Bringing your Conure home for the first time
For the first 3 days minimize stress by leaving your bird in the cage and not playing with them too much to give them a chance to get used to the new surroundings.
First 5 days add sulphadim, sulfa aid or sulfa 3 to the water supply this is a recommended precautionary measure to stop enteritis which can happen to some birds that become stressed from an environmental change. These products are great to have on hand as they are a mild antibiotic and can be used if your bird has watery fecal matter.
Worm your bird– this is very very important to do with all conures as these birds with worms can waste away and die. Never worm a conure emediately after bringing it home or moving it to a new location wait at least 2 weeks. Worming is very easily done as it is added to the birds water supply, directions are on the bottle. The day before you add the solution take the water out around 5pm to ensure your bird is thirsty the next day.
Lice and mite spray- these are as common as fleas are on dogs and is easily preventable by spraying lice and mite spray on your feathered friends every 3 months.
Diet for baby Conures
Exactly what is below but give them all you can eat Buffet for the first 4 weeks an excess of fatty food will not harm a young bird that is recently been weaned but after 4 weeks they will be confident enouph to eat properly explained below.
Diet for conures
As a Conure breeder I believe variety is the spice of life and it is exactly feeding them both seed and pellets in a correct way that will get the most out of your bird keeping them in optimum health. Simply do not throw away perfectly good food have atleast 2 food bowls one for seed and the other for pellets. Do not add more seed or pellets until both bowls of food have been eaten this will ensure your bird has a varied diet and will not only fill up on fatty sunflower seeds. Feeding your bird properly will be cheaper in everyway as your parrot will not waste so much food and will have much less chance of expensive vet bills as most health problems with conure’s can be avoided with a healthy diet with all mentioned below.
Seed– Feed your Conures a good quality small parrot seed, be wary of some supermarket mixes as they contain filler seed and may not be of the best quality. If you are unsure of the seed you are using ask your local bird expert. Good quality seed actually contains many natural vitamins and is very important to your birds diet.
Sprouted seed– Cocky mix is a great seed to use as a sprouting mix with if desired some added mung beans.
- Place the desired amount of seeds to be sprouted into a container
- Rinse seeds in the container well until the water is clear
- Soak over night in fresh water, the water level should be well above the seeds to allow the seed to swell. Be sure to add aviclens or multiclens to the water to remove bacterial build up which can make your birds sick.
- Rinse well in the morning
- Spread seeds well in a pan, colander or wide container in a dark well ventilated area
- Rinse well several times a day
- Harvest the seed when sprouts have began to appear
- Drain the seeds until dry before feeding to your birds.
Pellets– Tropimix for small parrots, Kaytee pellets, vetafarm south American mix, vetafarm nutriblend small.
Greens and veg– seeding grasses, zucchini, cucumber, chickweed, sweet potato, chili, capsicum, broccoli,
Fruit– star fruit, stone fruit, mango, apple, honey dew, rock melon, blue berries, strawberries, kiwi fruit, citrus, pomegranate,
Calcium– calcium bells and calcium perches are recommended for conures do not use grit or cuttlebone.
Vitamin D supplement– This is essential for the absorption of calcium for all birds. Vitamin D naturally comes from the suns raise if the bird does not receive unfiltered sunlight then it is not getting the necessary vitamin D they need for good health. Sun light through a window is unfortunately filtered.
Do not feed – Avocardo, cocoa, onion