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Conures

Loud, Colorful and Playful as all Heck!

The first question people ask me when I refer to conures is 'What are they?' . The quick answer is that they're a series of small, colorful parrot species from South America. I've owned three types of Conures since my first in 2001. Moonie was the first. Phoenix was my second and I will be breeding Green Cheek Conures as of April 2006. Conures are often compared to feathered puppies. Most love to cuddle and play. Some will even flip over onto their backs and play with their toys that way. Most will spend long minutes 'killing' their toys then will growl at you if you dare take them away. Most of the species I've owned thought they were bigger than they really were. They were bold, brash with lots of attitude. And oy. They LOVED to play!

The FAQ page will be devoted to Green Cheek Conures and my beginning attempts at breeding them. This page will be in progress as my breeding pair settles in, so keep checking in to watch any babies!

Handfeeding Instructions

Brazil and Bolivia, My Conure Breeding Pair
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Image curtosy of Genesis Aviaries - Click image to jump to site

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This is Phoenix. Unfortunately she died prematurely from a bacterial infection.

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This is Moonie, my Peach Front (and first) Conure


Green Cheek Conure Breeding FAQ

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At a Glance

Bio Facts:

# of eggs : 2-8, average is 5

Length of incubation: 23- 26 days

Fledging: about 3 - 5 weeks

Weaning: about 2 months / 8 weeks

Adult at: 2 years

Recomended breeding age: 12-24 months

Ease of Breeding: II've only had one clutch so far, but I'd rate them an 8 or 9 on a scale from 1 to 10. .

Potential Problems: Egg binding, plucking when there is no outlet for their breeding urges.



Notes: Males and females both sit with the eggs though the female does the incubations. The male forages and feeds the female in the nest box. The female then feeds the chicks. In the wild the birds will use a hole in a tree as a nest. In captivity, they use a nest box about 12 x 9 inches. Calcium is super important when these guys breed because hens tend to produce a lot of eggs and can easily deplete their calcium reserves. Tiels can be used to foster Green Cheeks and Vice Versa.



Personal Notes:

My first Conures: I bought Moonie in Summer of 2001, Phoenix in Summer of 2005 and Bolivia and Brazil arrived April 5th, 2006.

First started breeding: I started breeding Green Cheek Conures April 2006








Cockatiels and Conures and Finches, OH MY!