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Jackie - 2010-08-04
I have had a Hawkheaded parrot for 18 years; he has been a wonderful bird I could do anything with him, but I lost my husband St. Patricks Day this year, and a month later I had to put my West Highland White Terrier down, now my hawkheaded parrot won't let me get near him or hold him I have to leave him near his cage so he can go sit in the window & go in his cage by himself. Please if you have any solutions for me I would appreciate them. Thank You Really upset I don"t want to lose him too.

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  • Rachel - 2010-10-18
    I am so sorry for your losses. That is a lot to go through in a short period! It's possible that your hawkhead, being the sensitive beings that they are, is suffering emotionally from the losses, as well. However, any time a parrot displays drastic changes in behavior, the first step is to have them checked out by your avian vet. I found that, working as an avian vet tech for a long time, behavior changes can be the first sign of illness, which could be secondary to stresses experienced in your home this year. If he is healthy, a good avian behaviorist may be able to help you pinpoint the problem and figure out a solution that works for both of you. I wish you and your companion well!
  • Dawnya - 2010-11-14
    Hello,
    In my experience they really feed off how you are feeling even when we don't realize that we are giving off vibes. You might try moving his cage location or having someone watch him for a couple of weeks. To change the routine that you have and to re-establish a new relationship with him. I have fostered and taken in many parrots of all kinds. I also have a HH myself and she can be very temperamental at times..... but she his my pride and joy..... let me know if you need help. So, sorry to hear about your loss.
  • Matthew - 2013-03-01
    have you tried clicker training it is were you put some of his favorite treats on the tip of a fork and you would click the clicker if he touched the treat very gently.
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Candice - 2013-01-13
We have a gorgeous 3 month old senegal parrot, Tango. His poop has not been consistent, what do i do? We feed him a little carrot, grape and nectarine, sometimes cucumber, with his usual bowl of parrot cereal with a little plumage pellet. He is a very active bird, loves me to bits not so much my husband, tolerates him... He likes to burrow in my hair or regurgitates often on my shoulder, and loves being outside in the sun, tho its not for very long too hot at the moment.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    He doesn't sound sick from your description of his activities. Droppings are usually fairly consistent, though diet as well as temperature can affect them. When keeping an eye on itdaily, what you need to watch out for is a major change from what you normally observe, (quantity, color, consistency or smell). If you see a major change, then that can indicate your bird may need to see a vet.
  • Candice - 2013-02-18
    His poop is better, thunk it was just his growing phase. However what does one do when he seems to suffer from separation anxiety? Every time i leave the room he is in the lounge, he screeches and wont stop til i come back. How do i prevent this? Im pregnant so worry this will upset baby routine too.
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Dennis - 2012-09-01
Hi All..I have recently Adopted [by forceful persuasion] my 1st Parrot BUGSY [Eclectus M +- 4\6 years old] was neglected and un loved shoved away in corner ... I saw him fell in love and took him home the next day..He is Wonderful...lovely nature ....I have had him now 6 months..made progress we hug ..kisses mostly from his side.. but I need help with 2 things..he hates bathing...I have been splashing him with my wet hands[hate] any other way; spray, bowl or form of water he hates it badly...2nd thing his feathers are very tatty ..tail especially have noticed some improvement but not much..him not bathing...surely not helping the matter with the feathers

