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Caryn Williams - 2013-07-21
Hi, my 4 month old is now almost a year old... My older bird is 6 years. The younger one really wants some interaction with the older one. She chases him around the cage. If she gets too close the older bird screams his head off until she backs off. At night they sleep in different cages. The older bird has never attacked the younger one, he just does not want anything to do with her at all! I really want them to get along and share a cage. We have tried a couple of times to put them in together, but the older one pitches such a fit, we give up. I don't want anyone to get hurt! Is there anything I can do to help them become friends?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Hmmm, well it sounds like your older bird has gotten quite used to being solitary! I really can't say as to whether he will ever want a cage mate. It might be better to just keep them in separate cages. Over time (a long time!) maybe he will warm up to the younger bird and want to share a cage.
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Lisette A. Olson - 2013-07-07
I am caring for a white with black neck & chest pigeon/dove. It was found in a parking lot approaching people looking for food. It was quite friendly. My daughter brought it to me due to my experience with birds. As much experience as I have I'm concerned I might be missing something important in the care. I have purchased several types of seed & it's eating happily. Making a mess by tossing the least favorite seeds everywhere. I've been reading everything I can find but not being sure of breed has me concerned I may be missing something. There is no band. It has red legs & is simply beautiful. I'd appreciate any input. It's most important to me to be SURE my bird is getting Everything it NEEDS. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you. God bless, Lisette.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    I think you are doing the best you can for the bird. Most pigeons and doves have similar needs in terms of nutrients. Buying a variety of seed mixes and offering them simultaneously is a good idea to make sure he/she is getting proper nutrition. Is there someplace you could bring it to determine for sure what breed you have? Such as a wild bird conservatory, or even a zoo of some sort?
  • Lissel - 2013-07-20
    We rescued a baby dove with a wing defect and like you fed seed mixes (canary-finch mix was recommended). 2 years later and we have converted her to pet crumbles for parrots/doves. Vet said they're much better for them, more complete nutritionally, and per the promotional materials we have found she wastes much less, eats every crumb, and no more seed everywhere! She's gained weight and we are hoping to avoid vet bills for repeat crop infections she was suffering. Hope this helps. P.S. took 3 days to change her eating, and now she loves the stuff.
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Jaylee - 2013-07-19
Hi. Two and a half months ago i re-homed a 9 year old female goffins cockatoo. She refuses to eat. At first i thought it was because of the stress of moving to a new home. I took her to an avian vet who checked her over and trimmed her beak. She advised to give her time and didn't seem worried. It's been 6 weeks and she still will not eat anything healthy. She doesn't even eat seed. She demands peanut butter on a cracker and will go as far as grabbing a cracker and trying to spread the peanut butter on it. I hid the peanut butter but she knows where it is stored and tries to get it. She will eat hard boiled egg and plain shredded wheat. I have tried buying very expensive feed mixes to boil for her but she refuses. Her feathers are starting to look stressed. She is out of her cage and has free run of the house 95% of the time. She is fully flighted and prefers to sit on top of a doorway most of the time. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-07-26
    It may take days, weeks, or even months to modify your bird's diet. You have a 19 year old bird that is very smart, and has some very well learned behaviors. The first 30 days in a new environment are an adjustment period when its easiest to establish new behaviors, but that time has passed and he has figured out how much control he has and is using behaviors he knows well. The best thing to do is to continually provide the diet, but have new foods available as well. Never withdraw his comfortable diet completely until you are sure he is eating the new foods. (A bird will never 'accidently' try a different food.) Powdered supplements for birds can be added to the water to help balance the diet.

    In the wild these birds eat a vast assortment of seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, blossoms, roots, vegetation (leaf buds), farmers' crops, and sometimes even insects and their larva. In captivity we try to simulate all the nutrition they get in nature.

    As a rule, any wholesome, nutritious food that you and your family eat your bird can eat, including small amounts of lean cooked meats, fish, eggs and even cheese occasionally. Offering parrot foods that includes forumlated pellets can help with nutritional balance. Additionly about 20 - 25% of the daily diet should be fruits, vegetables and greens. It's been found that seeds alone don't offer a complete diet, yet cockatoos are drawn towards peanuts and sunflower seeds. Though these seeds are not 'bad',  they are particularly high in fats while being deficient in calcium, vitamin A and other nutrients.
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dawn willis - 2013-07-18
Bought our conure 3 days ago. He will be 9 weeks on Saturday. He was hand reared, he's already trying to talk. Can't go out of the room and he's with you, he hates being on his own, gives kisses and loves his fruit and veggies. Couldn't have picked a more affectionate pet.

