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Old 08-21-2017, 11:11 AM
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Conure will only sit on my head or neck

Hi everyone I went to my local pet shop yesterday and ended up coming home with a green conure he is only 7 weeks old so I'm syringe feeding him he is super tame and just wants to be with me all the time but he just wants to sit on my neck and head, should I allow this??
It's the first bird I've kept so any advice would be amazing thanks
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:19 AM
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:29 AM
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Re: Conure will only sit on my head or neck

I am surprised the pet shop let you take the bird home before it is fully weaned... I believe it is even illegal in my state of California. You made it sound like you bought the bird on a "whim" and apologize if I interpreted that incorrectly. Seeing that this is your first bird, not sure how much research you've done but I'd be extra careful about getting the food to the correct temperature to avoid crop burns and so many things could go wrong. How often are you feeding him? I felt like I just needed to say this.

Congrats on your new baby bird! I would probably avoid letting him sit on your head as he is still young and may tumble off. Maybe when he is older you can allow him on your head if you choose too, I personally don't let my guys on my head lol. The neck and chest would be nice spots for him to cuddle with you. Give him a lot of head scratches! Enjoy the baby stage, they are so precious.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:40 AM
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Re: Conure will only sit on my head or neck

They let you take him unweaned!?

You need to take him back to finish weaning right now. Without experience you may actually be killing him.

Also do you have a brooder with temperature control? He's hiding by your neck for warmth. At that age they find it hard to regulate their heat so he might be freezing to death. Please get him back there today to finish weaning, the last thing you want is for him to die

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I've always wanted a parrot I've read a book on African greys as I always wanted one as a child but after reading the book I decided it wasn't the right bird for me, that's why I was a little concerned about my conure sitting on my head.the pet shop told me to feed him twice a day with 7ml he is eating food to they told me he only really needs it once a day but twice will help him bond with me
I'll be honest I diddnt do a lot of research on the conure I go in the pet shop at least once a month but as soon as I seen him I knew he was for me he will defnitally get lots of love and attention think he is gonna be a right little chractor
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Re: Conure will only sit on my head or neck

I've just phoned the pet shop but it's shut
He seems happy enough I will call them tomorrow morning he is eating seed and pear and Apple I was told it's more for bonding
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Quote: Originally Posted by Johnjoe83 View Post
I've always wanted a parrot I've read a book on African greys as I always wanted one as a child but after reading the book I decided it wasn't the right bird for me, that's why I was a little concerned about my conure sitting on my head.the pet shop told me to feed him twice a day with 7ml he is eating food to they told me he only really needs it once a day but twice will help him bond with me
I'll be honest I diddnt do a lot of research on the conure I go in the pet shop at least once a month but as soon as I seen him I knew he was for me he will defnitally get lots of love and attention think he is gonna be a right little chractor
Apologies if this comes off as harsh.

there is absolutely no benefit to hand-feeding them yourself, there is no evidence at all that they will bond with you. In fact it's more likely they won't bond with you because they will see you as their parent and when a bird weans and fledges they leave the nest. All it does is save the store money. He needs to go to someone experienced with hand-feeding until he will eat solid foods on his own. The reason they wanted you to take the bird now is because they want your money and if they didn't sell you the bird then, then you may have gone somewhere else losing them a sale. They don't care about the bird the second they're out the door all they care about is your wallet. Meanwhile I'm not getting anything out of this. All I care about is that little conure and that should be your worry too.

To give you an idea of how dangerous and irresponsible it is to give an unweaned baby bird to a first time owner here's a quick run-down. When hand-feeding you can easily be squirting food into his lungs which will KILL him. You can have the food too hot causing his crop to burn which will KILL him. You can have the food too cold which will make the food stay in his crop which will KILL him. You can have a brooder be too hot which will KILL him and you can not have a brooder which I'll guess you don't as they cost a lot which will make him freeze to death. If you need more convincing depending on where you live it is actually illegal to sell an unweaned animal, does that not tell you it's a crazy idea?

I'm not saying this to spoil your fun and to tell you you're not allowed a bird. I'm telling you this so you don't wake up tomorrow or the next day or 2 weeks and find your bird is dead! You like that conure, so call the store tell them he needs to be weaned by them before you take him then in however many weeks it takes you can go get him.

Now think really hard about the store, they got money from you today, got rid of an animal draining their resources and at the same time got you to buy extra expensive items like hand-feeding formula. They're laughing all the way to the bank right now and if your bird dies then they'll tell you it's your fault for not feeding them properly and give you the privilege of spending more money in their store on another bird

Once again apologies if I'm being harsh but we're talking about this innocent creature's life. Your happiness comes second
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I've just phoned the pet shop but it's shut
He seems happy enough I will call them tomorrow morning he is eating seed and pear and Apple I was told it's more for bonding
thank you for calling them. I'm sorry that I have to be that harsh but a lot of people just don't understand. I wouldn't even call. Walk back in tomorrow and TELL them they have to wean it properly. If they refuse then he will need to go to a certified avian vet and you'll most likely have to go to court to claim the costs of weaning him from the store which you'll be entitled to. If they do take him back then make sure you have a copy of his ring number so they don't "accidentally" sell him to someone else
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Re: Conure will only sit on my head or neck

I feel really sorry for you because you have been misled by the shop by the look of it. I don't know anything about hand feeding or weening and would strongly advise you to read all the advice the really knowledgeable guys on here give.
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Ok I'll take him back tomorrow hope the little fella will be ok he seems fine but I'm no expert thanks for the advice
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