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JOE GAMMINO - 2005-05-04
I HAVE A PAIR OF BLUE THROATS THAT ARE 11 YEARS OLD, AND THEY ARE NOW FINALLY STARTING TO BEAK FEED EACH OTHER! I HAVE TALKED TO OTHER BREEDERS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFUL PAIRS AND THEY SAY THAT THESE ARE VERY HARD TO BREED. THEY USUUALLY START BREEDING AROUND 10-12 YEARS OF AGE! A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE REGULAR MACAW! AND ARE VERY DIFFICULT PARENTS, YOU WILL FINDING YOURSELF INCUBATING THE EGGS! THEY ARE ALSO VERY JEALOUS BIRDS! THEY CAN BOND TO ONE PERSON AND SOMETIMES WILL ATTEMPT TO ATTACK THE OTHER PERSON IF YOU INTERUPT THEM! I HAVE BEEN BREEDING BIRDS FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND SINCE OWNING THESE MACAWS AM VERY SURPRISED AT THE DIFFERENCE SAY TO THE B&GS! BUT ON A POSITIVE NOTE THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL AND IF YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON HANDLING THEM YOU WILL BE FINE! THIS IS MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BLUE THROATS! I BELEIVE THEY WILL BE ON THE ENDANGERED LIST IN THE WILD FOR SOMETIME BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY OF RAISING THEIR YOUNG! THANKS

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L'oiseau Rebelle - 2005-09-09
I wondered for years what my macaw "Carmen" was; I was told when I got her that she was a Catalina macaw and I remember thinking that she didn't look like any Catalina I'd ever seen. I saw her parents (her mother is a Military and her father is a Scarlet) and I asked the breeder if "Catalina" was also a name applied to a Military/Scarlet cross and he said it applied to all hybrid macaws. I didn't quite believe this but didn't give it any more thought until I ran across this page. I can't believe how much "Tonya" looks like Carmen! They could be sisters!! Thanks for helping give my girl the right identity! :)

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John Shelley Show - 2008-08-22
After all our kids moved out, we purchased our Aussie (umbrella cockatoo) when he was only 9 weeks old. Neither of us owned a large bird before (just small birds). HE IS THE BEST! He is 1 yrs old now. He doesn't say clear words yet but sure tries to say "good boy" and "Hi". We were amazed when we were able to potty train him in only a week. YEA. His wings are clipped but he walks all over the house as if he's the boss. When we get up and get ready for work, we bring Aussie out to keep us company and let him play while we get ready for work. Then when we have to leave we tell him we have to go to work and put him in his cage with the tv on and say "by-bye". He is in his cage during the day while we are at work which is a 72x36x48 loaded with toys, light/ceiling fan on, and a tv that is on while we are away (of course, cartoon network so he doesn't pick up anything bad). When we get home, we bring him out, he goes "potty", we applaud his good behavior and then he does whatever. He has a play gym in the living room that he can go on whenever he wants and a toy box loaded with all kinds of toys. He loves his balls he plays with that are soft rubber and some with little balls inside that he removes within seconds. He gets play time until 1 hour before bedtime and then we allow him to sit on our laps and get his nightly backrub/neckrub. He loves to be rubbed while he hides his head in a blanket or even our shirt. When he gets loud or out of control, we cover him with a blanket. If that doesn't work, then we have a "time-out" cage (36x36x48-his starter cage)in another separate room with a door. If he is naughty (perhaps bites), he gets "time-out". Usually only 10-15 min depending on the issue then we get him out and continue on as if nothing happened. He is a perfect angel when he comes out. He always tries to come to the one that put him in time out as if to say he's sorry---way awesome. He goes to bed at the same time every night-around 9pm. He is an awesome addition. Time out really works as it is in a different room from his normal cage and there is no toys and we leave the room dark. When he does good, we literally clap our hands and say "Aussie, good boy" and continue to reinforce that he is being a good boy. He knows commands such as: no, eat, potty, come, standup, stepdown, nite-nite and yes he can shake. We are looking forward to him talking, hopefully soon. He eats Zupreem fruits and veggies (pellet foods). He likes broccoli, carrots, king crab legs, shrimp, lobster and some fish. He also loves scrabbled egg beaters with me for breakfast. He eats raisens, soup crackers, animal cookies, peanuts and dry cereal. He likes to "chew" so we be sure to have things he can chew on everywhere so he won't chew on what he shouldn't. Oh yea, he loves to shower with us--this is a funny experience. He is quite at night and even when we sleep in on a weekend, he doesn't make a sound until we open his door and say "good morning".
These are awesome pets if you have space, time, compassion and lots of luv to give.

