him for a few months he is a major part of the family. He is like this little human. He loves to hang by one claw from the top of his cage and swing back and forth. He is a very happy bird and also spoiled. Every night we call it "rocking" him, but we put him on our lap or chest and cup both hands together, he will crawl in there and go to sleep. we also bought him a tent that hangs from one of his perches, he sleeps in it all the time. Now that he is in the house and has so much love it is great to unwind with him at the end of the day. Needless to say I am totally in Love with the little guy. Jenni

Jennifer Mcconaha
haddenhamj@aol.com
WoodytheConure

Thursday, 20-Apr-00 21:42:28 EDT

All tucked in

I have a conure that is 6 months old named Baby...She is very playful and always sleeps in the bottom of her cage on her back w/her little feet straight up. She has a little blanket that she covers up with and sleeps like a baby. She is so lovable, but does not act like a bird.

Liz Dudley
Golds4u@aol.com

Monday, 17-Apr-00 20:13:10 EDT

MR.GREEN MY MUROON BELLIED CONURE

I HAVE MR. GREEN FOR 6 YEARS AND I LOVE HIM VERY MUCH. THIS LITTLE FELLOW IS SO SMART AND AFFECTION.. RECENTLY ABOUT 1 MONTH AGO I NOTICES BLOOD UNDERNEATH HIS WINGS AND ON ONE OF HIS LEGS... I BROUGHT HIM TO A VET RIGHT AWAY... AND HE DISCOVERED THAT HE WAS MOULTING ALOT, AND HE HAD A BROKEN BLOOD FEATHER.. THE VET PULLED OUT THE BLOOD FEATHER AND PUT A COLLAR ON HIM.. I WAS SO UPSET TO SEE A COLLAR AROUND HIS NECK, HE SAID TO LEAVE IT ON FOR AT LEAST ONE WEEK. I WAS NO HAPPY THE VETS ATTITUDE.. HE SEEMED NOT TO CARE ABOUT MY BIRD.. THE FOLLOWING DAY I TOOK THE DAY OFF OF SCHOOL AND MANAGED TO FIND A BIRD SPECIALIST... THANK GOD I DID. MY POOR BABY STILL HAD TO WEAR THAT COLLAR BUT UNLIKE THE OTHER VETS ADVISE, I HAD TO REMOVE THE COLLAR TWICE ADAY SO MR.GREEN COULD CLEAN HIMSELF. HE HAD A VERY GOOD EXAMINE FROM THE VET AND ALSO HE TOOK A BLOOD TEST. IT TURNS OUT THAT HE HAS A BAD KIDNEY AND MAY HAVE KIDNEY STONES. HE ALSO HAS A BATACERIA IN HIS SYSTEM... I WAS ABLE TO TAKE THE COLLAR OFF OF HIM, BUT GETTING IT BACK ON WAS ANOTHER THING. HE WOULD NOT LET ME, AND KEPT ON BITING ME.. I WAS TO SCARED TO PUT IT BACK ON HIM BECAUSE I WASN'T SURE HOW TO PUT IT ON HIM. I WAS AFRAID I WOULD HURT HIM.I EVEN WANTED TO PAY A LOCAL PET SHOP TO COME OVER TWICE ADAY TO PUT THIS THING ON HIM, BUT THEY SAID NO. TO BRING HIM BACK AND FORTH TO THE PET SHOP EVERY DAY, TWICE A DAY WOULD HAVE STRESSED HIM OUT. SO ANYWAY I TOOK OFF OF SCHOOL FOR THREE DAYS, AND I STAYED WITH MR.GREEN WITH FROM THE MORNING TILL LATE AT NIGHT, DISTRACTING HIM WHEN EVER HE WENT TO PLUCK OUT HIS FEATHERS. HE PLUCKED OUT SO MANY FEATHERS ON HIS STOMACH AND HIS BACK AND UNDER HIS WINGS. HE WAS A MESS. I KNEW SOMETHING WASNT'T RIGHT WHEN EVER I LOOKED AT HIM, BUT I THOUGHT HE WAS SHEDDING. AND WAY THE VET PUT HIM ON AVIMIN(THAT'S A LIQUID MINERAL)AND ALSO SOME BENADRYL ANDTRANQUILITY FORMAL AND NEKTON-BIO FOR THE GROWTH OF HEALTHY FEATHERS ALSO SOME VIBRAMYCIN SUSP AND SOME OTHER MEDICINE. I CAN'T RECALL THE NAME THE NAME AT THE MOMENT. IT' ALITTLE OVER A MONTH NOW AND MR.GREEN IS STILL GROWING THE FEATHERS HE ONCE PLUCKED OUT. I NEVER DID PUT THE COLLAR BACK ON HIM BECAUSE HE TOOK TO THE MEDICINE VERY WELL. THE REASON I'M WRITING ALL OF THIS IS TO LET EVERYONE KNOW OUT THERE WHAT STEPS THEY MAY WANT TO DO IF THIS SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOUR BIRD.. MR.GREEN AND MYSELF AND DOING VERY, VERY WELL.

marie
CTc511
mr.green my marroon bellied conure

Thursday, 13-Apr-00 16:20:07 EDT

MY FLOCK - 11 BIRDS !!!

Hi, my name is Debbie, my flock has changed some since my last post, (go see its still there dec. 1998) and my e-mail has changed also, so if you have questions send them to the add. below. Part of my flock now lives in a birdroom of 7 x 8, in this room there are 7 residents :-) ( 2 Nandays, 1 Jendaya, 2 Green Cheeks, 2 cockatiels) Two walls of this room has full size windows. ALL birds are full flighted, and are free at all times. I have attached a rope in a "v" shape from one corner of the room to the middle to the other corner. On this rope I attached various toys, that I change regularly, and "Happy Huts". Every morning the birds get fresh water, seeds, pellets and some "human food". I prepare plates of rice, peanut butter toasts, fresh veggies and fruits, and a small bowl of fruit juice. At night after my daugther is put to bed, i go in my bird room and spend time with them giving them treats, Avicakes, Almonds, nuttriberries. Of all my birds only one talks, Gaspard, a male cockatiel, he says, "Hello" "want to sing a song" then he whisles this song I taught him. But my all time favorite, (don't tell the others) is still TACO, my Jendaya, He comes to me when I call him, he gives me kisses, hides in my shirt and does this cute little noises. Leans on my torso and watches T.V. with me. In another room lives, 1 MALE peach front conure, 2 pair of parrotlets and 1 finch (in a cage). Even though the parrotlets were bought as a couple, the male has taken the the Peach Front conure, and attacks his mate when she gets close to thier "area". So she stick to me like glue :-) With this big a flock I could go on and on with all the wonderful stories. Maybe another day. If you have questions or if you want to "chat" send me an e-mail, I would be happy to answer you.

Debbie
debbiec@colba.net

Friday, 07-Apr-00 12:33:26 EDT

SQUAWK"THE WOMANS BIRD"

HI- WELL THIS IS THE STORY OF SQUAWK, MY GOLDEN CAPPED CONURE. I RECEIVED HIM AS A MAKE-UP GIFT FROM MY BOYFRIEND ABOUT A YEAR AGO. I DIDN'T THINK OF MYSELF AS A BIRD PERSON, ALTHOUGH MY FAMILY OWNED A CENICAL PARROT, 2 PARAKEETS, AND TWO COCKATIELS. WHEN JOE BOUGHT HIM FOR ME, I GUESS HE WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT I LIKED BIRDS. ANYWAY, AT FIRST I WAS MAD THAT NOW I HAD TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS VERY LOUD CREATURE. I SPENT THE FIRST THREE DAYS TRYING TO GET TO KNOW MY NEW FRIEND. HE WAS VERY TRUSTING OF ME, AND VERY ATTACHED. HE WOULD SQUAWK AS SOON AS HE HEARD MY VOICE, AND FLAPP HIS WINGS AS SOON AS HE SAW ME. THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS THAT THE CENNICAL PARROT PICKED UP ON HIS SQUAWK AND STARTED TO REPEAT IT, WHICH NEEDLESS TO SAY DIDN'T MAKE THE FAMILY HAPPY. WELL I MOVED OUT OF MY PARENTS HOUSE INTO A SMALL TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT, AND SQUAWK WAS HAPPY TO HAVE HIS OWN ROOM, BUT HE MISSED THE NOISE OF THE OTHERBIRDS. SO I SPENT ALOT MORE TIME WITH HIM. ONE DAY I HAD THE MUSIC ON AND I WAS DANCING AROUND THE HOUSE CLEANING. I LOOKED OVER AT SQUAWK, WHO WAS PERCHERD ON HIS PLAY STATION, AND HE WAS DANCING. I DON'T MEAN BOBBING HIS HEAD, I MEAN BOOGIEING DOWN. HE WAS STEPPING BACK AND FORTH AND USING HIS SHOULDERS TO GROOVE. WHEN HE NOTICED ME LAUGHING AT HIM, HE STARTED TO DANCE HARDER, AND IT LOOKED AS THOUGH HE WAS SMILING. HE HAS FAVORITE MUSIC, LIKE TALKING HEADS, AND BILLY JOEL. WHEN YOU PLAY HIM SLOW MUSIC HE DANCES SLOW AND FLUFFS HIMSELF UP. HE ACTS AS THOUGH HE IS TRYING TO SEDUCE YOU. ANOTHER THING THAT I FIND INCREDIABLY CUTE IS WHEN I WAKE UP IN THE MORINING TO SQUAWK ON MY CHEST UNDER THE COVERS COMPLETELY ASLEEP. HE WAKES AND RUBBS MY FACE WITH HIS BEAK AND COOS QUITELY UNTIL I SIT UP,WHERE AS HE YAWNS AND ENTERS INTO A FULL RYTHEM OF SCREACHES AND SQUAWKS. WELL TO SAY THE LEAST I HAVE BECOME A BIRD PERSON, AND I VALUE SQUAWKS PARTNERSHIP VERY MUCH. OH, I FORGOT TO EXPLAIN WHY I CALL HIM "THE WOMANS BIRD". WELL I HAVE TWO SISTERS, AND SQUAWK ABSOULTY LOVES THEM, ALTHOUGH IF I AM AROUND HE DOESN'T PAY THEM MUCH ATTENTION. ON THE OTHER HAND, IF A MALE COMES NEAR HIM OR ME HE TURNS INTO A WARRIOR OF SORTS. HE SCREACHES AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS ADN REACHES OUT FLAPPING HIS WINGS WITH HIS BEAK SNIPPING AT THEM. WHICH MADE JOE MAD, BECAUSE HE SPENT THE $300.00 TO BUY THE BIRD AND NOW HE COULDN'T GET NEAR IT. OH WELL, YOU WIN SOME YOU LOSE SOME. HEATHER K. EVERETT, WA HEAMOO@EMAIL.COM

HEATHER KEITH
HEAMOO@EMAIL.COM

Friday, 31-Mar-00 13:16:30 EST

Sweetpea

I just got Sweetpea in November and her birthday was 10/05. She's a cherry-head. I've had a parrotlet but never a parrot. I'm so amazed at how smart she is and just had to tell these 2 stories about her. I often take her in the shower with me and she hangs out while I get ready for the day. This day I was watching the morning news and flossing my teeth at the same time. When I looked over at sweetpea she was pulling a long piece of floss through her beak with one foot while watching the T.V! Too cute. The other story is kind of scary. She was running around with one of my barrettes which she loves to pull out of my hair and run away with. So I wasn't paying too much attention to her. Finally she ran up to my face and yelled"Muma! Muma!" and I notice the barrette was wedged onto her bottom beak and I really had to pull it off! Poor little thing was trying to get my attention so it just shows how trusting these little guys are.

