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Parrots: Catching a wild one., hook bills, flock leader
hook bills, flock leader, self mutilation: When it comes to indoor cages though, other than with canaries, finches and other ‘straight beaked’ birds, I don’t think hook bills (parrots) should share cages. The top reasons for this being that rarely is any cage big enough for two. Each bird should...

Parrots: Cockateil, allergic alveolitis, human respiratory system
allergic alveolitis, human respiratory system, airborne droplets: Nonsense! Go get the cockatiel! You stand a chance of contracting some diseases or infections from ANY bird – though the possibilities are relatively small. If the bird has not been exposed to other, unknown birds or possibly wild birds/poultry and has...

Parrots: Cockatiel Skin Problem, psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease
psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease, zinc toxicity: When a self-plucking psittacine has cause enough damage to result in what’s referred to as ‘wing web dermatitis’, the use of a collar to prevent the bird from reaching the wound is an option. It’s not a popular option with the bird and going off their food,...

Parrots: Cockatoo, umbrella cockatoo, vent area
umbrella cockatoo, vent area, purse string: Perfect description. Cloacal prolapse is when the inside of the bird pushes out. In some cases it’s noted as a ‘red bottom’ or some owners will describe it as a ‘hemorrhoid’ – in other cases it’s unmistakably an emergency situation. In all cases it...

Parrots: Conure Biting, sudden vibration, acts of aggression
sudden vibration, acts of aggression, cheek conure: What seems like sudden acts of aggression by many birds isn’t necessarily unusual and you can probably change it. No matter what started it, your bird is enjoying a sense of power and control at this point. They have discovered that these actions are getting...

Parrots: cockateil eggs and care taking, fresh fruits vegetables, cockateil birds
fresh fruits vegetables, cockateil birds, egg layer: Before you undertake breeding any bird for the first time, let me try to play devil’s advocate with what you need to be prepared for ok? As you already see, it s not as easy as putting two birds together. Many times a hen will destroy her eggs because...

Parrots: My cockatiel is making a static sound, static sound, bird care
static sound, bird care, cockatiel: It s a pretty common attention getting sound left over from when he was a baby. If your bird is eating well, acting good and droppings are fine - as long as this sound isn t constant (which might mean something is wrong) it shouldn t be anything to worry...

Parrots: cross breeding, african grey parrot, little babies
african grey parrot, little babies, cross breeding: This sounds like a very interesting combination, but unfortunately they cannot cross breed. Two different species. Just like a cat and dog are both mammals, they can t breed either. You might find two different species of bird going through the mating...

Parrots: Depression, aggressive bird, light waves
aggressive bird, light waves, excessive noise: As a matter of fact, yes, I ve heard of this happening quite a bit. In a way, it IS related to your pregnancy, but not like we often think. It s not that the bird can sense hormones or anything (any more than we can sense theirs), but the slightest differences...

Parrots: bonding blue and gold macaws, first bird, pieces of wood
Parrots: bonding blue and gold macaws, first bird, pieces of wood, own time

Parrots: Weaning hand reared Macaw, survival tactic, exotic birds
Parrots: Weaning hand reared Macaw, survival tactic, exotic birds, best wishes

Parrots: food, human adult, sun conure
human adult, sun conure, saving grace: There s a whole page that addresses all of this and has pics too http://www.4AnimalCare.org/birds When it comes to name, you can call him anything you want and he will likely learn it as long as you re kind and consistent. It s like...

Parrots: Green Cheek introduced to my old sun conure..., cheek conure, self mutilation
cheek conure, self mutilation, new birds: You seem to be doing all the right things. Keep following your own instincts. A new bird needs to be isolated out of the same air space as your established bird for at least 30 days to be sure there’s no illness or disease that presents (a previously...

Parrots: grunting blue & gold macaw, blue and gold macaw, avian vet
blue and gold macaw, avian vet, female females: Let me start by saying it s never a bad idea to see your vet for a hands on exam and good check up. What I believe you re seeing though, and hearing, is a macaw at the prime of her breeding years and displaying mating behavior. If you look carefully...

Parrots: how do i make my indian ringneck stop being scared of me and gain trust with him, indian ringneck, eastern rosella
indian ringneck, eastern rosella, hook bills: Let s make a couple of modifications for a while ok? 1st, wing trimming (not clipping, not making it so they flop to the ground if they try to fly, but a moderate trim as seen here www.4AnimalCare.org/birds) will help in a big way. 2nd, separate...

Parrots: Keeping African Greys Together, african grey parrots, flock leader
african grey parrots, flock leader, act of aggression: This is a very good question and you have some excellent insights. I agree, birds should not, for the most part, share a cage. The top reasons for this being that rarely is any cage big enough for two. Each bird should be able to fully extend their...

Parrots: kiwi my pet quaker, pin feathers, powdery substance
pin feathers, powdery substance, bird care: You ve described this perfectly, pin feathers is what they re called. These are hard, plastic like points that many birds are covered with at this time of year. If you very gently crush the end of this sheath between your fingers you ll find it disintigrates...

Parrots: loss of feathers, bird vet, parasite infestation
bird vet, parasite infestation, avian vet: Good instincts Lucille - I think you re right about the nutritional aspect, but let me go over a few different things for you. Some birds start plucking because they have some sort of parasite infestation, either on them or in them. For this reason,...

Parrots: Meyers parrot, meyers parrot, rope perch
meyers parrot, rope perch, wood perch: I have all new rescues that I take in checked within two weeks. Of course I have a vet that makes house calls. These days there s a lot more of them, or mobile vets that set up surprisingly nearby where you are. Just ask. In any case it s a good idea...

Parrots: macaw and feather loss, blue and gold macaw, bird vet
blue and gold macaw, bird vet, parasite infestation: At this time of year here in the U.S. birds are going through what is called a major molt . The huge amount of dander is happening even with me and the residents I have here, but actual bald spots shouldn t be apparent. You re feeding a very good diet,...

Parrots: putting a macaw outside, lush canopy, rainforest birds
lush canopy, rainforest birds, covered porch: What kind of macaw? When you respond, make the question private and tell me where in Texas you are. I might have a foster home with room for him. My foster is in the Houston area. Do not put him outside. The heat and humidity for an unattended...

Parrots: moving my indian ringnecks while on holiday, indian ringnecks, drape
indian ringnecks, drape, mother and father: Give your father-in-law a description of their routine, make sure they have their own familiar food and if possible, a similar place in the room as they would have at home with you. For example, if they have a window to the right of them, try to place them...

Parrots: My New Lovebird, paper towels, toxic reaction
paper towels, toxic reaction, lovey: You re right, it sounds like a very sick lovebird that you lost; however, it might have also been a toxic reaction. Be very careful because if while your bird is outside, someone sprays an insecticide or even certain fertilizers - it can carry on...

Parrots: New scarlet-chested parakeet, scarlet chested parakeet, galah
scarlet chested parakeet, galah, pet bird: Great question! Yes, a cage of its own in the company of your other birds is ideal and no, it doesn t need a partner. In fact, as long as you keep it by itself, there s a greater chance it will bond to you and remain so. For more info, check www.4AnimalCare.org/birds...

Parrots: My Parakeet, parakeet, health problem
parakeet, health problem, messes: I m afraid these eggs are not going to hatch. She would have to had mating contact with a male in the last month or so for them to be fertile. At this point you can probably remove them and clean her cage. It would be a good idea to curb her from...

Parrots: Parakeet taming, taming parakeets, rope perch
taming parakeets, rope perch, wood perch: There are a lot of factors involved in successful taming of a bird (of the pet variety). I’ve worked predominantly with all varieties of macaws and Eclectus, but also raptors (hawks, owls, etc) of all sizes. The most important thing you need to arm yourself...

Parrots: Parrot eyesight, waves of light, shades of green
waves of light, shades of green, female bird: They see more than we can even imagine. They see waves of light that are invisible to the human eye. They can also detect the quick flicker of fluorescent lights which sometimes leads to acting out, biting and being overall cranky. Some researchers...

Parrots: Parrots beak, psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease
psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease, mineral deficiencies: Very good question When a bird’s beak begins overgrowing after years of appearing normal, it’s usually a nutritional problem. It’s especially seen in budgies/parakeets, but with any psittacine (hook billed, parrot), an overgrown or twisted beak commonly...

Parrots: Parrots & Flea Control Dogs & Cats, laundry detergent, dogscats
laundry detergent, dogscats, cats and dogs: Excellent question! If you really want to use something on the carpets just get a box of Borax in the laundry detergent aisle, sprinkle it around and rub it in. I d let it stand for about a day and a night, then vacuum it up. While it s standing,...

Parrots: parrotlet, flock leader, epsom salt
flock leader, epsom salt, human baby: Epsom salt for a bird - no. Just plain no , ok? When it comes to everything else you re doing with Cujo, excellent! Keep doing it. You re bonding with him and he with you. As he apparently has plenty of confidence you might want to consider what is called...

Parrots: parrots, mini macaw, outdoor aviary
mini macaw, outdoor aviary, hook bills: A popular question I get is whether or not two birds can share the same cage. Often the questioner is asking about two different species of birds, like a cockatiel and a parakeet, or a larger macaw with a mini-macaw, just about any combination of...

Parrots: parrots phantom pregnancy, african grey parrot, good sources of calcium
african grey parrot, good sources of calcium, egg binding: Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: pet parrot, nestle cerelac, pet parrot
nestle cerelac, pet parrot, alexandrian: This is just a matter of being creative and persistent. I have a lot of ideas, tips and some fun pictures that should get you through this right here http://www.4AnimalCare.org/birds You have to be more determined than the bird. Three...

Parrots: Quil pulling, bird vet, parasite infestation
bird vet, parasite infestation, bird companion: Feather loss is one of the most frustrating things a bird companion faces. Sometimes we can spend thousands of dollars and years looking for a cause, then, one day, it just resolves! In a large number of cases though, it s a permanent feature of a bad habit....

Parrots: regurgiting food on my hand, symptoms of liver disease, nutritional deficits
symptoms of liver disease, nutritional deficits, submissive behavior: It s so difficult to know if pet stores are being honest. All we ever have to go on is their reputation and their word. With birds, if they are under about a year old you ll notice their pupils take up more of the eye. The younger the bird, the more the...

Parrots: Sun conure agression, timneh grey, sun conure
timneh grey, sun conure, acts of aggression: What seems like sudden acts of aggression by many birds isn’t necessarily unusual and you can probably change it. No matter what started it, your bird is enjoying a sense of power and control at this point. They have discovered that these actions are getting...

Parrots: shredded paper, baby quaker, shredded paper
baby quaker, shredded paper, paper towels: Layers of flat paper is really best until the baby can perch. Then, start with a perch low and near the floor so if it falls it won t fall far. As the bird learns to perch better, raise the perch until it s at a normal level. When it comes to...

Parrots: sick Blue Front Amazon, amazon parrot, egg binding
amazon parrot, egg binding, little seed: Yes, you need to stop letting the petting go below the shoulder or upper back area. You can still love him/her, just not to trigger what might be perceived as mating behaviors. Metacam is very good for overall pain relief too - stick with it, but please...

Parrots: stunted BNG, sick bird, genetic diseases
sick bird, genetic diseases, genetic profile: Well at least you know which vets to avoid at all costs! Have you had a DNA/genetic profile done yet? Every single new rescue I take has a DNA screen done. This checks for several genetic diseases or other problems, as well as knowing for...

Parrots: sulphur crested cockatoo, sulphur crested cockatoo, psittacine beak and feather disease
sulphur crested cockatoo, psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease: When a bird’s beak begins overgrowing after years of appearing normal, it’s usually a nutritional problem. It’s especially seen in budgies/parakeets, but with any psittacine (hook billed, parrot), an overgrown or twisted beak commonly occurs when there’s...

Parrots: tail feathers being lost, pin feathers, tail feathers
pin feathers, tail feathers, self mutilation: At this time of year many birds are moulting. Birds going through a molting season may look ragged and have what appear to be bald spots, but if you see little pin feathers coming in and not being plucked out, chances are you’re not dealing with a self-mutilation...

Parrots: I think my quaker is sick :(, fatty liver disease, quaker parrots
fatty liver disease, quaker parrots, ulcerative dermatitis: What you re describing is more along the lines of ringworm infection, a type of fungus rather than actually a worm, it usually looks like very dry or scabby skin. In humans a ringworm infection will result in a circular area of redness, itching and rash or...

Parrots: Weaning hand reared Macaw, avian vet, pellet diet
avian vet, pellet diet, veccs: Today one of my clients lost their bird because they delayed getting help for 7 days. Don t take any chances. No matter where you are in the world, if these birds are kept as pets there is a doctor somewhere that sees them. Otherwise they wouldn t...

Parrots: word pronunciation & bird behavior, severe macaw, word pronunciation
severe macaw, word pronunciation, correct pronunciation: Say it out loud: Pwah SEF uhl us What you re describing with your severe is absolutely common so you re not doing anything wrong. It s what is in her vision that prompts her to bite what is in her reach. Sometimes we don t have a clue what they...

Parrots: ?, alexandrine parrots, stressful conditions
alexandrine parrots, stressful conditions, incubation: Approximately 28 days for incubation It s not true that a bird will kill babies or destroy eggs solely due to feeling frightened or threatened. However, what may happen with a bird in stressful conditions is that they may abandon care of their nest...

Parrots: 15 yr old macaw, beak and feather disease, blue and gold macaw
beak and feather disease, blue and gold macaw, ping pong ball: First, it would be very wise to have the DNA test to determine he or she. It s not just a matter of curiosity, but when certain behaviors present, it s vital to know if it s a female and perhaps suffering dystocia or egg binding; or a male with perhaps cloacal...

Parrots: can 3 love birds live together?, two females, lovebirds
two females, lovebirds, back time: The best solution to multiple birds like this is separate cages. It s not really that difficult - take a look at how I manage this here: http://www.4AnimalCare.org/birds Specifically answering your question though - 3 lovebirds is a crowd . They...

Parrots: African Grey, blood feather, meticulous hand
blood feather, meticulous hand, genetic diseases: They should be fine - but be careful to keep them separate. Probably the most difficult thing to do is try to split your time evenly. Also, even though they are separate they will watch each other for clues as to what to do or not do. To teach good...

Parrots: African Grey, apple cider vinegar, dark leafy greens
apple cider vinegar, dark leafy greens, food colorings: Human companions to birds need to learn what’s normal for their bird. When the bird is healthy, acting fine and eating a well balanced diet, there’s a general look to the droppings that may vary depending on the time of day, but are usually similar looking....

Parrots: African Grey Parrot, african grey parrot, rope perch
african grey parrot, rope perch, set ups: The cage would do well as a sleep cage or if your bird is out most of the time; otherwise, a larger cage, at least 4 tall would be better. You can see pics of cage set ups here http://www.4Animalcare.org/birds When it comes to adjusting...

Parrots: African Grey Parrott, congo african grey parrot, congo african grey
congo african grey parrot, congo african grey, african grey parrot: The short answer to your question about the wood from your trees is maybe . If the tree is disease free and has not been treated with pesticides; was not located near a busy road with a lot of vehicle traffic - then yes, Elm is safe. Be sure it s...

Parrots: Alexandrine Parrot runny nose, parasite infection, nares nostrils
parasite infection, nares nostrils, normal flora: If this were a macaw I d suspect that the bird had allergies, which is relatively common in macaws at the same time of year humans tend to have their allergies flare up; however, an Alexandrine, while it s still possible, is less likely. What I suspect...

Parrots: Amazon Parrot showed no signs of being so sick, heavy metal toxicity, amazon parrot
heavy metal toxicity, amazon parrot, kitchen magnet: From your description of the color of the droppings, the vomiting and so on, this is very liver related. Obviously, whoever performed the necropsy would know better, but it s not uncommon in many, many cases for a definitive cause never to be determined....

Parrots: Amazon-Rubbing Off Feathers, yellow nape amazon, peanut butter chicken
yellow nape amazon, peanut butter chicken, chest feathers: You re not making this easy at all are you? I can understand your frustration though - 90% of these cases are nutritionally related and once I convince the owner to really make a long term effort with changing feeding habits, there s a lot of improvement....

Parrots: Hey, sun conures, air tight container
sun conures, air tight container, fresh fruits and vegetables: It isn t a good idea to house a third wheel like this if a pair becomes a mating couple. Not too long ago one of my clients found their little tiel tragically deceased, in a horrible way, after living together with a mating couple for many years....

Parrots: baby african grey, affectionate bond, african grey
affectionate bond, african grey, flight suit: What a sweet and wonderful bond you have. And how very nice of you to want to be sure he s social. When it comes to your sweetie only loving you, socializing them is often successful. When you want your bird to step-up onto someone else s hand...

Parrots: blue/gold macaw molting, blue gold macaw, fluffy feathers
blue gold macaw, fluffy feathers, vet visit: It s as strange as it gets, but I ve noticed that many B&G macaws are drama queens . One permanent resident here has terrible, restless nights complete with moaning and pacing for the days leading up to her dropping a tailfeather. Every time she starts...

Parrots: Choking ??, goffins cockatoo, rev dr
goffins cockatoo, rev dr, cuddling: Thank you for the additional info Orville - and I m sorry about your disability. Having Bernie in your life may make more of a difference than you imagine. This I know from first hand experience with my own disability. I do believe that what you witnessed...

Parrots: Cockatiel, brown seeds, vet visit
brown seeds, vet visit, cardboard box: Congratulations on being a new birdy mommy! You re right that this baby might just have been nervous and stressed. A bird that bobs its head up and down in a sort of pumping motion, beak open and then a purposeful delivery of partially digested...

Parrots: Cockatiel Egg First Timer, fertile egg, good sources of calcium
fertile egg, good sources of calcium, egg binding: Good question and I m glad you asked. Yes, these two are terribly young to be doing this and the last thing you need is for a fertile egg to hatch, parents not have a clue as to what to do (instincts only go so far) and there you are taking two weeks off...

Parrots: Cockatoo, umbrella cockatoo, purse string
umbrella cockatoo, purse string, vent area: This is what s called Cloacal prolapse - and the good news is that it can very often be corrected. Cloacal prolapse can also be caused by parasites or tumors, even nutritional problems. It’s not just vital to get the organ replaced (put back into...

Parrots: correcting a bad habit, bad habit, undesired behavior
bad habit, undesired behavior, beak: It s not actually a bad habit of hers, it s what you feel is an undesired behavior. The difference is that what she s doing is perfectly natural. Birds, in nature, beak with each other. They are also always beaking things around them in order to explore...