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  • vallerie - 2010-09-18
    My cockatoo is 12 weeks old. He"s had his first shower and loved it.
    He goes to bed at 9 also in the morning I say good morning and open the shade at the window so he can look around out side.. trying to talk almost there, 99%potty trained
    but when I want him to stay on his perch in the living room sometimes it just does not happen working progress (lol) jrakkar is a picky eater not much for human food but still only 12 weeks old....
  • vallerie akerblom - 2010-10-12
    Mine is 15weeks old he says hello-supper-wacka wacka - working on how are you ..his name is jrakkar he knows his name very well we go for walks he has also been on the channel news last week..could not imagine not having him very picky eater.
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Raechel Ward - 2011-11-22
I absolutely love my military macaw named Joey. He really takes up to me loves to sit beside me doesn't bite me he even gives me kisses. I wanted to know where its supposed to be white between his eye and beak why is it red what does my Joey need.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-22
    They blush. So where it is frequently white, it takes on a red color. White normally but when pet, happy, having a good time or being kissed, they blush. Now, if you mean the nostril area is a vivid red, I would check the nostrils for anything embedded. Sounds nuts but had a macaw that somehow put millet in his nostril.
  • Karen - 2012-02-07
    It turns red with arrousal or aggression. My Petes turns red when happy and when mad.
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IAN WEBB - 2009-06-23
As a pet these are not a bad bird but can be nasty when cleaning out the cage etc. I have heard of people losing fingers, but in the wild these are Australia's second worst pest. They are the farmer's nightmare and a very very destructive devastating bird. Myself I rank them up with the Indian Myna and the Cane Toad as this country's worst pests. I hope that my view does not hurt but having been on the land myself. I see the damage this bird is doing to the man on the land, who is struggling with this and the worst drought in at least 100 years. The farmer has to make a living, thank you and have a nice day

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  • Ros Stiles - 2011-08-11
    Perhaps you need to remember that humans came and took over the cockatoos food source, felled their trees and cleared their forests. So if the poor birds actually dare to take some food from your trees when you have (your ancestors or previously land owner) raped their land took away their food and shelter etc. Perhaps you could plant a few trees for the birds to help them out instead of complaining about them. And I do understand - I come from a farming background.
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DD Manfredi - 2004-06-13
I have a one year old White Crowned/Capped Parrot that was given to me by a friend in Honduras who farms and found the little guy after a dead tree had been cut down. Ricky (the parrot) lives with me at my retirement home in Siguatepeque Honduras and I successfully hand-raised him from what I figure was an age of 2 weeks. I fed him a mixture of water and corn flour, mixed to a thin paste and drawn up into a amall hypodermic (without needle of course). I would place the syringe totally inside the mouth and he would then take it garther in hinself and I would press the mix directly down the throat, he thrived and has always been very healthy. When grown these birds LOVE corn, fresh corn on the cob, just pull the shuck leaves back and use them to tie the piece to the cage (or perch). Fresh corn on the cob is considered to be essential at least once a week for an adult bird by the locals.

This is a favorite parrot of local Hondurans and they have taught me a couple of things about them and their ability to speak, that I do not find elsewhere. They say to NEVER feed them anything with salt on it, OR the bird will never speak! Also at 8 months they begin to feed the bird a drop or two of liquor on a piece of tortilla daily, or provide a small cup of fruit wine twice a week. This bird in the wild starts consuming naturally fermented fruit at this age and does so periodically throughout its lifetime. Without this addition to their diet they will never speak well. My little guy is already doing various whistles, calling 3 people in the family by name and is becoming more talkative daily. He started talking one month after I started giving him fruit wine. The wine I am using is a pineapple and mango based wine, but I would think that nay tropical fruit based wine would do.

