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Anonymous - 2013-09-10
Hi there, I have an eclectus female bird, I'm realizing that she's losing her hair under her chin. :( What can be done to support her? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    Plucking the feathers under the chin is unusual. There may be a problem with her skin, or a problem with an infestation of mites or lice. Examine the bird and your cage closely to see if you have an infestation, and if you do you'll have to get rid of it. But if you can't find anything, then you may want to take the bird to an avian veterinarian for a checkup.
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vickie schmitt - 2013-09-08
one of my female finches has lost her feathers under her wings, and around her behing. she seems fine, active, and eating. can anyone help me to understand whats going on with her please. is she sick? or just molting?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    Zebra Finches will pluck at each other, estabishing a hierarchy (or pecking order). The best thing to do is move her into her own cage until her feathers regrow.
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linda - 2013-03-19
we are looking for a female white front amazon. Our male white front is lonely. any ideas where to find one? anyone looking for a home for theirs?

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  • gerry vega - 2013-09-05
    I have a female and been looking for a male for years.
  • gerry vega - 2013-09-05
    Hi Linda I have a female and would love to breed her.
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Animal-World info on Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
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Bea Sevens - 2013-09-03
I have a 28 yr. old triton cockatoo and live far from a bird vet. I can clip his nails, but his top beak is over-grown. How can I safely trim the upper beak? He has worn his lower beak in to very crooked shape. I am watching carefully to see that his diet has remained the same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-03
    You could use clippers to trim his beak. My bird farm uses a dremel too to quickly grind a beak down, but either of these can be very stressful for a layman that isn't aren't well versed in these methods and able to do them very quickly. You may want to just bite the bullet, and take him on the long journey to a vet or a bird farm. Afterwards provide him with good chew items to wear the beak down. One thing about cockatoos... they love to chew!
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Animal-World info on Parisian Frilled Canary
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Steveo - 2013-09-03
Hi, I would like to buy a pair of Parisian frill. 6198664733

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RickELake - 2013-09-01
I have a Dusky Conure named Charlie that has been with me since he was 4 weeks old; He's now going on 14 years. He's very active and has a dozen phrase vocabulary. A few weeks ago he fell off his perch while sleeping, so out of concern for leg breaking - I removed the metal grate that normal sits about 3/4 of inch above the cage floor. I added more newspaper and cedar as ' cushions ' just in case it happened again. Then the behavior started changing. Charlie became obsessed with shredding the newspapers and began hiding under the remains. I became concerned that he might be ill, as hanging out at the bottom of the cage; lethargic, less talkative and seemed to eat less - none of which is a good sign, BUT MUCH TO MY SURPRISE - Today, my 14 old Conure laid a egg. From what info I read, the introduction of the newspaper as nesting material may have triggered this cycle. I know not remove the eggs until about 3 weeks and the need for calcium supplements - but then we are going back to clean and newspaper-free cage.

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Animal-World info on Lutino Lovebird
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Roy - 2013-09-01
Hi, This is Roy from India. Recently my Peach faced African love bird had laid 4 eggs. Out of that only 1 egg was successfully hatched. The baby bird is now almost 2 weeks old but it has developed Yellow feathers just like a Lutino. I am really really surprised as to how this happened . How a peach face give birth to lutino baby. Please help me in understanding this riddle. Thanks .

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-01
    I'm guesing an unintended accident of genetics, as the lutino lovebird is actually a mutation of the Peach Faced Lovebird.
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Jill Swanberg - 2012-04-20
I have a Severe Macaw and the green feathers are turning red and I would like to find out why this is happening.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    Some severe macaws have more red (on their feathers) than others. Is your little one about 2 year old and starting to get his adult feathers and coloring? There are also mutations.
  • Megan Donovan - 2013-08-31
    Maybe aging?
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Megan - 2013-08-31
We just bought a 5 year old male from a woman who has taken very well care of him. She had to sell him due to health reasons of her own; he was not receiving the proper time and attention he deserved. When we got home for the first 3-4 days, he was primarily in his cage, frequently coming out to stand on his door. Was also very talkative. Nothing routine wise on our end has changed, but for the last 2 or so days, he has pretty much stopped talking, stays inside the cage and scratches/prunes? himself. He is clipped so he cannot fly but our coffee table is right under his door for him to hop onto. Problem is when we come close to him slowly he is sort of brave (we can tell he wants to retreat) and stays on the door. He readily accepts treats from both myself and daughter as well as strangers. What would cause him to suddenly stop talking, occasionally squawking, and still not fully leave his cage? We are getting very disappointed and want a happy fun macaw. I just don't know what to do. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-01
    Parrots are very smart, and have really good memories. As a rule of thumb, it takes a parrot about 30 days to adjust to a new environment, and he's still not sure what the heck to make of his new home. Be patient, and keep the affection and treats coming:) Just keep in mind that this bird will be your companion for at least the next 20+ years, so you have lots of time.
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Linda Pries - 2013-05-21
I have been breeding cockatiels for several years now and am currently setting up pairs from my own breeding. I have normals, pied, albino pearls and what I have always called lutino pearls. I'm not sure if this is the proper name for these as I have seen them also referred to as opaline pearl. The birds are soft yellow with the grey pearling. Last year I purchased a pair consisting of an albino hen and a whiteface pearl cock. They produced all whiteface pied chicks until their last clutch which also produced a gorgeously stunning whiteface pearl hen. I am keeping her and breeding her back to a normal male who is split to pied. Also will be starting a pair who is a whiteface pied split to albino hen bred to a lutino pearl cock. I'm very anxious to see what these pairings will produce. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, is lutino pearl the proper classification for my yellow birds with grey pearling?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    That Whitefaced Pearl hen must truly be a beauty! A Lutino Pearl Cockatiel has white plumage with yellow pearling, not grey pearling. Lutino's lack all grey pigment. It's probably either a normal pearl mutation or a cinnamon pearl mutation (which has a lighter coloring than the normal). Also males do not retain the pearling, it molts out as they mature. As these birds are crossbred, specific characteristics can become less distinct, so a good knowledge of the genetics as well as the birds lineage (who were their parents/grandparents, etc) is helpful in choosing crossings to get the results you are looking for.
  • Geoff Larsen - 2013-08-30
    I am new to cockatiels and was given a pair for breeding. The female got egg bound and died so now my male is very lonely. What I would like to know is what type he is and how to locate a suitable mate. He is a white face (no cheek markings at all) and a few dark grey patches on the top of his wings. His mate was also white faced but had quite a bit of grey markings all over her body and wings. (My kids named them Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.)
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