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Cindy Sue Wade - 2013-12-14
I just picked up a four year old green-winged macaw and had no idea she was so big, however size does not matter. I am trying to tame her for my cousins mom's cousin because she is too frail to work with Bobo and I was wondering how I can go about training and taming her? She does not step up or any thing. I have had experience will all kinds of exotic birds but this will be my first time working with a slightly trained green winged macaw. I have had experience with a blue and gold and let me tell you this green winged macaw is bigger than my blue and gold macaw that we had gotten from a bird show. Bobo does talk but not much , however I would love to teach her to step up and how to be tame, I do know I have my hands full with this wonderful bird but I am willing and up to a challenge, so if any one can help please do. She is so sweet and I do not want her to start plucking feathers or anything destructive for lack of attention. She is only four and needs a lot of  time and work.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-14
    I'm so glad you have this wonderful bird. You have a window of opportunity with this new green-winged macaw. The first 30 days or so, when a bird is introduced to a new environment, they are not sure what to do pr expect. That's the average adaptation time for parrots, so use it wisely. Establish the relationship to be one of honor, respect, and love and begin to train. It will take time to teach her to step-up or anything else,  maybe months, but offer treats and praise as the norm. You sound like you're well versed in working with birds, so I trust you will do well. Green-winged's are very smart, but they do have a great memory. As she becomes established you will probably see her start to try things that she learned in previous homes, but start with your training right away, and give no credence to any behaviors that are unexceptable. Stick to your training and she will begin to respond. Good luck to you both, what an exciting adventure and friendship you are embarking on!
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John - 2013-11-28
I have a 3½-year-old Chug named Hitch (so named because he looks a lot like Alfred Hitchcock in profile), who I adopted about a year ago. Despite a rocky start (he's extremely smart and devoted to me; when I would go to work, he very quickly figured out how to break out of his crate and into the kitchen drawers and doors, and I came home more than once to ankle-deep garbage and kitchen detritus), with some patience and training and a lot a lot of long walks, he's become the best dog EVER, and one of the best little friends I've ever had.

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  • Judy Minkin - 2013-12-12
    I adopted Taffy from the Plano Animal Shelter where I was told she was a Chiweenie.  However her tail is curled to the left and now that she is one year old, I am convinced she is a Chihuahua/Pug mix.  Her body is muscular and she weighs just under 15 pounds.  Her muzzle looks like a Chihuahua with floppy ears; her coat is fawn-colored (hence the name Taffy).  I was calling her a ChiPuggy until I learned that there was a mix called Chug.
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dotty - 2012-06-20
My livingstonii is a very dark blue all over he still has the dark patches but they are hard to see.

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  • Michael Clarke - 2013-12-13
    Maybe it's a venistus  cichlid instead?
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Anonymous - 2005-07-29
I'm not sure how keen I'd be to advocate giving alcohol to any bird. It is a poison (which is why it intoxicates us) and birds do not have a very good system for metabolising poisons. I have a white-capped Pionus named Peanut, he is three years old. I have had him since he was very young, bought him from a pet store. He has never had any kind of alcohol, I know for a fact that the kids working in the pet store I bought him from used to feed him potato chips, McDonald's fries, and other high-salt snacks (which aren't good for birds, either) and he talks perfectly fine. It has a lot less to do with what they eat and more to do with how much interaction they have with their people. Of course, wild Pionus are notorious for destroying corn crops in South and Central America and are considered a pest for doing so. However, wild species only eat corn while it is in season, and the importance of a varied diet cannot be stressed enough. However, every time I have ever offered my pionus corn (raw, cooked, mashed, hidden in other foods) he has refused to eat it. Melons, hard boiled eggs, strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower are favorites, however.

