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Old 11-16-2010, 06:34 PM
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hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow [HE'S HERE!!]

hiya :] i just joined the site because i've been doing some research and this definitely seems to be a good place to be a member of if i'm going to get a parrot. there is a "fancy" green cheek conure at my local pet store [i believe it is a cinnamon...my opinion is that they use the word "fancy" as a generic for different mutations of the green cheek, so that they don't need to have a different sign/label for each one]. i met him/her yesterday and spent some time with him petting and scratching his head through the bars, and letting him "explore" my finger with his beak [holding my finger while poking me with his tongue]. i thought about it overnight and went back to see him today [i work across the street from the shop] and he was just as sweet, and came over to see me even though he was in the middle of eating. i scratched his head some more and asked the person there if i could take him out. he was a little shy and scared at first, but was soon cuddling in the palm of my hand and enjoying more head scratches. when i went to put him back in the cage he didn't want to get off of my hand at first, and as soon as he did he went right back to the front of the cage where i was, hanging on to the bars. he is such a sweet bird and definitely seems to like me, which i'm especially thrilled about because i know he doesn't like everyone, because the guy there had a few little bite marks on his finger and said that the bird didn't seem to like him much. so i'm pretty certain i will be going back in the morning to bring him home. i've been looking around all over the internet and this site, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. i've had birds before, but not for a while. i know that their diet should be mostly non-dyed pellets along with with some seeds, and also fruits and vegetables. i will be trying to water bottle train him so that his water stays clean, and i know that they like a lot of variety with their toys and like to play A LOT. he will be an only bird and will get lots of play time and attention.

any help is appreciated :]

oh, and he's a little under six months old; his hatch date was may 30th of this year

edit: ALSO...wing clipping? i'd like to keep them clipped so that he does not injure himself flying around. is this something that i might be able to do myself eventually or should it really only be done by a professional? does anyone know if pet shops like petco do this sort of thing? i know they sell birds.. thanks!!


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Old 11-16-2010, 06:54 PM
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

Welcome to the forum. I had a greencheek for 21 years (rescued at age 9) and I have a green cheek now along with a crimson belly. They are absolutely wonderful birds and you will not regret bringing your new friend home. Look for book parrots for dummies...very helpful for novices and experienced alike. Balance out diet, largest cage you can afford but be careful of bar width and then simply enjoy your very special new relationship.
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

thanks a bunch! yeah, i've read that "Parrots for Dummies" is good, so i'll probably be getting that and a conure-specific book. "balance out diet"? so equal of everything, you mean? and yes, right now there is quite a large cage at the pet store that i can afford at the moment, and will definitely be getting a larger one at some point in the future [as you pointed out, these are not short-term pets!]
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:59 AM
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

That's the same way Iago grew on me! This is an amazing site with a lot of helpful people. Welcome!
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

Congrats!

Conures are lovely birds!

The diets for parrots aren't as simple as we think IE: Just seed as most pet shops seem to believe.

I believe Barb meant you need to bear in mind that to stay healthy, a bird will need a good quality, well varied diet.

This includes: a good brand of pellet such as Harrisons/Zupreem/Kaytee exact, fresh fruit, fresh veg(the more the better, higher in VitA and VitK the better too!!!), good quality nuts such as hazelnut/brazil/cashew....very few seeds as they are fattening and some like millet have no nutrition at all!

The conure book I swear by is great for beginners and also as reference anytime is The Conure Handbook by Anne C Watkins. Parrots for dummies also.

It will help you so much in parrot proofing your home, learning of dangers such as teflon (PTFE), sulpher dioxide, metal poisoning threats etc etc.

We will all help you as much as we can and look forward to pictures!
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:40 AM
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

Quote: Originally Posted by Von1983 View Post
Congrats!

Conures are lovely birds!

The diets for parrots aren't as simple as we think IE: Just seed as most pet shops seem to believe.

I believe Barb meant you need to bear in mind that to stay healthy, a bird will need a good quality, well varied diet.

This includes: a good brand of pellet such as Harrisons/Zupreem/Kaytee exact, fresh fruit, fresh veg(the more the better, higher in VitA and VitK the better too!!!), good quality nuts such as hazelnut/brazil/cashew....very few seeds as they are fattening and some like millet have no nutrition at all!

The conure book I swear by is great for beginners and also as reference anytime is The Conure Handbook by Anne C Watkins. Parrots for dummies also.

It will help you so much in parrot proofing your home, learning of dangers such as teflon (PTFE), sulpher dioxide, metal poisoning threats etc etc.

We will all help you as much as we can and look forward to pictures!
thank you! yeah, i thought the diet was not too many seeds, but i got confused, lol. The Conure Handbook was the one i was planning on getting, i've seen several people on her suggest it. i'd read on another site about metal poisoning [lead poisoning specifically, somone had bought a toy for birds believing it to be bird safe, but it ended up containing pewter and their bird died...it was very sad, and i'm going to try to use the least amount of metal to begin with, hopefully i can find toys that use safe plastic instead]. i will feed him plenty of fruits and veggies as well [and more veggies than fruits i assume, fruits are high in sugar], and was planning to see what the bird place has for zupreem, as i believe they are a very good brand [we feed their pellets to our bunnies and i fed them also to my guinea pig before he passed earlier this year]. but whatever brand i'll make sure that it is not dyed. and i may need to subscribe to bird talk again, lol. i got it for like three years starting around ten years ago when i had a bird, but don't have any issues still around... it was always very helpful though. and i loved looking at the ads for all the neat toys and cages!

so i'm going to go get him now!! will post pics if i can find my camera, but i highly doubt i can [packed up somewhere still..]. if i get any decent ones with my phone perhaps i can try that...or borrow a camera :] thanks everyone!! and if there's anything missing here, feel free to keep the advice coming!!
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

The day your bring home your new bird is so exciting and I am thankful that you are sharing it with us. Looking forward to your pics.
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

There's nothing that's as much fun as getting a new bird! Have fun!!!
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

eeeep! Can't wait to see pictures!

We're all just as excited as you are I think!!!!

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Old 11-17-2010, 10:43 AM
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Re: hoping to bring home a green cheek tomorrow

lol, thanks everyone!! he's here, but apparently the batteries are dead on the camera...so i'm charging them and will get some pictures as soon as they're done. he's such a sweetie though! obviously he's a little scared and defensive right now as he was just taken from his "home" and moved around for twenty minutes and is now in a new place, but he was so sweet yesterday and i'm sure he will be back to his old self in a couple of days. :] i do have a question though....he seems to "rub" his beak a lot...i noticed it yesterday when visiting him at the pet store but he had just been eating and i know that they sometimes clean their beaks off that way..i thought that he was just confused and didn't realize his beak was already clean..but he's doing it a lot today, too..and it looks like he's worn away at the cuticle a little on each side...is this something i should really be worried about or is he just a little neurotic? because right now i'm a bit worried about it....if i don't get any responses here i guess i should start a new thread or rename this one or something. i think i'll go rename it anyway

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