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Catherine - 2014-06-04
I have had my beautiful Gypsy for two years now. She will be nine in October. I adopted gypsy from a friend who was extremely busy and couldn't commit to caring for gypsy any more, he had gypsy for six and a half years. Gypsy is a chewer/plucker and has been since she was young, a year or so roughly. The breeder who sold gypsy originally to the pet store failed to mention gypsy had a gimp foot which causes gypsy to fall from her perch causing her a severe injury, in which my friend chose to keep her for several years. Gypsy had literally cracked her chest open as a baby and basically started plucking and chewing her feathers then and has pretty much continued ever since. To prevent injuries, ever since her first fall as a baby, her cage floor is padded with pillows or foam bed toppers to protect her when/if she falls from her perch. It does make cleaning her cage more work but she is more than worh the work. She talks fairly well- says hi gypsy, hi gypsy girl, makes kissing sounds, lots of other odd and funny sounds, unfortunately she says a few swear words as her former owner was male, she also tells my other birds to shut up ( I have two quaker parrots), she was with other birds in the past also. She loves to play with any kind of a ball, and if she doesn't like a food, or is just being silly she'll run (actually hobble) to the nearest corner and make like she's a chicken and do these hilarious motions likes she's truly a chicken. She's a huge suck and very affectionate now compared to our first 6 months where my arm had several bruises/ lumps etc from our adjustment period during her first six months with me. She nuzzles me with her beak, stretches her neck and cuddles under my neck and coos. She loves to play with my male quaker Romeo they are hilarious! Gypsy and my female quaker Juliet have a mutual respect for each other for the most part but don't really interact that much together as they both compete for Romeos time and affection lol. I love my Gypsy girl! I'm so glad I adopted her as she has made huge progress. Unfortunately I've been told she's probably done folical damage and her feathers will never grow in where she's chewed them ( her entire stomach- she constantly gets new feathers and always has light feathers on her tummy but will never be full feathers, also back of her neck is a small area she picks/chews and each wing (shoulder area) are tiny spots she pick/chews.She no longer picks/chews her feathers on her neck and legs which makes me happy. I spray bathe her five days a week and blow dry her on low heat which she loves and her healthy feathers are beautiful and vibrant. She also had beak issues in which she'd get overgrowth and the bottom part of her beak was very brittle and prone to fine cracks. I have her groomed every six weeks and a piece of cuttlebone every other day has resolved her brittle lower beak which is wonderful as the calcium has strengthened her beak. Our home would not be the same without our gypsy girl!!!

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Wanda Reveron - 2014-06-03
I rescued my Shamrock Macaw 16 years ago, even though at times it was difficult to handle her, I will never regret rescuing her. She came to me from a mutual friend that could not handle her, the poor bird was malnourished and her feathers look terrible. Hard work, patience, proper diet and love 'Goose' has turned into the most amazing bird ever. Of course, temperamental at times, she is lovable and fun to be around.

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Rachel - 2014-06-03
My Senegal parrot escaped three weeks ago. When he got out, he was in the early stages of puberty: lots of molting, his eyes beginning to change color from grey to a definite yellow. Four days ago, I got a call that he had been found and went to pick him up. The found parrot is farther into puberty, with orange eyes with dark circles around them and very bright plumage. So my question is: is it possible it is the same parrot? It is friendly toward me but, so far, does not show any of the behaviors I had known my parrot to. However, the combination of puberty and three weeks in the wild, plus the fact that he's only just gotten home ... he might just be tired and stressed. Any advice?

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Mark Copley - 2014-06-02
I too have a shamrock ... He is a true lover, he falls to sleep in my arms and is always very excited to see me. He mimicked cats, dogs, chickens, afflack duck. He is a wonderful bird that likes your fingers in his mouth, he has never bitten me.

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Ruth - 2012-08-12
We have a white face cockatiel, it is only very young. When can you tell if it is a boy or a girl

