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thomas sanchez - 2013-05-03
I have two yellow crowned parrots. They had a clutch of three eggs And My question is do I lettThe parrots feed their young or should I hand feed them? Also if so should I change their diet to a better quality food or are the pellets and mix good enough? She's a very good mother as far as staying on the eggs all day so seems to be successful. Please help with any information please and thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-05-03
    I would first let the parents feed them. If it appears that they are not feeding them or caring for them, then there might be indication for you to step in. Otherwise you can let the parents do it. However, if you want to hand feed, make sure you know the correct techniques, as handfeeding can be difficult!
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Subhra - 2013-01-16
My eastern rosella pair laid two eggs day before yesterday but the female is not incubating the egg at night? Is it okay? Is she going to incubate all the day after laying all her eggs?

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  • Sylvia - 2013-04-28
    interesting..mine does the same thing..all day she in the nest but at nights she is purched out in the cage next to the male!!
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Sylvia - 2013-04-28
Hi..I need help. my Female Rosella has laid 2 eggs, but when she comes out..she is panting! as if someone has been chasing her!? the male is okay ..he feeds her...sometimes I see her getting away from him. I have a cage with rollers and take them out during the day..and bring them in at nights! since we have raccoons in our back yard at nights all my pets come inside! is this stressing her?! need help..thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-29
    Nice that she has eggs, but it does sound like something is stressing her out. It could be from being moved around, or maybe there's compatibilty issues with the male (though that's less likely in my opinion), or maybe its too warm. Keeping the breeding cage in a permenant place that's a safe environment may help calm her down.
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Rose - 2013-04-28
Hi I have a 3 year old alexandrian that I recently took over the care off, she's handraised and quite friendly... I would love to know from this age onwards will she pick up new words? She only says hello at the moment.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-28
    Alexandrine Parakeets aren't as big at talking as some of the other parrot species, like Amazons and African Greys. But they are capable of talking to some extent. Because yours is already saying one word, I would say the chances are she could learn a few more. Good luck and let us know:)
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joshua - 2013-04-26
hi, i am joshua i own a pair of budgies they are not steping up on my finger nor breed what shall i do

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-26
    Hi Josh, teaching them to step up on your finger takes a bit of patience but is usually easily accomplished if the birds are young. See the Parakeet care page for details on how to do this here Parakeet Care: Handling and Training
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nahomi - 2012-07-22
I just bought a nanday conure and she looks like missing feathers on her chest I went to petsmart and bought her some vitamins for some plumage and feathers. It's my first time having a bird what do I need to do or buy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    I can't know whether the chest is bare cuz she is pulling her feathers or she is real young.  If young then just wait till feathers grow in.  If she is 3 - 4 monhs old (at least) she should be fully feathered.  Conures need a lot of toys and attention and distraction.  They love being with their human 24/7 and think we are one big toy made for them to play with.  If they aren't with us they need toys - lots.  TV is good and yes they do pay attention.  Cartoons and music work best.  I love (it will sound funny) but cash register paper rolls and they just scrunch up the paper or pull it and shred it.  However, they are shreddding the paper in peices and not their feathers.  They sell toys that hold cash register paper for birds but cheaper to buy the rolls at staples and put it in the cage with a piece of chain.  I would also bathe her/him with aloe bird spray. Possibly dry skin/feathers.  So conures are velcro birds and want to be with their human.  They need lots of toys and distraction to keep them entertined as sooo smart.  Aloe bird bath in case dry.  Enjoy and have fun.
  • nahomi - 2012-07-23
    Thank you. And well we just got her yesterday and shes not tamed at all so she bights do you know how I can atleast be aable to grab her so I can bath her
  • Jonny - 2013-04-24
    I also have a nanday and many other exotic birds if I were you I would go to a near by avian vet because there is a possibility that he has Thyroid problem which can possibly be helped with medicine but sometimes not this means parts of his feathers are falling out and normally it's just something you and him have to deal with I would definitely try finding by vet to diagnose the problem it also could be stress plucking which happens normally when the bird is in a new environment thanks hope you can use my advice best wishes your and your bird are in my prayers bye :)
  • Jonny - 2013-04-24
    I think the best way is gently pick her up with a thick towel and if you want to fix this problem she needs you to do that Quite frequently to get her socialized and use to you
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levi - 2006-12-06
These birds are breath-taking in personality and in color! I have a friend who owns a Hyacinth macaw name Sky and he was the perfect role model for his species. Gentle, playful, calm, highly intelligent, affectionate, loyal, loving and outgoing. His vocabulary is okay. For anyone on a shopping spree for birds, this bird is worth every penny!

