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Parrots: rosey bourke sex, rosey bourkes, rosey bourke
rosey bourkes, rosey bourke, blood feather: There s what s called surgical sexing (the vet sedates the bird and uses a scope to look inside the bird). DNA is much easier though and you can do it yourself. You can get an idea of the prices here http://healthgene.com/Avian and see that theyíre...

Parrots: Scared African Grey, water vacuum, water baths
water vacuum, water baths, loving bird: Crystal, Every African Grey is different, however, the fact that you have had her for a year and suddenly she is scared of things leads me to believe that something happened to cause this fear. I cannot say that something your roommates did was the cause,...

Parrots: Screaming Amazon, question pool, instinctive behavior
question pool, instinctive behavior, yellow crown: Hi, Mark, Danielle sent your question to the question pool and I picked it up from there. The larger parrots, such as amazons, usually hollar first thing in the morning, sometimes at noon, and at dusk/in the evening. This is perfectly normal as far...

Parrots: My Sun Conure, sun conures, facial expressions
sun conures, facial expressions, cage bars: No, conures don t tend to like one sex more than another. The truth is that birds don t know what WE are anymore than we know what THEY are. What your bird does know is what your voice sounds like, facial expressions and how comfortable you might feel....

Parrots: Sun conure and a cat..., sun conure, japanese bobtail
sun conure, japanese bobtail, cat kit: You don t need a test. If you have a cat, the cat has this bacteria. It s natural. Catís have a bacteria (Pasteurella) in their saliva and often on their claws - to birds any bite or scratch can be life threatening. http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/topten.html...

Parrots: saliva?, umbrella cockatoo, old umbrella
umbrella cockatoo, old umbrella, salivary glands: It sounds like she s re-eating regurgitation. 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...

Parrots: how do I make my scared indian ringneck love me so that I can start to train him, indian ringneck parakeets, indian ringnecks
indian ringneck parakeets, indian ringnecks, terrier dogs: Hi, Lucy, Indian Ringneck Parakeets are not the most cuddly of birds. In fact, if you don t handle them daily, they revert back quickly. Indian Ringnecks don t normally enjoy being held, so don t feel guilty. I have terriers, too, and I recommend that...

Parrots: scarlet macaw parrots, scarlet macaw parrots, macaw parrot
scarlet macaw parrots, macaw parrot, dna test: Hi Jeff! Thank you for asking my advice! It is impossible to visually determine the sex of a macaw, there is no distinction between males and females. A DNA test is needed. These cost approximately $25-$30. They can be performed by your vet, or breeder...

Parrots: sun conures, sun conures, sun conure
sun conures, sun conure, pet parrots: Hi, Shirley, I m glad this mistreated bird made its way to you. Sun conures are very nice pet parrots. And they are beautiful birds. Conures have to be DNA sexed. DNA sexing is inexpensive and you can do it yourself in your own home if you know...

Parrots: Taming my Indian Ring Neck Parakeet, ring neck parakeet, rope perch
ring neck parakeet, rope perch, wood perch: There are a lot of factors involved in successful taming of a bird (of the pet variety). Iíve 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: Tired Patagonian, beak and feather disease, patagonian conure
beak and feather disease, patagonian conure, blood chemistry: Yes, when you have him seen tomorrow make sure the vet does a mouth/crop swab, vent swab, blood chemistry and fecal exam. For things to screen for: Avian Polyomavirus; PBFD/Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease; Pachecoís Disease (and in some circumstances,...

Parrots: timneh or congo african grey, congo african grey parrots, congo african greys
congo african grey parrots, congo african greys, congo african grey: Sara, Sorry you had to wait so long for an answer; I pulled this question from the question pool. It is a matter of personal preference. I know Timnehs that are extremely intelligent and have very large vocabularies. I also know Congo African Greys...

Parrots: umbrella cockatoo, umbrella cockatoo, lupron injections
umbrella cockatoo, lupron injections, dissolvable stitches: Patty, I found this on Parrot Chronicles: CLOACAL PROLAPSE can be serious problem for female birds. If not treated, the victim can easily die. Prolapse means a body part has slipped down from its usual position. In cloacal prolapse, the wall of the...

Parrots: 2 macaws, self mutilation, new birds
self mutilation, new birds, two birds: When a new bird is brought into an established flock environment, even if itís just you and one other feathered friend, there can be what we humans seem to think is Ďjealousyí. If you know youíre going to be adding to your home beforehand, it may help...

Parrots: 5 week old indian ringneck, indian ringneck, grated apple
indian ringneck, grated apple, seed diet: It s just about time to start weaning, though it s not quite there yet. When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested...

Parrots: 5-year-old Meyers Parrot, blue gold macaw, meyers parrot
blue gold macaw, meyers parrot, severe macaw: I d rather you ask every question you have, whenever you have them, than just guess and possibly be wrong. This is what I do and I do it because I love it - so don t hesitate. You re a very good bird owner, obviously caring. The two cage set up...

Parrots: my 8 year old african grey, shelly shelly, african grey
shelly shelly, african grey, 8 years: Shelly, You mention you are pregnant. Is there anything else different about you? Have you been having any remodeling done for the baby? Have you spent less time with Charley? Usually a Grey will react to things around them that change. Please let...

Parrots: African Gray / Caffeine, african grays, avian veterinarian
african grays, avian veterinarian, cag: Mark, Rather than copying info from an article for you, I m going to provide you a link to an excellent article by an avian veterinarian. http://www.multiscope.com/hotspot/caffeine.htm My CAG enjoys drinking nearly hot water (I don t want to burn...

Parrots: African Grey, congo grey, shred paper
congo grey, shred paper, timneh: Carol, Males generally don t shred items in their cage to make a nest, but that doesn t mean you definitely have a female Congo! It s just another clue. I have a question for you. Are there any red feathers in the lower belly of your Congo? Cind...

Parrots: African Grey, beak and feather disease, vet asap
beak and feather disease, vet asap, avian vet: Joekie, Any bird which was born with Psittacine Beak and Feather disease has it all their lives and is much more susceptible to other diseases. Your Grey sounds like he has bumblefoot, which is a serious foot infection. He needs to see an Avian vet ASAP....

Parrots: African Grey Parrots Mating, african grey parrots, fresh fruits vegetables
african grey parrots, fresh fruits vegetables, egg layer: I m really glad you want to provide the best life. I hope I didn t really scare you (well, maybe a little bit) -- it s really awful to have an egg bound bird in the middle of the night and not much time to get to a vet. By removing the nest box you...

Parrots: African Greys, african greys, african grey
african greys, african grey, cockatoo: Orelia, All African Greys have different personalities. It sounds like that third bird may be an older, wild-caught grey who was not raised by anyone. If you put a lot of work into her, she may tame down, but I think she might be happier as a breeder...

Parrots: Agression or naugthiness?, species of parrot, question pool
species of parrot, question pool, ainhoa: Hi, Ainhoa, Alicia sent your question to the question pool and I picked it up from there. You don t mention the species of parrot you own, which would be helpful to know. Depending on the species of parrot you have, it could be that at 6 months of age,...

