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:
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 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.
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.