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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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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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