Parrots: my african grey pair, african greys, clutches
african greys, clutches, clutch: Ali, I did understand. African Greys don t breed two clutches a year no matter what. They breed when they want to breed. For some reason, often they will stop breeding altogether for a year or so, then they will start up again. Just don t change anything...

Parrots: african grey parrot, african grey parrot, avian vet
african grey parrot, avian vet, dna: Jack, The best way is to have a DNA sexing done. There is a company which offers DNA sexing without going to an avian vet; it is called Zoogen. Here is a link to their website s FAQ page: http://www.zoogen.biz/faq.html Good luck! Cind...

Parrots: Baby Green Cheeked Conure, seed diet, gram scale
seed diet, gram scale, seed mix: It does sound like she s trying to wean. When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all seed diet,...

Parrots: Baby Indian Ringneck Bird, indian ringneck bird, baby indian
indian ringneck bird, baby indian, baby bird: Wow, Teresa, this is wonderful news! I am so glad that you contacted the breeder and she helped you. It sounds like you are doing a terrific job! Since he is grabbing the syringe, he recognizes it as his source of nutrition, and that is PERFECT. No need...

Parrots: Biting TAG, kitchen cupboard, loud protests
kitchen cupboard, loud protests, wing feathers: You ve got this pretty well diagnosed Gus. You re right about the territorialism (nesting) and her striking out to protect it. When they do this, they aren t thinking straight. It s complete instinct. This is the ideal time to implement the stick...

Parrots: Blue & Gold Mcaw, umbrella cockatoo, dogs howl
umbrella cockatoo, dogs howl, mcaw: As sad as it sounds, your B&G s story isn t that unusual. One of my most successful rescues is a girl from a very similar situation. It s heartbreaking to know that these birds tend to bond to a mate for life (and they consider humans mates ), so to...

Parrots: Blue Headed Parrot, beak and feather disease, blood feather
beak and feather disease, blood feather, female bird: the first thing I do whenever I take in a bird or consult with someone who hasn t had this done is get a DNA/genetic test. For things to screen for: Avian Polyomavirus; PBFD/Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease; Pachecoís Disease (and in some circumstances,...

Parrots: baby eggs, grey cockatiel, cage floor
grey cockatiel, cage floor, african grey: Hi, Alicia! First, your cockatiel isn t an African grey cockatiel. All cockatiels originated in Australia. Second, you didn t say whether or not there is a male cockatiel. If there isn t, no amount of sitting on eggs will make them hatch. If there...

Parrots: baby parakeet, nestbox, parakeet
nestbox, parakeet, roberta: Roberta, This is called splay-leg, and at this point it is much too late to correct the problem. It often happens when the babies are in the nestbox. There are many handicapped birds who get along very well in life. I think you might enjoy this article:...

Parrots: Capturing escaped lovebird, hawk family, bird feeder
hawk family, bird feeder, lovebird: I d put a cage where the bird feeder was, and put food inside it. The lovebird will be more likely to go into it if it was in a cage once because it won t be as scared as a wild bird. When you see it go in, then you can rig it up with a string or wire attached...

Parrots: Cockatiel, hand fed, kitchen window
hand fed, kitchen window, pet shop: Jady, I would say he is definitely not handfed. Since you wanted a tame cockatiel and you didn t get one, I am wondering if you have a warranty on that cockatiel? If you were told he was handfed and he is this wild, you deserve your money back. Cind...

Parrots: Cockatiels--2 questions, transport cage, size cage
transport cage, size cage, male bird: Toby, It sounds like you have done everything you can to find your Bart. I have a feeling he was found by a loving family and is being well-cared for. At this point, I would accept it. Was Bart banded? If so, there is a slight chance that someone is...

Parrots: cockatiel, wild thing, mail
wild thing, mail, multiple times: Hi, Cheri! It sounds like you ve been going through a lot! I can t tell anything about that band number. I would say that the MRT are the breeder s initials, but that s all I can tell. It s considered an untraceable band. I m glad you took out...

Parrots: cockatiel babies, nestbox, nestboxes
nestbox, nestboxes, cockatiels: Doris, Cockatiels don t clean their own nestboxes, so yes, you should have been cleaning the nestbox and replacing the shavings at least a couple of times a week all along. Cockatiels generally start to come out of the next after about 4 weeks, and there...

Parrots: cockatiel behavior, sun conure, cockatiels
sun conure, cockatiels, sexual stimulation: Rudy, Your cockatiel is showing signs of sexual stimulation when she is making that cooing noise. If the male sun conure is near her cage, you might want to move him away or to a different room. There are some good tips in this article which I wrote...

Parrots: cockatoo - hormonal behavior, liver problems, water cups
liver problems, water cups, nighttime hours: The hormonal behavior is triggered by longer daylight hours, even if it s artificial daylight --- or just plain being awake more than they should. You might want to increase her nighttime hours to 13 sleep instead of 12+12. Another option is to move...

Parrots: Determine Age of Orange Wing Amazon, pretty bird, old bird
pretty bird, old bird, innocent look: There are really just two extremes generally noticeable in the age of most birds: The very young and the very old. The younger the bird, the darker their eye iris. Often so dark that it looks like itís all pupil. Itís a really beautiful, innocent look...

Parrots: Egg Laying, timneh african grey parrot, african grey parrot
timneh african grey parrot, african grey parrot, national cockatiel society: Sure is a surprise isn t it? He s a she (no, males cannot lay eggs). 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...

Parrots: Encouraging Breeding Cockatiels, breeding cockatiels, poor muscle tone
breeding cockatiels, poor muscle tone, seed diet: The behavior you re describing with the female s leg sounds more like she s done more than her share of laying. I d bet she was fed a predominantly seed diet too. Tumors may be growing and pressing on nerves which produce the symptom of her having an...

Parrots: Ernie our Macaw, nares nostrils, gold macaw
nares nostrils, gold macaw, tropical climates: Our blue & gold macaw (Sadie) has this condition flare up twice a year during high pollen counts. Itís especially common in macaws and amazons (birds from rainforest/tropical climates). The discharge may harden (rhinoliths) and if not (gently) wiped away...

Parrots: feather plucking, full spectrum bulbs, bird companion
full spectrum bulbs, bird companion, parasite infestation: 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: my galah keeps trying to bite me, galah
galah: Hi galahs92! Your bird is hissing because he is scared. You need to slow down and rethink how you are approaching him. How did you aquire this bird? How much of his history do you know? I would like to help you but I need to know a bit more about...

Parrots: Indian Ringnecks, indian ringnecks, old chicks
indian ringnecks, old chicks, ring necks: The weight you re aiming for is about 115 grams (give or take). If you re going to regularly interact with the bird - have it out of cage every day for no less than 2 hours - then yes, keeping just one is suggested. That way it will bond to the humans...

Parrots: Introducing cockatiel to a puppy, shih tzu puppy, hunting dogs
shih tzu puppy, hunting dogs, boy and a girl: Well, it seems they are doing a good job of introducing themselves! However, I think you are only asking for trouble by allowing a dog to be around birds that fly free. I ve heard of too many occasions when a bird is severely injured by another pet, whether...

