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Tips For Caring For My New Parakeet?

My boyfriend just bought me two parakeets from a local pet store. I've never had pet birds before, so i'm not really sure what they need and what's bad for them.

FIRST)
how do they need to sleep? I read on the internet they need 10-12 hours of sleep a day, but that's all I know. Do they need to be covered up?

SECOND)
What kind of nutrients, vitamins, and feed do they need? What kind of special treats can I give them every now and then? Do I need to buy seperate vitamin drops from the pet store?

THIRD)
Do they ever need bathed or washed off? Or do they do it theirself in their water bowls?

FOURTH)
How much can they be handled? Do they custom to one person? Can anything happen to their feathers or wings if I let them fly around a room? How do you handle them? How do you play with them?

ANY OTHER INFORMATION WILL BE GLADLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!

PLEASE
AND
THANK YOU

=)

please help me with my new birds.

Posted by Cutie09
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First question… My keets slept on my sleep sched. Basically, and they lived long healthy lives. I covered them shortly after dark, and uncovered when I woke in the morning. 10-12 hours seems a bit much, but it's what is recommended by the "experts". Covering them IS quite important though. It ensures a good nights sleep, as they are easily startled.

As for food, the best diet for them is a safflower blend for small birds. Most foods are loaded with sunflower seeds. These are very unhealthy for them if given in these massive amounts. Safflower blends are much healthier for them. My keets were always picky with fresh foods, but some scrambled or hard boiled eggs, boiled veggies (You may have to try different kinds of veggies)… Fresh foods are very good for them. Because of their small beaks, I boiled everything for them to make it easier to eat. As for vitamins, do NOT buy the store vitamin drops. It sits and collects bacteria in their food and water. Instead, a healthy diet should suffice. Avoid sugary treats being frequent… They should be given less often. Sunflower seeds, unsalted peanuts… Small seeds and berries are good occasional treats.

As for cleanliness, they take care of themselves pretty well. They do enjoy a sprinkle though. They have shower perches for your birds to sit in the shower with you. Just watch the water pressure coming out of the shower head! You can also spray them with a squirt bottle. They make little bathtubs for their cages also, but 1) they like to poop in them, and 2) I've got a fear of them getting stuck and drowning themselves.

With two keets, it's a bit harder to hand tame them, unless you are doing it in seperate cages. They bond to each other moreso than their owner, making them harder to train. They say birds choose their owners, not the other way around. So don't be offended if they don't take to you right away. Clipping their wings (Which can be done at home, or if inexperienced, at a vet's office) can help them bond with you a bit more. They rely on you more because they can't rely on their wings. It's not cruel in any way. It's painless for them if done correctly. If letting them fly, make sure there is nothing obvious for them to hurt themselves on. Also, I cannot stress enough how important it is to cover windows. It's hard for them to tell the difference between glass and an open window. Flying into the window can injure or kill them. Getting them hand tame is a long process, so you have to be patient. They should be in a quiet room with no distractions. By putting your hand in their cage and letting them get used to it, it will take away the fear of the new object in their home. When they are used to your hand, offer them treats from your hand, so they associate your hand as being something rewarding. When they get used to that, they need to learn how to step-up. This is done by putting your finger to their chest, a bit above the feet, gently pushing on their chest, and saying "step up", This might take some time, but they will learn.

Some additional things… They should have different size perches in their cage. It helps them exercise their feet. Also, avoid the sandpaper perches, for obvious reasons… Would you like to stand on sandpaper? Try to avoid plastic perches as well. The best is to find natural (untreated) wood perches, or rubber perches. They also appreciate a perch that hangs from the top. They seem to like to either sleep there, or swing from it.

Also, most keets LOVE cuddlebones. It has nutrients in it, and it keeps their beak and claws (if the use their claws) trimmed well.

Finally, very important, TOYS! Being bored can lead to attitude problems, and even plucking out their own feathers. They love bells, mirrors, and chew toys.

That's all I've got for now. Any more questions, you can e-mail me at SnoWhiteXx13xX@aol.com

Diff. Size perches. Cuddlebone. TOYS!

Local Tournament for pokemon need help.?

Okay in my school 99 percent are noobs there are only a few good players im thinking if this team could go well.There are no legendaries and ubers.

Dusknoir@Leftovers
Impish
Evs 252 hp 252 def 4 Spd
WoW (will-o-wisp)
Fire Punch
Shadow Sneak
Pain Spilt
My tanker, It is pretty bulky and can take a few hits also it counter leads like weavile, mangezone, metagross, bronzong etc

Porygon-Z@Life Orb
Timid
Evs 252 special att 252 spd 6 hp
Ice Beam
Nasty Plot
Tri Attack
Dark Pulse
Porygon-Z with its abilty adaptability makes tri attack a unstoppable attack and since it has such high spd and special att its an almost guranteed 1HKO.

Weavile@Focus Band
Evs 252att 252 spd 6hp
jolly
ice punch
swords dance
brick break
aerial ace
most people think that aerial ace is not really necessary for weavile but it is really helpful countering Machamp, togekiss, medicham and it can never miss.

