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Paola - 2014-09-10
Hi! May I ask some questions to those of you who already live with a Goffin Cockatoo (if that's the case, I envy you so much!)? - are Goffin Cockatoos particularly loud? I live in the centre of a big Italian metropolis. I already own several budgies and a male galah, the best pet ever (trust me, he is: I was 16 when I bought him and deep in clinical depression; he's helped me so much during these years we've lived together and now, also thanks to his 'support', I feel muuuch better; without him my life would be worse). The galah is really quiet and generally silent. Are Goffins generally screamers? - usually, do Goffins get along well with other parrots? As I said, I live with a male galah and if I decide to adopt a Goffin I hope that they'll make friends. My galah is very shy, but also curious. While the breeder was hand-feeding him, he spent his days with his brother and other cockatoos and amazons, but since then he's never had any contact with other parrots. He sees the budgies, of course, but they look so different I wonder if he considers them similar to him. Probably, considering that they would have to live together (even if in two different cages) and that the galah is a male, it would be better to choose a female Goffin, don't you think? Thank you very much, I really need your advices. Sorry for my probable grammar mistakes, English is not my mother tongue. A presto!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Yes, cockatoos are known to be very loud at times, and this is true of the Goffin.  Good that you are asking questions, because cockatoos are very needy for the affection of their human companion. If you decide to adopt another parrot, you may very well find yourself dealing with a jealousy situation. It also takes a lot of time for birds to accept new introductions. For your currently contented and quiet Galah,  you'll want to have a plan for each days interactions to make sure he doesn't develop behavior problems like feather plucking or screaming.  A parrot's cage is his safe place, and I would also suggest you will want separate cages for each bird as well, until such time as they show you they are best friends and happy to share a cage.
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Debra Clymer - 2014-06-30
My love and best friend died this morning, I had her for 40 years. (My timneh) needless to say I'm devasted over her passing. She was not ill. Fine when I left for work this morning. couple hours later she laid dead on the bottom of her cage. Worst part is not knowing what happened to her. Heart attack? Did she fall from her perch and break her neck? Don't know I always thought I'd be the one to go first.. My home is so quiet now it's so hard to be in it because of the silence. To everyone who owns a timneh they are the greatest. I know as time goes by pain lessens but the hole in my heart will forever be there. Miss you so much my feathered friend.

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  • Barbara goldfuss - 2014-09-09
    Iwas soo sorry to read about the loss of your beloved timneh.I know, first hand, how you are feeling.I can almost feel your pain and the void you cannot seem to fill.From 2007-2013 I lost my.congo.African Grey, Sugar, my Timneh, Beau,aTimneh, Baby Doll.I had a very strong bond with all three.It may not make you feel.any better, but I wish I had had my dear beloved birds for 40 yrs.Worst of all, they were not ill,(long, ugly , horror story.My birds were like my soul mates.If I were to tell some people they would laugh or think I was a little odd.So I kept it to my self alot, unless I were around bird people.To this very day I have daily crying episodes over them.I miss them terribly.I am in therapy for Post Tram a tic stress, but even my therapist is not on my wave length.My heart aches and I long for my.dear soul mates.My son doesn't fully understand, either.That hurts.I have my birds ashes and someday we will all be together.I have no one really to talk about my feelings about my little sweethearts which I have lost.I hope I didn't upset you by telling you all this , but I just wanted you to know , truly, I DO know how you are feeling.They say that when your pet dies he or she crosses over the RAINBOW BRIDGE.It's a beautiful poem.I have a copy from a pet hosp.in mass.I found them online.I TRULY KNOW THE EMPTINESS AND HEARTBREAK YOU AR FEELING.Thank you soo much for sharing.It means a lot to me, believe me.
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Animal-World info on Yellow-naped Amazon
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Georgeanne Cole - 2014-09-09
I have a great female 25 yr. old yellow nape. Recently she molted and her colors on her chest are a dark greenish-gray instead of the lighter bright yellowish green. Do I need to add something to her diet? Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-09
    Nutritional problems have been known to cause feather color changes in parrots. For a good look at foods and treats for parrots, see this recent article on Parrot Cuisine, as it can give you insight into what you might add or change in your Yellow Nape's diet.

    Some other things that can cause color change are a derangement of the metabolism or a disruption to the nutrition of a bird during the time when feathers are being formed, which 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 liver disease, so you may want to take your bird to an avian vet for a checkup.
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Animal-World info on Norwich Canary
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wayne grubbs - 2013-04-01
Does anyone have norwich canaries for sale? Let me know please. Thanks Wayne

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  • Betty wilton - 2014-09-07
    Did you find out where to get norwich canaries?
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Sunny - 2010-03-17
I Had a 4 year old male spectacled amazon, who is looking for a girl friend :)
It is very hard for me to find a female spectacled amazon, did anybody know a breeder sale the baby female spectacled amazon?