Parrots: lava rocks for perch, lava rocks, soultion
lava rocks, soultion, iron content: Seth, Are the lava rocks easily breakable, or are they difficult to remove small pieces from? The reason I ask is that you don t want your cockatiels to break off little pieces with their beaks and ingest them. Lava rocks tend to be high in iron content...

Parrots: leg band, membership chairperson, leg band
membership chairperson, leg band, initals: Jo, If the leg band has any of these initals sideways on it, the band can be traced to find the original breeder, and that breeder will hopefully have records of whom they sold the bird to: ACS, NACS, NCS, SPBE. If one of these sets of initials is on...

Parrots: lesser sulphur crested cockatoos, old wives tales, sulphur crested cockatoos
old wives tales, sulphur crested cockatoos, 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, itís sometimes difficult to wade through the junk science, old wives tales, well meaning owner advice or just plain...

Parrots: lovebird laying eggs, cold at night, lovebirds
cold at night, lovebirds, due date: At this point, yes, pull them. I think it s a good idea to leave eggs until due date, maybe a few days beyond - in order to curb overlaying and physical problems that result - but too long and there s a chance of the eggs spoiling and becoming a threat in...

Parrots: Meyers Parrot, meyers parrot, seed cup
meyers parrot, seed cup, 2 birds: I just love meeting owners like you. An involved observer who really wants to learn to speak bird , which is not so much vocal as it is behavioral. You re absolutely right about the bird getting positive feedback when anyone pulls back quickly or even...

Parrots: macaw eggs, suitable path, human baby
suitable path, human baby, young bird: Thanks for asking this and giving me the opportunity to steer you away from eggs. You rarely get what you pay for, many of those suppliers are nowhere to be found once they have your payment and if, by any chance things worked out - raising a newly hatched...

Parrots: male cockatiel, kathleen kathleen, cockatiels
kathleen kathleen, cockatiels, immaturity: Kathleen, There are some male cockatiels who will kill the eggs. Some also kill the babies. If your cockatiel is over two years old, I would simply not breed him anymore. If your cockatiel is under two years old, I would wait until he is at least two...

Parrots: Parrots, green cheeked conure, sandy dirt
green cheeked conure, sandy dirt, filtration units: There are two possible sources of causation in the new carpet and of course your hubby. The glue used in manufacture of carpeting, the anti-stain treatment and a host of other chemicals will dissipate from new carpet for at least a few weeks if not months....

Parrots: My Parrots behavior problems, miligold macaw, nighttime hours
miligold macaw, nighttime hours, couple questions: It s good that the DNA sexing was done, it s very valuable in at least eliminating the possibility of some female only problems. 8 hours of sleep time needs to be increased to 12. If you tend to get up at 7 a.m., he needs to be tucked in for bedtime...

Parrots: Parrott, time touch, bird supply
time touch, bird supply, rescue organizations: Clipping birdsí nails can be pretty traumatizing. The bird usually gets through it fine, but some humans are never the same. Iíve had both extremes when it comes to birds, including the biggest macaw that seemed to enjoy it, and the next biggest macaw...

Parrots: parakeet, quaker parrot, parakeet
quaker parrot, parakeet, cindy: John, I would not put any birds together unsupervised, however, you could try to put them in a room together, out of their cages, in a supervised setting and see if they get along. When you leave the room, however, please return them both to their cages....

Parrots: parrotlets, parent birds, scrambled egg
parent birds, scrambled egg, artificial colors: Natural weaning occurs at different times for different species, but in all birds the parents will begin feeding less when itís time. The hen often lays another clutch and the father may become a bit aggressive. Sometimes you ll notice parent birds...

Parrots: parrots, fast drying paint, ventilated room
fast drying paint, ventilated room, dry paint: The only paints I use anywhere in my home or habitat are (human) child safe. That means they donít contain lead, chromates or zinc, are low odor and fast drying. These days manufacturers are using an outline of a mother holding a childís hand to indicate...

Parrots: quaker parrot 6 wks old, flap wings, quaker parrot
flap wings, quaker parrot, survival instinct: Perfectly normal, natural baby bird behavior. This is what gets the parents attention when they re in the nest and gets them fed. By flapping their wings they might just end up on top of their nest mates and get fed more than once. This is a survival instinct....

Parrots: quaker parrot w/eggs, national cockatiel society, quaker parrot
national cockatiel society, quaker parrot, chest feathers: The possible way she s effected this very unusual behavior is if the eggs are cracked or broken. I have never heard of this Sarah, so it s not at all usual. A quaker and a conure cannot produce a fertile egg. They can go through the motions, that s...

Parrots: Rejection!, strange behaviour, african grey
strange behaviour, african grey, different color: You need to look to yourself for the answer. Are you wearing a different color? Are your nails done? Have you had your hair cut differently? Sparkly jewelry? There is something about you that is scaring him, and you need to experiment to find out what...

Parrots: Safflower seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, safflower seeds
fresh fruits and vegetables, safflower seeds, pelleted diet: :) You re not poisoning your parrot. I wouldn t let him have all he wants of Safflower seeds, but they are ok. Much better choices than sunflower seeds. A largely pelleted diet is best for a basic feeding plan. Take a look here for more ideas...

Parrots: Scarlet Macaw, scarlet macaw, cage bars
scarlet macaw, cage bars, 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: Settling an African Grey, avian vet, african grey
avian vet, african grey, flock: Heather, It is always a good idea to have a bird visit an Avian vet when you first bring it home. I believe that your Grey is just getting used to its new surrounding, and in some ways, in grief for its previous flock. This kind of move can be quite...

Parrots: Sneezing, avian vet, pet store
avian vet, pet store, parrot: Brenda, If she is sneezing when she is preening, that is okay. If she is sneezing when she is just sitting there doing nothing, that is cause for concern and she should see an avian vet. You should not treat your bird with antibiotics that come from...

Parrots: Sun Conure behavior, sun conure, tail feathers
sun conure, tail feathers, mid body: I m glad you re concerned, which indicates you care a great deal, but let s hope there s no cause for this concern. Tell me more about her day. What is it like and what does she usually eat? How do the feathers look overall? Any bands of dull...

Parrots: sneezing parrot, green cheeked conure, allergy problems
green cheeked conure, allergy problems, dust particles: It could be dust particles, it could be the dryness of the air. If you are all having allergies, is it possible you have mold in the house? I m sure birds can have allergies like any other animal, but since I ve never had a bird with allergies I cannot...

Parrots: Unexpected egg, national cockatiel society, good sources of calcium
national cockatiel society, good sources of calcium, sources of calcium: I m sorry for the delay - computer problems found me offline while having repairs over the last couple days. Whether or not you want them to make babies (I always suggest not ), there s no changing that this egg is already here. There s little chance...

