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ardhee - 2014-01-16
Are birds exposed to the virus can't be 100% health ? Because my canaries exposed to the virus that has been paralyzing his legs. How do I treat my canary ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-17
    Unless your bird has been in contact with diseased birds, a virus or bacterial disease would be fairly unlikely.  Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect canaries. But canaries are well known for their delicate respiratory systems. Exposure to airborn toxins can create a variety of problems, including paralysis.

    Your pet could have aspergillosis, a respiratory disease caused by the fungus aspergillus, which is commonly found in the environment. If any portion of the central nervous system has become involved due to this illness, the bird may have tremors, an uneven or wobbly gait, seizures, or paralysis. Aspergillosis can be treated with an anti-fungal medicine.

    Canaries are very hardy birds and almost all illnesses can be traced to improper diet, dirty cages, and drafts. A balanced diet and plenty of exercise will prevent most canary illnesses.
  • ardhee - 2014-01-21
    If my canary is cured, is that true the virus will be transmitted to the child's, because I'm really worries with my canary, already 1 month my canaries exposed to the virus , what can still be cured? Thank you before.
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David reed - 2013-08-24
My bird just passed away from cancer. He was only three years old and my girlfriend is devastated. I'm looking to purchase another one for her I can't seem to locate one.

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  • Anthony - 2013-09-02
    If you are still looking, I can help.
  • Josh Burns - 2014-01-20
    I raise Rock pebblers. My pair will be nesting by the end of feb. Contact me if you are wanting to get another bird. I hand feed mine from day 12 till weened so they are super tame. Email me with questions on the birds bowhunter1978@gmail.com
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Cockatiel lover - 2014-01-18
hi, I bought a female cockatiel, she was kept with male birds, and she is 2 months old. Is there a chance that she will lay eggs, and if she does can she raise them herself ??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-19
    Cockatiels should be 18 months to two years old to breeding. Any female parrots can lay eggs even if they are kept alone, however the eggs will not be fertile.
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AEC - 2014-01-18
Hello We adopted a beautiful pineapple green-cheeked conure about 1 1/2 month ago. He (George) has turned out to be a real joy. George is a very curious and playful little parrot. I look forward to many years of play. AEC

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peter shioda - 2014-01-16
hi my eastern rossela is 15 months old. i had her 4 my 50th. she was very nervous but with a lot of time spent with her 1 on 1. she will take food out of my hand and luvs 2 fly free. just talk 2 her gently, she will come round, but any strangers she will become aggresive. she's protective like my rotties, ha ha be patient

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rachel - 2013-06-27
i have recently gotten a Red mask conure that belonged to my uncle who has passed on. he is very mean. i am trying to figure out a way to get him to tame down. he would never allow anyone to touch him other than my late uncle. can anyone give me any ideals on how to help him with his anxiety issue, and how to make his and my social life better. i really would like to gain a relationship with him. i was able to get him to eat a peanut out of my hand and hold him with a towel, but he seems very angry and wants to bite... reminder my uncle just recently passed on, within the last 2 weeks. thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-27
    It's a great thing for you to do, adopting this bird. You didn't say how old he is, but I get the impression your uncle had him a  long time. Birds are very smart and have excellent memories, and like people they will use the socialization mechanisms they know... in his case only allowing the uncle to touch him.

    Moving him into a new enviroment, with a new keeper is disruptive, but to your advantage. It takes a parrot about 30 days to get accustom to their new home. During this time they learn how to cope in the new environment, and they learn what is the norm with the people and place. However, after that initial month or so, they often attempt to resort back to their earlier learned behaviors from their previous environment.

    You have the opportunity right now to establish the norm in the new home. Although it sounds like he may be trying his earlier coping mechanisms on you, keep sharing the peanuts, and shower the bird with praise and affection repeatedly. Do this multiple times a day. You want to influence the bird's behavior in a positive way as much as you can right now. When he tries his old coping methods, don't reward those behaviors.

    As parrots are so smart, and with great memories, it can take a lot of patience and a lot of time to develop good socialization. But continue with the peanut sharing (and other treats), affection, and praise for the behaviors you  want. Once this smart bird becomes comfortable with you and decides to try your methods out, he can become a great pet. Patience and love:)
  • Les - 2013-09-24
    Birds are a lot like us, they grieve the loss of their owner, if they do not see that the person they're bonded to they believe they were abandoned by them. We recently rescued a cherry head that is 36. Her owner passed, the son not knowing tried to take care of her. She plucked herself off even her tail feathers, tummy, back and a lot of her wing feathers. The son tried, he even took her to a vet over 15 times in 4 months. She kept declining in health, so he opted to put her down. They instead took her to the local bird refuge. After spending time and patience she responded to me. She is cuddled up to me right now. My suggestion is take tiny steps to gain his trust. Do not use fast motions, never yell this loses trust with a bird. We have found our little girl is blind in one eye so we have to not come from that side it frightens her. We adopted another bird that was a bad biter. We changed her cage from a black to a light gray and she stopped biting. We have one that was sad until we changed where he was in the room, he does not like being in a corner. Somtimes a color of a blanket will set them off, we have a bird that hates pink. Some do not like towels and prefer blankets. I am working with a 45 year old that would never leave his cage, now he is on his cage and I can hold him with a blanket, preen his pin feathers, and rub his cheek and head. There was a lot of no bites said to get there. But say it in a nice low calm voice. I am the first person to hold him in 12 years. No one knows if he was held before that time. Have patience and you may be rewarded with a cuddle bunny.
  • Leah - 2013-10-29
    I have acquired a cherry masked 4-5 year old who lost his human mom a few months ago, he was very aggressive when he first arrived. (He came in with 3 other birds, and I have 4 of my own - so constant attention was not an option) but I spent 15 minute's about every 3 hours with setting his cage on the floor and sitting in front of it just talking to him with the door open - he came out the first time, but quickly went back in - so we took a break and the next time I sat slightly further from the cage and didn't try to approach him when he came out, I just talked to him. On the 3rd try I sat close enough that he perched on the door and walked over to my shoulder, stepped up and nuzzled close to my neck - now I can touch with my hand and this has been 3 weeks. He came with a Sun conure that this technique did not work with though - but patience and calm voices are a must and if you can get the bird down lower than yourself or on an equal level you will have an advantage (most see height as dominance) Love my parrots - it's a shame that I can't keep them all! Best of luck
  • Karan Patel - 2013-12-25
    I rescued my red masked and he is very aggressive some time so I have this thick gardening glove that I hold my hand out to him and he jumps on to my hand and crawls onto my shoulder and then give him a treat and tell him how good he is give him kisses and be friendly and they will get use to it.
  • Susan - 2014-01-15
    Wow - that's great that you have given this bird a new, loving home. I have a Cherry-Head and he is very loving, has a very extensive vocab, he talks all the time, but at times he does bite, especially when he doesn't know you. He used to bite my mom hard all the time, I always had the bandaids ready, but after a few months he got used to her and now kisses her all the time. I don't think we would laugh half as much if I didn't have this bird, he is such a ham, and has brought so much joy into our home! But parrots are a huge responsibility and require a lot of attention. The only time my bird is out of his huge cage is when we go out or when he goes to sleep.
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viorel moise - 2013-09-23
I have same Parisian Frills for sale ;one pair green 2011 and about six young ones 2013,if you want e-mail me: vmoise@nyc.rr.com

