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jai - 2014-02-25
I have a Dutch blue lovebird male and a Lutino female. Every time my Lutino lays eggs they do not hatch.The has been happening for the past year or so.What could be the problem?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    It could be that you have 2 females, with one laying the eggs and the other acting 'male'. Lovebird eggs hatch in approximately 20-24 days, but if this is the case, then they are infertile and will end up looking a grey color.
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jai - 2014-02-25
My Alex likes to drink milk, tea and eat rice is it ok?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    It's pretty important, from a nutritional standpoint, that you are sparing with treats. If they are fruits and vegetables, it is about 15-25% of the diet max, but with these, I would say much less. I don't think there is anything toxic in milk, and definitely not in rice, but I would be cautious with tea as it contains caffeine.
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*Sally* - 2006-04-01
My Maui Sunset Macaw, Uno, is the sweetest bird in the world. He adores everyone, including my quaker parrot Quincy, my moluccan cockatoo Ray, and my two abyssinian cats, Abby and Annie. Uno especially adores my cats, even better than any of my birds. His favorite food would have to be corn-on-the-cob, green beans, and strawberries. He doesn't exactly have a cage; he instead has a million playstands around the house. I am so glad that Uno, as well as my other birds, are in my life.

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  • rena - 2014-02-24
    Hi Sally, Just had questions for you about the sunset macaws. Are they hybrids, And if they are do they live the same age as other macaws? I will be out of work because of my spine and I really want a macaw, my kids will be at school and I have had lots of birds throughout my life but I want to make sure I am getting a loving bird. If you can give me any advice I'd appreciate it. Thank you, Rena.
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B.ISMAIL SHAKEEL - 2009-02-25
I'd like to have a bird like this.

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  • mamie owens - 2011-07-21
    I have a 14 year old male, that I am interested in adopting out to the right family. please reply to this email address.
  • James Lawrence - 2011-08-02
    Hello. I read your posting and was interested in your bird. My wife, daughter and myself have owned birds in the past but have always wanted a larger type bird. My wife is a stay at home mom and my daughter is a bit of a home body so he/she will hardly ever be alone. Are you still considering adopting your bird.
  • B.ISMAIL SHAEEL - 2014-02-24
    I wish to have birds like this too.
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MARIANA - 2014-02-23
I have had my male (had him sexed) rose breasted cockatoo since 2005. He never bit at first, but since last summer when he was boarded for three months he gets aggressive at times. He is not clipped so that he can fly around the inside of the house. The other night he went after a plastic cup that I was holding and I received a big bruise and cut on my wrist. Could he becoming ornery as he gets older? He gets tons of attention. Sleeps in the bedroom with me in his bedroom house. Can someone try to help me out?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    You didn't say how old your bird is, it could be a 'teenage' thing. As they become sexually mature, they can go through more aggressive (and childish) behaviors, usually for a year or two. However parrots are amazing, they have an incredible memory and sometimes events can also stimulate a new behavior. So it's really hard to say why she's gotten a bit belligerent at times. You may have to work on some behavior modification.

    One approach that often works is to put her in her cage whenever she goes a bit nuts, then walk away and ignore her for a bit (like 10-20 minutes). Give her no recognition at that time. Then approach her with a pleasant, loving attitude and take her out, giving her lots of praise and affection, maybe even a treat. The idea is - no love or attention if she's mean, but plenty of love and attention when she's good. You may have to repeat this for a while until she gets the idea.
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Anonymous - 2010-05-04
Please help why is my cockatiel plucking out his feathers he is nearly bald?

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  • Julie - 2010-05-10
    Cockatiels (particularly females) can develop this terrible habit. In some birds it is nerves, they are uncomfortable about something in their surroundings. In some birds it is lack of stimulation from friends, family, playmates etc. They are very social creatures and need companionship. In some, it is due to hormones - this is mostly the female birds. Of the four females I've owned, three plucked to some degree. If I were you, I would definitely find a knowledgeable avian vet and have your bird checked for mites or a skin condition. A good avian vet can give you suggestions for curbing the plucking.
  • Sarah werner - 2010-09-14
    Maybe give it some more toys to get his mind off it or some fresh leaves that are not toxic or if that does not work there is a bottle of liquid for sale called AVITROL FEATHER PLUCKING FORMULA and you spray it on the cockatiels back and they don't like the taste of it so they wont pluck themselves!
  • Lexi - 2011-08-10
    You might want to be careful if a bird is really stressed if can kill itself by plucking it's feathers
  • Sandra - 2012-09-06
    I have a 7 year old female lutino cockatiel and the bald spot on the top of her head seems to be speading down the back of her neck. She has been plucking her feathers for quite some time. She is also a very picky eater and only eats the small seeds in her food. Any information anyone can provide would be appreciated.
  • robert - 2014-02-23
    Cockatiels are that kind of pet that always need stimulation in some way or form. When left alone always leave a radio or TV on. They can get frustrated and pull all their feathers out if they're alone too much. Have a great day.
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jai - 2014-02-20
I have 2 female alex 2 years old and recently I got a male 18 months old. Can I put them together?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Parrots see their cage as a 'safe place' so when you bring in a newcomer, it's best to put them in their own cage until everybody gets along. Then if you have a large enough cage and they all like each other, they could be fine.
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angiepoo - 2014-01-02
Hi..we have a double yellow headed Amazon that a friend have to me a few months ago. She's around 8 years old and has a very extraordinary vocabulary. We spend a lot of time with her. She comes in and out of her cage as she pleases except for at bedtime when we cover her cage. She has a very large cage and lots of toys. She is fed well with a top of the line parrott food. We've done all the things that is recommended for parrots however, she won't let us hold her. She will occasionally go into my living room or on my counter and that's the only time im able to pick her up when she knows im taking her to the top of her cage. Anytime I go to pick her up from the top of her cage, she snaps and just moves away from me. Can anyone give me some advice on how to get her to let us hold her? When my friend owned her, she use to let people hold her at one time but when my friend started work and no longer had time for her, she spent alot of time alone. That's why she have her to me. I really want to hold her but I don't want to traumatized her. Any advice?? Thanks in advance. ;-)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    What a great new pet you have and it's good that you know how old she is. She has set behaviors that, as you pointed out, developed because of her previous circumstances. To change these behaviors, work with her regularly. Be consistent and offer reassuring words and treats, and eventually she should come around. There's no guarantee, but time, love, and patience are your best tools for success
  • Kevin Krause - 2014-02-17
    I ended up taking in my Brother's bird who passed away 2 years ago. I can tell you this bird has so many mood swings it is not even funny. I have been bit 4 times, one almost needed stitches. I am trying to figure out what to do at this point. We have been so good to this bird...but I am at my end. It screams if you are not in the same room. It's not good for either of us. But not so easy to get rid of. But I will tell you, don't expect a big turn around anytime soon. All I have read about the double yellow amazon, it is not a great pet, unless you have 24 hours a day to spend with it. Very little reward.
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Susan Saleeby - 2008-07-12
Hello Bird People:

You may remember me from some time ago. I had Jammy, a green-naped
Rainbow Lorikeet. He flew into a party some twenty odd years ago, where
I was singing for a wedding at a country club in New Jersey. We tried and tried to find the owner, going so far as to place an ad in the local paper; however, we
could not locate the owner, and the rest is history. Jammy, as we called him
since he seemed to be "jammin" at the party, remained with us for twenty some
years until he went to heaven about two years ago.

Right now, as I am typing this e-mail, I look at my mousepad which has a
beautiful picture of Jammy on it. We shall always keep this very special
gift from the Lord in our hearts; Jammy will always be with us. It has
been two years, and the tears well up in my eyes as I type this to you.

Nothing will ever take Jammy's place, and I have not looked for that in my two
new birdies. Peaches, our White-Bellied Caique was purchased to fill the
void of noise in the form of a whistle, which we missed so much in Jammy.
Peaches is a very adorable little Caique, and we love her very much.
I tell her that she is presently "renting" Jammy's home while we look for
a replacement.

Ben is a Solomon Island Eclectus parrot which we purchased some eight months
ago. Ben is very sweet and calm, and he is also not mean't to take Jammy's
place; however, I think Jammy would approve of this little critter.

I think what I am trying to say is that absolutely nothing can bring Jammy
back to us which is why I did not purchase a Lorikeet. Jammy was and will
always be special in our hearts. I believe that is the only way a
bird owner can and should go forward with life. I pray for Jammy every
evening; it makes me feel close to his memory. Jammy will always be very
close in my heart. I know some of you out there are in the same position,
and this, as I perceive it, is the only way we can continue on life's
path. I think many situations in life should be perceived in that manner.

I wish to say may the Lord bless all of you and your birdies and keep
up your very good work. Remember these creatures are extremely intelligent,
much more than they receive credit for in life.

Well, I feel much better for writing this to you; I hope this did not bore
you. It was so comforting for me to express myself in this way.

God Bless You All.
Susan and
the "Zoo Crew

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  • kathy - 2012-04-25
    Thanks for your beautiful tribute to Jammy. I have looked and looked for a bird and finally decided on a Lorikeep-the rainbow one. I was a bit put off with the 'messy' tag they are given. Did you find the mess hard to deal with? Thanks for any information you can give me.
    God Bless You, too,
    Kathy
  • Joe Chenault - 2014-02-15
    Hell0 susan. My name is joe and i am coming to you from millersport,ohio,outside of columbus. I found your entry sort of by accident. After i read it i felt compelled to reply. Im going through now what you went through. Tango,my rainbow lory passed away unexpectedly january 3rd. He was only 6 and a half years old. I miss him terribly. He wasnt a pet. He was my baby and my best little buddy. In my 46 years,he was the best thing that ever happened to me. I guess im writing to you because i know you will understand how i feel. When i was reading about jammy i was tearing up because i felt your pain. My friends and family arent helpful. They dont understand how i could feel so deeply about a bird. Tango was more than just a bird. I never knew i had the capacity to love or care about something as much as i loved and cared about tango. Like you mentioned,the silence now is torturous and i am am so lonely without him. Just like jammy,tango cant be replaced but i definitely want to get another lory,not to replace tango but to carry on his legacy so to speak. Because of my financial situation it will seem like an eternity before i can. Maybe i could become a wedding singer and get one for free. I think that is so neat how jammy came into your life and made such an impact for those 20 plus years. Im sure you will agree,that was destiny. I write this to you with warm blessings. Joe.
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Alfred Carter - 2014-02-13
My male cockatiel Wedgie is around 11 years of age, he is in fine shape, but Ellie May is around three years of age. At first for around a year she could fly very good, but over the weeks she started to fly less and less, till she stopped flying. Her tail feathers became very untidy then she started pulling them out or they just fell out. I have moved now to another house and she seems very happy her tail feathers are just the same and wings very scaggy, she tries to fly but lands on the carpet. She eats, drinks, and preens and gets on with Wedgie, is there anything I can do about her feathers to get them back how she used to have them?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    Make sure her cage is very roomy. I'm assuming you are already offering her a great diet, with pelleted foods as 75% for balanced nutrition, and offering fruits and veggies as treats. So in addition, you may want to try adding some vitamins. Vitamins for birds are available at a pet store.
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