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Betty Clift - 2013-11-29
My nanaday had a problem with feather picking . By the time we noticed it, she had managed to pick her chest completely bare. She spent 24 hrs on an IV at the vets. And 10 days on L-10 treatment. Her eating habits never did change, and now she acts like she never was ill.

BUT her chest area still has no feathers on it, where she had plucked it down to the skin. I have put her on vitamins, hoping that would help. She no longer is plucking, but I was wondering if there is anything more I could be doing to promote feather growth for her?

Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    A parrots feathers will usually grow back over time after being pulled out. There are several suggestions others have used to help. A Nutritional supplement many praise is called Featheriffic which has lecithin, B vitamins, flax, and amino acids to help grow feathers back. Many use it along with a product called Avicalm, which contains L-theanine and green tea and is good for general stress control. Alone or together, they can be sprinkled on the food. If your parrot won't eat the food with these on it, a somewhat less beneficial alternative is adding them to the water bowl.
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Elaine - 2013-11-24
Hi, I have a yellow sided, blue Conure. He was hand fed and is very tame. He is a busy little bird and talks up a storm. I think he is small for a conure but he is the greatest! One thing that is different about him from other Conurs is his tail...it is a beautiful creamy beige and is shaped like a fan. I havn't seen a tail like his on any other bird. Is this unusual?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    It sounds like you have a captive bred mutation, so the tail would be a result of its mixed parentage. It's siblings may have a similar tail.
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Jester D Clowne - 2013-11-20
I am worried that my GCC Spaz has over bonded with me. Is there any way I can curb his/her enthusiasm? It feels like the poor little guy can't live it's life unless it's with me. I love paying attention to him/her, I even have had the joy of teaching Spaz to eat with a fork, wave, and am currently trying to get him/her to dunk a basket ball. Spaz lets me hold him/her and play with its wings and feet. I feel Spaz trusts me, but I don't want it to be infatuated with me. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Birds are extremely social, and these are flock animals. Right now it sounds like you are his only companion, and the only other member of his flock. You could consider getting another bird and enlarge the 'flock', and it can even be a different type of parrot. However make sure you get a separate cage for it as Spaz will be quite jealous at first... and Spaz's cage is his safe place and home. It can take time for birds to adjust to changes of this type to their habitat, so you will need to be patient and loving with both. The results can make the effort well worth it though, as birds will generally get comfortable with each other, and that can help reduce the amount of attention required by you.
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Animal-World info on Peach-faced Lovebird
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Barb - 2012-11-11
I have a peach-faced lovebird that is over 20 years old. He's doing pretty well for an old guy -- he can't fly anymore but still like to be held and snuggled. Just wanted to share that lovebirds can indeed live to be over 20.

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  • Donna - 2013-11-20
    This post is a couple of years after yours, and hope your lovebird is doing well for an old guy. I too have one around 17, and noticed that he is not flying quite as strong as the old days. May be his age as well! We have him checked regularly as well. Gave me comfort in your email. Thank you!
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Animal-World info on Queen of Bavaria Conure
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Anonymous - 2013-01-08
Hello everyone, i have a beautiful Bavarian Queen. Its a year old. Has all the papers. It came from a very good exotic bird place in FL. Very healthy. The bird is lovely! Very sweet and gorgeous. Very docile with everyone. Unfortunately, i am unable to keep the bird anymore. I am looking for a nice home for him. I have beautiful pictures of him. If interested, please reply to this comment. Thank you