Kelly
MIKENKEL1@aol.com

Tuesday, 28-Mar-00 20:52:42 EST

Ricky's Broken Foot

One day when I was at school, my mom picked me up from school and told me that there was something wrong with Ricky my Green Cheeked Conure. So I took a look at him and saw that he wasn't using his left foot so, we took him to the ABC Bird and Animal vet and his foot was broken. His foot was broken because my brother was swinging him by his foot on accident.A few days later we picked him up he looked kind of funny with his bird cast on.Ricky and Chris (my Sun Conure) starting chewing the cast off but it didn't come off.So my dad cut it off.Now Ricky is always jumping around.I HOPE HE DOESN'T BRAKE ANOTHER LEG!

Taylor Feinstein age 9

Tuesday, 28-Mar-00 20:52:42 EST

Ricky's Broken Foot

One day when I was at school, my mom picked me up from school and told me that there was something wrong with Ricky my Green Cheeked Conure. So I took a look at him and saw that he wasn't using his left foot so, we took him to the ABC Bird and Animal vet and his foot was broken. His foot was broken because my brother was swinging him by his foot on accident.A few days later we picked him up he looked kind of funny with his bird cast on.Ricky and Chris (my Sun Conure) starting chewing the cast off but it didn't come off.So my dad cut it off.Now Ricky is always jumping around.I HOPE HE DOESN'T BRAKE ANOTHER LEG!

Taylor Feinstein age 9

Tuesday, 28-Mar-00 20:52:42 EST

Ricky's Broken Foot

One day when I was at school, my mom picked me up from school and told me that there was something wrong with Ricky my Green Cheeked Conure. So I took a look at him and saw that he wasn't using his left foot so, we took him to the ABC Bird and Animal vet and his foot was broken. His foot was broken because my brother was swinging him by his foot on accident.A few days later we picked him up he looked kind of funny with bird cast on.Ricky and Chris (my Sun Conure) starting chewing the cast off but it didn't come off.So my dad cut it off.Now Ricky is always jumping around.I HOPE HE DOESN'T BRAKE ANOTHER LEG!

Taylor Feinstein age 9

Tuesday, 28-Mar-00 08:15:42 EST

Finally settled in.

Update: Our baby sun conure, Dysis, is settling in just fine. We all have our routine down, and she is gotten very used to us. She has finally found her voice, though, and that can get a bit loud. Luckily, it's not hard to quiet her down. She doesn't seem to miss having the other bird around. She is already very attached to us, and has to be on us the whole time she is out of her cage. This makes cooking dinner and doing laundry very difficult, and limits the amout of time she is out of her cage. We bought her a really nice table top play gym, but she afraid of it and won't go near it. We try and prod her along with treats and toys, but the only way she will get within an inch of it is if we pretend that we're playing with it and having a great time. Then she thinks that there's a party that she wasn't invited to and gets jealous. She'll run down my arm and snatch a toy off the gym, and then run back up my arm. It doesn't seem to be working as well as we'd hoped. If anyone has any ideas, we're all ears. We have become her play gym, and she will accept no substitutes. She stands on our shoulders and summersaults and tumbles down and lands in our laps. She crawls through the inside of our shirt sleeves; back and forth and back and forth, etc.... She'll throw herself over on her back and chew on whichever toy she has and lets us pet her head and stomach. She really is a wonderful bird, she always makes us smile and laugh. What else could you ask for in friend?

Jessica Reuter & Randy Huyett
jessica_reuter@hotmail.com

Monday, 27-Mar-00 23:20:55 EST

The New Baby In The Family

I did lots of research after falling in love with my friend's Cockatoo, and decided a Conure would be my best choice of a bird. (Your stories here helped in my decision!) I went exactly one week ago "just to look" and at the last pet store on the list, I saw a cute little green bird that kept looking at me from the top cage whenever my son and I walked by. I was told she was a Green Cheek Conure, as I had suspected. She was very quiet. I asked the store owner / breeder if I could hold her. (This was a mistake!) I have never seen such a sweet bird in a pet store environment! She cuddled up to me and didn't bite at all....until I tried to place her back into her cage above a larger screeching Conure. She didn't realize I only had to go to the bank to get money for her! She bit hard that time! But she has not bitten since, and has settled in fairly well. She likes to sit on our shoulders and cuddle up to our cheek and neck. I am getting kinks in my neck from holding it sideways so much! We named her Myah. I am hoping to have many long years with her as my friend. I am glad she picked us out that day! =)

Shilo
ShiloWings@aol.com

Friday, 17-Mar-00 16:35:18 EST

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Nerual
NO
because

Friday, 17-Mar-00 16:24:33 EST

Paulie's new singing carrer

One day,while giving my green cheeck a bath he statred singing Bacstreetboys "don't want you back" he skiped alot of words but he knew the chours by heart.Well it turns out that all along it was my daughter A.J.(amelia jean)listening to her music when she turned off and he started whislin' so she thought that it would be cool to have a singin bird so she thought him the chourus,I was very suprised! So we won a million dollars on the shoe who wants to be a milloinare by the last questoin " what kind of bird is founnd in central america? counre parreket goose or wech tailed hawk" (duh)!

Alice Greenwood
Agreen@hotmail.com
Windos 98

Tuesday, 14-Mar-00 13:51:12 EST

Up and Coming...

We are going to pick up our baby Sun Conure tomorrow night, and we are so excited!! She is only 14 weeks old, and is the cutest thing we have ever seen. She took to us right away, and we knew she was "the one". We have chosen Dysis as her name. It's Greek for sunset, and that is exactly what she looks like. We are a little worried about bringing her home, though. She lives in a cage with another Sun Conure right now, and we don't know how she will react to being seperated. Unfortunately, we can't afford to take both of them home. Keep reading for updates and the adventures of Dysis, the Sun Conure.

Randy Huyett & Jessica Reuter
jessica_reuter@hotmail.com

Saturday, 11-Mar-00 00:44:24 EST

My Baby

hi. my name is lizzy. when i was on vacation,i was 12, my brother and my sister saved up enough money to get my mom this nanday conure she had lloked at and wanted. in the pet store, he was nice to her and loved her to death. they got the bird for mother's day, and when i came home from vacation, baby, the nanday, clicked to me totaly.all i remeber about the first time i saw him, was he lloks evil, and you better buy a new cage cuz that is my parakeets. but after a while i said nevermind, baby needs it more, we have another cage. but we were best friendds for a year. he was 2 when we got him. he was sooooo cool. all my friends didtn like him becuase if anyone TOUCHED me, or even came 1 foot within me, baby would run down my arm and bite them! it was sooooo funny. all my friends said i soent WAY too much time with baby. i thought i didnt spend enough.i took him out side, and sat in the grass with him, sat in trees with him, everyone knew me as "the girl with the bird" alll the little kids would say "make your birdie dance" (if you clapped your hands, he would bob his head..dance) i would get a stuffed animal, and we would wrestle, he slept with me and everything.but on june 12, 1999, we stayed up late with my visiting aunt,and grandparents. we played and watched tv.we went to bed. i woke up,june 13. 1999 and looked at him. he kept hiding from me i go "baby", and sat up, he was hovered downword, and (this is SICK) but he had had brown discharge. i yelled MOM really loud, she didnt coem fast anough so i yelled MOM agian, but this time tears were running down my face. all my family came. we RUSHED him to the vet. the vet gave him shots,and said he would be fine.i was talkign to him the whole time.i said "baby dont die, i love you i dont know what i would do with out you, you mad eme see life totaly differnet please dont die" the vet kept him all day, and said we could page him at any time. i page him about 2 hours later to check on my baby.he said "im sorry elizabeth...." but when that was all he said, i dropped the phone and ran into my room and balled. my mom came in and sai d"elizabeth, he said you left and he wanted me to say hes sorry, and we can come in and say our good byes."i agreed.we went in, his body was stiff.i couldnt stop crying all day. all month actually.to this day, i cry everytime i look at his picture, talk about it (i left my comp plenty time to go wipe me eyes,im balling now) i mean think about it, losing the person closest to you. it was like baby was MY CHILD!!!! we were soooo close. i miss him very much. he had a special blanket. he wouldnt go on his cage if it wasnt trhere. i have it, i will always have it. we will be together agian...soon i love my baby with all my heart, and i wish he never died. i needed another bird, so i know have a sun conure, he will never ever replace baby. and to this day i wish while he was in the vet;s room, i would have said " baby, if you need to let go, go ahead ill understand."i pray to him every night. i love him SOOOOOOO much and miss him more than words coudl express. i never thought id lose him or get attached at the age of 13, on june 13th, is his one-year-death. it wont be a goood day for me.

Elizabeth N.
Angelbaby4734@hotmail.com

Friday, 10-Mar-00 21:20:43 EST

Kahlua Creme Conure

We bought Kahlua in July of 1999. We all ready had a red lored amazon and four parakeets. I had always wanted a conure. I had my heart on a blue crowned conure but Jeff came home and said a friend of his nanday conure had babies and had to sell them. I did not have to think long I said lets go get the baby. I had to hand feed Kahlua her little feathers stood up on her head and she could not even hold her tiny little neck up. She was my best friend from the start. She even takes showers with me she has her own perch. Whatever I am eating she wants to try it of course she cannot have everything. She says hello and blows kisses at me she thinks I am the cats meow. I think that birds can be very special friends. We really take for granted what wonderful creatures they are. I am thankful for my friends. My life is very wonderful because they are with us. I hope that you will tell your birds how wonderful they are everyday!

Nikki
Parrotmom247@aol.com

Tuesday, 29-Feb-00 00:17:37 EST

Punkin & Inca....Our Conures

My Family and I are happily owned by 5 birds. 2 of our birds are conures. Punkin is a 4 year old green cheek conure. Ever since she was little I to this day believe she is a girl. She is my husband's bird. She has her own personality and a mind of her own. If she doesn't want me to scratch her head she will let me know. If she wants to be on me she will run down my husband's leg run across the floor (we communicate "bird on floor") run up my leg and climb in my hand for a head scratch. Her favorite toys are bells. Every morning if someone is awake she rings that bell and makes sure all the birds are awake. We call her the Sentry, she can hear my husband's car pull in the driveway. She will start to squawk then everyone joins in. She is our little pride and joy. She may be small but never under estimate her size. Inca is the newest to our flock. He is a 4 month old jenday conure. I seen him in the pet store and he was playful and sweet. I never expected to get him. When my husband saw him he came home with us. He is quite the little clown. He loves rolling on his belly to be tickled. He cuddles up real close to you. He loves to chew! Chew he does, we have a wooden play gym and he is making toothpicks out of it! He loves being with me and we watch tv together. He does get jealous if I have another bird on me. It is something he has to learn "take turns"! I love conures and am so happy they are part of our family!

