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Old 04-06-2019, 11:58 AM
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Hello. This is my first post here. I am the proud mom of a cinnamon green cheek. I love him so much and cannot get enough of him. He will be a year old in a couple weeks. We also have a "Sunday" conure but she is my daughter's. I have always wanted a blue crown conure. My mom had one when I was young and he was the greatest/ funniest bird. I am strongly considering adding one to my family but I'm worried it will change my Charlie's personality. I know he might not be happy in the beginning but i love everything about his silliness don't want him to change. Ive bought almost every bird behavior book i can get my hands on and find no info on that. He did ok with the Sunday coming into the home but because it's my daughter's bird my interactions are minimal. Looking for opinions on blue crowns and behaviors with other birds, and opinions on this. Thank you
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:57 PM
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Re: Thinking about a blue crown

I don't have any experience with blue crown conures but I have a green cheek conure, just like your cinnamon only the regular green.
I can tell you that he is a territorial little guy. I had the same thoughts some months ago - thinking of getting him a friend green cheek but I changed my mind. Everyone says that there is no guarantee that they will get along, and that's true. I didn't want to stretch my time between two birds, letting them out of the cage at different times etc. He seems to enjoy our company and all the time and attention he is getting right now. I just have a feeling he would be jealous and I would have a problem on my hands. My advice is enjoy what you have.
Also, something to think about - your green cheek is about to hit birdie puberty (almost a year old) and that will be a challenge in itself. You may want to deal with that first, lol.

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Old 04-06-2019, 05:27 PM
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Re: Thinking about a blue crown

Also, your first bird is still young. They can change a lot when they become sexually mature. I do agree that there is no guarantee they will get along.
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:26 AM
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Re: Thinking about a blue crown

In my personal experience, the little ones of the same species seem to get along better , my Grey was first so when I brought home my pineapple he tried to buddy up and my grey would have none of it. So it started squabbles. The conures are very protective and territorial as I'm sure you already know with their things and their humans. It meant a constant eye on both for several months in case one of them lost their minds and challenged each other. Unfortunately they dont see size and the conure armed with a pocket knife and the grey with a cannon.... winner Mr grey. So would I do it again YES , even though their not buddies there's still a flock mentality and they do communicate all day long. They see each other all day as well and that also provides some form of comfort to the loneliness that may be present when the daddy human is aloof.
I can say for the most part they have learned fighting is unacceptable and the occasional landing on someone else's things is not the end of the world , the grey will not challenge the conure but the conure will verbally tell him to GET DOWN !! and confront him physically if on his things and try to get him to move on. On that note IF it gets to that they are quickly removed from the situation and separated. As someone else mentioned not wanting to separate their time for another bird , this is important as if your not willing or dont have the time to keep at least one eye on them while they are out together then more thought needs to be had on another flock member. Mine are both flighted as well so while you would expect one or the other to fly away instead of fight at least with my boys I can say this has not been the rule. While I now know they dont hate each other and much if not all is simply territorial and mostly with my little guy. I always have my head on a swivel to prevent a potential problem. As recommended previously there are no guarantees but if you have the time and patients it can be done. However , dont add another bird for a buddy to your current bird do it because you want another companion.

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Re: Thinking about a blue crown

I have been actually looking for a Blue-Crowned Conure myself for a few months to add to my flock, I've always wanted one, they are a wonderful species of Conure, the are intelligent, funny, cuddly, loving Conures...I have worked with a few over the years at the Avian Rescue I have worked at for a long time, and I've loved every single Blue Crown we've had...I'm actually having trouble finding one, either an adult that needs a home or a hand-raised baby...That's really the only thing holding me back right now...

As far as your Green Cheek goes (I also have a Green Cheek, a male Yellow-Sided who is turning 3 next month), there is just no guarantee that he will get along with any other bird that you add to YOUR FLOCK, since he is bonded to you and the new Blue-Crown will also be your bird and bonded to you, or at least that's the plan. Green Cheeks are very territorial, jealous little birds, and my Bowie is absolutely without a doubt the most-jealous of my 4 (in addition to Bowie I have a Senegal Parrot, a Quaker Parrot, and a Cockatiel), and Bowie will definitely be the one who has the most trouble with any other bird I add to the flock, though again you just don't know what is going to happen with them, whether your Green Cheek will get along with the new Blue Crown, OR vice-versa, you don't know how the new Blue-Crown will get along with your Green Cheek.

