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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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Chelsea - 2010-03-17
At what age does a male plumhead get its full coloring in? I have found a lady how was a 10 month old male that i want to get but he has hardly no coloring. His head is a little grayish and the rest of him is green. Is this normal. How long do i have to wait for him to be beautiful!?

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  • David - 2010-08-30
    I have a mated pair of these birds, purchased when they were each about 1 year old. At about a year and a half, the male started molting into the purple head, and as of now at almost 2 years it is not complete. I would expect that by 1 1/2 years old you should start to see the black stripe and a little of the brighter color on the head. The red wing patches will also start to show up on a male at this time. It is very obvious to me as I have a certified female sitting right next to him, but the changes are very subtle at first. If the bird is older than this and no red on the wings, no black stripe and no start of a bright purple head, its probably a female. You can always get it sexed at a vet as well.
  • jjmj - 2011-05-23
    when they are 2 to 4 months
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-23
    It takes them at least a year to get their full coloring in. They have to go through their first major molt for all their new (and more colorful feathers) to come through. So let's say your little guy was born in March (breeding season). He would molt to some extent in August or so and then the following August would be his first major molt. So that would be almost 1 1/2 years. They shed their winter feathers(down) in the spring but the molt (where all new feathers come in occurs at the end of summer.
  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    It will take maybe a year or two.My plum head is 30 years old. If you would like to talk,7274085824. I'm Tim. They will eat almost every thing you will. Stay away from apple seeds,poison. Bell pepper seeds are great and they love them.
  • elizabeth - 2012-01-28
    I have a plumhead that is a year old that I thought was female but now I am not so sure because it is starting getting redish marks on its head so I am taking this as its a male instead of a female
  • shehroz - 2013-03-10
    dear in early age the colour of that bird is like or similar to female but after or on attaining maturity the male is turning to redish(purple) colour. you have male bird so donot be confuse
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-01
    The grey head means it's a female. Boys have the bright redish purple colored heads.
  • Rajasekar - 2013-11-14
    At what age Plum head start breeding
  • kizza - 2014-01-06
    They mature and can start breeding usually around 3 years of age.
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Elizabeth Mosley - 2014-01-02
I have had mine for almost 35 years 'Paco' He was confiscated at the boarder then put in quarantine and then sold, so he is sort of a rescue bird. He has a beautiful large cage that is near a nice large window with a mirror and also likes to sit in my master bath, as I have a perch there for him too. I just love him. He is also in full flight as I feel that is the one thing they have going for them is to fly, so I did not want to take that away from him. He has 3 perches he lands on and is quite good. I only let him out of his “5 level condo” when I am home by myself. In the past two or three years he is getting yellow feathers scattered around his neck area and I do not know what that means. This past year even more. Does anyone else have issues like this and is it just age, like grey hair? :) I give him seeds ( a mixture I create myself), apples, grapes, carrots, celery and on occasion cheese and cooked eggs. He loves walnuts and gets one every other day too. And an almond about 3 times a week. I was just talking with a friend who has a small bird and she think it might be his liver??? I pray Paco is okay. I just thought he was getting more handsome. Thanks!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    Nutritional problems have been known to cause feather color changes in parrots. Also a derangement of the metabolism or a disruption to the nutrition of a bird during the time when feathers are being formed can cause color change and can also affect the quality of feathers. With a corrected diet, it will molt back to its original coloration.

    Although Amazon parrots eat many seeds in the wild, in captivity a seed-based diet is not recommended because this allows the pet bird to select an imbalanced diet. A better solutions is a formulated diets (pellets or crumbles) making up about 75% of its food, because this type of diet provides a more complete, balanced nutrition. Dark leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits can make up about 20-25% of the diet. Treats should be limited to about 5%.

    Discolored feathers can also be due to a malnutition or liver disease. Cockatiels for example, have been known to develop bright yellow feathers with a severe liver disease, caused by fatty liver syndrome (hepatic lipidosis). Certain viruses can also cause abnormal feathers; however, this is not a common occurrence.
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amy - 2014-01-03
I am thinking of buying a peach-faced lovebird. But I don't know if I should buy a male or a female? Which would be better for a first time bird owner ??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    The sex of a lovebird doesn't really make any difference. But it is very important that you buy two unless you have endless amounts of time to spend with a single bird, now and for the rest of its life. Lovebirds are so social that they need a constant companion. If you only want a single bird a parakeet or cockatiel would make a much better choice. If you only get one lovebird, the single bird will become depressed and despondent, possibly leading to its death.
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Animal-World info on Lutino Lovebird
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rajesh - 2014-01-03
Hi , Rajesh here are bangalore , india . i have a peached face african lovebirds , first time it layed 6 egg out of which 3 hatched and as soon as all the 3 babies were 1 month old again my lovebirds started laying eggs i was very confused thinking it much be a fault egg i.e 9 eggs were layed out of which 4 has hatched and remaining 5 are not hatched why it is not hatching all the eggs should i do any arrangement so the bird can hatch all the eggs...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It can take up to about 40 days for all the eggs to hatch. Laying new eggs at the end of 30 days is confusing. Because the female is abandoning some of the eggs before they hatch, it could be they are infertile. Also if any abandoned eggs do hatch, she will not take care of the chicks.

