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Barbara Foster - 2013-01-29
I have a problem with my Macaw Izzy. Her poop has turned really loose and runny. Doesn't seem to be food related. She eats ZuPreem Fruitblend for large birds. She has never done this before. She is four years old and very healthy. She is a happy bird and she talks a lot. She can get loud but nothing out of the ordinary. Any suggestions on what I need to do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    Sounds like Izzy is a wonderful bird, and a great companion too. Your concerns are not uncommon, the most common causes for loose stools in parrots are an overgrowth of either bacteria or yeast. Another is a parasite known as giardia and there are others too, but these are by far the most common.



    Of course the best bet is to take a fresh stool sample to an avian vet to help determine the cause. However initially something that you can try that won't harm your bird is to mix a probiotic like Bene Bac (which you can get from any bird store or large pet store) in with its food. This will help you put 'good' bacteria back into the GI tract, and can often eliminate any 'bad' bacteria at the same time. If the problem clears up (observe the stools for 1-2 weeks) then you're good, if not then an examination by a vet is in order.
  • Rosemary Southard - 2014-07-12
    Hello there: I also have a Blue, and Gold Macaw, and we just love her,and she is a blessing. The answer to your question is:: Dont feed her or him fruit blend all the time. feed her the Macaw big bites, that have the picture of the Hicyneth pic on it. and the big bag. Feed your Macaw twice a day or your bird will eat too much.Change the food every day, and also the water.Feeding the fruit blend all the time will make her eat more, and not get the vitamins that it needs. it can hurt the stomach some. that is why the poop is too loose. Gradually your bird may get sick, and keep check on the food every day to make sure it is fresh. Keep in touch, and let me know how your Macaw is doing. Make sure your macaw is taken to the vet for regular checkups. I do mine. If there is a problem you can catch it early. good luck.
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sylvia chavez - 2014-07-12
please help for two days mollie wont eat and poops white she is a jenda conures it was trundering the other day could she be shocked - i dont know help me please

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Not eating is a concern. The poop should have some white, but there should also be some solid green or brownish matter as well as clear fluid. If your bird is a new pet she could be adjusting, but talk to the previous owner to find out what they were feeding her, as offering the same food initially can help her adjust. If she is established then there is a good chance something is wrong. Either way, I suggest you take her to a veterinarian for a check up right away.
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shelley - 2014-03-25
I just got two love birds, a male and female, does anyone know why the male regurgitates its food and feeds the female? I have noticed this happens about 2 times a day. And also how do I know when they are going to have babies? Thanks.

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  • Kory D Stone - 2014-07-10
    Hi Shelley, I'm not sure if you ever got an answer about why your lovies are feeding each other... It is a bonding ritual, basically means they are falling in bird love. To know when your birds will start laying put newspaper in the cage where the birds can get ahold of it. The female will start tearing it into strips and tucking these strips into their feathers to take back to the nest. Hope this helps. FYI, research needed for the nutrition for breeding birds, it is very important if they do not have the extra calcium/protein/vit A/etc. your female can become egg bound or end up with a prolapse that very well may kill her. 
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julie - 2014-07-10
My Rosie has been my baby for 2 and a half years now. I hand reared her and she speaks so well and is so adorable. Past month or so, she has started to be rough with me and makes growling noises and attacks me. This could be around her cage, or out. 90% of the time she is good with me. She always wants to be near me which is so hard. Rosie flaps her wings in the cage, just like she is ready to fly on my shoulder but obviously she can't from the cage. She is also very itchy and is forever picking on her wings. Not losing any but just picking and flapping. My concern is her anger. I have read that she could be hormonal, and also that she might lay eggs, but can this happen without a partner? I'm a bit confused. Any personal experience and info would be great.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Rosie sounds wonderful, I had a male Eclectus named, well what else... 'Beauty'! All parrots seem to go through what I call a 'teenage' cycle as they become sexually mature. During this time their personalities can change and they can become moody. It can last for a while too, often a year or more. It sounds to me that may be what Rosie is heading into, so a lot of patience and love are going to be needed. Good luck to you both:)
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Josie Carnington - 2005-08-14
I've been reading about peach-fronted conures for a few days now and would love to have one. I am just a kid but I'm going to try and save up my money to try and get one. You might be thinking that I'm probably going to change my mind in a few days, but I'm not. Those conures are very hard to resist. I was at Petco yesterday and there are usually just parakeets but this time there was actually a peach-fronted conure. It was so beautiful. I looked at the price and it was 300 dollars. I think that I will be saving for a while for that bird. Anyway it was so cute and I got to feed it. I think this would be a good pet for anyone my age.

