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  1. Hi all Long time since I've been here, although I am a founder member (member number 2 if I remember rightly) . Having had a break from parrot babies (but not parrots) I find myself hand-rearing an African Grey. Using Kaytee Exact as before and I always used to use the Pretty Bird weaning sticks to start weaning (as well as fruit, veg etc) but it seems to have been discontinued. What's the latest advice & which dry food do people feel is best for African Greys at weaning?
  2. sheilcymru

    ann lumb

    Only just got back from a few days away visiting my mum in hospital, so sorry for late response. What a terrible shock - I knew Ann well, she bought quite a few Amazons from me in her early days when she was starting out in parrots. A really sad loss to the bird world, and of course especially to her family & friends - my thoughts are with them at this sad time. I shall remember her as a bright & bubbly, really positive lady, and not afraid to stand her ground when necessary!
  3. It certainly is very wet here, not too windy at the moment... :-) definitely August weather (hehe)
  4. If you have electricity in your indoor aviary I found that a fan was excellent in deterring wasps & flies - they like still air and tend to keep away from moving air. It worked for me.
  5. A long time ago an avian vet (can't remember who it was) gave me this first aid tip for a bleeding beak or toe-nail (ie bleeding from the end, as a result of clipping or breaking off) - get an in-use bar of soap (that will be a tiny bit 'slimy') and just run the toe-nail or beak across the soap; a small amount will be scraped off and will block the bleeding end, giving it time to clot and then heal by itself. Hope that makes sense?
  6. A cock blue and gold of mine has always done this to his mate (which was originally a female, but now he lives very happily with another ex-breeding male and does the same to him too). They are (and always have been) in a large aviary (approx 20 ft x 16 ft).
  7. In my experience 8 would be about average for a GSD litter, but 10, 12 are not uncommon by any means. I realise it's too late in this case, but for anyone else reading this; it really is a bit of an old wives tale that a ***** should have a litter before being spayed. By all means wait until they have reached sexual maturity (and had their first season) but any time after that they can be spayed. My vet always used to recommend about halfway between seasons would be the best time for spaying - when everything had settled down after the last season, and before internal organs started 'waking up again' for the next one; that made sense to me!
  8. Thanks mmm - just to add - I have a tame & talking youngster (close-rung) which I bred last year, available at the moment.
  9. No, but Admins can delete accounts - see MadMudMob's post https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/index.php?topic=17020.0
  10. This won't help with the problem you have now, but may help you (or someone else) in the future. Parrots have an innate suspicion of anything 'new' (as we have all probably experienced ). This is nature's way of keeping them safe from eating something that may harm them. This is one of the things to overcome when weaning. I start putting weaning food (have used Pretty Bird Weaning Sticks with great success, but now use Nutribird pellets with equal success) in a small dish with them in their 'nest' (washing up bowl or whatever) long before they are getting towards weaning age. At first they will ignore it, because it's 'new', but at some point (as they get used to seeing it) they will start to play with it, picking pieces out of the dish and dropping them in the 'nest'. This helps them to become familiar with it (although wasteful) so that when the time comes for them to be weaning they start to eat it without any problems. Once they are happily & consistently eating the Nutribird, then I begin to introduce fruit, veg - and lastly soaked seed. I have used this system for many years now and had no problems weaning baby birds (Amazons, Macaws, Greys). As Lindsay says, parrots become less interested in food in general, when they begin to fly. This is because they have to lose a little weight before they can actually fly. When they are relatively immobile in the nest, they need their 'puppy fat' to keep them warm, but in order to fly they need to be lighter in weight and the exercise of flapping and then flying keeps them warm. I have always found that my babies will actively refuse hand-rearing food (or take a little from the spoon or syringe then let it dribble out of their beak UGH) just before they start to fly. I hope some of the above is helpful, and don't worry fannyann - they will get there in the end
  11. I am experienced in breeding and hand-rearing the following: Greys - Timneh and Congo Amazons: Blue-fronted (nominate & aestiva aestiva) Orange-winged Mealy (nominate) Yellow-naped (parvipes) Red-lored Meyer's Parrots Macaws: Blue & Gold Catalina Small birds: Lovebirds (peach-faced) Quaker parrakeets Red-masked conures Blue-crowned conures I am willing to help out by hand-rearing in an emergency (ie death of a parent bird, desertion of nest etc) but I do not do this for a living!
  12. ... and, correct me if I'm wrong David... but I think the Forum was Flash Granny's idea, and David wasn't too sure it was a good one...
  13. At this exciting time, as Parrot Link continues to go from strength to strength, I thought it would be an idea to take you back to the egg from which it was hatched. Parrot Link was an idea conceived and executed (= hatched LOL) by Alison Dutton, way back in March 1998, when the internet was fairly new and web sites were few (compared to the millions today). It really was one of the very first web sites devoted to parrots. Alison has vast experience of keeping and breeding parrots having successfully bred Amazons and Macaws before many of us even had our first pet parrot! She was also a founder member of The Amazona Society UK and held office with TASUK until the society degenerated with the help of some unsavoury members. In 2001 Alison cut down considerably on her parrot collection, and at that time, handed over Parrot-Link to Our Glorious Leader, David (also a founder member of TASUK). If you would like to see how Parrot Link looked in the ‘old days’, go to the http://web.archive.org/collections/web.html, insert https://www.parrot-link.co.uk after the http:// and click "Take Me Back" then you can see pages from 1998, right up to 2005 (similar to how it is today, with the exception of the new-look forum). Although it has changed in looks over the years, the aims have remained the same – to be a source of information and help for parrot keepers around the world. As often happens with good ideas, it has been copied, but never bettered! “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. As a gesture to Alison, David has suggested she be made an honourary Life Member of The Parroty Place, and so be it.
  14. Yes, they are probably too big for a grey, especially a baby! Double Dutch http://www.double-dutch.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=28&products_id=35 contains ordinary sized pine nuts though
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