Michelle

The birds that Own me

Monday, 21-Feb-00 21:48:42 EST

screech my nanday

My nanday conure is named screech.He was my christmas present . I looked at him several times at the pet shop he was in a cage with 4 sun conures and he was always in a corner by himself. I ask the owner if i could hold him she said we can,t do anything with him but if you want him i can give you a special price.I had already fell in love with him and i just knew he needed me as much as i needed him.So he went home with us.First i got him a big cage with lots of toys to play with.He was small but he ate so much he soon gained weight and looked alot better. I would try every dayto hold him but he would bite. I did,nt give up. I cryed alot because i knew all he needed was lots of love.Then one day he climed out of his cage and i put my arm up to him. He hates fingers so i tryed the arm.it worked he started off slow but every day he trusted me more.now you would not believe him.He is the most loveable thing he layes down with me and lets me rub his belly.Gives me lots of kisses and hugs says moma and all this in less than 3 months.I love him so much.He is the first thing i see in the morning and the last thing i see at night he is my best friend.I guess he wanted to see how long it would take me to give up on him .But this time he met his match.

Screeches mom

Monday, 21-Feb-00 08:44:19 EST

Studmuffin

I bought my sun conure from a local pet shop. The assistant didn't know if he was a boy or girl, so i called him Studmuffin. My baby has been in terrible strife, when the assistent first tried to get him from the cage she used her bare hand, he is terrified of them, it makes life interesting though. My baby will step up to my hand but wont let me pat him. He also (before i believed in wing clipping, got a scare from a passing truck and flew out the window and across two streets. I rang all my friends, nurses from work, and set out into the streets, i was balling my eyes out calling Studmuffin studmuffin. The neihbours thought i was mad. We found him though, he was a bit scared but gave me a little grunting talk as if to say well you took your time didn't you. He hates anyone that tries to take my attention away from him. When I'm on the phone he screeches and Imitates my laugh, adding I'm sure a sarcastic tone to it. When i pat my cats he go's bananna's . And when people come to the door he screams and flaps, people think I'm mad they think he is like that always. But I'm not, he has been a constant companion to me, he sits for hours on my shoulders as i tap at the computer, and appilly eats my pencils and erasures when i do my art. He will offer me food from his dish , and will push me a toy when he thinks im bored, or boring i expect although its never his favourite one, he gives me the beat up ball. He waits for me to come home and showers with me, sitting in a fresh towel afterwords. and finally when his fears are small and his memory even shorter, he lets me pat him, while his attention is diverted whilst he preens , although I am sure he knows im doing it, it was the best $900 dollars i spent, (the 900 is in Australian dollars ). I can't think of a better place for my Sun Conure to be than Sunny Down Under.

Troy and Studmuffin
troyj@bit.net.au

Sunday, 20-Feb-00 00:23:03 EST

Sunny My Own SunShine

When my sun conure sunny, always as bright as the sunshine when i put her out in my garden she show the most beautiful thing i cant see every day. She nice to see and she soft to touch i read in my mind she loves me very much. I take care of her day and night and always she will be touch.

Kyle
IceChocolate1234@aol.com

Saturday, 19-Feb-00 01:13:49 EST

Paulie

Paulie was given to me for my birthday last year from my father in law. He has became a very much loved member of our family. He is a red fronted conure. Although on some days he can be very vocal and nerve racking I just cover him with his blanket for a while or move him into our bedroom for a couple of hours and then he is fine. He is quite the clown his favorite game is bobbing his head up and down and saying " NA, NA, NA," I then say it back to him we can go on like this for quite a while. If he wants my attention he will say "mommy, mommy" I'll answer him "what Paulie" then he will start in with the NA, NA game or he will call the cat "kitty, kitty, Meow" then he purrs like the cat. He loves to dance with you by bobbing up and down. When he is ready for bed at night usaully as it gets dark he will start saying night, night over and over again. He is quite the cuddler when I am holding him He will cuddle into my neck then start purring. He loves to sit on my knee when I am at the computer and trys to peck at the key board keys. He is a very lovable little guy. He has bonded to me very strongly and will bite others who try to have him step up from my shoulder. Since having Paulie I can not imagine life with out him, It would definatly be boring.He loves to give love as much as getting it.

Chris
strawn@proaxis.com

Tuesday, 15-Feb-00 10:18:46 EST

The morning ritual

Each morning when Daygen (Jenday) and CooBear (Nanday)wake up I rush them into the bathroom and place them on the towel rack. Of course there is newspaper on the floor right under them. When they have deposited their morning waste they then get to crawl on my shoulders and we all take a walk to the kitchen. This is a morning ritual without fail and it really works. They are completely trained to the towel rack.


bgrenz414@aol.com

Tuesday, 01-Feb-00 17:25:48 EST

Pete the pip

For my 14th birthday, my mom took me to a bird store because i had wanted a cockatiel (i think i spelled it wrong). When we got there we discovered they were wiped out and decided to look gor another bird. The old lady showed us to a cage of birds we had never seen before. The were Maroon Bellied Conures. When we looked in all the birds went nuts except for 1, he also had a cute, tiny head. I decided this was my bird and we baught him on the spot. In the car, i was peeking through the bird box through the top and we hit a bump. He took off and landed under the seat in front of me. We stopped the car and it took us 45 minutes to get him out using a towel. When we got home we put him into his cage and he has been terrified of towels ever since. Its been almost a year and he is so pippy. He sais, "pretty bird,petey bird,gimee kiss (and makes a kissing noise)and laughs at the raio and at us when we laugh. He loves to be with us and walks up the stars to see us when it gets dark. He rides on our shoulders and squaks when he yell his name outside.Read again because I will be poasting his many antics!

Joe
OYSTERBOY1999AOL.COM

Tuesday, 01-Feb-00 00:48:32 EST

My baby angel

I received my conure for my 16th birthday from my daddy. He was almost a year old, very green, and very cute.His name is Rupert, but I didn't name him. I immediatly fell in love with him. It only took a couple weeks for him to fall in love with me and trust me. It has been 7 months now, and in these 7 months I have had so many great experiences. He knows hoe to say "Whatcha doin'", "Wassup", and "What's happenin", though the latter seems to be expired. I never here him say it anymore. Sometimes he just sits there and talks mumbo jumbo. It is so cute. When I say "Come here" he flies onto my shoulder. Whenever I sneeze he screams so loud. Almost as if I'm a challenge, and he must prove that he is the loudest. My friends hate him. It's sad but true, however I don't blame them. He treats them like crap. He's been known to bite and it is a very bad habit. He does it because he doesn't trust the intruders, but I have to put him away when he does it. He also screams the loudest when people he doesn't know are around. He likes my dad and sister, though. He even bobs his head when I'm dancing. It's his way of dancing. And we play a game where we look into each others eys and move are heads. For example, I move my head to the right, he moves his to the left, I move it up, he moves it right, I move it left, he moves it down, I move it down, then he moves it right. It's so cute. He is a MAJOR snuggler. On Saturday mornings we usually spend the extra hour in bed together. He gets under my chin and we sleep together. I even have pictures of him on my web page. Go into Kimmie's individual pictures, then at the bottom press the button at the bottom of the page.I love him so much. He's my baby angel. My baby that flew right into the center of my heart.

Kimberli
Kimmie976@aol.com
My web page

Wednesday, 26-Jan-00 08:46:27 EST

Sammy my brat bird

I purchased Sammy last fall. He was 3 months old. I had finally given in and decided to get the parrot I have always wanted. When I was in the pet store I was checking out the birds they had when the manager and an agitated customer came over. The customer said that one of the birds was dead. That he had seen him lying on his back. The manager just smiled and asked if it was this bird, (the one I was contemplating) when the customer said "I think so" the manager laughed and said that he does that all the time, just to get attention. That was it I bought him that day and Sammy has owned me since. When he wants attention he either climbs on my shoulder and pinches me or he whines and cries like a dog!.. He also scares the bejeebers out of my cat! He says nanana very appropriately and then gives a big bird grin. He follows me around while out of his cage no matter where I go. My daughters are starting to call me Noah. because when Sammy follows me the dogs follow him! He rules the roost and boy does he know it!

Marian Hempstead
hempsteadmc@npt.nuwc.navy.mil

Tuesday, 25-Jan-00 22:06:43 EST

A gift (sort of) from a friend

I received Bocci, a green conure, from a friend who was getting married, and his wife-to-be said the bird had to go. So I ended up with Bocci. And besides, my friend owed me some money. Bocci is a real character. I've taught him to say hello, but he'll go on and on saying hello, hello, hello, even though I only give him a hello or two. It used to be that he would only say hello if I was in another room, but now he'll also say it when I'm right in front of him. He also says pretty bird and wolf whistles, but never in my presence (only when I'm in the next room). If I come up to him and bow my head, he'll reciprocate, bowing, and bowing, and bowing. If I tap my finger on my eyeglass frame, he'll start tapping on the side of the cage. Together we make a great percussion duo, tapping away together. If I vocalize a yawn, he invariably follows it with a shriek. He also gives a shriek when he hears the high-pitched sound of my touch-tone phone when I dial the numbers. If I get into a vigorous conversation on the phone, he'll get excited and offer some shrieks to add to the conversation. One time I took Bocci to my brother's house and his little dog clamped his jaws around Bocci's head. After a quick and frantic rescue, to my amazement Bocci was completely intact and didn't show the slightest scratch nor any kind of emotional trauma. He probably would make it big in a circus with one of those head-in-the-lion acts! Yes, Bocci's quite a character.

Ed Sadowski
edsadowski@mail.com

Friday, 21-Jan-00 14:15:42 EST

green cheek conure talks

two years old green cheek conure says what you doing, what you do what do you want, good, thank you, come hear,and more.



Thursday, 20-Jan-00 19:57:07 EST

Our Conure Throws Out Her Food

Whenever we feed Tabasco, our sun conure, she throws out all the seeds she doesn't like and only eats sunflower seeds, cashews or peanuts. She refuses to eat the parrot cookies that are in her mix.

