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Kathy - 2012-12-22
I have a hawkhead that I've had since she was 5 months old. She is a spoiled, stubborn, loud, bossy, over confident, wild-like, self-absorbed, food-obsessed little demon. She is also a very affectionate, playful, funny, in-tuned with my feelings, cuddle monster. I wouldn't trade her for a thing. She views my youngest daughter as her play toy and loves to chase her around daily, multiple times, in fact every chance she gets. My kids have learned to watch VERY closely for body language, even during play, because she is a very rough player and can cause a severe bite. Being aggressive in everything they do is their nature. With me, she is sweet as can be, but I still need to watch body language. I tell people all the time that Hawkheads are not birds for amateurs. They are very high maintenance and require someone who is extremely patient, able to handle hard bites, and is very experienced with other parrots. They are definitely NOT a beginner bird. I have a cockatoo as well, which are notorious for being a high maintenance bird, and I feel that a Hawkhead is on the same level, if not harder. Noise wise, they can be just a loud as a cockatoo, if not more. They also tend to be a lot more unpredictable than a cockatoo. Please, if you are thinking of getting a Hawkhead, be sure to do lots and lots and LOTS of research first. They are not easy birds by far. You will get bitten. You will get rejected. You will get ringing in your ears. You will get all your food stolen ( :P ). BUT, if you are patient and respectful of their nature, you will be rewarded with a best friend that only hates you sometimes, especially when you don't share your food.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-25
    you probaly dont play wth him or her enough.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-26
    did you get it from eggsotic parroting
  • Kathy - 2013-05-12
    Anonymous - 2013-02-25 you probaly dont play wth him or her enough. Anonymous - 2013-02-26 did you get it from eggsotic parroting Huh? I don't play with him enough? I don't get what that is a response to. My post wasn't asking for advice, I was giving it. My hawkhead is played with plenty. In fact, she's spoiled and a big 'mamma's baby'. Also, no, I did not get her from eggsotic parroting.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-13
    Hey kathy, I for one think your info is great! And I also think this is an absolutely fascinating bird. Thanks for sharing:)
  • Gayle - 2014-10-18
    Kathy, your post is absolutely, unequivocally one of the best, most accurate, and unbiased I've ever read on Hawkheads. I've been owned by one for 9 years now and have the scars to prove it!! Everything you said is right-on the mark, and I'd just like to confirm that if anyone is even remotely thinking of buying one of these birds, think again, do more research, talk to other HH owners, and then think again. You need to be prepared for a roller coaster ride of emotional response from these beautiful, loving birds. They can be oh so cuddly and affectionate for an hour, then turn right around and administer an extremely painful, tenacious bite to their human for no apparent reason. The person who commented that perhaps you're not playing with your bird enough is just plain ignorant of the HH species. Even if you've owned other parrot species for 50 years, you have no clue what you're in for if you bring a HH into your life. I ditto this: ' She is a spoiled, stubborn, loud, bossy, over confident, wild-like, self-absorbed, food-obsessed little demon. She is also a very affectionate, playful, funny, in-tuned with my feelings, cuddle monster. I wouldn't trade her for a thing.'
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Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-17
Can i keep four of these in a 55-75 gallon with 2 African Brown Knife Fish and 1 featherfin squueaker?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-18
    For the most part I think they would be fine, but because they are all bottom of the tank dwellers, it'll get a little crowded down there.  I would suggest the 75 gallon being better.  These are all basically peaceful fish but the two Brown Knifefish may get aggressive with each other as they age, so you may just want one one of those. The Glass Knifefih actually do well in a group, and five is the suggested number.
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Kent Robinson - 2014-10-17
I live in Indiana (Indianapolis area). I've got a 125 gal. tank. I have 2 med. sized Oscars. I am interested in the elec. Blue Jack Dempseys. I'd like to buy one or 2 large ones. Does anybody know where I can buy large ones either in a pet store or online? Thanks!

