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Green Cheek Conure age

ilze

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Hello! A week ago I got a gcc from a pet shop (I'm in Canada), according to the seller the parrot is 8 weeks old (9 weeks now)
but i have started to doubt if the age is accurate because he has a lot of pin feathers on his head which i at first thought might be baby pin feathers but i've read more information that said he should already have all his feathers grown by now . So I started to think that maybe this is his first molting, but i dont see any feathers falling currently. From the leg band i read the info HRC 19 P 687 so i know for sure he's born in 2019 . I've attached pictures What do you think? drako1.jpg drako2.jpg
 

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I'm not sure of his age, but he's very cute! Hopefully some people who are knowledgeable about young Conures will add to this thread soon.
 

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Your question about the pin feathers could be a valid one. Was he fully weaned when you took him home? It's not unheard of for a gcc to be weaned at 8 weeks but usually breeders will hold the bird a week after weaning to make sure the bird is maintaining body weight. Did they provide you with any paper work?
 

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Thanks for the answer, yes he was fully weaned but I did not get provided any documents :( There's only the leg band
 

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Thanks for the answer, yes he was fully weaned but I did not get provided any documents :( There's only the leg band
Was this a bird store or a general bird store? Could you ask for paper work? I find that more often than not, employees lack the knowledge because of poor communication within the staff.
 

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thank you, yes he's very cute, surprisingly smart and little bit nippy :)
Sounds like a “normal” conure to me:joyful::smuggrin: He’s adorable, regardless.
 

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He's had them since I got him yes
 

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Then it's possible that some of his head feathers haven't had the pins removed at all.... maybe he was plucked even as a chick so the feathers that should have been grown out had to be replaced with new feathers. Either way, I wouldn't say it's anything to worry about! :) He could be about the age that he's supposed to be!
 

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What Monica said is what I was going to say - yes, all the feathers are in, but perhaps they haven't been unsheathed ;) The pins that are there are hard to get to if you are all by yourself!
 
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