Leg band tracability

by Jill Giffin
(Painesville Ohio )

Gold Caped Conure

Gold Caped Conure

I recently aquired a Gold Capped conure. I am told I am the third owner of this beautiful bird. I would like to know how to go about possibly finding the breeder from the leg band information. I live in Ohio and the band has FL(Florida) I presume, on the band. I know its probably a needle in the haystack but I'm up for the challenge. Thank you

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Nov 07, 2009
Leg band tracability
by: Linda

Unfortunately, you are correct about the needle in the haystack thing. Basically, the bands are for the breeder's use. It is the way they keep up with babies born and to whom. They are usually numbered using the breeder's system.

What I would do first with your new bird is to take her to an Avian Vet for a checkup to make sure she harbors no infections/parasites. Then you'll know she is physically healthy to rule out any physical problems related to behavior.

Second, make sure you change her over to a high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrisons. Tracie carries Harrisons products as well as a few other organic pelleted products. A healthy bird starts with a healthy diet. The changeover takes time if your bird has been eating an all seed diet. These diets are missing major nutrients and take years off a bird's life plus there will be more infections from compromised immune systems along the way. A good, healthful diet keeps a bird's immune system in good form, therefore, you'll have less trips to the Avian vet for infections, skin problems and all of that. The food may appear expensive at first look, but frequent trips to the vet are MORE expensive, so all balances out in the long run.

After you take bird in to Avian vet and get started on changing her over to a more healthful diet, you'll be on the road to a nice relationship with her. If you start to see bahavioral problems, there is training information on this site. I know the Gold Caps can be loud, and this is true of all the Conures, so is not necessarily a bad thing.

Good luck with your beautiful little bird, and you will have to earn her trust as birds who have been moved around a lot become very mistrustful of the next human. Work with her, make a commitment to work out problems, and you'll have a loyal, loving friend for life.

Linda

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