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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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bill - 2012-09-10
I just got a meyers parrot and he can be a bit nippy at times. He was teased a bit before I got him . What can I do to discourage this.and can you train them to stay on their perch unless I take him off or call him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-10
    OK   try and figure out 'WHY' hs is nipping?  Moving too fast, not knowing what your action is, afraid etc.  Watch his body language and think about what you are doing. No, you are not MAKING him NIP but possibly something you happen to be doing is scaring him or he thinks you ar going to hurt him and so he nips.  Real easy - just grab ahold of the beak and say 'NO'.  Pull him toward you and hold him and say 'NO'  I had one bird that would bite, and trainer told me if the bird was going to bite yell 'JAIL' to put him in the bathtub with lights out and count to 60.  Took 3 tries but it worked.  I would try holding him, making friends, and just closing his mouth first though.  Yes, you can train him to remain on his perch.  Just when he flies off - put him back on.  Needs toys on perch though.  Then you can trainhim to come when you call - just by holding a treat or a toy - most of the time all you have to do is wave and call his name.  First though, you have to let him get used to his new home with all the voices and sounds and smells.  OK?
  • Zenek - 2012-11-28
    Just a random note/FYI this bird isn't necasserily a plucker. He's missing feathers on his head which can be a sign of a disease like PBFD (the bird can't physically pluck feathers there unless another bird did it to him).He is still a very beautiful and funny bird, and I wish him the best
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Meghan - 2007-04-11
My family owns a male Hawk Head and they are truly amazing. Price actually ranges from $2500 to $5000 for them. Great birds but very high strung. Do not give sunflower seeds in any kind of bird food mixture.

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  • Carol - 2012-01-16
    I do agree that they are very high strung but will have to disagree with your price range for a hand-fed Hawkhead chick. They can be costly as up to 5000 but the lowest price that I found was 1300. It really depends on where you go to inquire them, as you will get to those up price ranges depending on where you live and whether you buy them from a pet store.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    Prices, to the best of my knowledge start at $1300 purchased hand fed and directly from a breeder. They are truly amazing and just about my favorite.
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Tisha - 2012-11-07
Hi, I recently took over the care of my sister's 17-year old Meyers parrot because they stopped paying attention to her the last five years. She's very friendly with me and is always wanting to be handled and head-scratched. If my husband comes by though, she gets really mad and will bite me really hard, breaking skin. She is relentless about it. He's not trying to pet her or touch me, he's just in the same room. I try not to get startled and calmly put her back in the cage but what else can I do to discourage her from reacting this way? Also, I put her cage next to my 32-year old male cockatiel, is there any reason I should separate the cages? It's been a couple months and they don't interact in anyway. I do not let them out of their cages at the same time and I keep the cages far enough so that she cannot climb on it.