Parrots: Warming up to me?, rope perch, wood perch
rope perch, wood perch, eclectus: There are a lot of factors involved in successful taming of a bird (of the pet variety). Iíve 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: want a senegal, senegal parrots, senegal parrot
senegal parrots, senegal parrot, parrot owner: Ioen, Senegal parrots can be sweet one moment and bite the heck out of your finger the next. They can scream loud, or they can be quiet. Each Senegal parrot has its own unique personality, and they change the way they act from person to person. When...

Parrots: ME, colors and shapes, thay
colors and shapes, thay, mommy: To some extent, yes. For instance, they can learn to identify water and they know what it means when they say that word, especially if it results in them getting water. They can learn colors and shapes. They can even, with a lot of work, learn numbers....

Parrots: African Grey Questions, chocolate candy, tail feathers
chocolate candy, tail feathers, animals birds: With the tailfeather loss I believe you re seeing a normal moult. Keep an eye on it though and be sure you see replacement feathers coming in in the same area. Chocolate contains caffeine, which even in small doses is dangerous to birds; it also...

Parrots: African Greys, blue gold macaw, severe macaw
blue gold macaw, severe macaw, loving companionship: For any birds, even the same species, sharing a cage makes mutual injury a major issue. Far too many times there are birds that have lived together for quite a while and all it takes is one accident. Just one mistake or misplaced bite and the injury could...

Parrots: AGGRESSIVE/JEALOUS SUN CONURE ??, sweet little bird, natural instincts
sweet little bird, natural instincts, dogs and cats: We can t change the nature of the animal, but we can modify the behavior if weíre patient. Birds around dogs and cats, well, just out of self-preservation theyíre not going to be too friendly. These are two, four legged predators and no matter how much...

Parrots: Aggressive behavior, blue and gold macaw, macaws
blue and gold macaw, macaws, behavior modification: The vet is very likely wrong, but unfortunately it s not uncommon. Even many specifically avian vets don t know much about behavior modification unless they pursue specific studies in that field. So, that s the good news! Even 50 year old macaws and...

Parrots: Alexandirine 30 days old babies, chopped apple, balanced food
chopped apple, balanced food, god time: I have a very good guideline, including recipes you can make at home and share with your birds Training is a matter of letting the bird learn you and knowing they can trust you. Once they do, it s not difficult to interact and have it returned. ...

Parrots: Alexandrine skin/feathers, l thyroxine, pin feathers
l thyroxine, pin feathers, lumps and bumps: 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 youíre not dealing with a self-mutilation behavior, which is really, really good!...

Parrots: Amazon Parrot Frequent Molt, blue fronted amazon, amazon parrot
blue fronted amazon, amazon parrot, beautiful birds: It does sound like these beautiful birds are well cared for. Excessive feather loss is a concern though and you re obviously very observant. When an owner feels there is something wrong, it s worthwhile to trust those instincts. This means...

Parrots: adoption, quaker parrott, feather tether
quaker parrott, feather tether, companion bird: It sounds like you have a very happy flock life as it is. Introducing a new companion is always a bit of a challenge, but with patience and persistence, it s usually a success. A fully flighted bird that goes outside is a concern. Unless you...

Parrots: african grey, orange winged amazon, false security
orange winged amazon, false security, african grey: I m VERY glad you re determined to make this his last home. The behavior isn t unusual in a cage-bound bird and biting is often out of fear. There s a lot of details and guidelines for you to look at and put into play here: www.4AnimalCare.org/birds...

Parrots: Baby Catalina Macaw, animal care facility, older baby
animal care facility, older baby, syringe: I understand exactly how you feel. It s scary! Tell me a little more about how they re feeding this baby now. Is it syringe feeding? If so, is the bird a willing feeder or do they have to tube the feed directly to the crop? How old is it ? ...

Parrots: Birds Won't Stop Breeding, sized cages, two females
sized cages, two females, quaranteen: Actually, a more confined place might encourage more laying since it would emulate a nesting site. These girls can cause some serious damage to each other, so yes, avoiding it would be a good idea. Separating. Egg binding is a condition that sometimes...

Parrots: beak grinding, two puppies, successful rescue
two puppies, successful rescue, macaw: Actually, this is a good thing. Beak grinding when everything else is fine and the bird is calm, resting - is a sign of contentment. Stop by and see Sadie. She s my most successful rescue, also re-homed many times at a very young age, and not all of...

Parrots: My bird eye is swollen, companion birds, nares nostrils
companion birds, nares nostrils, inflamed eyes: Eye redness, swelling, discharge are on the list of signs of illness in our companion birds (look here for more) http://www.petvets.com/petcare/birds2.html#recognize There is even more information about it here http://www.letstalkbirds.com/budgie.htm#one...

Parrots: black masked lovebirds, black masked lovebirds, masked love birds
black masked lovebirds, masked love birds, pine shavings: Hi, Chris, In my years of experience with lovies, I recommend you remove the pine shavings from the nesting box. Lovies are one of only a few parrots who build deep nests. However, you need to allow them to do this themselves by placing newspaper, paper...

Parrots: blue fronted amazon parrot, blue fronted amazon parrot, blue fronted amazon
blue fronted amazon parrot, blue fronted amazon, blue amazon: You re a very good caregiver so stop blaming yourself for changes that are rather normal in these very smart birds. The first few days or weeks are a period of adjustment. They settle into a routine, as do you, after that. If you want it to be...

Parrots: blue and gold health concern, blue and gold macaw, egg binding
blue and gold macaw, egg binding, vent area: What to be watching for is happening right now. Egg binding is when an egg doesnít exit the female bird. Dystocia is the obstruction of oviposition or cloacal function because of the egg in the distal oviduct. If you even suspect that your hen (female...

Parrots: blue and gold macaw, biting, blue and gold macaw, rasberry bushes
blue and gold macaw, rasberry bushes, sourse: I feel your pain. Literally. I have had plenty of experience with bites like pliers and going to bed at night with ice packs and bandages on both arms. Let s take a step back and start all over, as if she s brand new again ok? This shouldn t take...

Parrots: My Cockatiel, kept birds, dogs cats
kept birds, dogs cats, tiels: The kind of lice that mammals (dogs, cats, people) get doesn t usually infect birds. The kind of lice that infects birds, nearly never infects mammals. So it s possible this is still a parasite, however, lice isn t the only one it could be. ...

Parrots: my Cockatiel, sweet potato squash, raw cut
sweet potato squash, raw cut, sunflower seeds: The most important thing to start with is removing the grit. Birds with hooked bills do not need and should never have grit. It can cause a serious impaction in their crop or gut that may require surgery to remove. He should only be having about 15-20%...

Parrots: Cockatoo, playstand, bird care
playstand, bird care, new bird: Not all birds will become screamers - and spoiling a bird is the least we can do to make up for taking them out of the sky right? The secret to ideal bird care is respecting the bird for what they are, and not trying to make them human . After all,...

Parrots: cockateil, happy new year, waste of money
happy new year, waste of money, internet products: This is usually a symptom of crop infection or other intestinal problem that will likely respond to a course of prescribed med from your vet. Don t bother with the pet store or internet products - waste of money and they don t work. You need to have...