Brytta
Pocaho8127765071@aol.com
Welcome to AOL

Sunday, 16-Jan-00 18:25:28 EST







Sunday, 16-Jan-00 18:25:28 EST

Paulie the Nanday

Over a few years I have enjoyed birds. But this was a typical thing that happens all the time, I recieved a call from one of my long time friends trying to get rid of their 4 yr. Nanday conure. I thought it would be neat to own a fairly larger bird since I only had a few cocketiels. When I had arrived to pick up the bird, my ears were bombarded with loud screams. When I looked at the bird, he was just scared and his cage was full of weeks old rubbish, his food was mixed with his feces. I was just horrified, to top it of the bird had been so teased by my friend's children that the nanday was vicious. I knew I had a job to get the bird healthy and be able to trust my family to where he could be held. Since the bird was so malnuriced, and the cage was very small especially for a conure of his size, that his tail drooped down and he had became very thin. But over the first few weeks, the nanday became nicer, but bit the heck out of everyone. Though it has been a little over a year since I have gotten the nanday, I was able to accomplish more, he was very nice and let everyone hold him, but he still has a squak fest when strangers come, after all he is a nanday. And I love my Paulie.

Linda Ivie
Lindacatbird@aol.com

Sunday, 16-Jan-00 18:25:28 EST

Paulie the Nanday

Over a few years I have enjoyed birds. But this was a typical thing that happens all the time, I recieved a call from one of my long time friends trying to get rid of their 4 yr. Nanday conure32. I thought it would be neat to own a fairly larger bird since I only had a few cocketiels. When I had arrived to pick up the bird, my ears were bombarded with loud screams. When I looked at the bird, he was just scared and his cage was full of weeks old rubbish, his food was mixed with his feces. I was just horrified, to top it of the bird had been so teased by my friend's children that the nanday was vicious. I knew I had a job to get the bird healthy and be able to trust my family to where he could be held. Since the bird was so malnuriced, and the cage was very small especially for a conure of his size, that his tail drooped down and he had became very thin. But over the first few weeks, the nanday became nicer, but bit the heck out of everyone. Though it has been a little over a year since I have gotten the nanday, I was able to accomplish more, he was very nice and let everyone hold him, but he still has a squak fest when strangers come, after all he is a nanday. And I love my Paulie.

Linda Ivie
Lindacatbird@aol.com

Friday, 14-Jan-00 15:14:04 EST

CODA

My Nanday Conure is named Coda. He is a very special bird and i love him . Coda was an abused Bird when i took him in and since i have become his human. He will squack and bite anybody that comes near him except for me. His favorite place is either on my shoulder or on my head. He is a very much loved part of my family and i think that he is the greatest. I would love to have more conures.Coda has adopted my little green parakeet as his little buddy other than me. Coda gets real upset if the parakeet is not near him or in any kind of trouble. Thats all i guess that i just thought Coda deserved to be recognized as a very special conure who is very much loved.

Rhonda Nickerson
coda@madbbs.com

Thursday, 13-Jan-00 20:44:43 EST

KNOWS HER FLOCK

I got my sun conure, ODO about 4 weeks out of the shell last April and handraised her. As soon as she learned to perch, steadily I took her everywhere with me on the weekends, the grocery store, Bird store, produce stand and she loved it. We'd take walks on Saturday mornings together, however this past Sat morning a particulary nasty muscovy duck at the lake we walk around startled her and off she went, I had no idea her flight feathers had gotten that long...She was over the lake and into the trees nearly half a mile away. I was bereft, I had been so careless with her. We took her cage, a big monster on wheels with her cockatiel cage mate, Buddy. By dark, no Odo, we brought in the cage and the next morning, took it back out...by 11am...Odo was answering back from the trees, Buddy had been whistling (he does a passable wolf whistle). We put a bowl of food and a half a banana ontop the cage and still the muscovy ducks were under our feet. I was going out to the cage every 20-30 minutes calling for Odo, she does answer (it's a flock call thing)and by 3 in the afternoon, she was sitting on a root next to the cage, ruffled and woebegone - she hadn't eaten since Saturday morning. She waddled onto my fingers and then burrowed under my shirt when I brought her to my chest. She knows her flock..and Buddy and I are it. (PS, took her to be properly trimmed and now, she's just a little miffed she can't fly anymore). My son tells me she came back for me and Buddy, but I honestly think that God sent my rainbow bird back to me and I won't ever be careless with her again. (PSS...she ate nearly her weight in pellets and fruit Sunday night, in between snuggles and beak grinding under my shirt.

Diane
Ladydi6735@aol.com

Wednesday, 12-Jan-00 19:49:11 EST

it a MIRACLE1

once i was playing with my freind.she went inside and left the door open!my bird rainbow flew out and was gone for 2 days.i creid as my baby flew all the way out of sight.then the next morning my birdy flew home!on my shoulder.she remembered where her home was!now i keep her on leashes with me when i go outside with her just in case.ITS A MIRACLE!

Diana Dubauskas
VDUBAUSKAS @.COM

Monday, 10-Jan-00 16:30:01 EST

Loopia Homepage

Well I got Loopia Homepage Started its at http://www.hometown.aol.com/ACourt9769/loop.html

Alvin Courtney
ACourt9769@aol.com
Loopia Homepage

Monday, 10-Jan-00 14:11:55 EST

Loopia our new Family member

Hi we got Loopia from my mother this past Christmas he wasn't a Christmas Preants from she just gave hinm to us he's 4 mouths old and is a trip I he has areaddy grow attch to me When I get up in the morning if I'm not quite he gets upset and want out of his Cage so I've learn to beQuite at 5 am when I get up He like to show off too last night we was watching TV and he hung upsidedown on his cage intel we went over and pick him up

Alvin Courtney
ACourt9769@aol.com
I'm working on one for him

Saturday, 08-Jan-00 12:03:13 EST

Conures who need a new home

My little friends are a pair of Half Moon Conures. they are the quietest conures I have ever had. However I need to sell them to someone who is not allergice to birds. I have raised different types of birds now for 15 years & have developed an allergic reaction to the dander. My throar swells up & my eyes get full of stuff & I sometimes can't talk for days just because I have been in the bird room. I have sold all but these little halfmoon conures. They are a breeding pair come with their cage,toys,food & nestbox. If you walk into the room, they will click their beaks at you until you leave. They are not noisy like the bigger conures sometimes can be. They play together all day long. If anyone knows of someone who is looking for a pair of conures please contact me at 815-472-6221 or azurskyes1@aol.com My name is Suellen

Suellen Cowley
azurskyes1@aol.com

Saturday, 01-Jan-00 16:49:11 EST

Cherry's First day.

My family and I got a cherry headed conure named "Cherry Garcia." Typical name yes, but Cherry really isn't that typical. When he arrived home from the petstore Cherry refused to leave his travel box, so we flipped it over. Still nothing. Finally we lured him out with sunflower seeds. He's sooo sweet!!!!!!!!!!

Nancy

Saturday, 01-Jan-00 16:49:11 EST

Cherry's First day.

My family and I got a cherry headed conure named "Cherry Garcia." Typical name yes, but Cherry really isn't that typical. When he arrived home from the petstore Cherry refused to leave his travel box, so we flipped it over. Still nothing. Finally we lured him out with sunflower seeds. He's sooo sweet!!!!!!!!!!

Nancy
collinn@netpath.net

Monday, 27-Dec-99 10:33:45 EST

Christmas present

A girl that I work with has a sun conure named OJ. Well on Christmas Eve her so called OJ suprised both Linddaand her sister with an egg. She has layed an additional egg on Christmas Day. What a present for Linda and Her sister who cherish and love their sun conure. Is this Normal?

Ida C. Boles
IBoles@admin.usf.edu

Sunday, 26-Dec-99 14:30:26 EST

Oliver the cougher and hacker

We have a Finsch's Conure. We are still getting used to each other. Our boys were trying to teach him some words the other evening. The 3rd grader did a choking/hacking/puking sound which Oliver picked up on and is now mimicking and follows by laughter! What is it with the mimicking of gutteral sounds? Does anybody have this with their birds? The 3rd grader is now trying to teach him to beltch! Thankyou.

Oliver's master
Glyceria@aol.com

Sunday, 26-Dec-99 14:29:44 EST

Oliver the cougher and hacker





Saturday, 18-Dec-99 20:28:20 EST

CHICO

This year on my birthday I purchased my own present. I have been wanting a parrot(actually a cockatoo) for some time. I live in a relatively small town with only two pet stores and neither carries many birds. Over the past two years I have spent a great deal of time in the pet stores waiting for them to get just the right cockatoo. They have had only two or three over the past two years. While hanging out in the stores I made friends with many other birds but the day came when I met up with a delightful little blue crown conure who stole my heart. For my 46th birthday I gave him to myself as a birthday present. Only one of my four children still liveS at home and I needed a new baby in the house. I named him Chico and he is the joy of my life. He is spoiled rotten and of course extremely smart! Chico is eight months old and already knows quite a few words. He says hello, I love you, pretty bird, no no, wow. He also wolf whistles and say a few things that are not perfected to the point that I can decifer them yet. Chico loves to ride with me to pick my son up from school every afternoon. We stop by a local convience store for snacks most every day and they fuss at me if he's not with me. The Dairy Queen in town gives him a cup with chopped nuts in it if we stop by there. One of the first trips to the school with Chico,while waiting with him in the car I was reading a book(he was walking up and down the front of my shirt). I heard a crack and looked down to see that Chico had popped every last button off my shirt and there I sat with my shirt wide open! All I could find were two paper clips that I used to close my shirt til I could get home. I now wear t-shirts when we go out in public together.(although he has learned to respond to NO NO when nibbling at my shirt.) The other day my husband offered to help around the house I told him I had some clothes he could fold(what he didn't know was it was about 8 loads!) They were on a bed in a guest room with the door closed. As my husband opened the door, I walked past with Chico who exclaimed as the pile of clothes were revealed "WOW!" I told him he wasn't helping me any and to be quiet! During the Thanksgiving holiday my daughter and son-in-law stayed with us. My daughter informed me that she had gotten up at sunrise one morning complaining that the phone was ringing and ringing and no one would get up and answer it . Upon arriving at the phone she discovered it was Chico-not the phone. Chico shares our home with a pair of love birds, Romeo and Juliet, and a parakeet named Baby Blue who makes better guinea pig sounds than our guinea pig Dolly. Baby Blue and Dolly are best friends. Blue's favorite place to be when she's out of her cage is on top of Dolly's cage. We also have dogs and cats who live outside and come indoors by invitation only but are also very much loved. I feel so blessed to be able to share in the goodness of a God and His incredible creation which brings such joy to my life. How much He must love us to have created so may wonders to delight us!

dawn

Saturday, 18-Dec-99 13:33:08 EST

nuts for butts

My Nanday is absoloutly wild to get his beak on my mom and my cigarettes. Weather lit or out "Udi" loves to fly around and look at himself with a butt hanging from his beak. kinda like Humphrey Bogart. Maybe I'll end up having to get a "mini-patch" for birds!!! When I get a scanner I'll have to send pic's!!