Parrots: eclectus parrot, eclectus parrots, eclectus parrot
eclectus parrots, eclectus parrot, vet visit: Diarrhea is often actually Polyuria. True diarrhea is when the feces part of the droppings are not well formed and liquidy. Diarrhea is usually caused by a disease. Polyuria is when there’s more than usual amounts of the urine and urates (the feces are still...

Parrots: female african congo grey parrot egg laying, african congo grey parrot, congo grey
african congo grey parrot, congo grey, good sources of calcium: Well, we know one thing for sure, the DNA will indicate you ve got a hen (girl), so congratulations. You were right to remove the egg, but you re also right to expect more eggs. All steps you can take to stop this behavior should be taken and right...

Parrots: Halloween costume and a bird, little birdie, rescue org
little birdie, rescue org, halloween costume: The heart attack story is a very old wives tale. What probably happened in those times before people learned how to handle and hold birds, is that they suffocated from having their chests compressed. Birds don t have a respiratory system like we do...

Parrots: Hand-feeding 3 month old baby Macaw (2), month old baby, yeast infection
month old baby, yeast infection, prolonged diarrhea: I can appreciate the video stressing that prolonged diarrhea may be life threatening, but the truth is that what you re seeing is more likely polyuria . Though this is also serious if prolonged, it s more due to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and...

Parrots: Hand-feeding 3 month old baby Macaw, screaming blue murder, month old baby
screaming blue murder, month old baby, cage bottom: OK, this type of macaw will not usually wean until 5-6 months, but given his demeanor it s obviously important to encourage it sooner. He s also too young to be on higher perches for any length of time. Hopefully at night he s on a very low, or no perch...

Parrots: Lovebird holding wing up, avian vets, avian vet
avian vets, avian vet, avian specialist: What you re describing doesn t sound related to her food change; however, it could be the result of eating too little and diminishing her immune system. At this point it would be important to have your little one professionally seen and at least have...

Parrots: Lovebird can't fly, vitamin and mineral supplements, necessary nutrients
vitamin and mineral supplements, necessary nutrients, sweet potatoes: I can t tell you how glad I am to hear she s been on predominantly pellets. This reduces her chances of liver and kidney disease significantly, although obviously it can only be ruled out with a hands on exam. Rather than using any pet store products...

Parrots: Male Cockatiel breeding behaviour, pet cockatiel, saying goodnight
pet cockatiel, saying goodnight, blowing kisses: It sounds like you re doing all the right things. As tedious as it might seem, a vet visit to get a swab from both ends (mouth/vent) should be done along with a fecal exam to rule out the more common causations of a bacterial, fungal or viral infection....

Parrots: Need help, adoption fee, veterinary reference
adoption fee, veterinary reference, time bird: Oh Jean, this is certainly a tough one. I probably wouldn t sell him. That doesn t mean to keep him, especially in your circumstances, but by not selling him, you have more control over where he goes and what happens. Look into a parrot rescue or...

Parrots: Parrot bedtime difficulties, meyers parrot, thick sock
meyers parrot, thick sock, lowe s: I just love your commitment to doing this right. The first change I d make is to his access to a play top. A bird with an elevated position to or above our own eye level can t help but think they are in charge of (or vying for that postion in) the flock....

Parrots: Parrotlet baby not growing and still naked?, first time parents, parent birds
first time parents, parent birds, genetic flaw: I appreciate your kind words - and next time someone mentions mother nature taking its course , tell them that you are. And mother nature s course happened to be to bring the animal to you or you to the animal. I sort of figured it out about the...

Parrots: Preparing to bring my baby sun home, rope perch, sun conure
rope perch, sun conure, wood perch: I wouldn t recommend the baked potato unless it s sweet potato or yams; the oatmeal is something you can do at any age. In fact, it s a regular part of all the birds diets that are with me. For now, let s go over the steps for when your baby first...

Parrots: parrots and pregnancy, african grey parrot, allergic alveolitis
african grey parrot, allergic alveolitis, airborne droplets: I have strong doubts that a bird caused the complications you ve described. Perhaps that unfortunate couple misunderstood their doctor, or the story got exaggerated and twisted as it was told over and over. You stand a chance of contracting some diseases...

Parrots: quaker parrot weight loss, whole grain bread, wheat couscous
whole grain bread, wheat couscous, chard beets: You might be surprised to learn that while with people, bread can pack on the weight, but with birds it can be the reason for weight loss instead. The reason is that there is very little real nutrition when it comes to a bird s needs, but it takes up...

Parrots: Scared Cockatiel, spiral rope, chewy toys
spiral rope, chewy toys, cage bird: Thank you for doing this. While we can t save every bird that needs it, for the one at a time we do save, it means everything to them. You might want to establish a separate nighttime cage. Bird mental health (and thus, overall health) relies strongly...

Parrots: Seed & nut mix, fatty liver disease, natural yogurt
fatty liver disease, natural yogurt, avian vet: You can try to ease her off the seeds by sprouting them just a bit before feeding. I’ll try every type of pellet out there, whether fruity or plain, spicy or a combination – just be sure to get the size & type appropriate for your individual bird....

Parrots: Sun Conure keeps laying eggs, sun conure, good sources of calcium
sun conure, good sources of calcium, egg binding: I m glad you asked about the vitamins. If it s in her water, it s not recommended. In fact, if it s from a pet store, it s not recommended. Birds should get all their vitamins from food (www.4AnimalCare.org/birds) Good luck with her - and keep...

Parrots: senegal courting owner, egg binding, odd behaviors
egg binding, odd behaviors, female bird: Overall, general mating behavior may seem similar right up until the bird uses a tool to self-stimulate. Males tend to rub forward against a perch or object, being particularly attracted to a mirror or anything he might catch a glimpse of a very pretty...

Parrots: I think my bird is sick, female eclectus, fruits veggies
female eclectus, fruits veggies, yellow feathers: Sorry it took so long, but it seems no one was in the same place at the same time The advice from my eclectus specialist is: I think the owner should give the bird a probiotic like Bene-bac daily till the re-check -- or get a second opinion ...

Parrots: my 18 year old double yellow headed parrot, spiral rope, chewy toys
spiral rope, chewy toys, cage bird: --- Let s try starting over and I ll bet it makes a big difference. You might want to establish a separate nighttime cage. Bird mental health (and thus, overall health) relies strongly on regulated day and night hours. When they’re in their...

Parrots: My 2 Cockatiels Hate Us!, dogs names, tiels
dogs names, tiels, cockatiels: Jasmine, you re very smart and very right that little brother is making taming much harder and frightening the birds. I rarely recommend birds like this for homes with children under about age 12 to 14 because of behavior like your brother s. Your mom...

Parrots: 24 day old cockatiel, question pool, fish tank
question pool, fish tank, small tank: Hi, Cheryl-Anne. I found your question in the question pool this morning. Yes, the baby should be fine in the small tank at night. The reason baby birds need heat is because they don t have feathers yet and so their food can metabolize through the digestive...

Parrots: 29 day old cockatiel question, infrared heat lamp, baby cockatiels
infrared heat lamp, baby cockatiels, baby parrots: Hi, Cheryl-Anne, Thank you. I was one of the responders to your question(s). Sometimes it s difficult to adequately answer questions without actually seeing what is going on, so as much information as possible needs to be provided. Since this baby...

Parrots: Addendum to George, travel buddies, bird owner
travel buddies, bird owner, toweling: It s very nice to hear it. I ve had the same experience multiple times with one of the birds I travel with, including getting through security by holding. With trimmed wings and a relatively calm bird a quick pass through the scan can sometimes be done...

Parrots: African Grey, rope perch, wood perch
rope perch, wood perch, shoulder level: Since this bird has another half century (50 years) or more of life to live, 9 years old is pretty young. Yes, you can have a loving, tame and interactive bird if you are willing to invest some time and always be patient. Yes? Taking your time and...

Parrots: African Grey, head trauma, poopies
head trauma, poopies, african grey: It s so sad to hear about birds in horrific condition like this, but thank God for you. Let s take this one step at a time ok? Depending on the cause of the blindness (AND the feather loss), it may be reversible. Not to give false hope, but to offer...

Parrots: African Grey, rope perch, first apple
rope perch, first apple, approch: Toys should be shredable like soft woods, paper, etc. and noise making toys. He ll still need to keep his beak in shape with the shredding and having control over making noises by being able to ring bells and such will build his self confidence and be...

Parrots: Amazon Parrot, amazon parrot, nostril
amazon parrot, nostril, anti biotic: Hi, I would look and make sure that there is nothing in the opening of his nostril that you can remove. He may have either and infection such as respiratory, or possibly an injury to the nostril. If he becomes lethargic you will want to get him into a hospital...

Parrots: My african gery, full spectrum light, full spectrum light bulb
full spectrum light, full spectrum light bulb, uva and uvb rays: Calcium Deficiency Disorder is rather common in African Grey’s. It’s not that they need more calcium than any other bird (though this is a popular myth), they seem to have more severe reactions to lower calcium levels than many other birds. You may...

Parrots: african grey, african grey, typical day
african grey, typical day, girlfriend: It sounds like this was supposed to happen - and this bird coming to you is where he needs to be to live out his life. I ll be glad to help you in any way I can. Give me an idea of how old , where he is now, what a typical day is like for him, what...

Parrots: my african ringneck parakeet, ringneck parakeet, spoilt child
ringneck parakeet, spoilt child, nothing works: Parrots love our company, despite how it may seem otherwise. Their biting is quite often just a show of attention, an interaction that s normal for them and would be well received by another bird of their species. When the biting happens, stop everything....

Parrots: aggresive rainbow lorikeet, rainbow lorikeet, aggresive
rainbow lorikeet, aggresive, signs: Is he showing any breeding signs? He could be hormonal at this time. I think that you should join this site where you can get answers from other Lorikeet owners, I know there are a lot on there. http://www.avianavenue.com/ Sorry I couldn t help you further...

Parrots: amazon parrot, amazon parrot, dna sex
amazon parrot, dna sex, personal knowledge: Not necessarily, it could be that he has never been stimulated enough during breeding season to lay an egg. You will not know for sure what sex your Amazon is unless you DNA sex him, but unless you are using him for breeding it doesn t really matter the sex...

Parrots: Baby Bird Formula, natural peanut butter, professional formula
natural peanut butter, professional formula, baby birds: The professional formula is well developed and contains everything a bird needs. BUT, sometimes a baby fails to thrive. If you have physical causes ruled out with a hands on vet exam and absolutely, positively a DNA/genetic screening done (every single bird...

Parrots: Baby McCaw, red cheeks, vet visit
red cheeks, vet visit, mccaw: Yes, it s perfectly normal for a macaw to blush . When they re excited, engaged, learning something new and sometimes for apparently no reason, the whites of their cheeks can flush quite pink or even red. As long as it doesn t stay this way chances...

Parrots: Bearded Parakeet, Breeding noise
Breeding noise: Well it is hard to answer this with out hearing the sound myself but this is very likely. He could be calling for a mate. There is no need to be concerned with this, as it is just what his hormones are telling him to do. If you have a good relationship with...

Parrots: BLUE & GOLD MACAW LAYING EGGS, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: my bird had a seizure, Seizure
Seizure: Ok this is likely a stress seizure. This probably happened when he panicked from getting stuck. I think that you need to take him to an avian certified Veterinarian right away as they will need to see if there was any damage to the brain. Also, this could...

Parrots: can birds eat himan food?, african grey parrot, old wives tales
african grey parrot, old wives tales, whole grain bread: -- Not only can they, but they should! The important thing is to be sure it s healthy foods. So much information is flooding the net these days about what to feed a companion bird, whether a budgie/parakeet, cockatiel or marvelous macaw, it’s sometimes...

Parrots: blue and gold macaw, bird screams, boom cars
bird screams, boom cars, barking dogs: One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to their parrots is thinking of them like a dog or cat. Parrots are actually much more intelligent than these mammals, recently ranked with apes, chimpanzees and dolphins in their highly developed sense...

Parrots: breeder female parrotlet, rope perch, wood perch
rope perch, wood perch, dogs food: Yes, you can work with this bird and chances are you ll be able to handle her. You never know, she might be a loving girl who has been waiting her whole life to be held. There are a lot of factors involved in successful taming of a bird (of the pet...

Parrots: Cage Placement, sleep room, curling irons
sleep room, curling irons, hair dryers: I keep my two in-house permanent residents in my bedroom at night and then bring them out every day. It s their sleep room as well as mine. The reasons to not keep birds in your bedroom would be: -- That s the only room they ever see. No challenges,...

Parrots: Cockatiel, nocturnal birds, decent air
nocturnal birds, decent air, air circulation: No doubt his first wing trim will be somewhat upsetting for him, but once it s done it s easy to maintain on your own. When a feather starts to grow out beyond the ones next to it, a quick snip with sharp shears and in less than a couple seconds it s done...

Parrots: Cockatiel Behavior!, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: Cockatiel eye issue, tail feathers, health and happiness
tail feathers, health and happiness, cotton balls: What a beautiful girl! You have done a fantastic job in noticing this problem early. She s lucky you pay attention --- This is a symptom rather than a stand alone illness or disease, which means that the cause could be one of a number of things. The...

Parrots: Cockatiel success! :D, spooks, beak
spooks, beak, training session: Yes and No to this question. The first step is getting this bird to trust and and by working with him like you have been doing it sounds like you are going in the right direction. Keep at it, do not jump ahead of yourself and try to get him to step up when...

Parrots: Cockatoo Discipline, mango papaya, rope perch
mango papaya, rope perch, honeymoon period: It never seems to fail, but within a week or even up to about a month after a new bird settles in, the ‘honeymoon’ period ends. For the first few days or weeks the bird isn’t sure about where they are, what the dangers might be or where their next...

Parrots: Cold weather and Parrots, amazon parrots, bird aviary
amazon parrots, bird aviary, rainforest birds: For rainforest birds like this, yes, I d supplement the heat. I wouldn t want it to be lower than 68 degrees (F) at any given time; however, I have found many exotic birds can adjust to colder temps quite successfully. It isn t something that can...

Parrots: cockatiel trouble, flock member, two females
flock member, two females, physical interaction: -- The problem in the very beginning could have been addressed rather easily with a few steps; however, at this point since you have a companion for him, they are bonded to each other and will stay that way as long as they share a cage. As much as we think...

Parrots: cockatiels, poor eyesight, easy prey
poor eyesight, easy prey, lifespans: Some research suggests that albinos in any animal are a bit more sensitive to light and have weaker eyesight which makes their lifespans (in the wild) shorter. Poor eyesight combined with the inability to blend in with others in the society or in the...

Parrots: My cockatoo is losing feathers, beak and feather disease, water hose
beak and feather disease, water hose, cockatoo: I don t know what the specific test will cost as all vets charge differently. As I am sure you know only an Avian Certified Veterinary will be able to treat him. You may want to call the different Avian vets in you area and ask them the cost of the test and...

Parrots: conure behavior, fatty liver disease, seed diet
fatty liver disease, seed diet, blue crowned conure: I m truly glad you asked this question. What you re seeing is something not typically associated with age, especially not a 22 or even 25 year old conure; however, it IS something often seen as the result of an internal tumor, liver or kidney disease. ...

Parrots: conure biting, aggression
aggression: First you need to find out why his is biting. Is he biting because he is afraid? Because he is frustrated? Is it aggression? These all need to be handled differently. This bird is fairly new you still need to work on gaining trust with this bird by lots...

Parrots: Eclectus--Egg Laying, Egg Binding
Egg Binding: Hi, You seem to be doing things right so far, however, I would also give your Eclectus some more calcium rich foods. I would make her some bird bread and give her hard boiled egg. I also have a great Eclectus diet recipe for you which will have more of the...

Parrots: Found a Cockatoo, Found bird
Found bird: The ring on the leg means that this was a bird bred in captivity, which also means it is someones pet. I would really work on catching her, this is not healthy for a previous pet to live out in the wild in an unnatural environment to them. There is no way...

Parrots: fearful cockatoo, umbrella cockatoo, rope perch
umbrella cockatoo, rope perch, old umbrella: Taking your time and letting the bird learn you, adjust to their surroundings and ease into sharing life with you – is by far the better choice. Even if the bird never learns to truly trust, at least to live in peace, comfort and care is a huge accomplishment....

Parrots: feathers, beak and feather disease, pbfd
beak and feather disease, pbfd, feathers: How can you be sure she is not picking them? If you are positive she is not picking them then I suggest you take her to the vet immediately and have her tested for Beak and Feather Disease, PBFD. When birds molt their feathers grow right in to replace the...

Parrots: George, tail feathers, light spray
tail feathers, light spray, african grey: Be very careful about using hair dryers. A lot of newer ones have non-stick or Teflon type components in them which, as you know, can be very dangerous to a bird. I would rather let them dry in a nice warm spot free of drafts - which they prefer too...

Parrots: my gray doesn't like me, birds use their beaks, familiar surroundings
birds use their beaks, familiar surroundings, bird world: This is really very, very early in the relationship to decide he doesn t like you. Keep in mind that you re home, in familiar surroundings and you know exactly what s going on. You speak each others language, you know each others moods, expressions and...

Parrots: green cheek conure, cheek conure, tail feathers
cheek conure, tail feathers, males and females: -- I m not sure it s a male and from the sound of it, you have some doubts too don t you? Males tend to rub forward against a perch or object, being particularly attracted to a mirror or anything he might catch a glimpse of a very pretty bird in (himself)....

Parrots: Happy Parakeet, Catching a Bird
Catching a Bird: I would really work on catching her, this is not healthy for a parakeet to live out in the wild in an unnatural environment to them. There is no way she is getting the proper food requirement from foraging in an environment that is not native to that species...

Parrots: Introducing New Macaw - Rescued, blue crown conure, apple slices
blue crown conure, apple slices, due diligence: -- Have you done due diligence to find this bird s original owner? Someone must be heartsick over this. Someone who has since learned that no matter what, wing trimming is an absolute must with birds that might possibly have a chance to get out ...

Parrots: ill thrift in macaw, old wives tales, wheat couscous
old wives tales, wheat couscous, chard beets: Let me go over a few things you can try. Are you getting regular gram weights? Has a DNA profile been done? So much information is flooding the net these days about what to feed a companion bird, whether a budgie/parakeet, cockatiel or marvelous...

Parrots: indian ringnecks and lovebirds in same aviary, indian ringnecks, outdoor aviary
indian ringnecks, outdoor aviary, lovebirds: The aviary needs to be at least twice as big as it is, otherwise there will very likely be aggression between these birds and territorial tension that could result in them even hurting their mates or chicks. Ideally, 5.48 meters tall and wide/deep would...

