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Monday, December 31, 2007

How to clip my lovebirds wings?

Before clipping the wings of your lovebirds, you ought to think is it necessary to clip the wings or not. Once you decided to clip lovebirds wings, beware that you should clip the flight feathers only.

Once you clipped the flight feathers, your lovebirds cannot fly for long distance within the cage. Don't think that your lovebirds can't fly if you clip wings- it can safely glide if she falls from a high place like a table top.

Although clipping lovebirds wings is touchy topic, I may choose both for my lovebirds. On the other hand the choice is yours- clipping the flight feathers or not...

If you want to see the pictures of clipping wings, please do visit this PARROT SITE....

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Picking species for a tropical aquarium

Some of the lovebird owners prefer to rear fishes in their home along with the birds. The following post hep them to perform well with aquatic faunas.

If you want to set up an aquarium with tropical aquarium fish, there is a multitude of different species to choose among. There is of course the every so common neon tetra, platy, black molly, swordtail, and so on, but you don’t have to go for typical beginner species unless you want to.

As a beginner, you should focus on getting hardy species that will tolerate a mistake or two. It is also a good idea to stick to fairly peaceful species, since aggressive species require species knowledge in order to avoid excessive fighting in the aquarium.

If you are prepared to deal with at least a little aggression in the aquarium, there are many beautiful cichlids to choose among that will do fine even in the hands of a beginner. Be sure to visit a cichlid fact database, cichlid website or cichlid forum before you make a purchase, because many cichlids are not recommended for beginners.

They can for instance be too aggressive or grow really large and require huge aquarium. Another excellent choice for beginners is barbs, as long as you stick to some of the hardy species, e.g. rosy barb, cherry barb, gold barb, or tiger barb.

In the wild, a vast majority of the barbs live in large groups and they must therefore not be kept alone or in small groups in the aquarium. For most barb species, it is advisable to get at least five specimens, preferably more.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Choosing the right dog seller

You may be frowned why there is a need for such a topic in this blog. It is not a secret- just like that if you know how to find a right dog seller, it is more or less equal- choosing a right lovebird seller.

When purchasing a dog, it is important to do so from a reputable seller. You should for instance stay clear of puppy mills and unskilled backyard breeders, since such breeders frequently promote poor dog health in their puppies.

A puppy mill owner will for instance often refrain from spending any money on nutritious food and veterinary car for the dogs, since the aim of the puppy mill is to generate as much money as possible.

An unskilled backyard breeder might very well love her dogs, but without sufficient knowledge about dog health, hereditary dog disease and so on, it is easy to unknowingly promote poor dog health in the puppies, e.g. by using unsuitable dogs as parents. The risk of being offered a puppy from a puppy mill or backyard breeder is higher for some breeds than others.

If you wish to purchase a rare dog breed such as AriƩgeois, Iceland shepherd or Hungarian Vizlsa, you are unlikely to be offered a puppy from a puppy mill since the owners of such establishments tend to focus on really popular breeds that are easy to sell.

If you on the other hand want to purchase some of the most popular breeds, e.g. Collie, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever, you are very likely to see adds and other forms of advertising from puppy mills.

In addition to these traditional breeds, the increased popularity of miniature dog breeds such as Chihuahua, Papillon and Pekingese have made tiny dogs a new and profitable target for puppy mill owners interested in making some quick and easy money.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease in Lovebirds

Do you know Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) is resistant in adult Lovebirds? PBFD is a highly contagious viral infection in cockatoos. Some of the baby lovebirds will get affected with this disease. Asa lovebird owner you must take steps to protect the aviary and nursery from this dreadful airborne virus.

If you want to make your aviary free from PBFD, strict isolation techniques and screening of birds are highly solicited.

Most of the affected birds usually die within couple of days with anorexia and wasting disease.

Some species of lovebirds are really resistant to PBFD. But these lovebirds may have chronic infection.

These lovebirds will continuously shed the infection to the health young immature birds to make them suffer.

The PBFD virus is noticed in high numbers in infected birds and is noticed in the feather dust and other excretions. This will cause highly contagious nature of the disease and extensive environmental contamination. At this time, there is no vaccine or treatment to combat the Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease viral infection.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Do you know about Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot?

Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot would have a close resemblance to lovebirds. due to their sober markings and coloring, these birds are not likely to catch the eye at shows. Actually Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot is widely distributed in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

The males of this species are recognizable by the blue mark on their heads and the red mark on their throats.

Social Characteristics

These birds, which belong to the hanging parrots group, are gregarious and enjoy the company of at least one other bird of the same species. It is unwise to keep solitary birds. They get on well with other birds provided there is sufficient room.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Albino Masked Lovebirds

Have you ever seen albino masked lovebirds? A variety of mutations exist. Similarly to Peach-faced Lovebirds there are light, dark, and olive green mutations as well as mauve, sky-blue and cobalt-blue mutations, some times in combination with pastel.

Lastly, there are also lutinos (yellow with red eyes) and albinos (white with red eyes).
These albino lovebirds are lively and active and make use of all areas of the aviary or cage. They love to bathe in water and their call can be very loud and piercing.

It is better not to try breeding these birds before they are one year old. A suitable nest box will have a surface area of 10 sq.inches (30 cm). They build a nest from all kinds of coarse materials. They will produce 3 or 4 eggs that the female will incubate for between approximately 18 and 20 days.

But it is not sure, an albino masked lovebirds will give birth to an young albino young one- It all depends on the probability of Genes...