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Old 08-21-2015, 07:32 PM
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Sun Conure lifespan?

So I am wondering if anyone knows anything about sun conures' lifespan? There is so much conflicting information out there I am just wondering if anyone has known of or owned a sun that lived to be a certain age.

My vet said suns live about 10yrs. Skittles is already 5yrs old and that scares me. I know people will say 'if you feed him right and take care of him, he'll live a long time' and I get that. But at some point genes and species come into play. Certain parrot species live longer than others regardless of care.

I know a lot of websites list their lifespan at around 25-30yrs. Some say as long as 40yrs and some say as short as 10yrs. A 30yr range is a bit big for my comfort.

I've heard several stories online at other sites where one sun passed away at 6yrs and another at 11yrs and I've not yet seen on this site a claim of a very old sun.

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Old 08-21-2015, 07:54 PM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

I think every animal and situation is different. My Grandmother/Mother had a cat that lived for 23 years. And Rosco was put down because he was mangey and unhealthily skinny, if my grandmother decided to have the vet "take care" of him he could have lived another year or 2!

And this is a cat that lived outside until his 20's, and never even had a rabies shot!

Then I had a cat that died at 11 because she got cancer in her neck. From rabies shots.

It's a crap shoot, really. Like the old guy in his 100's that smokes, eats bacon and drinks beer. Then the chick who dies in her 20's from cancer. SOOO many factors there really is no hard numbers. Just lots and lots of factors.

And FTR.... I'm 30yo with a 4yo U2..... this bird will most likely outlive me, lol!
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:55 PM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

Well my understanding is they can live 25-30 years, but my SC Cisco is only 6 years old so..... Hopefully you will get more helpful answers...I will be following as I would also like to know
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:21 PM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

Everything that I have read about them indicates that they can have a lifespan of up to thirty years. My Sun is ten years old, and according to his recent vet check he is in perfect health.

I have had two Cockatiels that made it into their 20's, and I would expect that most conures have the potential to live at least that long.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:49 PM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

Well Peaches, my cockateil turned 20 in March. She was a 1 year old when I got her. She's also the oldest tiel I've ever owned.

I have noticed that the longest living birds I've owned have also been the ones I was most bonded too. I had a parakeet who lived to be 11yr old on an all see diet.

I hear a lot of stories about suns who have been re-homed so it's so hard to get a good estimate range.

I'll be 39 this year and Skittles turned 5 in March. I want him to live until I'm in my 70s but I've not heard of any sun living that long.
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:14 PM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

Quote: Originally Posted by ToMang07 View Post
I think every animal and situation is different. My Grandmother/Mother had a cat that lived for 23 years. And Rosco was put down because he was mangey and unhealthily skinny, if my grandmother decided to have the vet "take care" of him he could have lived another year or 2!

And this is a cat that lived outside until his 20's, and never even had a rabies shot!

Then I had a cat that died at 11 because she got cancer in her neck. From rabies shots.

It's a crap shoot, really. Like the old guy in his 100's that smokes, eats bacon and drinks beer. Then the chick who dies in her 20's from cancer. SOOO many factors there really is no hard numbers. Just lots and lots of factors.

And FTR.... I'm 30yo with a 4yo U2..... this bird will most likely outlive me, lol!
I agree with Tom here, just lots and lots of factors playing into it.
We've all heard of birds who get fed an all seed diet and far exceed their expected lifespans, and birds who live a considerably shorter life regardless of diet and care. But I think your Sun has a great chance of seeing 30 . IMO, a lot of it is also individual genetics toward longevity, regardless of what vets or textbooks say. Relax, Skittles is young!

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Old 08-22-2015, 01:02 AM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

My blue crown Tootsie is passing 30 years now and seems like she has a few more good years in her. Diet may not be everything because she was on an awful diet of seeds and morning coffee for most of her life until I was able to get her converted. But I think being on a healthier diet has added to her lifespan.

I think your Skittles stands a good chance to enjoy a similar lifetime. Good food, good care, good home and good companionship go a long way. And a little luck may play into it too.
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Old 08-22-2015, 01:34 AM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

I know a lot of factors do come into play. But there is usually a 'standard' average. Like I noted in my first post. I'm just trying to narrow that down I guess. Where the common range is. It seems most people even here would say that 25 is about right.

I feed Skittles the Harrisons high potency fine pellets. He does not have any seeds in his regular diet. But I do give him millet spray on a rare occasion. His favorite treat is the power treats by Harrisons as well as grapes. He loves the Tropicana farmstand juice and I do on occasion give him pasta. He also likes broccoli, eggs and chicken. I heard bread is very bad for parrots but Skittles loves it so I'm not sure what to do there.

I just want to know what more I can do. He is is free-flighted and with me 9/10 of every day. If there is something more I should be doing to expand his lifespan I want to know. Is there a certain food I'm omitting or a certain activity?
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Old 08-22-2015, 12:43 PM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

I have asked many people and some avian vets because I have heard that BCC don't live long. They say if the diet is good and the bird is in good health any conure can live easily 35-40 years. I turned 23 in may and harley turned 1 the beginning of February. So. His vet says he's in very good health and if I keep on this rate I could easily get 35 years out of him. Which I would love more than anything in the world.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:42 PM
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Re: Sun Conure lifespan?

Everything I have read has stated lifespan of approximtely 25-30 years. However, it's also my understanding that for sun conures especially, there is very little known about them overall, compared to other species.

I adopted from an elderly couple our Sun conure when he was 3 years old. It's been a bit of a trial and error getting him settled into our home, but I think I have finally found his true happiness. I absolutely adore Sunny and hope to have many awesome years with him. His happy hatch day is May 1st and he will turn 5!

I hope I get to be one of those people that visits the form 20 years from now and proudly brags about my amazing 25 year old Sun Conure!
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