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Old 01-11-2019, 02:30 PM
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I am a proud new parront of a rosefront conure. I am getting conflicting advice. Most of the time I read that you let the new bird completely alone for the 1st day or two in its new home. The breeder said she held it every day and I need to continue that. I feel like I will give her a day or two before interacting. Transportation day was full of drama but she is calm. But it is clear that she has not warmed up to me. I was thinking to feed treats through the cage for a few days before holding her. Should I follow the advice of the breeder? The new bird is 6 months old. Not much red yet.

On the first morning, I ground the coffee beans and it literally scared the crap out of her. But the second grind went OK. I am thinking the sound of grinding coffee might be part of training her for a daily routine.

This bird has not been DNA tested. I am thinking does it's sex really matter. I would understand how it could be important if I added other birds but that is not the plan. If I were to add another bird to the flock, I can see the need for DNA testing.

There are no plans to mix the new bird with the Amazons. The Amazon pair are strongly bonded and their cage is nowhere near where the new arrival is kept. I fear the Blue Front who is so aggressive would immediately attack it.
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Re: Coffee and Sex

I handled all my birds the day I brought then home. No need to wait, if you open the door and the bird comes to you, or if you stick I. Your hand and they jump on you are good to go imo
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Re: Coffee and Sex

Those are gorgeous birds. I've never heard of them before. Congratulations on your pretty new bird.

I held my bird from day 1. Like yours, she came to me handraised and used to daily interaction. NOT interacting with them daily if they're used to it is more traumatizing in my opinion.

I personally recommend sexing your bird even if you don't plan to add more birds. If they're female, it's important to note so you can make sure they're getting lots of calcium and you're making a big point to discourage sexual behavior. Female birds are at such higher health risks like egg binding or low calcium levels.
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Re: Coffee and Sex

The only difference between sexing is with female you need to avoid giving potential nesting material and if they start laying eggs or something then extra calcium.
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Re: Coffee and Sex

This title is totally misleading (in a funny way). I clicked because I had to see where it was going. Nicely done lol!
If you do anything new, try telling your bird what your are doing before and as you do it. Use the same phrasing every time and you will help develop anticipatory skills.
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Re: Coffee and Sex

Thanks everyone. Yes I knew subject title was provocative but wanted timely responses. I have put my arm in the cage a couple of times today. She doesn't go away but doesn't come toward me either. But she is definitely warming up to me and vice versa. She had sheer bliss on her face when she found the walnut nibs in her food bowl.

If I assume female, I can take the extra precautions on calcium and nesting material, then I am fine, right?
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Re: Coffee and Sex

Sometimes babies aren't used to stepping up, instead they are just scooped up.
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