Parrots: disease transmittal to human, mini macaw, fecal contamination
mini macaw, fecal contamination, lower abdomen: Your bird probably didn t come with psittacosis, so unless your roommate gave it to him, where would it have come from? Even if he has it, roommate would have to be inhaling (not eating) the bird s dander, dried droppings and other materials. ...

Parrots: Earning Trust, handfed baby, lovebird
handfed baby, lovebird, lovey: I m not sure what source indicated you need to touch their wings, but it s not a source I d trust very much. Here are two really good places to start when it comes to ideal care for your lovey and video for training www.4AnimalCare.org/birds...

Parrots: Eclectus tumor, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase
aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, liver cells: A study published by (and in journals) with the Dept. of Nutrition, Zootechnics & Zoohygiene and the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences as recently as 2007-08 indicates that Silvbum marianum (milk thistle) had notable effects on the overall...

Parrots: My ekkie thinks I am a perch...all the time!, quaker parrots, feed cups
quaker parrots, feed cups, playstand: You need make being somewhere else more of a reward for him than being on you. And make being on you, without an invitation to be there, something that gets negative input. When he lands on you and you don t want him there, remove him to where you...

Parrots: excessive fall of feather, parasite infestation, bird companion
parasite infestation, bird companion, avian vet: 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: First Time Bird Owner, HELP!, eclectus parrots, pellet diets
eclectus parrots, pellet diets, all types of birds: Cockatoos, macaws, Eclectus, or any parrot this size should not be allowed around children under about 12 years old. Children (especially younger ones), have higher pitches in their voices and tend toward jerky movements, even the subtle, quick changes...

Parrots: Birds Won't Stop Breeding, avian vet, stress symptoms
Parrots: Birds Won't Stop Breeding, avian vet, stress symptoms, room time

Parrots: I hate this bird, good sense of humour, passionate couples
Parrots: I hate this bird, good sense of humour, passionate couples, celebrity panel

Parrots: taming wild green cheek conures, couple pointers, brown throated conure
Parrots: taming wild green cheek conures, couple pointers, brown throated conure, human interaction

Parrots: What to feed my three weeks yellow naped amazon ?, yellow naped amazon, baby parrot
yellow naped amazon, baby parrot, seed diet: Thank you for asking about this and caring about doing the right thing for your Amazon. It sounds like it s time to give less food in your feedings. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing a pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an...

Parrots: Handfeeding a conure, sun conure, seed diet
sun conure, seed diet, gram scale: When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all seed diet, which is not natural for any Psittacine)...

Parrots: Help, bird care, cockatiel
bird care, cockatiel, feces: If you caught this early enough and there are no symptoms such as going off her food, acting differently, fluffing up a lot, staying at or near the bottom of her cage, seeking warmth, etc. - she s probably ok If you notice any one of these symptoms,...

Parrots: Housing different birds together, two birds, african grey
two birds, african grey, cockatiel: It s never a good idea to house two birds together if you want them to be bonded to you. Two birds of this size difference is potentially dangerous. All it would take is one little disagreement and toes, feet, beaks or even heads could end up missing....

Parrots: I hate this bird, quiet birds, natural retreat
quiet birds, natural retreat, mad man: Would it help to know that you are not alone? In fact, new people entering the cozy little bonded flock are often poorly received and noise, along with biting, are the tools a macaw has and feels free to use. It might surprise you to learn that YOU...

Parrots: hello !, home companions, avian vet
home companions, avian vet, vet visits: Congratulations on your new addition! This bird, with proper care and regular (at least once a year) vet visits should live into its 60 s! That s a long time left to go. It s important to make that first vet visit soon. You can find out what...

Parrots: humidity, drs foster and smith, full spectrum light
drs foster and smith, full spectrum light, full spectrum lights: Very good question. Increasing humidity can be done with a humidifier or to really boost it, put a vaporizer in the room. The hot steam might help increase the overall room temp making it nicer for you too. The biggest problem might be the lack of...

Parrots: Indian Ringneck behavior, indian ringneck, natural instincts
indian ringneck, natural instincts, dogs and cats: We can t change the nature of the animal, but we can modify the behavior if weíre patient. Birds around dogs and cats, well, just out of self-preservation theyíre not going to be too friendly. These are two, four legged predators and no matter how much...

Parrots: Indian Ringneck Parrot, indian ringneck parrot, cage bars
indian ringneck parrot, cage bars, two birds: Good question Paul and yes, you re right, a pair will be more difficult to tame and bond to you. However, difficult doesn t mean impossible. If you re willing to take a couple extra steps, including housing them in separate cages, it can work out quite...

Parrots: LOVE BIRD Behavior, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, sources of calcium: You are absolutely right that this is mating behavior. She doesn t need a partner, but she really should be discouraged from doing this. A female is prone to egg laying and we really don t want her doing that. Of course eggs laid without a male...

Parrots: Lorikeet eyes, companion birds, nares nostrils
companion birds, nares nostrils, cotton balls: Eye redness, swelling, discharge are on the list of signs of illness in our companion birds (look here for more) http://www.petvets.com/petcare/birds2.html#recognize There is even more information about it here http://www.letstalkbirds.com/budgie.htm#one...

Parrots: lovebirds, three birds, bird wing
three birds, bird wing, new bird: You ve done a very good hearted thing by taking in this wayward visitor. Far too many people fall into a sense of false security, believing their bird won t fly away or get lost, until the day it happens. Unfortunately, they don t always end up as lucky...

Parrots: Macaw and a mirror, blue and gold macaw, mirrow
blue and gold macaw, mirrow, babysitter: As long as he still interacts normally with you and you continue to be the main focus in his life, a mirror is fine. If you use the mirror as a babysitter too much - you could possibly lose your companion s devotion. He could become aggressive, cage...

Parrots: macaws, check ups, new bird
check ups, new bird, freinds: Hi Zahraa, I ll be happy to help you prepare for your new bird. You have a big task ahead of you - and with the right care, your macaw will be there for you when you enter your 70 s!!!! Can you imagine that? With that in mind, you have to think ahead....

Parrots: Nanday Conure, birds use their beaks, neck feathers
birds use their beaks, neck feathers, delightful fellow: You re doing a nice job and congratulations on your new companion. A bite or nip now and then is acceptable as long as it s not out of viciousness. Birds use their beaks to communicate, mutually groom and even show affection by nature. You need to...

Parrots: Night time Sleep, thick sock, water bowl
thick sock, water bowl, snuggly: Yes. In fact, establishing a separate sleep cage is a good idea. A smaller cage with just the basics: A soft perch (I use rope perches for sleep cages), a food and water bowl and a snuggly . The snuggly can be an old, clean, thick sock tied through...

Parrots: need help w/baby conure, monkey chow, overripe bananas
monkey chow, overripe bananas, palm stuff: I understand how you don t want to make him dependent on physical attention and that s a very good idea. He s pretty new though and very young - so a little more at this point is not a negative, but will help him emotionally develop and yes, learn how to...

