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I have for sale, due to ill health, my george and mildred, they are a breeding pair, and are ready to mate. Comes with a large cage, I am very reluctant to sell please email for details and pictures and I will get back to you as soon as possible thanks for viewing this comment.

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  • gordon - 2013-05-14
    I am very sorry to hear you are ill. I would like to hear the details, pictures and costs. Please send when you are able. thanks and I will remember you tonight at bedtime. Keep an upper chin...Gordon clapp
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    For those of you interested in helping to find a good home for this bird, the email for more information about this bird is From: ''
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Anonymous - 2013-05-14
Okay so I have a pair of diamond doves. I know one is male and one is female. But they have laid numerous eggs since I got them. And only one out off all the eggs ever hatched, but sadly I didn't really read up on how to care for the baby and it died later that night when I got home. But now none of the eggs ever hatch. Should I separate them for a while so the female can take a break from laying eggs. And they have two right now but only one has a vein in it. So I don't know what to do so they stay on it. I have a lamp on them so if they don't sit on it for a little it won't die. I need help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    These doves are usually pretty good parents, but they do need a good sized cage and an aviary is even better. They may just be young and still getting the hang of it. Two eggs are normal, and they should hatch in about 2 weeks from when they were laid, so you won't need to keep a lamp on it for too long. It is a good idea to give the female a break, and they may be better parents when you re-introduce them into the breeding set-up. Also, you can help by conditioning them with egg foods both during breeding and while they are rearing the young.
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Kathy - 2012-12-22
I have a hawkhead that I've had since she was 5 months old. She is a spoiled, stubborn, loud, bossy, over confident, wild-like, self-absorbed, food-obsessed little demon. She is also a very affectionate, playful, funny, in-tuned with my feelings, cuddle monster. I wouldn't trade her for a thing. She views my youngest daughter as her play toy and loves to chase her around daily, multiple times, in fact every chance she gets. My kids have learned to watch VERY closely for body language, even during play, because she is a very rough player and can cause a severe bite. Being aggressive in everything they do is their nature. With me, she is sweet as can be, but I still need to watch body language. I tell people all the time that Hawkheads are not birds for amateurs. They are very high maintenance and require someone who is extremely patient, able to handle hard bites, and is very experienced with other parrots. They are definitely NOT a beginner bird. I have a cockatoo as well, which are notorious for being a high maintenance bird, and I feel that a Hawkhead is on the same level, if not harder. Noise wise, they can be just a loud as a cockatoo, if not more. They also tend to be a lot more unpredictable than a cockatoo. Please, if you are thinking of getting a Hawkhead, be sure to do lots and lots and LOTS of research first. They are not easy birds by far. You will get bitten. You will get rejected. You will get ringing in your ears. You will get all your food stolen ( :P ). BUT, if you are patient and respectful of their nature, you will be rewarded with a best friend that only hates you sometimes, especially when you don't share your food.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-25
    you probaly dont play wth him or her enough.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-26
    did you get it from eggsotic parroting
  • Kathy - 2013-05-12
    Anonymous - 2013-02-25 you probaly dont play wth him or her enough. Anonymous - 2013-02-26 did you get it from eggsotic parroting Huh? I don't play with him enough? I don't get what that is a response to. My post wasn't asking for advice, I was giving it. My hawkhead is played with plenty. In fact, she's spoiled and a big 'mamma's baby'. Also, no, I did not get her from eggsotic parroting.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-13
    Hey kathy, I for one think your info is great! And I also think this is an absolutely fascinating bird. Thanks for sharing:)
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pat - 2013-05-11
I have gotten two budgerigars as a gift. My question is how do you tell the difference between male and female? I have looked through all books, and you can tell by the cere, but they don't tell you if the light cere is female or male or a dark cere is a female or male? Help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-05-11
    The cere is the best way to tell between female and male. Males are generally blue and females are a lighter color - usually yellow or tan. Also, the color changes as they become sexually mature. How old are your birds? If they are younger than 3 months, these colorations are not an accurate way to sex these birds.
Brenda Ann Braley - 2013-05-09
i got two for mother day  now i had birds in pass not parkeets  now can i get them to talk or there just whisleed  only  can i train them talk ,,,,,

