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Anonymous - 2013-03-22
Hi my hahns macaw is nearly two, and very happy and healthy, but in the lst few months his tail feathers have got shorter and shorter, and look jagged and rough, like they have been rubbed away by climbing the bars. His cage is massive and came with him so is proper size and everything, and this hasnt happened before. could it be too many toys, or the cardboard box house i gave him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    It does sound like his tail is being rubbed against something, so it could be the toys. Tail feathers don't really get shorter or ragged on their own.
  • Jake - 2013-05-28
    Sounds like your hahns is plucking/shredding its own tail feathers. Get it some toys that look like they are good for shredding like platted palm leaves or lots of ends of natural string poking out of something.
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jayashree - 2013-05-27
Hi, my bird is around 6 months. She is not at all drinkng water. She only takes juice and other soft drinks. I don't know what to do. And how to change her?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-27
    I would put water in her bowl, and leave out the juice and soft drinks. I'm betting she'll drink when she gets thirsty.
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Stephanie - 2012-08-25
If you live In Illinois around the Chicago land area there's a pet shop that had three for sale right now. There do amazing and friendly. I love them so much!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-26
    Queen is so great - I have one I play with all the time.  I even let him on my perch. 
  • Dave - 2013-05-26
    can you let me know the name of the pet shop with the golden conures? Thank you!
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Tara - 2013-05-23
Nesting questions. Our nanday started laying eggs ten days ago. We have a jenday but do not know if it is male or female. The nanday mom is very protective of her eggs. We haven't candled them yet because she gets so upset. Her 1st egg was 10 days ago. About 3 days later she laid another one. Today she laid another one, about 5 or six days after the second one. The first two eggs have dark spots on them now. Is this a sign of life or death. It could be poop too. If they are not fertile will she stop nesting after a while? If the first ones are getting old and yucky how will I know and will that hurt the third egg? The third egg has a small crack indented in one side. Would anyone recommend repairing it? I have heard of people using glue or white-out. I intend to let the mother raise them if they hatch so I am not concerned about taking them to incubate myself. I will feel kind of bad if they are not fertile because she is so dedicated to them. Any suggestions? :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-24
     Your hen is  in egglaying mode, but if there's no male then the eggs are not fertile. Laying more than one is not unusual and it's important that you supplement her diet with calcium at this time to keep her healthy and prevent egg-binding. Don't take her eggs from her until she is disinterested in them, which is usually about 4 - 6 weeks. Inexperience females may accidently break an egg, and it can start to smell. Both broken eggs and removing her eggs will stimulate her to lay more, so the best bet is to get some artificial conure/cockatiel eggs to replace any broken ones with. Make sure she is eating. She may incubate the eggs for long periods of time, so you may want to move the food and water close to her nest.
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Lily - 2013-05-22
I recently acquired a goffin's cockatoo. Rescue bird. The previous owner that had him, I heard, got evicted and went to jail for drugs. He is extremely afraid and plucks his feathers. I have had him for about 4 months. I got him a large cage. He previously had a small one. He has lots of toys and gets fed well. I have recently gotten him off seeds, which is what he was sent with, and on Harrisons as well as fresh foods. He is still pretty picky with eating but getting better. I have taken him to the vet and am still waiting on results to see if there are underlying issues for his feather picking before I do anything else. He is supposed to be approximately 3 years old. He sometimes makes a few noises but most of the time sits in one spot and doesn't seem interested to get to know me. I also have a sun conure, approximately 12 years old and their cages are right next to each other. My sun is more bonded to me, and humans, but my goffin seems to identify more with my conure. I have had mainly dogs all my life except for my conure and am not too familiar with cockatoos, which I understand need a lot of stimulation. My boyfriend has had birds his whole life, 3 amazons growing up and the last just recently passed a few years ago. Any information on goffins, feather picking, fearful birds (cockatoos) than anyone can give would be extremely helpful. He is gaining weight and looks healthy but his feather picking is getting worse and he has developed some abscesses under his wings from picking. I got an ecollar from the vet but Im worried that this will be damaging to his mental health because of how he already acts. I tried it on my conure because he can handle a lot of situations and he had a hard time with it and would only flop around. Any information on a feather picking (flight suit) would also be useful as I think I may want to try that first. Im in this too the end and would not think of rehoming this bird another time as I understand its very damaging. I am planning on trying the foraging bit as well as tv for entertainment while I am at work. Thanks again for any help!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-22
    It's so great that you're giving this bird a great home, and a chance to get normalized. Here's a few thoughts. Birds have incredibly long memories, so it will take a long time for him to get brave with his new world. Birds also prefer other birds over people, so it's no surprise he does best with the Sun Conure, and it's actually really great that you have a companion for him (and for the Sun, though they're not as needy). But don't give up,he's smart and he is watching, so he will learn about you from observing you and your conure interact. Something that can help with the plucking, besides all the normal stuff you'll read and hear about... try a soft cotton blanket in the cage with him, or covering one side where he can pull on it. We've had success with that. If he likes it, he will chew on it constantly and it will be destroyed, but it offers him a soft replacement for his feathers and can help keep him occupied. Good luck and all the best to both of you:)
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jayashree - 2013-05-18
hi,I have an idea of getting a male Alex chick, already I have a female Alex .she is 6 months old good and healthy bird. I just want to know will my bird accept the new campaign? and will they become a pair in future? or I have to go for elder male bird? pls reply to my all the the 3 question.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-19
    Hey Jayashree, I have a suggestion for you...register with your Facebook account. Then you can  check the box to be notified when your comments get responded to. It's easy to do...  when you post you comment, just click the 'register through Facebook' button, and then \put in your comment. That should help you:)

    Just the same, here's what posted a few days ago about this (click on the 'View all the Animal Stories for Alexandrine Parakeet' button below, to see your earlier posts): 'As you can see in the breeding section above, they don't reach maturity until about 2 years. So your bird's too young to breed, but as birds are very social, so getting a companion would be nice. Just make sure to let the birds get comfortable with each other before putting them in the same cage, this is important no matter what age they are. If you do decide to try and do some breeding when it's an adult, have your bird sexed by a veterinarian. DNA sexing works really well.'