Parrots: LENGTH OF SUN CONURE EGG LAYING, sun conure, good sources of calcium
sun conure, good sources of calcium, egg binding: When a bird lays she’s got a very increased risk for egg binding or Dystocia, both potentially life threatening situations that would require immediate veterinary intervention. Even if it’s in the middle of the night on a weekend or holiday. You...

Parrots: Lovebird breeding, peach face lovebirds, genetic faults
peach face lovebirds, genetic faults, nest box: Take a look here to see our girls www.4AnimalCare.org On the bird page you ll see how we keep everyone in separate cages. Each bird has their own cage. This also keeps them more bonded to you, more likely to tame and be gentle, plus healthier! ...

Parrots: lone celestial parrot, companion birds, parrot owners
companion birds, parrot owners, lovebirds: With companion birds if you get a companion for it such as another bird there is a very good chance that it will not bond with you. You want to be its companion instead of another bird, in other words you want it to bond with you. Just like with lovebirds,...

Parrots: Macaws, blue and gold macaw, fortnight
blue and gold macaw, fortnight, stranger: I would absolutely not advise that! For two large birds such as macaws that have never been together simply adding another in the same cage is not advisable. They could fight and even a small fight can cause serious damage. I never advise getting another bird...

Parrots: Male Macaw Compatability, macaws, compatability
macaws, compatability, stranger: For two large birds such as macaws that have never been together especially adding the same sex is not advisable. They could fight and even a small fight can cause serious damage. I never advise getting another bird of any species and making them share a cage,...

Parrots: Mccaw health, head feathers, body feathers
head feathers, body feathers, blue and gold mccaw: When it comes to macaws, or really - any birds - it s far better to be safe than sorry don t you think? Twice a year every one of my own birds and every bird in my rescue, plus all my foster homes have well bird visits with their vet. When you consider...

Parrots: My macaw's beak, blue and gold macaw, macaw diet
blue and gold macaw, macaw diet, vet visit: It s hard to know without a hands on examination, but what you re describing is a condition called Scissor beak . It will only get worse without treatment and may end up requiring a lot of time, surgeries and more stress than either you or this macaw should...

Parrots: max my mccaw, caroline wiltshire, good sources of calcium
caroline wiltshire, good sources of calcium, egg binding: Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: New Cockatiel, unfamiliar environment, cockatiel
unfamiliar environment, cockatiel, hand fed: Aww thank you so much! You are welcome to send me an email, I can even refer you to my website where you can contact me there. I help a lot of people with behavioral issues. I really encourage you to join the site I recommended, Avian Avenue. I am on there...

Parrots: New pet bird, private space, pet bird
private space, pet bird, clicker training: When he does come out and you are home and can stay home, just let him stay out as long as he wants to. If you have to leave, you can put new food in his cage and he may go back into the cage readily. You could also just step him up and see if he will go in...

Parrots: my new african grey, New bird
New bird: Hi, Ok, with a new bird like this it is very important that you leave him alone and let him make his own decisions. Just open the door of his cage and leave him be for a while. He is going to be very afraid and stressed out, as this is a totally new environment...

Parrots: newborn lovebird, Basic Bird Care
Basic Bird Care: Hi, I highly suggest that you join this online forum: http://forums.avianavenue.com/ This place has a lot of first hand lovebird owner experience. Lovebirds wean at 8-9 weeks of age. They will then begin eating seeds and pellets. I would encourage that...

Parrots: Parrotlet Question, question pool, cage space
question pool, cage space, nth degree: Hi, Mike. I pulled your question from the question pool this morning. I ll try to help as much as possible based on your post. You don t mention how recently you acquired your parrotlet. This information would have been helpful. It takes time for a...

Parrots: Parrotlet Question, first few days, taking your time
first few days, taking your time, dowel: When we bring a bird into our homes, no matter how old they are or what conditions they came from, we may have to start with them like they’re brand new. It’s not unusual for some birds to be very friendly and cooperative the first few days or even week...

Parrots: pair of hens- both laying, egg binding, male birds
egg binding, male birds, veterinary intervention: Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: parrot hiding, sun conure, thick sock
sun conure, thick sock, mating behavior: You re right, this is mating behavior - it s called being broody When a bird goes broody, they can be very difficult to deal with. Sitting tight on their selected nest site and even make a hissy or growling noise when you approach. Leaving her...

Parrots: my parrot is making a "clicking" noise when it breathes, red lored amazon, red lored amazon parrot
red lored amazon, red lored amazon parrot, propylene glycol: There is a type of mite that a wide range of birds may be infected with, called Air Sac Mites. These are not the same mites as skin or feather mites and they are not treated the same way. Without immediate attention, air sac mites progress rather quickly...

Parrots: parrots health, parrots, veterinarian
parrots, veterinarian, vets: You need to take him to the vet IMMEDIATELY! Birds can not go more than a day or so with out food. He could have a crop infection or some other type of illness that a vet is going to need to prescribe medicine for. You need to take him to an Avian Certified...

Parrots: Quaker Parrot changing Mommies????, quaker parrot, parrot owners
quaker parrot, parrot owners, care giver: This is actually very common with Quakers and other birds. When a bird bonds to another person you just can t force it to like another member in the house. Even though it might be the primary care giver, the bird may still not like her. It sounds like HoneyGirl...

Parrots: Question about Congo Grey Birds, congo grey, congo greys
congo grey, congo greys, kind answer: If they are a bonded pair that are used to living in a cage together then you should be fine to get one large cage. If they are just male and female and have never been in a same cage together absolutely DO NOT put them together, you must cage them separately...

Parrots: Questions re a 24 day old Cockatiel, fish tank, gram scale
fish tank, gram scale, heating pad: Laying in odd positions is not abnormal for little ones like this. Strength in their feet and legs needs to come over time - but certainly keep an eye on him. Give him a low perch in his cage and be sure to line the bottom with layers of plain newspaper...

Parrots: quaker, gram negative bacteria, troublesome point
gram negative bacteria, troublesome point, domestic birds: A bird that bobs its head up and down in a sort of pumping motion, beak open and then a purposeful delivery of partially digested food is regurgitating. This is something they would do to feed offspring or a mate. It’s done by some birds to objects they...

Parrots: query about my pet parrots., pet parrots, parrot owners
pet parrots, parrot owners, question thanks: You are very welcome, I believe you can upload the pictures on to this website when you reply to this. If not, you are welcome to visit the contact page of my website and email me the pictures. www.thebirdnerdsrescue.com I will try to help you out either...

Parrots: Rock Pebbler, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: I m really very glad you re caring enough to ask about what s going on. It means a lot to this bird. She s trying to figure you out as much as you re trying with her, only she doesn t have a computer nearby to post her questions. Let me work with...

Parrots: Roger Steps up!, behavior section, finnaly
behavior section, finnaly, happy life: I am so happy that he is doing so well for you! That is so great!!! Sure, you can talk about how he was in the beginning and how he is now and pretty much just what you though of my answers/help, how did my training techniques help you and such :) Again,...

Parrots: My ringnecks rub their beak with the cage and they scratch themselves too much, indian ringnecks, beaks
indian ringnecks, beaks, loud noises: There was a delay in receiving your follow up and I ve just now seen it. Now is a very good time to start taking them out of the cage. Also, they should be kept in separate cages if you want them to be hand tame and friendly to you. If birds have...

Parrots: Safe foods for birds and play gyms, old wives tales, wheat couscous
old wives tales, wheat couscous, chard beets: --- All natural, real fruit gummies? Take one and cut into about 4 pieces to give throughout the day and it should be fine. The most important part is all natural and real fruit So much information is flooding the net these days about what to...

Parrots: single female conure laying eggs?, hard boiled egg, calcium rich foods
hard boiled egg, calcium rich foods, parrot birds: This is normal behavior, I would not recommend getting her a male, just let her do her thing. There is no such thing as a stud for a parrot. Birds mate for life and you are her mate. The eggs she is laying is just in response to stimulation of breeding season....

Parrots: strange behavior, sun conures, bird world
sun conures, bird world, curious love: Good observations. It s quite possible you re seeing some submissive behaviors (age doesn t matter that much with birds and oddly, neither does size). You are also probably seeing just plain play. These birds LOVE to play and what seems strange to us,...

Parrots: My sulphur crested cockatoo is losing feathers help!, sulphur crested cockatoo, store medicines
sulphur crested cockatoo, store medicines, seed diet: The injection cost would depend on what s actually found. For the most part, if really mites, Ivermectin is the med used and it s not too costly. Where I am in California it can be included in a regular vet exam for a total of less than $50, and that includes...

Parrots: sun conure questions, hard boiled egg, sun conure
hard boiled egg, sun conure, egg yolk: Sorry - sometimes I distract myself and lose my place. When you want your bird to step-up onto someone else s hand or arm (like your husband), stand very close to him and let the bird see that you re ok with this guy. You ll notice your...

Parrots: sun conures eggs, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: Troubled Parrotlet, broom handle, flat palm
broom handle, flat palm, palm down: The stick method . Many years ago I met a fellow rescue worker who was expounding on the benefits of the stick method. He said, Yes, I whack the bird on the head with a stick and before he knows what hit him I quickly move him wherever I want him ...

Parrots: How to tame my 2 Sun Conures?, Taming Pairs
Taming Pairs: Ok, with a bonded pair of birds it is going to be hard to train them with out separating them, however do NOT separate them. Parrots mate for life and they will not be happy if they are taken away from each other, to take them away because you want to handle...

Parrots: How to tame my 2 Sun Conures?, hand gloves, physical interaction
hand gloves, physical interaction, sun conures: You re already thinking along the right line when it comes to keeping them separated in order to do this. Separate rooms shouldn t be necessary though and could just lend to some ear piercing screaming. There are two main reasons for keeping them...

Parrots: Yellow-Naped Amazon diet, old wives tales, yellow naped amazon
old wives tales, yellow naped amazon, wheat couscous: So much information is flooding the net these days about what to feed a companion bird, whether a budgie/parakeet, cockatiel or marvelous macaw, it’s sometimes difficult to wade through the junk science, old wives tales, well meaning owner advice or just plain...

Parrots: 3yr old Indian Ringneck Update, cooperative progress, blood feather
cooperative progress, blood feather, competition horses: Thank you so much for telling me this! I am not only happy to hear every word of your progress, but you ve given me tremendous joy in knowing that this bird is finally in a good home with loving owners who are determined to stick it out I am glad to...

Parrots: 4 week old white ringneck, cracked corn, ringneck
cracked corn, ringneck, sorghum: At this age he should be weaning You can supplement his feedings twice a day (morning and just before dark) with as much as he seems interested in taking A good general feed would be about equal parts of cracked corn; split hard peas (or fresh peas...

Parrots: Alexandrine Parrot, carrot pea, flock members
carrot pea, flock members, nut fruit: -- Yes, it may be because this is still a juvenile hoping to convince you to continue feeding him, but it s also vocalizations done at normal times in nature. Birds are flock creatures, as you know. To this end, they greet each other first thing in the...

Parrots: amazon parrot, amazon parrot, captive birds
amazon parrot, captive birds, water dishes: -- First of all, God bless you for taking in this wonderful, beautiful and highly intelligent bird. I hope you have at least a couple of decades together, maybe more What you re seeing with the loss of the tailfeather is very likely part of a molt. ...

Parrots: Baby Macaws nails, military macaw, three nails
military macaw, three nails, hand fed: --As the owner of a bird (macaw) hatched with two deformed feet, though surgically corrected they aren t as strong as most macaws. Since your bird has been like this from the beginning, he ll adjust. As long as he can perch normally - which with only...

Parrots: Behavioral problems, bird screams, bad habbits
bird screams, bad habbits, boom cars: One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to their parrots is thinking of them like a dog or cat. Parrots are actually much more intelligent than these mammals, recently ranked with apes, chimpanzees and dolphins in their highly developed sense...

Parrots: baby parrotlets, feed babies, gram scale
feed babies, gram scale, nestbox: --Pulling a chick for hand feeding should be done only about 2 weeks before they’ll wean (which means you only have to provide about 2-3 feedings a day). This little bird might have been pulled a bit too soon. Weaning ages vary depending on the type...

Parrots: black headed caique, bringing it home, caiques
bringing it home, caiques, black headed caique: Birds will act different in the shop then they will at home sometimes. He was very afraid and if he got out in the car he was very afraid, and probably bit out of fear. Caiques can be very playful but many birds pick who they like and if he has chosen your...

Parrots: blue and gold macaw behavior, strange habit, wing span
strange habit, wing span, energy activity: -- This is often done just to exercise. Imagine having those magnificent wings and such a wonderful wing span without being able to fully open them and flap now and then? Even if wings are trimmed - extending and flapping is part of what a bird needs...

Parrots: Caique, basic bird care, neighbors mom
basic bird care, neighbors mom, positive reinforcement: Yes it is possibly to fix his issues, but you must gain his trust which is going to involve a lot of positive reinforcement, he must learn that you are not a threat. Give him a lot of treats and sit by his cage, you really must live by his cage such as when...

Parrots: Caique, neighbors mom, patience
neighbors mom, patience, caique: You need to gain his trust by giving him lots of treats and toys, open the cage door and let him come out. You really need to live by his cage, put it next to where you always are, on the computer or tv, put in next to the couch or something. Have him out...

Parrots: Cockatiel Weaning, wheat cereal, down feathers
wheat cereal, down feathers, midday meal: -- Oh my goodness! You must have a natural instinct for birds because given what you ve been told I m really surprised this baby has made it this far. You have a lot to be proud of. Cockatiel fledglings can be started on solid food as early as 2 1/2 weeks,...

Parrots: My Cockatoo" swollen and redish crop, sulfur cockatoo, ant bird
sulfur cockatoo, ant bird, vet: He needs to go to the vet immediately this could be a crop infection or an impacted crop. He needs to be seen by the vet immediately, the food in his crop can spoil. Im sorry but you need to transport him to the vet even if it is a hour away. This could be...

Parrots: Cold?, nares nostrils, tropical climates
nares nostrils, tropical climates, veterinary intervention: ---There are quite a few possible causes of sneezing with a bird, but having a cold like we do or like any other mammal? Not likely to ever be that simple. You ve got to remember that by the time a bird shows symptoms of any kind, it s a problem that s...

Parrots: Conure Parrot question (2), corn starch, blood feather
corn starch, blood feather, conure parrots: #1. This is a complex issue and you can see a detailed step by step option here: http://www.4animalcare.org/birds Look under biting screaming as it applies to this as well. #2. If the feather hasn t bled in a couple of hours, chances are it will...

Parrots: cockatiel sleeping more than usual, avian vets, egg binding
avian vets, egg binding, avian vet: -- The moment a human senses something is wrong with their feathered companion, they need to trust those instincts and act on it. Too many times we talk ourselves out of doing anything, like seeing a vet, because of the expense, because it s not that...

Parrots: draughts on parrots, nest boxes, barrier wall
nest boxes, barrier wall, cold spell: All aviaries need a shelter area. For some it s nest boxes, for others it s a barrier wall alee You can cover 2 adjacent walls and the roof area over that with tightly, well secured tarp to provide a place for them duck out of the winds. Remember -...

Parrots: Egg Laying, african gray, egg
african gray, egg, veggies: Sometimes they just decide that it is time to start laying, if she is lethargic I would take her to the vet as she could become egg bound. I would make sure to give her a lot of calcium. Feed her a lot of green leafy veggies. You can leave the egg or remove...

Parrots: help me with my quaker, little scratches, quaker
little scratches, quaker, pet shop: -- One of the mistakes we often make is to consider a bird a pet like a dog or cat. Birds don t really care for petting, but they enjoy interacting other ways. They may allow scritches - little scratches at the top and back of head and neck. When it...

Parrots: Impressing or Intimidating?, sun conure, good behavior
sun conure, good behavior, beak: -- These behaviors can be BOTH. It s how he ends up following through that matters. Since you re impression is that he likes your sister, chances are pretty good that his behaviors are to impress her. And keep in mind, your reactions are encouraging...

Parrots: indian ringneck ?, indian ringneck bird, parakets
indian ringneck bird, parakets, dim room: -- I think you ll be able to find answers to all the important questions here: http://www.4animalcare.org/birds -- As for the flapping around at night, these are typically called night frights - and the best way to avoid them is to cover your birds...

Parrots: injured foot and wing, bird vet, home companions
bird vet, home companions, avian vet: -- There s no way around this, the bird absolutely needs a REAL bird vet. There s no reason for any bird to suffer these days. Please don t let her down In the meantime try interesting her in some human baby food sweet potatoes. Be sure it s all natural...

Parrots: Keeping parrots
african greys, macaws, aviaries: At the Zoos they usually keep a large indoor area that is heated at least 70 degrees for the birds to come inside when they are too cold. You could build an indoor area for them so they can stay outside. They can not stay out if it gets below 60 degrees outside,...

Parrots: Lovebirds, pet smarts, home companions
pet smarts, home companions, avian vet: --I ve seen what you re describing in many birds, not just lovebirds, BUT you can t expect to go the life of your bird without a vet in their life. It sounds like right now is the perfect time to establish that first visit. Find an avian vet near...

Parrots: lovebird eye, eye infection symptoms, lutino lovebird
eye infection symptoms, lutino lovebird, companion birds: -- Vitamin A deficiency (hypovitaminosis A) may lead to respiratory problems in birds which present with eye symptoms as you re describing. Hypovitaminosis also has a tendency to produce multiple skin and feather problems, including cysts or tumors....

Parrots: Macaw contaigen to human, dear companion, mouth play
dear companion, mouth play, zoonotic diseases: --There really aren t many zoonotic diseases (infections shared between avians and humans or other mammals) and pneumonia is something you simply can t catch no matter what. You can t give it to your wife; no one and nothing can give it to you. Pneumonia...

Parrots: Nesting, cheeked conure, genetic evaluation
cheeked conure, genetic evaluation, males and females: -- I d be curious to know how the pet store sexed him. Was it done with a DNA/genetic evaluation with a blood sample or some other way? What you re doing with the box, the tissue and everything else is actually encouraging the behavior that concerns...

Parrots: nibbling on foot, home companions, nervous tick
home companions, nervous tick, avian vet: -- The behavior you describe could very well be a habit, partly because you re giving it attention, even slight attention is noticed by a bird. If he s been on a predominantly seed diet though, you might be seeing initial symptoms of something more serious...

Parrots: painful feather, blood feathers, blood feather
blood feathers, blood feather, broken blood: She should really take care of that herself if it is a broken blood feather, I would leave it and see how it is in a couple days, just make sure you don t see any infection. She may have just like you said, a feather issue that she could take care of on her...

