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Message #6112. This is a followup to #6111.

Name:Lisa M.
Date:Tuesday May 1, 2007 5:54:31 am MDT
Subject:Re: How long have you had your bird?
Message:Bill, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am relatively new to this board and conure life, but I got my Jack as a rescue about 2 months ago and was told he is already 20. I was also planning on asking the board about life spans as I have read many different spans. I hope to have my boy (?)(who is already spoiled rotten and very loved) for many years and now I have hope. I am pretty sure he lives a more acive life here than in his previous home, but am encouraged by his increasing interaction and play. Let us know if a new bird finds you. Lisa

Bill wrote:
> Nice to hear that you have two birds in there twenties.   I have not
> seen anyone else with birds in their twenties.   Ava's sore on her
> back might have been cancer, I'm thinking.   It just kept getting
> bigger.   I would put sab on it and a black crust would form, but
> then it would be raw again and grow bigger.   So, I'm thinking that
> she was in some pain.   She did not like us touching her back much
> the last few months.   The vet only said to apply some sab to it.
> Does anyone else know of nanday conures to live past 25 years?
> Thanks for all the encouragement. It helps.   
> Bill
> Bruce Byfield wrote:
> > Bill wrote:
> >
> > > How long have others had their conures?   What is
> > > the average life expectacy for a conure?
> >
> > I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
> >
> > We've had Ning for 23 years, and Sophie for 21, I think that Ning
> is
> > about 24, and Sophie about 26. So far, both seem relatively
> > unaffected by old age, except for the fact that Sophie hasn't laid
> an
> > egg in about three years. They're both as active as ever,
> including
> > sexually.
> >
> > 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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