The sunflower seed issue......I almost killed my conure with
too many sunflower seeds. I gave him maybe 6-8 per day; his
liver was failing. He is now healthy after much MUCH stress
on my part to restore his health. I limit it now to no more
than 2-3 per WEEK. They love pasta and rice and potato.
Sweet potato......google "birdy bread recipes". I make a
batch of something and it lasts a week, then I make
something new. He gets his pellets all the time, seeds
daily, pasta daily, fruits/veggies daily, treats once in a
while (like a cheerio or something naughty like a pretzel
and of course the sunflower seed). These types of birds
live to eat and love to eat so we have to make it healthy
and abundant. Mine is a black cap and he has trouble
keeping weight on. Maybe suns are different. Emjoy your
On 11/04/08, aly wrote:
> My husband and I bought a 3 month old sun conure about 10
> days ago. Previoulsy, I owned a severe Macaw for 10 years
> and am familiar with handling birds. Our little guy is very
> sweet - lots of conure kisses and he loves water (he played
> in our shower today!). However he runs from our hands
> everytime we go to pick him up, yet, it is easy to scoop
> him up without alot of drama - just a little chasing. I can
> pet his nares, head, mandible (if he has one...) and have
> even gotten under his wing once - but I have to capture him
> gently in one hand and start rubbing him and slowly let go.
> Otherwise he runs from approaching hands and fingers. He
> learned to step up, once we are holding him, from one hand
> to the other - but not off the cage or to step down.
> We take him out to play every day and he spends plenty of
> time out of his cage. Just today, however - as he is
> getting comfortable and his wings & legs are getting
> stronger he has gotte a little more nippy. Nothng major -
> but a solid pressure bite while handling him.
> We would like tips, advise and info on the following: 1.
> How long does it typically take a conure to warm up to
> handling 2. How often and for how long should we handle
> him? 3. How assertive should we be? - I don't mind chasing
> him around the cage a little but - I don't want to scare
> him by pushing too fast and losing his trust in us. 4. what
> are the 5 most important things to teach a new bird
> (step-up, and.....) 5. We bought a cool cage, unfortunately
> - half of it is about 6 " taller than us. I know from
> expereince this creates a dominace issue. Should we put
> steps around the cage so we always stand taller than him?
> 6. What is a good way to deter btiting? 7. He eats pellets
> all day and a small amount of seeds at night - sunflower
> mostly -- what do you think about sunflower seeds? Good?
> bad? in moderation? 8. he does not seem to like vegetables
> yet -- do we just keep offering? We want to stat away from
> sugary fruits. But he love the apples and has snubbed the
> carrots. Any ideas?
> THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!