Parrots: painful feather?, blood feathers, clip wings
blood feathers, clip wings, blood feather: -- It sounds to me that the feather should be removed, but before you do this, be prepared to seek emergency veterinary help if anything goes wrong ok? As for plucking a blood feather, eeek! No plucking. We pull a blood feather. It s like we don...

Parrots: paralyzed lovebird, renal adenocarcinoma, avian vet
renal adenocarcinoma, avian vet, legs and feet: -- As unusual as it may sound, when a bird loses control of their feet, grasping ability or balance, it is very likely the result of an internal problem. Many owners will be convinced their bird has somehow broken their foot or leg when they see these...

Parrots: peachface breeding, pink lines, two fingers
pink lines, two fingers, circulatory system: -- If the hen isn t tending to the egg, sitting on it or seeming to be interested it s probably failed. You can dispose of it. To double check, holding the egg gently with two fingers on each end put it in front of a strong light or hold a strong flashlight...

Parrots: Quaker Parrot, fatty liver disease, quaker parrot
fatty liver disease, quaker parrot, renal adenocarcinoma: --As unusual as it may sound, when a bird loses control of their feet, grasping ability or balance, it is very likely the result of an internal problem. Many owners will be convinced their bird has somehow broken their foot or leg when they see these symptoms...

Parrots: Ringneck, chest feathers, nanday conure
chest feathers, nanday conure, scarlet macaw: He is reaching the age of sexual maturity. For some birds its seasonal and some males do it all the time, it really just depends on the bird. I have a Scarlet Macaw who is a male and he regurgitates for me all the time, but in the cage on his toys just seasonally....

Parrots: Ringneck Parakeet
-- If this were my bird I d have the genetic screening done right now. You can see more about genetic screening here: http://www.healthgene.com/avian/agp2.asp You can get an idea of the prices here http://healthgene.com/Avian...

Parrots: Ringneck Parrot, poor bird, beaks
poor bird, beaks, pet store: -- You ve had him a week now? Taking him back to the store for weaning would probably be very upsetting to the poor bird. Instead, make sure he s thriving and doing well by getting regular weights on him As the chick gets older and begins eating a...

Parrots: ring necked parrakeets, indian ring necks, natural yogurt
indian ring necks, natural yogurt, calcium supplements: - Let s look at it this way: If your child ate ice cream and candy at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but took a vitamin pill and had a salad once a day, would you really expect that child to avoid diabetes, heart disease and other health problems from the massive...

Parrots: My Sun Conure Bites, rope perch, wood perch
rope perch, wood perch, sun conure: Parrots love our company, despite how it may seem otherwise. Their biting is quite often actually ‘beaking’, a way that they show of attention, an interaction that s normal for them and would be well received by another bird of their species. In order...

Parrots: Sun Conure Companions, sun conure, friends or enemies
sun conure, friends or enemies, potential friends: I would not cage them together as they could fight and potential really injure or kill each other. However, in the same house should be no problem. Sun Conures usually do well in the same environment, however I will warn you that they are EXTREMELY loud when...

Parrots: Taming 3yr old ringneck, leather gloves, ringneck
leather gloves, ringneck, animal trainer: --It can take a while for a bird to blossom and develop personality, just like it does with people. Some are forever shy or introverted, others just need confidence and a feeling of safety and security to come out of their shell as it were. -- Wing...

Parrots: Timneh has a bulge in his throat, bird care, african grey
bird care, african grey, flu like symptoms: -- If you re seeing this bulge at the bird s right side it s likely his crop. At this age the crop is still relatively big. As he gets older it shrinks. Stretching his neck out with mouth open, tongue out is how a bird adjusts their crop. Even...

Parrots: why does my tame handfed baby budgie bite me and strikes me sometimes ?, handfed baby, aggression
handfed baby, aggression, balcony: - The breeder who told you to be more aggressive should not be breeding birds and certainly should not be giving advice. No human should ever, ever be aggressive in their treatment of a bird. Trying to control a bird with fear is a horrible thing to...

Parrots: unhappy Senegal :(, happy as a clam, nocturnal birds
happy as a clam, nocturnal birds, tail feathers: --Tell your brother s friend to stop his nonsense, grow up or spend his money on Beanie Babies from now on. Chances are this air head thinks he can get a bird and have a talking companion in a few days. When it doesn t happen, well, it must be a faulty bird....

Parrots: White Bellied Caique Behavior, macaws, parakeets
macaws, parakeets, seven hours: -- By getting her way, for whatever reason, you ve handed over your authority to the bird and now she controls you. Birds with power like this often end up cage bound . I ve seen birds refuse to come out of a cage for YEARS. When dealing...

Parrots: Wing clipping, birds wings, blood feather
birds wings, blood feather, pet retailer: --- An excellent discussion about why wing trims are ok for your bird’s emotional and mental health: http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww19eii.htm I wouldn’t recommend trying to clip your bird’s wings on your own without first having seen it done by...

Parrots: Yellow Naped Amazon behavior, yellow naped amazon, unclear reasons
yellow naped amazon, unclear reasons, males and females: -- Who birds bond with and why is a mystery the bird will never tell. Does it help to know that for equally unclear reasons the bird may suddenly change alliances and one day decide your son is the best human on the planet, leaving you out in the cold? ...

Parrots: 19yr old African Grey, african grey parrot, weird reason
african grey parrot, weird reason, cool spot: --Parrots love our company, despite how it may seem otherwise. Their biting is quite often just a show of attention, an interaction that s normal for them and would be well received by another bird of their species. When the biting happens, stop everything....

Parrots: African Grey Congo Question, african grey congo, kent hansen
african grey congo, kent hansen, high pitch: African Greys seem to pick up a noise and mimic it for a while and then they move to something else. There is nothing that you can really do to stop the noise other than ignore it until he stops himself. They usually stop when they are not getting a reaction...

Parrots: African Grey Congo question, african grey congo, high pitch
african grey congo, high pitch, bird care: -- What do you do when she does this? Stop doing it. -- Most birds love feeling they re in control over us and so, when she does this and you do that, it s great fun and power for her. To stop any undesirable behavior in a bird, ignore it. Put...

Parrots: Amazon with horrible feet condition, fresh fruits vegetables, seed diet
fresh fruits vegetables, seed diet, fruit vegetables: -- First suggestion is to get a new vet -- Next, let s start this bird s life all over again. The most incredible thing about birds is that they can and DO start new whenever they have to --- A diet consisting mostly of pelleted food supplemented...

Parrots: Baby Parrotlets, mom and dad, soft food
mom and dad, soft food, beaks: -- Good question! Start once their eyes open. Make sure your hands are scrubbed clean so you don t transfer any bacteria that might be harmful. Chicks can absorb it through their skin. Let them see you and feel free to touch their beaks (they ll...

Parrots: Behavioural change in Senegal Parrot, senegal parrot, rope perch
senegal parrot, rope perch, stretch blow: -- The honeymoon is over. For the first few days or weeks after something like your move, the bird isn’t sure about where they are, what the dangers might be or where their next meal is coming from so they’re very nice in order to fit in. If not...

Parrots: Bird for sale!!!!, mccaw parrot, blue and gold mccaw
mccaw parrot, blue and gold mccaw, check ups: -- As a rescue org we don t purchase birds, but when circumstances warrant it, we will take the bird and keep it in proper care for as long as it takes to re home them to forever homes. This means a family committed to the bird, making provisions for...

Parrots: Bird is having trouble perching, fatty liver disease, seed diet
fatty liver disease, seed diet, toy link: -- I think with someone as determined as you are there is more hope than ever. I wouldn t use the stuff for the water though. Not good. Throw that away ok? It s very, very possible that this was (or is) a nutritional issue, but I need to warn...

Parrots: Cockatiel confusion, clueless friend, powdered vitamins
clueless friend, powdered vitamins, pet birds: -- First, THANK YOU for your efforts. Next, I commend you for getting them onto pellets and ceasing the additive to water (never a good idea by the way, but I understand why you did it). I believe these birds will continue to progress with your kind,...

Parrots: Cockatiel died unexptedly, severe macaw, jingle bells
severe macaw, jingle bells, bird store: You can take him to the vet for a necropsy tomorrow however, that really may not tell you much. The slightly clogged nostrils is not something that would harm him severely, many birds have that problem and they just need to be cleared every once in a while....

Parrots: how to take care of abandoned newly hatched african lovebird, baby chick, throat area
baby chick, throat area, lovebirds: ---Pulling a chick for hand feeding should be done only about 2 weeks before they’ll wean (which means you only have to provide about 2-3 feedings a day). At this point you need to feed every time the crop empties (or is mostly empty). From the first...

Parrots: galah cockatoo, healthy nuts, galah cockatoo
healthy nuts, galah cockatoo, squirrel feeders: -- No wing cutting or clipping , it s called wing trimming and it should allow the bird to gently glide to the nearest surface or ground without flopping and chancing injury. A lot of people need to work or leave for other reasons for several hours...

Parrots: my green-cheeked conure's health, green cheeked conure, affectionate nature
green cheeked conure, affectionate nature, cere: Ok I would deff. take him to the vet like you said. In the mean time I am concerned about the cage environment is there any way there are sharp part on the cage or his toys? The wounds however that you are describing on his chest and wings makes me speculate...

Parrots: Heat source, electric space heaters, infrared lamps
electric space heaters, infrared lamps, mccaws: --- I prefer electric space heaters as back up heat sources for bird rooms; however, it’s vital to be sure the components of the heater aren’t Teflon coated Gas or oil heaters aren’t suggested, unless it’s an “oil filled” heater - the oil is sealed in...

Parrots: IRNs with Lovebird or cockatiel, mini macaw, outdoor aviary
mini macaw, outdoor aviary, hook bills: --- A popular question I get is whether or not two or more birds can share the same cage. Often the questioner is asking about two different species of birds, like a cockatiel and a parakeet, or a larger macaw with a mini-macaw, just about any combination...

Parrots: Love birds, step options, paper towels
step options, paper towels, body heat: -- Avoiding splay legs often depends on the comfort of the parent and the substrate of the nest. By leaving the parent alone and feeling secure, they don t sit too tight on the chicks which can smush them and cause the legs to splay. --- When...

Parrots: Lovebird lost her companion, incubating eggs, broken necks
incubating eggs, broken necks, psittacines: -- I m terribly sorry for your loss. I have to advise you against getting a companion for a variety of reasons: Probably the first and most important is that chances are that the male did NOT have a broken neck. A bird s physical structure is entirely different...

Parrots: lovebird, psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease
psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease, mineral deficiencies: ---Most birds will maintain the shape and health of their beaks by rubbing them on appropriate surfaces. For parrot species, like budgies/parakeets, cockatiels and all the way up to macaws, providing a cuttlebone, manu block or other calcium mineral block...

Parrots: my lovebird is plucking like crazy, bird vet, parasite infestation
bird vet, parasite infestation, avian vet: -- First, please stop using that spray. Chances are it s making things worse. Second, millet is far down on the list of healthy foods. Some birds start plucking because they have some sort of parasite infestation, either on them or in them. ...

Parrots: neurological and balance problem in ringneck parrot, fatty liver disease, seed diet
fatty liver disease, seed diet, balance problem: To screen for several genetic diseases or other problems, as well as knowing for sure what sex your bird is (just in case you don’t know already), it’s just a matter of a couple drops of blood that you might get by clipping a toenail just close enough to...

Parrots: Oliver my congo african frey, congo african, positive reinforcement
congo african, positive reinforcement, sexual maturity: -- It sounds like your bird is exercising some dominance these days. Though he reached sexual maturity a year or two ago, this is right about the time it would be peaking and he d be getting more confident. While this isn t exactly about mating , it...

Parrots: Parakeets, outdoor aviary, ring necked parakeet
outdoor aviary, ring necked parakeet, hook bills: If we’re talking about an outdoor aviary with natural standards such as real tree branches, dirt and/or sod ground and so on, then combining appropriate birds is fine as long as they are not too many birds for the space. One example is cockatiels in an aviary...

Parrots: parrot heath, senegal parrot, q tip
senegal parrot, q tip, vet: You can take a moist Q-Tip and soak the blocked area until you can wipe it out. However, I would not suggest you do this if you have never done it before. You should really take him to the vet and have them show you how to do it so he does not aspirate any...

Parrots: My pet bird down durng the night while she was sleeping, sun conure, night fright
sun conure, night fright, abnormal behavior: I very much would watch her for the next few days but that really sounds like a night fright or she just lost her balance. If she is continuing to sleep on the perch like normal everything should be fine. Just keep an eye on her for abnormal behavior...

Parrots: pet macaw breeding!, dyh amazon, double yellow headed amazon
dyh amazon, double yellow headed amazon, blue and yellow macaw: -- Birds don t breed like cats or dogs. They actually have to get to know each other and bond. If that bond isn t there, they may never breed. -- Also, while sexual maturity occurs at about 2 yrs old, prime breeding age is 3 yrs or older. I have an...

Parrots: princess parrot, princess parrot, good sources of calcium
princess parrot, good sources of calcium, egg binding: --- A bird shouldn t lay more than about 4 to 6 eggs a YEAR. When a bird lays she’s got a very increased risk for egg binding or Dystocia, both potentially life threatening situations that would require immediate veterinary intervention. Even if it’s...

Parrots: regurgitating jenday conure, jenday conure, caretaker role
jenday conure, caretaker role, wind currents: -- Sedatives for a bird? No. Even in controlled environments such as surgical scenes, anesthetics are highly dangerous for a bird. Sedation is not something we use frivolously. ------ Avians getting motion sickness is hard to imagine given that...

Parrots: Sammy the parrot, african grey parrot, intelligent birds
african grey parrot, intelligent birds, right instincts: -- Sammy s owner was obvious afraid of him and it showed. AG s are very intelligent birds (perhaps the highest intelligence among ALL parrots) - and they need input, bonding, trust and stability. You apparently have the right instincts and he knows you...

Parrots: Severe Macaw, severe macaw, scarlet macaw
severe macaw, scarlet macaw, coocoo clock: --- I suspect you re hearing bonding and possibly mating noises. As for the puffing of that area, I would need to know more about what you re seeing. Does it go down immediately as you talk or does it take some time? What are the ages of these birds...

Parrots: senegal hand feeding, feaces, blood chemistry
feaces, blood chemistry, suspect one: There may be a malabsorptive problem where the chicks eat well enough, but the nutrition isn’t making it through. Bacteria are often a major causation. The source is usually the parents. Bacteria are easily transferred from adult through the porous...

Parrots: senegal parrot heath, senegal parrot, q tip
senegal parrot, q tip, vet: You can take a moist Q-Tip and soak the blocked area until you can wipe it out. However, I would not suggest you do this if you have never done it before. You should really take him to the vet and have them show you how to do it so he does not aspirate any...

Parrots: sick cockatoo, pet smarts, home companions
pet smarts, home companions, avian vet: --- Respiratory problems are a high alert situation. Even I wouldn t attempt to treat one of my own birds at home with respiratory symptoms Find an avian vet near you http://aav.org/search http://www.parrotpro.com/avlist.php ...

Parrots: How to stop a macaw from being very agressive and biting me very hard ?, blue and gold macaw, nocturnal birds
blue and gold macaw, nocturnal birds, decent air: --- I go through this a LOT I approach our new additions (usually abused birds entering rescue/rehab) an hour or so after tucking them in for nighttime. Their cages are covered on all sides, leaving just ˝ of the front uncovered so they can see out and...

Parrots: Taming Ringneck, step guideline, positive reinforcement
step guideline, positive reinforcement, indian ringneck: -- I find much more cooperation and better results with positive reinforcement rather than no , which will end up being repeated back to you more often than you care to hear. --- The fear of hands is natural with birds as it represents something a predator...

Parrots: Unexpected bird death, jingle bells, bird store
jingle bells, bird store, bird cage: -- Well, yes I do need to answer you. There is no reason for you to feel alone in this. I also understand about your Oscars. Many years ago I had the perfect aggressive society balance in a 30 gal tank that pet stores used to envy. If I ever lost a fish,...

Parrots: weiro laying eggs, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: ---Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: YELLOW NAPE, whole foods, 4 months
whole foods, 4 months, calories: The best way to wean is to let them wean. If he is reverting you need to keep feeding formula, you can offer other foods but let him wean. Formula will be giving him all the vitamins and calories he needs, keep feeding him until he stops on his own, some birds...

Parrots: 7 month old Macaw, honeymoon period, first few days
honeymoon period, first few days, bird store: -- Congratulations on your new addition. My concern is that you use the word obedient when it comes to a bird at all, let alone a macaw. I wouldn t expect that you would want to be in a life-long relationship where someone expected you to be obedient...

Parrots: African Gray Parrot, african gray parrot, bird food
african gray parrot, bird food, wether: This sounds like it could be some nesting or breeding behavior. I would consider taking him to the vet and having a full check up including blood work just to make sure everything is running ok, but this could be a breeding display. Due to the shivering I...

Parrots: African Grey - Perch, bristle brush, least three times
bristle brush, least three times, african grey: -- One of the best places I ve found for bird supplies is http://www.DrsFosterSmith.com I m not fond of boiling wood for use. -- Since so many trees are treated or sprayed, may harbor unseen insects, etc., we really suggest purchasing from a reputable,...

Parrots: Alexandrine Parakeet, ringneck parrot, alexandrine parakeet
ringneck parrot, alexandrine parakeet, poor little bird: -- Because there are so many parts to your question it would be best if you just go to this website: http://www.4animalcare.org/birds ALL of your questions are answered there, including how to control the noise, how to best feed the healthiest food,...

Parrots: Alexandrines, new birds, intelligent animals
new birds, intelligent animals, new cage: As long as you have the right size space, a pair like this should be fine. Also, very important is how you introduce them. You can t just put two highly intelligent animals like this together and hope they figure it out. That s like walking into your...

Parrots: Aspergillosis, veterinary intervention, dna profile
veterinary intervention, dna profile, time and patience: -- Did we review diet? -- I don t blame you in not wanting to return to this vet, or any vet, given the stress it puts your bird through. I have one macaw that nearly faints from stress during exams. It makes no sense since she s seen twice a year, has...

Parrots: alexendrine parakeet, ginger powder, parakeet
ginger powder, parakeet, cooked rice: Do not use white rice that has not nutritional value, you can cook brown rice for them and add in ginger powder or cinnamon and veggies. Please visit our cook book: http://thebirdnerdsrescue.com/AvianNutrition.aspx http://thebirdnerdsrescue.com/BirdieCook.asp...

