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kevin - 2013-06-15
I got a pair of rubino rosella last year. The hen want down but the cock bird has been beating her up big times and not the first time.If anyone can help, thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-15
    Normally a male will attempt to feed the female prior to brooding, and if the female is receptive then mating will follow. Of course that assumes that they have a proper breeding environment and nest box, and it is the right time of year. These are seasonally breeding birds, about August to March.

    It sounds like they may not be compatible, the female is possibly receptive but the male is not. You may want to have the both birds sexed (DNA sexing works well) to make sure you have a proven male/female pair. In the meantime you're best bet may be to separate them to keep the one from being hurt by the other.
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-12
    I had the same problem with my Rubino. I found out the female is still immature, I separated them (but close to each other)for several months. When I put them back together the male is not much of a problem anymore. They produced babies later.
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Toni - 2006-10-09
We adopted Joshua at 3 months - and little did we know what a ball of fire we got! He's now 3 1/2 years old and talks no-stop; people will ask how many words he knows, and I just say as many as he wants! When not at home we let him and our little Shih-Tzu, Dixie watch cartoons; so now he's picking up some of their words, the latest being "Okey, dokey, dokey," & we are are saying it too! Bad enough when your pets imitate you, but worse when you find yourself imitating them! We had Dixie for 3 years prior to getting Joshua, she was not thrilled when he came in, but, for him, it was instant love. He loves that little dog and throws her carrots and green beans all day...he tells her to go "Pee Pee" and then says "Good Girl" afterwards! When she comes in he asks if she wants a "Cookie or a Carrot." She in turn, tolerates him now, after all, Joshua is a good food source!
PROS for having a Half Moon: Intelligent, will reward you 10-fold if you take care of them. They are family friendly with us, love me the most and my husband second,(of course, after Dixie!). Beautiful little birds. Loves to ride on my shoulder all day. Will stay on perch without wondering. Definite talkers! And looove you so...
CONS - if spoiled, they will call (or yell) for you by name until you pay attention. Can be loud, & nippy. One thing we hate is that while Joshua lets us kiss him, play bite, and steps up, he won't let us touch his body with fingers or be picked up. Having spoken with several other Half Moon folks, found out that they have the same problem. Don't know if it's breed characteristic, or just coincidence. After 3 years of trying, he now lets us touch his back (if we do it quick!).
All in all, they are definite keepers and worth a little noise & nip for all of the love you get.

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  • LYNND - 2011-12-09
    Most birds instinctively resist having their feathers and bodies handled too much. They aren't like cats and dogs in this way. It's rare for a bird to want to be handled, other than sitting on a finger. In my observation, it is usually the bigger parrots, like Cockatoos, that like to be petted or scratched on the head (rarely on the back or wings, however). If a bird is going to enjoy being handled, it is usually because it is hand fed and super trusting of the one or two people who are permitted to do so.
  • Patricia - 2013-09-11
    Hi. I had a half moon for 13.5 years. (She recently passed away 4 days ago and I miss her terribly.) She let me hold her all the time, flip her over and rub her stomach, kiss her, etc. She did not like to be held in a wash cloth like my other Green Cheeked Conure. The Green Cheek liked to sleep in a hut. The half moon did not. My half moon had a personality plus. She danced, yelled, talked, etc. She will be missed.
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Jeannie Martin - 2013-09-11
I have a female who's layed her eggs. In the last week she isn't sitting on them very much is this normal at first?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-12
    How many eggs has she laid? Sometimes they won't start sitting on them right away and will wait until the second or third egg is laid. They usually lay one egg every 2 days, so it could take 4-6 days before she starts sitting on them. I hope she starts sitting on them soon! Keep us posted, and good luck!
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Rafi Sacarello - 2008-06-16
Hi, I'm looking for a pair of Strawberry finches because of their beautiful song. When I was younger you could set a trap and catch them easily because there where so many here in Puerto Rico. Now I think they are extinct and I cant find them here in PR anymore. If somebody reads this please let me know if you can help me find a good pair for reproduction. Thanks

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  • Will - 2013-09-11
    Rafi, were you able to find the strawberries in PR? I'm looking for a pair or more if available. Send me an email to Thanks.
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Norbert - 2012-09-26
Is cold weather bad for them ( Florida ) out side ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-27
    They can tolerate a certain amount of cold.  There are many many breeders in Florida and the parrots do very well in that temperature but there is shelter from cold and wind and usually a nest box if outside.  There are heat lamps or even just regular projected lamp lights that you can shine onto the cage if really cold.  I'd look into a bit first.
  • Audalina Byrum - 2013-09-10
    I haven't had my eclectus long but I heard they need humidity so I think florida would be a good location. Im in Arizona and the beautiful girl i rescued has a plucking problem but shes doing much better since being with me :)
Anonymous - 2013-09-10
Hi there, I have an eclectus female bird, I'm realizing that she's losing her hair under her chin. :( What can be done to support her? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Plucking the feathers under the chin is unusual. There may be a problem with her skin, or a problem with an infestation of mites or lice. Examine the bird and your cage closely to see if you have an infestation, and if you do you'll have to get rid of it. But if you can't find anything, then you may want to take the bird to an avian veterinarian for a checkup.
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vickie schmitt - 2013-09-08
one of my female finches has lost her feathers under her wings, and around her behing. she seems fine, active, and eating. can anyone help me to understand whats going on with her please. is she sick? or just molting?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    Zebra Finches will pluck at each other, estabishing a hierarchy (or pecking order). The best thing to do is move her into her own cage until her feathers regrow.
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linda - 2013-03-19
we are looking for a female white front amazon. Our male white front is lonely. any ideas where to find one? anyone looking for a home for theirs?

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  • gerry vega - 2013-09-05
    I have a female and been looking for a male for years.
  • gerry vega - 2013-09-05
    Hi Linda I have a female and would love to breed her.
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Bea Sevens - 2013-09-03
I have a 28 yr. old triton cockatoo and live far from a bird vet. I can clip his nails, but his top beak is over-grown. How can I safely trim the upper beak? He has worn his lower beak in to very crooked shape. I am watching carefully to see that his diet has remained the same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-03
    You could use clippers to trim his beak. My bird farm uses a dremel too to quickly grind a beak down, but either of these can be very stressful for a layman that isn't aren't well versed in these methods and able to do them very quickly. You may want to just bite the bullet, and take him on the long journey to a vet or a bird farm. Afterwards provide him with good chew items to wear the beak down. One thing about cockatoos... they love to chew!
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Steveo - 2013-09-03
Hi, I would like to buy a pair of Parisian frill. 6198664733


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