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Nastia - 2003-08-18
In February 2003 I received my baby "Polley". I took him out of nest myself and never since has he left my site. Polley comes to work with me even on leave. He is the boss at my table and not scared of dogs or cats, if they come close to his gage he bites them and even then says "Moenie my byt nie, hoor jy!" He loves to play with shiny things and talks all day long. I am still teaching him new words; he already learned over 20 different words.

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  • John - 2013-03-26
    Aww polley want a cracker?
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jayashree - 2013-03-25
Hi, I am gonna get a pair of cocktail chicks. Is It necessary to get a pair or single is good. AlreadyI I have 5 months old Alexandria. Can I use the same cage for my cocktails or they should be separated. Will cocktail and Alexandria fight?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-25
    Cockatiels can be kept singly, in pairs, or in groups. Generally a separate cage is best for different bird species, unless the enclosure is very large such as an outdoor aviary. But because both birds are young, they may get along okay. Keep an eye on them if you put them together.
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jayashree - 2013-03-24
Hi, my 5 months old Alexandria created an whistle sound and immediately I stared talking to him he try to mimic hello. And sometime he mumble too. So, I just want to know, is it a initial stage of talking or normal behavior?

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ali - 2013-03-22
hi. i have a 3-4 years old alexendrine parakeet male. He sometimes continuously raised his head upward and just rotate it from side to side. plz tell me whats the reason behind it bcz i purchased it from someone, i asked him also, but he says me that it is not problem, it is there natural behaviour. plz guide me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    I tend to agree with the person you got it from... natural behavior and not a problem.
  • jayashree - 2013-03-24
    Sometimes my Alexandria will also behave like this. Its a normal behavior nothing to worry.
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Trish - 2013-03-13
I am looking to get a budgie, but I don't want to buy it from a pet store. I would like to purchase from a breeder. Does anyone know of any breeders in the North Dallas, Texas area?

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  • Teresa - 2013-03-14
    Trish, I was use to large parrots - as I've aged, my grandsons took the umbrella cockatoo and the timneh grey, and I down-scaled to the budgies. I did a LOT of research and personal visits to different pet stores and local breeders...I know parrots! Anyway, I purchased Butch & Sundance at PETCO. They are the best. It was my experience that the breeders wanted 2 to 3 times the price, and the birds weren't very socialized at all. Are you familiar with the parrot breed? Best of luck - you obviously will make the best purchase for what's available in your area. :)
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Renee - 2013-03-11
Hi I've taken over care of a 2-1/2yr Female alexandrine it was hand raised.. The issue is when me or my husband get close to pat it or hold it it attacks pretty quick but when my 4yr son goes to talk and pat it the bird enjoys him and allows him to touch, Is there any chance this bird will grow to like me??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-11
    That is great it picked your 4 year old.  That will be a special friendship for the boy.  Be persistant but not too pushy ang it will turn around.
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Jayant - 2013-03-08
I have a Budgerigar which does not have a companion. Surprisingly, it has laid three eggs within seven days. How on earth it is possible? Moreover, it breaks the eggs after a few hours. Please fulfill my curiosity: anyone...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-08
    Many female birds will still lay eggs regardless of whether there is a male around or not - the eggs are just not fertilized. Similar to how we get chicken eggs. As to why your bird is breaking the eggs, I'm not sure. She may know they are not viable and is trying to get rid of them.
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Mike - 2012-12-20
A general set of observations about our Plumhead Parrot. Ours (like others here!) is called Jade, a good cross-gender name as we don't know the sex yet. It was raised from just before fledging (so older than usual) and was difficult to feed, making cute 'I'm hungry' noises but not taking to the syringe at all well. It was raised with a Cockatiel and they are now inseparable- even calling to each other from separate rooms and sleeping in the same cage at night. Jade likes many foods, not at all difficult to feed, including seed, corn kernels, fruit and parrot pellets. It also eats grubs! Both birds plus another baby we have still have baby mix once or twice a day. Plummies have a strong beak which is also quite sharp but they don't appear to bite through anger, it's just that Jade likes to chew skin on my thumb! They are strong flyers, very fast and agile, but it pays to cover glass windows and doors as young birds have no idea of the danger from glass. When young they are also a bit clumsy when it comes to landing, especially on shoulders. We love our little guy heaps, despite being one of several hand-raised birds that have the run of the house or verandah or both.