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  • Linda - 2013-04-24
    I own a 3 yr.old female we named Paco. She accidently got loose about 4 months since we had her. I was devistated to say the least. I would follow her calls,because no other bird sounds like this one in our neighborhood. Finally I captured her 3 and a half days later.She was hungry and came to the sound of the macadamia's hitting the pavement(her favorite food). I was never so relieved and happy. It goes to show you that it pays to bond to your bird and to never give up the search. By the way later on that evening I got her back we had tremendous thunder storms and lightening. Thank goodness she was safe inside.
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Nina - 2013-04-23
Hi, I bought our Derbyan yesterday, he is 9 month old now. Is he still can be friendly, beacuse he is always want to bite very hard everything is going closed to him, he is like he want to attach and i don`t know why, maybe he is afraid too much?Is he will be friendly and playfull if we give a lot of attension to him? How is the best way to make him very friendly and hand trained? From how old they can speak?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
     If it was a handfed bird, he may become more friendly with lots of patience and love. Make offerings of friendship by speaking to it softly and often, and offer it treats.  However as you can see from the 'Social Behaviors' section above, these birds tend to naturally be a bit aloof with humans. They are very social with other birds and so do make excellent aviary birds. Good luck..
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shelby - 2011-09-21
This is not a comment it is more of a question??? I have a male and a female zebra finch they have mated twice first time she laid 4 eggs, the male began fighting with the female darting out of the nest at her and chasing her all over the cage is this normal? Should I separate them? Once the eggs were laid the behavior began so I took the 4 eggs and put them in the other birds nest in the other cage the other birds successfully laid on them and we have babies now. In the meanwhile after the eggs were removed the male stopped the behavior well now again she has laid 3 more eggs and the fighting is on again. What do I do any suggestions I can't remove the eggs and put them in the other nest with the other birds cause they are busy with the other babies... Please help if you can thanks in advance....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-22
    Species of birds are diferent and each bird within the species is different. Both the male and the female finch sit the eggs. Whether they are fighting over whose turn it is or whether the male is saying - get out there and eat - we can't know. Young birds have to learn and it might take a clutch or two before they have it down. I'd just let them be. Let them learn. They will figure it out - most likely.
  • shelby - 2011-09-23
    Hey thanks for the input and advice I did seperate them yesturday in the fear that he may ditch the eggs over excitment or just because he doesn't have a clue. The fighting continued so I seperated them but will put him back in, I just don't want either the male or female getting hurt or anything happening to the eggs... Thanks again
  • Muhammed Aamir - 2013-04-23
    I have experienced same situation also, I spend one hour and see what is being done. I noted female plucked a feather of male during fighting and immediately took it in the nest, after this I provided them soft feathers of chicken, both of them took these into a nest and stop fighting.
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Joy - 2013-04-18
Hi all! I have what I believe is a ringneck dove -- wild, with a permanently broken wing, but otherwise seemingly in perfect health. We tried initially to take him/her ('Peet') to our vet, but they would not see a 'wild' bird. I live in a really remote area, two hours from a 'real' town (just moved here in Dec '12). We are happy to keep and care for Peet (we have horses, chickens, cats, dogs -- all spoiled and loved), I just want to make sure this bird is not miserable and bored. Peet's in a rectangle cage, with several perches made of natural wood that he hops around on. Feeding parakeet seed, supplementing with greens, a tiny bowl of grit and a small glass bowl of fresh water (changed twice a day) is available for him. The floor of the cage is solid, lined with newspaper and a light coating of alfalfa hay. Tried the bird bath, he's not interested. Millet sprays and cuttlebone hanging in the cage. He's tolerant of us but obviously still scared of us a bit -- less so than other birds might be, I'm sure. Any suggestions for keeping little Peet happy and entertained are welcome! Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-22
    You are doing an awesome job! I have had ringneck doves and mourning doves that visit my outdoor feeder daily for several years. My experience is that if they get badly hurt, they go into shock and its really hard to get them to come back around and even start eating. So you should be very proud! You rescued a great bird successfully. They do take time to get comfortable with people up close, but it can be accomplished somewhat. Wild birds seldom develop the same level of trust that captive bred birds do, but with doves, they will often become quite tolerant. Good job again, and all the best to you both.
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