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Mary - 2014-03-17
I have an eight year old female Plum-headed Parakeet that is changing colors to match my male Plum-headed Parakeet. I know she is female because I had her DNA tested as a baby. The male changed colors at two to three years of age. My female has been getting the male colors for the past year! Why would this happen?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Color changes in parrots can be related to illness or a poor diet. Slight shifts in shade or intensity are normal, but a major change to a different color, or small changes along with unusual behavior, can indicate a problem. Your best bet is to take the female to a veterinarian for a checkup.
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subramanian - 2014-03-09
Sir I have a three month old alexandrian, now it's sufferring with fits I think. Any treatment for this? Please inform me, it's  urgent. Thank you.

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  • David Brough - 2014-03-11
    There is not much information to go on here to diagnose what may be wrong, I would think a visit to a vet is in order.
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jai - 2014-03-04
I have 3 alex birds, one male and two female. Can we put powder like 'CANDID' because we are keeping it very close to us?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    That is an antifungal powder. If you concerned that you may have a situation that would require something like this, I would first look at fixing the situation rather than trying to treat for an unknown.
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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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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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Ben - 2014-02-05
An eastern rosella flew out of a tree and landed on my girlfriends shoulder. It was looking seriously malnourished and desperate. Needless to say Madeleine brought it home. When I saw it I didn't believe it was an eastern rosella, it had no feathers on it upper body what so ever, and without any feathers on his face he reminded me of Steve buchemi with his google eyes. That's how he got his name Steve. Steve was surprisingly tolerant of human contact, it was almost like he was hand reared and had escaped. After some research we worked out he was still very young as he still had juvenile down under his wing feathers.

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Ben - 2014-02-05
An eastern rosella flew out of a tree and landed on my girlfriends shoulder. It was looking seriously malnourished and desperate. Needless to say Madeleine brought it home. When I saw it I didn't believe it was an eastern rosella, it had no feathers on it upper body what so ever, and without any feathers on his face he reminded me of Steve buchemi with his googly eyes. That's how he got his name Steve. Steve was surprisingly tolerant of human contact, it was almost like he was hand reared and had escaped. After some research we worked out he was still very young as he still had juvenile down under his wing and back feathers. It took a few weeks but with good feed plenty if water and a large cage to sleep in at night he recoverd his feathers back and actually got chirpier. He was being a really cool bird. Any how I will get to the point. Recently we went away for a weekend and when we returned he was a different bird. He was really aggressive and quite cheeky. The problem was exacerbated when we had to go away again two weeks later. He is not the same bird and it can get quiet scary when he decides to attack you for moving the remote away from him so he doesn't chew the buttons off. His attitude has gotten to the point where I'm ready to let him go. Madeleine on the other feels as if Steve chose her and is willing to persevere for a while longer. Has anyone had similar things happen to them with their birds? And if so what did they do to remedy the situation? He has heaps of toys and gets to fly about pretty much all day. He is only put in the cage to sleep. It's almost like he's acting like a spoilt teenager. Please help!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-06
    He does sound like a spoiled teenager...lol. Rule of thumb, it takes a parrot about 30 days to acclimate to a new home and come to know you as their 'flock'. But they are like children, and after that they may try different behaviors to get attention, or to be dominant. They do often have a 'teenage' period during maturation where the behavior can be like what you described, though from what you said, I think your bird may be a little young for that.

    Any change in established routine, environment, or companions is difficult for them. Establish a routine and stick to it. Rather than giving the bird free rein in the household, you could try to give him some specific times out of his cage for exercise and to interact with you. If he mis-behaves while out, then you can use return him to his cage early as a notice that the behavior is unacceptable. When he is being good, offer treats, praise, and lots of interaction. Time, affection, and patience are necessary.  Parrots are wonderful companions and I'm glad Madeleine is willing to be patient and perservere.
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Tanya Good - 2014-02-05
My Regent parrot, Milo will be 26 next month. Yes, I have had him the entire time. Anyone have a 'realistic' life span range for these birds? Everything I have read is 20-25. Well, he has surpassed that! Thanks!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-05
    You rock! Your Regent is well cared for, and long-lived. I have read 25, and up to 30 years as an average lifespan for these birds.
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K.Swapnil - 2012-05-20
I have a pair of Indian rose ringed parakeet ....
and they are 2.3 months old......

I have two que. to ask:
Q1.When the black lining/strip would appear around the male's neck
Q2.one have them has a prob. that it produce a very low sound like if its throat is not well and by looking it closely i noticed when it opens its beak to make sound a very thin layer of water formed and burst.....Wat is the problem with it

Please answer these and try to email me at swap.blue@gmail.com

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  • Ron Sorkar - 2014-02-05
    You should not give them banana.that makes problem to create good sound. i am also a bird lover. i have also a parakeet bird male. The black ring will arrive after 8 to 9 months.
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louise wilson - 2014-02-02
Iv got an eastern rosella parrot and shes lovely ( at times when I treat her to new equipment ). I got her given to me about 6 - 7 weeks ago and from day 1 she sat on my shoulder but did tend to bit but she wasnt being aggresive untill it came to me or anyone else putting hands in cage!!! I thought she would always be alittle aggresive but each day she is gaining more trust in me :) today she let me stroke her belly and head and she loved it!!!! Does anyone know how long their life spam is as my bird ( Rainbow ) is 7 years old??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-02
    Sounds like a wonderful bird, and they are so pretty. The average lifespan of the Eastern Rosella's is said to be around 15 years, so you should have a wonderful pet for a long time.
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