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-02
    Some birds just HATE bathing - I don't care what anyone says.  I place one in a walk in shower and turn the water on and he seems to sorta like that.  Another - I can always count on every time I run the vacumn, he will run into and bathe in his water bowl or any other bowl.  Another we bathe in the kitchen sink with a sprayer.  I also use Aloe Bird Bath.  I have no great idea except just try things.  He may NEVER like it.  I have also found it is much easier to bathe them when it is raining.  Most love their baths but some just don't.  Tail - this is the time of year when parrots are at their worst looking.  There old feathers - many of them especially when no bathing - look tattereed and dry.  They are the old feathers.  They are going to replace every feathers this time of the year in a big molt - all the old feathers will go and all the new ones will come in. 
  • Abi - 2012-10-05
    My eclectus did the same thing. Hated bathing, so we can only bath her with us and perferably with my husband as he is her fav.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-06
    I have 2 breeder Eclectus parrots. I run the shower for about 1-2 minutes and set them on the floor of the shower. they are 4 months and i put them in the shower shut the door for another 1-2 minutes then look in. they are so sweet and lay at the bottom with their eyes closed and the water hitting their backs.
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Peg - 2013-02-04
My male red-bellied is now tearing up everything on the bottom of his cage, as though he is trying to make a nest. In the cage next to him is a green-cheeked conure we have has for 10 years, who is 16 years old, and 'he' just started laying eggs! Is her egg-laying prompting our red-bellied to make nests? Do we have to keep them apart (they play outside the cage together) to keep them from mating? Could they even mate?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Sounds like he may be instinctively responding to the egg-laying of your Green-cheeked Conure, and it is moving into springtime. With these two birds being distinctively different and from totally different genus, they shouldn't be able to produce offspring, even if they did try to mate.
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LaShell West - 2013-02-03
What are the signs my Eclectus female is in heat ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Actually birds don't go into heat, rather their breeding cycle is a hormonal change. It is controlled by things like the weather, how much daylight there is, the food supply, etc. Going into breeding condition is stimulated by these things as well as attention from a potential mate. What you can watch for is changes in mood (often becoming rather testy) and displays like rubbing up to things, and of course... if she lays an egg.
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Granny - 2012-04-14
I have 2 African Red Bellies for sale. They are clutchmates and are 4 months old. 1 male and 1 female. They were not handfed so would make good breeders. $350 each. Will ship at buyers expense.

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  • Luis de la Torre - 2012-04-26
    I've been desperately looking for a male red bellied parrot that is of breeding age. Do you have any older single males for sale?
  • scarlet - 2012-05-13
    Hello,
    I am very interested in purchasing your female red belly parrot. I have a male who is named Monet. He really needs a little friend. I can be reached at 817-888-2220. Please respond ASAP.
    Thank you,
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Amir - 2010-10-16
I am pets parrots loves so guys you all recommend me about parrots which one should I keep as my pet?

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  • Dawnya - 2010-11-14
    In order to find the right parrot for you, you really need to figure out what you are looking for in a parrot. They all have their own personalities like people, but some breeds are better suited for new bird owners. What do you expect from your parrot and how do expect them to be is important because they are like having a 2 year old, that never grows up so you need lots of patience and understanding.
  • Kiwis owner - 2010-12-06
    Try a green cheek conure. I just got one and he is the sweetest animal I've met and I love him. Kiwi is about 5 months old now and I've had him for 3 months. I got him soon as he was done weaning and he barely bites me (only when I push his buttons or scare him). He is my first bird and I love him so much. After about the first month once he learned my schedule he stopped screaming for me when I go to school. Check around for one they are very rewarding birds.
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Linda Gillbanks - 2010-09-27
We have a pair of Eclectus parrots who have bonded very well. Bes, our female has laid unfertilized eggs three time now. Is there any way we can encourage our male to "do the right thing in the right place" he seems to have directional difficulty and ends up mating underneath Bes's wing or around her head..

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    It sounds like you could have a number of things going on. I've not breed this species, but from what I've read Eclectus have very complex breeding behaviors. They can be affected by all sorts of things from the maturity of each partner, the type and size of the nest box, the size of the aviary, the daytime/nightime light cycle, the type of environment they are in and more. They are really not monogomous but will naturally breed in a colony, with the male reacting to more than just one female, or even other birds. Try and find an experienced breeder to give you better tips and advice.
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purple - 2013-01-10
please help my 3 month male eclectus has some wierd blackish colour on its body and lately i hav noticed that it's spreading

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    Not sure what could be happening, but feathers can change colors due to a couple of factors. One is stress bars/feathers that occur while the feather is in development and can be the result of a diet deficiency, and needs to be addressed with a proper diet.  Another is feather bronzing (turning dark) which occurs after the feather has already grown. It can be caused by a number of things like over-preening, petting, rough play, even cage toys or bars, and the feathers will eventually molt out and aren't really a problem.
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David - 2012-12-20
I have been without a Bird Pet Friend for several years. I previously owned a Quaker named Pickles and loved that Bird. I have been offered a 3 year old Female Senegal. The current owner (also a male) is moving and can not take her with him. I REALLY want to give this bird a new and great home. Any advice on problems I should expect?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-21
    The Senegal parrot is a really good choice. They are a bit smaller than your Quaker parrot was, but their personalities are awesome and they are usually quieter birds. Rule of them when bringing home a new parrot, it takes them about 30 days to adjust to their new environment. So you can use that time to help establish the type of relationship, activities, and interactions you'd like before old learned behaviors start asserting themselves. Good luck, and I don't think you will be sorry adopting that little bird!
  • David - 2012-12-22
    On my way to get her now. :-)
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