How loud are they? My Hooded Parrots are very, very quiet. Most of the time you'd hardly know they were there. The scarlets I had previously were also very quiet. The only time they really pipe up is when the wild Red Rump Parrot flies up to the window to say hello, but even then it isn't particularly loud. He's somewhat smitten with the Hooded hen.
My partner Sian said, "He's only operating by that old adage in the bible love thy neighbour as love thy self". To which I replied, "Love thy neighbour...really??? Yeesss...love thy neighbour, I don't half fancy her either and popping in for a quick one". Needless to say the reply left Sian in stitches lol.
When they decide to make a noise (mango is normally the instigator) it can be ear-splitting. It usually only happens during the morning or late afternoon though, or when I get home after work. Saying hello to them and letting them out shuts them up fast - Ive probably spoilt them in this regard as I always let them out when I get home so cant really blame them for being excited.
My wife complains of some noise during the day, but a few minutes with a cover over their cage quitens them down. She does not let them out as she is not confident of getting them back inside their cage.
When I am home they are normally outside the cage and then they are quiet. You do get the occasional call still, but as long as its not continual screeching im happy.
So Chillie is confirmed femaly via DNA from her vet check, which means I have a pair of Jendays!
These 2 are now happily living together and sleeping in their birdy hut. Chillie seems to be taking over as the noise instigator, and is always first to step up.
Just a question re conures and nuts, Im having no luck with them eating nuts, Ive tried various varieties (natural unsalted mixes etc) and they are just not interested in them at all. I suppose it wont do any harm if I just give up and not offer them any nuts?
Post by AcaciaWattle on Mar 9, 2012 9:26:40 GMT 10
They look awesome together!
Have you tried sharing "your" nuts with them? In my experience the bird always wants what you're eating!
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Mango, I divide small metal food bowl into four with a slice of apple. I cut the slice of apple into 2 halves and then cut a slot in the top of one slice and a slot in the bottom of the other. One slot fits into the other to to divide it into four. I then fill the quadrants with different vegies, fruit or leaves. Because there is only small amounts of each, they can't just gorge themselves on their favourite yum-yums. I also find that because they like one item they are more likely to at least try the others. Hope it helps. At this point of time I only give it to them twice a week while I'm on the pellet conversion.
Noticed the fist egg approximately 2 weeks ago, started with 3, now at 5. Chillie seems to spend alot of time sitting on the eggs, Mango is more interested in food/toys/playtime than the eggs though.
Not to sure what to do with the bubs IF they hatch though. Lets just say the wife is not to keen on expanding the flock! I'd love to give handrearing a go, have done it before with other animals (coming from a farm background), but the only birds have been pigeons and doves - never parrots. Will have to see how they go as parents first as well.