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Sherry Harrison - 2014-10-04
I just got a dyh an he was abused for 10 yrs he is 40 plus yrs old very mean we have made some ( a lot ) of improvements we eat together I let him out i know it's gonna take time any suggests would be very appreciated thank u

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    Sounds like you're on the right track... offering affection and having a lot of patience. These birds have a very good, and long, memory. It's awesome that it can be taken out, and it eats with you, that's a great start. It may or may not become any friendlier, only time will tell.
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Debra Lenhart - 2014-10-04
I had albino horseface loach only for about 2 years and it pick up a parisite and got hole in the head and it was my fav now Im back out looking to pick up another one hope to have better luck12

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Ray - 2014-10-04
I have a female silver dollar purchased September 1990. It is now 24 years old. The only documentation I have is family members who have seen it over the years. My wife and I are amazed that it is still alive and wonder how much longer it will live!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    Wow! That is awesome. They average 10 years or more, but you'll have to let us know what the 'or more' means, because you're breaking new ground:)
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Charlie - 2014-10-04
A friend of mine gave me a Texas Brown Tarantula and I been reading and saw what he eats but will he eat a lizard? He is about 3 inches big and his tank is about 12x12x24inches

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    They will eat small lizards, as well as crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, beetles, and even  pinkie mice.
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Tanya Good - 2014-02-05
My Regent parrot, Milo will be 26 next month. Yes, I have had him the entire time. Anyone have a 'realistic' life span range for these birds? Everything I have read is 20-25. Well, he has surpassed that! Thanks!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-05
    You rock! Your Regent is well cared for, and long-lived. I have read 25, and up to 30 years as an average lifespan for these birds.
  • Tina - 2014-10-04
    Hey, ours is currently at age 20.
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david price - 2014-10-04
I have just been givin a blue amazon parrot she is 20 yrs old and in excellent condition for age.she will take food from us but that is it.shes not a talker or whistler shes very quiet.has anybody got any ideas on how to start to try and do anything with her.she is a very quiet sweet bird.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    Sounds like a great bird and with time an patience, you may get her to come out to you, possibly even talk. Some tips for handling and training can be found here, on the Amazon Parrot Care page.
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carolyn - 2014-10-04
Hi i got my juvenile mexican red knee on the 9th sept it had it's first shed last sun so fed it yesterday as i know their body needs to harden up before they can be offered food i droped the locust in and it took it straight away will i offer another one today or will that locust be enough till it's due another feed unfortunately i don't know if it's male or female and couldn't examin the abdomen on it's first shed as it had totaly shrivled up and because i don't know the sex i have decided to call it tango :)

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Lyle Krueger II - 2014-10-03
I have a Boliviana Military Macaw and he has a bad tendency to bite me. He has yet to bite anybody else, but bites me when he gets upset or startled. Sometimes he bites me because he is excited and I have to pick him up, I put my arm near his legs and he bites my arm. This happened a week ago when I took him to our groomer and when the groomer came out Paco got really excited, saying hello, whistling, and dancing. He really likes the guy we go to for grooming. Once he bit my lower lip when a visitors son walked under Paco and hit the tail with his head. Paco freaked, bit my lip and got his upper beak stuck in my lower lip. This led to me having to go to the ER to get stitches. I would really like to know some techniques that will help change this sort of behavior. He is still young. He will be 9 years old in December. I have had him since he was 6 years and one month. In that time he has bitten me at least two dozen times. Most bird owners I know would not tolerate this and would have gotten rid of him long ago. My wife does not like the fact that he bites and will not go anywhere near him. She is also fearful now that we have a new baby in the house. I'm completely open to suggestions and any advice or alternatives will be taken into serious consideration. I hope to find one that works. Find me on Facebook and send me a message. Thank you for taking your time to read this. Sincerely, Retired Gulf War era/Iraq War veteran Lyle Krueger II

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    He sounds like he's a great bird in general, but is resopnding to certain triggers by biting you. The biting seems to occur as the result of fear  or being unable to respond to stimuli in a better way, so here's a couple suggestions to try. Avoid things that trigger biting as much as possible. When he does bite,  push your hand towards him and then put him in his cage and leave the room. Don't show any other response. When he's not biting, be very affectionate to set the perferred tone of the relationship. You can also try the BirdTricks training videos for this macaw, Training A Military Macaw, we've heard great reports about their bird training over the years.
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Eleanor - 2007-04-02
The basics about the care of guinea pigs:

