I've lived with Peachfront Conures Aratinga aurea for 30 years. I've bred 'em, trained 'em, even visited Bolivia to observe them in the wild. For more about me, click right here.
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6:07 p.m. 2015-07-12
end of an era
It isn't a heat advisory but it got up to 91 degrees or so today, and I've decided it's time to take in the peachfront conures for the summer. I know, I know. They're a lowland tropical species that can take the heat. I saw it for myself. But...I seriously doubt the wild birds live to be 25 years old! It's gotten to the point where the big flight cages are a little too big. Courtney in particular has to make a real effort to get around these days -- birdie arthritis, maybe? -- and so he spends a lot of time in or on the roostbox. It negates the whole point of having a huge outdoor flight.
So I've taken them indoors. The indoor cages are not of a size I would have considered for younger, active pairs...but right now they all seemed to be much happier and livelier once I got them inside. It's easier to go back and forth to the food dish and grab those nutriberries.
The flights need to be re-done anyway. Now I'm wondering if they are a little too large for older pairs to easily climb around. Hmm. Well, we've got several weeks of summer left so I have to time to evaluate the situation. We actually have all the supplies we need to build new flights but I might want to consider carefully just what size I want...
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