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Pam Adams - 2014-09-05
My rosella has looked like a male in coloring forr 3 years, re ently its coloring had gotten all mixed up and now looks like a female is this normal

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-07
    Nutritional problems have been known to cause feather color changes in parrots. Also a derangement of the metabolism or 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. Discolored feathers can also be due to a malnutition or liver disease, so you may want to take your bird to an avian vet for a checkup.
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Juli - 2013-11-15
My first Blue Heeler was ACD registered and female. She was what I would call the perfect dog. Well behaved and loved everyone. She was protective of me and would attempt to bite only if she felt I was threatened. It took me ten years to get another Blue Heeler without feeling like I was trying to replace her. This time I bought a farm dog, not registered but certainly pure bred. He is very different from my first one. He is very aggressive with everyone except immediate family (this includes about 7 people), I mean he is even aggressive toward people he saw weekly when he was a pup. Doesn't matter if it is adult or child. He also a submissive/excited dribbler. pee pee pee....not as bad now that he is a year old but he still does it with most except me. I don't know what made him the opposite of my previous heeler and I should not compare but I thought I knew the breed from her behavior and he is similar in some ways but different in so many others. SO hardheaded. I socialized him as a pup and had family to include kids around him every weekend, took him to puppy class which he excelled (top of his class in obedience) except after that seems to be when the peeing started. I run him at least 2 miles every day if possible on the treadmill and play ball or Frisbee when time and weather allow. It sucks to have to lock him away every time we have company. Anyway, despite his attitude, I adore him and he makes me laugh. Like a comedian. My first heeler was always so serious and he is constantly being silly. Example...when I refused to play with him because I was watching tv one night, he kept shoving his toy at me and juggling it around in his mouth. I still refused to play so he put his toy in the toilet which I found after I went to the bathroom..eeeew. Any advice on if his aggressive behavior is a normal trait would be great. I am hooked again though even with his faults, I love him.

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  • Donna - 2014-05-03
    I have a female Blue Heeler who has the same characteristics as your male. She is extremely silly a good deal of the time. She is extremely protective of me but not so much my husband. She was also a submissive/excited dribbler up until about 2 months ago. She's now 20 months old. She is very leery of other people, even people she has seen since the day I got her at 6 weeks of age. I, too, have to lock her away when company comes over, at least for about 15 to 20 minutes. I started socializing her immediately upon bringing her home, but she still nips at these same people I socialized her with. From all the reading I've done on the breed, this seems to be normal behavior for the breed. My last dog was a Heeler/Border Collie mix, which the British Kennel Club recognizes as a McNab. She was a wonderful dog, but also leery of anyone outside the household.
  • Michelle - 2014-09-06
    I have a bullterrier that was a demon in the house. The dog used to pee where he wanted,digging holes, and also biting my furniture and clothes. I found a online training system which has taught me how to train very easily ; the change is a 180 degrees. This is the address if interested: www.theonlinedogtrainers.com
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Anonymous - 2014-09-06
Hi I have emperor 3 years ago and it refuse eating suddenly help me please answer what is reason and What I should do to make it eat again

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-07
    These beautiful angelfish are omnivores, and eat a wide variety of foods in the wild. Adults in captivity do tend to be a picky, more so than juveniles. Try mixing up its food types, for example, try offering it some live mysis shrimp. Target feeding it may also help.
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julie - 2014-07-10
My Rosie has been my baby for 2 and a half years now. I hand reared her and she speaks so well and is so adorable. Past month or so, she has started to be rough with me and makes growling noises and attacks me. This could be around her cage, or out. 90% of the time she is good with me. She always wants to be near me which is so hard. Rosie flaps her wings in the cage, just like she is ready to fly on my shoulder but obviously she can't from the cage. She is also very itchy and is forever picking on her wings. Not losing any but just picking and flapping. My concern is her anger. I have read that she could be hormonal, and also that she might lay eggs, but can this happen without a partner? I'm a bit confused. Any personal experience and info would be great.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Rosie sounds wonderful, I had a male Eclectus named, well what else... 'Beauty'! All parrots seem to go through what I call a 'teenage' cycle as they become sexually mature. During this time their personalities can change and they can become moody. It can last for a while too, often a year or more. It sounds to me that may be what Rosie is heading into, so a lot of patience and love are going to be needed. Good luck to you both:)
  • Fluffytee Witte - 2014-09-06
    Hello, I am about to buy a male eculectus, there is a lot of info on diet etc, but none have said how many times a day should he be fed?   Would appreciate any info



