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DD Manfredi - 2004-06-13
I have a one year old White Crowned/Capped Parrot that was given to me by a friend in Honduras who farms and found the little guy after a dead tree had been cut down. Ricky (the parrot) lives with me at my retirement home in Siguatepeque Honduras and I successfully hand-raised him from what I figure was an age of 2 weeks. I fed him a mixture of water and corn flour, mixed to a thin paste and drawn up into a amall hypodermic (without needle of course). I would place the syringe totally inside the mouth and he would then take it garther in hinself and I would press the mix directly down the throat, he thrived and has always been very healthy. When grown these birds LOVE corn, fresh corn on the cob, just pull the shuck leaves back and use them to tie the piece to the cage (or perch). Fresh corn on the cob is considered to be essential at least once a week for an adult bird by the locals.

This is a favorite parrot of local Hondurans and they have taught me a couple of things about them and their ability to speak, that I do not find elsewhere. They say to NEVER feed them anything with salt on it, OR the bird will never speak! Also at 8 months they begin to feed the bird a drop or two of liquor on a piece of tortilla daily, or provide a small cup of fruit wine twice a week. This bird in the wild starts consuming naturally fermented fruit at this age and does so periodically throughout its lifetime. Without this addition to their diet they will never speak well. My little guy is already doing various whistles, calling 3 people in the family by name and is becoming more talkative daily. He started talking one month after I started giving him fruit wine. The wine I am using is a pineapple and mango based wine, but I would think that nay tropical fruit based wine would do.

I love my little friend and am glad to share this information on increasing their talkativeness. Remember that these people have been raising and loving these birds for hundreds of years and I trust what they know and have shared with me. They recommend to never cage this particular type parrot, or if necessary a large cage where they can have lots of activity.

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  • Lucy - 2010-06-10
    That is really interesting! Can I give the fruit wine to my bird now that she is almost three years old? Or will it not work? Thank you.
  • Tricia - 2010-10-07
    Hi I am so interested where I can get this wine for my little one she is only four months old and I want the best for her....... thks
  • Anita - 2011-06-20
    Thanks for sharing. We have a 9-year-old that we got at 8 months. While the bird may be "trainable" my husband is not and I have never been able to get him not to do things like feed the bird roasted, salted nuts! We love our little guy and he has been 100% healthy for 9 years eating first pellets that he later rejected, then seed, nuts, vegetables and fruits. Loves soy beans, corn and carrots. Is picky about fruits - eats apples, throws out pears! He talks, but only in a whisper, and only to me when the house is quiet and he has put himself to bed on his "sleeping perch". He has a large preview pet aviary which has carefully-placed perches, toys, and food as well as a play top. He puts himself to bed (climbs back into the cage) at dusk. In the morning, before getting out of the cage or eating anything, he demands that his head be scratched.
  • Anonymous - 2014-07-19
    Can you still tame a 6yr old white cap????
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Jenny Mays - 2014-07-19
I noticed 3 days ago, a beautiful white dove perched on my shed. It has been here since. Every morning I go out and feed it. I first gave it a cornmeal and bread mixture, which it seemed to enjoy. My question is: 1. How do I encourage it to build a nest. 2. How do you identify the male from the female? I have only seen the one. I do not have interest in bringing it indoors ... but I do like the idea of it nesting in my yard. Any suggestions??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What a pleasant surprise. However, with only one bird there won't be any breeding action. If a friend does show up, see the breeding section in the Dove and Pigeon Care guide, the link to it is at the bottom of the intro section above.
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tasnim - 2014-07-18
I had 2 society finches in 2013 ,but 1 died and I bought another one with 2 zebra finches.They were okay together for a few months and then the one I bought in 2013 died.Now the zebra finches are fighting with the lonely society finch

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Ali el badri - 2014-04-17
I am looking to buy 2 parisian frill can you help me? Where can I find them? Thanks.

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  • Steve - 2014-07-16
    where about do you live if you are in Canada let me know thanks
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Mary - 2014-07-16
We have had our ring-neck dove, Lovey Dovey, for 25 years! We know he/she is getting old -flew into our Mn.yard, so don't really know how old he is….LD's beak worries us, as it gets off kilter -top longer than bottom -any advice about clipping it,etc? Worry lately about ability to pick up seeds…we feel LD will outlive us.:) Thanks, Mary

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    You could take your bird to an avian veterinarian to have the beak clipped, or you can trim the beak back yourself. The nice thing about visiting a vet, is they can show you how to trim the beak and then you can get bird clippers at a pet store. If there is a bird farm in your area, they can also show you how to trim the beak. Though vets and bird farms will probably clip very thoroughly, if doing it yourself, I recommend only clipping a little at a time, then clipping again as needed.
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Allan Coerbell - 2011-01-13
I am in brooklyn N Y. I gave away a lot of belgians, I only kept 2 pairs, there are lots of them in the New York area, I am a member of the Kings County Canary Club, and a lot of our members have them. I am looking for the Italian Gibber.

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  • Rob Morales - 2011-03-02
    I'm looking for a pair of Belgaians. I live at Ca. I'm hoping you can ship or we can work something out in shipping them out. I'm also looking for Italian Gabbers. www.robbyshobbies.net Rob.
  • Rob Morales - 2011-03-02
    I live at : Tulare, Ca. 93274 Thank you. Rob
  • charfeddine - 2011-05-26
    Let's make a free market of birds.
  • Jose - 2014-07-15
    can you help me find a pair of Belgian canaries for my father he asked me to take him a pair to florida
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Jose - 2014-07-15
I am looking for a pair of Belgian canaries dose anyone know where I can find a pair my uncle and my father use to breed them we live in Brooklyn and my father asked me to try to find him a pair can anyone help me

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    You can try to find a breeder through the Western Waterslager Club. See their webstite: http://www.westernwaterslager.com/
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nidhin - 2014-06-13
My lutino female has started building the next with palm fronds... only problem is she has been building it for over a week now. Do they usually take this much time?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    They will often fuss about with their nest until they lay eggs.
  • Mir mazhar roshan ali - 2014-07-15
    i wanna buy lutino love bird......but how much age is required to breed them ........and how to make nest box plzzzz reply...
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Check out the Breeding/Reproduction section on the Information and Care of Lovebirds page. The link is at the bottom of the introduction paragraph above. That will answer your age and nest box questions.
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Rosemary Southard - 2014-07-12
Needless to say I love my Blue, and Gold Macaw. When I want to take a nap some times?? I will be asleep, and the next think i know My blue, and gold has crawled down her cage, and on to the arm of my chair, and she will roll in my lap,and turn up side down, and play like a kitten. that really will wake you up for a long time. One time she did that when I was napping, and she was giving me kisses on my cheek, and wanted to play.yea.

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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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