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  • nice dragon - 2010-07-01
    I am glad you have made a plan about your future peach fronted conure. That bird will be happy to have such a thoughtful owner.
  • marissa - 2011-02-03
    I have one and I am only 13 and it is the best bird, anyone of all ages could have one!
  • Janelle - 2011-12-25
    Josie , we read your story today and I know you posted it years ago. I just wondred if you ever got your bird? And if so how do u like it ?
  • Linda - 2014-07-09
    Try to buy your birds at pet stores that socialize them and not keep them in cages.
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Animal-World info on Rubalina Macaw
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aussie - 2014-07-08
I got a skinny pig about 4 months ago for my daughters but I won't rid of it. He is the smelliest mess and he is not that friendly. He is the worst pet ever but not sure what to do with him. The girls won't play with him because he is so crazy and not too friendly. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Well, because you plan on keeping him, I suggest you keep him clean and healthy, and work on socializing. Perhaps you could get him a companion (another guinea pig of the same sex) for a friend.
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Riaan - 2014-07-08
PLEASE HELP!!! Can blue Alexandrines be bred and how do the babies look at about 2 to 3 weeks? I took a photo of the babies I have and they are all blue Thanks. Hope you can help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Blue Alexandrine Parakeets are color mutations. It makes sense that the babies of two blue parents would also be blue, but to understand all this fully, you need to speak with a breeder who can talk about the gene sequences in mutations.
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Bird Whisperer Mike - 2014-06-09
I recently adopted a rubalina that his owner passed away. The birds name is Jessee and he's 3 years old. I agreed to take him due to his crazy aggressive biting. He has caused some major damage to a 50+ year, third generation experienced handler/breeder and his employees. Due to my strange ways with my feathered friends, I was WARNED and asked if I'd try my magic with him. Well, Ive bonded so well with him, Ive got a new snuggle buddy. He now shows more characteristics of a cockatoo. He is the most gentle giant and actually is never caged anymore (giant play structure). People are in aw when they see him love on me as he does. I don't have the trust to hand him to anybody yet (he caused to many stitches already) but I do allow calm people to pet him. I now have a new friend for life! He has become such a lover and travels everywhere with me. He started regurgitating food about two weeks ago and cries when I go to work, it breaks my heart daily. He's with the misses during the day tho so I know he's in good hands. If anybody has any questions or comments, feel free to email me, crazy4thebirds@yahoo.com. I know I'm not typical nor a beginner but my experience is WOW, what an amazing family member I have gained. Ive handled from hand feeding to seniors, over hundreds and hundreds of birds but only ONE rubalina and Im hooked. The nippy jerky and aggressive macaw I normally see is not present in this breed. HOWEVER, THIS IS A BIRD FOR AN EXPERIENCED HANDLER ONLY ONLY ONLY! DONT GO GET THIS AS A FIRST BIRD OR BIRST BIG BIRD! I promise, you'll get hurt and cause hurt to your pet.

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  • Tabu Parrot - 2014-07-07
    I have an 8 yr old rubalina that I bought as a baby. Not only is she the first macaw I have ever owned, she is the first bird that I have ever owned of any kind. I'm not saying it was easy, but she is an awesome pet.
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Linn - 2014-07-02
I have 6 parrots. One female lessor sulfur crested about 14 years old. She just laid me an egg! I didn't think this was a problem with the larger species as opposed to parrotlets or cockatiels. I am not sure what to do. Any suggestions? I will call my vet, but any other insight would be appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    A visit to the vet is important at this time to ensure the health of the bird. What stimulates a parrot to lay eggs is still a mystery, but things like diet and additional summer daylight are known to increase the chances. Generally it is recommended that the bird always has a good diet, but when egg laying provide it with extra calcium and protein as these are known to stimulate egg laying. Reducing the calcium and protein along with a reduction in the amount of daylight can help, but you must be certain the bird is not carrying any more eggs, and a vet can help determine this.
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Bill Roberts - 2014-07-01
I rescued my bird, I have had her for a little over 1 year, she is very loving and smart. When I first got her she was in very bad shape, she now is a very pretty and happy bird lately she is taking to very softly bite my skin and then rubbing her beak on me, is this normal show of love?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I would say so, it sounds like a preening behavior, but modified for her unusual 'flock friend'.
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