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Doris Marsilii - 2014-10-17
How do you stop doves from excessive 'mourning' sounds? It's driving me crazy.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-18
    Doves coo when they are happy, excited, and they coo to connect with each other. Males tend to have a louder or harsher coo. Doves do bond easily with their keepers and can coo because they want some attention. Giving them some regular play time with you can help them calm down. They also tend to get noisy when it gets light in the morning and covering their cage with a dark sheet or blanket can help.
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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:)
  • Gayle - 2014-10-18
    Kathy, your post is absolutely, unequivocally one of the best, most accurate, and unbiased I've ever read on Hawkheads. I've been owned by one for 9 years now and have the scars to prove it!! Everything you said is right-on the mark, and I'd just like to confirm that if anyone is even remotely thinking of buying one of these birds, think again, do more research, talk to other HH owners, and then think again. You need to be prepared for a roller coaster ride of emotional response from these beautiful, loving birds. They can be oh so cuddly and affectionate for an hour, then turn right around and administer an extremely painful, tenacious bite to their human for no apparent reason. The person who commented that perhaps you're not playing with your bird enough is just plain ignorant of the HH species. Even if you've owned other parrot species for 50 years, you have no clue what you're in for if you bring a HH into your life. I ditto this: ' 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.'
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Jim Gray - 2014-10-11
Hello, Several months ago I bought two white doves and in the last week the female dove has been nesting. I tried to give the doves straw for their nest but they are content on sitting in the food bowl. The other night she laid an egg and then yesterday she laid a second one. She sits over the eggs most of the day and night and only leaves them for a while for food water or some exercise. The male dove sits with her but never sits over the eggs to keep them warm and sometimes she sits over one egg and discards the other one like there is a problem with it. Should this concern me?. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Regards Jim

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Wow, that's very cool. I wouldn't be too concerned, as it sounds like the female is doing great and the male dove is doing what male dove's do... hanging out near by. These birds can quickly detect if an egg is bad/ If she continues to ignore and egg and keep it away, you could just remove it. But wait for a while to make sure that's the signal she's giving.
  • Jim Gray - 2014-10-15
    You were right, they are now covering both the eggs and great news is the mail dove is spending half the time on the eggs to give the female dove a break. It is amazing how they learn all these things themselves, I am excited about having a baby dove.
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Andrea - 2014-10-11
I have a sweet female white fronted amazon. She was born in 1999. My yellow napped parrot has bitten her several times, and as a result she has lost part of her toe and has an injury to another on her left foot. She gets around very well, although does sometime lose her balance. I love this little bird so much, but I think that for her protection it might be best to find a good home for her. She is very social with other birds, but needs to stay with birds her size. I don't want to see her become a full time breeder, but she would enjoy having a mate, even if its another female like herself. I have a beautiful cage for her that I bought two years ago. I love this bird very much, but I am worried that my nape will handicap her or kill her one day. I am willing to speak with a serious person, and I am located in Philadelphia, Pa

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  • May Walker - 2014-10-11
    I have a male white fronted Amazon and am interested in finding a companion for him since I work during the day. I cannot afford to buy a companion bird and can only promise a good home. I live in central Florida.
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Barb - 2012-11-11
I have a peach-faced lovebird that is over 20 years old. He's doing pretty well for an old guy -- he can't fly anymore but still like to be held and snuggled. Just wanted to share that lovebirds can indeed live to be over 20.

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  • Donna - 2013-11-20
    This post is a couple of years after yours, and hope your lovebird is doing well for an old guy. I too have one around 17, and noticed that he is not flying quite as strong as the old days. May be his age as well! We have him checked regularly as well. Gave me comfort in your email. Thank you!
  • Anne - 2014-10-11
    I have a 19 year old peach face...CHICHEN. He loves attention & seems quite content to sleep most of the time. He loves sleeping on me. No longer flys...so I take him along with me as often as I can.
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Anita - 2010-03-10
My husband and I adopted a 4 year old Severe from a pet store 1 1/2 years ago. We were told it's a girl but she says,"Hi Bubba" all the time. We renamed her Bella and she can talk very well but she refuses to say Bella. I initially thought we made a big mistake and never in a million years did I think we would own a Macaw. She would run to the back of the cage away from me and wanted nothing to do with us. She was very nippy and un- predictable. She is now the love of my life and the sunshine of my day. We also have an African Cape that I adore and raised from age 4 months but the personality and affection of a Severe tops it all. She went from running scared to never leaving me alone. She will march through the house looking for us with her sister (our Cape named Gabby) behind her. I can now wrap my arm around her to hug and kiss her and she loves it and just melts. She throws herself on her back while laying in my arms to play. It took about 9 months to gain her trust by taking it a step at a time and now she loves all of us. We were told she was raised by a male so she favored my husband at first but now she loves my daughter and I'm her favorite. Love and time made our Bella the love of my life and our lives.

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  • Erika - 2014-10-11
    Can you tell me some of the things to help her turn around and gain our trust. Mine prefers men and will talk when men are around, but i am the only one who handles her. She will eventuslly come out of thr cage sometimes after coaxing her for a long time with treats. What else I can do? Once she gets out she loves going out to the pond and walking around the yard with me holding her. Every time is like starting over.
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Anonymous - 2014-10-11
My blue faced changed color is that normal!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Feathers can change color somewhat with molts as they age. Also a disruption to the nutrition of a bird during the time when feathers are being formed can cause color change and can also affect the quality of feathers. With a corrected diet, it will molt back to its original coloration. Beyond malnutition they can also have a liver disease and certain viruses can also cause abnormal feathers; however, this is not a common occurrence. If you think it is more than a molt or a nutritional issue, then you will want to take the bird to a veterinarian for a checkup.
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Anonymous - 2014-10-10
WOW i fainted when i seen my birds

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  • Anonymous - 2014-10-10
    WOW so did i
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Josh Wallace - 2014-06-30
My parakeet is very boring if I give him twigs will he make own nest? Note this is a boy parakeet. Also would it be a hoot if iIgave him a nesting box and put twigs in that for HIM?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Twigs would definitely help with boredom, as would a nest box. You can also provide him with other toys, and things like a ladder and a swing would help give him things to keep him occupied.
  • yasmine - 2014-10-10
    No unless you have a girl too Yasmine Hafdi
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yasmine - 2014-10-10
my parakeets have been here for 4 years but i did not name them

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