Q: Need some info on Sun Conures...
I was just wondering if anyone knew a little bit about the Sun Conure parrot & how much they were & how expensive it is to care for one & how much they eat in a week (so i can get an idea on how to budget things)??
When I was a kid I always wanted to own a bird, that or specifically, a Macaw. However I am no where close to caring for one yet, nor do I know the expense of one. Maybe sometime down the road I will be as I learn about them.
I'm still a beginner at bird behavior & all the sounds and squawking they do and what it means, etc. Currently im trying to learn all i can from online info/help sites/bird people/vets, etc.
Also, I know a Macaw can break bones, like a finger. Do Sun Conures have similar strength? Can they break a bone in a finger?
I also read about the toxins that tethlon cookware has & that it can kill birds within minutes....does this mean that a household can't own a bird Ever, or is it OK for the bird to be kept in, say an upstairs room, AWAY from the kitchen???
Does anyone know of any places/breeders that sell parrots like the Sun Conure? Im having trouble finding breeders online so i can ask specific health/care questions.
Any information is much appreciated! Thanks again!
PS: all general information about Sun Conures, such as life span, coloring, type of diet, how social they are, etc. i already learned/know from researching them online. I need answers to my specific questions.
Basically everything AFTER "I was just wondering if anyone knew a little bit about the Sun Conure parrot..." lol
Thanks for your replies! Its definetly appreciated!
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Jul 20, 2009
The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you consider yourself a neat-freak or not. If you do, then a bird is probably NOT the best pet for you as they are extremely messy. If your heart is still set on a bird, I would suggest starting off with a parakeet..smaller bird, smaller mess. They can be taught to talk and play games just like the bigger birds. If your heart is set on a conure, DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!! While these birds are delightful, they can also be LOUD. I would check your local humane societies and shelters and google specifically for bird rescues. Go visit them and spend time with the animal. You're talking about an animal that will live almost as long as you....you need to be sure you have the patience and tolerance to make that commitment. Good luck!
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Jul 19, 2009
I have been raising sun conures for 7 yrs now. I believe their life spans are 20 to 30 yrs. My intial sun conure cost us 300 from a private breeder. I had a male conure given to me, and the rest of my flock are chicks they have hatched. These birds are very social and need alot of interaction. While they do have the beak strength to crack nuts, the worst bite we have recieved in 7 yrs is a small break of skin, and that was because the bird was frighted by something. While it is a bit painful, I doubt they would ever bite hard enough to break bones. That is why these smaller parrots are such a good choice. I have teflon pans but I think if the heat is not too high they are ok, If I am using higher heat, we take them in the other room for a good while. So far, all has been well. We feed the birds pellets as well as seeds, nuts, fresh fruit and veggies. They love those small frozen corn on the cobs. I put one in the cage after it is thawed, and they will nibble all the corn off. We do feed them alot of what we eat with the exception of avacado, chocolate, and as little salt and sugar items as possible. they can be potty trained, with diligence, and they do talk a bit. It all depends on how much time you spend talking to them. You have to repeat the words many times and let them watch your mouth as you say the words over and over. Each bird has its own personality. they are not the same. Get one as young as you can so they will grow up mostly with you. Older birds are a bit finicky with people they don't know. Visit my pictures and you will see them in their stages of coloring. Good luck!
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Jul 19, 2009
Sun Conures are loving, easy to train little birds, about twelve inches in length, including the tail, and live an average of 25 to 30 years. As juveniles their coloring is a muted olive green, which serves as a defense mechanism in the wild. When they mature, at approximately one year old, their coloring is a brilliant rainbow of yellow, red, orange, blue and green and are often considered the most beautiful of the Conures.Sun Conures love attention and can develop some destructive behavior if they do not get the socialization they need. They have a piercing shriek which they will use to draw attention to themselves. They like to be held and cuddled and talked to and they do enjoy the company of other birds.?Sun Conures can learn to talk, although they are limited and their voices are birdlike and squeaky. They amuse themselves by imitating unusual sounds, like the sounds of a doorbell, a telephone ring or an alarm clock ring.In the wild a Sun Conure’s diet will consist of nuts, seeds and fruit. Many Conure owners will feed their Conure a diet of primarily small parrot mix and supplement with millet spray, mealworms, green vegetables and some fruit. They can also be fed many of the same foods your family eats.
While a commercial formulated diet does meet most of the nutritional requirements of the Sun Conure, it does lack the phytonutrients found in fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds and grains. A Conure can also become bored with a formulated diet which may cause it to refuse to eat or to display negative behavior. A seed-only diet does offer more variety but you will need to add vitamin and calcium supplements.If you do not wish to restrict your Sun Conure to mainly pelleted foods their diet should contain the following:50% grains, seeds, cereals and breads45% vegetables. Fresh vegetables are best because of the vitamin content that your Conure needs but they can eat some cooked vegetables and frozen vegetables that have been thawed can be used when fresh vegetables are not available.5% fruit and protein. Your Conure needs an adequate supply of calcium, some of which can be supplied with green leafy vegetables. Nuts, legumes and meat can supply the remaining protein and calcium needs. Cooked lentils, navy or kidney beans are excellent sources of protein. Fruit should be reserved as a treat, given on a daily basis during playtime or socializing.Never feed your Conure avocados, coffee, salt or chocolate. Coffee and chocolate contain theobromine, an alkaloid that is toxic to birds. Avocado is also toxic to birds. Foods with a high salt content are harmful to birds because they can not excrete salt.In addition, provide your Conure with oyster shell or gravel in a separate dish or a cuttlebone. Vitamin supplements can be added to their drinking water or sprinkled on their food.Fresh water should be offered several times a day. A Sun Conure will probably want to have a bath first thing each morning, so offering two bowls of water, one for drinking and one for bathing is a good idea.
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