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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > THE LOUNGE > Can anyone help me with info on our Conures behaviour???
Last Post by Monkeybun at 1/14/2010 11:02 PM (21 Replies)
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User is Offline Kafrn
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1/12/2010 12:50 PM

Hi all! Guess what,  in the holidays we got a little parrot. She is a Yellow Sided green Cheek Conure and her name is Cherub. She is 10 weeks old. every time I walk into the room she flies over to me and nibbles on my ear. She is so sweet! And she is already trying to copy what we say!!!

Does anyone else here have birds? I know Angelic does... I need info on some of Cherubs behaviour.

She likes to sit on my chest and play dead while we are watching TV. she lies on her back and lets me rub her tummy. She wont move for AGES! she makes a funny chattering noise while she does it. Is she happy? Or playing dead because she is scared or something?!

She likes to sleep on top of my teddy bear. She sits on his nose and looks into his big plastic eyes and talks to him. when he doesnt talk back she gets really frustrated and pecks him. Do I need to remove the bear so she doesnt get frustrated?! 

She has a really big cage with loads and loads of toys. But she is constantly trying to open the doors so she can be with us all  the time. Im happy to carry her everywhere when I am home and awake, but she is constantly lifting her doors to get out! even at 2am!

How can I help her to enjoy time in her cage more? 

Does anyone know?

 

thanks

 

 

What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Offline Kafrn
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1/12/2010 1:07 PM

   With her brothers and sisters before we picked her up

 

  

 

   Cherub and her Teddy Bear

What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Offline Jaymie
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1/12/2010 1:31 PM

Cherub is adorable! That's a perfect name too!

I've only ever had cockatiels, but conures are the cutest. :]

Her bird chattering is a happy sound. Kind of like when you hear your bunny purr by softly chattering his teeth. Birds do the same thing.
I think her playing dead is a sign of relaxation and contentment, as well as her just enjoying her time with you and having her tummy rubbed. My cockatiel Pudgie will never ever ever let me lay her upside down on my chest. Pudgie is a scardy-bird that spends wayyy too much time in her cage. If Cherub was scared, she wouldn't be laying upside down in a vulnerable position. She loves you! :]

I'm not exactly sure how to get her to want to spend time in her cage. Pudgie prefers her cage. If she's out and about in the house, she'll attempt to seek out her cage to go back in. Try offering her a treat stick placed in her cage. Or interesting toys. They might keep her preoccupied for a bit.

Do you guys have a out-of-cage play gym for her? Does she do her own thing outside of the cage, or is she just a clingy bird?


User is Offline Kafrn
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1/12/2010 1:55 PM

Hi Jaymie!
she does her own thing during the day while I am at work. She doesnt have a gym, but we leave her cage open and she explores the house. Spends most of her time with the bear. When we get home she just gets soooooo excited and comes straight to us, and wont leave us alone! She sits on my shoulder chattering in my ear until I sit down to watch TV, and then she plays on my chest until she is tired enough to fall asleep with her beak tucked in behind my ear. at about 11 when it is time to go to bed, she doesnt like going in her cage unless she is really tired. She would much rather sit with her bear all night. She has worked out how to open her cage. If we peg the doors closed she rattles it for ages! If she is tired, she will go straight to sleep. but as soon as she wakes up she opens her cage door and comes over to wake us up and play with her bear.
She has a bear in her cage at the moment that is bird friendly, but she doesnt like that one. She wants our bear. lol

What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Offline Lintini
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1/12/2010 2:41 PM
It sounds like she can see herself in your bears plastic eyes and is chatting it up with her reflection! We used to breed and raise cockatiels, parakeets, finches and doves, and we have an amazon parrot. Everything you explained seems like she's a very happy. Looks like you spoil her rotten with toys, a mirror and a jungle gym for parrots would be great if you don't have that already. ORRRRRRRRR.....you could just get another friend to keep her company hehehe. I want one now....they are so darling.
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User is Offline angelicvampyre
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1/12/2010 5:26 PM
Hey just saw this, oh you have yellow sided I have two of them they are great and the least nippy of the conures by far! I love my guys.







lying on the back is a good sign shows that she is happy with you and loving the attention. Can I ask what size cage she has? Also how is it set up (photo would be great) sometimes you can over crowd cages for birds and they don't like it also she may not know the cage as "hers" yet and therefore wants to be with the flock which is you. These little guys sometims forget that they are birds and really think that they are humans. As for the teddy bear I would say it is her reflection that she is talking to. I would be careful (or remove the eyes all together) as depending on the size she could work them off swallow them which would be of the bad!

