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Question
Hi,
We are interested to get baby sun conures. Would you recommend them to children for pet? Many had stated they are loud birds. Are they better in pairs or single pets? Is it better to get them after they are wean or will the bonding be better getting them earlier?  Thank you

Answer
--  These are delightful little birds with big personalities.  They are, by nature, very happy, enthusiastic and playful.   Like any toddler on too much sugar they can be exhausting and yes, loud.  BUT the thing about a well cared for bird is that come nighttime they quietly go to bed and never make a peep 'til morning.  

It's teaching the humans how to be good owners that's sometimes difficult

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 Why not take a look at everything involved in owning a bird - from the cage set up to the diet required (not seeds!)  and pics of the girls www.4AnimalCare.org/birds

And if you want the bird to be bonded to you and your family, do NOT get another bird.  Two birds will tend to bond to each other (birds of a feather and all that)

Yes, this bird will be good with your kids as long as they are taught to respect the bird.  If a bird doesn't want to be handled or play - then respect that.  Their mood will change soon enough and they'll respect you right back with kindness and love  

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Rev. Dr. S.August Abbott

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Certified Avian Specialist; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council member; Own animal rescue org; National Wildlife habitat #66378; bird care, nutrition & behavior consultant; International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants Associate; National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club member; published bird care, info and behavior articles and guides. Ongoing education in exotic bird behavior and nutrition I can answer behavioral, nutritional, environmental, characteristic/personality questions as well as general health and health care. No animal emergency can ever be addressed on the internet. We cannot see your animal, perform an examination, provide necessary care or medication. Please value your companion for the priceless, living creature they are; not for what you might have paid for them.

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Certified Avian Specialist. For more than 30 years I've worked with veterinarians, protective facilities, nature centers, preserves and on my own in providing care and education with regard to multiple animal species, including raptors (hawks, kestrals, owls, etc) and marsupials. In recent years I've focused on parrots, usually rescued from abusive or less than ideal situations and helping educate owners as to proper care. Expert in behavior studies and modification of problem behavior.

Organizations
4AnimalCare is the organization I run as an animal ministry; World Wildlife Association, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club and more

Publications
Bird Talk Magazine articles about rescued and problem macaws.

Education/Credentials
Doctorate, Ordained Minister

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