Chris Murano
creature5000@webtv.net
nuts or butts

Saturday, 11-Dec-99 15:48:20 EST







Thursday, 09-Dec-99 12:15:52 EST

An excellant bed partner

I have a sun conure named kumbaya. he flies free in my apt. (hopefully, made bird safe). he spends hours hanging out both on and inside my shirt. it became so apparent that he enjoyed staying inside my shirt at night ( presumably for warmth, darkness, and security ), that i started letting him stay there while I slept. I have been doing this for about one and one-half years and I have no fear whatsoever of turning over and crushing him. I do not recommend this unless you do as I did. I observed I could will myself to wake up in the same position without fail. I wake up tree or four times each night, carefully reposition kumbaya, and go back to sleep. what is really amazing is that in this entire time, Kumbaya pooped only one time ( the first time ), and never ever poops on my shoulder. he learned this skill, happily for me, without entirely on his own. I loved your description of a u.b.e. sometimes, for no aparent reason, Kumbaya screeches and takes off like a bat out of hell, and flies as fast as he can from one window to the other Once again, thankx for your stories and info.

Bob Burderi
callptnow@aol.com

Thursday, 09-Dec-99 12:15:52 EST

An excellant bed partner

I have a sun conure named kumbaya. he flies free in my apt. (hopefully, made bird safe). he spends hours hanging out both on and inside my shirt. it became so apparent that he enjoyed staying inside my shirt at night ( presumably for warmth, darkness, and security ), that i started letting him stay there while I slept. I have been doing this for about one and one-half years and I have no fear whatsoever of turning over and crushing him. I do not recommend this unless you do as I did. I observed I could will myself to wake up in the same position without fail. I wake up tree or four times each night, carefully reposition kumbaya, and go back to sleep. what is really amazing is that in this entire time, Kumbaya pooped only one time ( the first time ), and never ever poops on my shoulder. he learned this skill, happily for me, without entirely on his own. I loved your description of a u.b.e. sometimes, for no aparent reason, Kumbaya screeches and takes off like a bat out of hell, and flies as fast as he can from one window to the other Once again, thankx for your stories and info.



Thursday, 09-Dec-99 12:15:52 EST

An excellant bed partner

I have a sun conure named kumbaya. he flies free in my apt. (hopefully, made bird safe). he spends hours hanging out both on and inside my shirt. it became so apparent that he enjoyed staying inside my shirt at night ( presumably for warmth, darkness, and security ), that i started letting him stay there while I slept. I have been doing this for about one and one-half years and I have no fear whatsoever of turning over and crushing him. I do not recommend this unless you do as I did. I observed I could will myself to wake up in the same position without fail. I wake up tree or four times each night, carefully reposition kumbaya, and go back to sleep. what is really amazing is that in this entire time, Kumbaya pooped only one time ( the first time ), and never ever poops on my shoulder. he learned this skill, happily for me, without entirely on his own. I loved your description of a u.b.e. sometimes, for no aparent reason, Kumbaya screeches and takes off like a bat out of hell, and flies as fast as he can from one window to the other Once again, thankx for your stories and info.



Sunday, 21-Nov-99 18:31:58 EST

Linen is dangerous

I gave Bobbie (my Sun) a present of a pillowcase, because she loved how smooth it felt. I placed it in her 'Loft' before I left for work. When I came home I was greeted with a moan for help, and there she was, in the loft, unable to come out. She had joyfully shredded the fabric, and a fine knot of linen had closed around her ankle like a noose, and was too tough to break, and too fine for her to get her beak on it. When I freed her she limped to her dish and ateand drank for the next 10 minutes. She must have been trapped for half the day Two of her toes had started to die, and she required micro-surgery to save one of them. She lost two toes up to the first knuckle on her left claw. Now she has trouble when she as to balance on that foot, and occasionally falls on that side while traversing the carpet. I placed a net in her cage suspended by bungy cords and lay her newspaper on that, to catch her when she falls, which isn't often any more but still occurs once in a while. One of the reasons I let her have full flight is to make up for the handicap her missing toes represent.

James
jlucier@birdlover.com
Bobbies Home Page

Friday, 19-Nov-99 20:35:37 EST

Nolan

Nolan is about 4 months old. My son named him Nolan because his name is Ryan and he liked the idea of having Nolan Ryan in the house. You guessed it...we're big baseball fans. My kids thought I was crazy when I brought my blue crowned conure home but they fell in love instantly. Nolan has been a joy to have around but we are still figuring out what he like and how to entertain him. He doesn't like to be alone and will do anything to get down from his cage and come find you wherever you are...which is usually in the ladies room/library or whatever you want to call it. He loves to snuggle, EAT or anything that involves attention. Any information anyone would like to share about training, talking, bathing, grooming or anything else would be greatly appreciated. I'm new to conures and want to give him the best home I can....he's great to have around. I want to play with him but I'm not sure where to start. We hold him, talk to him, shower him but not sure just what they can do. I'd love to teach him tricks, talking or anything else he'd enjoy....any advice would be welcomed.

Lisa Robinson
SGFA @ Aol.com or LisaRobinson@mindspring.com (please put Bird in the subject because I tend to delete mail I don't know where it came from)

Wednesday, 17-Nov-99 16:19:19 EST

My Protector





Saturday, 13-Nov-99 20:36:51 EST

Over Anxious New Mom!

Hi My name is Shannon and I am a proud new mommy of a beautiful Brown-Throated Conure. My Darlin husband baught her for me one week ago today for my birthday. I love birds and have been wanting one for years. I named her "Angel" because to me that is what she is. There is only one problem that I am having. See he got her at a lower price because she hadn't been trained yet, I have to do it myself. Angel will allow me to hand feed her treats and she doesn't screech at me anymore when I put my hand into the cage, that is as long as I don't try to touch her. I talk to her all the time and even take her into my room for quiet time, with no distractions, so that she and I can really get to know one another. But it seems as if nothing is working. I am trying to teach her to step up on my finger but she wont even let me get near her body! She bites me really hard sometimes, I tell her no but no matter if I blow at her when I tell her no or tap her beak nothing seems to be working!! I love her so much and I catch myself in tears because I am afraid that she doesn't like me. I am not sure of her age but she can't be very old. She still holds the colors of an immature Brown-Throated conure, and her size is small. Am I being over anxious? I read stories of birds responding withing days to their new owners. Can someone help me???? Am I trying to hard??? Please email me if you can help. I want so badly to have a loving relationship with my Angel!!!!!! dufrene@wt.net Thank you so much to anyone that can help us!!

Shan
dufrene@wt.net

Monday, 08-Nov-99 23:20:15 EST

Too Many Eggs

I have a Dusky and she is 10 years old. She is very tame and very sweet. There is not much information about Duskys other than they are green and smaller than most conures. My bird has taken to laying eggs and perhaps overdoing it. How would one go about finding an older male dusky. I am interested to know if you hear from other dusky owners? Is ten years considered old for a small bird? Is egg laying common? I marvel at how intelligent, resourceful and mischievious my bird can be even when she is laying. PS My bird is very good at opening any door in the house including the cage, kitchen cabinet, and bathroom door. Is this usual behavior?

J. M. Begeman
Begey@aol.com

Sunday, 07-Nov-99 05:17:22 EST



In August of 1998 I adopted a conure named Gonzo. His previous owner had moved away to college and he didn't take too well to her mother as a replacement. I give up with Lovebirds and always wanted to own a larger bird, and well Gonzo needed a home. It took awhile, but soon Gonzo began to become a people friendly bird. But sadly Gonzo's life came to an end this last March. I was involved in a car accident that only I walked away from. It took a few months but I decided to get another bird. In July I picked up Hau'oli (happy in hawaiian), after after having Hau'oli sexed I learned that she was a girl. She is now six months old and entering the terrible two's but I think we'll surrive. She has quite the little personality. When I first brought her home I would tie tissues in a knott and let her play with them. Once when I was sick she came running up to me with a tissue. She tries to do the same with food. I guess she likes to share. Although at times I miss Gonzo, and still blame myself for sorting his life, I wouldn't trade my little Jenday for the world. And will always travel with her cage locked down in the back seat just as I would a baby.

Kimberly Hughes
khughes@cc.wwu.edu

Tuesday, 26-Oct-99 18:16:36 EDT

MIDORI

Midori is approximately a year old, and a Nanday, hence Midori, the green liquer. I got Midori last Thanksgiving weekend. Not knowing the sex I call it a she. Midori is such a character, she hasn't learned to talk yet, buy she is definitely trying. Midori requires a lot of attention and if I don't play with her at least once a day I will never hear the end of it (squawking). Midori loves to lay under my neck, and play with balls that have bells in them. Midori has learned to mimic my laugh. I love her dearly and am so glad that I got her.

dawn

Wednesday, 20-Oct-99 14:28:13 EDT

My smart birdie!

Hi! I have a Jenday Conure named "Cosmo" he is a year old and I've had him since he was 4 months old. He doesn't talk much but he tries. He had just started saying Good night right before I would cover his cage. I thought he associated "Good night" with his cage cover. A few days later my family and I were watching TV and the lights went out,(there was a storm) so we all just kinda sat there thinking "man, right in the middle of our movie" Well, In the silence Cosmo yells out "Good night!" We laughed until we cried! Thanks for reading this. Michelle

Michelle M.
Parrothead111@aol.com

Monday, 11-Oct-99 23:43:47 EDT

Tickle Tickle

Recently my son moved to another state and was very worried about a 3 day trip with Sophie. She is less then a year old and is, like most Nandays, VOCAL. He was afraid he would be nuts or she would be neurotic by the time they got across country. So, since we already had a moroon-belly and a zebra finch, he thought we would be the ones for her. She has simply taken over the household. She has a way of getting out of trouble by snuggling up to your neck and saying "I love you". She also is very indignant when I pass her cage without opening the door. She screaches and says Pretty Sophie, I love you. She also makes sure her cage door is closed before taking flight to make sure, in her mind, that nobody is going to put her back again. We all love our nandays and are resigned to never wearing jewelry again as they love to play with shiny pretties. But, my greatest amazement is how she loves to grab by fingers and roll over on her back so I can scratch her tummy. It absolutly blows me away. I didn't think birds of any kind would tolerate being that vulnerable. But she loves it so much she says tickle tickle when she wants to play. I have yet to hear of another conure to do that. I also read that they hate to have their beaks held. However, Sophie seems to consider this action a comfort and will put her beak in between my fingers and sit quietly for several minutes. Can I expect any other surprises from this not so little green wonder? I have the feeling we are only beginning.

