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New Conure Keeper-Need advice!

Post by Chris » Fri, 05 Feb 1999 04:00:00



Hello friends,

I just adopted a 7 month old Nanday conure.  I am new at this, so I have
some very elementary questions. No one I know keeps birds and my only
previous experience was with canaries during my childhoon (my grandparents
were breeders).

He's noisy, but I really love the bird, whom we call Garcia.  Other than
the noisiness, he has so many good qualities and really responds to love
and gentleness.  In fact, he is bringing out a side of myself that I had
almost forgotten about.

My questions are:

He is sneezing.  I know they have delicate resp. systems. He sneezes maybe
on the average of once per half hour.  Is he sick?  Should I do ANYTHING
about it.  I know not to spray perfumes and hairspray, etc near him, but
are there other things triggering his sneezing?

2.  Do conures travel well?  Once spring comes I go to my mom's in the
country for the weekend sometime.  It is one hour away.  Can I safely take
him with me.  Are they hearty that way?  Or should I take him to the local
pet store which babysits birds when I go to the country?

3.  I work.  My husband is at home during the day sometimes, but only
occasionally.  I am concerned about him when he is alone.  what can I do
to make him more comfortable, less lonely, etc.  He was so noisy this
morning when I left I couldn't help feel he was distressed to be alone.  I
spend oodles of time with him in the evening. Should I worrY?

Thanks for any responses.

Chris

 
 
 

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Post by Jimb » Fri, 05 Feb 1999 04:00:00


I don't know the answers to all your questions, but here it goes:

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> He is sneezing.  I know they have delicate resp. systems. He sneezes maybe on the average of once per half hour.  Is he sick?  (snip)

He may be fine, but if you just adopted him, you should get him checked
out by a vet anyway.

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> 2.  Do conures travel well?  Once spring comes I go to my mom's in the country for the weekend sometime.  It is one hour away.  Can I safely take him with me.  Are they hearty that way?

I was wondering this myself.

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> 3.  ...I am concerned about him when he is alone.  what can I do to make him more comfortable, less lonely, etc.  He was so noisy this morning when I left I couldn't help feel he was distressed to be alone.  I spend oodles of time with him in the evening. Should I worrY?

Just give him lots of toys, and make sure your cage is large enough. He
makes noise when you leave because he's calling you to come back. Try
leaving your house without making a big fuss, sneak out. Give him some
of his favorite foods before you leave so he is occupied by that, and
not the fact that you're leaving him. Eventually he'll understand that
you're leaving for a while and will be coming back. If you are about to
leave and he starts screaming, the best thing to do is ignore him, you
don't want to reinforce bad behavior by rushing over to him.

If any of this info is wrong, I'm sure I'll get flamed in about ten
seconds, but this seems to have worked for my bird (cherry headed
conure) and I think she sometimes looks forward to having some time
alone.

----Jim D

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Post by Rottwlr » Fri, 05 Feb 1999 04:00:00


Hi Chris,
I only babysat a Conure for two weeks, but I can tell you they like to make
noise, and especially when I would get ready for work in the morning and leave
the room.  I thought the bird was distressed, and went out and bought a book
'cause I was worried.  The book told me they like to squawk quite loudly. Other
than that, she was so soft & sweet, and I loved to snuggle with her.  She would
snuggle against my neck and face.  I got her a "Fuzzy Buddy" ; one of those
soft fuzzy things they can snuggle up to.  They sell them at the pet stores in
different colors; I got her one that matched her olive green.  She liked to sit
on a ring meant to hold her fruit cup, so I put it there and she snuggled with
it.  She also seemed to really enjoy this toy that was several small chains
with little bells on the ends.  I'd babysit her again in a heartbeat!
 She didn't sneeze much, but I change the filter on the heater every few weeks
and I have an air filter/humidifyer in the room.  Prior to getting this special
filter, my birds did sneeze about every half hour also (Cockatiels).  I'd make
sure there were no drafts nearby and try to keep dust down if possible.  I
vaccuum 2x a day with those allergy filter bags; it helps with dust.
Sorry I don't have anymore to offer about Conures.  Good luck!
Lisa
 
 
 

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Post by ConureGr » Fri, 05 Feb 1999 04:00:00


In response to the sneezing I would get Garcia to a vet - if nothing else
because he is a new member to your family and a check up never hurt any one.

I travel with my conure about once a month (mine is a green cheek so there is a
signifigant size difference).  I travel with him in a sperate carrier than in
his cage, but I bring his cage with us.  On the whole he does very well, the
only problem is that since I do not take his perch as well, he spends more time
in his cage than he could care too- but then he gets spoiled by the in-laws and
he gets over it.

