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Apples_Mom - 2013-06-28
I have an 18 month old female IRN that I adore. I agree that they are not good first-time birds but my baby is exactly that. She is also tolerant of my family to include children as long as they have food or she can't see me directly. We love this bird. =)

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alex mccleish - 2012-02-24
I have three african greys of 14 weeks old and I am looking to sell to some good homes 500$ each. email me at

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  • Julio - 2013-06-28
    Where are you from? I am from mass. Looking for a congo..
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I just took in a goffin cockatoo she is very sweet but she only wants to eat striped sunflower seeds. I put pellets in because they said she used to put them in her water and eat them, but she won't do this. Also I wondered about her not chewing up anything like her toys she plays with but she doesn't chew them up at all. I am used to a parrot. She won't eat any fruit or fruit treats I put in. Any help I will appreciate. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-06-25
    It sounds like she is picky and has gotten used to a bad diet! You may want to try offering mostly pellets, fruits, and veggies with very little sunflower seeds. If she is hungry she will probably start to try other foods, especially if there aren't very many sunflower seeds. I wouldn't worry about her not chewing up her toys - at least you won't have to replace them all that often! Does she seem healthy otherwise? Good luck!
  • - 2013-06-26
    Thank you for the reply. She has started to try a couple different things just yesterday. She is sweet I was just worried. She does love toys I try to give her different things to play with. She talks and seems to be happy enough.
  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-06-26
    I'm glad to hear she seems happy and healthy otherwise. Switching up toys is a good idea too, because they definitely can get bored with no change in scenery!
  • Dane - 2013-06-27
    I have Goffin as well, he's about 5 years old. He was going alright for 4 years, and then stopped being 'himself' (talking, active) and then proceeded to feather plucking and progressed to self mutilation...very sad. Any way went to a vet, after blood test's it showed that poor diet caused less than normal kidney and liver funtion, also an x-ray showed a cracked breast bone, and tape worm as well as crop fungi. This was all caused by sunflower seeds, do not feed your bird. They are low in nutrtion and cause crop infection. After this been found out I checked my bird into 'parrot hospital' for 2 weeks, after light treatment (for wound) and a anti pluck collar to protect the wound for 4 mounths as well as supplemented foods of muesli, plumage, water additives; and kindey and liver repair drugs (sneaked in his food). He is on his way to recovery. Stay away from sunflower seeds. If the bird will not eat pellets, I have a goffins porridge, When mixed with hot milk it makes like a warm soup/cearal. Unfortunatley u have to be cruel to be kind, if you don't, bird will die.
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Unnikrishnan - 2013-04-30
I have got a pair of lutino fischer and Fischer.My Lutino Fischer pair and Fischer pair laid their first egg around 27 Mar 13. They are incubating the eggs all the time and both are cutting the paper and dipping in water and taking to the cage. In this lutino was layed her last egg at 06 Apr 13. But today 30 Apr 13. No egg is hatched. what might be the problem what may the colour of the egg when it is going to be hatched(1 or 2 day before chicks come out). Lutino was mating every day upto last egg layed.In this both lutino's are always in the cage. Hardly in rotation they are coming to take food,bath or tear paper. Today I noticed the fischer's butt is bulged like when it started laying egg.Kindly advice I am a starter in this issues. I clearly sea yesterday 1 of my lutiono's egg is light blackish and 2 have got some bubbles on it and rest 3 are normal.Earlier all 6 are look same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-01
    Lovebirds are very good at taking care of their eggs and their young. It the eggs aren't going to hatch, then the female will simply abandon them. The eggs, if fertile, will take about 28 days to hatch.