Parrots: Baby Galah, bad habit, human baby
bad habit, human baby, self confidence: -- He s very, very young. I understand you wanting to train him, but at this age he doesn t know a special behavior from just being a good baby. It s like trying to teach a 3 month human baby to read You need to let him be a baby; to develop self...

Parrots: Blue & gold macaw egg laying, hard boiled eggs, blue and gold macaw
hard boiled eggs, blue and gold macaw, calcium rich foods: You can remove them when she loses interest in them, this is very common, some birds just don t lay eggs and after a while something triggers the nesting behavior such as temperature or light and they begin laying eggs. Just be sure to give her a lot of calcium...

Parrots: budgies, fresh fruits vegetables, egg layer
fresh fruits vegetables, egg layer, devils advocate: -- You really can t tell sex until a budgie is about 9-12 months old. Also, you should wait until they are at least a year and a half old before introducing them to their mate. Otherwise there may be severe health problems in the female and any...

Parrots: Caique, great bird, caiques
great bird, caiques, play area: I would try to uncover him, he may have issues with the cover. Do you have a night light, or any light in the room? For some reason, she is unable to sleep. You may want to consider moving him out of the room. Try having an out of the cage play area, Caiques...

Parrots: conure laying eggs, avian veterinarian, water dishes
avian veterinarian, water dishes, check ups: -- Obviously, first things first: You must absolutely have a vet that knows birds or it s as dangerous as having a baby without a pediatrician! And birds need yearly or even twice yearly check ups just like human children do. -- When it comes to this...

Parrots: Feeding a 14 week old African Grey Parrot, african grey parrots, new birds
african grey parrots, new birds, sexual maturity: -- This is easy! Get a scale. I strongly feel that every bird sold, no matter in which venue, should come with a gram scale and instructions to weigh new birds at least 3x s a week; then once a week for the rest of their lives. --- Go here to learn...

Parrots: Full Spectrum Lighting, full spectrum bulbs, full spectrum lighting
full spectrum bulbs, full spectrum lighting, full spectrum light: -- It should be fine. Keep an eye out for the electronic ballast versions though. They may be a little harder to find, but they tend to last longer and are more appropriate for avians. Turn the light on during what would be normal daylight hours...

Parrots: African Gray Parrot, 2 eggs, african grey
Parrots: African Gray Parrot, 2 eggs, african grey, shredding paper

Parrots: Green Cheek Conure, apple cider vinegar, cheek conure
apple cider vinegar, cheek conure, polyuria: -- Despite what we might hear on the news (which tends to leave out a lot of facts) viruses are not often transferred inter-species. The short answer: No, your bird probably did not catch your virus and likely never will. -- What you DO have to worry...

Parrots: Green cheek conure sudden vicious face bites, cheek conure, pellet diet
cheek conure, pellet diet, beginning of summer: -- This is very, very common and you can fix it if you re determined and patient, ok? It s easy to think like a human when we re human, but Coconut is avian and it s up to you to learn how to understand what an avian thinks. You ve decided that Coco...

Parrots: Help my Mexican parrot, sun flower seeds, fatty liver disease
sun flower seeds, fatty liver disease, moon conure: He could have mites, I would buy a mite and lice spray for parrots. http://www.petworldshop.com/8-in-1/ultra-care-mite-lice-spray-eight-one.php I would also change the diet as this could be a result of fatty liver disease, get him a different parrot diet...

Parrots: handleing bonded greenwings, greenwing, closeness
greenwing, closeness, flock: -- If these birds are sharing a cage it s a huge mistake, which is pretty obvious by now. If not sharing a cage, but allowed to touch each other, that s the other huge mistake. Also obvious by now. -- The first step to getting your birds back is to...

Parrots: Macaw egg binding - again, bird pellets, egg binding
bird pellets, egg binding, nighttime hours: -- I m dealing with another macaw that has spent her entire life without laying, similar to yours. She also decided in early October to begin. You re not alone, but the binding issue is of concern. The space heater is good. Any chance you have...

Parrots: Male and Female Sunconure behavior, avian specialist, male birds
avian specialist, male birds, play mate: -- How long did it take you to fall in love or get married ? Birds as intelligent as these birds are need to learn each other first. Then they need to find that spark. Sometimes they never do; other times it happens quickly. In any case, you re doing...

Parrots: meal details, beet greens, mustard greens
beet greens, mustard greens, carrot tops: --If this is an unweaned bird, feed whenever the crop is empty and the bird is calling for food. Fill the crop - be careful to not over feed. Some babies never know when they re full. Depending on the age of the bird, it should probably be fed every...

Parrots: melanoma cancer, cheek conure, left cheek
cheek conure, left cheek, lilia: --- Melanoma is very rare with birds. Have you consulted a specialist on this? Perhaps taken him to a teaching hospital for avian vets? These would be the two things I d do first and then trust the opinion of someone with a hands on evaluation right...

Parrots: Nanday Conure, chest feathers, school plants
chest feathers, school plants, wing feathers: -- I am a bird rescue & rehab. It s very hard for me to say that it s ever too late ! -- We can do this, but you have to start as if you ve never seen this bird before and as if Zeus is brand new. The rest of the household needs to do the same thing,...

Parrots: Nanday Conure, cheek conure, nanday conure
cheek conure, nanday conure: It really depends on if they were brought up together. You can try introducing them slowly but they are likely to fight. I would never recommend caging them together. A cage is a bird s territory. You do not want to put one in the other s cage, you would need...

Parrots: new untamed indian ringneck parrot, indian ringneck parrot, greatest geniuses
indian ringneck parrot, greatest geniuses, poor bird: -- Let s imagine that we meet one of the greatest geniuses of the entire world, but they come from a different country and don t speak a language we understand. Would that mean they re not intelligent? Would that give us the right to try to force them...

Parrots: Parakeets, pellet diet, seed diet
pellet diet, seed diet, pet birds: -- If your child had a possible tumor would you be looking for a kitchen cure? Really? -- After 15 yrs of loyalty and unconditional love, your bird deserves professional intervention for something like this. And no, there is no kitchen cure. With...

Parrots: Parrot trama, orange winged amazon parrot, orange winged amazon
orange winged amazon parrot, orange winged amazon, nearby tree: -- You re very lucky that Tootie was recovered. You re also right that she s traumatized. It s not unusual for a delayed reaction like this. Be patient and re-establish a routine with her. Routine is important and helps a bird feel secure and safe....

Parrots: Plucking African Gray, african gray, psittacines
african gray, psittacines, nighttime hours: -- This is heartbreaking! Grays are probably the top ranked of all psittacines when it comes to birdy intelligence. Talk to me a little more about what a routine day is like for your bird; how you provide sleep, how long you provide nighttime hours,...

Parrots: Plucking African Gray, african gray, cage size
african gray, cage size, distractions: Well there are a lot of causes to the feather picking behavior, cage size, diet, as well as distractions. Please visit my website and email me directly so I can help you further. www.thebirdnerdsrescue.com I will ask for pictures of the cage, his exact...

Parrots: Quaker Bird, baby rice cereal, organic baby food
baby rice cereal, organic baby food, quaker bird: -- Right now. It s easy to teach a bird the basics. All you have to do is say what you re doing out loud and be enthusiastic and generous with your praise. For example, whenever you reach for the bird, use the words step up - and when it does,...

Parrots: red nares, room air filter, crown conure
room air filter, crown conure, nares: -- I like hearing about the separate room and air filter, which indicates you know what you re doing and you re a good owner. With that said, I encourage you to trust your instincts and perhaps find another vet. --- It s worth keeping in mind that...

Parrots: not sure that removing baby lovebirds from parents was the right thing to do., baby lovebirds, mama papa
baby lovebirds, mama papa, sister pair: You need to separate those parents, as inbreed babies have a great chance of having internal deformities and may not live over so many weeks. The mom hurting the babies is a big indication that there is something wrong with them. Many parents often kill the...

Parrots: Strange sound from green cheek conure, string toy, strange sound
string toy, strange sound, loud sound: --- It sounds like she s figured out how to push your buttons with that awful noise. I find that certain species of macaw do the same thing and it can be maddening! I know exactly what you re talking about --- Rather than address everything here...

Parrots: Sulfur Crested Cockatoos, sulfur crested cockatoos, territorial males
sulfur crested cockatoos, territorial males, quiet nature: I would NEVER recommend putting them in the same cage. Cockatoos are very territorial and if you have two males I would not be surprised if they killed each other. You can put them in the same room but, you can not just put the new one in Toby s cage. If you...

Parrots: 18 1/2 year old male PIonus Parrot all of a sudden biting me, home companions, avian vet
home companions, avian vet, hormonal issues: -- I can t blame you even a little bit - of course it s not a pleasant development and when it comes on like this after so many years of happy coexistence the first thing you really have to do is get his health evaluated. I know he might seem fine, not...

Parrots: African grey congo breeding, african grey congo, bird forum
african grey congo, bird forum, great bird: Hi Kathy, I am sorry it took me so long to reply to this I had some emergencies with my own birds. I think that you would need a mate of around the same age. I also think that you will need to set them next to each other as well as allow them to have supervised...

Parrots: African grey parrot, african grey parrot, female mate
african grey parrot, female mate, germinal disc: After the male and female mate, the yolk is actually a sort of bed that holds a single ovum cell waiting to meet the right sperm. Once the fertilization (sperm entering the ovum) occurs, this germinal disc continues to develop with the yolk for a week to...

Parrots: Alexandrian Parakeet Male, Avian Nutrition
Avian Nutrition: Sue, I do not feed any of my birds Sun Flower seeds, they can develop fatty liver disease from them. I feed my birds Zupreem Natural Pellets for their dry diet instead of feed. I get even the most picky of eaters to eat my fruity bird bread. I have an avian...

Parrots: african gray parrot, sun flower seeds, african gray parrot
sun flower seeds, african gray parrot, affection: This could be him regurgitating. Birds do regurgitate to show affection. It depends on the circumstances, where he is doing it. Is he doing it on or near you, is he doing it in his cage on his toys? I would still take him to the vet to have him looked...

Parrots: Budgie behaviour, english budgies, english budgie
english budgies, english budgie, new comers: You should never add another bird to a flock of strange birds. They will be aggressive towards each other. You need to separate them and keep them cages separately next to each other. He can and might possible kill one of your budgies, I am pretty sure...

Parrots: baby alexandrine parrot, whole grain bread, wheat couscous
whole grain bread, wheat couscous, chard beets: It’s generally recommended that most of today’s companion birds have a predominantly pelleted diet. Pellets have been continually updated since being introduced to the market years ago and today’s formulas are better than ever. Supplementing this...

Parrots: baby ringneck parakeet, unnatural environment, clothes pin
unnatural environment, clothes pin, bird feeder: I would really work on catching her, this is not healthy for a parakeet to live out in the wild in an unnatural environment to them. There is no way she is getting the proper food requirement from foraging in an environment that is not native to that species...

Parrots: my bird, red mite infestation, slick sales pitch
red mite infestation, slick sales pitch, quaker parrot: Please get rid of the thing on his cage right away. Not only could this be causing what you re seeing, it may be killing him. When it comes to mites, these little spider-like pests can be found on any avian species. They spread through body contact or...

Parrots: bird, indian ringneck parrot, temperature fluctuations
indian ringneck parrot, temperature fluctuations, parrots: It depends on where you live, however some concerns. It can get very very very hot there some days. He can chew through the screen if you are planning on leaving him out there without a cage. If he is in a cage he can become ill due to the temperature fluctuations...

Parrots: my birds odd behavior, mating rituals, two birds
mating rituals, two birds, weird behavior: --- You re right, it sure could be a mating behavior. Males tend to rub forward against a perch or object, being particularly attracted to a mirror or anything he might catch a glimpse of a very pretty bird in (himself). Females might back up against...

Parrots: blue ring neck, vent area, egg binding
vent area, egg binding, dystocia: No. Birds have no menstrual cycles whatsoever. If your bird is bleeding it s an urgent care symptom. Blood from the vent area could be cloacal prolapse; egg binding, dystocia or a number of other very serious, potentially life threatening problems....

Parrots: budgie behaviour, sexual maturity, pet budgie
sexual maturity, pet budgie, mate: He just really likes that toy, you might want to replace it with another toy and he might become aggressive over it as he has chosen it as a mate. He is just coming into sexual maturity at this age. If he doesn t become aggressive over the toys then you can...

Parrots: Cockatiels and parrots, african grays, cockatiels
african grays, cockatiels, bird owners: -- Here s something that surprises a lot of bird owners: Cockatiels ARE parrots. So are parakeets, budgies, conures, African Grays, macaws and so on. These are all parrots. Night frights are more common with tiels though, but can happen in any...

Parrots: my cockatoo, Cockatoo biting feet
Cockatoo biting feet: Ahhh he is a carpet shark! I just rescued a Moluccan Cockatoo that does this very same behavior at which I towel her and place her back in her cage. That is the way to handle it as far as I know. However, I think you should join this bird forum where myself...

Parrots: Death of Grey parrot Jannie, typical lifespan, grey parrot
typical lifespan, grey parrot, genetic diseases: --- I m deeply sorry for your loss. There are a few things to keep in mind here, with the most important being that Grays have a typical lifespan of over 50 years old. Any sudden death like this absolutely needs to be investigated. A necropsy (animal...

Parrots: Too dependant?, little birdie, bird room
little birdie, bird room, little foot: I know what this feels like from both sides. It s nearly impossible to say no to that little foot isn t it? On the other hand, if you re not there all the time or not in the mood, or want to do anything else - it s hard to have your own life with that...

Parrots: eclectus tumor, liver cells, grand eclectus
liver cells, grand eclectus, miracle cure: -- I m truly sorry for the aggravation and pain you re going through while trying to do the right things for your beautiful companion. These birds are fantastically smart and bond especially deeply to their family. I really know what you re going through....

Parrots: eye pinning, parrot species, parrots
parrot species, parrots, madam: Hi, Sorry it took me so long to answer your question. I had several bird emergencies of my own that I had to take care of. The terms eye pinning and eye flashing both refer to a common behavioral display in pet parrot species. During this display, the...

Parrots: Female Indian ringneck parrot normal egg laying cycle, good sources of calcium, indian ring neck parrot
good sources of calcium, indian ring neck parrot, ring neck parrot: That s a bit of a big clutch, did you remove the eggs as she laid? If so, it explains it. To discourage over-laying, leave the eggs with her until she decides to ignore them, probably 3-4 weeks later. When a bird lays she’s got a very increased risk...

Parrots: Flaky Cere, nares nostrils, budgie parakeet
nares nostrils, budgie parakeet, lucky bird: i m glad you ve pursued this - he s a very lucky bird. There is no way anyone can make a diagnosis online of course, but I can give you an educated opinion. This does appear to be a male budgie (parakeet), with an infection of the cere. Since it...

Parrots: two female sun conures, companion parrots, gentle bird
companion parrots, gentle bird, two suns: I do run a bird rescue and I do not agree with breeding just because you want to breed them but they are your birds and you can do with them what you want and I wish you luck. However, you need to be aware that once you breed them there is the possibility...

Parrots: GCC reguritating when handled, avian vet, cheek conure
avian vet, cheek conure, bird world: -- This isn t at all unusual and you re right to want to stop it. Eventually he ll start producing a result (food) and this could lead to health problems, including dehydration or malnutrition, plus it s pretty nasty stuff to have on us -- We don t want...

Parrots: My indian ringneck, indian ringneck, nocturnal birds
indian ringneck, nocturnal birds, decent air: -- Hands are a common fear of caged birds. A hand entering their cage can sometimes launch them into a self-destructive thrashing around and screaming, even biting . This upsets the owner and doesn’t do anything for the relationship that should be harmonious....

Parrots: Lost beak, full spectrum light, wheat grains
full spectrum light, wheat grains, rice cereal: -- I have to be honest, some of these cases don t turn out well, but I ve also seen quite a few that miraculously work out even when they shouldn t. Since your bird has stopped eating, chances are she s in pain. The only pain reliever you can give a...

Parrots: Lovebird Behaviour, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: -- As you mentioned, egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry,...

Parrots: Lovebird stress, color mutation, question pool
color mutation, question pool, silvadene: Hi, Lauren, I found your question in the question pool this morning and I ll try to help. What you need to do is figure out why your male lovey is under so much stress and eliminate the stressor(s). Although having a clutch of offspring is a stressful...

Parrots: Lovebirds, two puppies, happly
two puppies, happly, cage bars: I am sorry to hear about your lovebirds but I can not tell you what happened. It sounds to me like the could have been spooked. Maybe saw something outside or heard something that scared them. The one might have flew and hit the cage bars or anything. You...

Parrots: Malting Weiro, french moult, warm moist air
french moult, warm moist air, pin feathers: Birds going through a molting season may look ragged and have what appear to be bald spots, but if you see little pin feathers coming in and not being plucked out, chances are you’re not dealing with a self-mutilation behavior, which is really, really good!...

Parrots: Need of life partnerin Indian Redneck Parrot, life partner, redneck
life partner, redneck, parrot: I absolutely would NOT recommend you getting another bird to put in the same cage. I he has been with you for 14 years happy then he will be happy with you without another bird for the rest of his life. As long as you are interacting with and handling him...

Parrots: My new lovebird is a biter, nocturnal birds, water dish
nocturnal birds, water dish, hands and fingers: -- OK, let s try this: Hands are a common fear of caged birds. A hand entering their cage can sometimes launch them into a self-destructive thrashing around and screaming, even biting . This upsets the owner and doesn’t do anything for the relationship...

Parrots: new sun conure, sun conure, rope perch
sun conure, rope perch, wood perch: --- When we bring a bird into our homes, no matter how old they are or what conditions they came from, we may have to start with them like they’re brand new. It’s not unusual for some birds to be very friendly and cooperative the first few days or even...

Parrots: Parrot digestive system, african gray parrot, home companions
african gray parrot, home companions, avian vet: There are many underlying causes to what can only be described as ‘constipation’ in our feathered friends. The first and most important factor to consider is that the bird may be egg bound or suffering Dystocia. Unless you’re absolutely, 100% sure this...

Parrots: Parrotlet is terrified, yellow sided conure, nocturnal birds
yellow sided conure, nocturnal birds, decent air: Hands are a common fear of caged birds. A hand entering their cage can sometimes launch them into a self-destructive thrashing around and screaming, even biting . This upsets the owner and doesn’t do anything for the relationship that should be harmonious....

Parrots: Potty training Roger, nibble, privileges
nibble, privileges, fly: Sometimes when they have had enough of the training they will leave, as he is telling you, Ok, I am done now. When he is on your shoulder and starts to nibble your ear, you can take him off and place him on his cage. Tell him gently, No or No Bite,...

