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richard ramos - 2012-03-13
i just bought a male rose ringed 2 days ago. Is there anything I can do to help it trust me fast. It's not hand tame and gets scared when I put my hand into the cage. I don't know how old he is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-14
    You will probably have to sit by the cage and talk to him and try and give him treats for a few weeks - not just a day. You just sit there and leave your hand outside the cage and talk softly and let him come to you. Then whne he is comfortable taking it from your hand - open the door and give him treat at the door - your hand should block the door opening itself. Then step 3 is to let him come out. Make sure it is in a safe area without windows or mirrors and just let him out. He will settle and then you will have to start to train him to 'step up'. Ringnecks - not hand fed - are not easy to make PETS but they are social and will enjoy their human companion. But you have to go at his pace.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-13
    Hi, putting your hand in the cage is not the way to go. You are a really big person next to that little bird and it scares him. King Kong jumping into your bedroom at night while you are sleeping. Talk to him, sing, laugh - let him see you and get used to your voice and movements. Wait till both you and he are relaxed and that might take a few weeks. Start giving him treats through the bars of the cage and let him get used to the closeness of your hand. Let him come out. You can put some food just outside his cage door or just open the door and see if he comes out. Ringnecks on more sit on your shoulder or arm bird than they are 'PET' bird. You are going to have to go slow and let him warm up to you. Can't go fast.
  • Richard ramos - 2012-03-13
    If I put my hand by the cage to give it treats it justs moves to the other side. And what if it does come out of the cage -- how do I put it back in without scaring it?
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Satya Narayan Pansa - 2012-03-11
Can these parrot talk well

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-12
    No they vocalize and possibly a few words
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Milica - 2012-03-11
Hello, I have a 6 year old female. She wasn,t hand fed, but, now she is very tame and likes to play with me. I have an offer for a 3 years old male but he is wild. How difficult would it be to tame him? And more importantly, would she change her behavior? Is it wise to buy this bird to be her companion?
Thank you
Milica

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-11
    It isn't terribly difficult to - tame them and you have already done it once. However, now you are going to have a male and a female and most likely they will pair bond so unlikely they will be tame and if they are to some extent - probably won'g be during mating season at all. Doubtful you would be able to play with either of them.
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Casey - 2012-03-10
Hi, i have just purchased two alexandrines a supposedly male and female bonded pair which are 2yo. they were hand reared but have been in a flight aviary for quite some time. i am wondering is it too late to tame them? and will they still breed if tamed as a pet?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-14
    I don't know that it is ever too late to tame a parrot and 2 years old is pretty young. However, they have a pair bond and they will do whatever to protect that paid bond and essentially you would be an interloper. I would just let them be and when they have babies, hand rear one of them as a pet for yourself. To disrupt the pair bond will disrupt the birds.
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-09
OK my female parakeet is pooping and her poop is mostly water in it some piece of green poop. Is somthing wrong. Is she going to die?

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  • Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-09
    Do you think because she does not drink water
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-09
    Possibly too much fruit or even too many vegetables but defitenly fruit will do his. A change in diet could possibly do this. One half grape to a parkaeet is like you eating a whole watermelon. Yes, she has diahrhea and could get seriously dehydrated. If it goes on longer than two days - I'd take her to the vet.
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Casey Brown-squires - 2012-02-25
My pair of alexanddrines are not getting along, I'm having trouble paring them up. The female keeps attacking the male.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    That isn't unusual. Females are frequently aggressive toward the male until she is ready to mate. If it is really bad, you canjust put him in a separate cage but close by until you see them sitting sorta next to each other (or as close as they can get) in the 2 different cages. Otherwise, just let them work it out.
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Sally - 2012-02-05
I have male Alexandrine! Whenever I try to play with him on my hands ! Instead of following what I am saying ,he starts to rechew his food! I don't know why! He spit on my hand and again he will have same thing ! Plz help me out !

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-05
    This is NORMAL parrot behavior. It is called regugitation and it is a sign of their love and affection. They only have one thing they can give you and it is food so they try and give you their food. When my birds would start to do this (cuz sure not fun on top of my head), I would just grab their beaks and say 'mom, not hungry' and give them a kiss on the beak and a pet. I didn't want the reused food but I didn't want to hurt their feelings. Worked for me.
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Keith Campbell - 2007-01-19
I have a 1 year old female alex named Dalilah. The only warning I have for a future owners is DO NOT COUGH around these little mimickers. Both my wife and I shared a cold and were coughing for weeks and now she mimicks it perfectly. Anyone who meets her thinks that we're mean by not taking her to the vet for a flu shot! Keith Campbell, Indianapolis, Ind.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-12
    That is funny. It always amazes me as to what a bird decides is amusing. Mine does my sneeze.
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Aby T. - 2012-03-02
I had two parakeets (male and female), the female died today and i was wondering if i got a new female,would my male parakeet get along with her?

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  • Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-03
    This happened to me. I let the male stay by itself, then I tamed it. It will not get sad if you tame him and play with him. So if you don't have time to play with the bird then buy one but make sure it's almost the same age as the male. Mine lived 12 years by itself. It was the same age as me but it died.
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Beverly - 2010-01-18
I bought a pair of Derbyans in 1992, who have had many babies. I have never tried to "tame" the pair, but they have become very calm with me over the years. I kept some of their babies and they all are wonderfully tame. They have the most beautiful voices you will ever hear! They love to sing and laugh, play with each other, chase each other around - good exercise,and have fun. They like sitting on my shoulder or head. They are very calm and very gentle birds, but can startle easily. Most say/sing "beautiful Derbyan Parakeet birdie", and "Way up in the sky little birds fly", "pipe down", "it's okay, you're okay", "owie, owie" and many other words and phrases and each other's names. They are my very favorite species of parrot!

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  • Renee Devera - 2011-07-22
    Beverly,
    I have an absolutely gorgeous male Derbyan. He is almost 6 years old. He has the most terrific vocabulary, very comparable to a Congo African Grey. Honestly, his vocabulary is better than many CAG's. He can be a real sweetheart, but he is actually kind of sneaky or unpredictable from day to day or hour to hour. I've been debating on what to do. He has actually lived as a cage mate with a male spectacled amazon. They are for sure "The Odd Couple". Recently, the Derbyan has become very aggressive with the little amazon, very similar to the way a pair of breeders will often become. I wonder what would happen if I separate them? I also wonder if I were to purchase a female, would he possibly bond to her and become a breeding pair? Thirdly, do you think he would calm down and be more predictable and handleable if he were separated from his buddy? Do you know where I might be able to acquire a female and what would be a good price? I live in the Midwest, if that help in answering the price question. Though Ricky has been one of my prized possessions, due to the fact that they are fairly rare (at least around here) and one of the most colorful and beautiful birds I've ever seen, especially for being as large as he is. There are lots of colorful small bird and of course many beautifully colored macaws, but he's kind of mid size at about 23 inches long. I hope you get this and you are able to email me at Renee_in_WI@yahoo.com or even call me at 815-980-8222. Sorry, I hope it isn't too many questions, but I don't know who else to turn to. If I were to sell him, what should I ask for a price and if I find a female, what should I expect to pay? Thank you in advance.
  • Fred nikolic - 2010-02-25
    Beverly, or anyone else who has this type of bird how much do they cost or go for if I would like to buy one, I seem to not be able to find one... thanks for your help.. Fred
  • Sheryl coffman - 2011-02-14
    Hi Beverly,

    I am looking for a pair of Derbyans or babies do you currently have or expect any?
  • Lucy - 2011-02-28
    Beverly,

    I have been looking for a female Derbyan. Do you have one or do you know anyone? Lucy
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