Parrots: new bird not eating, natural jam, sunflower seeds
natural jam, sunflower seeds, bird care: It s not uncommon for a bird recently re homed to feel insecure and not be interested in eating. While you re holding the bird and snuggling, share some of what you re eating as long as it s healthy food. Try a dab of natural jam or jelly on a small...

Parrots: Our Orange Winged Amazon, orange winged amazon, cherry headed conure
orange winged amazon, cherry headed conure, vent area: 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) for sperm from the vas deferens meets with the femaleís cloaca which receives it for fertilization...

Parrots: odd behavior, happy bird, bird care
happy bird, bird care, odd behavior: These birds are, as you say, clowns and they re pretty smart. My first inclination is that your lory has trained you to do a trick he enjoys. As long as there are no other symptoms of concern, all other behavior is normal, droppings are good,...

Parrots: orange winged amazon, orange winged amazon, disinfect food
orange winged amazon, disinfect food, orange wings: I m truly sorry for your loss. I know how devastating it can be to lose a family member like this after so many years and a terrible illness. Since you already know the personality of a male, I d adopt another male. There s a comfort in familiarity,...

Parrots: Parakeet, vent area, purse string
vent area, purse string, oval line: I believe what you re seeing is early signs of a prolapse. 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) for sperm from the vas deferens...

Parrots: Parrot Screeching, bird screams, goffin cockatoo
bird screams, goffin cockatoo, boom cars: 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 deny them your attention. So, when there...

Parrots: Patagonian Conure?, patagonian conure, avian behaviorists
patagonian conure, avian behaviorists, behavior consultants: These birds tend to remain as friendly and personable as they start out to be, as long as their owner keeps up the same interaction. Patty will, of course, have her own personality - as you know all birds do - but often the best combination of the two...

Parrots: Peach faced lovebirds, peach faced lovebirds, dislocated hip
peach faced lovebirds, dislocated hip, paper towels: Splayed Leg/Dislocated hip details can be found here: www.cagenbird.com/splayed_leg.htm and www.bluequaker.com/Art-037.htm Splayed legs tend to happen early in the nest when the chick canít find enough traction to hold their legs underneath...

Parrots: parrotlet lost his sight, pacific parrotlet, avian vet
pacific parrotlet, avian vet, different tunes: Yes, I have heard of temporary blindness and strokes aren t nearly as common as thought. This is a very young bird and it would be worth seeing a specialist for him. Here s how to justify it (I do this all the time) - consider his lifespan at about...

Parrots: How to prevent my parrot's biting ?, yellow naped amazon, quiet approach
yellow naped amazon, quiet approach, 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: quaker parrot, fresh fruits vegetables, quaker parrots
fresh fruits vegetables, quaker parrots, quaker parrot: Before you undertake breeding any bird for the first time, let me try to play devilís advocate with what you need to be prepared for ok? A female bird who is mating (along with many who arenít paired up) will be egg laying and when a bird is laying,...

Parrots: Red Fronted Macaw Regurgitation????, even stranger, sticky mess
even stranger, sticky mess, mating behavior: Your bird is trying to regurgitate to you as a sign of bonding, submission and perhaps even mating behavior It s something you shouldn t encourage, but don t yell at him/her for it either. When it starts, just stop whatever you re doing and turn...

Parrots: ringneck parakeet, e mail address, parasite infestation
e mail address, 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: root cause behind green-cheek conure laying eggs, cheek conure, egg laying
cheek conure, egg laying, restrictive diet: That s an interesting accusation. From the rest of this vet s instructions I would have to believe he is either painfully inexperienced with birds or wasn t paying attention in class that day. It s a bit of a stretch to assume that fat might lead to...

Parrots: Sun Conure, unweaned birds, pellet diet
unweaned birds, pellet diet, matter what kind: First, calm down. These birds have been doing this without any help for thousands of years. You re right, they need additional attention to their diet. Hopefully you have them on a pellet diet already, which is the best diet for any pet bird and it...

Parrots: sun conure sex, sun conure, professional breeders
sun conure, professional breeders, two birds: If the one that s humping is moving forward on an object, tail sort of tucked under or to the side, chances are it s a male. The preening activity you re describing in the other bird is something both males and females will do. Breeding birds...

Parrots: sun conures, fresh fruits vegetables, egg layer
fresh fruits vegetables, egg layer, mineral blocks: A female bird who is mating has a hugely increased chance of egg binding (an egg getting stuck). This is a medical emergency and without treatment to help get it out, the bird may die. Also, an egg layer needs much higher levels of calcium and overall...

Parrots: Terrified budgie!, fresh fruit and vegetables, preferred perch
fresh fruit and vegetables, preferred perch, 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 doesnít do anything for the relationship that should be harmonious....

Parrots: talking parrot, voice box, vocal sounds
voice box, vocal sounds, syrinx: Parrots have a syrinx, not a voice box. I m not at all sure what this previous owner meant by it being gone . I suspect they are trying to fabricate an excuse for the bird not talking. If the bird is making whistles and sounds, the syrinx is intact. ...

Parrots: taming wild green cheek conures, taming birds
taming birds: The most important thing you need to arm yourself with is patience. Look at it this way, if you arenít patient and push for immediate or Ďquickí results, you will fail and have an aggressive or frightened bird for a long time, if not the rest of its life....

Parrots: What may you think it is?, budgie parakeet, bird section
budgie parakeet, bird section, life span: This does appear to be a male, which means you re likely to find him using words more than you might expect and his song can be beautiful. He s a budgie (parakeet) There are lots of tips and guidelines here www.4AnimalCare.org/birds ...

Parrots: Why is my tiel laying eggs?, vet appointment, good sources of calcium
vet appointment, 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: umbrella cockatoos, umbrella cockatoos, rope perch
umbrella cockatoos, rope perch, species of parrot: While many birds can be purchased relatively inexpensively, like $10 parakeets or a few hundred dollars for a larger species of parrot - this is far from where the expense ends. As an animal rescue and bird behavior/nutrition consultant working with (and...

Parrots: Weaning lovebird?, seed diet, gram scale
seed diet, gram scale, little seed: When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all seed diet, which is not natural for a bird despite what...

Parrots: i just wanted a family bird!!!, social bird, family bird
social bird, family bird, pretty bird: This bird has shown amazing cooperation in changing as much as he has already, especially after such a rough start in life. He s not being bad , he s being a bird. The behavior you re describing is perfectly normal. He s apparently chosen just you...

Parrots: my weiros attitude, budgie parakeet, physical interaction
budgie parakeet, physical interaction, two females: Unfortunately, once you introduced another bird, you only made things worse. Obviously you know this now. The only option for improvement would be to house them in separate cages. If you have a multiple number of parrots, whether a budgie/parakeet...

Parrots: worried, parott, bird care
parott, bird care, new toys: It sounds like the bird is just afraid or cautious of the new toys. I ve found many parrots are like this, while others are enthusiastically curious. Try taking the toys out and see if the behavior changes. If it doesn t, you might want to consult...

