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Mary - 2014-03-17
I have an eight year old female Plum-headed Parakeet that is changing colors to match my male Plum-headed Parakeet. I know she is female because I had her DNA tested as a baby. The male changed colors at two to three years of age. My female has been getting the male colors for the past year! Why would this happen?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Color changes in parrots can be related to illness or a poor diet. Slight shifts in shade or intensity are normal, but a major change to a different color, or small changes along with unusual behavior, can indicate a problem. Your best bet is to take the female to a veterinarian for a checkup.
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wizgem - 2012-08-25
Just to share with all lovebirds lovers ... My two Dutch Blue Lovebirds are very fund of apple, pear, and corns. They also like seeds from apple, melon, and pomegranate. Honeysuckle and Star Jasmine flowers are their snacks when in season. Since both of them are 'boys', they have their own favorite playmates, one is stuffed toy Garfield that has bright orange fur, the other is soft and juicy wheat grass bed ... :o) ... As long as they are happy, I'm fine with it.

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  • gao - 2013-07-01
    I have a pair of lovebirds and they are mating all day long this week.
  • Muhammad Aslam Khan - 2014-03-14
    Kindly let me know about the yellow lutinos and Dutch Blue Love birds, feeding, medicine, Vitamins, calcium, and tonic you give them. Your early reply will be highly appreciated, I have just started keeping lovebirds and other fancy birds. Thanks, Aslam Khan.
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Frank - 2014-03-13
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salwa - 2014-01-17
I have yellow red headed lotion love bird pair since 4 ,5 month back they have become completed (child to adult) but still no egg ....I would like to no how and when they will start to lay egg????

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-18
    It may be that they are simply too young. Lovebirds need to be at least 10 months old, though 12 to 13 months is better. To learn more about this see All About Lovebirds: Breeding/Reproduction
  • Slawa - 2014-03-13
    My lutino laid eggs but duration between 1st and 2nd was 5 days. It's the first time it laid an egg.
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Vivian - 2012-01-11
My conure is almost 2 years old and we have had her for more than one year. Usually she is very lovely and get along with everyone in the family. My husband and I always let her play outside of her cage until 3 months ago when she suddenly started to bite some visitors very hard. After the same attack happened a few times, we started to put her into the cage when we have visitors. However, yesterday, after her attacked one lady who is my mothers friend, she attacked my mother twice as well. We thought maybe she was just confused about the two people and after one night, she would remember my mother again.

Unfortunatly, she flew to my mother and bit her hard again when she saw her at the kitchen this morning. I had to put her into the cage sadly because my mother is so scared. I feel bad and worried. I do not want to lock her in the cage all the time, but I am afraid that she will attack my mother again. What should I do?

