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A Set-up Guide for Your New Pet Conure

Tips for home, health and fun


Five things to know about your new conure

  • Conures can live as long as 30 years
  • They’ll grow about 15 inches long
  • They have playful personalities and are sometimes called the clowns of the bird world
  • They need at least an hour of daily interaction with their humans
  • They can be noisy

Your conure’s home

  • Keep conures in a cage large enough for them to stretch their wings, climb and play. The bigger the cage, the better.
  • Provide at least two perches of different thickness and materials; the variation helps keep bird feet strong and healthy. The perches should also be placed at different heights.
  • Don’t place perches over food or water dishes, because droppings will make a mess where your pet eats and drinks.
  • Conures like a small fleece hut hung from the top of their cage. They use it for privacy and for games of hide-and-seek.
  • Birds are sensitive to smoke, strong smells and drafts. Keep the cage away from the kitchen and open windows. Don’t place the cage in direct sunlight. Cover it at bedtime.
  • Cushion the floor of the cage with an inch or two of corncob, aspen, wood-pellet or recycled-paper bedding, or use a cage liner. Remove droppings frequently, spot-clean the liner or bedding weekly, and replace it entirely once a month.
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Playing & grooming

  • Conures are smart and with practice they can learn some tricks, like “step up” and “step down.” They can even mimic human speech.
  • Your conure will enjoy spending time outside of the cage every day. Provide a T-stand or playpen as a hangout.
  • Inside the cage, keep your conure busy with at least two or three different toys, including foraging puzzles and squeakers. Conures who regularly pick at their feathers may be bored. If you notice yours doing this, it’s time for new toys.
  • Two or three times a week, put a bowl of warm water in the cage so your conure can take a bath. Alternatively, you can gently mist your bird with warm, clean water from a spray bottle.
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Help keep your conure healthy

Try not to handle new conures for three or four days after bringing them home, to give them time to adjust.

Even a settled-in bird can feel sick. If you notice any of these signs of illness or distress, contact a veterinarian who treats birds:

  • Decreased appetite or weight loss
  • Decreased activity or grooming
  • Feathers fluffed up for a long time
  • Long periods sitting at the bottom of the cage
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from nose or mouth
  • Change in droppings for more than two days


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