    When breeding there are a few things to consider. Do not disturb the cage when they are breeding or after the eggs are laid. Just feed the birds during this time and make sure they have fresh water. Usually the first few attempts are unsuccessful, and the eggs won't hatch. Also female Fischer lovebirds ares very prone to egg binding, so they must be given plenty of calcium in their diet during breeding and afterwards. Young birds should be discouraged from breeding.
  • Suraj Sadasivan - 2013-05-02
    Thank a lot for your kind attention to my post and give reply to my Beginner’s curiosity. That means still hope are there for hatching. Both not abandonded the cage. Last egg was laid around 06 Apr 13.
  • Unnikrishnan - 2013-05-02
    Thanks a lot for your kind attention to my post and give reply to my Beginner’s curiosity. That means still hope are there for hatching. Both not abandonded the cage. Last egg was laid around 06 Apr 13.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-02
    I understand how concerned each little thing can be, and glad they are still doing okay, maybe there will be babies. If not this time, maybe soon:)
  • Unnikrishnan - 2013-05-20
    Today after 54 days also my lutino is incubating the eggs.What should I do now. Today I checked the fischer's nest. There is 15 eggs in that(including the old 5). What should I do now.
  • Unnikrishnan - 2013-05-21
    As per ur advice nest of both lutino as well as Fischer has been removed. All 6 eggs of lutino has been candled found all infertile. Surprisingly in Fischer's nest there were 18 eggs. Positioned 9 each and different places.We never see Fischer's are mating. But lutinos are mating frequently.All 18 eggs were candled but none is fertile. As here we doesn't have any DNA testing facility. Is there any way to differentiate male Fischer and Female fischer.We confirmed that our both Fischer's are female. We want to buy two male. Kindly help us to find out which is male and which is female.Thanks for ur all support and kind advice
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    With that many eggs, it sounds like you may have two females. A normal clutch is 4-6 eggs and the incubation period for Lovebirds is 21 to 26 days. Eggs that are 54 days old are infertile. To check to see if the eggs are fertile you can candle them. Hold the eggs gently near a bright light. If you can clearly see a dark spot surrounded by blood vessels, the egg is fertile.

    Be aware that successive egg laying takes take a toll on females which can cause them to become eggbound. An eggbound female will require immediate vet care, and can still die. Your best bet may be to take down the nest box and not encourage breeding.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    So glad to know that helped and you could determine if the eggs were fertile. As far as sexing, these birds are very difficult to sex so it's best to work with an experienced breeder. But some things that can help to indicate differences are: when you feel the pelvic bones on the females they will be wider apart than on the males. Also in behavior, when the birds are undisturbed... (like they don't know they are being watched), females will tend to hunch down more on their perches while males tend to stand more upright. Still, its \difficult to tell. Good luck to you guys, and let me know how it goes!
  • talk2unnikb1 - 2013-06-26
    I replaced the bird with a male one. And waiting for the result. Kindly advice about some medicine for immunity and improve the health of the birds. Any special care should be taken in rainy season. Kindly advice
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Sam - 2013-06-25
I live in Madras, (South) India; One Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo probably brought to India by pet trade is free living now for over a year around my neighbourhood... The bird refered to as Australian in the neighbourhood chooses to spend most of it's time in my roof top garden and the tress around... I have seen her eat Gauvas (from the trees around) and have recently started leaving some Gauvas for it to eat... I leave water too but am not sure if she uses it... The bird is shy and that gives her a good chance for the long term survival, considering many have tried to catch her over the last many months... Wonder what can be done to ease from the pain of being the lone free ranging Cockatoo in this part of the world! Sam Kottivakkam, Madras, India. +91 9841034180