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  • Vivian - 2012-01-11
    Thank you very much Charlie. I feel better now after read your comments. You are right, she likes to sit on the chair next to mine and have dinner together with family, but I am not sure if it is safe to do so tonight. I think that talking to her and giving her little treats when she is in the cage is a good approach to reintroduce mom to her. I will try it tonight. However, holding her and getting close to my mom looks dangerous for now, because she becomes so aggressive that can not stay for one second on my fingure once she sees my mom. All she wants is giving her a big bite :(
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Sorta different behavior for a conure but certainly not unusual. Your little guy is part of your FAMILY FLOCK and has talken it upon himself to essentially protect HIS FLOCLK from outside creatures. That is pretty normal. A conure doesn't usually get agressive though but please realize yours is starting the big bad word PUBERTY. My guess would be that by accident or unpurpose someone frightened your little guy. It doesn't take a lot. My one bird is terrified of bright red hair. Little boy came in with bright red hair and my macaw went nuts - So probably a visitor came in and for some reason your little fella became frightened and yes - for some reason he now associates your mom with the visitor. Your mom has to be re-introduced to your little fella slowly --- She can just be around when he is in his cage and give him special treats (cheerios or hulled sunflower seeds). She can talk to him or you can HOLD him while she is there. Don't just remove the bird and place him in the cage but re introduce the feathered fella to the mom. Do it slowly. The bird thinks he is protecting you or possibly mis placed aggression against your mom's friend but it is going to be OK. Just might take some time and extra effort. Just go slow. Let the fethered fella go forward on his own time with your mom and don't try and force it. You can't just forcibly hold the conure in your hand and get him to make up to your mom cuz the conure will just bite you. You can set a plate for your conure when you eat dinner with all the good stuff from the table and let your mom give it to your conure though. It would be nice to know if at all possible what your moms friend and your mom have in common - ie something simple like a neck scarf or something.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Similar thing but not exactly the same. I went on vacation and my neighbor who knows all my birds and geta along just fine with all watches/feeds them for me. I happen to be baby sitting a proven pair of amazons for someone else and the female got out of the cage. My neighbor couldn't just 'pick it up' and I told her to net or throw a towel over it. She did and all was OK except my cockatoo who gets along with everyone decided that my neighbor was the monster from Mars for 2 months. My neighbor felt terrible and it took a few treats and talking before my cockatoo would not just SCREAM at her but all is fine now. I would just go slow and give the bird some 'forgiveness time' for whatever frightened him. Conures are forgiving once they realize who actually belongs to the FLOCK.
  • Alexandria Bunger - 2014-03-11
    I can relate to this....My JC attacks my step daughter who recently moved in with us...He typically loves everyone and would allow guests to pet him and handle him for a little while. BUT, when my daughter moved in he became so territorial... he would do this weird dance and hiss at her. We tried to help him get to know her and he started tolerating her (barely). She was on the phone and she told someone about the EVIL bird and when she hung up he just attacked her. He no longer tolerates her and if he hears her voice he gets into attack mode. She has since moved out and he no longer attacks anyone. He loves his family and she was new and not leaving at the end of the day... He just did not like that. I LOVE MY BIRD!
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evelyn - 2014-01-06
Hi I have a 4 year old jenday conure we thought he was a male as we had him when he was 18 months old and have his birth certificate which states male, but last night he laid a egg. Although he has not been with another parrot. Also he has started to bite people when they handle a towel or tea towel, he becomes aggressive and bites, fluffs up his feathers and squawks very loudly. Could you shed any light on this behaviour?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-08
    It sounds like she's going through her 'teenage' years, and could be sexually frustrated. This is a pretty common occurrence with African Grey parrots, but all parrots can experience this as they mature. Be patient with her, usually parrots calm down over time.
  • Lisa Mischele - 2014-01-14
    I have a 3 1/2 year old male jenday. Let me know where you live. Maybe we can get our birds together.
  • Alexandria Bunger - 2014-03-11
    My JC is named Kernal Mustard, he is a little over a year old and he is something else. He is everything a JC is supposed to be and he too loves attention. He likes to perch himself above my bed and when I get ready for bed he expects to get under the blanket and go to sleep. I allow him to sleep there for awhile because I feel like he loves the warmth. He buries his head into the blankets or the pit of my arm and goes to sleep, only after he says thank you and a couple of other grumbled words I have yet to figure out. After a while I place him back above my bed so he can go back to sleep and I can sleep without fear of crushing him. I recently almost lost him to metal poisoning--he likes to play with everything shiny and I was unaware he was eating items he would pick off my shirt (metal) bedazzle type items....he ended up paralyzed for about 30 minutes and required medical (expensive) treatment. He is well now but taking a med to help extract metal poisoning from his blood and hopefully he will poop out the small metal pieces. He likes to be with me all the time and I rarely lock him in his cage but I have to retrain myself to allow him some cage time because I can't be with him 24/7 and I do not want him to get into anything or eat anything metal.....BE careful they make you think they are only playing with shiny objects but they break them into small pieces and will eat them.....Very harmful.
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Aristides - 2014-03-08
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imran - 2014-03-04
I have a lutino female lovebird and a peached face male lovebird. It seems the male is having a hard time mating with the female, what I mean is male peach faced lovebirds are smaller then lutino females right?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-06
    In general female lovebirds are larger than males, no mater which type of lovebird they are. Different types of lovebirds can mate with each other, but it is possible your pair is having specific problems.
  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-06
    Female lovebirds are generally larger than males in all types of lovebirds. Different types of lovebirds can usually mate with each other, but yours may have some specific problem.
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jai - 2014-03-04
I have 3 alex birds, one male and two female. Can we put powder like 'CANDID' because we are keeping it very close to us?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    That is an antifungal powder. If you concerned that you may have a situation that would require something like this, I would first look at fixing the situation rather than trying to treat for an unknown.
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lyric - 2005-11-04
i just have to say that i am so greatful that i found this place, i have the most wonderful sun conure and his name is HOMIE!!! YEA i know!! lol but he is the love of all our lives. in a day he took to the kids and o how he loves his mamma! he rolls over and lays down with me when its time to go to sleep, but his lil goffy self wants to stick his foot in my mouth for some strange reason like its comforting to him. he will do flips and summersalts and to top it off plays catch with our dog. they run the ball back and forth to each other. its the neatest thing to see, i guess i am a proud momma of homie and wanted to share! i love him and cant wait to come back to learn more about the conures

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  • Avie little - 2014-02-27
    Hi. I'm trying to find a baby like the one you have but I'm having a hard time at it. I live in phoenix. Az and have looked in a couple pet shops.. I want a baby around 3 or 4 weeks old so I can hand feed and make our bond stronger. But I can't find a breeder that will let me buy one until it's weaned... I'm really hoping to find one close and soon...Your story is so cute... I hope to be as lucky as you.
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