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Allison - 2012-10-03
How can I train my caique to say a word or two? He is about a year old? Is he still trainable? He does a few tricks and mimic a cricket chirping but no words yet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-03
    Caiques are very very trainable - to play.  They have been taught hoops, basketball, riding a scooter - all sorts of different play and just having fun.  They are extremely expressive and will love you and scold you.  However, I have never heard of one talking - they will make many sounds and i guess it is us to understand their language. 
  • paula - 2014-09-13
    I have a wbc named Abe and he speaks quite clearly. He is always asking 'what cha doing' very appropriately and says pretty bird and I'm a pretty pretty pretty pretty bird and is learning peek a boo and hi david. He also barks, quacks and wolf whistles so keep trying.
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Rachel - 2008-01-01
Your site is very helpful - thank you! Just a quick note on Vitamin C, I have had guinea pigs since I was young. My very first guinea pig, Brownie, became sick due to vitamin C definciency. I brought him to the vets who told me to give him orange juice and gave him about 4 months to live. I not only put the OJ in his water bottle daily but taught him to drink the juice out of a bowl. He loved it and lived a good 2 years longer than the vet forcasted. I adopted him as an adult so I am not sure of his exact age when he died. Every guinea pig since then has been on "OJ". You obviously can't keep it very long in a water bottle because it will sour but if you get the guinea pig to drink out of a bowl, he will drink it as a "treat", even variations of the juice like orange/banana, etc. Just make sure it is pure juice and not sugar.

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  • Joy - 2014-09-13
    I have four guinea pigs and I don't know why but for the past two litters my female his head either all or almost all the baby's die
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Joy - 2014-09-13
I have four and I want to know way to keep my guinea pig litter dry because every time they drink out of a water bottle it leaks and I am afraid of letting them drink out of the bowl because they have one or two babies in the cage I don't want babies to drown supposed to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-14
    You may want to get another water bottle, but a tip, don't use cold water. Tepid water tends to not leak as readily whereas cold water often will.
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Lisa Lupia - 2014-09-13
Hi I just bought a black masked lovebird off of someone from craigslist n he is 7 and never let out of the cage n never touched and Im trying with all my might and I do know alot about birds have them 30 years n been trying all my might to handle him but boyyy is she vicious. I have done everything possible but he aint going for it what should I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-14
    Sounds like he's got a great home, but was never tamed. At 7 years old, you've got a task to in front of you if you want a tame bird. A lot of patience and love will be needed, but hard to say if the lovebird will become like a handfed bird that was socialized as a baby. Good luck.
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aiden - 2014-09-10
I have a 50litre tank and am looking at these wonderful fish and was wondering: How many do I get? Do they go well with bristlenose catfish? How aggressive are they? what cheap fish do they go well with? Thanks everybody!! Sincerely Aiden

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Heya Aiden, if you add your aquarium where it says 'Enter a Freshwater Aquarium' (in the care parameters just below the intro) you will get the 'Fish Finder'. This cool tool let's you compare fish that are compatible and work with your tank.
  • Glenn - 2014-09-14
    For a 50 L, 2 or 3 breeding pairs would work great. I have a single one with 4 cherry barbs, an angelfish, a red fin shark, clown loach, and a bristle nose pleco. I have had no problems. They have a pretty mild temperament and are a very hardy and nice fish. I wouldn't get crabs ,shrimp etc though. They would get along well with the catfish, unless it is twice the size, and has a temperament. Tiger barbs are cheap and playful, especially in a school of 5 to 8. They are also very colorful, and have a perfect match for temperament with the cichlid.
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Adrian tattooer - 2013-07-02
I just caught a big one under my trailer I'm trying to find out if its a male or female as I caught a smaller one by a hot tub on the back porch. Can they be kept together or will they kill each other? The little one stung the big one and it curled up in the corner of the glass enclosure, I poked at it with a pen and it lifts up its tail but it seems intoxicated will it croak by another's sting? They are the same species of desert hairy scorpions.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-03
    I would not keep them together. These scorpions are loners and will most likely kill each other if given the chance. Good luck!
  • Jerod - 2014-09-11
    Nope, the little one acted out of fear perhaps and nailed the larger one. Not what you expected when you acquainted the two is it? This will continue to happen until you separate the wo. They are immune to eachothers venom but thtle guy will usually hit first because she is quicker and her target is larger.
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Angela - 2009-12-06
This site is great. I have a 6cm long death stalker spider. I have to go the hospital because of this critter more than once. It gives me one heck of a time but it is so cute!

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  • Jerod - 2014-09-11
    Wow, Angela is a dedicated one. Just remember what it is that you are attempting to handle and that its botanical protein venom has been adapted over tens of millions of years to serve the purpose of paralysing and or killing. Some believe they can become immune. This will not happen as drinking bleach will always make you ill or kill each time.dont play with death stalkers. afterall, if you hangout at the barber shop, sooner or later youre gonna get a haircut.
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angelee - 2014-09-10
i was wanting to know why my teacup chihuahua wants to eat so much everytime he takes a nap...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Teacup chihuahua's eat very small amounts at one time, so it's best to feed them 3 times a day. But watch out, because they will over eat if you let them. It sounds like you need to establish set eating times for your little fellow, then feed him only at those set times.  There's really no need to feed him during naptime. He'll quickly learn the set times when he gets food as long as you're consistent with him.
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Gina - 2014-09-10
My sister just bought a female mini Holland and she is so lovable. I've never seen such a lovable rabbit in my life! She is 3 months old and it's as if she were already tamed.

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Paola - 2014-09-10
Hi! May I ask some questions to those of you who already live with a Goffin Cockatoo (if that's the case, I envy you so much!)? - are Goffin Cockatoos particularly loud? I live in the centre of a big Italian metropolis. I already own several budgies and a male galah, the best pet ever (trust me, he is: I was 16 when I bought him and deep in clinical depression; he's helped me so much during these years we've lived together and now, also thanks to his 'support', I feel muuuch better; without him my life would be worse). The galah is really quiet and generally silent. Are Goffins generally screamers? - usually, do Goffins get along well with other parrots? As I said, I live with a male galah and if I decide to adopt a Goffin I hope that they'll make friends. My galah is very shy, but also curious. While the breeder was hand-feeding him, he spent his days with his brother and other cockatoos and amazons, but since then he's never had any contact with other parrots. He sees the budgies, of course, but they look so different I wonder if he considers them similar to him. Probably, considering that they would have to live together (even if in two different cages) and that the galah is a male, it would be better to choose a female Goffin, don't you think? Thank you very much, I really need your advices. Sorry for my probable grammar mistakes, English is not my mother tongue. A presto!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Yes, cockatoos are known to be very loud at times, and this is true of the Goffin.  Good that you are asking questions, because cockatoos are very needy for the affection of their human companion. If you decide to adopt another parrot, you may very well find yourself dealing with a jealousy situation. It also takes a lot of time for birds to accept new introductions. For your currently contented and quiet Galah,  you'll want to have a plan for each days interactions to make sure he doesn't develop behavior problems like feather plucking or screaming.  A parrot's cage is his safe place, and I would also suggest you will want separate cages for each bird as well, until such time as they show you they are best friends and happy to share a cage.
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