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Heather
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# Posted: 19 Nov 2004 01:51


A friend of mine has a Sun Conure and he is just the sweetest thing EVER!!! Hell sit on your shoulder and just kiss the living daylights outta you!!! I have fallen in love with this bird!

Anyone here with birds... or a Sun Conure? I've wanted a bird for a long long time now and I htink once I get moved and working again I may save up for one.

Do any of you Frog people know anything about birds? Are they as difficult as some people make them out to be? And are Sun Conures difficult to tame like my friends? Or is it another of those things that's just all in the handling?

I'm gonna do more of my own research, but I'd like some personal accounts from any of you as well.

Thank ya much


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Charlie
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# Posted: 19 Nov 2004 03:21


A lot of it is in confidence with the bird, and frequent handling. If it can tell you are afraid of it in any way, then it will be a "dominate bird".

Work with birds at work a lot...

Don't act threatening.
Don't let it know that you really care whether it bites you.
And I find talking all the time to them keeps them calmer.
And don't let it hang out higher than you, till you are well established as its pet. (Birds own thier "owners"[img]http://talkto.thefrog.org/img/smilies/grin.gif[/img]


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spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 19 Nov 2004 06:07


i had a Sun Conure not too long ago. A good friend of the family is a breeder-and this baby was born with a disfigured hip. We tried many different methods to stick his hip back in place-but it would pop out immediately. Beings he couldnt sell the bired, we took him in and hand fed him everyday until he was weaned. He was a doll! He had such a personality(i mean,this bird slept in a little cat bed at night for crying out loud).He had alot of trouble getting around because of his leg, but he managed for a long time. I think the fact that he was a handfed baby-he was very very tame. He would try to chew on fingers and such-but it never ever hurt. He had his oddly sweet,but very annoying little screams hed do everytime you walked into a room-or if he felt it was time for some lovin'. One day though-the family went on a field trip,and came back to our beloved dead. Becaus eof the bad hip, he fell and broke his neck one day I never cried so much in my life over a bird. He was beautiful,poor little kid. If i ever get anymore birds,or any for myself, I will definately go with a Sun conure. Go for it,Heather!


-Sheryl
Heather
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# Posted: 19 Nov 2004 06:28


Yeah... I think eventually I will. After my situation is straightened out and I can locate a good breeder. The more I read about them the more I really want one.


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TigerFrog
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# Posted: 19 Nov 2004 14:55


That's awesome. I want a bird too and those are gorgeous! I've seen them before but have absolutely no knowledge of birds whatsoever.


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star0dawn
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# Posted: 19 Nov 2004 17:12


I use to have parakeets and miss having them, very lovable if you handle them alot. I think you have me wanting on again. But they are very messy. lots more work to clean up after. Good luck if you decide to get one.


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lostriver
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# Posted: 20 Nov 2004 00:55 · Edited by: lostriver


Ariel and I had some birds for several years, mostly different love birds in an aviary, including a conure-- gold-capped, as I remember, that we let out to fly around the room and share our meals. He was a character, and wasn't above walking in your dinner plate. His name was Grock. Conures in general are noisy and need lots of personal attention and handling.

If we ever get a bird again, we would both like an African Grey. They aren't the most colorful, but are the most intelligent of all the "parrot" type birds. They not only talk, but know what they are saying. We followed a study on these once, where a lady had trained her bird to not only recognize color names, but shapes. She would ask him, "What color is this? He'd say, "Yellow," or whatever color it was. Then she'd ask him, What shape is this, and he'd say, "That's a triangle," or circle or whatever it was. He'd then say, "That's a yellow triangle." He didn't talk like a parrot, but his voice was soft and clear, and he used grammar and full sentences.


Lee
bonsai
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# Posted: 20 Nov 2004 01:01


The only bird that will EVER be on my plate will not have feathers on it and steam will be coming off it!


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Heather
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# Posted: 20 Nov 2004 01:05 · Edited by: Heather


lostriver Yeah... if I had the money I'd definitely want a Grey. They are WONDERFUL and so very smart. But it's a difference between $200 and $1200 LOL And since it would be my very first bird ever... I think I'll stick with $200 for now LOL

As for the noise and need for handling. I don't think I'd have to worry much about that I LOVE handling my critters (IF it's safe to do of course) and if it wouldn't eventually harm my frogs I'd be trying to get them trained to sit on my shoulder LOL Conures do have that ear piercing shrill, but it's something that you can work on and get them not to do so much.

