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Louise - 2013-02-05
I have a male white dove and i am having a hard time getting him to bathe. He loves to in the summer but now what winter is here hes not fond of it at all. Funny thing he will let me bathe him with a washcolth. Would it be ok to use Dawn dishwashing liquid to help remove some strains he gets from walking under things like bits of dust on his feathers. Any advice you could give me would be helpful. He is such a loving pet i want to make sure i am caring for him properly. Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Personally I would just stick with water. Although Dove is a pretty mild detergent, I would be hesitant of stripping the feathers too severely of and natural protective dander.
  • rachel haris - 2013-02-12
    I also have 2 white doves who do not like to bathe. I occasionally stand them in about 1 inch of warm water and wash their bottoms with my hand then they had enough of that I then get a spray mist bottle and mist them lightly. After this very quick encounter they are mad at me for days the ends of their tails and the males tummy are a little gray it's bothersme because they are my babies and I want them to feel clean. I heard that a tiny dab of johnsons baby shampoo would work well not rubbed into the skin but gently massaged over soiled feathers snd rinsed very well in sink with a thin stream of water. I would never use dawn on doves too harsh and difficult to rinse out also johnsons baby bar soup.
  • Louise - 2013-08-29
    Thanks so much for the information I did try the spray bottle and he does like his feet done. So that worked for me. Thanks again for your support.
  • Louise - 2013-09-13
    Also if anyone knows anything on nesting for doves I would love to hear your comments.
  • rozie stout - 2013-10-06
    I'm pretty sure doves have a special oil within them and the oil cleans them from the inside out. The reverse of my birds. I raise parakeets, cockatiels, and canaries. They bathe in water I'm going to check on this I know I read this somewhere. Rozie
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matt - 2013-10-06
Hi. I was recently going to pull my baby alexandrines out to hand raise but the male flew away so I don't know if I still should because I don't want the hen to get real depressed. Thinking maybe leave one in the nest for her. Any ideas? Thanks

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ghasan - 2013-10-06
I caught today two pintail whydahs one male and one female. I have 2 Budgies so I saw them come eat the food up from my budgies so thought its someone's finch that flew away but thanks to this website I know wht I have. Thanks guys!

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chris - 2006-12-18
I recently rescued a nine-year old female Red-Front macaw named Sam, and I love her!! Her previous owners did not understand her so she never had a chance to thrive and blossom. She does now, and boy is she ever!!! She is a very loving, very entertaining addition to my family.

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  • Marie Reilly - 2013-10-03
    I too own a red fronted Macaw, a male named Gus who has a great personality to match his name. He is three years old, and is very affectionate, he is just getting to know us, I was suprised that he was so easy to work with so soon after buying him and taking him home.
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Anonymous - 2012-02-01
I have a 10 month old goffin and I was told to start teaching her tricks and how to speak. She is very hyper most of the time and I really don't know how to teach her to talk or do tricks. I've gotten her favorite seeds as treats, but she will either just go for the seeds or lose interest and do her own thing. Help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-01
    AHH it is sooo very ,much easier to let the goffin train the human - honest. Let's start with some really easy stuff. When your feathered one comes up on your hand say 'UP'. When you just sorta grab her beak and plant a kiss on the beak say 'Kiss' When you tickle scratch under her wing - just gently pull it out (extend it) and say 'PRETTY' I would say 'I am a bird I fly high, I am a bat I lay down' and I would raise my bird really high above my head and then lower it down on its back. Put words to the things your feathered companion does naturally. You can bop 'UP and DOWN' in a beat and she will learn to bop 'UP and DOWN' in rhythm - think country with a good bass works best for this. Start just putting words to the things she does naturally, then show her new behaviors. Remember, she is just 10 months - still really a baby. I found that most birds aren't all that receptive to actually training before 1 - 1/2 years but putting words to their actions just like you would a human child - works great. Let them train you - definitely works best. You will learn. She also does not associated her treats wityh a behavior. It is too soon - just put the words to her actions first. (NO TREAT) and when you know she has that one thing down - then say the 'Command' and give her a treat. No treats for regular obediance though such as 'UP' 'DOWN' 'POTTY' You wouldn't give a child a treat for those things - right. A feathered friend is a 3 year old human dressed in feathers but yours is just 10 months old.
  • Mary - 2013-05-06
    Goffins cockatoo's don't usually talk. I've never seen one that did. I had one for over 23 years. I would talk to her and she'd listen. She liked to scream and try to ram the other bird she saw in my mirrored walls. She became best friends with my female chihuahua when she was a pup. My goffins did not like people. She was a mature hen when I got her and needed medical intervention immediately to save her life. She lived a long time with me. I didn't trim her wings. I allowed her to fly freely throughout my condo. She ate my vertical blinds, tryed to nest in three couches and ate any plants I tried to keep indoors. She also ate my floor boards,furniture, kitchen cabinets and electrical wires till I started to lock her in her cage when I left my unit. It was hard but we found ways to get along. A squirt gun works great when trying to get her to settle down. I think she liked it. Water mist is helpfull to a cockatoo so that they can cleam up. So is a large water bowl. Also, loved to shred apples hanging on a spiked metal toy in her cage. Small PVC pipe can be fitted over your electrical wires, even use elbow joints at table edges so the bird can't chew the wires. a replacement electircal plug can be reinstalled at the end of the wire after the pipe is installed over it. Her name was Kiwi. I thought of getting another, but another bird might be afraid of my dogs. I have three of them. She used to dive bomb my boys (dogs) because she felt they were not freindly enough. She used to walk pigeon toed into my bedrooom in the mornings, looking for the dogs. She was content to sit on the edge of the bed an take a p**p. Kiwi decided where she wanted to sit. I just accomadated her. She was wonderful. I will miss her for a long time.
  • Shannon - 2013-09-30
    I have a goffins too and we have only had her for a couple months, (I don't even know for sure that she is a female for sure I havent had her DNA tested yet... I plan to...I am just assuming because she does have brownish eyes) anyway she has grown very fond of me as I play with her everyday, we have a routine.. And she also loves my husband and 14 year old son. But to reply to the earlier comment that stated that Goffin's don't really talk... I disagree... As our new baby's favorite statement is 'what aya doing' she says it numerous times a day.. Usually when she first sees me and wants me to play... She also says 'hello' but not as often, and she does this cute 'uh oo' too. .. And then she talks a whole bunch but a language only she understands!! LOL... so keep working with your baby, they can and will talk... I have been doing a ton of reading on Goffin's and am more and more excited about her the more I learn about her.
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LISA - 2013-09-28
I have two female lutino peach face lovebirds. One lives with a regular male peach face. She recently got out of her cage and was out for a few days. Her body now has the same color of pink marks all down her back and body as the color of her head. It is all over the part that is normally yellow. What can be wrong? The other female, who is in a cage alone, is still perfectly normal. Any suggestions ? I thought maybe another bird pecked at her if she was on the side of their cage, but in attempting to find out what could be wrong, it appears as though there may be a disease such as this. She is acting fine, by the way...eating and drinking. I'll watch for your answer.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-29
    I would look to see if she was injured as the discoloration sounds like it's from an external source.  Feathers will only change colors when a bird molts, then the old feathers fall out and are replaced with new. This takes a bit of time, and you can see the new feathers coming in. Feathers can change color somewhat with molts as they age, but I don't think that's what is going on. As long as she is eating and acting normal, and her stool is normal, she is probably okay.
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clive heldzingen - 2013-09-25
I have 2 feeders in my garden. The black and white whydah chases all the other finches away. how do I solve the problem. I try to chase the whydah away but this doesn't work