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erica - 2013-01-17
If I do not want my doves to lay eggs right now, do I have to take out the male? If she already has laid can I take the eggs away or do I have to take the male away? Until I want her to lay? I would like them to stay together at all times!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-17
    If you do not want fertilized eggs you will want to separate your male and female. The female may still lay eggs but they will not fertilize and therefore will not hatch if there is no male. If she has already laid eggs they may be fertilized. If you take the eggs out and don't allow the doves to incubate them with their bodies they most likely will never hatch, but it would be better to just separate the male and female to keep from having fertilized eggs.
  • felix - 2013-06-22
    Well you could keep them together for ever, in puerto rico i had around 100 pigeons and they laid eggs everday...if i didnt want to have babies i would just remove the eggs from the nest...that it,  good luck...
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ananya - 2013-05-20
hi,can i colony-breed 3 pairs of lovebirds housed in an aviary?there are 1 lutino pair,1 blue-masked pair and 1 peach faced pair. thanks to anyone who comments!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-06-22
    Hi...Ananya..yes you can breed them in colony setting..I m having same pairs with my aviary and all 3 pairs have recently laid eggs. But be careful of hybrid chicks. Do not cross them for ex.lutino with b/m ...if you have any other queries then post here. wish you good luck...
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    Most Lovebird species are colony breeders, with the exception of Abyssinian Lovebirds and Madagascar Lovebirds. However Lovebirds are best breed in colonies of the same species. Masked Lovebirds can be very aggressive towards other birds in an aviary setting, so you may have problems mixing them with the Peach Faced Lovebirds ((Lutino's are Peach-faced mutations).
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karthi das - 2013-06-19
My love bird laid eggs 30 days before but they didnt hatched, it has the cluster of 4 eggs.... now she leave that eggs and tries to lay new ones in another nest box.... then what will happens to the old eggs?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    You could try candling the eggs to see if they are fertile. If they are, then you can pull them and incubate them yourself. However, because she is ignoring them, my guess is they are not fertile and you should just toss them.
  • abhi - 2013-06-22 opinion is that...remove previous eggs if not fertile...and remove next box also. And give her break and rest otherwise she will have a problem of 'eggs binding'. Does she has a male partner? ....
  • abhi - 2013-06-23
    no old one will not hatch...better you must give her break and rest from new clutch to avoid egg binding problem ..
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Denise - 2013-03-30
Olive my 10 yr old blue fronted has had a stressful few months. Our house was destroyed by Sandy in October. We lived on the beach in Rockaway NY. It was the only home she every knew. I weaned her. She always had her flight wings and would spend alot of time in the kitchen perched on top of the cabinets, also loved looking out the windows bird watching. Overnight we all became homeless. I lucked out and found a pet store ( Animal Kingdom)upstate NY to take her in until I got settled somewhere. The staff there were great they took such good care of her. I visited her whenever I could. I finally was able to take her back last month. Wasnt easy finding some place to live because all of rockaway as homeless and looking for housing. We are living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn. I was so glad to get her reunited with my lab Sam. My question is Why is she losing feathers? She molted in the fall as usual and grew back all new feathers. We have forced air heat here. I kinda think its because the air might be too dry for her. My house had steam heat and also living by the ocean the air was never dry even in the winter. I had her wings clipped because I didnt want her the have an accident in her new surroundings. I started spraying her with water a few times a day it helped, finding less feathers on the floor. Do you think putting a cool mist humidifier by her cage would help? Thank You

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  • Denise - 2013-04-11
    Thanks David
  • Tracey - 2013-06-21
    Hi Denise, It appears that someone else might have responded to you, but I can't see the I'll offer what I can. First, I'm sorry to hear that you & Olive experienced that tragedy! I'm glad to know that you are finding your way back to your normal life and that Olive is back home with you. There are a number of reasons that may cause feather loss, feather damage and plucking among them. However, my educated guess would be stress and change. As you know, parrots don't deal well with change and that routine is very important to them. Like you, Olive experienced a great trauma and is bound to suffer its affects both physically and mentally. It is entirely possible that her skin and feathers have been dried out by the change in humidity, but it's likely a combination of that and the stress she's been under. Please also remember that changes in 'climate', particularly in amount of light, temperature, and humidity levels, can induce hormonal and other physical changes in parrots. Also be sure to watch her for plucking. It sounds like you're taking steps to adjust the humidity for her, but do be careful in how often you spray her as too much water can dry her skin & feathers out. Aloe is a miracle plant for parrots and the people they own alike...use it - frequently. You can mist her with a water/aloe solution and even feed her aloe. A google search will provide the vast number of ways that human and bird can benefit from regular use. In the meantime, watch her carefully, take your cues from her about how she feels and what she wants, and offer her as much love, affection, and attention as she'll accept! Bravo on choosing the 'cool mist', just be sure to clean it daily to prevent bacteria growth.
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rosemarie - 2013-06-20
need help i have two pairs of finches male and female.One pair been laying eggs back to back but when they hatch the most that there alive is one day fvery day that one is born one dies plz give me advice.Now the other female i notice that her feet are very pale and is loosing all her feathers almost to a bald .Plz help what can i do Plz


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