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Cristina - 2013-07-18
My Quaker Parrot, Molly, just recently started hanging around at the bottom of her cage. Which is unusual since she's always running around in and out of the cage. I saw her scratching here and there, and thought maybe she wants something to run around in. Like paper. I gave her some torn up pieces of newspaper and let handle her business. She seemed content. Which helped stop her excessive scratching at the bottom of the cage. But now she just hangs around there. She nods her head towards me and eats every once in a while. The only time she doesn't hang there is when it's time to sleep. She goes back to her usual perch at the top. She seems content when I wrap my hand around her like a blanket and makes these chirp sounds and flaps her wings excessivly when she's happy to see me or approves of me. When I take her out of her cage and into another room she grows desperate in trying to locate her cage when she's away from it and tries to pry herself away from me to get back to cage. She's never done this before. And gets extremely furious when someone other than myself approaches her or her cage. Her eyes and nose are not runny or anything. Is she trying to build a nest and protect it?! She only lets me touch her and put my hand in the cage...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    It is possible she is going through a mating phase. I know with my parrot she would periodically go into 'heat' and would become very attached to me and repeat some weird rituals (such as turning around in circles for long periods of time). That may be what is going on with her. If that's what is going on she will probably come out of it eventually. I know it might be hard, but also try not to encourage this behavior because she might also consider you her 'mate,' and you want her to know you are not her mate.
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Donita Kidd - 2013-01-18
Female Rock Pebbler for sale........425-344-4880, Marysville, Wash. Bird is from Australia, 4-years old

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  • John caponetto - 2013-07-10
    I'm very interested in the female Rock Pebbler is she still available and if so Thank you. John
  • Amber Jorgensen - 2013-07-15
    My sister in-law was given a rock pebbler and in the 2 days I spent visiting, 'Pebbles' allowed me to get him out of his cage a few times and cuddle with him. Unfortunately she will not give up the bird, so I am looking to find one for myself. I have a lot of experience with a wide variety of birds. I would train/handle the rock pebbler as a companion bird. I currently live in NC, but I am looking into moving to the Idaho, Oregon, Washington area in the next few months. If anyone can hook me up with a breeder, I would appreciate it!
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Milla - 2013-07-15
I have read about cockatoos and saw videos about them and I just think that they're SO AMAZING, and I thought that it would be SO AWESOME to have one! So if you have one for sale or you know someone who has one for sale then PLEASE, PLEASE, pppppllllllleeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeee tell me! (; Thanks for listening! (;

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Tyion Blasingame - 2013-07-14
Hi, My parakeets name is Baby Adam. He is very sensitive around new people but he is nice! But if you mess with him he will bite you, also he likes to kiss people and bite their lips.

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Anonymous - 2013-07-05
Hi Everyone. My lutino has laid 1st eggs on 12 june there is clutch of 4 eggs. All eggs are fertiles I have candling them. On 3 june I saw 1st egg has small crack but still egg has not hatched. How much time it will take to cheek one out ...please reply ...I m very eager to see my first cheek.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    It takes 22-25 days for for eggs to hatch. The egg that is cracked most likely will not hatch. :(
  • abhi - 2013-07-14
    Thanks...Jasmine...3 out 4 eggs hatched but unfortunately only one survived. Now baby is 5 days old and going better. My blue masked had laid her first egg on 24 july, cluster of 5 eggs. But unfortunately her male flew away. Female still incubating eggs. Hatching is near. Can female raise all babies alone?
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Iv - 2009-01-21
White Doves attract rats. This has been attested by our near neighbour. Not only that but their dropppings are a health hazard, not to mention the damage to rooves.
Their inane cooings are insufferable. Bring on the Sparrowhawks i say!

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  • A.Murphy - 2010-07-19
    How narrowminded. Too bad. Inane cooings?
  • Gina (aka Poobear The Texas Polar Bear :-) - 2010-09-04
    What a horrid way to look at the beautiful white dove. It is only natural that they have droppings as any bird does and not any bird has a pleasant dropping or considered to be healthy as far as walking in them. As for the cooing, it is beautiful and as with all birds unique sounds(chirps, tweets and peeps) is designed by God. I have owned my gorgeous white dove "Diamond Girl" for many years and she is nothing less than a pure delight. As for rats, I supposed anything that has droppings could attract them but I have never had a problem with my "D.G" attracting rats or any type of vermin or insects. Doves are a blessing from God as are all birds and animals. You're comment to bring on the Sparrow Hawks is very uncaring and inhumane. A person that owns a white dove loves them just as people love any type of animal that they are blessed to have in their lives.
  • lola norris - 2010-12-07
    From viewing your comment, all i can say is "you do not know doves. " they are probably the most gentle bird out there and beauty to the eye. All birds have droppings. And the cooings are the best.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-21
    Not everyone likes the sound of doves. I have 5 and enjoy their sounds. I have had them for ten years and have not seen any rats. Perhaps your neighbor should acquire a cat to take care of the rat problem.
  • Devon - 2013-07-13
    Doves are known worldwide as the sweetest birds....and all birds have droppings.

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