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  • Terri Coker - 2013-03-05
    I purchased a 4yr old Plum last week. He had been in a aviary/pet store the whole time. I was told he's never talked but with 3 days he is saying I love you, Hi, and what'cha doing. He doesn't know how to step up, but is calming down and letting me feed him by hand. My questions is, should they have grit? Not sure of the benefits. I am giving him a calcium supplement and he is progressing well to fresh foods but not to pellets yet. My email is onsitefirstaid@aol.com in case I can't get my book mark to work for this page. Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-05
    Hi Terri, On your question about grit... gravel and/or grit is used by birds to help break down seed in the digestion process, but it is only needed for birds that eat the seed whole, like pigeon's and doves. Parrots will hull their seeds and nuts and eat only the soft inner parts, so grit/gravel is not a requirement in their diet. They do need a source of calcium, which you are providing with the mineral block, and you can also use cuttlebone for this.
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mary - 2013-02-27
up to what age do the rubino and lutino rosella breed, i have a pair ring nr is 2004?? is that too old, and when is their breeding season, I SEE THEY EAT VERY LITTLE SEEDS, is that normal ? also dont eat much of the fresh green, only nibble on apple ?

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Midoris mom - 2012-07-25
I got my ringneck about a month ago he was 2 months old and was on his last couple weeks of hand feeding. He was ratting treats out of my hands riding my shoulder playing walking around the house very happy.. Then one day out of no where he nibbled my hand. I didn't think anything of it as the breeder told me they go through a bluffing stage after winging off of hand feeding. The next day he was like baby jaws... All he wanted to do was chew he chewed up all his toys his little wood blocks... Now I can't pick him up anymore hell still eat out of hand and even come sit next to me but the minute I tell him to step up he try's to bite... What do I do???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    Ring necks are very much 'it is my way bird'.  They are somewhat affectionate when real little and hand feeding and go right to the terrible two's.  They aren't what I call a 'velcro bird' such as a conure who just love attention, play, pet and affection.  They are 'on my terms' bird.  He's also in what I call the 'teething stage' which most parrots seem to have. I think they are wearing down there baby beak but as far as they are concerned, everything is destrutible and they chew on anything.  This ends and they learn to play with their toys and then chew on them and break them apart.  Biting - don't give him any treats unless he 'steps up'.  Hold his beak closed and yell 'NO'.  You can accept 'his terms' and just learn his body language.  You can get him on a separate perch and use treats to 'step up'.  You can use your hands/arms and try and train him to walk up the stairs moving one hand over the next and saying 'step up'.  I know there are many many people who have Indian Ring necks and enjoy them immensely.  I have big parrots and I enjoy them immensely, affectionate, don't bite, silly etc.  Never had training or biting problems with any of them.  I have not found the 'ring necks' or others in the parakeet family(not including budgies) to be anything but very independent and difficult.  Conures are about the same price and wonderfully loving, afectionate, playful.  I honestly do not know if you can stop some of the biting.  They are just independent and they must do all the training and their human must obey.  The only reason I am saying this is because for me it has to be so difficult to 'bond' and have a fun/loving relationship with these guys.  They are handsome and enjoyable to watch and will be company on their own terms but a difficult bird.      They will fly to you and sit there but often times you can't pet them.  It's almost that a person has to train them to accept affection where most of the biggers guys are like a baby and want you attention and love. 
  • Sarah - 2013-02-25
    I got my female's wings cut and got a face washer and handled her in that and offered treated for some reason she took to my green face washer and soon knew it wouldn't hurt her and would let me pick her up. I placed her on my top and cuddle her until she was quiet and did that for a few weeks soon I was able to say scratch and pat her head without her biting. Mind you I did get heaps of bites one breeder told me to push my finger in not hard but enough to shock her. Does hurt but only had to do it 5 times and she stopped. Just takes time. I can now do anything with her from opening her wings up to scratching her head.
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