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Old 11-15-2012, 09:48 PM
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Re: old Red-headed conure

Yes it is might take 6 months to a year. I have one about 21 years old her owner died 3 years ago. I had same experience, at first she acted either real quiet, or real noisy. Just sat there on one perch. I now think she was depressed since her owner of 16 years died.
She came to me with no toys in her cage. I was told Doug did not play with her. She has adjusted and lo and behold, she watched my grey play catch with me, with a ball. She seemed excited when I did this so I got her a little 2" green ball. Guess what. She chases the ball around the bottom of the cage and bats it back to me. If I toss it on her shelf perch, she runs over and bats it off. Also, finally she is chewing on toys.

I think in order to learn these new things she had to see the other parrot do it and want my attention. So she does it now. However, just recently I learned she will roll over on her back while scritching on my tummy or chest, and wrestle with my hand with her feet and beak and pretend she is attacking my hand. too funny. But this trust took a while at least six months.

I would give it time, and put her cage opposite a parrot that does what you want her to do. Also, I have employed a squirt bottle (I know some do not approve) and it is working she now knows what Shhh means.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:51 PM
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Re: old Red-headed conure

Sure he needs a vet visit and CBC. I also would make sure he has a 1" rope perch in there, I see a tendency for the CHC over 20 to have a bit of arthritis in the hips or ankles.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:54 PM
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Re: old Red-headed conure

Try the bird band yahoo group I'm a subscriber and i got info through DL Products via that web group. DL is in Glendora CA and makes a lot of bands, has for over 20 years. They keep records and a gal named Patty there, if you call them on the phone and tell her the leg bband number and approx. year to look in, she found mine going back to 1991. (If by chance it is one that they made and sold to the breeder. But there are only a couple companies that do that. )

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:57 PM
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Re: old Red-headed conure

Yes they kind of form opinions but you can re train them. They sort of hold a grudge like little girls do but if you sweet talk them you can charm them into liking you. It is a matter of who is training who lol. Think of them like a 24 month old toddler, sassy and unreasonable but sometimes oh so sweet and cute and fun and playful.
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Yes. Contact DL Products in Glendora California. Tell Patty the band number and ask her to look it up if it is one of theirs, then she can at least tell you the year the band was purchased which may be the best idea you can get.
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Re: old Red-headed conure

Mitred, not Cherry Head. Close no cigaro! lol.
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My bird is banded and he is now 34, I have had him for 18 of those years. He acts and looks the same now as when I got him, he has his routine and is a screamer who wants it and wants it now!!! He had to have his bite of whatever it is we are eating for dinner, even chicken and occasionally red meat. Loves spaghetti and pretty much anything cracker or cookie form. Fresh Fruit, veggies and seeds but will not touch the pellets. He is a very clean bird and bathes frequently. Likes to crimp my hair and has been known to pull off a mole or skin tag on people.
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When I bought the Rb 33 years ago, I was told his life expectancy was about 30. Now, my avian vet says a better bet would be 45-ish.
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