Parrots: parakeet foot/leg injury, avian vet, leg injury
avian vet, leg injury, parakeet: If the leg/foot is swollen there is a very good chance that it is broken. He NEEDS to see an avian vet. The longer you wait the worse it will be come and the more likely he wont be able to fix it. They may splint the leg, and treat him with antibiotics, or...

Parrots: parakeet with injured claw, avian vet, parakeet
avian vet, parakeet, stuck in one: He could have got his foot stuck in one of his toys when you were not there. He could have broken his foot or toe but you can never know. I think he needs a trip to an avian vet. I think you need to take him very soon because bones start to heal right after...

Parrots: parrolet biting, flock leader, eye level
flock leader, eye level, car accident: -- Let s start with getting him off the shoulder and below your eye level. This gives you the power of being flock leader rather than a subordinate to him - or an equal. I know it s inconvenient to have to carry him around on an arm all the time, but...

Parrots: parrots, quaker parrot, first bird
quaker parrot, first bird, free flight: I don t exactly know, I live in the U.S. so I am not exactly sure what they would have or what would be allowed in Singapore. However, the first bird that comes to mind would be a Quaker Parrot. They are able to talk, the can be free flighted, they are rather...

Parrots: peachfront conure toenail, pet smarts, home companions
pet smarts, home companions, avian vet: -- This is beyond being able to be treated at home, but I understand you wanting to try. One of my most successful rescues is a big, beautiful macaw that required surgery on both of her feet to fix inverted toes like this when she was very young. ---...

Parrots: Question about Parrot tail feathers, full spectrum light, double yellow headed amazon
full spectrum light, double yellow headed amazon, double yellow headed amazon parrot: Sometimes we see feather discoloration as a result of oils transferred from owners’ hands, or even when a bird picks up certain food items and then preens themselves. Remnants from the food or other source (toys, wood, perches, etc) may strip the natural...

Parrots: Senegal Parrot, senegal parrot, vent area
senegal parrot, vent area, purse string: ---- Thank goodness you posted a question. Your bird needs to see a vet FAST. The cloaca is also known as the vent in a bird, the opening from which both feces and urine exit the bird. In males it is also where the delivery tube (epididymis)...

Parrots: Sun conure laying unfertilised eggs, sun conure, egg binding
sun conure, egg binding, male birds: Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: sun conure, Baby bird bite
Baby bird bite: You need to make sure you do not reinforce the behavior. She probably does not understand that the beaking hurts. You might want to gently pull away and said, Not nice or No bite to she understands that, that behavior is discouraged. Make sure you are...

Parrots: sun conure, sun conure
sun conure: Give me more of an idea of what happens before this starts. How old are they and how long have they been together? What size is the cage? -- For now it would be best to separate them. You wouldn t want to wake up and find one seriously injured...

Parrots: My two (supposedly) female green cheek conures., cheek conures, mating rituals
cheek conures, mating rituals, female mate: It s really not that unusual for two birds of the same sex to perform mating rituals, including what looks like actual mating with each other. In some cases this is a dominance display; in other cases it’s because multiple birds kept together in a confined...

Parrots: How to tame a "wild" Congo African Grey, congo african grey, lucky bird
congo african grey, lucky bird, leg bands: There isn t a lot of room here for me to explain, but if you go to www.4AnimalCare.org and click on the bird section you ll see step by step guidelines for this and some great pictures too You re doing a fine job and I admire your patience...

Parrots: Weping willow / african grey, vinegar mixture, sequoia redwood
vinegar mixture, sequoia redwood, wet branch: You will need to bake it to kill off any bacteria do not put in in there wet. Here is a list of other safe woods you can use. Safe natural wood branches for birds include the following: Apple Arbutus Ash Aspen Beech Birch Cottonwood Crabapple...

Parrots: Wound in my alexandrine parrot, alexandrine parrot, necessary oils
alexandrine parrot, necessary oils, coconut oil: Please stop using home remedies such as the powder and oil you ve been applying. First, they absolutely do not work, never did, never will. Second, they can make things worse. They can even lead to the death of your bird. ---- Home remedies were from...

Parrots: weaning congo grey, organic baby food, congo grey
organic baby food, congo grey, vet visit: ---- When it’s time to wean a bird it’s a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the ‘baby food’ while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all seed diet, which is not natural for any Psittacine)...

Parrots: 8 year old African grey, human interaction, african grey
human interaction, african grey, inexperience: If you are inexperience in training a parrot I would NOT recommend that you get one that hasn t had human interaction, that is like getting a bird that has been caught out of the wild and taming it down. I bet that one is much cheaper than a baby Grey and...

Parrots: AFRICAN GREY, african grey parrots, calcium supplements
african grey parrots, calcium supplements, calcium deficiency: ----- There are various types of what are called African Grey parrots and all of them are known are to be exceptionally intelligent and reportedly the best talkers of the bird world. Along with this comes the need for nearly constant input and challenges....

Parrots: African Grey, psittacine species, daily basis
psittacine species, daily basis, african greys: --- Don t forget to keep following up and check out the options at www.4AnimalCare.org when it comes to getting her interested in the pellets. I ll be glad to support you all the way, so let me know how you re both doing ...

Parrots: African Grey, 9 month old, female, sugar peas, african grey
sugar peas, african grey, tish: It s always a joy to find an owner who truly loves their feathered companion. Let s see if we can get to the bottom of this. First, has Ms Tish been regurgitating food to you, a favorite object or other people? How old is she now ? It s...

Parrots: African gray female how long an egg can stay in her womb, doctor x, happy all the time
doctor x, happy all the time, x ray: You need to either take her back to the vet or consult a different vet IMMEDIATELY!!!! She is egg bound and that egg could break any second and it could be fatal. You need to have her seen and they may need to do surgery to remove that egg. She needed to have...

Parrots: african grey parrot, african grey parrot, feathers
african grey parrot, feathers, vet: This sounds to me like his is plucking his feathers. This can be from a lot of things. Please visit my page on plucking. http://thebirdnerdsrescue.com/LoveMyPlucker.aspx Make sure you have shred-able toys in there to keep his beak busy. I would also get...

Parrots: alexandriane parrot, severe macaw, parrot food
severe macaw, parrot food, chillie: Hello, That is great that he is talking, he should pick up more words the more you encourage them. If you have specific words that you want him to say, repeat the word and give him a treat. When I give my birds a treat I tell them, Mmmmmmm Cookie so now...

Parrots: amazon with egg, infertile egg, amazon
infertile egg, amazon, good luck: You can take it away but she may lay another you can get a fake egg to replace it. I think it would be better to direct your question to this forum. www.avianavenue.com There are many people there who have experienced this same problem and can give you a...

Parrots: Blue & Gold Macaw, check ups, vet check
check ups, vet check, green winged macaw: Red in the face - when flustered or stressed, even just when really excited - macaws “blush”! These are the only birds that do this. All macaws, no matter what the size, do it. If you’re sure your bird isn’t over-heated and is showing no signs...

Parrots: My bird is a year old and making werd noises, bird screams, boom cars
bird screams, boom cars, crazy noises: One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to their parrots is thinking of them like a dog or cat. Parrots are actually much more intelligent than these mammals, recently ranked with apes, chimpanzees and dolphins in their highly developed sense...

Parrots: Cockatiels - what went wrong?, egg in the nest, calcium rich foods
egg in the nest, calcium rich foods, new egg: It is very possible that the chicks has some deformity or there was something wrong with them that the mother detected but we could not. This also could have been from diet issues. I would highly suggest that you get both parent to the vet as soon as possible...

Parrots: Cockatoo & breeding behavior, Cockatoo
Cockatoo: Ok I am not exactly sure about those questions. There are things that I would suggest but I wouldn t be 100% sure they are correct, however I know someone who can help you. I am a member of this great forum, there are many great bird owners on this site...

Parrots: Conure swollen/plugged nostril, left nostril, upper respiratory infection
left nostril, upper respiratory infection, sinus infection: This could be an Upper Respiratory Infection or a Sinus Infection. You are going to need to take her to the vet and get some antibiotics in her immediately. She will need to see an avian certified veterinarian. Good luck with Nikki and I hope she feels...

Parrots: My cockatiel is missing a toe, cockatiel, longs
cockatiel, longs, digits: Sometimes they have missing digits from it getting suck in a toy on in the bars of the cage or another bird could have removed it. It is probably an old injury and is healed. Not a problem if it is not painful to him. I have several birds with missing digits....

Parrots: Dont know where to start?, sun conures, positive reinforcement
sun conures, positive reinforcement, unnecessary stress: If they have been caged together for a year and you have not been messing with them, they are now bonded together and you CANNOT separate them. They bond for life and you can damage them mentally and cause them much unnecessary stress. You can start with...

Parrots: Dont know where to start?, sun conures, rope perch
sun conures, rope perch, wood perch: we may have to start with them like they’re brand new. Before we get going though you need to understand that you ll be trying to break up a bond between them in order to establish your own. These are highly intelligent animals. They re not like dogs...

Parrots: EGGS, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: feather picking, amazon parrot, blue amazon
amazon parrot, blue amazon, vet visit: This bird needs to go to the vet, since he is itching there is a good chance that he could have mites. He needs to have toys and shred able things in his cage to keep him from picking his feathers. The vet visit is as much advice as I can give you at this...

Parrots: I have found a baby Indian Ringneck bird, indian ringneck parrots, indian ringneck bird
indian ringneck parrots, indian ringneck bird, www google com: Since you have no access to bird food you may have to order some baby parrot food on line. You will need to feed them this: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&source=hp&q=kaytee+exact+hand+feeding+formula&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=9022276350476870259&ei=6QuVS-qQIZiI8Aakz9z2BA&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ8gIwAA#...

Parrots: HELP! I am at my wits end with my newly re-homed 12 year old Grey, tons of toys, two birds
tons of toys, two birds, wits end: --- Even though it s flattering, it s not easy to deal with a bird that s decided you need to be defended as their own. When it comes to your sweetie only loving you, socializing them is often successful. These steps may seem like starting over with...

Parrots: help for hormonal cockatoo, cockatoos, peak time
cockatoos, peak time, natural hormone: Well I do not recommend giving them anything to settle them down because this is a natural thing that they are going through. However, with the feathers, make sure you are giving him lots to chew on OTHER than his feathers, such as phone books, and many...

Parrots: Indian Ringneck tail cut and very skiddish, indian ringneck, rope perch
indian ringneck, rope perch, wood perch: -- Depending on the extent of the tail cutting, as long as the root of the feathers hasn t been damaged they should return. -- With consistent patience and love birds can turn around and become at least accepting of humans. There are a lot...

Parrots: Life span of Sun Conures, life span, perfect care
life span, perfect care, 45 years: Sun Conures expected life span is about 45 years but that is with perfect care, more than yearly vetting and a perfect diet as you can see on my site: http://thebirdnerdsrescue.com/AvianNutrition.aspx Sometimes they only live to 25-30 years, mine passed...

Parrots: Maroon Bellied Conures Screeching, maroon bellied conure, bird forum
maroon bellied conure, bird forum, conures: This is unusual for the bird to start like this when there was know history of it. There is more than likely something in the house that has changed, it may even be so little that you don t remember. I want to refer you to an online bird forum that is wonderful!...

Parrots: Mustache Parakeet, mustache parakeet, chicken egg
mustache parakeet, chicken egg, sexual maturity: Who ever you got him from was wrong on his sex and he is in fact a she. Birds will lay eggs when they have reached sexual maturity obviously it will not be fertile and in fact, much like a chicken egg. What her and see is she lays any more, she could lay 6-8...

Parrots: macaw has eggs, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, sources of calcium: -- I m glad to hear this follow up, even though it s not what we d both like to have, at least Buddy is safe and healthy. It can two months before she stops sitting and decides the eggs are duds. Once she leaves them for any amount of time, remove them...

Parrots: macaw vomitting?, water dishes, sleep sleep
water dishes, sleep sleep, military macaw: --- What you re describing is regurgitation and it sounds very much like a bonding or mating behavior. When dealing with regurgitation, as hard as it might be for you to do, remove the object of your bird’s affection and begin to modify the bird’s...

Parrots: New Indian ringneck, cage bars, cage bird
cage bars, cage bird, tone of your voice: When a bird is new to a home you have to be very patient and very careful. It s easy to let them get the upper hand and never come out of their cage (which is cage bound ) or even end up with a problem biter and screamer if the right input isn t maintained....

Parrots: nanday conure behavior, egg laying, health complications
egg laying, health complications, symptoms of illness: It sounds like bonding or courting behavior. Moving the head around, probably side to side so you can clearly see her right and then her left is her display of symmetry. She s showing you that she s perfect and both sides of her body are identical which...

Parrots: need advice, fear response, fear some time
fear response, fear some time, seizures: This bird needs love, and patience and a lot of rehabilitation NOT medicine. He really needs to go the vet if he can t stand, at that age it could be arthritis and he could be having seizures. This does not sound like a fear response to me if he has been fine...

Parrots: ortho home defense max & parrots, fish birds, toxic gases
fish birds, toxic gases, dogs cats: Do not spray this product around any living things you care about, such as children, dogs, cats, fish, birds, etc.. Be sure that if you use it, all living things are removed from the area until the product is dry. In a well ventilated area or outdoors,...

Parrots: Parrotlet diarrhea, parasite infection, avian veterinarians
parasite infection, avian veterinarians, nares nostrils: --- You re right about this being a symptom . We can t treat a symptom properly until we know what s causing it. When there s polyuria - it s often the result of a bacteria or fungus. When there s true diarrhea it s often due to a disease. A...

Parrots: parrot ?, first few days, cage bars
first few days, cage bars, cage bird: If she s only been with you a few days, then yes, she s probably still very nervous --- You have to be very careful about how you treat her these first few days. For overall care and ideas, along with pictures - go here http://www.4animalcare.org/Birds.html...

Parrots: parrot question, regurgitating
regurgitating: Actually that is exactly what she is doing, for the most part birds do not vomit when they are sick, this is called regurgitating like she would be feeding a mate. There is a good possibility though since she has so obviously bonded to you that she will be...

Parrots: ?, old wives tales, whole grain bread
old wives tales, whole grain bread, wheat couscous: -- Yes, feeding mostly pellets appropriate for her species, plus fresh foods is the ideal diet for long life and health. --- As far as I know, all good baby foods are salt free. They are just the vegetable or fruit they say they are with water. For...

Parrots: pepper the paciffic parrotlet, parrotlet, cage bars
parrotlet, cage bars, cage bird: When a bird is new to a home you have to be very patient and very careful. It s easy to let them get the upper hand and never come out of their cage (which is cage bound ) or even end up with a problem biter and screamer if the right input isn t maintained....

Parrots: My two pet cockatiels, pet cockatiels, cage bars
pet cockatiels, cage bars, cage bird: -- Let s start all over with them. When a bird is new to a home you have to be very patient and very careful. It s easy to let them get the upper hand and never come out of their cage (which is cage bound ) or even end up with a problem biter and...

Parrots: rainbow lori refuses to bathe, rubbermaid container, reptiles amphibians
rubbermaid container, reptiles amphibians, birdbath: -- Don t force your bird to bathe. Here s what you must remind yourself: This bird is still adjusting and learning what s what; who to trust and what the routine is. When a bird is bathing they are highly vulnerable and easy prey. Your lori is absolutely...

Parrots: how to read leg bands on parrots, leg band, leg bands
leg band, leg bands, parrots: Can you tell me what it says? You can contact the leg band company I think it is L %26 M leg bands and have them contact the breeder to tell you what it means. Sometimes the state is on it, the year, the breeder s initials or the name of the business....

Parrots: runny bowels in macaw, apple cider vinegar, mobile vet
apple cider vinegar, mobile vet, avian vet: -- What you re probably seeing is a condition called polyuria . It s never a stand alone problem, but is a symptom with something else causing it. The more common cause is a fungal or yeast infection in the gut. This can progress to be very serious...

Parrots: Salt, indian ringneck, apple orange
indian ringneck, apple orange, potato chip: -- She should be ok. Offer her some fruits, melons, water or even some juice like natural apple, orange or grape juice. Though salt isn t good for them, mistakes happen and this amount shouldn t be something to worry about. You can relax ...

Parrots: Senegal Parrots, outdoor aviary, senegal parrots
outdoor aviary, senegal parrots, hook bills: If we’re talking about an outdoor aviary with natural standards such as real tree branches, dirt and/or sod ground and so on, then combining appropriate birds is fine as long as they are not too many birds for the space. One example is cockatiels in an aviary...

Parrots: Sun Conure egg laying, sun conure, good sources of calcium
sun conure, good sources of calcium, egg binding: --- Egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male birds. Of course eggs laid without a male to mate with are not fertile and will not hatch. Laying, in birds other than chickens and other food source poultry, is not healthy...

Parrots: senegal eggs, bad smell, hi thanks
bad smell, hi thanks, many thanks: -- Yes, chances are they are not fertile and won t hatch. Still, leave them a little longer until she either stops caring for them herself or until you notice they re going bad (smell, breakage, etc). Leaving them with her helps prevent further egg...

Parrots: severe mini vomiting or regurgitating, vomitus, sticky substance
vomitus, sticky substance, malnourishment: A bird that bobs its head up and down in a sort of pumping motion, beak open and then a purposeful delivery of partially digested food is regurgitating. This is something they would do to feed offspring or a mate. It’s done by some birds to objects they...

Parrots: how to stop d alexandrian parrot bite, alexandrian parrot, cool spot
alexandrian parrot, cool spot, room with a view: Parrots love our company, despite how it may seem otherwise. Their biting is quite often just a show of attention, an interaction that s normal for them and would be well received by another bird of their species. When the biting happens, stop everything....

Parrots: Training of individual parrot, indian ringneck parrots, google
indian ringneck parrots, google, positive reinforcement: Well considering that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life, no, do not go by that myth. Find a treat that they really like, such as apple, grape, cracker anything they REALLY love. Train for 5-10 minutes at a time a few times a day. Google...

Parrots: tame a biting red lored amazon, red lored amazon, psychological damage
red lored amazon, psychological damage, parrots: There is a very good chance that they are ex-breeders. A lot of times it is challenging to handle ex-breeders because one mate is trying to protect the other. What ever you do, do NOT separate them. These birds are already bonded together and parrots mate...

Parrots: left something out, military macaw, regurgitation
military macaw, regurgitation, beak: -- Thanks for the additional info. If she s re engaging it (eating it) it s not vomitus; it s regurgitation. That usually means there s no disease factor, but more often a behavior issue - which was addressed in the original answer about how to curb...