I love my little friend and am glad to share this information on increasing their talkativeness. Remember that these people have been raising and loving these birds for hundreds of years and I trust what they know and have shared with me. They recommend to never cage this particular type parrot, or if necessary a large cage where they can have lots of activity.

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  • Lucy - 2010-06-10
    That is really interesting! Can I give the fruit wine to my bird now that she is almost three years old? Or will it not work? Thank you.
  • Tricia - 2010-10-07
    Hi I am so interested where I can get this wine for my little one she is only four months old and I want the best for her....... thks
  • Anita - 2011-06-20
    Thanks for sharing. We have a 9-year-old that we got at 8 months. While the bird may be "trainable" my husband is not and I have never been able to get him not to do things like feed the bird roasted, salted nuts! We love our little guy and he has been 100% healthy for 9 years eating first pellets that he later rejected, then seed, nuts, vegetables and fruits. Loves soy beans, corn and carrots. Is picky about fruits - eats apples, throws out pears! He talks, but only in a whisper, and only to me when the house is quiet and he has put himself to bed on his "sleeping perch". He has a large preview pet aviary which has carefully-placed perches, toys, and food as well as a play top. He puts himself to bed (climbs back into the cage) at dusk. In the morning, before getting out of the cage or eating anything, he demands that his head be scratched.
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Joan Quinn - 2009-11-06
I have a Red Factor Canary and I thought he didn't really need toys, as is stated on a previous posting. However, I felt sorry for him and bought him some toys, bell, mirrors, dangly toys and of course a swing. He loves his toys! And he is always on his swing looking in the big mirror on the wall where his cage is, and he sings all of the time because he thinks he is singing to the bird in the mirror. So, it has been my experiences that canaries do like to play with toys and they also like mirrors and sing to their own reflection. His name is Mango and he is one very happy little boy!

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Anonymous - 2003-08-04
I also have aquired a wild caught Moluccan. I don't know his way back past, but he was in an animal training program here in Southern California for many years. I was assigned to his during one year there. During the teen years there he started mutilating his chest. I've had him for 9 years now. 6 of those years he wore a collar to prevent the mutilation.In the past 3 years I have been giving him Haloperidol, a human drug, 3 drops in the morning and that is it. He ceased mutilation and now lives beautifully collar free. I think of it as a miracle. He still plucks his chest a bit, but no mutilation. There is no change in his personality, it just removed the obsession he had with his chest. He is once again the pretty, fluffy, white bird I fell in love with....

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Sherry - 2012-07-07
Hello I just wanted to introduce myself. I have just adopted a Golden Capped Conure and a question is all of a sudden she is attacking my son (22 years old) everytime he trys to pet or have her go to him he was going to him - but now won't ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-07
    Most likely the Gold Cap has decided that you are his/her mate and is attacking the competition.  Rather than your son trying to pick up or pet the Gold cap, have your son just be around him, talking, possible little piece of toast as a treat.  Make friends.  Usually the conure will 'allow' other members into the family and maybe just re aquaint your son to the Gold cap.
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shari shovan - 2011-06-28
i have a male and female lovebird. She always has one to six eggs in her nesting box. I take her eggs so she won't have any babies. Am I doing wrong by taking her eggs and disposing of them? Please give me an answer. I am making myself sick not knowing.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    I understand why you are taking her eggs, unfortunately, there can be some serious consequences. You have a male and female lovebird and it is natural for them to want to mate. I don't know if the eggs are fertile but neither do they. Your female will keep laying eggs and very likely run a severe calcium shortage. She utilizes her calcium to produce the shell on the egg and therefore will deplete her own. The second problem is she is constantly laying additional eggs which is very hard on her. She lays an egg in an attempt to have a chick and the egg is removed so she lays another egg. She runs the risk of losing her health entirely. Leave the eggs and let nature take its course. She may not sit the eggs but at least she will stop laying eggs for awhile. I would also put a calcium supplement such as cuttle bone or those fruit flavored calcium blocks in the cage as soon as possible. Don't make yourself sick - or get upset. We all learn and no harm done.
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