Barbara
birdmom@inetnebr.com

Sunday, 10-Oct-99 09:51:39 EDT

Maya's 3rd or 4th chance

LAst summer my family adopted a cherry headed conure named Maya. Maya had a reputation as a biter, and was unable to be let out of her cage because she would run, fly or fling herself at you to bite. She was very friendly in the cage with a small but clear vocabulary. At first my Mother tried to get her to come out without biting. However Maya Hated her. Finally I tried. Maya just ran right up my arm. But she didn't bite me. I couldn't get her off my shoulder. From that day on, over a year now, Maya has been my best friend. She is never aggressive towards me. Maya has learned to like my sister, and most of my friends. She still doesn't like Mom. Maya loves to tell people to shut up. But to my Mom she says shut up Mommy. Maya never calls anyone Mommy except my Mom. Maya like to preen my hair and face. Maya will eat anything I do, and tries to steal food from my mouth. I have a harness that she wears and Maya rides my bike with me. Unfortunatly she refuses to wear a helmet. If Maya does something funny she says TaDa and then laughs. Maya had at least 3 homes before ours. We don't really know how old she is. But this I do know ... Maya finally really is home. We also have an African Grey, Griffen and an eclectus, Gracie. Bryan Weis Age 12

Bryan Weis
Dweisguys@aol.com

Sunday, 10-Oct-99 09:51:39 EDT

Maya's 3rd or 4th chance

LAst summer my family adopted a cherry headed conure named Maya. Maya had a reputation as a biter, and was unable to be let out of her cage because she would run, fly or fling herself at you to bite. She was very friendly in the cage with a small but clear vocabulary. At first my Mother tried to get her to come out without biting. However Maya Hated her. Finally I tried. Maya just ran right up my arm. But she didn't bite me. I couldn't get her off my shoulder. From that day on, over a year now, Maya has been my best friend. She is never aggressive towards me. Maya has learned to like my sister, and most of my friends. She still doesn't like Mom. Maya loves to tell people to shut up. But to my Mom she says shut up Mommy. Maya never calls anyone Mommy except my Mom. Maya like to preen my hair and face. Maya will eat anything I do, and tries to steal food from my mouth. I have a harness that she wears and Maya rides my bike with me. Unfortunatly she refuses to wear a helmet. If Maya does something funny she says TaDa and then laughs. Maya had at least 3 homes before ours. We don't really know how old she is. But this I do know ... Maya finally really is home. We also have an African Grey, Griffen and an eclectus, Gracie. Bryan Weis Age 12

Bryan Weis
Dweisguys@aol.com

Sunday, 10-Oct-99 09:51:39 EDT

Maya's 3rd or 4th chance

LAst summer my family adopted a cherry headed conure named Maya. Maya had a reputation as a biter, and was unable to be let out of her cage because she would run, fly or fling herself at you to bite. She was very friendly in the cage with a small but clear vocabulary. At first my Mother tried to get her to come out without biting. However Maya Hated her. Finally I tried. Maya just ran right up my arm. But she didn't bite me. I couldn't get her off my shoulder. From that day on, over a year now, Maya has been my best friend. She is never aggressive towards me. Maya has learned to like my sister, and most of my friends. She still doesn't like Mom. Maya loves to tell people to shut up. But to my Mom she says shut up Mommy. Maya never calls anyone Mommy except my Mom. Maya like to preen my hair and face. Maya will eat anything I do, and tries to steal food from my mouth. I have a harness that she wears and Maya rides my bike with me. Unfortunatly she refuses to wear a helmet. If Maya does something funny she says TaDa and then laughs. Maya had at least 3 homes before ours. We don't really know how old she is. But this I do know ... Maya finally really is home. We also have an African Grey, Griffen and an eclectus, Gracie. Bryan Weis Age 12

Bryan Weis
Dweisguys@aol.com

Thursday, 07-Oct-99 23:48:59 EDT

Agossie and Kiwi

I acquired Agossie less than a year ago from my brother. He moved and reluctantly had to accept that he could no longer keep her. She's seven years old and has an incredible personality. I fell in love with her immediately. It took her a little longer, but she's adjusted nicely. Kiwi has been with me for only a few weeks. My cousin obtained her a year ago when she was only a few months old and is no longer able to keep her. I refer to Kiwi as a she but I have no clue what her sex is. She's adjusting slowly but surely. I don't keep them in the same cage, but I do allow them time to interact every day. Would it be a bad idea if I kept them in the same cage? If Kiwi turns out to be a male, can they mate or is Agossie too old for Kiwi? For that matter is Kiwi too young? I have so many more questions. Is there anyone that knows enough about sun conures that can give me a few pointers and some advice? Please feel free to e-mail me. Thanks

Nilsa
nilaco22064@aol.com

Saturday, 02-Oct-99 10:40:39 EDT

my little bu

i luv animals but my mum is allergic to them so we can only have small animals. last christmas no one new what to get me so my mum suggested we get a parrot so we went to our local avairy and had a look we saw some huge birds but wisely thought they were a bit big since we had not had a bird before. one of the pet shop employees showed us some conures i was taken in by their bright eyes we looked at some sun conure and then some green cheeks there were 2 one was a mixed breed and the other a small pure breed i fell in love with this little fella because he was so simply cute and we decided this was our new pet after lots of thinking we decided to name him malibu(bu for short. ive had him for almost a year now and i wouldnt be without him. he is a very quick learner he says hello does 2 different dances and also does a telephone, hoover and computer impresions. this christmas we are hoping to buy a eclectus parrot as some company for bu!

hayley

Friday, 24-Sep-99 12:21:34 EDT

The Newbee's

My wife insisted that I 'Adopt' a Sun Conure named 'Bird'. (I want to find a more suitable name for 'bird')We went to her bosses'house to meet 'bird' ( I am thinking of calling the conure 'Paco'... )'bird' seemed to take to me almost immediately,I am so glad she convinced me to take him, when we brought 'bird' home his demeanor has seems to changed. For starters he does not like me to change his water, he will attack my hand if I don't wear a heavy coat with a leather glove. Any clues as to why he is behaving this way, will he grow out of the attacking of my hand when I change his water? You may Email me at LGREY49422@AOL.COM If you have any suggestions, Thank You, Larry.

Larry D Grey
LGREY49422@AOL.COM

Friday, 17-Sep-99 22:24:45 EDT

Orange Julius

When we got our Sun Conure, it took us forever to give him a name. His first name (given to him by my sister in law, not a very bright woman) was Bobber.*rolling my eyes* But we wanted to give him a name that showed a little style...we tried everything from Socrates (pronounced SO- Crates, from the movie "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) to Pecker...but finally, being the Mall loving people we are....we settled on Julius. Which really works well because his feathers are mostly Orange. However, he gets called all kinds of things...my favorite greeting for him is Juliard. I don't know if this is a copyright infringement or not...but I did let the people at the Juice Stand know about him! P.S. We would LOVE to breed him if anyone is interested!!!!

Mandy B.
markandmandy@msn.com

Tuesday, 14-Sep-99 19:00:20 EDT

PBT Bird (AKA Taco)

Hi! My name is Matt.I'm the proud owner of a Maroon Bellied Conure.His name is Taco and is 1year and 2 months. Boy does this spoiled rotten bird have an attitude.Every time I'm on the computer he tries to type too!!! He also plays the piano and plays ball.We call PBT bird because it stands for Pit Bull Taco Bird.Sometimes he is naughty and eats our scabs off....ouch!!! I guess he wants to help us get better faster. All my friends say he is too small but they don't know how smart he is.I love him so much !!!!!!! Later, MATT

Matt
Skoidm@aol.com

Friday, 03-Sep-99 11:21:03 EDT

Help Me!

Help!! I am being held captive by 6 conures and 2 macaws. They force me to buy toys every week, they force me to buy the best fresh fruit and vegetables for them while I eat the leftovers,the force me to clean those cages day after day,every time I go to a store, I think "the birds should like this" Someone, anyone, please help!!

David T. Wood
david.wood@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Monday, 23-Aug-99 20:03:45 EDT

Bathtime Buddy

My husband and I just adopted a little 3 year old blue crowned conue, "Buddy". He's been with us for just over a week, but he seems happy, rides around on our shoulders and greets us loudly! :) Buddy has a cute bathtime ritual. He takes a bath every morning, he'll announce "take a bath". Then he hopps over to his waterbowl and sticks in one foot, then the other, one at a time, like smeone testing the bath water! After he is sure it's just right, he'll climb in an splash away! Gotta love him! :)

Natalie
draven@draven.cx

Saturday, 21-Aug-99 14:40:53 EDT

Embarsed Bare Tennis Shoes

We were keeping a conure for a friend. The birds name was Tennis Shoes, Why we never knew. We lived in the country and raised Chow Chows. We had the mother dog in a welping box and above it we had hung a fly strip [as you probably know they are very sticky]. Tennis Shoes got out of his cage and took off to see what was going on in the other room. He flew directly into the fly strip, knocked it down on top of the dog who was in the process of delivering a puppy. We were so afraid the new mom would harm the bird so, we grabbed him and yanked the fly strip off him;the biggest part of it was on the mother dog,when we did this, most of his feathers came out too. Poor Tennis Shoes was scared to death as were all of us. We spent a lot of time cleaning the glue out of his feathers. They eventually all grew back but the bird would not go near the dog after that.

Joe Keaton

Thursday, 19-Aug-99 16:43:32 EDT

Baby's story

This last January my wife and I adopted Baby, an 8 year old Jenday conure, and her best friend Taco, who is a white fronted Amazon. Baby and Taco were very scared at first, but with many, many hours of patient work on our part and theirs they have become very happy and friendly birds. For all of their lives they had never been let of their undersized cages, and had received mostly negative human attention. That is until Marc Johnson rescued them. He runs an incredible adoption facility for abused and neglected birds called Foster Parrots. Birds are only adopted to people who clearly demonstrate a love for birds, and who have the maturity and time necessary to properly care for them. You can visit his website at the following URL: http://www.fosterparrots.com The site is still under construction, but it has a lot of valuable information. Please remember that for every new baby bird in the pet store, there are many more unwanted and neglected adult birds that desperately need a good owner and a good home. Adult birds CAN be rehabilited to be just as loyal and loving as a hand-fed baby. Our adopted birds Taco and Baby are living proof of that. Thanks, S. Perry

Sean Perry
dukecrev@bigfoot.com

Friday, 13-Aug-99 21:45:50 EDT

needs a friend

Hi i am looking for a friend for mu sun conure names sunny delight but we just call him sunny for short. When we got him we did not plane to get another but as i am sure u all know they just steal your heart. Now i love him to end. Hes 1 years old and i hate the thought of him liveing his hole life not knowing another like him. Plus i hate the idea of him home along with no one to play with so we are looking for a friend fro him. But we can not pay the price we did for him. So a fricw with in reason please e mail me thank u

marlina
martlina@yahoo.com

Tuesday, 03-Aug-99 16:44:36 EDT

Poor George

We obtained "George" from an ad in our pet food store. He was free to "a good home". Actually the man just wanted rid of the bird. He gave me George, cage, and about a months' supply of food. George was originally purchased by a young female who, I gathered, loved him dearly. For some reason she disappeared from the picture and her father did not want the bird. He didn't know me from Adam; I guess I was the first, or only call. George was a mess. Featherless except for his head. Loud and extremely nervous. It was obvious he did not like males. I brought him home and he was so very loud. His name became George as we already owned a female white fronted who was about 5-6 months old whom we named Gracie, ie: George Allen and Gracie Burns. I handled him so much that after a few weeks he allowed me to stroke him. He would bite the holy heck out of anyone, especially males and if you tried to have him step up with your left hand. My wife loved "naked George" dearly. We tried ever trick in the book to stop him from picking his feathers to no avail. We have four cats (3 Persians and 1 Hienz 57). They truly scared this bird but never made any attempt to harm him, especially after a nip or two. George died after approximately 4 months with us. My wife has been haert broken ever since. We will find another soon, but no bird will ever replace "GEORGE". 8-2-99 Submitted by MacAlister Jamison



Thursday, 29-Jul-99 01:44:11 EDT

Squack!