    It isn't easy to determine why some eggs don't hatch. Besides infertility, it could also be poor nutrition, bacterial infections, etc, and not all eggs are meant to hatch. Good nutrition is very important, it determines the quality and health of your lovebird breeding pairs and young.  I would also look at the environment to see if the female is aggitated. Make sure the cage is clean, it isn't too small. and check the nesting materials - try adding shredded (unscented) paper towels or dried grasses. Also have some activity stimulators in the cage, like toys, as these are very active birds even during breeding. Humidity is also very important for the successful hatching of lovebird eggs.
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jany - 2010-06-03
Does the lutino lovebird ever speak like other parrots?
thnx

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-06-04
    Lovebirds are not talkers. At least I have never heard of one that does.
  • Rajani Singh - 2013-10-28
    Yes they talk I have seen many videos on you tube.
  • Tariq Zaheer - 2013-12-29
    No it is only a love bird to love. Just enjoy the beauty.
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Animal-World info on Alexandrine Parakeet
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Prashant Golash - 2013-12-29
Hi. My 3 years old Alexandrine parrot named max is not making a bond with me. He mimics his name and so many types of whistling he knows. Please can anyone tell me how to earn the trust of my alexandrine parrot?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    What a great pet your Alexandrine parrot is. Still, earning trust and having friendly interations with a parrot can take time, love and patience. But there are techniques for handling and training these birds. See the Parakeet Information: All Types of Parakeets page under the Handling/Training section for some good tips.
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Animal-World info on Peach-fronted Conure
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Nadine Davis - 2003-08-29
I have a peach front too. I have had it since 96. It is a very loving bird. I have taught it to say a lot of words.
I named my bird Peaches to. He will say "give Mamma some
sugar. What you doing baby. He always puts an extra pitch to baby. He also says a lot of other things. Goodmorning, I love you. Let me out. He likes to be with me and cuddly in my hair. So if you want a pet bird, this is the way to go.
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  • sherri carr - 2010-03-16
    i also have a peach face conure and a quaker and they are best friends to each other she likes to sit on my head also she laid 3 eggs and I am waiting to see what happens her name is micheal and his is critter and they say a lot of words good morning pretty baby and so on they are like kids and my world to me .03/16/10 sherri carr
  • Lile - 2013-10-28
    Can you tell me if your peach fronted conure screeches or has a terrible call. I am thinking of buying one but am afraid after I have heard sun conures screech as I live in a condo.
  • Mark Barnett - 2013-12-23
    Peach Fronted Conures have a MUCH smaller voice than Sun Conures! They are VERY sweet birds. They are much quieter than Quakers too.
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Animal-World info on Patagonian Conure
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Gustavo - 2005-08-30
Indeed, "patagonia" means big foot. it

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  • renee - 2011-01-15
    Hi I lost my jenday conure, and I live alone was just me and angel, 25 yrs then one day I found her on bottom of cage wrapped her in blanket ran to vet beg help me I'll pay payments, I live on disability, but I took good care of angel, well a lady offered me this patagonian conure, she told me she is a cockatoo person, she had this breed for 8 mos says she was told it was 5yrs old and the lady kept on her shoulder and did everything with her, she is cage bound, I have to get towel and hide cage to spend time with her, she has bitten me till I was bleeding, but I am still working on trying to get a bond, lady changed her name she had for 5 yrs she has called her another name, her name was molly so I am calling her molly and she seems to know that name, since she has spent 8 mos in cage with not much attention can this bird be returned after this treatment she has been through, if anyone could let me know I fed zupreen pletts, but she has been on seeds, not used to this breed of conure and not much infor on web either, please give me any ideas, do they not like too sit on your shoulder very long I had to make my jenday get in cage to eat and drink water, lost my bird 2006, thanks renee
  • Robin - 2013-12-23
    About your Jenday Concure: I had a conure that was 4 yrs old when I got her. I tried for over a year to make nice with her. I did learn one thing they can be cage aggressive. So try letting the bird out and let it fly somewhere then try picking it up. Mine would do that and ride on my shoulders while I cleaned the house. But she would bite me coming and going sometimes. I finally just could not deal with her behavior and ended up selling her to a woman who already had a conure and wanted a play mate for hers. She also let hers out of the cage for 8 hours a day, something I could not do. My bird is now very happy and thriving in her home. ( Not saying you should get rid of yours) But I am just trying to let you know they are very cage aggressive birds. Also if she was sitting on my Cockatiels cages and I couldn't get her on my finger to put her back. I would slowly move something (like the remote to the TV), I would come slowly behind her while I had my finger up for her to step up in and she would with out biting me. I talked to a woman who told me that once a conure has bad behavior it is so hard to change them. I am not sure if that is true or not but I know I tried with mine and got no where. She just wasn't happy and I could tell. But I get pictures of her and she is very happy now.
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Brenda Clark - 2013-12-22
I am hand feeding 4 Zebra Finch babies and it looks like their crop is on their back, they are feathered, but after feeding they look hunch backed. Is this okay??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    That sounds very odd. The bird's crop, its food storage sack, is on the side of its neck.
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