Nanday Conure Forum

Message #3335. This is a followup to #3256.

Name:Lori1
Date:Saturday July 16, 2005 11:14:45 pm MDT
Subject:Re: INHERITED NANDAY CONURE
Message:> ANGIE wrote:
> > JUST WANTED TO GIVE EVERY ONE AN UPDATE ON MY CONURE. WE LET HIM
> OUT
> > OF HIS CAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY. HE SAT WITH THE DOOR OPEN
> FOR
> > OVER AN HOUR, THEN FINALLY CLIMBED ON TOP OF HIS CAGE. MY HUSBAND
> > WALKED INTO THE ROOM AND HE FLEW TO HIS SHOULDER. HE SAT THERE FOR
> > QUITE SOME TIME, THEN CLIMBED ONTO MY LEG. HE KEPT RUBBING HIS
> BEAK
> > ON MY LEG. IS THIS HIS WAY OF SAYING HE ACCEPTS ME? HE SEEMS TO BE
> > SETTLING IN QUITE WELL. THANK YOU FOR EVERYONES HELP. I WILL LET
> YOU
> > KNOW HOW HE IS DOING.


I have 3 Nandays and in my experience males are very loving and acclimate quickly. We just got a new pair and the female is extremely territorial and will strike when you put your finger close enough to the cage. The male is really sweet and allows us to pet him a bit now. He comes near us when we talk to them and seems to want to interact but the female will sometimes push him away from us.

We got our first one when he was just weaned (hand fed) at about 12 weeks old. He was playing with us from day one. He loved the contact and was out of the cage most of the time with free reign of the house. He loves everyone in our family of 5. He loves my husband most of all. He gets up in the morning and sits on my husband's hand when he's drinking his tea and dips his beak in every now and then for a little taste. He also lies on his back in my husband's hands and plays while my husband rubs his belly. He's been such a wonderful pet! We couldn't have asked for a better little buddy and at the time, we had no idea how great he'd be.

With an older bird, I would suggest you leave him in his cage and go about your daily routine where he can watch what you do. You should talk to him, clean his cage, feed and water him and let him get used to you for a couple of months. Don't force him out of his "safe place", or move him around a lot (his cage) so he can acclimate. When he seems to show more interest in you when you get close, then start opening his cage and allowing him to come out and go in on his own (unless, of course, he won't go back in). Pretty soon he'll realize you aren't a threat and will want to give you his love.

Nanday's have great personalities and could warm up to your entire family. They need a lot of attention and will get loud when they are bored. The more you do with them or keep them occupied, the less noise you'll have to deal with. There are periods of time when we are very busy with our company and kids and our little buddy will get loud...to tell you the truth, sometimes I don't even notice it much when others can't believe we can live with them. We get used to them as much as they get used to us, I guess.

I'm sure your new friend will get used to you and your routine and will become a cherished companion.
Good luck with him/her!
Lori

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