SCOTCH AND HIS FRIEND SPRITE ARE NANDAY CONURES THAT CAME INTO THE RESCUE FROM A CRUELTY INVESTIGATION. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE NOT HAND FRIENDLY THEY ARE VERY ENTERTAINING TO WATCH AND THEY SIMPLE ADORE EACH OTHER AND MUST BE ADOPTED TOGETHER. SCOTCH IS CURRENTLY IN FOSTER CARE WHERE HE IS WORKING ON BECOMING MORE SOCIAL.************************************ TO ADOPT A BIRD FROM FRESH START: -WE ASK THAT YOU READ UP ON THE TYPE OF BIRD THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING, TO SEE IF THAT TYPE OF BIRD WOULD BE A GOOD MATCH FOR YOU, YOUR LIFESTYLE AND FAMILY SITUATION. -BIRDS ARE MATCHED UP WITH A NEW HOME BASED ON WHOM FRESH START FEELS WOULD BE THE BEST MATCH -TO ADOPT THERE IS ALSO A PHONE INTERVIEW, VET AND REFERENCE CHECK, AS WELL AS AN APPLICATION. - -WHEN CALLING THE RESCUE PLEASE ONLY CALL BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8AM AND 8PM. -FRESH START IS STAFFED STRICTLY BY VOLUNTEERS, THAT ARE VERY BUSY DURING THESE HOURS CARING FOR AND WORKING WITH THE BIRDS IN THE RESCUE AND NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO ANSWER THE TELEPHONE, SO THE BEST WAY TO REACH A FRESH START VOLUNTEER IS BY EMAIL. ******FRESH START DOES NOT SHIP BIRDS********** ******CAGE AND SUPPLIES ARE INCLUDED WITH EVERY BIRD ADOPTION********** *******ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS: HOMEOWNER. OVER 21 YEARS OF AGE. NOSMALLCHILDREN. APPLICATION. VETCHECK . THANKYOU, FRESH START RESCUE TEAM ............................................................................................. THINGS TO KNOW WHEN CONSIDERING A CONURE........ Diet: 65-80% quality pelleted diet, 15-30% vegetables (e.g., greens, legumes, corn-on-the-cob), 5% fruits, and an occasional nut, mealworm, or cricket. Use many varieties of fruits and vegetables, washed thoroughly. No avocados or fruit pits. See Basic Nutrition for Psittacines (Parrot Family) for more information. In the wild, grass seeds, fruits, cactus, berries, nuts, flowers, insects, and grains. Cage Size: The cage should be a minimum of 18' H x 18' L x 18' W for the smaller species; and up to a minimum of 36' x 36' x 36' for the larger species. Grooming: Trim the beak and nails as necessary; wing trims are also recommended for safety. Compatibility/Disposition: Conures are generally compatible with other conures; however, aggression may be a problem during mating season(s). Some differences in degree of aggression exist between genera (notably, Aratinga is reportedly more aggressive); however, disposition is generally affectionate, peaceful and playful, especially when socialized and handled at an early age. Vocalization: Conures have a harsh and shrill screech, louder in the Aratinga genus while the Patagonian is reported to have the loudest call of all Conures. Will pick up human speech with relative ease, especially when exposed at an early age. Some owners and breeders report the Aratinga genus will have better enunciation while the Pyrrhura genus will develop larger vocabularies. Playfulness: Highly intelligent and curious; love to cuddle; Pyrrhura genus noted to be the consummate escape artist. Life Span: Up to 35 years Age at Maturity: 1-3 years (the smaller Conures mature more quickly). Nesting Sites in the Wild: Holes carved in sandstone cliffs and terminate mounds or in naturally formed tree cavities. Sexing: Reliable only via DNA or endoscopy. Special: Love to bathe and will use their water bowl if nothing else is available. Also enjoy showers. Clever escape artists and acrobats. Avid chewers (especially the Aratingas) and need to be provided with plenty of toys for this purpose or behavior will become destructive. In general, the Aratinga genus is louder, larger and more aggressive, while the Pyrrhura genus is preferred as a good 'first time' Conure due to its quieter and more peaceful disposition.