I would saybe careful with her exploring the house they will chew things like cables and wires now your house maybe rabbit proof but think about it she can get alot higher then them also add to that check there is nothing she can get stuck between. My friend lost her conure after he for stuck between the TV and the wall and could not get out and died while she was at work. Also toliets seat now has to be down ALL the time. I have lost count of how many people leave the toilet seats up and come home to find their bird dead in the toliet (wet birds can't fly). The other thing is make sure she is not in the kitchen as the cooking fumes can do damage to their lungs. I would also recommend that you make sure not to use fly spray and air fresheners around her. Also be careful that she does not eat any rabbit poop as this can also cause real issues.

As for other stuff I would also ask what you are feeding her? My guys have access to seed 24/7 bt they hardly touch it, these birds are mostly fruit eaters with a small amount of seed to give them fats. Try things like corn, rasberries, blueberries and blackberries. Also keep the greens up to her like snow peas and spinich. My guys also love "crunch combo seed mix" you get this from the supermarket near the bagged veggies they come in little plastic containers and is basically sprouted beans my guys go nuts for them. Stear clear of canned veggies as they are high in salt.

Other then that, make sure you find an avairn vet (where are you located I can find one and recommend them to you) don't take her to a regular vet you might as well put her in a paper bag and drown her in a well for the good taking a bird to a regular vet would do!

Also have a look out for some bird forums aussie bird forum is good so is smiley bird forum (there is lots of politics but I just try and ignore that). Also did you get her DNAed? Or did they just tell you she was a she?

Sorry for the info dump but birds are my passion, I am trying to get my guys to breed for me (with little luck thanks to stupid weather) and also trying to track down a HR king again with little luck
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User is Offline angelicvampyre
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1/12/2010 5:29 PM
Also who did you get her from I think I recognise that picture I might know the guy who breed her????
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User is Offline Kafrn
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1/12/2010 6:15 PM

Angelic, WOW! thanks for the info! Thats a huge help! I will pull the teddys eyes out tonight!
My partner Carl is a clean freak. he obsesses over the house. Because of this, we have no wires around the house at all, everything was wired inside the walls when we moved in, so nothing is showing. (this also helps with the Rabbits!!!) But I am worried now about her getting stuck somewhere. Like behind the headboard of the bed etc. I dindt even think of that. How can I fix this problem? Should she stay in her cage during the day? We close all doors during the day, but our bedroom is open plan to the cinema etc so she can still get in there. Should we clip her wings? or is it better for her to be able to fly? The rooms she can get into during the day are: Our room, the Cinema, the kitchen, and the other lounge room.
We dont use any air freshners inside the house or insect killer or anything. When we are cooking, she goes into her cage so she doesnt get hurt.
Her cage is the same size as the one she came out of at the breeders place. Its a medium size cage but in a few weeks we were going to splurge on one of the big ones from Pet Cafe. We have been giving her apple, blueberries, and peas every day. She will do anything for some apple! We also feed her seed. I bought some crumble and mixed a little bit in with her seed, but she doesnt like it. The breeder said to get her to eat crumble I should soak it in apple juice. But this would make it soggy! I was confused about that so I havent done it yet. The breeder is called Ben. I cant remember his last name. she came with a DNA certificate. I can give you the number if it would help? I dont know what the numbers mean.
I'll buy some spinach for her on the way home. do I give it to her raw? Can she eat all of it? How much apple is she allowed a day? can she overdose on apple?I joined parrotforums.com but no one talks on there! I will check out the ones you mentioned now.
I would love it if you could give me the name of a good vet. I will PM you my address


 

What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Offline bunnytowne
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1/12/2010 6:58 PM

That is so funny she pecks the bear when it doesnt' talk back   rofl.   Birds are something else. 

I had a female parakeet for 7 years someone stole it.   She was so cool.   She loved her mirror.   

Wow great so your bird isn't nippy.   Sounds like  a great bird.  10 weeks old and loves y'all so much.  

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User is Offline Lintini
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1/12/2010 10:17 PM
Kafrn is so lucky she lives so far away, I would snatch that baby right up from her and run like the dickons!!! I wanted a plum head for the longest time. Maybe an african grey someday or a conure. I need a ranch for all my animals. My auntie has been breeding birds for 50 years, she could hand feed me some cuties for sure. Bird people can be weird tho...(my aunts a bit strange) lol!!! Of course us rabbit people are called weird too I'm sure, hehehe!
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User is Offline angelicvampyre
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1/12/2010 10:30 PM
maybe keeping her in her cage while no one is home at the start may make her think that this is home and will help with the cage rattling. You can stuff towels down between the headboard and the wall. I don't like wing clipping personally but some people like to do it. I never did with my guys as I have dogs and my theory was that if they got out of their cage and the dogs where in the house then they could get away from them.

Apple is great just watch the apple seeds.

