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Wendy - 2007-11-12
we live in Arizona which is a great climate for Sulcatas. Currently we house two very large Sulcatas outside in a specially built enclosure. We used railroad ties stacked 4 high and they make a very sturdy and inexpensive wall. We paid about $8.00 each for the railroad ties and we found that they really didn't need to be secured in any way. The size and weight alone make them stack nicely. Our torts are about 50 lbs each so we really needed the enclosure to be strong. We use a double dog house with heat lamps for night time. Its easy to clean out and we replace the dirt inside when it gets soiled or wet. We made an eating platform out of 6-12" flat concrete pavers. It keeps the food off the dirt and we are able to hose it off when it gets dirty. I bought the biggest clay drainage dish I could find at a plant nursery. It's about 24" across. It makes a great water dish. It's shallow but heavy and they love to sit in it. I dug a shallow hole about 3 feet across that on occasion I fill with water and they love to wallow in it and flip mud on their backs. hope this is helpful information!

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  • Anonymous - 2014-03-04
    Can you send me a picture please? Thanks
  • Rosalia Solis - 2014-08-27
    would you please send me a picture?
  • Nicolle - 2014-10-01
    I just gained a Sulcata and he is about 12 lbs. I would also love to see some pics or ask mkore questions. I live in Mesa and we are trying to figure out how to build him (Mikey) something for the upcoming winter months. Nicolle
  • Sean - 2014-10-11
    I have a 150 lb male and he free roams on an acre of walled property with all of the proper food and shelter. I am looking for someone to take him. I would like what I paid for him only as I rescued him from a breeder who was ill and could no longer. Please contact me if you are interested or know of anyone who might be. He is in perfect health and very friendly.
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Anonymous - 2014-10-11
My blue faced changed color is that normal!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Feathers can change color somewhat with molts as they age. Also a disruption to the nutrition of a bird during the time when feathers are being formed can cause color change and can also affect the quality of feathers. With a corrected diet, it will molt back to its original coloration. Beyond malnutition they can also have a liver disease and certain viruses can also cause abnormal feathers; however, this is not a common occurrence. If you think it is more than a molt or a nutritional issue, then you will want to take the bird to a veterinarian for a checkup.
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S Raizada - 2014-10-11
Hi....I have a pond at home (approx 12feet X 8feet X 2.5feet deep). I have 6 red carps (four are 14 inches length and the other two are apprx 8inches). 2 months ago my neighborhood petshop guy told me that one of his clients had given him a 16 inch ID shark since it was too large for his aquarium. I brought that irid home and put it in my tank/pond ..... all seems fine as the irid is doing great and has taken well to the new habitat. I am wondering if there is a possibility of the irid causing harm to the smaller red carps ??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Nice size pond. I doubt the Irid will cause any problems as it is a pretty shy fish. The carp, which are peaceful too, are actually the ones that would be the most likely to be pushy as they are social, active... and love to get to the food. But I don't think you'll have problems with any of them, you offer plenty of space for all.
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Anita - 2010-03-10
My husband and I adopted a 4 year old Severe from a pet store 1 1/2 years ago. We were told it's a girl but she says,"Hi Bubba" all the time. We renamed her Bella and she can talk very well but she refuses to say Bella. I initially thought we made a big mistake and never in a million years did I think we would own a Macaw. She would run to the back of the cage away from me and wanted nothing to do with us. She was very nippy and un- predictable. She is now the love of my life and the sunshine of my day. We also have an African Cape that I adore and raised from age 4 months but the personality and affection of a Severe tops it all. She went from running scared to never leaving me alone. She will march through the house looking for us with her sister (our Cape named Gabby) behind her. I can now wrap my arm around her to hug and kiss her and she loves it and just melts. She throws herself on her back while laying in my arms to play. It took about 9 months to gain her trust by taking it a step at a time and now she loves all of us. We were told she was raised by a male so she favored my husband at first but now she loves my daughter and I'm her favorite. Love and time made our Bella the love of my life and our lives.

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  • Erika - 2014-10-11
    Can you tell me some of the things to help her turn around and gain our trust. Mine prefers men and will talk when men are around, but i am the only one who handles her. She will eventuslly come out of thr cage sometimes after coaxing her for a long time with treats. What else I can do? Once she gets out she loves going out to the pond and walking around the yard with me holding her. Every time is like starting over.
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Barb - 2012-11-11
I have a peach-faced lovebird that is over 20 years old. He's doing pretty well for an old guy -- he can't fly anymore but still like to be held and snuggled. Just wanted to share that lovebirds can indeed live to be over 20.

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  • Donna - 2013-11-20
    This post is a couple of years after yours, and hope your lovebird is doing well for an old guy. I too have one around 17, and noticed that he is not flying quite as strong as the old days. May be his age as well! We have him checked regularly as well. Gave me comfort in your email. Thank you!
  • Anne - 2014-10-11
    I have a 19 year old peach face...CHICHEN. He loves attention & seems quite content to sleep most of the time. He loves sleeping on me. No longer I take him along with me as often as I can.
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Andrea - 2014-10-11
I have a sweet female white fronted amazon. She was born in 1999. My yellow napped parrot has bitten her several times, and as a result she has lost part of her toe and has an injury to another on her left foot. She gets around very well, although does sometime lose her balance. I love this little bird so much, but I think that for her protection it might be best to find a good home for her. She is very social with other birds, but needs to stay with birds her size. I don't want to see her become a full time breeder, but she would enjoy having a mate, even if its another female like herself. I have a beautiful cage for her that I bought two years ago. I love this bird very much, but I am worried that my nape will handicap her or kill her one day. I am willing to speak with a serious person, and I am located in Philadelphia, Pa

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  • May Walker - 2014-10-11
    I have a male white fronted Amazon and am interested in finding a companion for him since I work during the day. I cannot afford to buy a companion bird and can only promise a good home. I live in central Florida.
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Carrie - 2014-09-26
I just got a 3 year old apple head yesterday he's sweet but he very scared how long will it take him to warm up to me

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  • David Brough - 2014-10-09
    Be patient, and gentle. Its hard to say just how long it will take but he will warm up in time :)
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Morris Agaba - 2014-07-06
I am a researcher interested in lung fish genetics. I am new to the fish world and have mostly worked with Zebra fish and tilapia. I am told by a colleague that it is difficult to tell physically a male from a female lungfish in the early stages. Anyone have and know male and know female specimens and is willing to send me specimens for DNA analysis?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What an interesting endeavor. I wish we could help, but have no specimens. However, we would love to hear what you learn as you proceed, and we wish you all the best!
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autumn - 2014-10-05
i just bought a holland lop and its so calm i love her

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  • Tina - 2014-10-08
    Where did you find it, I'm in Long Beach,CA. I can not find the place has the holland lop, could you share the source to me, Thank,,
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Anonymous - 2014-10-05
I no this is probably a stupid question but if I put a jack Dempsey in with a few mollies would i lose all my mollies?

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  • Vulgarcowboy - 2014-10-05
    yes, it will wipe them out!!!!

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