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  • Mary Ellis - 2010-12-11
    I have a lovely female white fronted amazon called tilly and I am either looking for a male friend for her or will be willing to let her go for a minimum amount, or maybe if wishing to breed a baby please let me know.
  • mary - 2010-12-11
    Don't know whether you still have your male white front but need one urgently or am willing to do a breeding thing with my female. Let me know.
  • Mary Ellis - 2011-01-14
    Hi I have a female white fronted amazon who lost her mate last year and is desperate to find another man to share the rest of her life with. If you still have your young man or are looking for a lady for him please let me know. I am sure we can come to some arrangement.
  • linda - 2013-03-19
    do you still have your female white amazon? we are looking for a mate for our male white fronted amazon.
  • gerry vega - 2013-09-05
    I have a female also and would love to breed her. Who has a male?
  • Daniel Dolinger - 2013-10-21
    I have a 3 year old female 
  • burnfinl@yahoo.com - 2014-09-07
    I am also looking for a female spectacled amazon for my male.
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Animal-World info on Mollucan Cockatoo
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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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Animal-World info on Eclectus Parrot
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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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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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Animal-World info on Society Finch
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Hugh Rausch Jr. - 2014-07-13
I just bought 4 society's yesterday and I am totally in love. They are up this morning and tweeting and socializing. Can tell whether I have males or females but don't really care LOVE THEM!!!!

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  • Roberta - 2014-09-03
    females sound like crickets chirping males sing and make more noise.
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Animal-World info on Lutino Lovebird
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awais - 2012-11-23
Hi, I have one pair of Lutino lovebirds and from last three months they are laying eggs but eggs do not hatch. You help me, what I do? and I have also mentioned that they lay 4 to 5 eggs and the female is sitting in the box, after 23 day what I do for eggs because eggs are still there after 23 days.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-23
    The female doesn't sit the eggs (incubate the egggs) until the last egg is laid.  So 23 - 25 days after the last eg is laid is when they should start hatching.  If they don't candle them or open them to see if the eggs were fertile and just throw them out.  If the eggs were fertile, she isn't sitting them as much as she should.  If the eggs were not fertile, then the male just isn't mature yet and you need to wait.  It takes a few clutches for practice before they get it right.
  • awais - 2012-11-23
    No, the female sit on the eggs
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-23
    She would sit the eggs for 23 - 25 days after the last eg was laid.  So if she laid her fist egg 23 days ago - wait till 30- 32 days before you throw the eggs out.  Or you can candle the eggs to see if fertile or possibly one might be pipping at this stage and you can hear it.  If it has only been 23 days - the eggs might be fertile as they usually sit consistently after the last egg is laid.  It takes a few days for her to lay 4 - 5 eggs.
  • rajesh - 2014-01-03
    some time it takes 30 days for egg to hatch , which has happened with my african lovebirds
  • Mosad Amer - 2014-01-28
    lutino love birds needs more observation ... you listen very early morning to voices comming from box ... in the begning ... voices are very weak and later will become stronger ... and if these not happend ... these means ... no babys will come and you have to remove eggs from box ... and in future dont open the box to much times and good luck
  • Maine Woods - 2014-05-10
    You shouldnt be breeding 2 lutino lovebirds, the eggs are not fertile or if they do have babies that hatch they will soon die.
  • SunnyDazeInFLA - 2014-09-02
    I had a beautiful lutino lovebird that was the love of my life. He came from 2 lutino parents. Even when they were all young they LOVED to have a 'chew fest'. I gave them cardboard boxes, literature, and crunchy brochures from places. They will definitely incorporate that into their nest and no that stuff never hurt them. I now have a peach faced lovebird that has mated with his girlfriend who is a black masked lovebird (blue). His girlfriend before that loved to make nests also. All birds have a distinct individual personality, so don't let other people scare you. Thank goodness for the internet, but I've noticed a lot of people will just try to scare the bejeebers out of you! With experience comes wisdom. I can honestly say hand feeding my little yellow guy was one of the greatest joys of my life, and I've never had a better companion than him. He absolutely loved watching TV while I was gone. (I always had kid movies recorded for him.) I guess I have to add that I bought my house for my birds, and I have 3 now that are never caged though cages are available and a cute 4 day old baby in a nest. Yes the lutinos have an absolutely heartwarming cheep when they harch. Best of luck with your new little flock!
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