Parrots: 5 Year Old Macaw, whole grain pasta, mustard greens
whole grain pasta, mustard greens, fruits veggies: -- 5 years old is way beyond the hand feeding stage, but if you mean sharing healthy, fresh foods with her by hand, that s great! In fact, the foods you ve already chosen to share are ideal. Sweet potatoes and squash, along with carrots and most other orange...

Parrots: Is my African grey parrot sick?, negative bacteria, complete waste of time
negative bacteria, complete waste of time, ill chances: By the time a bird is noticeably ill, chances are that the problem has been brewing for some time. Birds are among the most masterful at hiding illness, weakness or injury because just one mistake in the wild and their life could be over. You aren’t...

Parrots: Alexandrian parrot, alexandrian parrots, alexandrian parrot
alexandrian parrots, alexandrian parrot, sun conure: I actually know a lady who is an expert on Alexandrian parrots, I would like to refer you to her because she has a lot of experience with their temperament. Let her know that The Bird Nerds Rescue referred you to her. Here is her website, her name is Crystal...

Parrots: african grey getting bad, intelligent birds, personal territory
intelligent birds, personal territory, cage size: Hi, Pearl, I would need more information from you about your bird and it s environment, history, etc., before I can provide a good response. It sounds like this bird is not tame or is only tame with you. This probably means your bird is bonded to...

Parrots: attacking, flock leader, great relationship
flock leader, great relationship, young bird: If what you normally do is put him into his cage, then it s quite possible this is why he s doing it. So do something completely opposite from what you normally do. Consider a time out perch. I have one at the end of a hallway where it s quiet,...

Parrots: BITING, water cups, mating behavior
water cups, mating behavior, nighttime hours: -- You re absolutely right that what you are seeing is likely mating aggression. Males can be pretty formidable! -- Other than housing the birds in separate cages: Steps you can undertake to be sure you aren’t encouraging mating behavior begin...

Parrots: Blue and gold macaw, blue and gold macaw, organic baby food
blue and gold macaw, organic baby food, oral antibiotic: I commend you for making such an effort with Meeco already. I am truly sorry for the loss of your father. You re right that Meeco is in mourning. These magnificent birds bond for a lifetime with their mate and just because we re human it doesn t make us...

Parrots: Budgie training, millets, young bird
millets, young bird, play ground: -- You re doing a very good job. The only thing you need now is patience. Keep doing what you re doing, don t give up and eventually it ll happen. It can take quite some time, even a year with some budgies; others might bond sooner, but keep in mind...

Parrots: best time to sleap, cocatiel, natural rhythm
cocatiel, natural rhythm, sleep time: - It doesn t matter so much what time, just that they have 12-14 hours straight nighttime provided for sleep. If you start your day at 8 a.m., put the bird to bed around 7 or 8 p.m.. You can see more about sleep time and even how to set up a...

Parrots: bitting, how to get out of cage, cage bars, cage bird
cage bars, cage bird, parrotlet: When a bird is new to a home you have to be very patient and very careful. It s easy to let them get the upper hand and never come out of their cage (which is cage bound ) or even end up with a problem biter and screamer if the right input isn t maintained....

Parrots: bulging crop on my 9yr old gw macaw, avian vet, family emergencies
avian vet, family emergencies, check ups: It does happen. His crop is probably more elastic than most other adults. This is one of those problems that isn t a real problem until a complication occurs. He s going to be prone to fungal or yeast infections, but if he s been fine all these years...

Parrots: Cockatoo Help, cockatoo, mannerisms
cockatoo, mannerisms, females: Here s a huge surprise: Birds don t know what sex we are any more than we know what sex they are. All this talk about them not liking females or males is more likely that they don t care for certain characteristics, looks, sounds or mannerisms. Also,...

Parrots: care of a very young green cheek conure, older babys, baby parrot
older babys, baby parrot, zupreem: You really need to contact a breeder to get advice, I think baby green cheeks at 10 days need to be fed every couple hours. They need to be fed something like Zupreem or Kaytee baby parrot formula. They will need an incubator and the bottom of the container...

Parrots: My cockateil, karen grace, hanging toys
karen grace, hanging toys, wretches: He may need a trip to the vet. He could have string caught in his crop. Do NOT feed him any more sugar. Human sugar is for HUMANS, birds can not digest it properly. He my need to go to the vet so he can check him out an make sure there is no string stuck inside...

Parrots: cockatoo losing feathers, seed diet, chooks
seed diet, chooks, petsmart: This is a totally different issue all together. That is bird mite or lice. It is not like a flea and you must be careful what you use to treat it because it can kill your bird. This has nothing to do with the diet. You can use this spray. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=275207...

Parrots: constaint screaming/ walking female Greenwing looking for a nest, boom cars, blinds and curtains
boom cars, blinds and curtains, greenwing: ---- Here s the usual guideline: When your bird screams and you react, even if you re red in the face, yelling and flailing your arms in the air, the bird is getting a reward for the scream - your attention. The worst thing you can do to a bird is...

Parrots: Double Yellow Headed Amazon, double yellow headed amazon, avian vet
double yellow headed amazon, avian vet, seed diet: **** I sincerely apologize that you felt I wasn t polite in my answers to you and follow ups. It s difficult to read a tone on a computer screen, but I really liked you and admired your efforts and devotion to this lucky bird. I still wish you...

Parrots: egg laying, moustache parakeet, egg laying
moustache parakeet, egg laying, 2 females: I hope you have a successful hatching, but with just one parent I m not sure. It takes two for the most positive outcome. Sometimes you ll hear a bit of noise up to several hours before the chick pips - but human intervention is rarely needed. In...

Parrots: fuel oil, carbon monoxide detector, lucky bird
carbon monoxide detector, lucky bird, oil heat: -- EXCELLENT question! You have every reason to be concerned. There are two things to do before you move your bird in or at least before you close the windows and turn the heat on 1st - have the local utility company come by and check the system....

Parrots: help me, amazon parrot, cage bars
amazon parrot, cage bars, cage bird: When a bird is new to a home you have to be very patient and very careful. It s easy to let them get the upper hand and never come out of their cage (which is cage bound ) or even end up with a problem biter and screamer if the right input isn t maintained....

Parrots: Jenday Conures... Hormonal?, mom dad, check ups
mom dad, check ups, parrot cage: Do you want to breed them? There is a very good possibility if you breed they will not be tame anymore. If you want to breed them you need to get a next box for them the L shaped ones. There is also a possibility that she could lay and egg but it doesn t...

Parrots: Lovebird beak problem, vet clinic, peach faced love bird
vet clinic, peach faced love bird, bald spot: Nutritional issues accounts for up to 90% of problems similar to what you re describing. -- You may be seeing a combination of infection and disease. Let me go over a lot of info for you and you use what you feel is applicable ok? When feather...

Parrots: Lovebird Question, human household, social birds
human household, social birds, different types of birds: I m glad you asked! It s a very old and steadfast myth about lovebirds needing a mate. It s also absolutely, positively, 100% not true. Let s try to get that info out there right? --- Lovies are wonderfully social birds and like most psittacines (hook...

Parrots: lovebirds, lovebirds, birds
lovebirds, birds, fear: Lovebirds are an aggressive, very territorial species. He is protecting his home, and territory. So it is dangerous to put him near another bird. Despite his size he will go after a much larger bird with no fear. I can help you with behavioral stuff for the...

Parrots: mothering a sun conure, vet check, check ups
vet check, check ups, bird store: -- That s an interesting tale about hand feeding and then rejecting you. Completely untrue. Even in the wild, if a bird could stay with mom for life, chances are they would. So the bonus about seeing YOU as mom is that you ll let this lucky conure stay...

Parrots: Need some help!, hydrogen peroxide, cat scratch
hydrogen peroxide, cat scratch, cardboard box: --- When a bird, wild or pet, is attacked by a feline, the injury is often the least of the worries. Cat’s have a bacteria (Pasteurella) in their saliva and often on their claws that is very dangerous to birds and any bite or scratch can be life threatening....

Parrots: I need help with my birds, sulfer crested cockatoo, african grey congo
sulfer crested cockatoo, african grey congo, jenday conure: -- Hello Jacky, I also lived in Albany, NY for several years back in the early 1990 s. You might be surprised to learn that in all the decades I ve done this either in my research or study, or professionally - I ve found the best trainers are the owners....

Parrots: how can i get my new 1 and a half year old senegal parrot to stop biting, vital steps, pet parrot
vital steps, pet parrot, great joy: - The most difficult part of getting him over the biting is to show no reaction on your own part. Not a flicker of emotion or flinch of your facial expression and no withdrawal of your arm. This is much easier said than done, honestly I understand first...

Parrots: Parrot driving us to despair!!, water pot, food bowls
water pot, food bowls, psittacines: thank you for the follow up - it helps a lot more than you imagine. First, let s start putting him to bed at 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.. Yes, it s quite possible he s not getting enough straight-through sleep time. At the very least I try to insure that our...

Parrots: Plucking Or Molting?, pin feathers, neck feathers
pin feathers, neck feathers, companion birds: -- This is molting season; however, birds actually molt year round when it comes to smaller feathers such as the downy fluff and some of the little body feathers. As long as you are seeing pin feathers coming in and not bald spots, chances are the bird...

Parrots: Preparing for relocation to new owners, mini macaw, own pace
mini macaw, own pace, extra mile: -- I think it s wonderful that you want to go the extra mile like this. It s very caring. It s also something done more for the human than the bird. Not that you shouldn t take your time and let Morgan learn her new owners by having them visit regularly...

Parrots: paperwork question, pet smarts, dna genetics
pet smarts, dna genetics, avian vet: Not necessarily. What your bird should have is a closed band on one of the legs with numbers and letters on it. -- This will indicate the breeder and other info that s a code to this particular breeder. Unfortunately, figuring out what a band says...

Parrots: parrot has escaped, blue and gold macaw, hiram ga
blue and gold macaw, hiram ga, extension ladder: -- I understand completely how awful you feel. There s a good chance you ll have him back though, just stay calm. Getting strangers involved might not be the best option. Your macaw is already scared about out there. Unknown faces, loud voices and...

Parrots: perfect food to my parrot, old wives tales, whole grain bread
old wives tales, whole grain bread, wheat couscous: So much information is flooding the net these days about what to feed a companion bird, whether a budgie/parakeet, cockatiel or marvelous macaw, it’s sometimes difficult to wade through the junk science, old wives tales, well meaning owner advice or just plain...

Parrots: Quakers mating?, sex mate, two birds
sex mate, two birds, parrot species: -- Here s the surprising part: Some females don t ever in their lives lay an egg; others can t seem to stop. So even though the 10 year old hasn t produced any eggs, that doesn t guarentee it s a female. -- The visiting and display that s going on...

Parrots: quaker feather plucking, quaker, feathers
quaker, feathers, habit: You need to find out WHY she is plucking. That may not help at all to get her a mate, there must be either a reason or it is habitual...meaning it has developed into a habit such as nail biting. Please list me ALL of the things you have tried. I will try to...

Parrots: Rubbing B&G with vegetable oil, feather duster, cage size
feather duster, cage size, poor diet: Vegetable oil will not help. Please visit my love my plucker page on my website: www.thebirdnerdsrescue.com Have you tried using a feather duster or a phone book inside the cage. Place both in the cage so he starts to pluck those items instead of the...

Parrots: Sammy, my African grey., avian vet, plummage
avian vet, plummage, proud bird: I think you need to start feeding him some Kaytee or Zupreem baby parrot formula they should carry it at any petsmart or pet supplies plus. What kind of antibiotic did they give him. If it is Baytril that is an appetite depressant and will not help him. I...

Parrots: Stargazing?, quaker parrot, stutter steps
quaker parrot, stutter steps, leaps and bounds: -- Here s the good news: I don t think Lola is stargazing. Stargazing is something that doesn t stop. It s a nearly constant, if not absolutely constant position of the head and neck. You describe that she only does this on occasion, so that s a relief....

Parrots: Sun Conure Behavior Change, sun conure, rope perch
sun conure, rope perch, honeymoon period: It never seems to fail, but within a week or even up to a few months after a new bird settles in, the ‘honeymoon’ period ends. For the first few days or weeks the bird isn’t sure about where they are, what the dangers might be or where their next meal...

Parrots: Sun Conure - Will he mellow out?, sun conure, energy dogs
sun conure, energy dogs, joy of my life: -- I wish I could tell you that with time he ll level off, but it could take 20 years before you ll have enough of a change to notice. Conures are like Irish Setters or Dalmations, Beagles and other high energy dogs - except dogs DO calm down a few years...

Parrots: senegal parrot egg laying, egg hatch, chicken egg
egg hatch, chicken egg, file cabinet: There is not telling why she has laid an egg all of a sudden. It just happens. Their instincts tell them it is time. It is nothing that you did or influenced, just nature. You may want to remove it anyway or replace it with a fake egg because she can break...

Parrots: sick parrot, alexandrian parrot, beak
alexandrian parrot, beak: How old is your bird? Can you see through the beak? Is this a hole? Does your bird have mineral block and cuttlefish bone in the cage? A grooming perch? What foods are you feeding? I don t want you to worry. I think this is going to be...

Parrots: step up training, positive reinforcement, shoulders
positive reinforcement, shoulders, wings: Positive reinforcement is the best way to train...you use head scratching as a reward for stepping up...if you do this, you get this in return. I think you should also become a member of this forum, www.avianavenue.com There are many people on there who...

Parrots: How to stop a parrotlet from eating his own droppings?, old wives tales, pacific parrotlet
old wives tales, pacific parrotlet, companion birds: --- I wouldn t mix the seed with the pellets since he s probably picking the seed out and leaving the pellets behind. Getting these little smarties to eat well isn t as hard as you might think. Since he s bonded to you, he s watching you and imitating...

Parrots: sun conure, blood calcium levels, ionized calcium level
blood calcium levels, ionized calcium level, full spectrum lighting: If your companion has convinced you to feed him a predominantly seed diet over the years and most especially if he s getting sunflower seeds out of you, the chances are high that this is an overall nutritional deficiency and quite possibly liver disease. ...

Parrots: Trauma and treats, cadbury mini eggs, necessary organs
cadbury mini eggs, necessary organs, air sacs: -- I m glad to work with you Megan. You sound like a very caring and incredibly patient owner, especially with the traumatized bird. First, about the chocolate: I m afraid that yes, even the smallest amount of chocolate is dangerous. We have to remind...

Parrots: Trust, indian ringneck, rope perch
indian ringneck, rope perch, wood perch: -- The blinking game ? I swear, just when I think all of these whacky techniques are over with, new ones pop up. Well, as you ve discovered on your own, it doesn t work. None of those things work. Here s why: These birds are very intelligent....

Parrots: 9 week B&G McCaw, gram scale, smear test
gram scale, smear test, human baby: -- What a BEAUTIFUL baby this is! How lucky you are to have her and what a big job you have ahead of you to be sure she is raised with nothing but love, patience and indulgence. Don t worry so much about the cc s you re feeding - it seems to be right...

Parrots: Alexandrian parakeet troubles, rope perch, alexandrian parakeet
rope perch, alexandrian parakeet, honeymoon period: It never seems to fail, but within a week or even up to about a month after a new bird settles in, the ‘honeymoon’ period ends. For the first few days or weeks the bird isn’t sure about where they are, what the dangers might be or where their next meal...

Parrots: Alexandrine Parakeets Baby Care, plastic storage bin, alexandrine parakeets
plastic storage bin, alexandrine parakeets, karachi pakistan: A home made brooder is really easy. Use a clear plastic storage bin, one of those about 6 to 8” high. Layer plain (non colored print) newspaper on the bottom, about 6 layers thick and a couple layers of plain, white paper towels. This gives you a substrate...

Parrots: Amazon - Plucked out ALL feathers on his back, blood feather, going in circles
blood feather, going in circles, sexual maturity: Really this is very strange behavior and it is hard to determine what it is without seeing him myself. Is there any way that this could be a hormonal behavior, this is hormone season and he could be acting crazy like that due the the hormones as he is at the...

Parrots: my amazon laid an egg, tame birds, question pool
tame birds, question pool, cage bottom: Hi, Rebecca. I found your question in the question pool this evening. You don t do anything, except watch closely what goes on with the birds. The birds will do what needs to be done. However, be aware that some amazons (you didn t specify what subspecies...

Parrots: amazon parrot, amazon parrot, orange winged amazon
amazon parrot, orange winged amazon, egg binding: ----- While birds do have a uterus, it’s not like a mammal’s, the fertilized egg doesn’t implant and grow there, it develops the shell there. Usually within 20 hours of entering the uterus, the hen (female bird) will lay. Very shortly before laying,...

Parrots: B&G Macaw losing feathers, red mites, companion birds
red mites, companion birds, companion pet: --- If she s an indoor only bird and isn t exposed to any areas where other birds (wildlife) frequent, the possibility of mites is extremely low. In fact, aside from red mites which can happen now and then, mites overall are rarely found on companion (pet)...

Parrots: BCC Conure biting, rope perch, honeymoon period
rope perch, honeymoon period, first few days: Time outs are tricky as lessons - if they last longer than a couple of minutes the only thing you ve taught the bird is that you put her back in her cage when she doesn t want to be there. A better (and easier) method is to make a stern face at her, tell...

Parrots: Bitting, positive reinforcement, sales lady
positive reinforcement, sales lady, time id: Ok first of all you must understand that this bird is very new. This is an unfamiliar environment to him and he is going to be nervous. That is not unusual for him to run away from you. You can NOT be impatient about this process. I understand that he is...

Parrots: Blue fronted smells of pee, blue fronted amazon, fresh fruits vegetables
blue fronted amazon, fresh fruits vegetables, blue fronted amazon parrot: -- OK, let me address a couple of things here. First: Birds like this have a distinct scent to them. To some people it s a very pleasant sweet-nutty or musky smell. To other people it s a foul, offensive odor often described as you just have. Second:...

Parrots: BlueHeaded Pionus Beak, corn starch, avian vets
corn starch, avian vets, plain flour: --- As long as it s not actively bleeding and the wound appears relatively superficial, I can support that you re waiting until Monday - but you MUST do it then ok? Until then, have some corn starch at hand (plain flour if in a pinch) - this is a safe...

Parrots: Budgerigar anal itching, mite products, delivery tube
mite products, delivery tube, costly problem: -- Mites on indoor, well kept birds in regularly cleaned cages are extremely rare. Never, ever use pet store or internet products that supposedly treat mites or prevent them. It s like carrying a lucky charm to ward off being attacked by elephants. Some...