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Blossom - 2013-05-18
I am due to take on a rescue Mealy. All I know is that he/she (sex unknown) has been locked in a cupboard for 20 plus years and has been fed the incorrect food. I have also been advised that it will need to be covered every 2 hours or thereabouts as it cannot stand the daylight at the moment. This is supposed to be a short term foster but lets see how it goes! Luckily myself and my wonderful husband have time and patience galore. Feel this is going to a long road ahead. He/she is meant to be a short term foster but lets see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed we manage to settle this poor bird.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-18
    That is so nice that you are taking on this Mealy Amazon. I'm sure it will take time and patience to help it adapt, but I bet you will find yourself endeared by it. I took one in a number of years ago and found it a home. It wasn't from quite such a severe situation, but did have some pretty major adjustments. The biggest thing I noticed was what a very nice large Amazon it was (I've had all sorts of Amazons - large and small). It wasn't going to be so big on talking, but it seemed to be much less aggressive naturally than some of the other Amazons... less of a dominant attitude. I really liked this bird because of its temperament and was really tempted to keep it! So I think you'll enjoy your journey:) Good luck.
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Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-07-11
Some friends grew tired of their lovebird, and offered him to me, first week of December 2009. His name is Rainbow and they said he was appox 5yrs old. I wasn't sure what to do with him, knowing very little about LoveBirds. I knew he had lived in a small cage for most of those 5yrs. He was always very quiet in his former owners house. Today! Rainbow (aka) Rambo is sitting on my shoulder. He is the "ruler of my home". He is my loyal companion and "my boss". He has bitten my daughter and grandkids as how dare they sit on his couches next to me his queen!(when family visits I place him in his cage, safe for everyone) I open his cage door first thing in the morning and he flys to his *hat* does his little male bird eek eek and then he comes to me. From drinking water from my hand to taking shower/baths with me...falling into the washing mechine ...flying off my shoulder on my front porch to the wide blue yander and then coming back to my head (I almost had heartfailure) to bitting my lip and flapping his wings in my face when I try to nap. He steps up on my hand when it's time for him to go nite nite. He has even put himself to bed when I was on the computer too long. I love this little, funny and demanding bird. What a gift from God he was.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    The right bird with the right owner is a wonderous thing. I so wish more would/could have the experience.
  • karen kopchak - 2013-05-12
    I adopted Ziggy, now 2yrs old from my daughter. He is just like your Rambo. I accidently knocked him into the dryer while getting clothes and he now flies into the refridgerator. Got pictures! And he is a cuddler. The not-so-nice behavior her exhibits also. Little stinker gave me a fat lip from a nip. Try telling yours friends that one. He also likes to ride the oscillating fan in my room and the ceiling fan in my girlfriends house. I move, and he's on me in a flash. In many ways, Ziggy is like having a flying two year old in the house. Helping out my daughter turned out to be the gift that just keeps on giving.
  • joanie - 2013-05-17
    My Tweedy boy was the love of my life, my best friend gave him to me also in June 2009, for my Birthday. She said she thought he might be 4 or 5 years old. he took to me as if he knew me forever, We brushed our teeth and beak every morning, then we would have breakfast. Tweedy didn't care men to much, he'd give them a got bit, tweet's as I called him love the dogs if they bark he would try and do the same. He loved to play basket ball with his water bowels. we were enjoying then evening TV watching and play time, I put him to bed, I woke the next morning to find him with his rubber pet pup, he had passed away. MY heart is broken still don't know why he dead? I don't no if I should get another one I hurt so bad, don't want another to take his place or just get a different bird altogether? LOVED YOU TWEEDY SO MUCH. THANKS TO ALL FOR LISTENING TO ME GO ON.
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sabby - 2013-05-16
can a peach face and lutino produce okay babys?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-16
    The Lutino Peachface Lovebird is the same species as the normal Peachface Lovebird. The same species of lovebird can breed just fine, but if you are breeding for a particular mutation, then you want to look at the genetics.
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Don - 2013-05-15
Just spotted the pin tailed Whyda in my back yard in La Habra Heights, CA (Southern CA). As soon as I saw it I knew it was not in my backyard bird book! Searched the net and found out what it was. I am guessing it escaped a sanctuary or someone had it as s pet.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-15
    Yeah, not the typical backyard bird in your area huh? Glad you could ID it and hope you can locate its place of escape:)
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