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-09
    Yes you can teach them to talk.  They will be limited, but it can be done.  cover 3 sides of the cage to keep their attention when teaching.  Speak slowly and clearly.  Having the 2 birds will help andthey will talk to each other.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    What cute little birds Brenda!... and happy mother's day! Talking or not... they're adorable and will bring you much happiness. Unfortunately budgies aren't really big talkers. Although some parakeets will occasionally learn a word or two, most won't really become talkers. Budgies can be trained to perform tricks however, and possibly whistle, but it still takes patience and persistence. Talking is something you'll find more common in the larger parrots, especially Amazon parrots and African Grey parrots (like the Double Yellow-headed Amazon of this page). Actually none of the other  types of parrot hold a candle to the ability of these two types for talking, others can learn some words, but those two types are simple the best at it.. You can read more about your birds on the Budgerigar - Parakeet page. Enjoy!
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jayashree - 2013-05-07
hi, I have 6 months old Alexandria. hope its female. she is very friendly and doing some tricks like step up, kiss, hand shake, spin, and fly to my shoulder. she also try to talk a bit. but rarely she says hello. she is healthy and i hope she is undergoing her molting period. I have an idea of getting male Alex chick. is it right time to get? will she mingle with him? or I have to get an elder Alex? expecting replies...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-07
    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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dddd - 2011-12-21
About a year ago a tangerine dove flew into our yard and my dad caught it and we kept him (I think?) as a pet. He's in a large aviary with budgies, a cockatiel, and a finch. He seems to have a liking towards my finch, he coos and bows to her and I was wondering if I should get another dove for him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    That would be more up to you. He sounds like he is happy but he would probably like one that is like himself.
  • dddd - 2012-01-02
    I did get another one, he seems way happier and wants to raise babies now :D
  • Audrey Delgado - 2013-05-05
    I have had a female ringneck for 5 months, and have just yesterday gotten a new one we believe is a male, the female is being very violent  toward the new dove and i am just wondering how to get them to share a cage?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-05
    Sounds like the female is a little territorial, probably because she was alone and became comfortable in her cage. It's her home... and her safe place. Bringing in a new bird is great, but your best bet is to have a separate cage initially  so they can get to know each other. Familiarity is important for a friendship to develop.
  • Audrey Delgado - 2013-05-05
    Alright, thank you i will give it a try! she gradualy seems to become more and more friendly with our new dove
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laura - 2013-05-05
I have two budgerigars male and female. They are brother and sister They always fight and the female sometimes will not let the male eat until she has her full then she will let him eat but then will share, the male said his name as loud as he can What can I do to try to get them to get along at times

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-05
    It sounds like they may have established a 'pecking order'. You might have better compatability if you get them a bigger cage with more perches and toys, but the female may still 'rule the roost'.
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Nelly - 2013-05-04
I have a male Pintail Whydah who is not hand tamed at all. His nails started getting too long and making it difficult for him to get around. I tried to very carefully trim them but the clenched his feet and I was too scared I'll hurt him if I tried to separate his toes. After this I decided to let a vet or breeder do it. While I started looking for someone who could do this, I noticed his nails getting shorter and caught him in the act of biting them off. Make sure your Whydah cannot catch itself on anything in its cage if its nails are long. If it is not hand tamed and you are not experienced in trimming nails then find someone who is experienced to do it for you. If the preceding is not an option then don't panic. Apparently Whydahs will give themselves a pedicure when they get annoyed enough with the situation. While it is not recommended that you put sandpaper covers on their perch (it hurts their feet), I have cut a sandpaper perch cover in half and taped it to the bottom half of his favourite perch. That way his nails get filed when they are long enough to reach the paper, but he is never standing on the sand paper. Hope this information is helpful to someone.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-04
    That's some great information about their nails. I am glad to know Pintail Whydah will give themselves a pedicure! I had an untamed male kept in an aviary and never had an issue with its nails, must have taken care of it himself. For other finches I've kept in cages, I usually provide just one sandpaper perch, and the others not, so they aren't forced to be on this type of perch non-stop. It has worked well.
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Ashley - 2011-01-22
Just reading this thread... Where are you all from? I am a keeper of Many poicephauls parrots and I am keen to gain contact with other keepers and breeders.. I am based in the north of the united Kingdom, I bet you are all American knowing my luck.

Please email me

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  • Lisa - 2013-04-23
    I have a new baby I just got 7 days ago and not sure when I or how I should start training. He was scared so I havent bother him alot other than talk to him. He did fly from Austin to Missouri where I picked him up so I thought I should give him time to settle in. Thanks for any help!!
  • Anonymous - 2013-05-03
    I thought I was replying to Lisa. I'm sure I have a brother of your red-bellied if that is what you got and I assume you got it from Scott at Old World. Did you get the female with the missing toes? I've had mine home for three or four weeks now and he sttill isn't stepping up or coming to my hand but I am not rushing him. He has started to come over and visit me but he still likes to bite. I just don't think he knows any better yet. All in all, for 7 months old he is a beautiful and quite enjoyable little guy. I've had amazons in the past so this is a whole new world for me.

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