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Donna - 2012-06-07
Hi Charlie -- Just wanted you to know that our Hahn's 'Dublin' is doing well after all the help you gave us. She has a large vocabulary and is talking all the time (quite clearly) and always has us smiling. Now the problem -- she still has a problem with stepping up on our fingers/hands and still bites quite a bit. We cannot try to touch her or she bites. We would love to hold her but she still wants to bite both my husband and me. How can we get her to trust us? She is approximately 9 months old (we got her when she was about 5 months) and we think she wasnt' treated very well. Can you help us again?????? Thanks for any suggestions. Donna

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    If you go to Bing.com and just enter 'how to stop a parrot from biting' you will bring up several articles from trainors etc on that subject.  Me - I would concentrate very hard on exactly what your Hahns is doing before he goes to bite.  What is the body position, wings, look of the eyes etc.  Just what is he doing before he goes to bite.  If you take your hand and make a tight fist (thumb in) and you present the back of your hand to the Hahns, he can't bite it cuz he can't get a hold of any skin.  You can do this a bunch of times and it will relax you and it will start to show him that biting just isn't going to work.  Hold that fist tight - he can hit you with his beak but honest, that doesn't hurt.  Just do it - he will slowly start to give up trying to bite.  That was step 1. This is step 2 which will sound terrible but not going to hurt him at all.    I would take that fella and I would throw a towel over that guy and then grab him up in the towel and hold him.  You throw the towel over him (better if you start with him on the fllor) and then just push him down to the ground or a flat surface and wrap your fingers around his neck holding the towel.  You are using the towel sort of like you would use a kitchen mit.  He will be able to bite the towel but not you.  It may take a few minutes ( not more than two) but he will settle.  You don't squeeze - just hold, like you hold a childs hand firmly when crossing the street.  Now you just hold him, talk to him, sing whatever and gradually just pet the top of his head.  The idea here is to get him used to the fact that you will not hurt him.  You are just going to hold him.  Now take it from there to placing him on the bed or on the floor in a small room (like the bathroom) and let him come to you - great if you have a treat.  I had one bird that would bite (out of a bunch) and just couldn't get her to stop.  I called a trainor and she said when the bird looked like it was going to bite, grab it yell 'JAIL' and put it in the bathtub.  Turn out the lights and close the door and count to 60.  The third time I yelled 'Jail' - that bird shook like a dog coming out of water but assumed the relaxed position.  She never bit me again.   I still can't get over that one but that is what the trainor said and it worked.  Closet, bathub etc.  That little guy can't be just 9 months.  Baby birds beaks are soft - the bite doesn't hurt.  It is sorta like a puppy gumming you to death.  The top thing to remember is that you have to relax.  You have to be not nervous.  I can see where you would be but you have to relax.  Get that Hahns on the floor - on the bed - anywhere but the top of his cage.  It will help a lot.  Have no idea why the 'Jail' thing worked but it did but you have to be able to grab him to do it.
  • randombirdgirl - 2014-09-14
    what are hahns macaws like? are they really bitey and feisty by nature or just if you neglect them? I went to a pet store to find one and it was kind of bitey. and how many hours a day do you need to spend with them to make sure they don't bite and get aggressive. in general if you've never had a bird but want a tiny bit of a challenge are they a good pet? and if not what is?
  • randombirdgirl - 2014-09-14
    what is the hahns macaw like? Ive never had a bird but a wan a small challenge. are they a good pet for what I would like? and if not what is? I just would like some pet expertise here.
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Lisa Lupia - 2014-09-13
Hi I just bought a black masked lovebird off of someone from craigslist n he is 7 and never let out of the cage n never touched and Im trying with all my might and I do know alot about birds have them 30 years n been trying all my might to handle him but boyyy is she vicious. I have done everything possible but he aint going for it what should I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-14
    Sounds like he's got a great home, but was never tamed. At 7 years old, you've got a task to in front of you if you want a tame bird. A lot of patience and love will be needed, but hard to say if the lovebird will become like a handfed bird that was socialized as a baby. Good luck.
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Allison - 2012-10-03
How can I train my caique to say a word or two? He is about a year old? Is he still trainable? He does a few tricks and mimic a cricket chirping but no words yet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-03
    Caiques are very very trainable - to play.  They have been taught hoops, basketball, riding a scooter - all sorts of different play and just having fun.  They are extremely expressive and will love you and scold you.  However, I have never heard of one talking - they will make many sounds and i guess it is us to understand their language. 
  • paula - 2014-09-13
    I have a wbc named Abe and he speaks quite clearly. He is always asking 'what cha doing' very appropriately and says pretty bird and I'm a pretty pretty pretty pretty bird and is learning peek a boo and hi david. He also barks, quacks and wolf whistles so keep trying.
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AG - 2014-09-13
I am looking for a pair of Parisian Frill and I live in the Tampa Bay in Florida.