This is a good link to things to feed http://smileysbirds.proboards.com/i...read=10063

My guys got frozen corn, cranberries, rasberries and blue berries tonight.

http://www.pamperedpeeps.com/mash.htm this lady does a parrot mash and I love it as I freeze it in single serves and then just pull out the mash in the morning put it in the fridge (or in winter on the bench) and feed it to them at night it's really easy they love it and eat it all and outside of about 1 day every few months there is little to no prep! (when i had all my breeding pairs this mash was a life saver time wise)

That is also a good site to flick around.
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User is Offline Kafrn
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1/13/2010 2:04 PM
Lol Lintini, are you calling us weird?!??!
Thanks for the vet info etc angelic!!! I have kept her in her cage today...

Last night when I got home, she flew over to me and sat with me for about half an hour. Then she got bored and flew back to her cage. She came back to visit me later on in the night, and then went back to her cage again. So I think she is quite happy in there now. She didnt rattle the bars to get out until 6am this morning, so she must have had a good sleep *yawn*
I think we may have to clip her wings though because as soon as Carl comes in the door, she flies straight to him and I dont want her to fly straight out the door! If I get her a play gym and clip her wings, will she be happy? Or will clipping her wings make her grumpy because she cant fly to us anymore ?
Today I have pegged the doors shut on her cage and she was quite happy to stay in there... so.... we will see how her day was when I get home tonight lol
Going to that site now to buy mash
What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Offline Kafrn
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1/13/2010 2:17 PM
Oh you MAKE the mash! I misunnderstood. Carl just received an email of all the groceries to buy today so I can make mash when I get home This is so much fun!
What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Offline angelicvampyre
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1/13/2010 2:45 PM
the mash is great I love it, easy to make and I find that I do it once a month and then I am set. Also means if I can't get fresh stuff they can have that. Wing clip is a strange one. I had a quaker that I hand raised and I did not clip her and she recalled (pretty much what you girl is doing)like a champ. She would recall to anyone that asked her and when we went outside she wore a harness. However her new owners wanted her clipped so I got her done, the vet did her so that she could still glide. basically this is the way I like it if you clip this way if they fly at you they can fly but just keep losing height means they can still fly straight for short distances but unlikey to fly out a door. Play gyms are great but don't buy one make one! Get a clothes horse and just hang stuff all over it they love them! Or go bush and get some logs and branches and go from there some rope and a few nails and bang you have a play gym. I know lots of people who say their birds are grumpy and upset after they clip their wings however I notice that the interaction they have with the bird demands that it flies so all of a sudden then can no longer interact with the flock. If you check out Smiley bird board there is a guy on there call Steve who has a bird called Danny and he is clipped to be able to sort of fly have a chat to him about it (you can't PM on that board however)
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User is Offline Lintini
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1/13/2010 5:57 PM
we are all weirdos in our own way!!! ok ok...it's just me
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User is Online Monkeybun
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1/13/2010 10:48 PM
Nah... I'm weird too. Hubby-person-thing aka DorkMan tells me so all the time.

I so want a pretty bird like that... the PetSmart near here has some nice intelligent birds that watch me while I walk by tot he carefresh for the buns... *sighs* Maybe some day...

User is Offline angelicvampyre
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1/13/2010 11:56 PM
hey i am crazy bird lady at one stage I had over 200 birds inside my house but some of them got PBFD and well it was a horrible horrible time. In fact the night that I took Bugz on as a foster my Eckie died in my arms the next morning I took him to the vet and was talking to the vet and giving him unwanted cuddles and crying and I knew that he would have to stay it would be sort of like losing her alll over again if I sent him back to the resuce group!

I am now down to 4 birds and 5 chickens. But I am looking for another king parrot
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User is Offline Kafrn
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1/14/2010 6:39 PM
wow 200 birds?! Whats PBFD?
Cherub was so cheeky this morning. We left her in her cage yesterday until I got home from work, and she was so happy to see us! She went to bed really happy last night and didnt rattler her cage until 7am this morning, so I let her out for a bit before work. when it was time to go I thought it might be a good idea to put her in her cage for the day again... but she learnt from yesterday! She has learnt that if she comes to me in the morning then I will put her away for the day! So it took me so long to coax her onto my hand this morning. lol. She is so cheeky. Dont know how Im going to do it tomorrow!
What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Online Monkeybun
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1/14/2010 7:03 PM
What a smart girl!

...how does she get on with the bunnies? I'd LOVE to see pics of them with her... *nudge nudge cough cough* hehe

User is Offline Kafrn
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1/14/2010 10:27 PM
Lol the buns don't pay too much attention to her, but stu loves to lick birds, and this makes cherub grumble. I will try to take a video in the morning
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