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Shon MtPisgah - 2012-10-13
I'm new to large parrots. Do any of you use Harnesses to take your BFA outside or in the car? We are outside a lot in the garden, can BFA visit the back yard with us? Trying to research every option, thx!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-13
    Harnesses can work well, but it does take time for a bird to get accustomed to wearing one, and to be calm when wearing it. Some birds adapt fine while others won't. But if your bird does get comfortable with it, it can be a nice way to take it outdoors. However as a word of caution, you will still need to closely supervise the bird at all times.
  • Shon MtPisgah - 2012-10-14
    Thx Clarice!
  • Bill Klusmeyer - 2013-09-13
    I have a blue front amazon which I adopted. I don't like the harness idea, too much room for an injury. I opted to use a carry cage. Getting him in it wasn't too bad.  I had to make adjustments to help in entering. I took him to my local bird  store to get some things. He was a little stressed on the ride there to say the least, but when he got there he was the center of attraction. What a ham! Anyway the ride home was ok but I think he couldn't wait to get back in his cage. I really think a transport cage will be better.
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ardhee - 2013-09-17
Why does a canary gloster not want to sing? Because of the environment or the food? And how do I distinguish between a saplings canary gloster? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-19
    The Gloster Canary is known as a 'type canary' rather than a 'song canary'. This means it was bred for a characteristic other than singing. These canaries were developed for their physical appearance and plumage.  Here's a good article on these birds by Joe A Bracegirdle, History of the Gloster Canary .

    However, all canaries can sing and environment as well as diet can influence singing. Males tend to be better singers than females, as females may simply stop singing or sing intermittently. Males will have a greater tendency to sing if they are housed singly. To encourage singing, you can provide a song food available at pet stores. You can also  to help encourage them to sing by playing some classical music or you can get canary song tapes at a pet store. 
  • ardhee - 2013-09-23
    Thank you in advance, I think that to listen to the sound of canary I think I have often listened with my mobile phone... or maybe the weather in Indonesia is different from the weather in their home country? Sorry if I ask a lot of.. :)
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Carolyn - 2013-09-23
I won two Daimond Doves at the Harvest Festival at my church today. There is also 4 eggs. I have no idea how old they are or what to do if they hatch any babies? Any help would be great. Thanks so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-23
    For information on their breeding see the Dove and Pigeon Care page under breeding here: Breeding/Reproduction. Hope this helps get you started in the right direction:)
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Franco - 2005-09-11
i have a grey cockatiel and around a month ago i decided to get a Lutino cockatiel while i was buying cockatiel food. Why? because he was so great looking and was standing near the cage door and all the others were standing away. i was right, he is the best of my choices so far. he is so loving and loves to be handled and outside the cage. thanx for this great site, learned a few thngs to keep in mind.

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  • Gunasekaran - 2013-09-22
    Just starting a wbesite for parrot supplies and have a few parrot books listed but will definitely try to accommodate a number of these. I will also add them to my personal collection as I have two Macaws and an African Grey. Thanks for sharing!
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Kathy - 2013-09-19
We are moving from Queensland to Tasmania and want to take our cockatoo who is over 30. He was with my Mum till she died and we inherited him, he doesn't like me much, but loves my husband who has a beard and long hair. He talks to him daily. He is a very healthy cockatoo and we need to know he will be OK moving to Tassie?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-19
    He should be fine, but will have to get accustomed to a new home just like people do.
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mansyur gunadi - 2013-09-18
Would you like to send me some canaries to pakistan it is my email mansyur_gunadi@yahoo.com if you want to send me I will pay you and always business with you I am waiting for you.

