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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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Mo - 2013-01-12
I have two male Gloster Canaries and I would like to know if they can mate with the female of any of the following: American Singers, Border, German Rollers, or Spanish Timbrados. If yes what breed would the babies be?

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Naqib - 2013-01-02
Well i had 6 budgie but three of them flew away. now i have three. I thing i have been wondering if its a disease. the thing is the colour of the cere of all of my budgies were bright when i bought them but after 2-3 months i notices the colour of the cere of my budgies became very light and the females went from tan to white. pls help me cause i need the solution desperately

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  • Naqib - 2013-01-03
    Someone pls reply fast
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-04
    you should take it to the vet
  • haley sitzlar - 2013-01-12
    I read on another site that said when they get older they are supposed to change color so you can tell which one is a boy or a girl.
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Lava Richards - 2013-01-11
I have just bought a cockatoo, yet I am concerned about his feathers, they are in terrible shape mostly his tail and around the edges .. is there something I should be doing for him.. I'm waiting on an appointment with a bird guy. So I figured I'd ask you all.. plus it sounds like he grinds his beak ::(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-12
    I love cockatoos, they are so social and friendly. One of their best attributes is their loving nature. But this strength is also their greatest weakness. They have such a high need for social interaction that they often develop behavioral problems when kept as pets, common ones are feather plucking and screaming. I'm so glad you are taking him to a bird guy. You should be able to learn about lots of things you can do to make your new pet happy and comfortable.
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Danielle - 2013-01-11
We have had our budgie for almost 5 years now. We found her starving and cold on the street and took her home. She seems very happy and content. However, she has layed 2 eggs in 2 weeks!! Is this normal? I read that it's like having her menstrual cycle and that they aren't fertilized. How many eggs do budgie's lay in their lifetime? What else should we do to make sure she remains healthy during this time.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    Its natural for birds to go through a cycle similar to a menstral cycle and some will lay eggs even if there's no male. Usually they do this when they are young, though older birds sometimes do too. A parakeet can lay between 4 - 9 eggs about 3 times a year, usually one every other day per laying. The biggest challenge is to make sure she gets enough calcium during this time. You can provide extra calcium with crushed eggs shells or egg food, usually available at pet stores. Make sure she gets enough sunlight for vitimin D so that she can absorb the calcium. This is a more stressful time on their body, so keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't start having any problems, like egg binding. You can remove the eggs, but if she's interested in the eggs and maybe sitting on them, you can replace them with artificial eggs.
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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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Karla - 2013-01-10
I rescued an older parakeet (male) in May of 2012. He at one point had a partner but has been by himself for quite some time now. (Im guessing a few years) Should I get another one? Will the age difference matter? He is skittish but has been warming up to me :) I just want him to be happy

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    Birds are very social creatures and a companion could be a good thing. The only detriment is that he may decide he likes the new bird better than people, so may not be as warm with you, though with budgies once a friendship is established they usually stay friendly. His age shouldn't matter, but because he has been alone you want to be somewhat careful in introducing a new bird. The cage is the bird's domain and its risky to put another in until you have determined they both get along. Having a separate cage for each bird in the same room is a good idea initially until they warm up to each other.
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cj - 2013-01-10
I have 4 finches and 4 canaries all in the same cage, which is approximately 5 feet high by 5 feet wide by 2 feet deep, and has two levels which are connected with ladders so that 'hop-a-long' (a canary born with only one wing) can access both levels. There are 8 nests, 4 on each opposite end, and several full length perches. They have 3 bathing dishes, 3 seed dishes and 2 fresh greens dishes. They are all young, but just now starting to lay. Will they be ok all together in the same cage as they start to sit and hatch, or should they be separated?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-10
    Normally fine.  Finches can aggravate canaries with constant movement.
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Naqib - 2013-01-09
I have been keeping my budgies in my room and I am having problem with house mice. I just want to see if it possesses any danger to my birds. Please reply fast. Waiting for your reply and thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-09
    My first thought is that there is most likely no immediate danger. Are your birds kept in a cage high off the ground? If they are it is unlikely the mice could get into the cage. I am not sure if they would present a danger as far as airborne diseases go, however. Are you working on getting rid of the mice? If you are then I wouldn't worry too much. Just focus on getting rid of the mice.  I would caution you to not use chemicals in the same room as your birds though. Many birds have fragile respiratory systems and many household chemicals can cause them severe distress. If you do need to use any chemical treatments in the room they are in, move them to a separate room and don't put them back in for at least 3 days. Opening up windows would help clear the chemicals from the air too.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-09
    Mint works amazing and none toxic. Mice hate the scent.  Mint tea bags in areas they go and planted outside will help drive them out.
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