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  • Anita - 2011-06-20
    Thanks for your comments. I was wondering about the alcohol too and questioned whether or not it has anything to do with talking. We have a nine-year-old that has been extremely healthy and content. He gets a varied diet too but does love corn, carrots, soy beans, brocolli, apples, water melon, grapes but only likes them fresh - no dried stuff. I've tried boiled eggs but no luck. In the years I've had him though, I've discovered that it takes a very long time for him to accept something new - toys included. He is just now playing with a toy I hung in his cage 10 months ago.
  • Hanna J - 2011-07-09
    I know these are really old posts, so forgive the "lateness" of this. But I have to say that my male white-capped just turned 18 years old last month. Bought from breeder at age 3 months and has been through so much with me, I feel like he is my child. He eats whatever I eat and always has fresh seed mix. But he is fed "human meals" everyday and gets extra veggies and fruit. Never feed them avocado or chocolate or raw onions (although he has eaten raw onions and really doesn't prefer them) His favorite foods are tortilla chips and salad w/dressing. I have also given him sips of my margaritas, although I think its because of the salt. Maybe I have been lucky with him. He has never had to see a vet and never been ill and I have many other pets that don't mess with him. Everything in moderation, although I would NEVER give him alcohol on a regular basis. Their livers don't metabolize things like us, especially for such a little guy like mine. I wish I knew how long they really live. He has been sleeping a lot more lately but always eats and is out of his cage. Can anyone really tell me the lifespan of these little guys. I can't imagine him part of my life after 18 years.....
  • David Brough - 2011-07-10
    The average lifespan is 22-25 years but some have been known to live up to 40 years!
  • junaid - 2013-12-12
    Hi, it's my first time with birds but I guess I'm following the right path. I have a white crowned pionus which is 7 weeks going on to 8 weeks I'm understanding him/she very well an his/she loving an getting used to my gf an I I'm looking for some friend who have these birds to learn a bit more about these beautiful creatures. They are very intelligent birds an learn very quick for being the age his already eating fruits an seeds slowly but growing rapidly. Any comments please email
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Jordan Kimball - 2013-12-12
I have had 2 rats sense mothers day of 2013. But sadly last night my pet fancy rat died. Her name was 'Cupcake.' She started to lose a lot of wight in only 2 days. Then when i picked it up i think i may have touched the back of its legs and it bit me for about 30 seconds. And if i am going to tell you something right its that rats have SHARP teeth! I went to the doctors today and they had to give me a shot because of it. So take this as a tip: Do not touch the rat to much when it cant move or it will BIT because or how much it is in pain. So she passed this morning, on December 12 2013. And when we bought it we had to buy the sister to so now the other rat is really lonely so we are getting another one! I love Fancy Rats! They will cuddle with you more than any hamster would any day! And i am so attached to them so i am really sad that she is gone. :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-12
    I'm so sorry about your lose, but happy that you will get Cupcake's sister a new companion. They really do like a friend! They are so very smart that they cuddle more than any hamster and are some of the most personable pets. And you're right, they do have very sharp teeth, I have had gotten a couple bites and quickly learned how to avoid them:)
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Hannah Thompson - 2011-01-05
Hi, I've just got a russian horsfieldi tortoise from my boyfriend for xmas!
I've named him Turk and I adore him!
I have just ordered a vivarium with lamp uv lite heater habistat thing to put him in.
I'm new to tortoises and doing as much research as I can.
Does anyone have any tips on heating, feeding handling in general?
He hasn't pooped for a couple of days either! :( ??
As many replies would be very grateful.