Lastly the "home alone" issue.  So long as Garcia gets plenty of love when
people are home he should be alright, most people recommend spending time with
the bird before work and again when you get home.  I leave the radio on a talk
station when I am gone just to give them something to listen to.

Hope this helps
jennifer

 
 
 

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Post by Spackl » Fri, 05 Feb 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>I just adopted a 7 month old Nanday conure..He's noisy, but I really love the

bird, whom we call Garcia. >  

Reading your post brought back fond memories....A Nanday was our first ***
bird and they are a noisy bunch!  We loved Nandy anyway...he was smart...would
say, "Hola" in Spanish that's hello..."Tickle me" and a few other things so
maybe your baby will learn some words if you work with him...we had a Liliac
point siamese named Garcia...after the late Jerry Garcia....we lost both Nandy
and Garcia....

I can answer this one....

Quote:
>2.  Do conures travel well?

Oh my yes...we have a travel cage and our Sun Conure, Dixie goes where we
do...we seat belt her cage into the back seat and bring fresh water (it
sometimes sloshes out so don't fill it real full) and food ( they can mess it
up fast in the car).  Nandy just Loved it...he would watch out the window and
once in a while I would let him out...my husband was driving and the windows,
of course, were outlawed to even be touched....we have pictures of him sitting
on the steering wheel sharing pecans with my husband.  The breeder I bought my
Sun from after Nandy died travelled back and forth from Dallas to Raymondville,
Texas each weekend with the babies that she needed to hand-feed so Dixie, my
Sun conure, was accustomed to car trips from an early age..so by all means,
teach Garcia to travel...of course...NEVER leave him in the car alone or with
the windows rolled up on a hot day...I know you know this but...

Quote:
>He was so noisy this
>morning when I left I couldn't help feel he was distressed to be alone.  I
>spend oodles of time with him in the evening. Should I worrY?

LOL....he's teaching YOU already!  He just wants you to come back...love him up
one side and down the other in the evenings...he'll adjust...maybe a radio on
the days he's totally alone but not everyday....birds need to have
variety...monotony does more damage than the occasional hours of solitude....I
say this as Dixie is firmly ensconced in my shirt and fast asleep....yes, she's
spoiled :)

Enjoy your new darling....conures are GREAT  for pet birds....they have lots of
love to give ya!

 
 
 

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Post by Wheele » Fri, 05 Feb 1999 04:00:00


Can not really adress the other questions so edit, delete. Post> VBG

Most birds will travel well if we do the preparitory work needed,  almost
all the pets at home travel, some what.  I have used everything from
shoulder, not recommended, to a dog run in the back of the Blazer, for the
biggies.  I start with the babies to and from the office, the older birds
got short test runs to detirmine their tolorance levels,  If you make the
trip fun for your fellow he should not have any trouble, make sure he has a
house at mom's though, every bird needs a home.

Bob W

One month, two weeks, four days, 2 hours, 49 minutes and 58 seconds. 2455
cigarettes not smoked, saving $429.78. Life saved: 1 week, 1 day, 12 hours,
35 minutes.

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>> 2.  Do conures travel well?  Once spring comes I go to my mom's in the

country for the weekend sometime.  It is one hour away.  Can I safely take
him with me.  Are they hearty that way?
Quote:

>I was wondering this myself.

 
 
 

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Post by Stephen Carlisl » Sat, 06 Feb 1999 04:00:00


I had a blue crown conure, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.  His
name was Dietrich, and he loved to travel.  I would bring him on long trips (in his
cage in the back seat) and he was quiet for hours looking out the window and
checking out all the other cars and people. The only time he would squawk was when
I would stop for gas or food.

I would get him to a vet for that sneeze.

Conures are pretty noisy.  Mine squawked whenever I would leave the room, but I
didn't really mind because I was as bonded to him as he was to me.  He talked alot
and loved attention and praise.  Incredibly intelligent.

 
 
 

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Post by Itzonlee » Tue, 09 Feb 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
(Chris M.) writes:

Hi Chris,

I am a mainly a lurker and like to read what is going on in the group.  I don't
post often but thought, hey what they heck.  I may as well post occasionally.I
will give you my opinions but am no expert.

Quote:
>He is sneezing.  I know they have delicate resp. systems. He sneezes maybe
>on the average of once per half hour.  Is he sick?  Should I do ANYTHING
>about it.  I know not to spray perfumes and hairspray, etc near him, but
>are there other things triggering his sneezing?

You may want to have a vet check him.  It is probably nothing but since you
just got him you may want to have checked anyway.

Quote:
>2.  Do conures travel well?  Once spring comes I go to my mom's in the
>country for the weekend sometime.  It is one hour away.  Can I safely take
>him with me.  Are they hearty that way?  Or should I take him to the local
>pet store which babysits birds when I go to the country?

