how many week a conure should to be move to a cage

by jeanette yavar
(california)

how many week a conure should to be move to a cage

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Jun 18, 2011
how many week a conure should to be move to a cage
by: Linda

The Conures cannot be weaned before 8-10 weeks of age, and weaning is, of course, a process and is not done all at once. In the meantime, keep handfeeding him. When time to start weaning, make sure you have some organic pellets like Harrisons on hand so he can be started out on a complete, healthy diet. Seeds are a very poor diet for parrots and end up taking many years' off their lives, and the years they have are not happy as they could be.

As for moving to cage, if your bird has ALL his feathers everywhere on his body, so he can regulate his body temperature, then he could be moved into a cage. Whether he can sit on a perch or not is unknown because I do not know how old your bird is. Very young birds do not yet have the coordination to be able to hold onto a natural branch perch, so until he is able to do that make sure he has a metal grate in bottom of cage so he can learn to hold on with his feet. Make sure the grate is the correct size for your bird's feet so the toes do not become stuck in between any squares and make sure it is NOT spaced too large so whole foot can become trapped in between. Basically a cage made expressly for a Conure would work. Once he has mastered holding on with his feet, he will climb up on a perch when he is ready. This means you will be cleaning out the cage once or twice a day or more depending on if he has a large or small cage. I suggest getting him a large cage so he can get used to walking around on the wire grate and the one where he will live permanently as he will become attached to his cage and will feel secure if he's put into his regular cage from the beginning. Cover him with a light colored lightweight sheet at night or if he appears to be cold during the day. Always leave some room at bottom for air flow. A trip to Avian Vet is highly recommended as baby birds tend to contract bacterial infections especially if they are coming from pet stores and most breeders.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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