Garchomp@Yache Berry
Evs 252 att 252 speed 6 hp
Jolly
Outrage
Fire Fang
Swords Dance
EQ
U guys already know what this beast can do.

Togekiss@Leftovers
Evs 252hp 252 special defence 6 sp attack
Calm
Thunder Wave
Roost
Aura Sphere
Air Slash
Using air slash and t-wave combined is annoying for the opponent because of flinch and paralyse and Togekiss can counter of most special swpers also since it Togekiss has a nice special attack might as well use Aura Sphere.

Sceptile@Expert Belt
Evs 252 att 252 speed 6hp
Jolly
Leaf Blade
Dragon Claw
Swords Dance
Brick Break
FULL ON POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rate if u want to but what i really want is if this is good enough or if i need some changes.

Posted by Justin L
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Not bad its almost perfect 9.8/10 your garcomp should have dragon rush garchomp naturally has good attack and this move is physical plus u have sword dance which will make it even more powerful. It may not hit a 100% but it is a good chance this move will hit the opponent and when it does your opponent is in trouble plus the sword dance sharply raises your attack so it shouled be a guarantied win. I also recommend having a brave nature other than that your doing good man keep it up.

What are some of the accomplishments of Oprah Winfrey?

Posted by ya_boy_keenan
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TELEVISION PIONEER
Oprah began her broadcasting career at WVOL radio in Nashville while still in high school. At the age of 19, she became the youngest person and the first African-American woman to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She then relocated to Baltimore's WJZ-TV to co-anchor the Six O'Clock News and later went on to become co-host of its local talk show, People Are Talking.

In 1984, Oprah moved to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, AM Chicago, which became the number one local talk show—surpassing ratings for Donahue—just one month after she began. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. It entered national syndication in 1986, becoming the highest-rated talk show in television history. In 1988, she established Harpo Studios, a production facility in Chicago, making her the third woman in the American entertainment industry (after Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball) to own her own studio.

The Oprah Winfrey Show has remained the number one talk show for 20 consecutive seasons*. Produced by her own production company, Harpo Productions, Inc., the show is seen by an estimated 48 million viewers a week in the United States** and is broadcast internationally in 126 countries.

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MAGAZINE FOUNDER AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
In April 2000, Oprah and Hearst Magazines introduced O, The Oprah Magazine, a monthly magazine that has become one of today's leading women's lifestyle publications. It is credited as being the most successful magazine launch in recent history and currently has a circulation of 2.3 million readers each month. In April 2002, Oprah launched the first international edition of O, The Oprah Magazine in South Africa, extending her live your best life message to another broad audience.

In 2004, O at Home, a newsstand-only quarterly shelter magazine designed to help readers create a home that reflects their personal style, made its debut.

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PRODUCER/ACTRESS
Through her company's film division, Harpo Films, she has produced projects based on classic and contemporary literature that have garnered the highest industry honors for quality acting and production. Telefilms under the Oprah Winfrey Presents banner have included the award-winning Tuesdays With Morrie, based on the best-selling novel by Mitch Albom and starring Academy Award®-winner Jack Lemmon and Emmy Award®-winner Hank Azaria; David and Lisa, an updated version of a 1962 film, re-written for television by Lloyd Kramer and Theodore Isaac Rubin and starring Academy Award®-winner Sidney Poitier; and Their Eyes Were Watching God, based on the Zora Neale Hurston novel and starring Academy Award®-winner Halle Berry.

In 1998, Harpo Films produced the critically acclaimed Beloved, a Touchstone Pictures feature film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison, which co-starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover and was directed by Jonathan Demme.

Oprah made her acting debut in 1985 as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, for which she received both Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations. She also has been lauded for her performances in the made-for-television movies Before Women Had Wings (1997), There Are No Children Here (1993), and The Women of Brewster Place (1989).

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ONLINE LEADER
Oprah.com is a premiere women's lifestyle website, offering advice on everything from the mind, body and spirit to food, home and relationships. It provides comprehensive resources related to The Oprah Winfrey Show, O, The Oprah Magazine and Oprah & Friends. In addition, the website has unique original content, including Oprah's Book Club, which offers free in-depth reading guides for each book selection, online discussion groups and Q&A sessions with literary experts. Within its first year, Oprah's Book Club quickly became the largest book club in the world, attracting approximately 1 million members. In 2003, Oprah.com also launched Live Your Best Life, an interactive multimedia workshop based on her sold-out national speaking tour that features Oprah's personal life stories and life lessons along with a workbook of thought-provoking exercises.

Oprah.com averages 68 million page views and more than 4 million users per month and receives approximately 20,000 e-mails each week.