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Anonymous - 2014-08-12
I adopted. A yellow nape. He is great with me and my daughter. He seems to hate my wife though. He bit her the very first day we got him. She feeds him,gives him treats,talks to him.after a year he still won't. Except her. Any help at all would be appreciated

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  • cynthia - 2014-09-11
    My parrot is the same with my mom. We've had him for 15 years and she is his main caretaker(cage cleaner) and he would slit her throat if he could. Hes hated her since the first day he saw her and fell in love with me. He still loves me and we play and I even shower with him. If she even passes by the cage he throws himself at her and slams into the cage sometimes. He doesn't really care if it hurts. It sucks but we've tried everything and i have to make sure to feed him in the morning because he rather starve than eat food she gave him. He'll spill it all over the floor and then laugh at her.
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murray lane - 2014-09-10
i have a scarlet macaw ,she is not a nice bird at all we have had her for 18 months.i'm the only you she likes .my wife talks to her and feeds her treats but she doesnt not like her ,she bites her foot when she comes in the room.any info would help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    It sounds like your Scarlet Macaw was not well socialized as a juvenile, and then some parrots simply prefer men, and other prefer women. It takes a lot of time and patience to improve or change this type of behavior pattern, and it may never change. Macaws have excellent memories... once they learn behaviors that work for them, yeah, sounds like a patience and love scenario.
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Paola - 2014-09-10
Hi! May I ask some questions to those of you who already live with a Goffin Cockatoo (if that's the case, I envy you so much!)? - are Goffin Cockatoos particularly loud? I live in the centre of a big Italian metropolis. I already own several budgies and a male galah, the best pet ever (trust me, he is: I was 16 when I bought him and deep in clinical depression; he's helped me so much during these years we've lived together and now, also thanks to his 'support', I feel muuuch better; without him my life would be worse). The galah is really quiet and generally silent. Are Goffins generally screamers? - usually, do Goffins get along well with other parrots? As I said, I live with a male galah and if I decide to adopt a Goffin I hope that they'll make friends. My galah is very shy, but also curious. While the breeder was hand-feeding him, he spent his days with his brother and other cockatoos and amazons, but since then he's never had any contact with other parrots. He sees the budgies, of course, but they look so different I wonder if he considers them similar to him. Probably, considering that they would have to live together (even if in two different cages) and that the galah is a male, it would be better to choose a female Goffin, don't you think? Thank you very much, I really need your advices. Sorry for my probable grammar mistakes, English is not my mother tongue. A presto!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Yes, cockatoos are known to be very loud at times, and this is true of the Goffin.  Good that you are asking questions, because cockatoos are very needy for the affection of their human companion. If you decide to adopt another parrot, you may very well find yourself dealing with a jealousy situation. It also takes a lot of time for birds to accept new introductions. For your currently contented and quiet Galah,  you'll want to have a plan for each days interactions to make sure he doesn't develop behavior problems like feather plucking or screaming.  A parrot's cage is his safe place, and I would also suggest you will want separate cages for each bird as well, until such time as they show you they are best friends and happy to share a cage.
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Debra Clymer - 2014-06-30
My love and best friend died this morning, I had her for 40 years. (My timneh) needless to say I'm devasted over her passing. She was not ill. Fine when I left for work this morning. couple hours later she laid dead on the bottom of her cage. Worst part is not knowing what happened to her. Heart attack? Did she fall from her perch and break her neck? Don't know I always thought I'd be the one to go first.. My home is so quiet now it's so hard to be in it because of the silence. To everyone who owns a timneh they are the greatest. I know as time goes by pain lessens but the hole in my heart will forever be there. Miss you so much my feathered friend.

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  • Barbara goldfuss - 2014-09-09
    Iwas soo sorry to read about the loss of your beloved timneh.I know, first hand, how you are feeling.I can almost feel your pain and the void you cannot seem to fill.From 2007-2013 I lost my.congo.African Grey, Sugar, my Timneh, Beau,aTimneh, Baby Doll.I had a very strong bond with all three.It may not make you feel.any better, but I wish I had had my dear beloved birds for 40 yrs.Worst of all, they were not ill,(long, ugly , horror story.My birds were like my soul mates.If I were to tell some people they would laugh or think I was a little odd.So I kept it to my self alot, unless I were around bird people.To this very day I have daily crying episodes over them.I miss them terribly.I am in therapy for Post Tram a tic stress, but even my therapist is not on my wave length.My heart aches and I long for my.dear soul mates.My son doesn't fully understand, either.That hurts.I have my birds ashes and someday we will all be together.I have no one really to talk about my feelings about my little sweethearts which I have lost.I hope I didn't upset you by telling you all this , but I just wanted you to know , truly, I DO know how you are feeling.They say that when your pet dies he or she crosses over the RAINBOW BRIDGE.It's a beautiful poem.I have a copy from a pet hosp.in mass.I found them online.I TRULY KNOW THE EMPTINESS AND HEARTBREAK YOU AR FEELING.Thank you soo much for sharing.It means a lot to me, believe me.
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Georgeanne Cole - 2014-09-09
I have a great female 25 yr. old yellow nape. Recently she molted and her colors on her chest are a dark greenish-gray instead of the lighter bright yellowish green. Do I need to add something to her diet? Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-09
    Nutritional problems have been known to cause feather color changes in parrots. For a good look at foods and treats for parrots, see this recent article on Parrot Cuisine, as it can give you insight into what you might add or change in your Yellow Nape's diet.

    Some other things that can cause color change are a derangement of the metabolism or a disruption to the nutrition of a bird during the time when feathers are being formed, which can also affect the quality of feathers. With a corrected diet, it will molt back to its original coloration. Discolored feathers can also be due to liver disease, so you may want to take your bird to an avian vet for a checkup.
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wayne grubbs - 2013-04-01
Does anyone have norwich canaries for sale? Let me know please. Thanks Wayne

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  • Betty wilton - 2014-09-07
    Did you find out where to get norwich canaries?
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