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sandy putney - 2014-09-02
We have friends who had a rescue Percheron, they got to the point where they could not care for their animals and since we have a retired Belgian mare, Belle, we agreed and took K.T.. K.T. is a beautiful black Percheron with a white blaze on her forehead. Her back right leg is slightly messed up so we can't ride her, you can only notice when she runs. We were told there was a chance she was pregnant, but they didn't know when she was due. It was hard to believe as she was very thin. She filled out beautifully within 3 weeks. On June 24th K.T. gave birth to a beautiful baby girl....my grandson named her Piper. Momma had no difficulty giving birth, she did it all by herself. We had K.T. in a specific fenced in area so we could keep a closer eye on her.....well she must have wanted some privacey...she swam across the creek during the night and had her baby in the early morning. When we found them the filly was still damp! Even tho we'd only had her a couple of months she loved and trusted us already (it's mutual!) and let us pet the baby and check her all out. Perfect. The father was a rich copper colored quarter hourse. Piper is a beautiful tan suede color with a cream colored belly and chest. Her feet are black as are her tail and mane, she also looks like she has black eyeliner. Sweet disposition, and spoiled....she follows us around the pasture like a shadow. My grandson is 2 1/2 yrs old, she is his, they will grow up together learn to be partners. Thank you for letting me ramble on. Just love all 3 of our girls. Piper was not K.T.'s first baby but since we are unsure of her actual age we are not going to breed her again. :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    That's a great story about your Percheron, simply awesome experience. Thanks for sharing!
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shirley - 2014-03-29
My kissing fish keep having babies and then eat them all. I am so distressed with this. Am I doing something wrong? I am about to get rid of my tank.

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  • Dhobbs23 - 2014-08-18
    Yes, if your fish are breeding, you need to sperate the parents from the eggs as soon as they lay them. I don't know of any fish that will not eat their own offspring given the opportunity. If you are actually trying to breed them, then a) you should have dinner more research first, and b) get a separate tank for breeding and move the parents back into your community tank once they have finished. Btw, have you figured out what you're going to do with the 100s-1000s of babies? However, if you didn't intend to breed them then I wouldn't worry about it. There is some nutritional value the parents receive from eating their young. If/when my fish breed on their own,I typically think of it as free food. I also have a few guppies in my tank for that purpose actually.
  • ola - 2014-09-02
    If you are not separating the parents from the young when they are born the parents will eat the fry because of their nutritional values .If you want to keep the fry simply buy a fish hachery which costs about 5 quid or get a different tank for the fry . When the fry are 4 months put them in your main tank That is what i did with my first couple of fry, now they are over 1 year old and they have their own babies. hope it helps :)
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awais - 2012-11-23
Hi, I have one pair of Lutino lovebirds and from last three months they are laying eggs but eggs do not hatch. You help me, what I do? and I have also mentioned that they lay 4 to 5 eggs and the female is sitting in the box, after 23 day what I do for eggs because eggs are still there after 23 days.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-23
    The female doesn't sit the eggs (incubate the egggs) until the last egg is laid.  So 23 - 25 days after the last eg is laid is when they should start hatching.  If they don't candle them or open them to see if the eggs were fertile and just throw them out.  If the eggs were fertile, she isn't sitting them as much as she should.  If the eggs were not fertile, then the male just isn't mature yet and you need to wait.  It takes a few clutches for practice before they get it right.
  • awais - 2012-11-23
    No, the female sit on the eggs
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-23
    She would sit the eggs for 23 - 25 days after the last eg was laid.  So if she laid her fist egg 23 days ago - wait till 30- 32 days before you throw the eggs out.  Or you can candle the eggs to see if fertile or possibly one might be pipping at this stage and you can hear it.  If it has only been 23 days - the eggs might be fertile as they usually sit consistently after the last egg is laid.  It takes a few days for her to lay 4 - 5 eggs.
  • rajesh - 2014-01-03
    some time it takes 30 days for egg to hatch , which has happened with my african lovebirds
  • Mosad Amer - 2014-01-28
    lutino love birds needs more observation ... you listen very early morning to voices comming from box ... in the begning ... voices are very weak and later will become stronger ... and if these not happend ... these means ... no babys will come and you have to remove eggs from box ... and in future dont open the box to much times and good luck
  • Maine Woods - 2014-05-10
    You shouldnt be breeding 2 lutino lovebirds, the eggs are not fertile or if they do have babies that hatch they will soon die.
  • SunnyDazeInFLA - 2014-09-02
    I had a beautiful lutino lovebird that was the love of my life. He came from 2 lutino parents. Even when they were all young they LOVED to have a 'chew fest'. I gave them cardboard boxes, literature, and crunchy brochures from places. They will definitely incorporate that into their nest and no that stuff never hurt them. I now have a peach faced lovebird that has mated with his girlfriend who is a black masked lovebird (blue). His girlfriend before that loved to make nests also. All birds have a distinct individual personality, so don't let other people scare you. Thank goodness for the internet, but I've noticed a lot of people will just try to scare the bejeebers out of you! With experience comes wisdom. I can honestly say hand feeding my little yellow guy was one of the greatest joys of my life, and I've never had a better companion than him. He absolutely loved watching TV while I was gone. (I always had kid movies recorded for him.) I guess I have to add that I bought my house for my birds, and I have 3 now that are never caged though cages are available and a cute 4 day old baby in a nest. Yes the lutinos have an absolutely heartwarming cheep when they harch. Best of luck with your new little flock!
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Apu - 2014-09-03
My name is apu i am set my aquarium 7nth month suddenly my tank's all angel fish died i dont know what i doing

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Anonymous - 2014-09-03
A mixed breed.

