Hello From MN Here on my quest for knowledge

Thistle

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5 year old Pair of Sun Conures
New to birds but have a number of years working with a very wide variety of animals both domestic and exotic.. I went to culinary school and love horticulture.. so its no surprise my animal companions over the years have always benefited from these gifts, and its something I pride myself on in being an animal care giver. I'm no Doctor and do not claim to be but ive found good nutrition and a relaxed environment can turn around most any beast and its ailments... which brings me to my Newest challenge and why I have come here to read, observe and question.

I have been looking at getting a pair of conures for sometime now and have seen many species locally here and most of them are beautiful birds that seem to be well kept.. However the pair that caught my eye or my heart rather was this pair of Sun Conures. Decent feathered birds said to be a male female pair living in very "Basic" conditions. Their not tame and said to be 6-7 years old. At first glance this pair looks beat up, clearly not properly fed and depressed. My first notion was run, back out of there and run after I saw the females beak.... the bottom half is disfigured and barely a beak. I thought I'm not even sure how shes eating this walmart cockatiel brand seed mix hes feeding them. But as my brains running a mile a minute with clear red flags on why not to take them on. I saw the deep connection between the pair and as disfigured as her beak is she was "Kissing" so to speak and preening the plumage of her mate and in that snap shot of a mmoment I could see what was still there. They need someone to properly care for them to get them back to being beautiful noisey happy little birds.

Ive been reading liver damage, vitamin D deficiency, improper hand feeding as a baby... I'm starting with a calcium/magnesium supplement in the water and slowly getting them transitioned to a better diet. Ive enclosed a picture of her I took before bringing them home. Has anyone come in contact with this issue before..? Is it something her body can heal itself back from over the next few years with good diet and proper beak trimming? Today is day one and I find myself scouring the web at 2:35am. The Vet will be later this week! I'm a stay at home take care of my partner type of guy that was looking for animal project that would fill my care taker void... So here Iam a new worried parent of two wounded but beautiful little creatures.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from you all here
 

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henpecked

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Jake YNA 1970,Kia Panama amazon1975, both i removed from nest and left siblings, Forever Home to,Stacie (YN hen),Mickie (RLA male),Blinkie (YNA hen),Kong (Panama hen),Rescue Zons;Nitro,Echo,Rocky,Rub
Welcome to the forum. Goggle Dr Scott McDonald . He's got some good article's on fixing beaks. He's about the best expert that could find. Best part is , he travels all poo ver. You should contact him. He's really a nice guy and doesn't charge much at all. I use him every chance i get.Thank you for giving a breeder pair a good life. Thanks for joining to learn more.
 

MangoandKiwi

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two green cheek conures (former breeders) Mango and Kiwi
Welcome to the forums!

And thank you for giving this pair a home. I took in a pair of Green Cheeks and it's so rewarding improving their envoirement ( and massaging their little tastebuds ) at times it's hard too bc they were not tame either but we work very slow ^^

The first thing we did was getting them better perches, they love it for grooming. I got a pedi perch, 2 natural wood perches and another natural (willow like) wood perch.

I started with mine by giving them fresh apple or a berry mix in the morning. They love it! Also i have them now on zupreem pellets but there is a better brand pellet out there.
I use seeds for treats but you might to maybe slowly get them off their seed diets.

The new perches, fresh fruit and just giving them some time gave an instant change for us. Lots of happy clicking and chattering.

I would def get someone to look at her beak asap! Try the person Henpecked said and/or go to the vet asap.
 

SailBoat

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DYH Amazon
A MN connection that will be able to get you information regarding Avian Vets in your area is:

Parrot Island, Located in Eden Prairie MN 952 928 9985 or on the Web: osCommerce

Great family owned organization.
 

henpecked

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Jake YNA 1970,Kia Panama amazon1975, both i removed from nest and left siblings, Forever Home to,Stacie (YN hen),Mickie (RLA male),Blinkie (YNA hen),Kong (Panama hen),Rescue Zons;Nitro,Echo,Rocky,Rub
Have you goggled Scott McDonald yet? Loads of info relevant to many of your questions.
 

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