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J <email address not displayed>
J wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > My Nanday Conure is over 30 years old. I purchased him as an adult > bird that had already been rehomed once and have owned him for 30 > years. He is on a pelloted diet (Harrisons) and has been for several > years although not originally. At 30+ I almost lost him last year to > an infection, and high uric acid but he has recovered. He is on omega > 3 and hepasil (from milk thistle) for elevated liver enzymes and for > 30 his feathering is good but not like a young bird. It is frustrating > looking online for lifespans of birds as websites give varying > information, and as I have owned "Cookie" for 30 years, I can > contribute this information. > > > > > > > > I don't think anyone knows exactly how long conures can live, > > > because > > > > only anecdotal evidence exists. Conures in the wild have been > > known > > > to > > > > live into their early twenties, and Gerald Durrell and other > > > > naturalists say that, as a general rule, you can double the > > > > life-expectancy in the wild for any domestically kept animal, > but > > > > that seems to be the best anyone can say. I think this is where > > > the > > > > 35-45 year figures you hear generally come from. > > > > > > > > Probably, different species would vary in their life > expectancy, > > > too, > > > > but how would be anyone's guess. Often, smaller species have > > > shorter > > > > life spans, but I don't know whether that generality would hold > > > true > > > > for conures.
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