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Hugh Rausch Jr. - 2014-07-13
I just bought 4 society's yesterday and I am totally in love. They are up this morning and tweeting and socializing. Can tell whether I have males or females but don't really care LOVE THEM!!!!

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  • Roberta - 2014-09-03
    females sound like crickets chirping males sing and make more noise.
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jay - 2014-08-24
I have a 17 year old female leopard tortoise, she is lovely and spends most of the day wondering round our house as it's too cold outside. She has a large box in our kitchen with a heat lamp where he sleeps at night, and then she has a day lamp which she chooses when to go under or not, he is free to go in and out of his enclosure in to our house whenever she likes and spends alot of the time basking in the sun coming in through the window or sitting with out dog who absolutely loves her.

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  • shannon - 2014-09-04
    I have 2 torts about. 1 and half yr old male and female they r so sweet there running the house right now they get a bath every other day they where a amazing addition to my life
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tiristen - 2014-09-04
I have had my Altums for almost a year know. I got 8 altums. They eat and grow nicely. The largest is about 200mm high now. The tank is 570 liters. It will be intresting to see if the tank is to small when they paire out. The largest Altum has started to become territorial. The terrjtory is about 1/3 of the tank. I will test with more roots and plants to see if the teritory shrinks. Anyone have Experians of Altum teritories?

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Jake - 2014-06-16
I have three of these guys in my 29 gallon blackwater aquarium. To add more color, I purchased a shoal of 9 neon tetras. Within an hour of their introduction, my shoal was down to two neons. The two survivors look stressed and I want to get them into a school again. Any suggestions on how I can stop them from eating neons?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like, from their point of view, that 'neons are on the menu!' I don't think you will be able to keep these fish together in your current tank, perhaps if you get a bigger tank with lots of plants and hiding places, you may keep them together successfully, but these guys they now see them as lunch.
  • Heath Hunter - 2014-09-04
    Remove the b.a. and rearrange the tank. Leave the school of neon to get along with the new setup till they seem calm/comfy. Add the b.a. and turn the lights off for a day. They should get along without the territory battle to drive them. It may even help having no decorations at first.
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Heidi Meyer - 2012-01-27
The distorted and inhumane shoeing practices used on these horses should be illegal. Anyone who understands the basic natural hoof mechanics and body posture of a horse can see they are in tremendous pain, just standing still! There is a reason why navicular issues and hoof problems are rampant with these breeds, because they are incorrectly trimmed and inhumanely shod to distort and produce an exaggerated gait that is NOT NATURAL! Please do your research....they move beautifully on bare feet with no weights and CAN go for hours that way.....but you will only break down their body by continuing this insidious shoeing practice.

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  • Colleen Gratton - 2013-05-07
    My disbelief is general public think this is okay... I agree... 100% you can obviously see the horses are in pain.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-07
    So... it sounds like what you're saying is they need to be correctly shod, and if they are demonstrating pain, it has been done incorrectly. Which makes sense and a professional should probably be referred to, especially for this breed.
  • Nic - 2014-06-20
    People need to do there research before commenting!!!! If the breed is so bad Why is there 20 year old Walking-horses still showing and winning World grand championships and by the way a 6 year old was riding one of them, I don't see a 20 year old quarter horse still competing or In fact I don't see any breed of horse that lives that long and still showing. I show walking horses and they are treated better than most humans!!!! If the people in the walking horse industry did not care about there horses then why would people spend 500-700 dollars a month for training and that is not including shoeing and showing them, shoes cost about 125-200 and one show cost 60-125 and that is every weekend!!!!! Shavings up to their ankles all-you-can-eat hay worked and bathed everyday or every other day. Ya we sure do treat our horses horrible!!! P.s I had a 'Big Lick' horse and brought her home for the winner pulled the pads off and trail rode her that day for 2 hours and she did not even break a sweat or act like she was hurt in anyway!!! She is now happy and health with her first baby due any day now!!!
  • Sierra - 2014-08-29
    This was banned about 20 years ago. The padding used today is humane and only weights down a horse's front. This encourages them to use more power from behind, and the horse lifts his legs high. What you're refering to is soring, an abusive practice where a chemical is placed on the horse's fetlock along with a chain or boot that would rub against the chemical when the hoof touched the ground and cause severe pain. This practice is and has been illegal for years. The chains and boots you see today are only to put weight on the hoof, and causes NO PAIN.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-01
    Really appreciate learning about how they are trained, and that those inhumane practices are totally BANNED! YES:)
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