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Murphy the Conure Adds a Positive Twist to Murphy's Law

By PetcoSharol on May. 27, 2016

A routine visit to my local Petco to pick up some dog treats ended up making for an eventful day. I wandered over to visit and interact with the conures because they are such social and fun birds with their own little personalities. I sadly lost my 2½-year-old green cheek conure to an unexpected illness and thought that seeing the young conures would make me smile. There were two conures in the store. They told me that one was timid and may not interact with me, but that the other one was very friendly.

The one they indicated was timid seemed very curious about my presence, so I asked if I could try to coax him out of his habitat. After a few minutes, the conure came out and sat on the side of his habitat and eventually allowed me to hold him in my hands. He was unsure about being handled, but eventually relaxed and even climbed to my shoulder and picked at my shirt and hair and seemed not as scared. The store partner said I should take him home as he seemed to like me. However, I was hesitant about getting another conure after losing my last one so recently.

Sometimes stores give the young conures names and this little conure had been named “Murphy.” I liked the name because of the significance it had related to his hatch date and a life event which occurred on the same day in my own personal life. It reminded me of the old “Murphy’s law” adage that says, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." However, in this situation, it was more of a positive note than the negative. I went home and thought about the bird at the store. My heart was broken, but his little personality warmed my heart to the idea of taking him home myself.

So, after just a couple days of thinking and talking to co-workers, I decided I wanted to give Murphy a forever home. I purchased a new spacious habitat and went home and set it up. It took about an hour or so to set it up. I made sure to stock the habitat with all the essentials, including a food dish, a water bottle, some toys to keep him entertained, some millet spray and treats. I also bought the same brand of food that he had been used to eating.

I returned to the store and went home that evening with a new friend who is small but has a big personality. It was the best decision I could have made. I’ll never forget my first conure, but Murphy has warmed my heart and has made a significant turn for the better in being comfortable with people. The first night, he nestled up next to me and seemed to feel secure, but still was not completely comfortable. He would startle easily and then would try to get away and head into the back of his habitat (his safe spot).

Every day I would go to his habitat, greeting him sweetly, and would open his door, giving him his freedom should he desire to venture out, though I didn't try to interact with him otherwise. On the second day, he did come out of his habitat. He was cautious and seemed to want to get a feel for the place and adjust to his new surroundings. He was content to stay where he was and just watch me.

On the fourth day, I was sitting on the couch, watching TV, and he started bobbing in his habitat, trying to get my attention. He jumped to the front of his habitat as if he wanted to come out. I opened the door and allowed him to exit on his own. I placed my finger in front of him and said, “Step up.” He didn’t hesitate. I praised him for doing a good job. He climbed up my arm to perch himself on my shoulder and snuggled into my neck, rubbing his head up toward my chin, begging to have his head rubbed. Although when I rubbed his head, I must have hit a couple of his pin feathers. He was in the process of molting and give me a warning with his beak…but overall he was welcoming the attention and affection. He was finally happy with his new home and surroundings!

After having him home and comfortable being handled, I scheduled a routine check-up to establish a relationship with a local veterinarian who specializes in avian care. In addition, I’ve worked with the veterinarian to make a plan to have a more thorough check-up and blood work done to ensure there are no underlying conditions and to have a DNA test to verify that he is, in fact, a male. You can’t clearly determine the sex of a green-cheek without lab work.

Murphy has become very social and is now starting to mimic the things we say at home and loves to come out of his habitat and be social. He is learning to mimic the words “pretty bird” and “thank you,” and he makes kissing noises then tries to mimic “gimme kiss.” He mumbles a lot of other words. He thinks he’s holding a great conversation with you. It’s absolutely adorable. He even lunges to his habitat door when I walk in the house, making lots of noise to get out and visit. I think it is safe to say that with a little patience, love and understanding Murphy has come out of his shell.

 

 

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