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PHILANTHROPIST
Oprah has long believed that education is the door to freedom, offering a chance at a brighter future. Through her private charity, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, she has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that support the education and empowerment of women, children and families in the United States and around the world. Amongst her various philanthropic contributions, she has donated millions of dollars toward providing a better education for students who have merit but no means. She also has developed schools to educate thousands of underserved children internationally and created "The Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program," which gives scholarships to students determined to use their education to give back to their communities in the United States and abroad.

In December 2002, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation expanded its global humanitarian efforts with her ChristmasKindness South Africa 2002 initiative that included visits to orphanages and rural schools in South Africa where 50,000 children received gifts of food, clothing, athletic shoes, school supplies, books and toys. Sixty-three rural schools received libraries and teacher education.

During a December 2000 visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah pledged $10 million to build a school in South Africa. As that commitment broadened, she established The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has contributed more than $40 million toward the creation of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls—South Africa, which opens in January 2007. Located in a 28-building campus in Henley-on-Klip, the Leadership Academy is a state-of-the-art independent school that will engender high standards of academic achievement and service leadership for girls. Its first 152 accepted 7th and 8th grade students, who show outstanding promise despite their impoverished backgrounds and social circumstances, represent all nine South African provinces. By 2011, the Leadership Academy will accommodate approximately 75 learners per grade, for a total of approximately 450 learners, grades 7 through 12. Her vision is that the Leadership Academy will help develop the future women leaders of South Africa.

In a 1997 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah encouraged viewers to use their lives to make a difference in the lives of others, which led to the creation of the public charity Oprah's Angel Network in 1998. To date, Oprah's Angel Network has raised more than $50 million, with 100% of audience donations going to non-profit organizations across the globe. Oprah's Angel Network has helped establish scholarships and schools, support women's shelters and build youth centers and homes—changing the future for people all over the world.

Oprah's commitment to children also led her to initiate the National Child Protection Act in 1991, when she testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. On December 20, 1993, President Clinton signed the national "Oprah Bill" into law.

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TELEVISION PROGRAMMING CREATOR
In September 2002, Harpo Productions, Inc. Created Dr. Phil, a syndicated daytime talk show produced by Paramount Domestic Television. Dr. Phil, which had the highest-rated talk show launch since The Oprah Winfrey Show, consistently ranks second among all U.S. Talk shows.

Dynamic television personality and best-selling author Rachael Ray announced a partnership with Harpo Productions, Inc., King World Productions, and Scripps Networks to host a daily, one-hour, talk show that will begin airing in September 2006.

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CABLE NETWORK CO-FOUNDER
Oprah is co-founder of Oxygen Media, which operates a 24-hour cable television network for women that launched in 1998 and is currently available in more than 69 million homes across America. In September 2002, she debuted Oprah After The Show, an original series that airs on the Oxygen Network. The spontaneous, unscripted, half-hour show is taped immediately following The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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SATELLITE RADIO PROGRAMMER
Through a recent joint venture, Oprah announced the launch of Oprah & Friends, a new channel on XM Satellite Radio, which launched in September 2006. Oprah & Friends will feature a broad range of original daily programming from Harpo Radio, Inc., including regular segments hosted by popular personalities from The Oprah Winfrey Show and O, The Oprah Magazine and an exclusive 30-minute listener call-in weekly radio show, "Talk to Me" with Oprah Winfrey.

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BROADWAY PRODUCER
Twenty years after she made her movie debut as "Sofia" in The Color Purple, Oprah made her Broadway debut as a producer for the musical The Color Purple, which opened on December 1, 2005, at the Broadway Theatre in New York City.

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HONORARY ACHIEVEMENTS
In recognition of her extraordinary achievements and contributions, Oprah has received numerous honors, including the most prestigious awards and highest industry acknowledgments.

2006
Time Magazine—100 Most Influential People in the World

The New York Public Library—Library Lion 2006

2005
National Civil Rights Museum – 2005 National Freedom Award

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — Hall of Fame

Time Magazine — 100 Most Influential People in the World

International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences — 2005 International Emmy Founders Award

2004
United Nations Association of the United States of America – Global Humanitarian Action Award

National Association of Broadcasters – Distinguished Service Award

Time Magazine – 100 Most Influential People in the World

2003
Association of American Publishers – AAP Honors Award

2002
54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards® – Bob Hope Humanitarian Award

Broadcasting & Cable – Hall of Fame

1999
National Book Foundation – 50th Anniversary Gold Medal

1998
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences® – Lifetime Achievement Award

The following year, after accepting this pinnacle honor, Oprah removed herself from future Emmy® consideration and the show followed suit in 2000. Oprah and The Oprah Winfrey Show received more than 40 Daytime Emmy Awards®: seven for Outstanding Host; nine for Outstanding Talk Show; more than 20 in the Creative Arts categories; and one for Oprah's work as supervising producer of the ABC After School Special Shades of Single Protein.

Time Magazine – 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century

1997
Newsweek – Most Important Person in Books and Media

TV Guide – Television Performer of the Year

1996
International Radio & Television Society Foundation – Gold Medal Award

George Foster Peabody Awards – 1995 Individual Achievement Award.

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