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karen - 2014-10-17
can a pet rat make a great companion for my 5 month old squirrel

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Robert Paul - 2014-10-18
Hello dear , i want to sell my gecko lizard 70gram and scorpion heavy stock 20grams do you want to done deal with me . Everything hold direct in my hand nothing an other party

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CRISTI - 2014-10-12
I bought some of that vita shell for Gilbert and when I applied it he got restless and angry. He is 9yrs old and has never bitten anyone until last night when I put that stuff on him. Now I'm missing a chunk of my finger. Has anyone else had a negative exp. with vita shell?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-13
    I've heard it is waxy and tends to clog, but don't know if there's any truth to that. Can't imagine it caused your turtle to bite though, so would look for other issues on that.
  • CRISTI - 2014-10-13
    My friend that I got him from said that she used it years ago and he had the same reaction. He acts like it hurts but his shell needs a little aid in my opinion
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    The most common shell problem they can develop is a mild shell rot. This happens if they are not kept in a clean environment and they lack an appropriate basking area. shell rot looks like whitish crusty deposits on the shell. The first thing to do is make sure it's environment right. Then clean the shell with a mild detergent and try to remove the spots by rubbing gently with a toothbrush. Dry the shell and apply a disinfecting antiseptic. Antiseptics such as hydrogen peroxide or Betadine (povidone-iodine) or antibiotic ointments have been used.
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Ashley - 2014-10-14
My golden fancy hamster was healthy and happy, until today I picked him up and noticed a lump o his chest area. It does not seem to bother him, plus he eats,exercises,drinks and still loves to be handled! I'm still worried and I can't afford a vet right now.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    A lump like this could be either a cyst, abscess, or possibly a tumor. It would take an examination by a vet to determine which it is, which is based on the location and appearance of the lump.
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Amber - 2014-10-14
Ok so today I was playing with my chinchillas I have one male and one female in a cage so my famale raised up and I saw two pink like balls by her front paws I don't know what there are someone please help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    From what I've read,  the skin on foot pads can simply dry out from time to time, creating a callous that's called 'bumblefoot.' They are dead skin and  can be removed by gently using a nail file. But they are closely attached to the live skin so they should not be removed by scraping or rubbing, as that can cause injury and may lead to infection.
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Shane - 2014-10-15
I have two loaches. One dojo and one brown. I noticed a couple days ago a slight discoloration in the dojo. The next day it was larger. After 3 days, there appears to be a hole in his face that is just getting bigger. I had the water tested and took pictures to the pet store. They have no idea what it is but suggested anti bacteria to put into the rank. It's not helping. Anyone with any ideas what to do? I've had him hot 2 years and I'm afraid I'm going to lose him

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  • Anonymous - 2014-10-15
    I've had him almost two years. Sorry about the spelling. Auto correct. Also, I had a brown female and a year ago the same thing seemed to happen. Only with her, her entire upper part of her face seemed to rott away. I did a complete and extensive cleaning to kill any bacteria in that tank. Now a year later, it seems to be happening again. Please help me try to save this one
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    It could be pathogenic and so anti bacterial products may not be effective. Instead you can try using a bio-filter safe furan product like Furan-2, along with some epsom salt.
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Jim Gray - 2014-10-11
Hello, Several months ago I bought two white doves and in the last week the female dove has been nesting. I tried to give the doves straw for their nest but they are content on sitting in the food bowl. The other night she laid an egg and then yesterday she laid a second one. She sits over the eggs most of the day and night and only leaves them for a while for food water or some exercise. The male dove sits with her but never sits over the eggs to keep them warm and sometimes she sits over one egg and discards the other one like there is a problem with it. Should this concern me?. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Regards Jim

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Wow, that's very cool. I wouldn't be too concerned, as it sounds like the female is doing great and the male dove is doing what male dove's do... hanging out near by. These birds can quickly detect if an egg is bad/ If she continues to ignore and egg and keep it away, you could just remove it. But wait for a while to make sure that's the signal she's giving.
  • Jim Gray - 2014-10-15
    You were right, they are now covering both the eggs and great news is the mail dove is spending half the time on the eggs to give the female dove a break. It is amazing how they learn all these things themselves, I am excited about having a baby dove.
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