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  1. Tame female. Contact me if this could be your bird. Call 01978758926.
  2. Of cause babys need more attention. I presume Reggio was pointing out more the extremes of attention that many birds must go through. The bird being out all day palyed with by all the family when it first arrives, then once they are bored the bird being kept caged and ignored. Surely this would have an effect on it's mental health?
  3. I'm not so sure there are any simple blanket answers where parrots are concerned. I have a hand reared Hahns macaw. I know her full history. I was lead to believe the things you just said Charlie (in that if I was careful she would remain well adjusted) and so was supper careful to immediately set up a routine I could sustain for life. She gets the best of everything, more than many birds will ever get such as feathered company, 8 hours a day out time, fresh diet, avian lighting, human company, feeding station to forage on, toys galore etc etc. Yet she, at 2 years old, has started to pluck. I can only put this down to 2 possible causes hormones aside. 1) that fact she is in captivity at all, and/or 2) that she was parent deprived. Being a Hahns she is more suseptible to plucking as species characters play a part. But her husbandary, I believe, has not been the cause. I just don't think we know enough about parrots needs in general because they haven't been in domestic situations for that long relatively speaking. They haven't even been studied properly in the wild until the 1970's. We are all just winging it and will probably have to carry on that way for some time yet!
  4. Do you think that there are futher issues assosiated with 'learning windows' that we are probably simply unaware of in parrots at the moment? For example, it is known that puppies need to be socialized with other dogs at a certain age to develope good doggy social skills. If this window is missed the dogs social skills are impaired to a degree for life. I'm probably wrong but I think the age is between 6 to 8 weeks old? I also remember seeing documentories on young children who have been neglected and interacted more with animals, mainly dogs and monkeys. These children were never able to fully intergrate back into human life as 'windows' of developement had been missed. Language and social skills were most effected and were irreversable. One would presume this is similar for all inteligent animal species? And something else that needs to be considered however parrots are reared?
  5. Thanks Kleo. Have you noticed less behavioural problems with the Ekkies you have raised using the parent raised and human socialised method? Not sure if you keep missing my question Greg? Where can we find the information on taming parent raised birds that you recommend?
  6. Is there not a middle ground? As I said earlier I'm sure this is not something that could be set up easily for obvious reasons, but surely the best senario would be to have tame (or indoor confident) parent birds in the home raising their young and the young being handled by the breeders as they develope to tame them. Then removed (sold) from the parents when they decide they don't want them any longer as would happen naturally in the wild? If it was not possible to handle them while they were being raised by the parents then couldn't the breeders spend the necessary time to tame them from fledging? I hear that this taming process is quick and easy to do from people like greg, but are never told how! If breeders knew this method (if it truly exists) then maybe that would be helpful to them and ultimately the babies. I have known people use the 'home' breeding and raising method with graet results but only with smaller parrots like lovebirds. Please don't jump on me for being ignorant of the 'killer' instints of some parents as I am aware of it! And I do know you can't just change breeding methods overnight as only very few birds would accept this breeding situation. But would it not be a good goal to aim for? I'm just interested to know as it seems a logical aim to me, but then I'm not a breeder and possibley being very naive!
  7. I've always found it odd that in general it seems to be the norm, or even 'best method', to hand rear pet birds and yet the same practise in any other animal would be considered cruel and dangerous. Great efforts are made to find surrogate mothers for orphaned baby mammals because it is known to have the greatest successs for both survival and future well being. I don't believe all breeders hand rear because of greed, but more because of ignorance and tradition. Some people find it hard to change their opinions once set, especially when they are involved in a practise they have done believing it was the best method for donkeys years. My avain vet started life with birds of prey. He recently told me that the common practise of handrearing them stopped about 10 years ago because of the same problems that we face with parrots now. I believe the more people are made aware of the problems surrounding this issue the more people will change there rearing habits. Parent reared and socialised parrots has to be the way forward. Not being a breeder I can only imagine the problems in achieving this though. Greg, you mentioned the way to socialse parrots properly and quickly but didn't explain it. Is it possible to say where we can find this (the correct) information?
  8. I've found reading this thread mildly amusing. Why are you all talking about UKPR when it's supposed to be a banned subject?
  9. I've notified the RSPCA so it's on the lost and found registar now, though sadly no one has reported it missing to them. It is on its own so I doubt it's a feral. Please anyone, feel free to pass this info around the forums or anywhere you think might be able to help. I have contact with the person that has seen it and she is going to put extra food out for it. Poor birdy, poor owner. Got everything crossed that amoungst us we can reunite them......
  10. A parrot has been seen over the last few days trying to feed from a bird table in Great Yeldham. From the discription I've been given I'm pretty sure it's a blue mutation IRN. Let me know if you've lost one.
  11. Nahoa is looking really happy! Especially in the nip pic :roll: Chico and gunner seem to be getting on really well? I love the cute pic of Chico sitting down, he looks like a cuddly toy lol And Gunner is growing so fast :shock: You must be proud of your babies :wink:
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