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  • Tisha - 2012-11-08
    Thank you so much, I will do exactly as you said. Thank you too for the website, what a great resource.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-08
    The Meyers is completely bonded to you and when that happens and they can't attack the competition - they frequently will attack the mate (you in this case).  Basic attempts first - when you know your husnabd is going to come in grab the meyers and yell 'No hurt mama' and place him in his cage.  Then you can try and just grab him and say 'No hurt mama' and place him back on your arm.  I had one bird (just one) that liked to bite (not hard but annoying) and i finally called a trainor.  She said when the bird looked like it was going to bite or did bite yell 'JAIL' pick it up and put it in the bathtub, turn out the lights and close the door and count to 60.  Honest.  First time - no reaction.  Second time that little bird is center of the tub and just not moving at all.  Third time - I yelled 'JAIL' and the bird shook like a dog coming out of a pond and did not even attempt to bite.  Sounds funny but it worked. 
  • Tisha - 2012-11-07
    Correction- 22 year old cockatiel.
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Tesni - 2012-10-30
Hiya, I'm after a bit of advice. After wanting a parrot ever since I was a child I finally bought my self a rehome Senegal called Sonny. I've had fim for about 3 weeks and he's settled in to our home very well. The problem I have is that he has bonded to my husband rather than to me. He won't let me touch him at all and growls at me if I get too close to him. Yet he will let my husband tickle him, pick him up, turn him upside down and he makes cute lil noises. I'm totally gutted that he dosen't seem to like me but loves me husband (who really isn't all that fussed on Sonny!!!) If any one can offer any adive on how to get him to bond with me I'd be soooo greatful!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-30
    I'd love to tell you that this is unusual but it just isn't.  Parrots have a way of PICKING or SELECTING their mates based on whatever they see.  You can possibly change this somewhat over time by giving it treats with your hand, talking to it, leaving it on a perch outside it's cage by you, letting it eat off your dinner plate, etc.  You can try taking it a small room (bathroom) and sitting down n the floor and attempting to play with it. This is just an opinion and of course every person has a different one but I'd assume the bird was bonded to a man before and your husband has taken that place.  I would go out and get a second bird (conures are great) for myself.  That is just me but if I wanted a bird - forever - which I did - my husband has his and I have mine. You can try with treats and just might work -
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Stacey - 2012-10-28
I have adopted an eclectus that is 11 months old. Now someone would also like me to take their 2 year old male. I do not want to breed the birds though. I love my Scarlett very much. Is there anything I can do that would prevent the birds from being a breeding pair, or should I try and find someone else to adopt the male?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-29
    No there is nothing I have known or heard of that you can do to prevent the ecelctus from breeding.  They are consistent breeders and breed very well at a young age - 3 years old.  Unless you wish to breed I'd find another home for one of them.
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boysfather - 2012-05-19
I have ten birds were caught in the Savannah.
Now I do not know what to do with them. Is it possible to breed, and what is the best to deal with them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-19
    WOW couple of questions? Meyers Parrots? Do you want to breed/keep them? If you want to breed them, then you need to DNA sex them - also watching them to see if they have a preference or possibly already picked a mate. Then set them up in flight cages with nest boxes.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-23
    Release them back into the savannah.
  • Dawn - 2012-10-10
    I don't know where you live, but where I come from it's illegal to breed wild birds and if caught with them, or caught selling hatchlings it's major punishment!
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Steve - 2012-05-31
Can someone help me. My female Senegal Parrot is 25 years old. A few months ago, she started making a squeaking type cough and not very often. Lately, though, she does it more often, especially in the morning. She does not display the symptoms of a sick bird (no watery eyes, no drooping feathers, droppings are fine, etc). She's very healthy, full of energy, and eats well. What could this squeaky cough be and what might cause it? How can it be stopped. Thanks. SB

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    I can't know but my guess would be that your Senegal heard someone make this sound and for some reason she likes the sound. So she keeps making it similar to being the microwave beeper. I had an amazon that loved to hear my daughter burp and that amazon would burp (big time) everytime we had company over. It seems if behavior, vent, eating are all OK and behavior is fine - Senegal should be fine. I would check her nostrils to make sure nothing in them but is there someone in the home that has made a similar sound?
  • Richard - 2012-06-09
    First, it is heartening to know your Senegal is in good health at 25-years-old. I often worry about changing symptoms and behavior of my 14-year-old Senegal, Zoe. She finally stopped picking her feathers which worried me immensely but now she is back to looking like a normal beautiful Senegal. I have hepa filters installed in just about every room in the house. So, you might try that if you haven't already. We get lots of fine dust in the air even though we have double-paned windows and we seldom open any windows (I live in Central Texas). I give both of our birds clean fresh water out of the filter receptacle from our refrigerator and I often change it two or three times a day depending on how much they dip their food into the water container. We bird owners often treat our little feathered friends like family because they really are family. You really get attached to them and likewise they to us. But it's sort of like the Golden Rule -- treat these wonderful God's little creatures with the same loving care we would want for ourselves and our loved ones.
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steve - 2007-03-27
I adopted Harley in June of 2004 due to my best friend and his wife having no time to spend with the bird. At first he did not like me one bit, being agressive and quiet. In October of 2004 me and my fiance moved out on our own and he's come along very much. Harley is still agressive with my fiance and anyone but myself, but everyone who comes in contact with him is warned ahead of time. For food he gets 3 to 5 baby carrots, and the food we get from the bulk section of a local grocer which has a variety of seeds, peanuts, and other varieties. His cage really hasn't changed since i've owned him but when someone is home, his cage is always open along with his ladder that touches the floor. He knows the microwave, sirens, telephone, says hi, says dadda, momma, harley, mickey, dances, paces when he wants me, and he hangs himself in the cage (either upside down, or in the corner) so we can pet him. He's an awesome pet but when he gets out of line, he gets a spray of water to let him know he's bad.

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