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  • marie - 2013-01-15
    Please email picture and price to miabent@yahoo.com. Thank you!
  • teresa - 2013-01-24
    please email me so we can exchange numbers, I am looking for a feathered family member! Thanks for your time! Teresa
  • teresa - 2013-01-30
    please contact me at teresamoon5m@yahoo.com... I am very interested! Please let me know if he/she is still available.. Thanks!
  • Donna Ptasinski - 2013-02-03
    I'm interested in your Concure. Is it still available? If yes, please email me. Thanks Donna
  • jody - 2013-02-13
    How much are you asking for the bird
  • Anonymous - 2013-04-19
    Do you still have the bird?
  • tish - 2013-05-06
    Do you still have this bird for sale?
  • James - 2013-07-30
    Very interested call me 786.239.7091
  • Tom Mullane - 2013-08-29
    Do you still have the Queen? What sex is the bird? Where are you located? We have ample room for care. Need a companion for our queen. Sunshine. Tom
  • Anthony - 2013-10-03
    Hi: do you still have the golden conure, and how much do you want for it? Also located in what state? You can email or call me 707-685-2606 Thanks
  • Philip - 2013-11-20
    Hi - I'm guessing that this bird is long gone. Could you tell me where you got it, if it's gone? If it's still available, I'd be very interested.
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Animal-World info on Budgerigars - Parakeets
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Jim - 2013-05-20
I have a parakeet that makes a 'squeak' sound almost every second. At night he will do this almost all nigh(we are in the other room it doesn't bother us at night wile sleeping). Every now and then he will stop then start again. It sounds like almost every inhale/exhale produces a squeak. Worrying about him but he seems to be OK in the daytime. Every now and then in daytime he will do this.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    That is a strange habit. It could possibly be a respiratory issue, but if he's eating and active, it may not be anything to worry about. A vet checkup may help determine if he's got anything that can be treated.
  • Marshmellow - 2013-11-20
    If you ever see anything strange with your bird, call All Bird Products at 888-588-3892. They will help him get back on track! The follow up too. Highly recommended.
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Marshmellow - 2013-11-20
Parakeets are not only sooo cute but too much fun to be with. My little Makapoo is a doll! He began talking within a couple of months. Your chances are much higher (for a talking parakeet) if you buy a male. At last count he had a vocabulary of about ninety words. Yes they are very curious and fly fast. Once I was looking for something in the refrigerator and between the time I got what I wanted out of the fridge and closed the door, he flew inside. He was talking and singing earlier so I went looking for him all over the house. I don't know what made me look in the fridge but there he was on the shelf. Thank god he is healthy and strong. I feed him bird food that does not contain artificial colors or chemicals, purified water, organic dried greens, fresh veggies, and I sprinkle daily essentials 3 on his food too. Always make sure your hands are clean when playing with them and I am super careful about cleaning products that I use. If you want top of the line bird products and advice, call All Bird Products at 888-588-3892. They are true bird lovers and will answer all your questions. Have a great life with your best friend. Makapoo is actually my therapist. HahAhah...

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Anonymous - 2013-11-19
My son gave me a cockatiel then a week later gave me a parakeet so the cockatiel would have a friend. They get along fine. Would they do okay in the finch aviary ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I personally never mixed parrots (Psittaciformes) with finches (Passeriformes) as the hookbilled parrots can do a lot of damage to these smaller birds. If the aviary is very, very large, you may be successful, you would have to try it to see. But I would still be cautious as the situation could become unstable at any time, especially when any of the birds go into breeding mode.
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Debbie Tarvin - 2006-09-03
The Story of my Little Peg:
I work at an animal hospital and one day a pet store brought in a little female Zebra Finch with an infected leg band. They had waited too long and the leg was dying and required amputation. The pet store did not want to pay and asked the vet to euthanize her. The vet refused and stated that the finch could live with 1 leg. The pet store said that they could not sell a one legged bird so keep her and do whatever you want with her. I took her home and named her "Peg". A few months later I was buying food for her at a different pet store and was asked what kind of bird I had. I told them and they asked me to adopt another Zebra Finch whose wing was defective and had difficulty flying. I said yes and brought him home. He and Peg were so cute together and they hopped everywhere they went so, I name them Peg and Jimmy Hopper. They now have 2 chicks who are 3 weeks old and Peg and Jimmy are totally in love. Peg has a good life now with a new husband and two little ones that are perfectly healthy.

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  • Loraine McWhorter - 2013-11-19
    This is so sweet. Bless you for finding the perfect pair.
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Loraine McWhorter - 2013-11-19
Started with 4 zebra finches about a year ago. They were given to me by an old woman who could not care for them properly. One died within a week. I kept the cage clean and give fresh water, seed, millet spray, hard boiled mashed egg, fresh spinach every day. I add whatever I have on hand like broccoli, apple, zucchini. I put nests and material in the cage. I now have 18-24 finches! Because they are messy to keep inside we acclimated them and moved them onto our covered deck They have a 3x6 cage 24 wide and we are building another cage! It will be 8 foot tall and 8x10 wide and long. We love them and don't want to give or sell any of them but how many will I be able to keep in the new cage?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    They can be rather quarrelsome so it's hard to predict how many birds will get along with each other. They are best kept as a single pair in a small cage. Two pairs in a cage can cause a problem, as can odd numbers of 3-5 per enclosure.

    Several pairs can be kept in a very large enclosure but they will pluck each other if they are overcrowded. As a general rule, 3-4 square feet of floor space is required per pair of finches. If plucking starts to occure, some will need to be removed.
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