Nanday Conure Forum

Message #27. This is a followup to #25.

Date:Monday March 10, 2003 11:08:16 am MST
Subject:Re: Switching foods and taming conures questions
Message:Paige & Sam wrote:
> Hello! Today we found out that a neighbor was dying of cancer and
> wanted to give her nanday conure away. We have many birds but have
> never had conures (though we know quite a bit about them). Well, my
> mother offered to take the bird (who is named Sam). When we got him,
> I noticed that he had been plucking feathers out of his chest and off
> his legs and that he was on a very poor diet (he will only eat
> sunflower seeds and peanuts; I prefer birds to eat a pelleted diet
> with sunflowers seeds and peanuts as treats). Does anyone have any
> tips on switching him over to a pelleted diet? (I have put an extra
> bowl of pelleted feed in his cage in addition to his sunflower seeds)
> Also, he will take food from my hand but is quite shy and I don't
> know if he will let me pick him up. Any training tips? (Oh! And about
> his feather plucking - he had very few toys in his cage and I gave
> him more. But he has a mirror in his cage and hardly ever leaves it -
> should I take the mirror away?) Thanks! ~Paige & Sam

I think its great what your doing for your neighbor. For the help or even remedy of plucking feathers I buy peocock feathers or even some discarded feathers from another bird or yours and tie them with twine and hand them up in the cage, you can find them at your local petstore or wherever...but my nanday has never plucked his eases stress and gives them something to do while your well as the sunflower/seed problem I think thats worse than anything, I was approached by a stranger while I had my nanday and just said that all they fed their nanday was a sunflower seeds and it died of a heartattack...she was very nonchalant about it which irked me a bit but I would try totally NOT giving him any at all that is how I did it with my friend conure, and ONLY give it for good deeds and such and also you might try the bird getting up on your hand and giving him a reward such as a seed or maybe grape. The other thing...the bird has never had a mirror before and I don't want him to, they can get very very connected with it and think it is another bird and not want to leave their companion behind and want nothing to do with you. I would take out the mirror so that doesn't happen. I have also healed a feather plucker by setting his cage next to another birds cage so they have another bird to see and maybe see how it socializes with you and gets treats for doing things that are good...but I have so many ideas and such I couldn't possibly write them all down...

I hope some of my suggestions help you


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