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Old 08-23-2012, 12:36 PM
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Sun Conure or cockatiel?

For my birthday my parants are letting me get another bird . The birds I have now are 2 American parakeets. I decided I wanted a sun conure or a cockatiel. I am at school the whole day and my parants are at work so nobody is at home until 4 pm but I could wake early to play and change their food and water every morning. I also want a bird that wants to be cuddled and petted .
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:39 PM
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Re: Sun Conure or cockatiel?

Tough choice. I myself would get a cockatiel. They are quiet and cuddly, and are not to messy. They are also very nice to other birds, so i would consider putting his cage next to your budgie's cages, so they can keep each other company. You could also play a radio for them.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:46 PM
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Re: Sun Conure or cockatiel?

I am personally very fond of the conures, but you do have to be prepared for their noise level. Even a happy, playful sun conure can really make some noise. Both are very sweet, cuddly birds. I was once told "let the bird pick you" if you are slightly unsure. Narrow it down a bit and then interact with them and see who seems most at ease and happy with you.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:00 PM
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Re: Sun Conure or cockatiel?

Thanks for your responses ! There's another thing I'm worried about ,how hard do they bite ?my budgies bites dont really hurt that much but my friend has a sun conure and she's a little nippy also how long do both live I want a long lived companion

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Re: Sun Conure or cockatiel?

A Sun's beak could really do some damage, so be aware of your place as you will need to birdproof as much as possible. The nips on the fingers can definitely be painful but you need to do your absolute best to not react, or the bird will learn this is how to get you away.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:01 PM
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Re: Sun Conure or cockatiel?

Thanks I'm starting to think that a cockatiel is better for me I'll be better off with a sun conure when I get into high school
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Re: Sun Conure or cockatiel?

My sun conure went through a nippy phase right around sexual maturity (her terrible twos), but she did get over it. She generally tried NOT to bite hard, it was more of a nip. With training, she was fine. Although my conure didn't live long because of an accident, she was very very healthy and 11.5 yrs old. i'm sure she would have easily made the 25 year 'average' for a sun conure if she hadn't hurt herself. They require a LOT of attention (at least mine did) but she was SO funny. She used to 'brush her teeth", "play dead" and would dance any time she heard music (or if you sang or clapped your hands, she would start crazy dancing). Little crazy monkey.
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Sorry for your loss
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Re: Sun Conure or cockatiel?

I would go and visit both in person. Listen to them when they are at their loudest, make sure that everyone in the house can tolerate the noise. I thought I wanted a sun, then I heard one. I used to have teils and they were very lovely birds. If you can tolerate the noise level of a sun - they are very beautiful birds. Good luck in making your decision.
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Re: Sun Conure or cockatiel?

Yeah I guess the noise could be a problem.My mom kind of has a problem with our budgies noise and their only budgies. I'm worried about the cockatiel being alone for 8 hours will it be a good idea to put my budgies cage next to him

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