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WendyLee - 2014-05-12
My daughter has had her parakeets (Budgies) for about 5 yrs. now. She turned 16 and is busy with other things and has lost interest in them, so I brought them into our living room, I didn't realize they don't seem to like each other very much, they are male and female. I bought them a huge flight cage, thinking maybe if they were able to fly around better, they would get along better. They do the kissing thing sometimes and sleep next to each other. I got them some new toys. They seem to love the cage, but they still fuss at each other a lot. I got them a pineapple little house thing, and the female (Juliet) is very possessive with it. She will chase him (Romeo) if he gets near it. I don't want to get rid of one or separate them cuz they've been together 5yrs. Any suggestions? My husband told me to put another parakeet in there with them, I don't want to make things worse?

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  • Julia - 2014-11-18
    Get them a cage with a divider in it. We have one for our green cheek conures, one male and one female. Sometimes they get along and like to be together, mutual preening and such, but other times they bicker. It's easy to separate them with the divider cage. Ha! They're still next to each other, can see each other and touch each other through the divider bars, but they can't bully each other!
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chris - 2007-01-19
This is an update of my previous entry.

My derbyan that I handfed out is becoming a downright horrible pet. Having been handfed for almost 2 months and much handling it should be as sweet a hand fed baby could be.

Its behavior resembles what I refer to as "production babies;" babies that are simply fed and returned to their clutchmates where the only interaction with a human is being picked up, shot full of food and set back into their enclosures. This bird also bites whenever any move it made upon it. My other Derbyan does not do this. It also cowers in its cage whenever any movement is made in its direction. Veteran bird keepers may think this bird was never even handfed to begin with.

I feel this Derbyan is the most useless pet bird Ive had. Im most disappointed in that all the attention and socialization it has received in a home environment has resulted in this fearful, limitly handlable bird. The only thing this bird is good for is color (when it matures). Other than that, it may as well just be free flighted in an aviary. Then again it may possibly be just the personality of this particular bird.

My second derbyan (this one was weaned already and was handled minimally while living at the store) has been a much better behaved pet. However this one is cage territorial and bites when its to be taken out. When perched on my shoulder, it quietly sits and does not mess with my ears or glass's arm (the other Derbyan cannot be kept on my shoulder). It also doesnt try to fly away when I take it out unlike the other Derby. It readily enjoys human company however still does not appreciate being stroked. Despite the shortcomings this Derbyan has, it is a much more handlable and I enjoy it. How ironic that a bird with a fraction of the attention given to it has become a much better bird.

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  • Siobhan OLaoghaire Sannes - 2011-04-05
    I have now seen you refer to that poor Derbyan as a "useless pet bird" a "downright horrible pet" and then say "then only thing this bird is good for is color". As your post is years old, you probably aren't around anymore but shame on you! Every animal deserves love, a word I have yet to see you use regarding any of your birds.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-06
    Not all birds are alike and some can be quirky. I bred many birds for many years. One, a military macaw I finally named Sergeant cus he reminded me of a drill Sergeant in the Army. I did everything I could think of and his sister was just a sweetheart. Sergeant was just very difficult and I decided to hold him back for breeding as no way he could be a pet. 7 or so years went by and I get a call and this fella wants a male breeder and I tell him about Sergeant. Sergeant has been in a flight with toys and a blue/gold macaw for the 7 years but definitely not handled. Fella says perfect and I ship Sergeant across the country. Sergent looks at the fella and says "I love you" and walks up to him and steps up on his hand. Go figure. Anyway, Sergeant got married and had babies ut I couldn't believe this fella could pick Sergeant up and he did. A good breeder will hold back stock at times cuz for some reason they just realize that this one particular bird is not pet quality. It doesn't mean your derbyan won't be a pet, or won't come around as obviously Sergeant did but maybe it needs a different approach, or start over or beats me after that.
  • Cobalt - 2011-12-17
    I agree with these others. This is probably a comment that is years too late, but that's a horrible mentality for anyone who handles the birds. If that's really how you feel, then you probably should find the birds a new home and look for something else...
  • Maria Conceicao Tereza - 2012-01-14
    tony yearsley 14-1-2012 I HAVE A DERBYAN CALLED FRED HE IS 2 YEARS OLD HE IS THE BEST BUDY THAT ANY ONE COULD AS FOR. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SITE
  • linda - 2013-02-16
    i too am in agreement about the nasty comments about the derbyan as a 'horrible useless pet' how sad that someone like this is breeding them! there are so many birds that are out there to be adopted. we are fostering a derbyan now that is similar to her bird. but she likes my husband now, and granted she is VERY loud, but we are giving her as much love as she wants, and good care anyway...i think she probably was a purchase without knowledge of the breed, which is usually only kept as an aviary bird due to the fact they really do not like to be with humans which is their nature. all we can do is try to educate people about pet birds as much as possible...
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-17
    My Derbyan is the best bird I could ever have. We have four other parrots and he is the sweetest, most well behaved bird I could ever hope for. He is now three and one-half months old. He is starting to talk, he stays on top of his play gym on his cage and does not fly off, he does not bite, he loves to be pet and will sit on my lap for hours. He is very friendly to my other family members, I feel they make wonderful pets and they are also very smart.
  • Laura - 2014-03-29
    I was told my Derbyan was a male, he is now almost a year old. I would like to know at what age does his top beak turn orange? My bird is the friendliest, smartest bird we have and we have 6 different parrots. So if he is actally a girl, I am ok with that but I would like to know if anyone purchased a young Derbyan male and what age his beak turned orange - I was told it changes by 18 months.
  • Julia - 2014-11-18
    'chris' a downright horrible human. Also the most useless human any parents ever had. Plumage is probably not so nice either...
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sierra sporleder - 2014-11-18
I raise dutch rabbits i am looking for a buck to breed my three does with.

