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What’s the Optimum Age to Bring a Conure Home?

Ed Malaker

Conures are a large group of relatively small parrots. These birds are extremely colorful with long multi-colored tails and bodies. Conures are friendly birds that often like to clown around in their cage. It’s not uncommon to find them engaging in behaviors like hanging upside down or dancing in their cage.

Regardless of what animal we add to the family, we all want to take our pets home as young as possible in order to maximize our time with them. If you are thinking about getting one of these birds but are unsure about how old it should be when you bring it home, keep reading while we explain optimal ages and what to do if you bring home a bird that’s too young.

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Optimal Age to Bring Home A Conure

Half-Moon Conure
Image Credit: Martin Pelanek, Shutterstock

Most experts recommend waiting until the conure is at least 12 weeks old to bring it home. By 12 weeks, your bird should be weaned from its mother and won’t require any special care, though some birds can take as long as 6 months to be ready. It’s best to let the bird set the pace and a longer weaning time usually results in a happier bird.

With the bird weaned, you can take it home. Outside of its smaller size and slightly altered diet to promote strength and growth, your new conure will be similar to an adult and will require the same basic care.

What If My Conure Is Still Weaning?

If you ended up with a bird that wasn’t ready to leave its mother, you would need to continue the weaning process by hand. Until the bird is about 12 weeks old, you will need to feed it by hand with a special baby bird formula that you can place into a syringe and squirt into your pet’s mouth. If you don’t know how old the bird is, you will need to continue with the process until it weans itself. We recommend placing foods inside the cage that adult conures love to convince the bird to eat something other than the formula. As it weans, it will eat more of the adult food and less of the formula.

What If My Bird Isn’t Weaning?

It’s not uncommon for a conure to get used to eating the formula and prefer it over the other types of food you are offering. If this happens to you, try cutting back on the amount of formula you offer to convince your still hungry bird to eat something else. Use raspberries and other brightly-colored fruit to attract the bird, and commercial bird pellet food soaked in water produces an aroma that is attractive to birds. However, don’t stop the formula completely if your bird is still begging for it, and remember that it can take up to 6 months for your bird to lose the taste for formula.

Your bird may also be holding on to the weaning formula because it enjoys the time you spend together, especially if you don’t spend a lot of time with the bird between feedings. If you think this is the case for your bird, try engaging it in other activities while you are cutting back on the formula. Some conures will feel comfortable that you are there with them after a few sips of the formula and will then happily eat other food for the remainder of their meal.

Cinnamon Green-Cheeked Conure front view_Jida Xiu_Shutterstock
Image Credit: Jida Xiu, Shutterstock

Quick Facts About Your Conure

  • Conures are one of the most popular pets in the United States
  • Not all conures will mimic sounds or learn words
  • Conures can be temperamental and can get destructive if you don’t give them enough attention.
  • Conures usually only take one mate and are extremely family oriented.
  • Conures lay their eggs in existing tree hollows that they modify with their sharp beaks.
  • Many wild conures often make lifelong friends with other conures before they are adults.
  • A conure is born bald, with no hair or feathers.
  • Conures will post guards to alert the flock of danger, and they have different calls for different purposes.
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Summary

In most cases, you want to wait until your conure is eating solid food before taking it home. Waiting will mean that you don’t need to worry about feeding it formula and weaning it yourself, which can be stressful for you and the bird, especially if you are inexperienced with baby birds. Most birds will be ready in about 12 weeks, but some can take as long as 24 weeks, each bird is different. If you find yourself with a bird still weaning, don’t panic. It will be a great bonding experience for you both, and if you follow our guidelines, you will be fine, and your bird will grow to be happy and healthy with many years ahead of it.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this guide and found it helpful in answering your questions. If you have learned something new, please share this guide to the optimum age to bring home a conure on Facebook and Twitter.


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Ed Malaker

Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who has contributed to a wide range of blogs that cover tools, pets, guitars, fitness, and computer programming. When he’s not writing, Ed is usually performing DIY projects around the house or working in the garden. He’s also a musician and spends a lot of time helping people fix their guitars and composing music for independent films.