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Green Cheek Conures
 

Green cheek conures (Pyrrhura molinae) are very social and intelligent birds. They originate from Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina.They are about 10 inches from head to tail and have personality of a larger species of parrot or conure. The Green Cheek is the most quiet and smallest of the species of conures. They will lay on their backs to play, use their feet to eat and play, love to cuddle, and some sleep inside a hanging fleece hide-out tent, hair, lap or wherever they feel secure. Some Green Cheek Conures even learn to talk about twenty words or so. Also they are able to learn tricks if taught such as waving, can even come when called, roll over and even play dead. There are many mutations including Yellowsided, Cinnamon, Pineapple (Cinnamon & Yellowsided), American Dilute, Turquoise, and Misty or Olive. Their lifespan is 20+ years.

 

Behaviors

They love to be taken out of their cage daily and will get your attention to let them out and play. Sometimes they make the funniest little duck-like noises, or as if they are mumbling under their breath, and head movements, hang upside-down from their cage and toys, and lay on their backs to play or sometimes even sleep, but that is normal for a conure and will vary based on personality. May also go through nippy stages but is nothing to be worried about, up to about one year of age. They are like babies teething or going through "terrible twos" and with proper training will not continue. Devoting time to these little ones really helps. Also instead of letting them come out of their cage on their own, bring the baby out. This can help tame any attitudes down and lets them know you are the leader of the flock and not them.


Training

The green-cheeks go through training and learn to "Step-Up", recall, and sometimes even giving kisses. This varies on each bird and how quick they learn. Usually "Step-Up" is my priority before learning other tricks. Each baby will have their wings clipped for easier training when arriving at their new homes. This helps keep them out of places they should not be. The early stages before weaning is the best time to socialize and handle the babies, and they get one-on-one attention daily to ensure the best possible new companion. At 8 to 10 weeks old they go to their new homes.


Cage Requirements

All my green-cheeks have some chewable toys, swing, concrete or cuttlebone nail trimming perch of about 1/2" inch in width. Cuttle bones or mineral blocks are recommended if the bird is not eating pellets with high calcium, such as Roudybush. Hanging toys with wood or ropes are a must so they have something to satisfy chewing urges. A larger cage is recommended so they can at least spread their wings without bumping them into sides of cage, such as an 18" x 18" or 24" x 24" wide cage and larger. Bar spacing should be 3/4" or less. Most cages have slide up doors, unless it's a large parrot cage, so just be mindful that you're baby may learn to get out so clips can be bought to put on doors if needed.

 

Food

These babies will be weaned primarily on Roudybush Adult Maintenance pellets. We will give you a sample to start them out. If using a seed mix, use the one sized for cockatiels with safflower instead of sunflower (or minimal sunflower) since the sunflower seeds are not the best food for them and are high in fat. Both foods should be fed in separate dishes or mixed with just a sprinkle of the seed. They are fed the Roudybush High Energy Breeder pellets which have more vitamins for growing babies until they go to their new home which can then be switched to any of the Roudybush Adult Maintenance foods in Crumble or Mini sizes. Millet spray treats are their "comfort food" and recommend they have a small piece in their cage daily for first couple days upon arrival to their new home. We also use Nutri-Berries for treats.


Green Cheeks also will eat
many fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, apples, bananas, peeled kiwi, mango, cranberries, oranges, grapes, grapefruit, broccoli, peas, carrots, green beans and many others. Fresh, thawed frozen veggies, and dried are all acceptable. Water bottles to hang on the cage are good for always having fresh water. Dishes are also good to have in case your little guy or gal wants to take a bath, too.

 

Food Tips

The following are examples of giving your baby healthy foods when your on a time limit...If you eat bananas for a snack, give a slice to your bird. If you have steamed veggies for dinner, give you bird a piece. Just make sure to put fruits and veggies, or any food that spoils quickly in separate dish. Things birds should NOT eat are avocados, and items with lots of sugars or salts that are unhealthy.

 

If you have to switch their food, you can slowly introduce new foods to them since they are babies and can get used to new things quickly. We suggest limiting the seed mix to twice or three times weekly so they don't always eat the seed, and still continue to eat their pellets daily. The pellets contain most of their vitamins.


Prices

  

 

Normal Green Cheek

$250

 

 

 






Cinnamon

$250





  
 

Extra Red Yellowside*

$325

 
   

 

 

   


Pineapple*

$325

 

 





Turquoise

$350

 

 

 





Cinnamon

Turquoise


$350







Yellowside Turquoise


$350








Dilute

$350








Cinnamon Dilute & Suncheek

$750




 


Yellowside Dilute*


$550









Mint

(Turquoise Dilute)


$550







Mint Yellowside


$750







Cinnamint & Mooncheek

$750




It is $20 extra to DNA Test. Babies will have this included in price so you know if getting a male or female. *Red coloring will vary from each bird.