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shelby <email address not displayed>
shelby wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > I have had my Nanday, named Mango, since the summer of 2003. I got him > at Petsmart and the saleslady said he was under a year old and that > the first owners (not the breeder) didn't understand what they were > getting into with a parrot and had him for a month and left him locked > in his cage alone all day. So they brought him back to the store. ( I > don't know how the store knew all this about him being abandoned all > day). The saleslady also said he had "issues". When I got him, I had a > Quaker parakeet I had for 10 years. The two birds really bonded and I > think my Nanday really needed that. But we moved and the other bird > passed away. I have noticed, though, that Mango really loves the fuzzy > toys. He has the fuzzy tent he sleeps in, he used to have a fuzzy > snuggle thing, and he has a fuzzy stuffed bird called a "Budda Buddy" > that you can stick a nut in the little pouch on the front. Mango just > loves that toy. For Christmas I bought him one of those open cage, tee > stand things. I thought he would like it. Well, he just hangs on the > side of it and snuggles his Budda Buddy all day. > > Also, he only sleeps in his cage at night. He comes out to a table > where the open cage contraption is on in the kitchen area for the day > time. It is so strange. He won't poop in his cage, he holds it in > until he gets to his table and then cuts loose. If we put him on his > cage too early and he has to go #2 he will squack and carry on until > someone comes and carries him back to his table. > > He only likes my husband and me. (especially my husband) He doesn't > seem to care too much for the kids. I think he can sense their > timidation of him. But one time I was talking on speaker phone with my > husband and Mango went crazy because he realized it was my husband's > voice. > > In addition, he likes to soak his food before eating it. I give him > the Zupreem avian maintenance natural and fruit blend pellets. He also > eats from the table. He eats well. It just cracks me up the way he > soaks his food like that. He takes a mouth full of it to the water > bowl and dips his mouth in and then drags the pellets to a higher > place to eat them. > > Mango doesn't talk yet. I see him trying but not quite getting it. He > does immitate coughing and other non verbal sounds. > > We also have a dog. Mango is the ruler of the house, not the dog. > Mango knows when someone is at the door, or we pull up in the drive > way. First Mango alerts us then the dogs wakes up and starts barking > like he was on duty the whole time. He isn't scared of the dog and > the dog is a little intimidated of him. Many occasions he has pulled > the dog's whiskers and bit him on the nose when he sniffs Mango's > areas.
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