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Devin - 2014-06-02
I got two mini lops, they are 4 1/2 months old and are very skittish. They hate being held and don't want anything to do with us. They get along and play with our dog, but want nothing to do with humans. Is this normal behavior? How do I get them to come around we have had them for a month now.

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  • kristen - 2014-07-11
    well Devin this is not very common but my rabbit Lilly was like that until I started spending lots of time with them maybe they will like that forever but spend more time with them and treat them while you pet them and such I really hope this works for you!!
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Jenny Mays - 2014-07-19
I noticed 3 days ago, a beautiful white dove perched on my shed. It has been here since. Every morning I go out and feed it. I first gave it a cornmeal and bread mixture, which it seemed to enjoy. My question is: 1. How do I encourage it to build a nest. 2. How do you identify the male from the female? I have only seen the one. I do not have interest in bringing it indoors ... but I do like the idea of it nesting in my yard. Any suggestions??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What a pleasant surprise. However, with only one bird there won't be any breeding action. If a friend does show up, see the breeding section in the Dove and Pigeon Care guide, the link to it is at the bottom of the intro section above.
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Linda - 2013-07-12
I have a tank that is 25 gallons, I have 4 BGK in this tank, I love this type of fish and decided to have only this fish. First of all I introduced them to the tank all at once! (all 4) the only other thing in this tank is gravel and 2 ghost houses, (no plants at all) I do have a dual light on this tank however I have disconnected the bright light and only use the black light. I only explain this because everyone has told me that my tank was too small, and that I could only have a small BGK in this tank. I simply love this fish and find them quite hardy in raising so I decided to try and have only this type of fish. During purchasing I made absolute certain to get them all the same size. (rather large) happy to say that all is well! A little chasing, which is fun to watch, but no fighting what so ever. I only feed them frozen blood worms, at first twice a day, but now I feed them only once a day. Is this a miracle or what?! This is contrary to everything that I have been told and read about them

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  • Linda - 2014-07-19
    Hey Linda, this is my very same story. I have always had 3 in my tank, which is 25 gallons. which everyone says is small.They are now 2 yrs old and I have had no problems with them being aggressive, except for a bit of chasing. I feed them only bloodworms, and have also disconnected the brighter light, and have 2 clear tubes in the tank with white gravel nothing else is in the tank.I feed them a cube of bloodworns every other day.I think that they too have their own personalities, but I would never incorporate smaller fish, that said any larger fish will bully a smaller one.
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Jeff Dubose - 2014-07-19
this is my boy ODEN live up to his name, fetches tin foil balls loyal , rotten spoiled, what kinda cat is he i've had no luck finding any thing like him, listens to what i tell him, tell him go to bed, he go's, any thing i say he does, (i don't like cat's, but exception to rule, goo friends and bud's, loyal to me only, not far from me, hates when i got to work, cries when i come in, pet me , scatch my belly..ect.. a royal pain til he get's that, monster of a cat, don't like when people raise voice to me, gets between me and them, will attack if they seem like there going to do harm(he was abused before i got him) amazing cat he is, some one tell me what he is ??  thought maine coon, not sure, like i said not a cat person, but wouldn't trade his fat butt for nothing..(not fat..big!!) jumps 3-4 feet to get tin foil balls, loves it, or plain string cord, and thats all he will play with, lets me do what ever, no one else, well i take that back, friend paul plays with him, loves him as much, i hate to say it, as much as i do, he's skidish about feet, and hands, except me and paul, like to get him rebel flag collar, can't find him one, i'm from south, and i think he's got southern attituide and he's a maine cat.. help me fig my boy out!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What a great cat! It's hard to tell what exact breed he is unless you know where he came from, and then you can ask the previous owner, but he does look Maine Coonish. And what a unique and special personality!  
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jason - 2010-10-28
hey it me again i have and just got 3 weeks ago he is 7 inches they can 19 inches if put in big tank. i have 2 names jason and jason 5

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  • Courtney - 2014-07-19
    Do you have a bigger tank for sale , my catfish is getting to big for my 75gal
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DD Manfredi - 2004-06-13
I have a one year old White Crowned/Capped Parrot that was given to me by a friend in Honduras who farms and found the little guy after a dead tree had been cut down. Ricky (the parrot) lives with me at my retirement home in Siguatepeque Honduras and I successfully hand-raised him from what I figure was an age of 2 weeks. I fed him a mixture of water and corn flour, mixed to a thin paste and drawn up into a amall hypodermic (without needle of course). I would place the syringe totally inside the mouth and he would then take it garther in hinself and I would press the mix directly down the throat, he thrived and has always been very healthy. When grown these birds LOVE corn, fresh corn on the cob, just pull the shuck leaves back and use them to tie the piece to the cage (or perch). Fresh corn on the cob is considered to be essential at least once a week for an adult bird by the locals.