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Tilly - 2014-11-18
When I was young I had a bird named blue and I loved him but he was crazy one time we opened the cage to let him come out and he flew into a wall and fell behind my couch so we had to get him out , then he did that another time but this time he flew onto the top of my window and we could not get him down and he was scared to death of coming down but sooner or later we got him down and after that my mom decided to give him away then a few months later we found out he died because he accedentally flew into a stove that was on.

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Sandra Jordan - 2014-11-19
what things can you use for nesting material

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-21
    You can find both string and cotton nesting materials at a pet shop.
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-11-17
Can i keep a Rope Fish in a 45 gallon tank with 2 cory cats,1 ocellated squeaker catfish,1 silver dollar tetra,1 peppered loach,2 green spotted puffer fish (i have very peaceful puffers that NEVER nip fins),1 BN Pleco,1 male betta,1 half banded loach/kuhli loach,1 dragon goby,and 2 tadpoles.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-17
    The Ropefish suggested tank size is 50 gallons, so you are really close. So I'm guessing it would probably be okay though the tank will be pretty heavily stocked. You may need to do more water changes to keep the water quality up. It is pretty peaceful fish, as are most of your others, but I'm not sure if the loach might get aggressive with it. That could be a concern.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-11-19
    The puffers have been moved to a 10 gallon brackish and the loach is never aggressive.
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Bryson - 2012-09-01
Where can u get a spiny soft-shelled turtle near Norman, OK or Van Buren, AR?

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  • gloria - 2014-11-19
    nottingham
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nick - 2010-03-05
How can u tell the difference between a male and a female african butterfly? Please be specific, thank you.

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  • Miss Cellany - 2014-11-19
    The male has a concave trailing edge on his anal fin, the female's is straight. The male also has an extended filament on his anal fin which the female lacks.
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Melissa Sellew - 2014-11-19
I have an adult male Electric Blue Jack Dempsey, I recently took in a rescue fish its a Kissing Guorami we had them together for about a week before we had to separate them due to my Kisser fish trying to kiss Mr. Jack her lips had bite marks and feeding time was not fair to the Kisser due to Jack not letting her get any food... So my question is what would be a good tank mate for the Kissing Guorami I don't like seeing her all alone! Any suggestions? There both in 40 gallon tanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-21
    The Kissing Gourami can get aggressive when it gets big. See the social behaviors section on this fish's page to get a good feel for companions. One thing you'll read is that keeping them with other fish that are aggressive brings out their own aggression, which is probably what happened when you tried to keep it with this type of cichlid. Most large cichlids are pretty territorial.
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melissa - 2014-11-19
My mom's best friend bred and raised green budgies. Some one went to her porch and released her flock of about 60.i have always liked budgies, but am afraid of the flock getting out to no food and water supply. I have to repair the aviary for birds. This time poor careful for my buddies. I would rather green budgies.

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