Nanday Conure Forum

Message #7672. This is a followup to #6112.

Name:J
Date:Saturday April 13, 2013 6:53:14 pm MDT
Subject:Re: How long have you had your bird?
Message: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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