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ardhee - 2013-09-18
Can you assist me, how old can the gloster canary begin to sing? And I have 2 pairs of canary local ( Indonesian ), how to maintain a kind of canary offspring?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-19
    The Gloster Canary is not bred for song, but it will still sing. Most canaries will have a baby song at about 4 weeks, but the adult song usually starts in the fall. Then usually stop singing for a couple of months each summer while they are molting.
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Reina - 2013-09-16
I just recently got a Budgie (Parakeet) I had initially named him Marley.. But after some research, I'm almost positive that my Budgie is a female, therefore I have renamed her NyaMae. I've had a Budgie before, back when I was about 15 his name was Weezy. I was sure of his sex because I had gotten him directly from the pet store.. Unfortunately, NyaMae was a friend's before she was mine. My friend had her for about a months time give or take.. At this friends home she didn't receive any attention at all and I'm almost positive she was never allowed to fly.. With that being said, Today is the first day I've let her out of her cage. I'm more than certain that she's enjoying herself, being that she's flown in circle around my head over a dozen times. In my personal opinion Budgies are one of the best pets to have.. I'm more than thrilled to have NyaMae in my life.

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Louise - 2013-09-13
I have a male and a female white dove and I believe they are trying to mate. Sometimes they peck each other and I'm wondering if that is in their mating act or what? They don't seem to hurting each other. If I could get some comments to help me on how this mating process is done I would appreciate it. Thank You.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-13
    Doves can become territorial if there is not enough room - but if you just have the single pair in a fairly large cage, I'm guessing that's not what is going on. If they don't seem to be hurting each other then it is probably just playful pecking. Most doves mate for life. Provide an open nesting box or container with grass and/or twigs as the nesting material. If they have a nest and mate, then the female will lay 2 eggs and then both parents will take turns incubating them for 2-3 weeks. Also make sure your birds are at least 6 months old before trying to mate them!
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Constance - 2009-11-14
I have had my Yellow Nape for 24 years and of course my husband and I are part of the flock. However, she loves all strangers unless she senses they do not like her. Yellow Napes are very intelligent and very high social as most birds because they are flock animals.

No one should have a Yellow Nape unless they understand all the needs of this very beautiful and special bird. Yellow Napes love to be held and allowed to have 4-5 hours of play time daily if not more. With a good diet, clean and I mean clean cage, and lots of social time with the family the Yellow Nape is a joy to have as a family member. Yes, they need to be a member of the family for ever. They do not adjust being moved around with different people like a cat of dog. Especially, Yellow Napes they are very smart, loving and bond for life. They can die of a broken heart.

Usually, if a Yellow Nape is biting and displays behavior problems the bird has been mis-treated or simply handled wrong.

Parrots do not bite unless scared and they just want to be loved and handled correctly. There are many rules to follow when handling a parrot.

I must say our bird has been so loved and is so happy in captivity she really is so sweet.

I have been working with birds for thirty years and they are very special animals that are misunderstood many times.

For anyone who needs to find a good safe place for their bird you can contact:
Phoenix Landing in Asheville, North Carolina, they are a parrot care foundation and they will adopt and educate others before allowing a bird to go to a home. Their phone number is 828 251 1333.

If this number does not work you can look them up on the internet and with a bit of time contact these people.

Thank you
Constance

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  • Mariette Coetzee - 2013-09-12
    I have a question.  I have a Yellow Nape Amazon came to us about 2 years ago. Do not know his background only know we are the third family in his life time and we think he is about 10.  Sad I know but he found a home for live. In the beginning we could handle him with no problem and then he started having behavior problems like biting us and shows aggression towards me when i move around his cage.  He will sometimes come down from his cage to the floor and if he sees me will come towards me with aggression. Now somebody told me he is sexualy frustrated.  Is that the case and what can I do to help him.  I would be greatful for any help.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-12
    It does sound like your Yellow Nape Amazon seems to be distressed, which is a common occurence with these birds as they get older. Many times they really do best with a mate after a few years, it is actually suggested that people plan on getting a companion eventually. These birds are known to get really frustrated over time if kept by themselves, especially those who aren't closely bonded to a human that can spend exorbitant amounts of time with them.
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