Squack is my Mom's bird. He is 7 years old. He is possibly a Red Masked Conure, no one seems to know, not the vet or the zoo. We bought him at a school auction, and my parents did not realize that the piercing shreech that ocationally could be heard over the crowd was our dear Squack. Well, he screamed and howled for 2 weeks straight, sun up to sun down, and that is how he got his name, but that is not realy the story I wanted to share. We have 2 show dogs a Basset and a Huskey. Toby, (the Basset) has a Huge mouth. Squack was nocked off his cage by a sneeky Toby (normally we close the cages of our birds, but that day we forgot.) So we heard this aweful scheech! Mom and I went running for the kitchen. There was Toby, mouth closed and staring at the ceiling, but no Squack. Panicking, Mom rushed over to Toby and asked him where Squack was (fearing he had swallowed him whole) She hears this pathetic "eerp" from inside Toby's mouth. She sees a few tail feathers sticking out of his big mouth. Toby had Squack in his mouth! She yelled at him "Drop!" and Toby sheepishly let Squack go. Squack wobbled around and climbed up Mom's leg. Toby got sent outside without a treat. Apparently after Toby had Squack in his mouth he did not know what to do with him. Thank god Bassets have soft mouths (they are hunting dogs and game retrievers). It is only a funny story (hearing Squack from inside a Toby's mouth was pretty funny) because it had a happy ending. So now every time Squack sees Toby he tries to attack him! (Hmm wonder who would win... silly tiny conure, or giant dog...)

Lisa Tobleman
longtabl@cs.utexas.edu

Tuesday, 27-Jul-99 12:34:44 EDT

They Will Do Anthing

We have had Peachie our Peach-fronted Conure for five years. Though our daughter bought him (it, we are not sure), he has become my wife's bird. She works with him daily and he has built up a pretty large vocabulary. Good morning, good night , hello etc. His best trick though is to go potty on command. Birds have indiscriminate bowel movements,which can really mess up clothing. My wife discovered that Peachie went just about every 15 to 20 min. By timing his movements she would place him over a trash can and tell him, "Go potty, Peachie." After a while he got the message and now will do his thing when and where we ask him to. Sure saves on the clothing!

D.A.Menard
dan.menard@lmco.com

Saturday, 17-Jul-99 23:14:06 EDT

My Bird Sunny

I got my Sun Conure from my autie.they couldn't give her the love she needed and my mom was already a bird lover so my aute decided to give her to us.Sunny is a real joy.She is only 2 years old.She loves to cuddle with me and take a nap if I am reading.Sunny also go's down my shirt and sits there.She likes to lay on her back and also likes to be scrached on the back.Most night we let her and our senegal (Max) eat supper with us.My sunny bunny is a very loving bird.She has a mind of her own and a big attitode.I love her sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

Jennifer
tiny_teakie@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 14-Jul-99 18:32:40 EDT

stinky !

I got stinky about 9 years ago she was 4 years old then, and her owner couldn't keep her. she is a sun conure. she loves both me and my husband and won't quit making noise until we both come over to her cage and give her a good morning tickel on her head or back then she ouiets down. she makes smacking noises when we eat, I didn't know we were so loud . the only words she says are stinky! and chet! which is my husbands name. she loves to take a shower. and stand in the shower,turning around and around. we've taken her on a camping trip and she atracted more people! once she fell off her perch I gave her bird medicine she catches colds so it is a good thing to have on hand.she laid 4 eggs 8yrs ago but never again.she is an important member of our family we have 3 dogs and 6 chickens all are pets.

Luana L Pautz
luana@fairbury.com
wannie's web site

Monday, 28-Jun-99 22:50:03 EDT

Colorado

My sister owns a male and female conure, the female recently laid 2 eggs. How long will it take to hatch? Future mom.

Beverly
pony@brainerd.net

Monday, 28-Jun-99 13:15:02 EDT

Mr. Bird and Me

I am the proud owner of a Nanday Conure named Mr. Bird. It is true that he is very loud but he is also very loveable. Mr. Bird likes to rollover on his back while playing with my fingers. He is a real fan of fingers. Mr. Bird says Hello and he makes the same sneezing noise as I do. He also imitates the sound of me brushing my teeth. Mr. Bird also does something that I find soooooo amusing. He sucks his thumb! He can suck his thumb for an hour or so. And let me tell you their is nothing as cute as abird who sucks hid thumb. I have one problem, I am going away to college this fall and can't have him in the dorm. I am desperatly trying to find him a babysitter for a semester or until I can get an apartment. If anyone can help, please e-mail me at tricia_nj@hotmail.com thank you for reading about me and MR. Bird!!!

Tricia
tricia_nj@hotmail.com

Monday, 28-Jun-99 13:15:02 EDT

Mr. Bird and Me

I am the proud owner of a Nanday Conure named Mr. Bird. It is true that he is very loud but he is also very loveable. Mr. Bird likes to rollover on his back while playing with my fingers. He is a real fan of fingers. Mr. Bird says Hello and he makes the same sneezing noise as I do. He also imitates the sound of me brushing my teeth. I have one problem, I am going away to college this fall and can't have him in the dorm. I am desperatly trying to find him a babysitter for a semester or until I can get an apartment. If anyone can help, please e-mail me at tricia_nj@hotmail.com thank you for reading about me and MR. Bird!!!

Tricia
tricia_nj@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 23-Jun-99 15:03:54 EDT

My Baby Mango

I have a baby Sun Conure (about 5 months old)named Mango. I got him when he was 6 wks old and hand-fed him until he was about 3 months. I knew absolutely nothing about birds! I didn't even know anyone who owned a bird. I was in the market for a new pet but I didn't know what. I saw many Sun's at a pet store but the store didn't seem interested in selling me one. I was so glad because I really wanted a baby I could hand-feed. It took 5 weeks and lots of prayers before Mango made it to WV from FL. I thought he would be nervous and shy when I got him home but I couldn't have been more wrong. Mango has a mind of his own and pretty much gets by with it. He likes to snuggle under my chin or sit on the back of the couch and look out the window. He loves graham and animal crackers and sleeps with me at night. One night I found him on my pillow on his side, stiff as a board. I thought for sure I had squashed him but when I picked him up he began to move and stretch then he snuggled up and went back to sleep. We had no idea that birds have such great personalities (or attitudes). He likes to go for rides in the car or go for walks next door to my moms. Although my friends thought I was crazy to spend that much on a bird - to me he's a lifelong (I pray) companion.

Tami Koontz
koontz_t@wvlc.wvnet.edu

Tuesday, 22-Jun-99 16:48:26 EDT

My New Sun Conure Jeweli

I got my little friend a few months ago. There is so much to say about "her". I had planned on getting a cockatiel when I walked into the bird store and went over to the cage to look at them when out of the corner of my eye I saw Jeweli! For some reason I asked the woman what kind of bird she was and she told me and I took Jeweli on my finger and for a change I didn't get nipped! Needless to say, I feel in love with her INSTANTLY. I had to leave her at the store for a while because they were still feeding her formula with a syringe and I was a bit intimidated about that. I finally took her home and it's been an adventure ever since! I named her Jeweli because she loves...........JEWEELRY!!!!!!! as I'm sure all you Sun Conure owners know! She is so incredibly affectionate and loving and so much fun that I can't ever say enough about her. She's not that noisey and we got her this adorable bed that she sleeps in at night. We have 2 cages for her-one to stay around during the day and then the one that's in our bedroom so she can be with us at night. She loves to nap with me but I'm afraid to have her with us the whole night for fear of rolling over on her and crushing her. Every time I go to the pet store I want to buy her new toys and she's definitely spoiled but who cares? She has brought me so much love and joy and she's just so full of mischief! I love to watch her go around the top of the cage and look for things to do. We bought her a play gym and all she wants to do is chew the wood on it! She is so funny! I could go on and on about my little Jeweli. She is just the sweetest thing ever! Everyone should have a Sun Conure to spoil and love as I do.

Debi
Debisy@aol.com

Sunday, 13-Jun-99 08:30:18 EDT

FIRST TIME BREEDING

MY NAME IS JAMIE THOMAS, I GOT INTO BIRDS BY LOSING A DOG I HAD FOR 14 AND HALF YEARS. I WAS STILL LIVING AT HOME AT THE TIME. MY MOTHER ASKED IF I WOULD CONTACT MY SISTER,WHO'S BROTHER-IN LAW RAISES ALL KIND OF BIRDS,AND ASK IF SHE COULD GET US ONE AS A COMPANION. WELL I GOT A CALL FROM MY SISTER AND SHE GOT A DUSKY CONURE WAITING FOR ME DOWN AT MY OTHER SISTERS HOUSE IN FL. I TOOK MY VACATION DOWN THERE SO I COULD BRING HIM BACK W/ME. MY NEPHEW ALREADY NAMED HIM PICKLE (DON'T ASK ME WHY)BUT DEAR PICKLE HAD NEVER BEEN HANDLED AND WOULD BITE THE TAR OUT OF YOU. I WAS DOWN THERE FOR 7 DAYS BY THE TIME I WAS TO LEAVE,PICKLE WAS KISSING ME ON THE LIPS AND CHEEK AND SITTING ON MY SHOULDER. I LOST PICKLE 2 MONTHS AFTER I GOT HIM HOME TO THE DREADED POLLYOMA DISEASE. I WAS DEVASTATED, IN THE 2 MONTHS I HAD HIM HE LOVED US A LIFETIME. INSTEAD OF NOT WANTING TO GET ATTACHED TO ANOTHER BIRD AGAIN, I WAITED 2 MONTHS BEFORE GETTING A NEW BABY GREEN CHEEK CONURE THAT THE STORE ALLOWED ME TO COME AND HAND FEED TWICE A DAY UNTIL I COULD BRING HER HOME. I NAMED HER TWIKI AFTER THE ANDROID ON BUCK ROGERS THE SERIES. SHE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH ABOUT HAVING AND LOVING BIRDS THAT I WANTED TO GET INTO BREEDING,BUT THAT WAS NOT TO COME W/HER EVERY TIME I EITHER BOUGHT OR WAS GIVEN ANOTHER GREEN CHEEK I ALWAYS ENDED UP W/ANOTHER FEMALE I WENT THRU 4 BIRDS UNTIL I GAVE UP. THEN MY MOTHER BOUGHT A JENDAY CONURE FROM A LADY THAT BELONGED TO MY LOCAL PBAV CLUB. THE BIRDS NAME IS CHUCKLES SHE IS BEAUTIFUL ORANGE/RED YELLOW COLOR ALL OVER HER BUT SHE COULD NEVER ME A PET TO WILD. I LOST TWIKI 3AND HALF YEARS LATER TO EGG BINDING. A FRIEND IN MY CLUB CAME UP TO ME ONE DAY AND SAID SHE HEARD I HAD A JENDAY AND ASKED IF I WOULD LIKE ANOTHER ONE. SHE DID NOT KNOW WHAT SEX IT WAS BUT IF I WANTED IT THE BIRD WAS MINE. I HAD PHOENIX DNA SEXED AND LOW AND BEHOLD PHOENIX WAS A MALE HOWEVER PHOENIX ALSO WAS NOT ABLE TO BE HANDLED. A PERFECT MATCH ! CHUCKLES WE HAD FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS BEFORE WE GOT PHOENIX (THIS PAST SEP.) I DECIDED TO PAIR THEM UP ON DECEMBER 1ST I LOOKED IN THE NEST BOX AND LOW AND BEHOLD THERE WAS AN EGG IN IT THE 2ND OF DEC.ANOTHER ONE,THEN 4DEC. ANOTHER ONE THEN ON THE 12 DEC. ANOTHER ONE FOUR EGGS. NOT ONLY WAS THIS THE FIRST TIME FOR EITHER CHUCKLES AND OR PHOENIX TO BREED BUT MY FIRST TIME TRYING TO BREED BIRDS.I CANDLED THE EGGS ABOUT THE 10TH DAY AND ALL EGGS WERE FERTILE!!!! MY FRIENDS IN THE CLUB KEPT TELLING ME THAT ALL KIND OF THINGS COULD HAPPEN AND THE EGGS COULD NOT HATCH. I KEPT GOING OUT TO THEM EVERY DAY AND TELLING THEM HOW PROUD OF THEM I WAS SHE KEPT SITTING ON THE EGGS THE HOLE TIME NEVER CAME OUT OF THE NEST BOX TO EAT OR DRINK PHOENIX TOOK CARE OF THAT. ON THE 26TH OF DEC. I HEARD A LIITLE PEEP COME FROM THE NEST BOX I LLOKED IN BUT NO BABY THE NEXT DAY I LOOKED AGAIN AND THERE IT WAS THE FIRST BABY. DEC. 27 TH MY FIRST BABY WAS HATCHED THE FOLLOWING DAY THE 2ND ONE THEN THE 29TH THE 3RD ONE THEN JAN 5TH 1999 THE FOURTH ONE. SHE LAID 4 EGGS ALL EGGS FERTILE ALL BABYS SURVIVED WHAT A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE FOR ME. THEN COME TO FIND OUT I WAS THERE FIRST PERSON IN THE PBAV CLUB TO SUCCESSFULLY BREED JENDAY'S IN THE HISTORY OF THE CLUB.I RECEIVED A FIRST TIME BREEDER AWARD FROM THE CLUB. SINCERELY, JAMIE THOMAS VA BEACH VA