I don't know about this one.  Mine have only traveled around town with me to
the vets and other family members houses.  Nothing longer than 1/2 to 3/4 hour
away.

Quote:
>3.  I work.  My husband is at home during the day sometimes, but only
>occasionally.  I am concerned about him when he is alone.  what can I do
>to make him more comfortable, less lonely, etc.  He was so noisy this
>morning when I left I couldn't help feel he was distressed to be alone.  I
>spend oodles of time with him in the evening. Should I worrY?

Mine are pretty quiet when I leave them but the whole neighborhood knows when I
get home.  <g>  I acknowledge them by say saying "Hi guys!  I am home." but I
don't rush over to them.  After about 5 minutes they calm down and the
screeching is done, until bed time that is.  <bg>  After they have quieted down
they all get to come out and play and eat with me until bed time.  At bed time
they all squack their good nights and it is quiet again.  As long as they have
toys, food and water during the day mine seem to be fine.  This week their
favorite toy is cut up strips of newspaper hung from the top of their cages.
Makes a huge mess but it is sure fun to watch them stalk it and attack it.  :)

Good luck with Garcia and keep us informed.

Cindi
Georgie (green cheek conure)
Lucky (sun conure)
Baby (cockatiel)
"Exhaust the little moment,
     Soon it dies
And be it gash or gold it will not come
     Again in this identical disquise."

                                        Gwendolyn Brooks

 
 
 

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Post by SWalfoo » Wed, 10 Feb 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
>He is sneezing.

My vet has always said that "wet" sneezes are more serious (e.g. more
indicative of illness) than "dry" kisses.  But, I recommend a well bird vet
visit to establish a base line on weight, appearance, etc.

Quote:
>Do conures travel well?  

My Nanday (and my Patagonian) travel with me with greater frequency than I
would like from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg and back.  No problems, but I
recommend a few tips:

-- My birds are uncomfortable when they get hit with oncoming headlights.
After dusk, I cover them with a towel or sheet.  Otherwise, they love to be
able to see out.

--  They are not terribly fond of the radio.  We talk and sing instead.

-- Vent the car often, or leave a window open a litle bit to prevent any
emissions buildup in the vehicle.

-- Carry water and food, even on a short trip.  I learned the hard way on this
one.

-- My birds travel either in a cat carrier, or in a small***atiel cage that
is easy to maneuver.  If you can, get Garcia accustomed to the cat carrier
concept, and use that, as it may actually provide some protection in the case
of an accident (heaven forbid !).  The carrier can be fit with a perch or two,
with a towel on the bottom, etc., and can be very cozy.  The one I prefer has a
grill on the top that opens up (as well as the end door) so that you can
provide food, see in, etc.

My birds generally love to take car trips

.

Quote:
>I work.  My husband is at home during the day sometimes,

Wow, this is a much better situation than many of us have.  I leave a radio on
for the birds when I am gone, and make sure that they get loof attention when I
am there.  But, I have to keep a roof over their heads, and keep them in food
and treats, so I too work.  They adjust.  (Toys are a great help too.)

Quote:
>The local pet store which babysits birds

Your address indicates a Pittsburgh address.  I almost always go the pet sitter
route when I can't take the birds, but I would love to know of a local pet
store that boards birds.  I had not yet found one.

Finally, let me know if you need a recommendation on a good avian vet in the
'burgh.  I have a great one in the North Hills that I swear by.

Good luck to you and Garcia.

Sara

 
 
 

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Post by SWalfoo » Wed, 10 Feb 1999 04:00:00


In regards to Nanday noise, be advised that the Nanday we adopted was also a
bit noisy when we got him.  It is hard to remember back that far, but he was
being returned to a pet store because of the noise he created (after his
original owner and his room mate left a very young bird alone for two days).
He was noisy for a while, but has calmsed down tremendously.  I am certain that
we can do entire days without hearing the standard Nanday scream (just kisses,
hellos, I love yous,  "gimme kisses..." and other assorted chirps and peeps.)

Hang in there.  He'll come a long way when he learns he can trust you and
figures out that he has a schedule.

Sara

 
 
 

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Post by Marianne Ferris-Whitmor » Wed, 10 Feb 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>Hang in there.  He'll come a long way when he learns he can trust you and
>figures out that he has a schedule.

>Sara

What she said.  I had a Nanday that I lost to PDD.  I just adored him.  But
I do remember thinking we had made a horrible mistake.  M2 screams are
easier on the ears!  I don't remember how long that lasted, but thinking
back, I just remember what a great companion he was - the screaming has
faded from my memory. Except when my CAG remembers it!

Marianne