Selecting A Conure Parrot – Considerations (Species, Cost, Pet Or Breeding And Where To Buy A Conure From)


Following the choice to acquire a Conure, a number of financial and practical considerations must be taken. The most crucial choice is on where to stay. Of course, this should be addressed before purchasing a conure.

Other factors that should be considered are:

  • Which species is most appropriate/desirable
  • The financial implications
  • Purpose of the purchase: breeding or pet
  • Where to buy a Conure from
  • Issues regarding health

These will now be examined in further detail.

Choosing a species

Choosing a species is not something to take lightly. The easiest way to achieve this is to take your time and consider several different species before making a selection. It is recommended that you communicate with other owners; the forum on this site is a fantastic place to start.

Financial implications

The price of conures varies significantly. A variety of variables influence the cost of conures. Because of the increased quantity of these birds, imported or bred species are often the least priced. Homebred conures are more costly; nevertheless, imported conures are more likely to need more care when initially acquired. Furthermore, imported birds are unlikely to be as used to people as domesticated birds. Homebred conures often have better plumage. For these reasons, it is typically preferable to purchase a homebred conure. However, since not all species are easily accessible, purchasing an imported bird may be the only alternative.

It should also be mentioned that the price of a conure is impacted by the bird’s age. A hand-reared chick, for example, will be more costly than an older imported bird. It is difficult to ascertain the age of conures after their first moult, which occurs when they are less than a year old. Where the bird’s age is known for certain, the price of the conure will be greater.

Conures with sexes are likewise more costly. Conures of either sex seem quite similar, and surgical sexing (endoscopy) is frequently the most cost-effective method of sexing conures. If a couple has already mated, it is another method of sexing conures.

It may be worthwhile to spend the additional money to purchase hand-tamed conures. This can save you a lot of time. Breeders may hand-tame conures to make them acceptable for keeping as pets. When acquiring previously owned conures, special care should be given since their upbringing has a huge influence on their disposition, and the conure may be very loud, aggressive, and destructive if not raised properly.

Obviously, rarer conures are more costly. This reflects the difficulties of obtaining them. The Queen of Barvaria conure, which fetches exorbitant prices, is particularly renowned.

As previously proven, there are several variables influencing the price of conures, therefore selecting an appropriate conure is critical; it is not a question of buying the first conure you see.

Purpose – pet or breeding?

The reason for which you are purchasing a conure will influence the conure you select. If you want to get a conure as a pet, you should get one that is as young as possible. This provides it the greatest opportunity of assimilating into its new environment and existence. Because they have previously interacted with people, hand-readed conures are the best. The next best choice is young conures that have barely recently fledged. Another alternative is to get a conure that has not yet moulted; this way, you will know for certain that the conure is under a year old. If you get an older bird, it will be more difficult to train. It will very certainly be tameable, but not as tame as a conure acquired at an earlier age. It is probable that an elder conure never fully got tamed.

If you want to reproduce, you should seek for a couple of conures. You should only purchase a pair that has been surgically sexed or has previously bred together; otherwise, you may have to wait a long time for eggs! In general, the couple has a greater than 50% probability of being compatible.

Where to buy a conure from

The reputation of the breeder or seller is the most important thing to consider when determining where to purchase a conure. Unfortunately, some species have a limited number of breeders to choose from. Pet stores are generally fine, but you should check for cleanliness of the premises, merchandise, and staff expertise. A reputable pet store should provide sound guidance not just today, but also in the future. Birds brought into the United States and the United Kingdom should have been quarantined for around 35 days, so you can be quite certain that the conure has been eating properly and is relatively healthy. It is difficult to distinguish between an imported conure (whose feathers will improve after the first moult) and a badly managed bird, therefore an expert opinion should be obtained. It could be a good idea to go to a conure display with lessons. This will allow you to see what a healthy conure should look like. As previously said, you should not make rash judgements; instead, take the time to thoroughly examine as many conures as possible.

Health

Viewing a conure from a distance is often beneficial. This will enable you to see it in its natural state rather than when it has been disturbed. Things to keep an eye out for include:

  • Not moving about much
  • A bird that rests on two feet (healthy conures sleep resting one leg tucked under its feathers)
  • Eyes provide important clues regarding health
    • No discharge
    • Should be round, bright  and clear
    • No swelling around the eyes or nostrils
  • Should have a well formed beak, not overlong or poorly aligned
  • Birds with some feathers missing is not indicative of problems, but bald patches should definitely be avoided
  • Feather should be tight to the body and shimmering
  • Scales on the legs should lay flat
  • The backside of the bird should be free from stains or faeces
  • The faeces should not be hard, too viscous or show signs of blood
  • You should ask to hold the conure. It should feel plump and will probably flap its wings giving you an opportunity to check them out briefly

Another article about housing conures may be found here.

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