Green Cheek Dander

by Alexa
(Boise , Idaho )

Hello, My name is Alexa I'm 10 years old and I was wanting to get a Fancy Green Cheek Conure ( Is that how you spell it? ). I have been begging my mom I started crying in Pet Smart! Well any ways this is my Question do these birds have dander to cause allergies like Guinea Pigs? I have been on this website like maybe around 20 times seeing if you posted anything new about Fancy Green Cheeks! I really hope you answer my question !

From the girl who really URNS to get my own bird,

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Feb 07, 2012
Green Cheek Dander
by: Anonymous

Hello Alexa,
Very nice to hear that you are willing to take on the responsibility of owning your very own Green Cheek. These are wonderful little birds, just make sure to do as much research as you can before buying. There is a lot to learn. If you have one bird in particular in mind, try to visit a lot to get to know that bird and see if it is a fit for you, and your mom. To answer your question, yes, birds have dander. It may not be like that of a guinea pig, but they have a natural dander that you will see coming off mostly when they preen. Some people may be allergic to this dander, but most people are not bothered by it. Small birds like this do not produce as much as say a Cockatoo, but it is still there. An air purifier or filter at home could take care of this though. Goodluck learning about the Green Cheek Conure and if you come to own one. It sounds like you are very responsible and eager, but remember, these little guys can live 20+ years!

Feb 07, 2012
Green cheek dander
by: Tracie

All birds have dander, but green cheeks do not have the fine powder some birds have.

I suggest you look at our Conure Information page and read some of the stories at the bottom of the page written by green cheek conure owners.

Green cheek conures can be very noisy and nippy, especially if you do not spend time with them daily and train them. Also, you need to consider who will care for the bird when you are older.

If your family ends up hating the noise and mess a bird makes, your bird will probably end up being rehomed, and that is not fair to the bird. Please make sure everyone in the family reads about green cheeks, spends time around the bird hearing the sounds it makes and is willing to endure the mess it makes before bringing it home.

You need to also make sure your parents are willing to have a savings account for avian vet bills. If your bird gets sick, do you want to watch it die, because your parents didn't plan on spending money on vet bills? Many parents do realize that birds need avian vets.

If your family wants this bird too, maybe you can be resourceful and babysit, sell cookies or something so you will have a savings account to cover the vet bills, ongoing food bill etc.

You will want to feed your bird Harrison's or Roudybush pellets so that your bird will be healthy.

Here is an article for helping your bird switch to pellets if it eats an all seed diet or those awful colored pellets that are full of chemicals and sugar. Switching Birds To Pellets article

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