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Introducing Peggy, the Jenday Conure

Introducing Peggy, the Jenday Conure.

Last week, I got a new addition to my flock. She’s a sweet little Jenday Conure (Peggy) who’s had a bit of bad luck in her life. First, she became positioned a bit funny in the nest box she hatched in and one of her legs became splayed out. Her breeder did manage to straighten it quite a bit, so it wasn’t too big of a deal. However, a little later on, she got her other, good leg caught up in a snuggly. Most of her leg was lost, although she still has a bit of a stump there. Poor bird.

Peggy went to another home for a while, but ended up going back to the breeder, who Emailed me wanting to know if I could give Peggy a good home. I thought about it and figured, Why not? I have room for a medium bird, and plus, I really like conures. They tend to be very friendly, curious birds, and Jendays in particular are absolutely gorgeous. They can be noisy, but bird noises don’t bother me too much. The breeder also wasn’t asking for any adoption fee, which I thought was nice.

Anyway, this is little Peggy:

Peggy, the Jenday Conure.

Peggy, the Jenday Conure.

She’s very cute but I guess she broke off her tail feathers too at some point. I’m sure they’ll grow back, though.

Peggy’s a very sweet, friendly bird. Quentin (my husband) put her on his lap the second day she was here and preened the pin feathers on her head for her. She then climbed up his shirt and started preening his beard. Aww.

She gets around okay despite her handicap. She can climb around on the cage bars side to side with no problems. She falls occasionally, so I got her a long, short cage. It’s one intended for rabbits, but it seems to suit her needs well. She has a lot of rough perches (like natural wood and concrete ones) so she can grip onto them well. Her one foot is still a little gimpy so I don’t think she’d be able to perch well on smooth dowel or manzanita perches. She can perch on my shoulder just fine and she can grab my hair or shirt if she slips. She seems to like being a “shoulder bird,” and she spends a lot of time preening my hair.

She has to have small pellets since she cannot hold food in her feet. Likewise, any vegetables or fruit I give her need to be bite sized. Her chew toys are ones that won’t swing around much, since she cannot hold on to toys with her feet. She seems to enjoy exploring and chewing stuff, and she’s been trying to chew up my keyboard. She successfully got the “Ctrl” key off when I wasn’t looking. Lucy, my Maroon-bellied Conure, previously bit the “Home” key off, but I found it and glued it back on.

On another note, if there are any other conure fans out there reading this, you should also check out this blog: Best in Flock: Life with a Sun Conure and Pionus Parrot. The author has some info on Sun Conures (which are similar to Jendays).

I’ll likely post more pictures of Peggy later on!


Update! (November 14, 2008)

Here are a couple more pictures of Peggy:


Peggy the Jenday Conue

Peggy and Lucy

Peggy and Lucy

Peggy does get along fine with my Maroon-bellied Conure, Lucy.  Despite her handicap, Peggy is extremely active.  She’s always puttering around her cage, busily chewing up and dismantling her toys.  She has a few wooden ladders and is currently working on chewing off all of the rungs.  I often tie strips of vegetable-tanned leather to the bars of her cage and she loves to chew those up or untie them.  I’ve also caught her hanging upside-down from the top of her cage beating up some of her bells.

She’s very affectionate too and comes out of her cage each night to sit on or with me and Lucy while I work (mostly on my thesis). She’s really a charming little character.

Update 2 (May 19, 2009)

Peggy’s tail and flight feathers are coming in nicely. A lot of her flight feathers were broken when I got her.

Peggy at a parrot club meeting

Peggy at a parrot club meeting

Above is a picture of Peggy at a parrot club meeting.  A Blue and Gold Macaw was spreading his wing out and Peggy was copying him.


This is my favorite picture of Peggy. It really brings out her colours and her facial expression is adorable. She’s a bit damp in this picture because she just had a shower.


A picture of Peggy taken about a month ago. Her tail is growing in, though some feathers are a bit bent. She’s very sweet and playful.

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  1. October 7, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the mention – glad you like our little blog. Peggy is a cutie – give her scritches from us!

    The flock at Best in Flock

  2. R
    May 19, 2009 at 11:06 am


    i just stumbled upon your blog when i was looking into conure pellets. i too am a proud caretaker of a rambunctious 2 and a half year old Jenday Conure. Peggy is very beautiful and so sweet looking! it sounds like she is adjusting nicely to her new home. also, for her occasional falls, i would recommend lining her cage with sponges or something else equally as soft. even though she may not be falling from a great height, she can still get hurt… looking forward to read more about sweet little Peggy :)… oh, and i just noticed that it seems, from you last pic, that her tail feathers are growing in, yes?

  3. Jessie
    May 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Hi – Thanks for your comments. Peggy’s tail feathers are growing back! She actually has several now, and her flight feathers are coming back in too. I need to post an updated picture of her.

    Lining it with something soft is a good idea, but I do have to be careful it’s something she won’t eat. She loves to chew on everything. Shredded paper and plain aspen shavings are what I’ve started using. Luckily, she’s getting used to her handicap and is falling less and less.

    • R
      May 19, 2009 at 5:26 pm

      love the new pics. thanks for posting them! our Jenday makes the same cute little expressions. Conures are just too precious :).

  4. R
    May 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    also, i was wondering if you had any idea why her tail feathers are growing in bent. that’s rather unusual. i think you might want to get her checked if you don’t know why they’re like that.


    • Jessie
      May 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm

      Hi -I don’t think they are growing in bent. She sometimes bends them a bit after they have come in while she is playing. The new one’s she’s grown in this month are all coming in straight.

  5. R
    April 30, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Hi again,

    i just stumbled back onto this post of yours when i was searching for Jenday pictures. how is sweet little Peggy?? any update on her? would love to know how she’s doing :).

    also, i just reread the comments above and i noticed that you were using Aspen shavings to line her cage. well, shavings of any kind are not recommended because they contain a lot of dust (from the wood) that harm delicate avian lungs. so, it’s best to use plain black and white newspaper (the ink now used in black and white newspaper is generally safe -you can also call the manufacturer to make sure). i realize you were using the shavings to help cushion her falls but it’s really not a good thing to use because of the dust issue; so, i highly recommend to get rid of it.

    • Jessie
      April 30, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      Peggy is still doing great!

      Thanks for your comments. I think you bring up a good point about the shavings. Peggy’s not really falling much anymore, so her cage is lined with just plain newspaper now.

  6. Sarah
    October 31, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Hi there..I came across your site while googling a technique for helping my young Jenday Conure with his pin feathers..I’m a first time conure owner and loving it! He’s an amazing family bird and constantly making us laugh! I loved reading about Peggy..sounds like she’s found her forever home! Such a sweet and beautiful girl!

    • Jessie
      October 31, 2010 at 2:44 am

      Thanks for your comments! Peggy has definitely found her forever home. She’s just a wonderful companion.

  7. November 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I just stumbled on your blog and I actually have three handicapped birds and a red throated conure! I always love seeing other handicapped birds in good homes! Peggy is adorable and looks so happy!

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