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Shon MtPisgah - 2012-10-13
I'm new to large parrots. Do any of you use Harnesses to take your BFA outside or in the car? We are outside a lot in the garden, can BFA visit the back yard with us? Trying to research every option, thx!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-13
    Harnesses can work well, but it does take time for a bird to get accustomed to wearing one, and to be calm when wearing it. Some birds adapt fine while others won't. But if your bird does get comfortable with it, it can be a nice way to take it outdoors. However as a word of caution, you will still need to closely supervise the bird at all times.
  • Shon MtPisgah - 2012-10-14
    Thx Clarice!
  • Bill Klusmeyer - 2013-09-13
    I have a blue front amazon which I adopted. I don't like the harness idea, too much room for an injury. I opted to use a carry cage. Getting him in it wasn't too bad.  I had to make adjustments to help in entering. I took him to my local bird  store to get some things. He was a little stressed on the ride there to say the least, but when he got there he was the center of attraction. What a ham! Anyway the ride home was ok but I think he couldn't wait to get back in his cage. I really think a transport cage will be better.
  • David Brough - 2013-09-23
    I agree with Bill. A transport cage can provide a 'safe' spot for the bird just like their cage at home when they become accustomed to it. It also provides more protection for the bird.
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ardhee - 2013-09-17
Why does a canary gloster not want to sing? Because of the environment or the food? And how do I distinguish between a saplings canary gloster? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-19
    The Gloster Canary is known as a 'type canary' rather than a 'song canary'. This means it was bred for a characteristic other than singing. These canaries were developed for their physical appearance and plumage.  Here's a good article on these birds by Joe A Bracegirdle, History of the Gloster Canary .

    However, all canaries can sing and environment as well as diet can influence singing. Males tend to be better singers than females, as females may simply stop singing or sing intermittently. Males will have a greater tendency to sing if they are housed singly. To encourage singing, you can provide a song food available at pet stores. You can also  to help encourage them to sing by playing some classical music or you can get canary song tapes at a pet store. 
  • ardhee - 2013-09-23
    Thank you in advance, I think that to listen to the sound of canary I think I have often listened with my mobile phone... or maybe the weather in Indonesia is different from the weather in their home country? Sorry if I ask a lot of.. :)
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Carolyn - 2013-09-23
I won two Daimond Doves at the Harvest Festival at my church today. There is also 4 eggs. I have no idea how old they are or what to do if they hatch any babies? Any help would be great. Thanks so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-23
    For information on their breeding see the Dove and Pigeon Care page under breeding here: Breeding/Reproduction. Hope this helps get you started in the right direction:)
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