Guinea pigs need at least five hours every day on grass in a reasonably sized, covered partially (with plastic or wood; for shade and for protection) chicken wire run, regardless if it's rainy or sunny. It's essential to put a small box with woodshavings and hay inside the run, so they can sleep during the daytime.
At night, you may choose whether to have a large outdoor cage, or a large box in the house to house your guinea pigs in. Indoor cags can be obtained, but these are rarely big enough for the guinea pig, and are widely impractical. In any case, shelter should have the essentials;
newspaper/magazines- to absorb any leakage or liquid waste.
woodshavings- to absorb any liquid. These should thickly cover the newspaper.
Hay- bedeck shelter with this bedding material in excess. This is a staple food, bedding, and even toy for guinea pigs.
Food bowl- containing plenty of fresh dry food.
Selection of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Food plays a large part in your guinea pigs life. Hay, grass, dry food, and carrots are needed in large amounts by any domestic guinea pig. (water is not neccesary, contrary to popular belief. Guinea pigs often do not utilise water bottles or water bowls; instead, source their water from foods such as tomato, lettuce, celery, or cucumber- guinea pigs will respond enthusiasticly to these in comparison with other hydrating techniques.)
Fresh food that is great for guinea pigs includes-
carrots, apple, pear, clery, sprouts, cabbage, turnip, grass, lettuce, leaves, plum, berries, etcetera.
You'll find that guinea pigs have wise judgement, and won't go near anything that they don't like or that is remotely harmful to them. Some guinea pigs are very fussy with food; don't indulge them in their fussiness, as this will lead to later inconveniences and fussy preferences. Instead, give them as much of that particular food as you would under usual circumstances; they will then eat it gladly and get used to it, whilst being well nourished. Of course, be sure to accurately draw the line between giving them harmful food as opposed to food that they simply don't like.
Give them three choices of fresh food every evening, and refill their food bowl with dry food whenever the level goes past halfway down the bowl. Some brands of dry food which I find appealing to guinea pigs are
Supa Guinea dry food
Wagg Guinea pig
Gerty Guinea pig dry food
Brush your guinea pig's coat every week, and bathe them gently every two months to mantain ultimate standards for your guinea pig's looks.
Guinea pig brushes can easily be bought from a local pet shop, but a large toothbrush or soft bristle brush will be equally substantial.
To bath a guinea pig;
A guinea pig can be bathed in either a full size bath, a sink, or a basin.
It would be unhygienic to bath guinea pigs in a sink, but would give them added security to be bathed in a small space.
Basins are ideal, since they comfort the guinea pig because of its confined space, and are clean for guinea pigs to use.
A bath will be good for releasing guinea pig's pent up energy, but they'll be more frightened in such a large space, it will waste water, and be unhygienic.
Guinea pigs will be scared during bathtime, and will often try to either jump out or cling onto one's hand. This is no cause for concern. They will recover completely if placed in a warm, comforting hay box with plently of care, attention, and special treat foods, such as banana (don't give them this as a regular food, as it doesn't wear down their teeth well enough, and is too sweet for them to eat on a regular basis).
First, buy some guinea pig shampoo/ mild tea tree shampoo fro any chemist's or pet shop. Hsve a large, fluffy towel ready, and a brush.
Fill the {basin} {3/4} of the way full (depending on the size of the guinea pig) with tepid water. Place the guinea pig in it gently, yet firmly. Lather your guinea pigs coat with a small squeeze of shampoo. Do not lather any further then the ears, and take especial care not to get any soap in the mouth, eyes, ears, or nose. Rinse with plenty of warm water so that no soap suds or traces of shampoo are left in his coat. Lift the guinea pig out, onto a towel, and roll it around him, so that it looks like an Egyptian mummy. This covers his fur evenly on all sides, and makes him feel protected. Cuddle your guinea pig, stroke it, rub him gently, and talk to it comfortingly. This will put your guinea pig at ease.
Most guinea pigs love to be brushed after their bath, but some will sqeauk with the unfamiliar sensation. More often the not, you will not be hurting your guinea pig as you are brushing him. Brush with steady, even strokes that sopan the length of his body.
Finally, guinea pigs need to be paid much attention. They must be handled, stroked, and talked to, every day. This developes their sociable tendencies and affectionate nature. If you get to know your guinea pig well enough, it will feel comfortable enough to run towards you, purr, or sqeauk when it sees or hears you; it will fall asleep on your lap; it will take food from you; it won't be scared of you; it will recognize you; it will lick you, and, most importantly, develop a relationship with you.

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  • Lindsey - 2014-10-04
    that was helpfull
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Jeremy - 2014-10-03
I have a pair of these I've had them for a couple of months now I had them in a community tank but they attacked a couple of my little fish so moved them into a tank of their own my females gets her spawning colours but that as far as they go and haven't breed they have plenty of hiding spots for breeding but don't spawn am I dont something wrong

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-08
    Make sure you do in fact have a male/female pair. The males are much larger than the females and also have a pointed pelvic fin, while the females is rounded. Males also have less gold coloring in the dorsal fin, though that is pretty subtle. You need to mimic their natural environment as closely as possible. A sand or very small gravel substrate and lots of hiding places for their very secretive nature. They need a soft to medium  water with a lower the pH of 5.5-6.5. Make sure they have a cave to spawn in; rock cave, clay pot turned on it side, or even a piece of PVC pipe will work.

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