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shelley witherell - 2014-03-26
I recently adopted a 10 yr. old male yellow naped amazon. When I first met him he would go to anyone. A day after I brought him home my 10 yr. old daughter was holding him on her arm, I put my arm out and told him to step up and he came after me and bit me. Now whenever my daughter is home and has him out I have to go in another room. He will even try to attack me if he is on top of his cage. He comes down the side of his cage and hangs off of it like he's going to fly and attack me. What can I do?

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  • Cathy - 2014-03-29
    OMG Shelley I am going through the same thing. It has been horrible and I am trying to figure out what to do. He loves my daughter and step daughter, but wants to attack me. I can't be in the same room if he is out of his cage. I will keep you posted on my progress, I am currently going to ABA Bev Penny's Way and Crazy Bird Ladies on facebook. They are a great support and free information. Check them out its free info. Good luck to both of us!
  • shelley witherell - 2014-03-31
    Today I decided to let my yellow nape out of his cage and my daughter put him on the floor and he found me and attacked my feet. I'm glad I had shoes on. I tried to give him a light tap on his beak with my shoe and told him no but it didn't phase him a bit, he kept attacking. I went to acks exotic pets and the owner said that the bird was hormonal this time of year based on his age and that it would pass in a month. But he also said that my daughter was the birds 'girlfriend' and that may never change.
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Mindy - 2014-03-28
Today I was promised a maui sunset macaw and the guy sent pictures to me of the bird that I was getting. I sent 600.00 by money gram to the guy. I was told the bird was gonna be to me in 7 to 8 hours. I was told he was giving me a great deal because I didn't want the little lady for breeding just my forever companion. The money included the shipping. Granted I had never had a bird shipped before so I didn't know about it. I got scammed out of the money. After the guy had my money then he said I had to send another 1200 dollars for the insurance for the bird to get to me safely then the money would be refunded back to me. I sent him all of my money that was saved up except for the money for the food. I now have no money and no bird. Now I can't even try to get another sunset macaw because he has my money. I was so excited about having my sweet loving forever companion now I only have a broken heart. Please be careful on giving money out to anyone expecting to get your companion. Don't end up with a broken heart like me.

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  • Michael - 2014-04-01
    Hi I almost fell for the same scam but from Namibia. I have a Red fronted Macaw Male in Namibia. It is the only one in Namibia. The only place I can get one is in South Africa and it costs R 14.000.00. The transport and quarantine will cost me R 16.000.00 and it is not worth it. So I am going to put Blue and Gold with my bird to get a Sunset Maui macaw.
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dileep - 2014-03-22
Hi... I have just bought a male IRN parrot... it's 3 months old... it has adapted very well in it's new place... but for the last one week it's been very sluggish and sleeping... I showed it to a vet and he has prescribed septran syrup two drops two times... though it is slightly better but still not eating as it used to be... its stools are normal... I am worried?

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  • Trishinadhaver - 2014-04-01
    Don't worry it will eat.
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Shannon - 2013-09-30
My 14 year old son found a Goffin's Cockatoo for sale on line in our local area, he has been wanting a bird for a very long time and had earned his own $ this summer so in July we adopted a Goffin's Too... She came with a large cage and lots of toys (thank goodness) we were told that she is between 3-4 years old (the women we got here from was not the original owner so she didn't know for sure..and we also don't know for sure that she is female (I have not had her DNA tested yet... I do plan to though) I assume she is female because she had brownish eyes rather than black. Anyway she is such a sweetheart, we live in Fl and have a covered patio by our pool and that is where her cage is.. She loves it outside... And we spend a lot of time outside (we live on our patio most of the time, we have a TV out here and we eat most of our meals out here too) so she gets lots and lots of attention, when we are home she is never locked in her cage.. So she's out a lot.. She is a very happy bird and has bonded with all of us, my son, husband and myself.. I have been doing a lot, a lot of reading and research on Goffin's and have read that an all seed diet is not good and that I should be giving her pellets, fruits & veggies.. Well here is my problem.. She does not want anything to do with anything I introduce to her... And I have tried a lot of different things from hard boiled eggs to green leafy veggies, fruits.. And of course I went and got her the all organic pellets as soon as I discovered that the all seed diet is not good for her... Any suggestions, advice.. I love her so much already and don't want her diet to end up causing her issues down the road...

