Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Conures

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-27-2020, 09:33 PM
lollipoppy's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Mama to Milo the Pineapple X Cinnamon GCC
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Canada
Thanks: 294
Thanked 373 Times in 169 Posts
lollipoppy is on a distinguished road
Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

I have the option to adopt a hand reared baby straight from a breeder, or to adopt a 3 year old GCC who is great on veg & who has been friendly with previous owners. I’m doing more investigating but it appears that rehoming is due to a housing issue for the owners. The 3 year old was bought from PetSmart at about 1 years old.

I am fully aware of the fact that it will take more effort to bond with the 3 year old, however I also like the idea of adopting him as he’s been waiting for a home for 30 days now. (There’s A LOT of GCC babies in our area and people usually see them as “undamaged” so they go for them first.)

I believe I have what it takes to work with 3 year old, but I wonder if our bond can be as strong as it would be with a baby? Given that it was likely parent raised, pet store bird (chain store not local,) and previously owned.

What I love is that he(?) was raised around dogs so he’ll be used to my chihuahuas. I also love that he’s a bit older so his personality is more formed & predictable.

What would you do? What questions should I be asking? Looking for some experience from those who might have a better idea than me.

I’m new to GCCs, I have a history with a rescued lovebird & parrotlet.

Thanks in advance, friends!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
.................................
Green Cheek Mom To Be
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to lollipoppy For This Useful Post:
Laurasea Supporting Member (03-27-2020)
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-27-2020, 09:39 PM
lollipoppy's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Mama to Milo the Pineapple X Cinnamon GCC
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Canada
Thanks: 294
Thanked 373 Times in 169 Posts
lollipoppy is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

Also, lol @ me and “predictable” because I know that’s not possible LOL! But I hope you know what I mean.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
.................................
Green Cheek Mom To Be
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-27-2020, 09:53 PM
Owlet's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Lincoln (Eclectus), Apollo (Cockatiel)
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Colorado
Thanks: 650
Thanked 3,339 Times in 1,251 Posts
Owlet is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

Definitely the adult! Good on vegetables and already friendly? AMAZING. An adult with an established personality and characteristics that you like is the better bet. You never know what you're going to get with a baby.
__________________
Looking for art of your avian friend? Click here!
Lincoln adopt date: 11/21/2016
Apollo hatch date: 10/13/2018
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Owlet For This Useful Post:
Cardinal (03-28-2020), chris-md Supporting Member (03-27-2020)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-27-2020, 09:55 PM
lollipoppy's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Mama to Milo the Pineapple X Cinnamon GCC
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Canada
Thanks: 294
Thanked 373 Times in 169 Posts
lollipoppy is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

Quote: Originally Posted by Owlet View Post
Definitely the adult! Good on vegetables and already friendly? AMAZING

They did mention he will likely be nippy at first but that he “will bond to a new human.” It seems like they’ve bonded fairly well with him, though I’m not sure if it’s super snuggly/close bond.. finding that out.
If not - and I’m totally aware this is bird per bird in most cases - would consistent effort toward bonding likely create a good strong connection between us, if he is already 3 and not entirely used to that type of attention?
I do know for a fact he spends most of his time out of the cage, but is content to sit on it and play on his own which seems like a good sign to me - a little independence is always welcome lol.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
.................................
Green Cheek Mom To Be
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-27-2020, 10:05 PM
lollipoppy's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Mama to Milo the Pineapple X Cinnamon GCC
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Canada
Thanks: 294
Thanked 373 Times in 169 Posts
lollipoppy is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

Upon deeper inspection: the bird has been at the owner’s parents house for thirty days not being handled. He was just learning to step up, but had not really gotten accustomed to being pet or anything. This means he’s likely going to be quite attitudey and stressed.

Be totally honest with me please, would this be hard to reverse and fix for someone who’s new to conures, or virtually impossible?

I’m willing to put in time and effort & as I have PTSD myself I like to think I can be totally sensitive to his needs. But is he going to ever be able to fully overcome this and bond well with me?

I really want a “Velcro bird” type personality that conures are said to have lol, though of course I’m very flexible because I know not every GCC will be this way.

I almost feel obligated to bring him home even though it may not be the exact personality I’m looking for because I hate that he’s just sitting there like that


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
.................................
Green Cheek Mom To Be
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to lollipoppy For This Useful Post:
chris-md Supporting Member (03-27-2020)
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-27-2020, 10:30 PM
Laurasea's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Neptune blue quaker (MIA), Ta-dah GCC female, Penny quaker female, Pikachu quaker unknown, Orbit quaker unknown, 3 parakeets males, Burt The Burd GCC RIP
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: USA
Thanks: 23,303
Thanked 20,644 Times in 6,745 Posts
Laurasea is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

I'm all for rescues and re-homed.
4 if my six birds are either rescue or rehome.

