Nanday Conure Forum

Message #7630. This is a followup to #6112.

Name:Howard Sumner
Date:Thursday August 9, 2012 3:35:29 pm MDT
Subject:Re: How long have you had your bird?
Message:Lisa M. wrote:
> 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.

We have had our nanday "Spanky" for 28+ years. He was purchased as a spoon fed baby from a local pet store. Sweet, and noisy little guy. In the past month or so he is not as perky. Love him, but will not get another bird when he is gone. I am 71, and have 2 dogs who have to stay away from the bird cage.

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