The bottom-line here is that you have to be 100% certain that you are going to be able to have enough time in your daily schedule/routines that you will be able to spend enough time with each bird separately , if need be, as well as be able to set-up your home where both of their cages are located in the main-room of your home, where they can both be present but separated across the room, and where you'll be able to provide them both with enough out-of-cage-time as well as with enough one-on-one time with you that they will both be happy, just in-case it turns out that they cannot be out of their cages together in the same room with each other...If you're not sure that you can do this, then I don't suggest that you get any other bird, regardless of the species, gender, age, etc. And that's because they may love each other and bond-closely with each other, they may like each other enough to hang-out together but not really bond with each other, they might just simply "tolerate" each other but not like each other much, they might really dislike each other and just need to be kept separated (especially when around you), or they might have a very strong dislike for each other, probably based on the jealousy of your Green Cheek, at least in the beginning, and may not be able to be out of their cages at the same time AT ALL without being aggressive and violent with each other...Or any combination of all of these...You just can't guess or know, and you must be able to provide them both with enough one-on-one time with you, separately and at different times if need-be, otherwise it's just not fair to either bird...

My daily schedule is nuts due to the different flock-dynamics between my 4 guys (and the Ringneck Dove that is bonded to my Cockatiel but who the other 3 hate, lol), so we have a set routine/schedule that allows each of them equal time with me based on who gets along with who...And it works well for us, actually very well. And you learn what you can and cannot do while you have them all together at once, you learn to give each of them there own "territories" to sit on while you're with all of them at the same time and they're out of their cages, and you figure it out...But you have to have the time to be able to do so...

And as mentioned above, your Green Cheek has yet to go through puberty, so his personality may or may not totally change afterwards, and his relationship with you may become horribly territorial and he may become horribly protective and jealous over anyone or anything that go nears you, you just don't know. So I'd wait until your Green Cheek is at least a year and a half old so you can see what he is going to be like with regard to you and others in your home before you bring home another bird to be your companion too, because your Green Cheek might start biting/attacking everyone who goes anywhere near you, even your family, or he might transfer is bond to someone else in your house, who knows what will happen once he becomes hormonal...
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Re: Thinking about a blue crown

Remi will waddle across the table towards my husband with his head feathers all up and try to chase my husband away from the plate of food. He is fine with my son and I but seems to see my husband as an outsider sometimes.
Also, the dog. Remi sometimes doesn't want to share the loveseat with the dog if they are both next to me. He will chase the dog away.
So, there you go. They are territorial little buggers.
I keep bringing up my cockatiels, but they were so friendly and peaceful compared to my little terror Remi.

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Re: Thinking about a blue crown

Thanks everyone for replying. I appreciate everyone's input. Such a hard decision. On one hand I want a blue crown so bad but on the other im so devoted to making Charlie happy.
Im more then willing to accept the fact that they might not like each other and I may need to accommodate whatever might need to be done for them to be happy. And iI I Charlie will be upset in the beginning, I'm just worried it will change him. I think im going to follow the advice of at least waiting until he is 1.5 if I do decide to get a blue crown. I have found 2 breeders within 2 hours of me.
I just love my Charlie. He is blowing me kisses right now. I call him my genius bird because he's so smart, says alot and copies lots of noises. He's always making me laugh. I have a high stress job and love coming home to the cutest stress reliever there is!!
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Ok I also have to add that I love this site. Everyone thinks I'm nuts. Im always talking about my bird. Showing the newest selfie or video ive taken. I feel their eyes roll when i pull out my phone lol. One person last week said how can you love a bird? I replied for one my bird is constantly telling me he loves me! Lol but people just don't get it. So it's nice to read people's posts on here and know im not the only "crazy" one
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Quote: Originally Posted by Charliesmom View Post
Ok I also have to add that I love this site. Everyone thinks I'm nuts. Im always talking about my bird. Showing the newest selfie or video ive taken. I feel their eyes roll when i pull out my phone lol. One person last week said how can you love a bird? I replied for one my bird is constantly telling me he loves me! Lol but people just don't get it. So it's nice to read people's posts on here and know im not the only "crazy" one
I know what you mean. I also have a pretty stressful job and my dogs and my birdie are my therapy, lol.
I talk about them at work all the time.
What do you do for a living by the way?
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I work with some of the states highest behavior people. I help them gain Job skills and everything that pertains to. Some days are good but some days I negotiate my safety and the safety of others and on really bad days I come out injured. I've been doing my job a long time but I'm getting old. In a few months im looking for a new state job. Case management or something less physical. How about you?
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