Parrots: yellow nape amazon claws over grown, yellow nape amazon, gram stains
yellow nape amazon, gram stains, home companions: It sounds like this bird didn t come from very good conditions. The first thing you have to do (this really is a priority) is have her evaluated by a vet. Find an avian vet near you http://aav.org/vet-lookup and http://veccs.org/hospital_directory.php...

Parrots: africa gray, cotton clothesline, kitchen magnet
cotton clothesline, kitchen magnet, pellet diet: First and foremost, do not give any bird any human vitamin. Birds are far better off getting all of their necessary vitamins from food sources. One way to be sure your bird will be the healthiest it can be would be to maintain it on a pellet diet. Ideally,...

Parrots: Bathing, baby soap, shower perch
baby soap, shower perch, cage floor: Keeping your bird happy, healthy and clean is pretty easy. Most importantly is always make sure the temp is at least 70 degrees and there are no drafts. A shallow bowl of clean water placed on the cage floor may be ignored for days or even weeks,...

Parrots: Bird allergy?, african grey parrot, allergic alveolitis
african grey parrot, allergic alveolitis, allergy medications: Just like some people are allergic to cats or dogs, allergies to birds exist too. Allergic alveolitis is a problem bird keepers might encounter in themselves: http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/alveolitis.html There are 3 types of this...

Parrots: Blue and Gold Macaw, blue and gold macaw, pellet diet
blue and gold macaw, pellet diet, fresh foods: As the bird gets older, the crop becomes less elastic and of less capacity. The formula should be reduced as fresh foods and preferably a pellet diet is introduced and encouraged. You can see a guideline of what foods to feed and more about how to...

Parrots: Bourke Laid an Egg, 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: bite force parrot, broom handle, gentle bird
broom handle, gentle bird, macaws: It depends on the macaw, but for a general idea, a green wing, scarlet and others in this size range have been found to generate 2,000 psi This is enough to break a mop or broom handle in half. The smaller macaws still produce enough pressure per...

Parrots: Discolored Congo African Grey Eye, congo african grey, fatty liver disease
congo african grey, fatty liver disease, vet appointment: This doesn t look like an emergency right now and as long as you don t see it getting worse or any other changes in Dewey s behavior such as eating less or not eating at all - let s try this for the next 24 hours: Boric acid solution may be tried...

Parrots: eggs, blue and gold macaw, supply 1
blue and gold macaw, supply 1, doing the right thing: It s best that all egg laying be prevented. You re doing the right thing in leaving her eggs there for at least 21 days - sneaking in fake eggs or allowing her to nest on nuts and other things is also fine. To specifically answer your question, a...

Parrots: Fatty cysts, whole grain cereals, pied cockatiel
whole grain cereals, pied cockatiel, seed diets: Uropygial Gland problems are also not uncommon as the result of vitamin A deficiency (largely seed diets). From what you describe, your birds are on a wonderful diet - so there s no denying that this is unusual, but it can (obviously) happen Vitamin...

Parrots: Rosella Females Together?, flight cage, two birds
Parrots: Rosella Females Together?, flight cage, two birds, aggression

Parrots: feather plucking, space issue, insufficiencies
space issue, insufficiencies, lutino: One of the most common causes of self plucking like this is nutritional insufficiencies, which is in line with the background you ve described. When another bird, including a mate, begins plucking that bird you may be dealing with a space issue. It could...

Parrots: Gender confusion, calcium deficiencies, parrot species
calcium deficiencies, parrot species, egg binding: This so-called bird person has done little more than prove beyond any doubt that they are no more an expert than most people who wander through a pet store. Sad isn t it? Just like anyone can answer phones at the vet s office - it doesn t make them a...

Parrots: Green Cheeked Conure biting, cheeked conure, queensland australia
cheeked conure, queensland australia, lovely bird: It sounds like this conure has assumed the role of dominant bird over your daughter, a very common behavior in all birds, but conures are, in my experience, quite cocky. One of the things to change right off is allowing him to ride on shoulders. This...

Parrots: galah sneezing, nares nostrils, tropical climates
nares nostrils, tropical climates, veterinary intervention: This is probably a simple allergy - he might even be allergic to his own dander. On the other hand 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...

Parrots: Loss of Parrot, hemorrage, fruit mix
hemorrage, fruit mix, conure: I am truly sorry for your loss and I understand the pain of not knowing what happened or how. Yes, it is possible for a bird to appear to be eating, or actually eating and not processing the nutrition properly. This is nearly always the result of disease...

Parrots: love birds, minor miracles, public speakers
minor miracles, public speakers, pin point: When it comes to teaching a bird to talk, itís important to start with a bird that actually has this capability and the desire. Just like not all people are great public speakers or conversationalists, birds have their own personalities as well. Putting...

Parrots: moluccan behavior, umbrella cockatoo, moluccan cockatoo
umbrella cockatoo, moluccan cockatoo, good sources of calcium: This is normal behavior, but it should be discouraged because it could lead to egg laying. 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...

Parrots: OW Amazons, paper towel tube, mirror images
paper towel tube, mirror images, human interaction: One of the most common questions I receive, ďHow do I separate birds that have been sharing a cage forever?Ē To do this it would be best to buy two very large, identical cages. Yes, that means the one cage theyíve been sharing goes up to an online auction...

Parrots: Parrot bathing, severe macaw, intelligent birds
severe macaw, intelligent birds, egg binding: You can have this done yourself if you re confident enough to clip a toenail just short enough to produce a couple drops of blood. You have to be very careful though because too short can cause serious bleeding. Have some corn starch at hand to act...

Parrots: Ringneck diet, grated carrots, vet visit
grated carrots, vet visit, emergency vet: It s about time to start weaning and from what you describe, you re doing well. When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly...

Parrots: Rosella Females Together?, friendly birds, stress reactions
friendly birds, stress reactions, two birds: The enclosure would have to be large enough for both of them to fully extend their wings at the same time without touching each other or any side of the cage Otherwise you ll face territorial problems that can cause some serious fighting and injuries,...

Parrots: rescue bird, honeymoon period, loving bird
honeymoon period, loving bird, amazon: Alas, the honeymoon is over. It s surprising to me that you haven t seen this before. I see it in nearly 100% of all rescues and it occurs almost exactly 7 to 10 days after they re rescued or adopted into a new home. That first period of time (the...

Parrots: Seizure in Blue and Gold Macaw, seizure episode, seizure type
seizure episode, seizure type, avian vet: Thanks for the additional info. I commend you for the exceptional care you re giving this bird and wish more owners were this conscientious. You can feed her yogurt (as well as natural cheeses like mozzerella) on a daily basis if you d like. These...

Parrots: Sick Parakeet, air sac, slue
air sac, slue, stool sample: What you re seeing when you don t see your bird s symptoms consistently is a hard-wired instinct that bird s are masters at, also called masking . They are one of the best in the entire animal kingdom at hiding their weaknesses, illnesses or injuries. ...

Parrots: My sneezing,squatting blue and gold macaw, blue and gold macaw, home companions
blue and gold macaw, home companions, avian vet: First, B&G s are very prone to allergies and this is one of the highest allergen times of the year. As long as it s eating, drinking and behaving normally - and there s no color to the discharge - it probably isn t serious. Keep the nares wiped clear...