Parrots: Bugsy, sexual maturity, random moments
sexual maturity, random moments, mood change: He is going into the terrible twos...2 years of age that is. This is when he is reaching sexual maturity and now is spring and breeding season. He is getting hormonal at this time I would bet this is why he is doing that. I would suggest waiting it out and...

Parrots: My baby indian ringneck has running nose and snizzy, indian ringneck, nares nostrils
indian ringneck, nares nostrils, tropical climates: Thank you for your kind words. There are quite a few possible causes of sneezing with a bird. Rhinitis (inflammation of the nares/nostrils). There would likely be a nasal discharge involved that may be clear, cloudy or yellowish; thick or thin. The...

Parrots: my bird is so stobborn i cant teach her!!!!!!!!!, tiels, cockatiel
tiels, cockatiel, missing something: -- What have you learned from her? Have you been listening? Are you cooperating? I m really not kidding. She s a very intelligent bird ( tiels are remarkably smart) so if she s not doing what you want, chances are you re missing something she s having...

Parrots: Cockatiel, companion birds, seed diets
companion birds, seed diets, vitamin a deficiency: Uropygial Gland problems are common as the result of vitamin A deficiency (largely seed diets). This gland is also called the preening gland or oil gland. It’s located at the base of the lower back where the tailfeathers start. Sometimes this gland...

Parrots: Cockatiel in heat, tail feathers, dogs and cats
tail feathers, dogs and cats, time bird: Birds do not go into heat like dogs and cats, you also can not tell the sex unless they either lay and egg, or you have them DNA sexed. Not all females will lay eggs however. You do not need to have a next box, just make sure it gets plenty of calcium. This...

Parrots: Cockatiel in heat, kinds of vegetables, tail feathers
kinds of vegetables, tail feathers, time bird: -- I m really glad to have the opportunity to address this. Someone has given you some very outdated information. Birds don’t actually go into a ‘heat’, but they sure do engage in some similar behaviors once they’re sexually mature. Some of these...

Parrots: Cockatoo Vent Protrusion Surgery, umbrella cockatoo, protrusion
umbrella cockatoo, protrusion, prolapse: No this is not normal, she had a prolapse and the surgery should have fixed that. If the the rectum is still prolapsing you need to call the vet IMMEDIATELY and tell them what is going on. This needs to be seen IMMEDIATELY. Good luck and please keep us...

Parrots: Conure Care While Mom is Away, lucky bird, baby bird
lucky bird, baby bird, good boy: --- He absolutely will not forget you. Although he ll miss you, he ll adjust to the new environment (you being absent) as long as everyone tries to keep his routine intact. That means to stick to his usual feeding schedule and be especially attentive to...

Parrots: My cockatiel doesn't like me., nocturnal birds, breast area
nocturnal birds, breast area, decent air: I approach our new additions (usually abused birds entering rescue/rehab) an hour or so after tucking them in for nighttime. Their cages are covered on all sides, leaving just ˝ of the front uncovered so they can see out and feel secure. It also insures...

Parrots: cockatiel "red" eye, cotton bud, vet visit
cotton bud, vet visit, seed diet: -- You have the right idea, but it s not uncommon for people to mistake what s called saline solution to be table salt in warm water. Wiping the eye with plain saline solution - the stuff sold to rinse contact lenses in (not contact lens cleaner)...

Parrots: cockatiel shanking head, tiels, rason
tiels, rason, pretty bird: - The head shaking is believed to be an acknowledgment of registering a sound or word, so yes, you re close. -- Keep up the repetition and talk to them about other things too. When you give a treat, tell them what it is. When you change their water,...

Parrots: cockatiels, fresh fruits vegetables, red veins
fresh fruits vegetables, red veins, egg layer: They both sit on the eggs - and they are very protective of them. When it s time to candle the eggs - dim the lights in the room except for the one you re holding the egg up to. The red veins should be very clearly seen Before you undertake...

Parrots: Double Yellow Headed Amazon Scratching, double yellow headed amazon parrot, pin feathers
double yellow headed amazon parrot, pin feathers, vet visit: -- It sounds like your companion is, like most other birds at this time of year, in a molt. That involves a lot of grooming, scratching and major feather loss. Here are other things you might see: Aggression at this time of season is not untypical,...

Parrots: difference between male and female, indian ringneck parakeet, dna test
indian ringneck parakeet, dna test, girls: -- If they aren t quite three years old, the only way to sex them is with a DNA test, which I recommend since it can also screen for other things like certain disease. Here is a good site for more information: http://www.indianringneck.com/sexing...

Parrots: eye infection cockiteil, 1 tablespoon, secondary infections
1 tablespoon, secondary infections, eye infection: You re doing a great job with the saline rinse. Here s another option: Boric acid solution may be tried in order to control secondary infections: 1 tablespoon boric acid + 1 quart of water. Bring to a boil and then let cool. --- These are just...

Parrots: Found Lovebird, rope perch, peachfaced lovebird
rope perch, peachfaced lovebird, wood perch: When we bring a bird into our homes, no matter how old they are or what conditions they came from, we may have to start with them like they’re brand new. It’s not unusual for some birds to be very friendly and cooperative the first few days or even week...

Parrots: Amazon - Plucked out ALL feathers on his back, pluck, feathers
Parrots: Amazon - Plucked out ALL feathers on his back, pluck, feathers, hormones

Parrots: Grey parrot, congo african grey parrot, congo african grey
congo african grey parrot, congo african grey, african grey parrot: This normal, I would make sure you are feeding him lots of calcium rich foods. The beak sheds layers as it grows so as long as he is getting a proper diet and plenty of things to chew and shred this should all be normal. Good luck and have a wonderful...

Parrots: Heartbroken Conure, pet smarts, avian vet
pet smarts, avian vet, vet visit: -- The first I can tell you is that this vet isn t skilled enough in avian care to be seeing your bird. A properly skilled vet will either be Board Certified in avian care and/or have at least 30% of their overall patient s be birds. So we ll toss...

Parrots: ID bracelet, leg band, leg bands
leg band, leg bands, african gray: This is the breeder band. The band usually hs some sort of initials of the breeders. You can find the band distributors and sometimes they can track down the band number for you and get you the breeder s information. http://www.home.earthlink.net/~lmbird/lm_bird_leader_site/redirect.html...

Parrots: Love Bird, masked love bird, fish
masked love bird, fish, love: -- That s sort of like asking, why is my fish swimming? . This is just what they do. I guess I m not sure what you re asking. Is this chirping unusual for your bird? Is it a new behavior? Does it sound different from usual? What brought it on?...

Parrots: Love Bird, masked love bird, bird chirps
masked love bird, bird chirps, quick solutions: One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to their parrots is thinking of them like a dog or cat. Parrots are actually much more intelligent than these mammals, recently ranked with apes, chimpanzees and dolphins in their highly developed sense...

Parrots: Love Bird, birds beak, good bones
birds beak, good bones, calcium supplement: Most birds will maintain the shape and health of their beaks by rubbing them on appropriate surfaces. For parrot species, like budgies/parakeets, cockatiels and all the way up to macaws, providing a cuttlebone, manu block or other calcium mineral block for...

Parrots: Mixing speices, vet check, budgie parakeet
vet check, budgie parakeet, two females: -- There are some pretty good games to play with your birds on the floor to help burn some of that energy. Just a plain hide and seek type game for a few minutes is great fun for them once they get the hang of it. Securing a hanging perch from...

Parrots: macaw, playstand, parrot rescue
playstand, parrot rescue, absolute truth: Green Wings are red and have green and blue on their wings. I have rescues over 600 birds and websites can tell you whatever they want, macaws cuddle in their way on THEIR terms. You may want to find out whether it is a male or female, usually this doesn t...

Parrots: milk, blood calcium levels, ionized calcium level
blood calcium levels, ionized calcium level, full spectrum light: -- Absolutely no milk except soy milk (any kind except chocolate or coffee) Calcium Deficiency Disorder is rather common in African Grey’s. It’s not that they need more calcium than any other bird (though this is a popular myth), they seem to have more...

Parrots: mites, quaker parakeet, snake venom
quaker parakeet, snake venom, bird treatment: ---- These little spider-like pests can be found on any avian species. They spread through body contact or sharing cage/enclosure spaces. In birds kept inside and not exposed to other birds, mites are very uncommon. Never use products that attach...

Parrots: moluccan cockatoo adult, outdoor aviaries, moluccan cockatoo
outdoor aviaries, moluccan cockatoo, would have time: Moluccans can be terrors if not trained properly. My biggest concern is this bird is used to living in large outdoor aviaries. If you take that bird, clip its wings and place it in a cage inside of a house that is going to be STRESSFUL. For the bird, he doesn...

Parrots: New to Sun Conures.., sun conure, small birds
sun conure, small birds, bird keeper: -- Let me give you the info and guideline I provide for all new foster homes joining my network ok? It s good info that you should find very valuable. ************************************************************* When we bring a bird into our homes,...

Parrots: neck scratching, beak and feather disease, avian cholera
beak and feather disease, avian cholera, egg binding: -- It sounds like he s undergoing a major molt which is pretty common both at this time of year and at his age. I d like you to take a deeper look into his nutritional options by checking this page: http://www.4AnimalCare.org/birds -- Don...

Parrots: noisy macaw, loving pet owner, social species
loving pet owner, social species, poor bird: -- I completely understand how you feel and what you re going through. You are tremendously open minded and good hearted to recognize that it s not the bird s fault. This poor bird is a social species and highly intelligent. It not only needs interaction...

Parrots: orange winged amazon, orange winged amazon, fatty tumors
orange winged amazon, fatty tumors, bird need: These could be either fatty tumors or a prolapse. Your bird needs to go to the vet immediately because if it is a prolapse your bird will die. Any kind of tumors or lumps from a bird need to be looked at immediately!!! He will need to see an AVIAN CERTIFIED...

Parrots: Parakeet behavior question, zinc toxicity, white blood count
zinc toxicity, white blood count, sources of zinc: -- This one is easy: She likes it. She is getting some positive feedback either in the sound, the feel of the vibration or how you react. Or any combination of these things. It is something also found quite frequently in unchallenged, bored birds and...

Parrots: Parrotlet Behavior Towards 'Mommy', fruits and veggies, proud mommy
fruits and veggies, proud mommy, learned words: -- I have a marvelous macaw that is clearly bonded to me, that I dote over and indulge, but when I first enter the room with my assistant - she ll wait until she sees him and then burst out with the nicest, most heartfelt Helloooo! you ve ever heard. ...

Parrots: PDD Bornavirus, avian veterinarian, avian vet
avian veterinarian, avian vet, financial aid information: There is not a whole lot of information regarding PDD because scientists don t know a whole lot about this disease yet. As of now, there is no cure for PDD and it is passed I believe through close contact with other birds but I am not exactly certain. ...

Parrots: Pionus Death and Stress, pionus parrots, sense of loss
pionus parrots, sense of loss, dehydration: John, I m truly sorry for both of your losses: Your marriage and your feathered companion. No matter how much it might seem right to end a relationship, there is still a sense of loss and rightly so. When a life is lost at the same time, well my heart...

Parrots: parakeet fear, prey animals, natural prey
prey animals, natural prey, natural sunlight: The natural sunlight is good for him, he needs that. He is showing fear and he may even get spooked and fly but unless he continues to shake and show fear for a long period of time I would allow him out with the blinds open. Remember that these are prey animals,...

Parrots: parrot, question the answer, perches
question the answer, perches, parrot: Excellent question! The answer really depends on whether or not the birds are flight intact. If they are, then you might want to consider a trim so they can t get much in the way of lift or distance. Then, when they re out of their cages they won t be...

Parrots: when my parrot will speak...???, positive reinforcement, human voices
positive reinforcement, human voices, voice activated recorder: Hi, Ali. There s no guarantee that either of these birds will mimic and there is no set age when birds start to mimic. All birds have the ability to mimic, but some do and some don t, and they start when they want to start. Females of some species don...

Parrots: parrotlett, good bacteria, seed sellers
good bacteria, seed sellers, seed diet: -- If she s been on a predominantly seed diet, chances are high that this is contributing to it (although admittedly the bird is extremely young to be having such symptoms so soon). Seeds often lead to internal tumors, liver or kidney disease - or any combination....

Parrots: problem, leg feathers, seed diets
leg feathers, seed diets, vitamin a deficiency: Foot & Leg Sores, Lameness is often the result of nutritional deficiencies, especially associated with birds on a predominantly seed diet. You’ll likely see calluses, rough spots, scales and the bird will sometimes pick these areas creating bleeding or oozing...

Parrots: ring neck parrot, ring neck parrot, pin feathers
ring neck parrot, pin feathers, warm moist air: ----- Birds going through a molting season may look ragged and have what appear to be bald spots, but if you see little pin feathers coming in and not being plucked out, chances are you’re not dealing with a self-mutilation behavior, which is really, really...

Parrots: Senegal & African Grey Feather issues, white feathers, wing feathers
white feathers, wing feathers, avian specialist: -- Let me babble a bit and take from it what you will When it comes to meat, try offering chicken. In fact, offering a chicken leg with just a little bit of meat left should thrill them. They ll soon become adept at cracking the bone open and removing...

Parrots: tail feathers, blood calcium levels, ionized calcium level
blood calcium levels, ionized calcium level, calcium supplements: -- To answer your questions: Yes, his tail feathers may return. It depends on the amount of damage he s done. If the root is destroyed, he won t get new ones, but I d remain hopeful. Also, can you help him learn to trust humans again? As long as...

Parrots: taking birds outside, umbrella cockatoo, flight suits
umbrella cockatoo, flight suits, cockatiels: They have flight suits and harnesses small enough for your cockatiels as well. I would suggest that you join this forum and post this question as I know many people on their have flight suits for their smaller birds and take them outside. www.avianavenue.com...

Parrots: USA parrot egg sellers, egg sales, parrot
egg sales, parrot, states of america: -- In all of my years and in all of my travels, both professional and otherwise, I have never known these egg sales to be legitimate, real or honest. Not a single time. Nor have I ever known anyone personally who has ever found them legit or real. So...

Parrots: I want to put my birds outside, extreme weather changes, african grey
extreme weather changes, african grey, cockatoo: The common rule is, I only put my birds outside when it is warm enough for me to walk out without a sweeter and cool enough that I don t need air conditioning. I live in Ohio so we don t have as extreme weather changes as you. I want to refer you to www.avianavenue....

Parrots: 10 day old baby lovebird, air sac, cage bottom
air sac, cage bottom, raw rice: Using a light can cause damage to his eyes; you re better off with a heating panel made specifically for birds like this. Check www.DrsFosterandSmith OR use a heat lamp - again, specifically for birds. I prefer regular monitoring and use of rice...

Parrots: Will African Grey Timneh & Congo mate., congo african grey, african grey timneh
congo african grey, african grey timneh, hook bills: -- it s very wise of you to not want to encourage either mating or hybridization. When it comes to indoor cages though, other than with canaries, finches and other ‘straight beaked’ birds, I don’t think hook bills (parrots) should share cages. ...

Parrots: Alexandrine Parakeets, alexandrine parakeets, check ups
alexandrine parakeets, check ups, bird ownership: -- Though an extremely young age, what you describe is development of colors indicating that the bird (with the black ring) is a male. The problem with this is that they should be closer to 3 years old before these colors become clearly apparent. ...

Parrots: Amazon Yellow Nape, wrist perch, amazon
wrist perch, amazon, respiratory diseases: -- First, let s stop the coprophagia (ingestion of their own poop) which can be very serious, very fast. He shouldn t have access to his own droppings, ever. A cage with a grate bottom so the droppings fall through to a paper towel or newspaper lined...

Parrots: abused cockatoo, dry dog food, fresh veggies
dry dog food, fresh veggies, instinctive behaviors: --- God bless you a million times over for not only stepping in and taking this bird, but being determined to stick by him. You are very fortunate that he s not a self plucker and so far, from what you re describing, not showing signs of being clinically...

Parrots: african grey parrot, african grey parrot, grey girl
african grey parrot, grey girl, swollen throat: CoCo REALLY needs to see an avian certified veterinarian this sounds like a Crop Infection that needs to be treated IMMEDIATELY! I can not help you other than telling you she needs to see a vet right now! Good luck and please keep us updated on her progress....

Parrots: Baby Sun Conure Behaviour Change, sun conures, sun conure
sun conures, sun conure, sneezing sounds: -- Most of what you re describing is typical baby bird behavior. Especially the flapping. It s exercise and it should be encouraged. One day you ll see that he actually tries to fly - so be sure that wherever he might land is safe and soft. Birds...

Parrots: Blue and Gold baby, blue and gold macaw, avian vet
blue and gold macaw, avian vet, vet visit: --- There is one fact often proved and never able to take back: The stress of a vet visit rarely kills a bird; doing nothing often will. 3 months is a little young to wean. 5 or 6 months old is more usual. It s time to see the vet. And don...

Parrots: Why does my bird hate me, dusky conure, david pollack
dusky conure, david pollack, food dish: -- Molting, for some birds, is on the verge of being painful. It s at least uncomfortable , so yes, it may have affected his behavior toward you. It could also be that your understanding and even the slightest changes in your behavior made noticeable...

Parrots: my blue and gold macaw 11 months old, blue and gold macaw, corn starch
blue and gold macaw, corn starch, nosed pliers: When a relatively new feather is broken or injured it can bleed. Since they’re hollow, they act like a straw and cause a significant blood loss, so quick action is important. First, with a clean cotton ball or soft cloth, apply pressure to the end...

Parrots: Cockatiel warts?, slick sales pitch, laying hens
slick sales pitch, laying hens, egg binding: --- It sounds like you nailed it with your suspicions of what this is. Psittacine papillomas quite often first get noticed on a bird’s vent or cloacal area. In laying hens it can cause excessive strain upon passing an egg or even egg binding which...

Parrots: cockatiel babies, vet visit, blood chemistry
vet visit, blood chemistry, first few days: Chicks that fail to thrive usually die in their first few days of hatching. There may be a malabsorptive problem where the chicks eat well enough, but the nutrition isn’t making it through. Bacteria are often a major causation. Bacteria are easily...

Parrots: Diet, mustard greens, vet bill
mustard greens, vet bill, vet visit: -- Good job! I sincerely mean that. The vet visit shows that you re responsible and caring. I m glad to work with you on this. When it comes to switching a bird from seeds to pellets you might as well be telling a child that there will be no more ice...

Parrots: green cheek conure, fatty liver disease, cheek conure
fatty liver disease, cheek conure, seed diet: --- If your mom, dad, husband, brother, sister or child had this happen to them what would you do? Would you really just ask about it online or would you get a doctor or emergency room involved right away? If this were happening to YOU - wouldn...