JAMIE THOMAS
JNDYBRDR@AOL.COM

Sunday, 13-Jun-99 08:30:18 EDT

FIRST TIME BREEDING





Monday, 31-May-99 15:23:07 EDT

Tikka, the babby sun conure

We have a babby sun conure, 11 weeks old, we have a play box i built for her and our 2 cockatiels, one day after her feeding, we put her in the play box, well she had a grand old time playing with her toy,s and running arround in the play box, well after a while she tired herself out and decided to take a nap, when we nexed looked in the playbox, she was laying on her back with one of her toes in her mouth, it looked like she was sucking her thumb while she napped, we thought this was so cute, we took a picture, but as yet have not developed it, when we do we will scan and send it.

Gene & Denise
MTSpaces43@aol.com

Monday, 31-May-99 15:22:29 EDT







Wednesday, 19-May-99 20:10:27 EDT

Mango, my pet at the pet store

Their is this sun conure named Mango. He lives at the pet store.Everyday, he's all i think about! I can't stop! I can't take him home because he costs $550 dollars and I'm having a hard time making the money.By the way, my name is Vanessa Schuster. I live in California with my parents. I'm going to be 13 this Friday, the 21 of May. I have some money but then i still need a cage,food, other supplies and money for the vet. This reminds me of the time that I wanted a dog when I was little. Everyday for a year I nagged my parents to get a dog. I got my dog whose one of my best friends and I love her very,very much! Just like any other kid, when I see an animal, I want it, but then I forget about it later. This is different I can't stop thinking about my Mango. One night I had a dream that I was in my room playing the saxophone while my little friend Mango sang along and listened to me play. I started to cry the next day because I knew it would never happen. I visit my Mango at the pet store as often as I can, and when I'm there I play hide and seek with him and I feed him his favorite seeds, sunflower seeds. I love him and I hope one day that when I wake up in the morning he's in my room singing a song thet i've been practicing on my sax.

Vanessa Schuster
Crumpetrdr@aol.com

Thursday, 06-May-99 15:41:55 EDT

Noodles the Blue Crown Nut

Shame on me! I taught Noodles, my blue crown conure, to say "kiss my butt". You know how blue crowns do - they repeat and repeat and repeat something they like until they (or you) fall over from the exhaustion of hearing it. Well, after we all got through that initial period of repeating "kiss my butt" 47 times a minute, we had a space of peace - from that phrase anyway. One day, Noodles, aka Mr. Wonderful started screaming and wouldn't stop. He was holding on to the side of his cage and screaming his guts out. Enough was enough. I walked over to his cage and told him to hush up, whereupon he commenced to slowly rotate his head in my direction and guess what Noodles proceeded to tell his momma - "kiss my butt".

Ruth Berryman
ckmobile@carlankillam.com

Tuesday, 27-Apr-99 20:22:45 EDT

Puzzles

Hi! I'm telling a story of my cute conure, Leroy Brown. When I first got my bird, he was a shy, timid bird that loved to bite anyone who tried to towel him. I soon broke him out of that habit. When I played with him, he would walk around the house on the floor looking at everything. He is very curious for his size. One day I was working on this very hard jigsaw puzzle with Leroy on my arm. When I went to look at the pile of pieces I had laid out, I found Leroy had picked up a piece with his foot and put it near a hole in the puzzle. What I took for an average bird, was a very smart bird. In the end, Leroy was putting the pieces near holes that needed filling. That was the last time I under-estimated my " Lee-Lee"!

Courtenay Woodhead
woodhead@garden.net

Tuesday, 20-Apr-99 17:44:26 EDT

THE CLOWNS I OWN

I HAVE TWO MARONNBELLIED CONURES ONE IS MY 1ST BIRD NAMED RUBY SHE HAS BEEN IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE SHE GOT A BROKEN WING FROM ANOTHER ONE OF MY BIRDS VET SED SHE WOULD NEVER FLY AGAIN NOT SHE STILL NEEDS TO BE CLIPPED MU OTHER CONURE ALSO A MAROONBELLIED I WAS GIVEN I HAD TO GO TO OREGON TO GET HIM HE IS A DOLL EVEN SLEPT WITH ME ON THE WAY HOME GOT HOME HE MET MY HUSBAND NOW HE HATES ME AND IM THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEY ARE SILLY BIRDS HIS NAME IS SYDNEY

LINDA
MY5BIRDS@AOL.COM

Wednesday, 14-Apr-99 18:11:48 EDT

Buttons

Hi, My name is Sandy , My conure is Buttons, he's a sun conure, he lives with my sister Dawn in Calif. now.. In August of 97 I had to have a complete hysterectomy, and was unable to give him the love, care and attention, that he deserved and demanded. I cried when my mom took him out to her on the plane. My dad and I drove out to see her in Nov, Dec. 98 ,when I walked in the door he took one look at me, and could not contain himself, he weht nuts trying to get to me. He kissed me and kissed me and kissed me, needless to say he wanted no-one but me for the 3 wks we were there. The night before we left I explained to him momma was leaving in the morning, he said NOOO, and turned his back to me. The next day I held him all morning, when the time came to leave I took him out to the truck with me, he crawled into my shirt and laughed his head off, (as if to say ha ha ha I'm going anyway. He then proceeded to bite my sister and her boyfriend, and crawl back into my shirt. when we pulled away he screamed until we couldn't see each other any more.. I miss him very much, and I could ha

Sandy Eck
sebirdlady@aol.com
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Saturday, 10-Apr-99 22:11:54 EDT

Casey

My seond bird,Casey, was a Green Cheek Conure. I got him for christmas in '97. He was 5 months old, and instantly became my best friend. He loved to snuggle and sit inside my shirt when ever he could. He ate with me, he played with me, and even though the only word he ever learned was "pretty" I could understand him. That was until last sunday(easter). On saturday night we had come home from church and we were all tired. Casey wanted to see me as usual, so i picked him up and whoop, he was in my shirt. Later that night I put him to bed, his cage was in my room because we loved to be near each other. Well I guess we loved each other too much, during the night he found a way out of his cage and climbed over to my bed to be with me. He was crushed. I found him at 4 in the morning. Some Easter that was. I buried him in our yard and have planted flowers on his grave. I just hope that he is safe somewhere, and is loved.

Mariah Forney
BirdGirl85@hotmail.com

Sunday, 04-Apr-99 23:11:23 EDT

Budee

We have a 1 year old red bellied conure. We got him at 8 mos. old from the pet store. He was given by to the pet store by his owner who couldn't have him anymore. Budee was very shy in the very begining, and only came to me, and will bite everyone else. Anyway, as he became comfortable, he he started to pick up so much!! He also does things on cue... When we tell him to cough, he'll cough! The very 1st thing he ever did. When we leave him in the room by himself, he'll holler Budee, Budee!! and won't stop until we respond. He'll dance upon request, by bobbing his head back and forth. He's such a love bug ! He's also a moocher! When were eating at the dinner table, he'll make chewing noises so we can give him a treat so he can eat along with us. He's quite a character and I can go on all day about him. But the one thing with him is we need to be consistant with him on daily basis. When we wake up and pull sheet off we need to tell him good morning every day!! Otherwise, he turns his back from us and won't talk, but squack all day. At night the same way!!He keeps us on our toes!! We love a geat deal! !

maria O'precio
ria741@yahoo.com
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Friday, 02-Apr-99 21:44:03 EST

Peg-Leg Paddy

I am owned by a 4 year old Patagonian Conure named Peg-leg Paddy. Before I met him, he had been owned by someone else for a short time. A hair or string or something got caught around one of his feet. It cut so deeply into his leg, his foot so swollen, painful, and rotting, that when I got him at 3 months, the veterinarian and I decided that the foot needed to be amputated. Thus, he got the name Peg-leg Paddy. Paddy is just fine now and can move around and climb easily. I admit, however, he is spoiled. His eternal position is on my shoulder or the top of my head unless there is something more interesting going on. Whenever I have a cup of tea with a spoon in it, he takes it upon himself to grasp the spoon in his mouth and stir like the dickens, of course splattering tea all over the table and everything else. Paddy also likes to lie on his back in my hand and get scratched and groomed. His sticks his claw in his mouth and chews on it, or sometimes picks his nose (yuck) with it. Paddy does not like it when I am on the phone and screeches or imitates my laugh so I hang up. Ah, to be ruled by a conure. . .

Linda Laz
plpaddy@aol.com

 

 

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