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    I have no idea how you can tell the gals from the boys without DNA sexing.  However, they do breed very young and if it lays an egg - it is a gal.  They will usually lay 5 eggs - one every other day.  If you get 8 - 10 eggs - you have two females.  Sexual differences - there are some that will give you a best guess but just no accurate way to determine sex on these fellas without DNA.  If you are real concerned you can purchase a DNA sexing kit in the back of the Bird Talk magazine in the classifieds.
  • Donna - 2014-05-30
    A male whiteface's face will turn white. A female won't. I have one of each.
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Raechel Ward - 2011-11-22
I absolutely love my military macaw named Joey. He really takes up to me loves to sit beside me doesn't bite me he even gives me kisses. I wanted to know where its supposed to be white between his eye and beak why is it red what does my Joey need.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-22
    They blush. So where it is frequently white, it takes on a red color. White normally but when pet, happy, having a good time or being kissed, they blush. Now, if you mean the nostril area is a vivid red, I would check the nostrils for anything embedded. Sounds nuts but had a macaw that somehow put millet in his nostril.
  • Karen - 2012-02-07
    It turns red with arrousal or aggression. My Petes turns red when happy and when mad.
  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    Our milatary macaw turns red when I try to pet her, when my husband has her I do not think that is blushing I think she doesn't like me. Sometimes she lets me pet her but I'm scared she's going to take a chunk out of me, what can I do to get rid of my fear for her?
  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    Well then I think our milatary macaw doesn't like me then cuz she turns red most of the time I go near her and then sometimes she lets me pet her. I think we both have to earn each other's trust, may take time I guess. I don't really know.
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Anonymous - 2013-08-02
My husband suprised me one morning and brought home Rocco, a military macaw. He had thirty years of experience with large birds. His brother has a blue and gold which I was terrified of. Every holiday he would sit on the perch and would scream when I would walk by, scaring the day lights out of me. He disliked women, even my sister-in-law, so I was not very fond of Rocco at first. I was actually speechless, knowing the bird should out live me. Now, he is my best friend. My husband even says I love the bird more than him. He is so cute. When I wake in the morning, he is so calm, he lifts his leg and shows his me one wing and says Momma. Throughout the day, he says Mom and if I don't answer him, you can hear him getting excited. He will get a little louder saying Ma then screams Ma if I don't answer him. He hangs upside down, dances,and will fly to my arm with an up-up command. His new saying is 'awl', from when he accidentally bit me (love bites). This bird has bonded with me. He really doesn't want anything to do with my husband (LOL). Absolutely, my best friend!

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  • Terrie Hein - 2014-05-26
    My husband and I bought a milatary macaw from a lady that had her for 15 year and she took to my husband and I want her to step up on me but am scared she will bite me bad, what can I do to get over the fear? I have an african grey that just loves me, please help so I can get in good relationship with our macaw.
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Jackie - 2009-06-14
I just got a calico, its name is calypso. It is such a sweet loving macaw, it loves being with people so much that it hates to return to its cage. He will lay on this back so he can receive belly rubs. I use to have a U-too but this bird is even more affectionate. I also own a catalina that is very sweet and gentle and an excellent talker. I think my favorite though, would have to be the calico.

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  • Sandy - 2014-05-26
    I have a calico and I love him to death, I'm trying to find another one, but can't find a breeder. Let me know please if you know one?? Thanks.
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Kim - 2010-11-07
Hard to believe the bird everyone is talking about is the same as ours! We have had our Mealy Amazon for about 15 years (she is 17). She is very sweet and loving but is a very loud screamer, actually more of a honker. We keep her with other birds in the family room because she screams less if we are around. She does not play much no matter what kind of toy we try. She doesn't seem very happy. Just curious if anyone else has seen these traits in their Mealy.

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  • Melanie Stewart - 2011-01-16
    Hi ,

    I have the same issue. I adopted a 3 year old mealy about 9 years ago and she will bite just about anyone, she is ok with my partner and will tolerate me. She was given to us due to the screaming and biting and the people that had her had a young child. About 2 years ago we adopted another mealy, he is about 5 now and is the nicest bird that I have ever handled. The female bird is wonderful with him, however she still screams the house down. We have tried everything from covering her and using a water pistol, none have worked. We have now resorted to removing her from the living room where they stay, to another room for 5 minutes, this seems to be working better, she hates not knowing what is going on and is always so happy to see you when you go to bring her back. Been doing this for about 3 months now and have seen lots of improvement .She still has her moments but the threat of the other room is working more.
  • alison - 2014-05-26
    Yes, my mealy is about 8, we are a safe house for him, fostering him from birdline, I couldn't part with him, he loves me, but soon as he sees my husband he becomes all unsettled and upset and starts screaming and honking. He has actually flew onto my husband a couple of times and beaked him! Wish I knew how to calm him down, have tried to allow him to bond with my husband, ie letting him feed him, but it just doesn't work, am wondering if he was mistreated by a man in his past life. Please help, any suggestions would be appreciated.....
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Iris McMillan - 2014-05-25
Putting this warning on the web site for other owners. I keep both Border and Fife Canaries. Last week when I went to feed my birds, found 6 dead. 5 were in the same cage, not flying free in the aviary. One dead in the aviary. Looking at the bodies, all were grouped around the feeding dish and the aviary bird lay below the feeding table. Clearly not a virus, as all my other birds were OK. But only these 6 birds had consumed greenery from ASDA, they had eaten outer leaves of a cabbage. There must have been a toxin, either fertilizer/pesticides there as they died where they stood. In the future I am only going to feed greenery and sprouted grain which I have grown on myself.

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