    Cheers fluffytee

     
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-07
    The correct amount of food to feed on a daily basis is hard to determine. Usually people who have birds in training will weigh out exactly how much they want to feed, but for most keepers it depends. Some pet birds are very wasteful, 'playing' with their food at times instead of eating it. The best way thing to do is make sure your bird maintains a good weight and is healthy. Feed a variety of fresh foods, along with a dry food like a pelleted diet.
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Anonymous - 2014-09-06
Hi did clown knife fish eats floating foods?

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  • David Brough - 2014-09-07
    Probably not, the bulk of their diet should be live foods, and they may take some pellet foods. Flake foods tend to float and they won't be too crazy about it.
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M2mom - 2004-01-26
For really solid info on Moluccan cockatoos or just cockatoos in general please visit http://www.mytoos.com

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  • kathy Poirier - 2014-09-07
    that is a really good site, very informative.
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Michael Chandler - 2014-07-13
I have 2 spotted water turtles. One male and female. My friend gave them to me. There beautiful. I don't really know how to care for them. This site helped a lot. I think there trying to mate. What do I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Water turtles need to be sexually mature to breed, for most that is about 5 years of age. There's not much you can do to encourage breeding other than let nature take its course, however here's some basics. Usually there is a cooling period, a hybernation type stage (winter), followed by normal temperatures and diet. When they go into breeding mode, males can become rather aggressive with other turtles, and both male and female may not eat much. The female will  need a place where she is comfortable laying eggs, a sheltered area with soft soil along with some 'security' decor like rocks or logs. a gravid female will lay several clutches of about 2-10 eggs with several weeks between each clutch laying. Each clutch takes anywhere from a day to 48 hours to lay. A warm consistent temperature is the most important thing needed for the eggs to develop. Some people will use an incubator but a natural outdoor nest works too, especially in areas with warm to hot days. The egg nest needs to have soft materials and the eggs should not be turned. Eggs will typically hatch anywhere between  50 to 120 days.
  • Michael Chandler - 2014-09-07
    Thanks so much! The male has been constantly on the female. I have setup a basking area with soft dirt mixed with sand. I have a heat lamp facing the area. My friend brought these turtles home from Massachusetts. I have a good filter system and water level for them. I will catch crayfish for them they seem to love them. I hope she lays eggs.
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Gary Soucyspcc - 2008-07-07
I literally owned and observed these beautiful turtles throughout my boyhood in the late 50s and 60s. Living in Wolcott Connecticut my folks built a home a few hundred yards from several brooks, miles of swamps, and several ponds that housed reptiles and amphibians. It was not uncommon on any given summer day that we would encounter water, milk, grass, hognose, copperhead, black racer, ring, garter, and rattlesnakes. We had turtles everywhere including Bog, Spotted, Wood, Painted, Box, Snapping, and Musk Turtles. It was like living in Paradise for a kid who loved the magic of the outdoors that was virtually untouched by civilization and so called progress! The Spotted turtle was my hands down favorite; both gifted with a friendly disposition and a color scheme only God could have created. These turtles were truly cornerstones of a great childhood I was lucky enough to have grown up in. I feel today that the earth is losing ground and I pray for the future of our tired planet.

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  • Michael Chandler - 2014-09-07
    I really love my spotted water turtles. They are beautiful. They are not even scared of me. I have a great setup for them. My friend brought them home from Massachusetts.
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janelle - 2009-11-21
English Angoras babies for sale at 24karrotrabbits.com

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  • Anonymous - 2014-09-07
    How much do you sell them for
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imah - 2014-09-07
Hello I have a leopard pleco and I think it is pregnant so I have been doing some research. I needed to see if it was an egg layer or a live bearing fish. I searched it up and one site said that it was a live bearing fish and another site said that it was an egg layer. Also if it is a live bearing fish what are some signs to look for when it is about to give birth? I hope someone can help. Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-07
    Catfish are egglayers, as are the majority of freshwater fish species. Livebearers are mostly swordtails (like this fish), guppies, mollies,  and a few others. You can see an overview of livebearing fish on the main page of this Livebearer Aquarium Fish Atlas.
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