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  • Sally - 2013-09-25
    Hi. I'm very interested in purchasing several frills. Where r u and what colors do you have? You can also reach me at 562 292 5073. I'd love to talk. Kind regard. Sally
  • P.Valentin - 2013-11-15
    I am interested in the frill canaries you may have available. Please send me price information as well as pictures....valentin7@earthlink.net
  • hassan mansouri - 2013-11-16
    how much is it and your adrss
  • marco - 2014-01-14
    hi you have Parisian frill canaries for sale ?price for pair?
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Alan Green - 2009-10-11
Hi there.
I have an Illiger macaw, I have had him for 3 months. I adopted him from a lady that
could not take the noise. He is a wonderful bird and I love him to bits. I open his cage
and he climbs down the cage and waddles over to me on the couch. When he wants to come out of his cage he says, "come now, come on boy", and he does not stop until I open his cage. His name is Zuse, and he chops up his wooden toys like a chain saw.

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  • jyt - 2014-01-14
    my mini macaw hatched nov 2013 still not weaned yet cannot wait for Dexter to come home does anyone have any suggestions? Illiger
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Dail Malins - 2005-02-19
I have 12 Alexandrines, 8 of which are trained to do tricks, all started by my first boy Kasuku, he made it very clear he knew what I was saying. So for fun I started to train him and his buddies. This blossomed into the troup of eight clowns who love to show off and entertain folks. This we do every weekend.
If you have an Alexandrine as a companion count yourself as one of the lucky people, I see lots of folks saying their Alex is agressive when in the cage, this is very normal. It is his very own piece of real estate and it belongs to only him. As long as he is sweet when out let him have that space. Hey, hey GREEN POWER to all the Alex lovers!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-21
    Hi sir, I have a 1 month old Alex. It's active and playful. Please tell me how to train my pet.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-04
    Sir, guide me to train and keep my nane healthy and happy. This is my mail id jshreemano@gmail.com so, please mail me and expecting Ur reply.
  • Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-04
    Sir, guide me to train and keep my nane healthy and happy. This is my mail id jshreemano@gmail.com so, please mail me and expecting your reply.
  • Kiran Gowda - 2014-01-14
    Hi..frndz..I'm having onemonth old baby parrot,(alexander )...he's not eAting properly..can anyone suggest me to give some diff foods fr him..I'm frm tamilnadu,...mail me razkiranp3@gmail.com
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Phyllis - 2014-01-14
Help! My ONLY bird, a severe macaw who is 15 years old just started laying eggs! The first clutch in Dec. was 3 eggs all cracked within about 3 days apart. The second clutch was 2 eggs, again 3 days apart. The second clutch of eggs were not cracked but she did not sit on either clutch. she just lays them on a part of her cover that she gets covered with than goes up on her top perch. While she is about to lay these eggs, she bangs her beak on the bottom rails of the cage ALL night long! So, my question is 1. is she damaging her beak by banging it all night and 2. How do I get her to stop. Her diet consists of Kaytee rainbow pellets but I'm concerned she is losing calcium.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Older female macaws will sometimes start to lay (and protect) eggs. Leave any unbroken eggs with her until she abandons them as a female will generally not lay new eggs if she is already sitting. The bird's environment can often be a cause, so look at her surroundings carefully to see what may be encouraging this behavior. Providing distractions and keeping her busy can help stop egg laying behaviors, and help keep her from damaging her beak. If she is confined in a smaller cage, she might view it as a nesting area. Start taking her out daily and putting her into different environments, as this can help break the egg laying behavior cycle.  Also move the cage to a different area each night. It also helps to start teaching her some new tricks to keep her occcupied.

    You have to be carefull with vitamin supplements. Even though egg laying can deplete calcium and other nutrients, additional supplements offered along with a pelleted diet can be risky. To make sure she's getting enough calcium, a better choice would be to put her on a good breeder's diet while she's laying, and take her back to her normal diet afterwards.

    There are also medical treatments to help manage excessive egg laying. A trip to an Avian Veterinarian may be of help, to get a complete physical and discuss the problem.
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