Baby vs adult blue crowned conure

How can i tell the difference between a young blue head conure - baby and a maturd one

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Feb 06, 2013
Baby vs adult blue crowned conure
by: Linda

If the young bird already has the adult coloration which would put it at six months to a year old, there is no way to tell the difference. A very old bird will have some scales on beak and feet, but not enough to be able to tell age correctly. Basically, what matters is not the age of a bird anyway. What matters is how they are treated, fed and housed. Whether or not they have been to Avian Vets once a year for a checkup to make sure they are healthy, and if they are eating a high quality diet of organic pellets or not.

Older versus younger birds is really not such a big deal. All birds are exotic wild animals, and all are potentially wonderful companions. Since the parrots live very long lives, younger versus older is a moot point.

Before getting any bird, you have to know everything about that species of bird and about parrots' in general you can find. You have to have a working understanding of their basic temperaments and what they need to be healthy and happy. This comes from lots of study and then applying what you've learned into their housing, perches, toys and most of all their food. Birds are not humans, nor are they dogs or cats or monkeys, so they need to eat a diet specially formulated for birds without human junk food and such which makes birds sick.

So, go back to the beginning and don't worry as much about age as about what you are really doing here. Birds have to have Avian Vets for their medical services for when they are sick or injured. An Avian Vet is the only vet licensed and trained to care for birds. Make sure a new bird is examined for any health problems during the first few days in your home and once a year after that. Cages need to be 2-3 times larger than a manufacturer recommends. Birds need to be able to spread their wings out and flap without hitting anything in cage. If cage is too small for this, cage is too small for bird.

Enjoy your learning and know that learning about birds is a lifelong project. None of us ever know everything about birds as we are all learning something new everyday, week, month or year. Pay close attention to all the details involved in having a bird, and it will make everything easier for both you and your bird from the beginning.

Linda

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