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Crystal M - 2009-10-22
I've read so many 'fact's about rosellas, only a few of which I've found to be true with mine.
I bought an unhandled, 7 year old male who had only been used as a breeder. He's a stunning Opaline (or Firery) Eastern Rosella. In the span of 7 weeks he's gone from wild and unhandled, to happily stepping up on a stick, learning to step up on my hand, and even tolerates touching of his back and wings. He lives in a very large cage with my 4 cockatiels and single budgie. He's not the slighest bit aggressive, and gets along WONDERFULLY with them. When let out of their cages, he gets along just fine with my lovebird as well. He's been a joy to have around, a quick learner and a great addition to my flock.
Perhaps he's just an exception to the 'rules' of Rosellas, or perhaps people don't give them enough credit. Seems to me they make wonderful pets (and he is definitely a male).

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Dana - 2012-03-02
I need to know what pesticide is safe to use in the cage for knats and moths? I found demetrious Earth food grade, has anyone any information for me? Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    You can use Camicide - not the aerosole but the pump. It is a natural made from Chrysanthemums and it works. You can do another thing which really helps and that is freeze your seed for 24 hours prior to use. That kills the seed moths/knats. Easier.
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Ramdhan Cindy - 2012-05-17
Hi my name is Cindy. I just got a 3 month old Golden -capped Conure as a mothers day gift. I been trying to bond with him. He won't let me touch him. Everytime I try he bites my finger. I try takin him out of his cage he won't budge. I left the door open he still wont come out. I don't know how to aproach him so am asking if anyone has any tips on how to train him. It will be greatly apreciated thank you. I need help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-17
    First you have to get him out of his cage but don't put your hand in the cage to get him out. Put his food and water outside the cage. You can pput millet or pieces of apple outside the cage. He will come out. Once he is out just talk to him, sing, laugh act nutty do whatever so he realizes you aren't scary or a threat. Eat with him - start feeding him with your hand something like cheerios. You now have him out of his cage and you can feed him with your hand --- here comes the hard part. Make a fist and see if he tries to bite the back of your hand. No way can a bird bite a tight fist - keep your thum down. Let him get used to doing this and realize it does not bother you but it doesn't hurt him either. At this stage you can try and just have him get up on your hand. You are relaxed as you realize he can't hurt you with the bite on your fist and he is relaxed cuz he realizes you aren't going to hurt him. If that works then you are home free. If you try this and stillnot comfortable or doesn't work then here's the really hard scary part -- just pick him up - just pick him up. If you think he is going to bite, put a towel over him and pick him up in the towel. Now hold him - he might be in a towel but just hold him. Uncover his little head and slowly pet the top of his head. Hold him close to your chest so he can hear your heart beating. This process could take a few weeks so go slow - real slow. It is more important that you learn the birds body language than it is for you to go fast.
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Nancy Butterfield - 2009-08-05
I noticed Ronald asking about black canaries. I had a solid black male in 1979. I got him from a breeder in Minn. He was beautiful. Haven't seen any since then. The books I read on the subject said they hadn't seen any around since the 70's. It does seem like if they were around once it could happen again.

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Europa - 2012-11-30
Regarding Lizard CANARY: We have Lizard-Gloster Canaries, and just like our pet Quail, Roosters/Hens, Diamond Dove (and of course other birds and animals)... they will and do play with toys. Our Canaries like Bird toys and Bells. Our Quail interacts with our children and doll houses, Playmobile people, and loves ringing hanging bells. So, I just like to bring up point, sometimes, even though Textbooks and Experts claim many animals have no need for Play (especially past youth), when given a chance... animals interact with other breeds and find trivial items useful as toys for self entertaining. Animals often mimic behavior seen in other animals or people, and then adapt the activity into their daily life. A world renown example are the Monkeys (seen in Asia) which relax and quietly socialize in natural hot-springs. Thank you.

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Carol Ann - 2010-01-06
We have a white eyed male named Oshi. He is a crack up, wants to talk and sing, loves music and be bops to songs he likes, and starts croak singing... so funny. He loves to play peek-a-boo and hide under a blanket till you find him, and he laughs like an old man. Hilarious bird buddy...

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Scott Watkins - 2011-11-29
I purchased a young ( 11 month old ) white cap, and he lived with me and my family for 39 days. He was curious, funny, and getting very affectionate with all of us. Pedro, in the space of 24 hours, went from playing, talking, a perfectly happy and healthy parrot to drooping on his perch and holding on to the bars to support himself. I wrapped him in a warmed towel and headed for an avian vet 100 miles away. 40 miles there he had a heart attack/fit and passed away. I don't know what could have caused it, especially the speed at which it happened. I had an ornamental ivy vine I think he may have gotten at; I'm not certain if he did nor if it is poisonous to them. I do know it only took that long for him to become part of my family, and we miss him greatly.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    I am sorry. It does sound like he ate something he wasn't supposed to. He also could have had a congenital defect. They are great companions.
  • Sheliy Bennett - 2012-03-23
    Your post broke my heart. I am so sorry about your Pedro. It doesn;t take them long to become a member of the family, that is for sure. I purchased a 9 month old male White Cap, Oscar, a few months ago and he is mamas boy! I hope you welcome another white cap into your life and heart soon. The new baby will not replace Pedro, but will fill the gap and mend the hurt. Best of luck and again I am so sorry for your loss.
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Anonymous - 2013-05-31
I found a mourning Dove about 5 days ago and it's wing was hurt i think it was shot by a bb gun. I brought him in my house a lil high strung and calm at the same time beautiful it is indeed. Sad to see people purposely hurting animals.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    So nice that you are able to help the little thing:)
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Anonymous - 2013-05-30
i just got mine home and all they want to do is bite me . what iam i doing wroung?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-30
    Give them time to settle into their new home.  Find some treats that they enjoy and bribe them into being nice.
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amanda - 2013-05-28
I have a dutch blue male and a green original female and i have had 9 young from them since early last year and all are doing fine. I have pick up a new peach face that i think is female. She has an orange head and yellow body starting at the neck and progressing to lime green down the body. The wings have grey edging and she also has a deep red beck and red just above the beck. What i am trying to find out is if can i put her into the aviary with the dutch blue male and the green female. She also has a white ring around the eyes. Will this cause problems with the other birds as there is 3 nesting boxes and the green peach face has another egg in one of them and the 4 babies are now out and about feeding themselves and playing. Could someone let me know what i have got and are they compatible together, as i love my birds and don't want them fighting. thanks. . . .? ? ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    It sounds like you have obtained a member of the 'eye-ring group' of African Lovebirds. This group is made up of four separate and distinct species: the Masked Lovebirds (Agapornis personata), the Fischer's Lovebirds (Agapornis fischeri), the Black-cheeked Lovebirds (Agapornis nigrigenis) and the Nyasa Lovebirds (Agapornis lilianae).

    The 'eye-ring group' has distinct characteristics that make them similar in appearance to each other, but distinct from the others such as your Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis). These characteristics are an eye-ring, a red beak, and a green body. I would suggest you look at the Fishcher's lovebird for identification of you new friend, as it doesn't sound like yours has a mask and the Fishcher's is a fairly common species in the trade.

    You have an established Peach-faced pair, plus another 4 (or 9?) offspring in the aviary. Though introducing this species into the aviary with the Peach-faced family may work, there could be fights. As an aside... these two species have been known to interbreed but it is frowned upon. Also it is said that the resulting offspring will not reproduce and are unable to build a proper nest.

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