Thank you
Turks Mummy :) x

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  • chuck - 2011-01-07 for heating your new purchase is fine. Iceberg lettuce offers no nutrition, other types such as Boston, Escarole , Romaine are fine. Avoid kales as it will constipate them . My guys (have two) also enjoy a banana and tomatoes from time to time. Place your tortoise in a small tub 1/2 inch to 1 inch of water above room temp. The warm water will entice him to poop as well as a drink. Naturally as soon he poops take him out.
    Had my guys for 7 years in a large plastic container and do very well. My opinion it's easy to clean and worry free of cracking glass.
  • Billy - 2011-02-04
    I've had my Russian tort a couple of months now and she is great. I was concerned about her not pooping for a while and found letting her soak in half an inch of water for ten minutes or so twice a week helped as they enjoy the water and tend to go when in it! She won't poop in her table though, she prefers the living room carpet. :)
  • Midge - 2011-05-03
    I have only just found this site and read your message. If you are still keeping your Russian in a vivarium you are actually being cruel to your beloved pet - sorry. It needs a table top, 50/50 sand/soil substrate, uvb and heat lamp. Please read the info on the Tortoise Trust site.
    Kind regards
  • Debbie - 2011-07-13
    I was told not to put a mat in ,because they need a place to cool off, so maybe you want to go with the lights..because the mat keeps it warm everywhere. I find that if I put the red light on he sleeps and with the uv light on, he is up and going,when I am but takes a nap often.
  • susan - 2013-03-23
    Soak him in baby temperature type water twice a week for about 20 minutes. Deepness of water just at his tail, this will relieve his bowels.These tortoises can handle 40 degree temperatures at night. I suggest turning heat off at night. They should have a temperature drop just like in their natural habitat.
  • Kenny - 2013-12-10
    I had my RT, Duckster for 20 years! he never had a cage he sleeps in a cat bed! He is so friendly that he runs at my feet when I get home! he is my best friend. I take him everywhere with me!
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Mel - 2013-12-10
My female sacred (white) dove laid 2 eggs within the past two days. I was so excited until this evening when I seen that one had fallen to the bottom of the cage and shattered open. I am devastated because I don't know how this could have happened. Can anyone tell me if momma will lay another egg to replace this one that fell so she will still have two to sit on? I have 3 doves in this cage. Two sacred white doves (male and female) and a male ring neck who is the baby daddy cause he is the attentive one to the momma. Is it possible that the other male sacred dove kicked the egg from the nest when momma was taking a break sitting on the egg to stretch her wings?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-11
    It's hard to say what happened to that egg, you would have to observe the birds to actually know. Still, doves can be aggressive during breeding season, as well as somewhat territorial, so it's best to have just a pair in the cage.
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BARBARA NEFF - 2012-12-31
My conure and love bird regurgitate on things,what is that and why do they do it?

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  • Melissa - 2013-03-09
    Birds do that to show 'affection' towards one another or even certain people.
  • valerie - 2013-12-11
    my conure does the. same thing. he really must love you. he is feeding you. you must be his mate! you ate so lucky! good luck!
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Callum - 2008-11-12
I've had an oscar for a few years now. They are a great fish with great personalities. I have a few tanks and my Oscar is my favourite. I find they aren't as hardy as other cichlids but with regular maitenance and a varied diet they are relatively easy to keep. Good tank mates are plecos, Silver Dollars and some cichlids. I recommend an oscar to anyone. They have a great personality.

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  • damien - 2013-02-20
    what kind of large cichlids are a good mix with a oscar
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-20
    Really depends on your oscars personality.  They really vary more then most fish.  I have housed them with dempseys, firemouths, arowanas, and gars.  Tons of other options depending on fish.  Remember a huge tank is needed with a great deal of filtration.
  • Jordan - 2013-12-11
    I've got (1)12inch Male tiger Oscar, (1)11inch female albino tiger Oscar(both these oscars are a breeding pair), (1)5inch Male Tiger Oscar, (2)3inch male/female Frontosa's, (1)6inch Male jack dempsey, (1)5inch Male Electric Blue Jack Dempsey, (1)4inch Male Venustus, (1)4inch Male Red Zebra, (1)6inch Male Green Terror, and last but not least 3 plecos roughly 10inches a piece, and after all these fish they all get along very well only time any of them get aggressive is when the two mating oscars lay eggs at which point they are constantly chasing both jack dempsey's away they are all in a 500gal custom built octagon tank in my man cave/party room and have 2 fluval G6 external filters on opposite sides of the tank.
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Cacatua goffini - 2013-12-10
I found a Goffin's Cockatoo. Her price tag is $1,000.00 . Is that a reasonable price to expect for a Goffin's?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    When I had my exotic pet store, I sold Goffin Cockatoos for about $600 - $700, but that was 10 years ago. Today I see them for sale anywhere between $850 - $975, so it may be about right in the current market. It seems like everything's gone up about 30% in the last couple of years, so I guess that goes for birds too.

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