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  • Cacatua goffini - 2013-12-10
    Congratulations! If your Goffin has brown eyes she's a female. I'm sure she is delightful. An all seed diet isn't the best for her. You are going to have to be as stubborn as she is. At first you'll just be wasting food, but if you keep at it eventually she'll start to see what you're offering her as food. It may take days, it may take months, but keep offering. Good luck!
  • Callista - 2014-04-01
    I, too, have a picky cockatoo. Try making her a quiche or an omelet, and stick what you want her to eat in it. Gradually decrease the amount of quiche/omelet fed with the veggies, and when there is none left, chop it up really small with something she does like. Eventually she'll learn to eat it.
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Julie - 2014-03-28
My Bubble Eye fish, Bub, is kind of odd. He hates being in our 10G tank, and prefers our fish bowl which is like 1G-1.5G. He is full of personality, and I'm pretty sure he recognizes me when I come to feed him, or just sit and watch him. The thing is, I've read many times that they like to be towards the bottom/floor, which Bub does on occasion, but he's more fond of chilling at the top. He's healthy, and very playful, so I'm not sure if I should be concerned or not. He's been doing this pretty much since we got him, back in Dec. 2013. Any thoughts?

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  • Julie - 2014-03-30
    Never mind... found him dead this morning. :/
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scott - 2012-04-21
My male yellow lab has been chasing the female lab and has stressed her. I've learned now I need more females to share the stress. I have her in a hospital net. What else can I do to stop her from dying...thanks ..scott

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  • slau - 2012-11-06
    How big is your fish tank? Best to have 3 or more females to 1 male yellow lab.
  • Wendy Dawn - 2014-03-30
    I recently had my 4 lb oscar die in my tank. I had 2 electric yellow females and one male, as well as a Jack Dempsey cichlid and a pleco. The one female is blind as a bat and now my male is also chasing the other female to her death. She's looking like she has fin rot but I assume it's the male ripping her to shreds. These fish are at their full grown size and if I introduce more females to the mix they will be too small to withstand the rest of the fish! Have you found any other solution Scott?
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nina - 2013-06-07
I have a long haired chichaua that i am keeping for a friend who has cancer. She pulls her hair and bites herself.I have tried everything. Can someone please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-07
    Skin problems in Chihuahua’s can be related to toxins released through the skin at excessive levels, or from a serious medical condition called seborrhea. But problems can also come from dietary allergies, fleas, bacterial infections, and other product specific allergies. Start by getting a check up by a vet to either identify the problem or help reduce the possiblities.

    Their diet is crucial for maintaining healthy hair and skin. Skin dryness is often related to diet. Foods that are rich in vitamins A, E and B3 can help. Also switching to a food that doesn't have the same grains as the current food, or the same proteins, and that also has omega 3 fatty acids may help. It's not suggested that this breed is bathed often, but a topical treatment may help. Products (sprays, shampoos,and conditionsers) with colloidal oatmeal can soothe the skin and help relieve itching.
  • calvin - 2013-07-28
    Tell her 'no' in a stern but not loud voice and then pet her and give her a rawhide chew, the kind with flavor on it...it's nervous or she may have fleas.
  • Char - 2013-12-29
    You did not say if the dog had this problem prior to your keeping it. If this started after the dog lost access to her Master, that might be the key. If so, you might be able to locate a piece of her owners clothing that has not been washed. This would give the Chi the smell of her owner. You could also try to let the owner keep an article of some kind in bed with them for a couple of days then give it to the Chi. I would suggest the dirty clothing first though as this would be more the smell that the dog remembers. Also cuddle the dog with whatever has the owners smell on it and just keep giving the Chi lots of love and attention. The other suggestions were good too, especially saying no during the bad behavior and then creating a distraction.
  • Shelia Metcalfe-farmer - 2014-03-29
    I agree with the lady about skin problems, there may be scents and perfumes in that home, different than her owners, go to the owners home and take a look and smell around, you will be surprised what you may find, also do you spray for bugs, the owner will not do this because of their pet. Good luck and thank you for caring for this little one while her owner is ill. Shelia
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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.
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C.S. - 2014-03-29
We bought a cinnamon green cheek conure two years ago. Within the first day that we brought him home I told him, 'Goodnight! I love you!' and he replied with a muffled, 'wuv you!'. Now we have also taught him how to say 'I'm a Good Baby!' and how to dance. About a year ago we also bought another cinnamon green cheek, and they both get along great together. The new conure muffles when she says 'baby', but other than that she hasn't talked. They are both the best birds anyone could ask for. However, they do have their temper tantrums every once in a while!

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Tricia Carter - 2011-08-29
We adopted a dog through the Cell Dogs program at a prison and she is listed as a lab/terrier mix. She resembles the red nose pit pictures I have been looking at. Anyone willing to view her pictures via email and let me know?

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  • Tricia Carter - 2011-08-30
    Ok thanks..I will try and find a breeder around here and see if they are willing to check her out for me. Yes the Humane Society that runs the Cell Dog program was afraid no one would adopt her, so they listed her as lab/terrier mix. She is 16 months olds, very intelligent..she is crate trained and also hand command trained...We love her to death!!
  • cathy rice - 2014-03-29
    I also adopted a female red nose pit from our humane society about 2 years ago, best dog I ever had. Would love to look at yours. My baby is my profile on facebook.
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