My ex mother-in-aw was once looking into Sterlings, but IMO they just sound too creepy when they talk LOL They sound all ghost like and spooky and I just know that it would be whispering behind my bad in a dark room and freakin me out LOL

*Mental note... Don't invite Bonsai to dinner after getting the bird* LOL!!


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bonsai
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# Posted: 20 Nov 2004 17:40 · Edited by: bonsai


Don't get me wrong. I like birds. I have thought of having one.

We use to have a pair of sparrows leave off their young fledgling sparrow at our doorstep and my kids would babysit the little guy, named Tweety, until early evening. The parents would come back and pick Tweety up and it would start all over again the next morning.

I just don't tolerate birds, cats and such on the counters and on the dinning table.


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lostriver
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# Posted: 21 Nov 2004 02:02


You have a point, Bonsai. Our conure used to walk in our mashed potatoes, and would try to feed us regurgitated seeds, especial to Ariel. During one Thanksgiving visit by Ariel's father, who felt like you do about this issue, the conure bit through an electric cord and received quite a shock, albeit not enough to kill him. He did learn to respect electric cords after that. Ariel's Dad would encircle his plate with a piece of electric cord, effectively keeping the conure at bay.

A lot of the parrot type birds will prefer people of the opposite sex, and resent any partner their favored owner may have. One of my friends has a female cockatoo that is jealous of his wife and flies between them if they hug or kiss in front of it, flapping Susan in the face with its wings. Our conure was a male and decidedly preffered Ariel to me. It definitely liked girls and would attack strange men. So a male conure might be your better choice for bonding and affection.

The gold capped conures aren't as persistently screaming as some of the others.


Lee
Heather
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# Posted: 21 Nov 2004 16:50


Lee Aaah yes... I have heard this, but I actually didn't think of it. I will keep that in mind if I every get to own one. Last thing I need if a bird that's more of a bitch than I am LOL!!!!


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ginevive
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# Posted: 21 Nov 2004 18:58 · Edited by: ginevive


My friend has a cockatoo. This bird was owned by an older woman who passed away, and the bird definately grieved. She plucked almost all of her chest feathers out, and sme of her tail feathers too. So now there's basically a patch of red skin showing on her chest, and the feathers will not grow back there.
I geuss that they can do some kind of surgery to replace the skin that's been chewed away, but it is often too stressful for the bird. I did read about someone who knits little sweaters for birds who've plucked their feathers out!
She is a SUPER friendly bird and loves attention. She will say several words and will let you hold her if you warm up to ehr first and let her get used to your smell. When the family is home she has to be right there by everyone eating dinner or watching TV. Her wings are presumably clipped (or maybe she plucked the feathers out herself) and she cannot fly, but she walks around and climbs from her cage to the floor, etc.
These birds (all big birds, really) are really awesome, but they can get severe mental illnesses if they are abandoned. Also they have a very long lifespan and have to be left to someone in your will! I would definately find out as much as I possibly could on the exact bird I wanted before I bought one. They get lonely and can be pretty demanding!


-JEN- :)
lostriver
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# Posted: 23 Nov 2004 03:05


One of our aviary birds was a peach-faced lovebird, who had a mate and was quite happy with this mate until the Alpha whore, Peachy # I, enticed him away from her. This bird, from unrequited love, plucked herself naked, then climbed up into Peachy's nest and attracted one of her male babies to follow her. She made a slave of this male baby, which grew up entirely devoted to her. We named the the naked bird "Crash," because she was so susceptible of crashing to the bottom of the cage, having no feathers to fly with. She could sure climb, however. They had a nest box and her devoted lover fed and took care of her, where she laid eggs and raised some babies that the male fed. She was never daunted, but never grew back the feathers she'd plucked out, either.

When we donated our entire aviary to a hobbyist, she and her mate were still alive.


Lee
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# Posted: 23 Nov 2004 03:16


Heather, I didn't really appreciate a conure that had designs on my wife, either. Ladies can get bitchy, but guys have to punch each other out to prove dominance. How would I look punching out a bird just because it was having an affair with my wife?


Lee
bonsai
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# Posted: 23 Nov 2004 04:22


Can you get time for attemped "bird slaughter"?


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lostriver
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# Posted: 23 Nov 2004 06:48


I bet it would get more juridicial attention than dealing drugs or common domestic abuse. The media would take it up-- "Man beats up wife's paramour bird! Breaks his beak! Bird has filed a law suit for a million dollars." There are more lawyers in this country than productive people, so it's possible to find one that would file suit for a parrot.


Lee
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