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Animal-World info on Fife Fancy Canary
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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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Animal-World info on Border Fancy Canary
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Iris McMillan - 2014-05-25
WARNING - PLANT TOXIN RESIDUES KILL CANARIES - I am putting this info on the web site to warn other canary owners. I am not a breeder but I have a large number of canaries, both Fife and Borders. Last week, I found 6 of my birds dead, 5 in the one cage, when I went to feed them. Horrendous sight as the 5 bodies were lying beside the feeding dish on the bottom of the cage and another bird, that had not been caged, lying below the aviary feeding table. All these birds had eaten outer greenery from a supermarket bought cabbage. From the grouping of the bodies and the fact that the other birds which had not eaten the greenery were OK, suggests there was a toxin on the cabbage, weed killer or fertilizers. My birds were in tip top condition and so I am certain this was not a virus, but a toxin. From now on, I am going to give only greenery which I have grown myself.

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Animal-World info on Plum-headed Parakeet
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Crystal Gindorf - 2014-05-24
I had a pair of plumheads and I just loved them. I would like to get another pair of them, but don't know where to go for them. Can anyone help me out on this please? I lost my birds when I moved from one state to another. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. I live in Nevada close to Las Vegas. Thank you for your time.

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Animal-World info on Umbrella Cockatoo
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rebeca - 2014-05-22
I have an umbrella cockatoo that has been sitting on plastic eggs for abuot a month now. Is this going to hurt the bird? Should I remove them or let her do her thing? thanks Chuck

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  • rebecca - 2014-05-22
    I do not want to give the bird away, just what I should do with the eggs?
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Ruchika - 2014-03-23
I found him on the roadside and he is with us from a month and he only has guava and barley. What must we feed him and he is not friendly and we are worried he is afraid. Tell us what to give him and what we have to do to make him play with us.

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  • hira - 2014-04-02
    Hi my plum eats bread dipped in tea or even garevi. He eats corn, strawberries, mangoes, apples...almost all types of fruits. You can try giving them these. :)
  • pankaj - 2014-05-18
    Ruchika provide them kacha mango, green indian chillis, some sprouts, and like oats chane ki daal
  • Alex - 2014-05-28
    Hi there, do you still have the male and is he tame? Looking for an untamed male for my female in the aviary.... she has been very lonely since her partner passed away :(
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hira - 2014-03-31
I have a pair of plum head parakeets. They both are very friendly with me because I am the only one to entertain them. They are very jolly and sometimes become a shouting monkey to get my attention. I love them. I have recently gotten a female parakeet for my mino (male parakeet). She in a few days has adjusted amazingly. But the problem here is that I don't know when they will breed? I want to become aunti of their kids. :) They play with each other and have an open environment, they go from one room to another. I have set some flowers and tree stumps to make my place look like a forest. But when will they breed? I am really worried. Please help me. Want to become aunti hira..

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  • pankaj holkar - 2014-05-18
    Hello no need to worry these are also like other birds and you are petting them. All you need is to provide them nesting boxes according to ther size and they get mature for mating after 3 years. Female will start spending time in a nestbox, that is the sign that she is ready to breed. And will allow male for sex. Remove all messes you have created in your house. They need their mood, their time and privacy. All you need is to provide them time.
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Animal-World info on Maximilian's Pionus
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Betty L Shepherd - 2014-05-18
I got my maximillians pionus ( Webster ) when he was 1 yr. old....My husband had just passed away.  I lived with my Daughter and family.  None of them paid any attention to him,  He is 19 yrs. and I've had him 18 yrs.  His first owner was a man and he hand fed him, then at 6 months old a lady brought him to the pet store where I worked part time.  I fell in love with him the first time I heard him say Hi! Sweetheart... that did it for me.  My husband always called me Sweetheart until he passed away.  Problem:  He doesn't like anyone but me and he doesn't want anyone near me especially a guy.  I tried socializing him but with none of the family trying to be friends with him he doesn't like anybody.  Is it too late to help him like other people?  I have a schnauzer and a cat.  They all get along fine together.

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Animal-World info on Red Factor Canary
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Venceslau Barbosa da Silva - 2009-10-19
I have read the comment by Ronald, saying that the cross of Carduellis cuculata and the canary does not lead to fertile hybrids and that the insertion of the siskin's red factor to obtain the redfactor canary is a myth.Unfortunately Ronald, I can assure you that I, myself, have already produced lots of fertile F1s from that mating and definitely it is not a myth. If you do not believe it, just get a male venezuelan siskin, cross it with a canary and check the fertility of some male offsprings. The females are not fertyle, but, a good percentage of the males are. Try it, before getting to the final conclusion. Venceslau Barbosa da Silva

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  • Ivan - 2014-05-16
    Very true! Lol I do same thing, thanks for sharing.
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Lorna Hopkins - 2010-09-26
I am just starting to learn about the canary. I have always wanted a singing canary and my favourite colour is orange so to have an orange singing canary I would be all in my glory. I was told that my canary is not a red factor so I had no hope. A friend of mine gave me some red granulated stuff that he feeds his canary to keep it orange, I tried it and mine is turning colour. What is this stuff and where can I buy it?

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  • Ivan - 2014-05-16
    Hi, you can find it at any pet store, is is not dangerous for your birds, only problem is that if you stop to supply it as your bird is not a mosaic or a red factor, your bird will get back to his normal color.
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paula - 2014-05-09
I have two, male and female. She has one egg, sitting on it, how long will it take it to hatch? she doesn't want me around the cage at all.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-05-15
    The incubation period is 17 - 22 days.
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