Nandays! By Bob
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Nanday conures are native to South America and are also bred in the USA and can be found in many pet stores throughout the country. They can live 25 to 30 years in captivity. Foods consist of various seeds, fruits and greens. It's also a good idea to mix in pellet food such as "Fruit Blend Flavor Diet" made by Zupreem to help balance out their nutrition requirements.
Nanday Conures Make Great Pets!
Nanday conures make fantastic, loving, entertaining pets, but nandays are very noisy critters. They are possessive and demand attention from their owners. That cute quiet bird in the pet store can quickly try to become the ruler of your home and possibly make you regret your purchase. These birds live a long time, so it's up to you to take control of the noisy situation and gain the respect and co-operation of your new pet. These birds are very smart and fast learners and will quickly bond with you if you follow these tips.
Why Conures Are Noisy
Nandays and other parrots spend their day flying from place to place looking for food. They will gather in flocks and love their own company. Making noise is just their natural way of enjoying life. It's what most parrots do.
A caged bird usually just sits around alone in his cage with nothing to do until his owner decides to interact with him. Even with toys, the bird gets bored, lonely and stressed. The bird will make excessive noise to get the attention that he craves. Yelling at the bird to be quiet won't solve the problem. To some birds, getting yelled at is better than no attention at all, but this will only encourage the bird to scream louder and resent and fear it's owner which solves nothing. In the end you wind up as unhappy and stressed out as your bird. So, Here are some easy ways to quiet your bird.
Step one. Exercise Your Nanday Conure!
Exercise your bird outside the cage! Here's how:
Take your nanday for a "walk"! Always use a flight harness and leash before attempting this!
Have your pet stand on a piece of dowel rod that's about ˝ inch around and a little over a foot long that you are holding in your hand. Slowly move the stick up and down and side to side to force your conure to flap his wings. If he flies off the stick, place him back on it and repeat the process. Do this for about five minutes the first time. Repeat again after a short break. Make this seem like a fun experience for your bird. Also place the bird on your finger and make him hop from one finger to the other causing him to flap his wings. Praise him as you are doing this. If he tries to bite, just say, "don't bite" and continue, or place him back on his stick.
Sometimes it's better to take the bite and not pull away or show fear. You must stay calm and in control of your bird under any situation. This is how you gain your bird's affection, trust and respect! Keep in mind though that the bite could draw blood and hurt. If you have tender fingers, then you should try wearing gloves instead. I personally dislike wearing gloves while working with these birds because it's easier and more natural to work bare handed and aids in bonding.
Step two. Change His environment!
Conures and other birds in the parrot family sometimes need a change in their environment because they can sometimes be noisy and have bad attitudes while they are in their cages. It's good to remember also that their cage is their home and your hand and fingers will not always be welcome. I use a simple stick as a means to control my bird by gently pushing him into a position on his perch where he will be away from his toys. I can then easily coax him to step on my finger without any biting.
I then calmly and quietly take the bird to the bathroom, place him on the shower curtain rod, close the lid on the toilet and turn off the light. This is his "time out" which benefits both you and your pet. Sometimes the screaming might make you regret buying your Nanday in the first place. Your bird will quickly quiet down in the bathroom (or any other quiet dark room that you can set up in this manner).
Keep your bird in the room for about 10 or 15 minutes. You will notice a drastic change in your bird's attitude upon emerging from the "quiet room". You will most probably have a very happy bird that while sitting on your shoulder, will brush against your hair, gently nibble on your ear and give you a happy chirp! This technique is basically the same as re-booting your computer. Your pet's brain is now in a happy mood and should be well behaved. Try to find out what is causing your bird to scream and the end result will be fewer trips to the quiet room.
Some reasons that could cause your bird to be noisy:
3) They want a bath. Nandays and parakeets like baths. Misting with a spray bottle will do the job, but sometimes I give my birds a warm shower under the faucet and then dry them with a towel. It's quick, easy, and only takes a few minutes.
Bonding with Your Nanday Conure.
This is probably the most important part of this whole article. If your bird truly bonds with you, then you have less of a chance of your bird trying to escape through an open window or door. Bonding also greatly increases the chance of your having your pet return home to you on its own. Bonding with your bird also has the added benefit of being able to handle your bird without getting bitten. You may still get a warning nip, but it will seldom hurt or draw blood.
Bonding is when your bird ceases to be just a "caged bird" and becomes your true friend!
You can tell if you and your bird have bonded by these signs:
1) Your formally aloof bird now wants to spend more time with you on your shoulder.
2) He (or she) tries to groom you or nibbles your ear.
3) He brushes rapidly against your hair and sounds a happy chirp while sitting on your shoulder.
4) He allows you to touch any part of his body without biting, when in the past he was a "touch me not" and showed fear of you. This is especially helpful when you are putting a flight harness on him!
5) He actually tries to be quieter and stops squawking when told to be quiet. Usually works, but not always.
Bonding builds trust. You must be able trust your bird around your body (hands and face) if you expect your bird to trust and bond with you! Keeping your pet off your shoulder, wearing gloves, yelling at or otherwise mistreating your bird will make bonding impossible! He will just be another bird locked in a cage instead of being a personal friend and loving pet. Bonding also greatly increases the chance of having your pet return home to you on its own.
Some extra pictures:
Kiwi is ready to come out and play!
My birds enjoy an open cage policy. Their cage doors are left open all-day and closed with their cages covered at night. Kiwi won't fly from his cage, but Scooter, the parakeet will. Keep those wings clipped!
Scooter takes over the toys when Kiwi is visiting me!
Scooter checking out Kiwi and me.
Using the stick is the one of best ways to control your birds.
Kiwi likes reading his favorite web site!
Bonding with your pet allows you to handle your bird without getting bitten!
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