This is a favorite parrot of local Hondurans and they have taught me a couple of things about them and their ability to speak, that I do not find elsewhere. They say to NEVER feed them anything with salt on it, OR the bird will never speak! Also at 8 months they begin to feed the bird a drop or two of liquor on a piece of tortilla daily, or provide a small cup of fruit wine twice a week. This bird in the wild starts consuming naturally fermented fruit at this age and does so periodically throughout its lifetime. Without this addition to their diet they will never speak well. My little guy is already doing various whistles, calling 3 people in the family by name and is becoming more talkative daily. He started talking one month after I started giving him fruit wine. The wine I am using is a pineapple and mango based wine, but I would think that nay tropical fruit based wine would do.

I love my little friend and am glad to share this information on increasing their talkativeness. Remember that these people have been raising and loving these birds for hundreds of years and I trust what they know and have shared with me. They recommend to never cage this particular type parrot, or if necessary a large cage where they can have lots of activity.

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  • Lucy - 2010-06-10
    That is really interesting! Can I give the fruit wine to my bird now that she is almost three years old? Or will it not work? Thank you.
  • Tricia - 2010-10-07
    Hi I am so interested where I can get this wine for my little one she is only four months old and I want the best for her....... thks
  • Anita - 2011-06-20
    Thanks for sharing. We have a 9-year-old that we got at 8 months. While the bird may be "trainable" my husband is not and I have never been able to get him not to do things like feed the bird roasted, salted nuts! We love our little guy and he has been 100% healthy for 9 years eating first pellets that he later rejected, then seed, nuts, vegetables and fruits. Loves soy beans, corn and carrots. Is picky about fruits - eats apples, throws out pears! He talks, but only in a whisper, and only to me when the house is quiet and he has put himself to bed on his "sleeping perch". He has a large preview pet aviary which has carefully-placed perches, toys, and food as well as a play top. He puts himself to bed (climbs back into the cage) at dusk. In the morning, before getting out of the cage or eating anything, he demands that his head be scratched.
  • Anonymous - 2014-07-19
    Can you still tame a 6yr old white cap????
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gigi - 2014-07-19
I am about to adopt an umbrella cockatoo and I'm a little nervous, I have the time and money to spend with and on the bird. He will never be completely alone in my home. I'm worried about what room temperature I should keep for her and my biggest one is how to help her adjust to her new home. Her current owner is leaving her behind because she's worried that the stress of a long trip might kill her since she doesn't do well with traveling she's the sweetest bird I ever met and very affectionate she took right to me but her current owner is to busy to give all the attention that I've read about. If any one has any ideas on what to do please let me know.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Umbrella Cockatoos make great pets but they are extremely social (and needy for affection). They do need a good amount of attention but it sounds like you are ready and willing to take this wonderful bird on and give it a good home. When a parrot goes to a new home, it takes it about 30 days to become established. That gives you a great opportunity to set up a 'permanent' routine for care and feeding, out of cage time, and playtime. Wishing you both all the best!
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Debbie - 2014-07-19
We also saw a Pintail Whydah today at Craig Park in Fullerton. What a beautiful bird.

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CW - 2014-07-19
For the last few days I've seen this beautiful bird at my bird feeders. Today while outside I saw it and wanted to take a photo. I was amazed when the bird allowed me to come within inches of it to take a photo. I've since learned it is a Budgerigar Parakeet. Someone suggested it's probably someone's pet and for me to try to catch it. I don't know much about that and wouldn't know what to do with it. Do they or can they survive in Maryland?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Budgies aren't native to Maryland, so it probably was someone's pet. Parrots can handle some temperature changes but with the extremes in your state I would suggest that it won't survive outside through the winter. If you can catch it, this page offers some great info on how to care for it. Good luck!
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Anonymous - 2014-07-19
I have five rosy barbs and I'm not sure wat sex they are. 2 are big and fat the other 2 are smaller and well fed and then there is the last one which is very colourful but a bit smaller then the first 2 (they are all he same age). If you can help that would great thnx XD

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    As they mature the males get more colorful and slimmer. It could be that your smaller two are male, but watch their color to see if they become real red as they age. See the 'sexing' section above.
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