Problems with sun conure
We have a 5 year old female sun conure named Ally. We got her a year ago from a breeder who has a son who goes down and hits the cages. This concerned me from the beginning but my partner really wanted her, he is gifted with birds and so I trusted his judgement.
Ally was apparently hand raised but then the breeder had her in a larger cage with a male conure which he was breeding her with but apparently she'd 'gone off him' so he was quite happy to sell her to us. The breeder told us conures are perfectly happy in smaller cages but we have since realised this isn't the case. My partner has done wonders with her compared to when we first got her but she still tries to bite. She is fine with my partner, she puts up a fight when he gets her out of the cage but then is a beautiful loving bird. I can't even get her out of the cage but once my partner gets her out she's fine with me too and inside will even fly away from him to my shoulder and then doesn't want to leave.
The problem is that she is lonely because we are quite busy, she's turned into a screamer which is driving us crazy and probably the neighbors!. I am working on getting a bigger cage with lots of toys as I am hoping this will make her happier. I wondered whether getting another sun conure friend would help too? I wouldn't want them to mate though as we don't know enough for that, or would another female be ok? I've seen four paired sun conures in a large cage together and they seem happy as larry. I'm just not sure what will improve/worsen the situation.
Also the breeder had her on a seed and fruit diet. I've tried switching her to pellets but she is addicted to sun flower seeds and will only eat a select few types of fruit. Her beak is peeling badly, I have read that pecans and walnuts will improve this but she won't eat them either.
We just want our bird to be happy when we are there but also when we are at work, please help.