If you have the basic understanding of bird behavior. And if you have plunty if safflower seeds the bribe of choice! Then I think you will be fine.

BTW my GCC came from the pet store as young bird. We have gone thru multiple times of bites and misunderstood times, only to get back on track as snuggle buddies. In the six years I've had her.
__________________
"When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. "Thomas Sowell
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Laurasea For This Useful Post:
chris-md Supporting Member (03-27-2020)
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-27-2020, 10:34 PM
chris-md's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Parker - male Eclectus Aphrodite - red throated conure (RIP)
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Maryland - USA
Thanks: 1,962
Thanked 7,345 Times in 2,747 Posts
chris-md is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

I really do think you can turn around the adult. The thing with conures is they bounce back pretty quickly if you put in the time and take it at the birds pace, that means listening to the bird body language.

You seem like a sensitive person, which could mesh well with any rehab job.

Honestly, both will be a challenge with their own set of issues. With babies you’ll have to deal with puberty, marked by heightened aggression. Do you want the unpredictable medium term aggression associated with puberty, or the predictable short/medium term aggression of a less tame bird.
__________________
Join Parker and all his Rover.com dog boarder friends on https://www.instagram.com/parker.the.parrot/
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to chris-md For This Useful Post:
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-27-2020, 11:08 PM
lollipoppy's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Mama to Milo the Pineapple X Cinnamon GCC
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Canada
Thanks: 294
Thanked 373 Times in 169 Posts
lollipoppy is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

My heart is set! Thank you. I am going to adopt this adult babe, I had a feeling he’d be a wonderful friend and now I know for sure it is possible.

It will still be about 2 weeks before he comes home (I want to be particularly careful with how we get him here too due to the current COVID situation,) so I will continue researching conures and their body language and preparing myself to move at his pace - and being confident in reading the signs he’s telling me!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
.................................
Green Cheek Mom To Be
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to lollipoppy For This Useful Post:
catastrophe (03-28-2020), fiddlejen Supporting Member (03-28-2020), Laurasea Supporting Member (03-27-2020), saxguy64  (03-28-2020)
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-28-2020, 12:40 AM
Inger's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Bumble - Pacific (or Celestial) Parrotlet hatched 02/19/17
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Everett, WA
Thanks: 9,147
Thanked 6,736 Times in 2,237 Posts
Inger is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

That’s wonderful! I do hope that you’ll keep him separated from your dogs at all times though. Dogs are predators; birds are prey. Nobody wants your sweet new friend to be a tragedy that could have been avoided.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Inger For This Useful Post:
Laurasea Supporting Member (03-28-2020)
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-28-2020, 08:31 AM
saxguy64's Avatar
Super Moderator
Parrots:
Tucker the Red Sided Eclectus Baxter the YNA Patches the Grand Eclectus, my best friend. RIP Cuckoo the BFA RIP
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Maine, USA
Thanks: 13,127
Thanked 15,844 Times in 3,767 Posts
saxguy64 is on a distinguished road
Re: Experienced Owners, Who Would You Adopt?

Congratulations in advance! Excellent choice in my opinion. I'm a firm believer in rescues. They're so deserving of a forever home. All of mine, past and present, have been rescues. My most recent, Baxter, a YNA, adopted at 17 years old after she was in a refuge for over a year, is incredibly bonded to me. Sweetest love bug on the planet, for me. Typical Amazon, very opinionated, and not a fan of my daughter and niece.

So, absolutely yes, a wonderful bond is possible with an adult, and as already mentioned, you have a much clearer picture of their personality without the guess work of puberty changing things later on.

As with all new birds, start at the beginning, and progress at their pace. Give him reason to trust you. Completely worth the effort. Exciting times ahead!

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to saxguy64 For This Useful Post:
Laurasea Supporting Member (03-28-2020)
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Conures

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Experienced Conure owners, some questions for you! CavySpirit Questions and Answers 5 04-10-2020 10:40 PM
experienced bird owners,, I need your help! newboy New Members Welcome 11 10-13-2013 10:29 AM
Any experienced macaw owners out there with advice for me? Retro21 Macaws 16 01-02-2013 11:05 AM
Experienced parrot owners please help me!!! Beako_N_Kiwi Amazons 5 04-09-2012 02:22 PM
Questions for Experienced Poicephalus Owners Bright Star Poicephalus 15 08-14-2011 10:19 PM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.