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The Conure: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet Hardcover – August 10, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Happy Healthy Pet
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (August 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087605226X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876052266
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Finally, a book with a contemporary approach to your pet that emphasizes total care, training and companionship! You'll not only discover the specific traits of Conures, you'll also learn what the world's like from your bird's perspective; how to feed and keep your bird healthy; and how to enjoy your Conure through training and activities you can do together. The Conure is written by an expert and includes personality traits and unique behaviors. It also addresses preventative health care, cage requirements, and nutritional requirements. Best of all, the book is filled with information-packed sidebars with fun facts that will enrich your interactions with your pet bird and make caring for it an easy and enjoyable experience.

About the Author

JULIE RACH is a former editor of Bird Talk magazine. She is proudly owned by an African Grey called Sindbad and enjoys having her friendship in her life. Rach is also the author of Howell's The African Grey: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet.

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This is a great intro to Conures for people who are thinking of adopting one.
Kribbit
I found the book very informational, use it for reference all the time, has helped me learn more about my little friends.
Kim Mackey
If you are considering becoming the owner of a Conure then I would strongly recommend reading this book.
Jon Craft

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

131 of 132 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book! It answered so many questions and was very thorough and easy to understand. There were sections on choosing what type of Conure--if any--is best for you, feeding, houseing, understanding, health, personality, training, behavior modification, nutrition, and even answers about all of those "little things" your conure does! Also, many wonderful pictures. The best book I have read on Conures yet. The information was also provided for the single companion bird environment--where most others are geared to breeding and aviary set up and care! This should be your first choice if you must only get one book!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen K. Summers on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My family and I have two parakeets and two cockatiels; they are such energetic members of the family and are so loved that we decided to add another bird - you guessed it, a conure. When we brought our Jenday conure home (at 12 weeks old), we had little knowledge of how to take care of a "larger" bird - that is, until we bought and read Julie Rach's fabulous book. It is written in such an easy, friendly style that it's almost addictive to read - and add to this all the up-to-the-minute information on care and proper diet - it's the Conure Bible! We don't hesitate for a moment to say - GO OUT AND GET THIS BOOK!! You and your conure(s) will be glad you did!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jon Craft on August 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you are considering becoming the owner of a Conure then I would strongly recommend reading this book. I was planning to become a Conure owner and this book raised a few doubts about whether a Conure was best for me or not. It was very enlightening; I learned a lot from it. For example: did you know that the sound of a vacuum cleaner excites Conures because it reminds them of a thunderstorm from the rainforest and that they will want to take a bath when they hear it? If you are planning on becoming a Conure owner, BUY THIS BOOK!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stacie L Lawrence on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly informative book. I was leary about buying this book. Some of the other books i bought seemed to be written for idiots, and i was bored quickly. This one answered all of my questions and went into hard to find detail. I highly recommend this to people who own other birds and are already experienced in bird keeping. It is not just the basics, but the odd things that apply to just Conures. BUY THIS!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on December 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When I bought this book, I also purchased Conure books by Anne Watkins and Matthew Vriends. GUIDE TO CONURE is not the best of the three, in my opinion. However, that said, if this is the book you can find then get it and use it. The book is a hard back whereas the others are soft covered books (if that matters), and Rach covers all the basics regarding food, shelter, health issues, etc. In fact, you could use much of the material in her book for any bird's care. She also includes a nice section on the various types of Conures and sections on Conure health that cover issues of concern to this species in particular as well as things to beware of if your Conure is a "free-flight" bird.

Rach includes a nice long section on cage selection as does Watkins. If you haven't given much thought to the cage you should. Conures can be messy birds and you want to buy something big enough to house your guy made of a substance he can't dismantle that is relatively easy to clean. This means you must think about the cage in terms of space considerations and weight. When the FedEX guy delivered my conure's cage he accused me of ruining his health. There are great cages available, but you should consider the cost of the cage and it's accessories when you buy your bird. Rach's book will help you reflect on these and other issues
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is an A to Z guide to the happy life of all sorts of Conures. From cages to diseases, a new owner can read about the day to day encounters that a conure faces and how to properly deal with such problems or situations.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "yb-gamer" on November 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE this book because most other books on Conures put WAY to much focus on breeding, which is good if you are an avid breeder, but can be a pain if you keep, or want to keep, a Conure as a pet. When I was thinking of getting a Conure, I bought one book, it told me SO little, then I bought another, same stuff said, in a different form, THEN I found this book, and that made me deicide on a Sun Conure, I would recommend it to people who are considering getting a bird the most, it tells you what might happen if you get a Conure, it doesn't try to mask the fact that Conures are VERY high need birds, if there is anything wrong with it is that the author doesn't seem to call a bird a he or a she, its weird, but WHO(???) cares, sometimes when I write I make it them problems, and it is understood, so that didn't bother me, but I had to find at least 1 thing wrong with it, and that was all I could think of!
Hope this helps!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kribbit on May 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great intro to Conures for people who are thinking of adopting one. It gives a write up on 25 different species of Conures. It gives a nice over view of what Conure species might be right for you by mentioning noise levels and habits like prone to chewing or feather plucking. It is pretty good in mentioning the responsibilites that come with bird ownership. I think this is important for everyone to know before getting a bird of any kind! The book did get into all kinds of care items to from medical to feeding to grooming and even some tricks & games training.

My favorite part was learning that some Conures will actually sleep on their backs in their food dishes! (HAHA) Other good tips included how to administer meds if you have a sick bird. It gave me some good basic tips.

Things I didn't agree with is not kissing your bird on it's beak and feeding it some low-fat dairy (I don't give my birds any dairy) but to be fair the book did say only a tiny bit because they lack the enzymes to digest dairy. As for the beak thing, I understand the point about human siliva being bad for birds but I certainly don't slobber on my birds!

Overall, I would recommend reading this book if you are thinking of getting a Conure, you just got a Conure and you need to know what to do, or you have one and just can't get enough info on them. It is somewhat basic for any of you that are already experience bird owners though.

Note: Consider visiting a local bird rescue if you are considering a pet bird!
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