Parrots: stressed out lovebird, vet visit, shower perch
vet visit, shower perch, stress response: It sounds like some water might have gotten into his nares. You did the right thing in keeping him dry and warm afterwards and I suggest you keep it up. Wipe his nares to keep them clear and be sure he continues to eat as usual. Monitor his droppings...

Parrots: taming a ring neck, mango papaya, rope perch
mango papaya, rope perch, thick socks: The first thing I d suggest is providing a sleep cage . It doesn t have to be a big cage, just one with a single perch (preferably a rope perch which is easy on his feet and legs), a source of water and a small amount of food. It should be in a quiet...

Parrots: Weak positive result for Chlamydiosis, inflammation of the brain, chlamydiosis
inflammation of the brain, chlamydiosis, psittacosis: Quite often the bird doesnít show noticeable symptoms, which can be very dangerous since this is a zoonotic disease and can prove quite serious in humans. The very young, the elderly and anyone with impaired immune systems are at higher risk, but this is...

Parrots: My 2.5 Year Old Congo African Grey Loves Men and Not Me, congo african grey, angry noises
congo african grey, angry noises, wing feather: Yes, absolutely your sweet songs count! Keep it up. You have wonderful instincts and I think you should trust yourself more. Follow what you feel. Toweling isn t exactly a training - it s what s done when there is no other option. Ideally what you...

Parrots: 3yo alexandrine, natural wood perches, rope perch
natural wood perches, rope perch, wood perch: Nutritional issues accounts for up to 90% of feather problems according to some published veterinary medical studies and research. For more about the right nutrition for healthy feather and an overall happy bird take a look here www.4Animalcare.org/birds...

Parrots: My 4 month old Indian Ringneck bits and wont let go! Please help!, ringneck parakeet, rope perch
ringneck parakeet, rope perch, eating a healthy diet: The first thing I d suggest is providing a sleep cage . It doesn t have to be a big cage, just one with a single perch (preferably a rope perch which is easy on his feet and legs), a source of water and a small amount of food. It should be in a quiet...

Parrots: African grey ill, propylene glycol, feather mites
propylene glycol, feather mites, air sac: 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: Alexandrine 6 weeks old bites, xmas pressie, aggressive bird
xmas pressie, aggressive bird, misunderstandings: Don t worry about so many questions. I d rather you ask right away than have things progress and end up terrible misunderstandings between you and your companion. It s far easier to prevent a problem than to solve them. He s not biting because he doesn...

Parrots: Alexandrines, tame pets, physical interaction
tame pets, physical interaction, share toys: It won t matter what sex combination you have as long as you keep them separate. And it s quite easy to keep them both bonded to you this way. So in the case of birds, you can have your cake and eat it too :) Provide the largest cage possible...

Parrots: african grey parrot, african grey parrot, rope perch
african grey parrot, rope perch, check ups: A lot of people need to work or leave for other reasons for several hours during the day. When you have a single bird, or even a couple of birds, you want to be sure they have regular mental and visual input. Placing the cage near a window, safe from...

Parrots: Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot Healthy Diet, blue fronted amazon parrot, blue fronted amazon
blue fronted amazon parrot, blue fronted amazon, ozone emissions: This kind of bird isn t suggested around children under the age of 12 to 14 years old. I d prefer these birds in adult only homes. Their soul mate is anyone they bond with and consider a flock mate. That s you if you want the job. Being re...

Parrots: Blue & Gold wing feather, wing feather, gold wing
wing feather, gold wing, blue gold: It s possible that this is a one time only thing and that come his next molt it will be normal again, but it s also possible this is an indication of some other problem. I strongly suggest yearly check ups for all of our birds and it might be a good...

Parrots: biting parrot, mango papaya, rope perch
mango papaya, rope perch, thick socks: It s never too late and with a bird that will live into it s 40 s or even older, 7 years old is just a youngster! Amazons are pretty good talkers too, so this should come in time as it develops a trust and bonding to you. The first thing I d suggest...

Parrots: blue and gold Macaw, natural antibiotics, good bacteria
natural antibiotics, good bacteria, diariah: Let me go over a few things here and hopefully we can work together in your lovely macaw s care. I avoid antibiotics at all costs, using only when absolutely necessary and here s why: Good bacteria far outnumber the bad bacteria that causes...

Parrots: Cockatoo, thick sock, water bowl
thick sock, water bowl, snuggly: Establishing a separate sleep cage is a good idea. A smaller cage with just the basics: A soft perch (I use rope perches for sleep cages), a food and water bowl and a snuggly . The snuggly can be an old, clean, thick sock tied through the bars at the...

Parrots: Congo African Gray problems, congo african, toweling
congo african, toweling, instinct: Toweling is something we do when we re trying to subdue a difficult bird in a difficult situation. I don t know any bird that likes it. It goes against every instinct they have. Even in birds that are fine with playing with towels and being covered...

Parrots: compatible birds, 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: concure, rope perch, wood perch
rope perch, wood perch, public speakers: You re doing a good job already - it s just a matter of taking it a few steps further. Keep in mind though, he s still just a baby and like any baby, it can take years to teach them to do things. Just like you re always learning new things, a bird does...

Parrots: diet change, vet visit, emergency vet
vet visit, emergency vet, seed diet: When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all seed diet, which is not natural for any Psittacine)...

Parrots: Female Congo African Grey laying egg, congo african grey, good sources of calcium
congo african grey, good sources of calcium, egg binding: Leaving the egg(s) is the right answer. Feel free to print this out and share it with that vet so they get the right information out there instead of perpetuating misinformation. When a bird lays sheís got a very increased risk for egg binding...

Parrots: Green Cheek Conure behavior changes, green cheeked conure, medication regimen
green cheeked conure, medication regimen, cheek conure: Oh no kidding - I originally lived in a small town just outside of Saratoga and before Lk. George. It s good to know this vet has more than casual experience. Still, just like not all vets are aware of ideal nutritional needs for cats unless they specialize...

Parrots: indian ring neck, 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: indian ringnecks, indian ringnecks, electric blankets
indian ringnecks, electric blankets, electric blanket: Probably not. If humans can comfortably survive the indoor temp, he can too. However, I d prefer a covered cage at night in order to assure that no drafts get through Here is how I make a heated cage for a bird to sleep more comfortably in a cool house....

Parrots: live bug found in African Grey poo?!, garbage disposal, couple seconds
garbage disposal, couple seconds, african grey: Where are the birds kept? Indoors only or allowed outside? How old are they and how long have they been with you? Are you 100% positive that this bug wasn t already in the sink ? What do the birds typically eat? ---- No, it is not likely...

Parrots: live in neighbours!, blue gold macaw, ring neck parrots
blue gold macaw, ring neck parrots, severe macaw: The top reasons for not doing this is because cages are rarely big enough for more than two. Each bird should be able to fully extend their wings, at the same time, without touching each other and while sharing the same level perch. One bird...

Parrots: Meyers Parrot, meyers parrot, mango papaya
meyers parrot, mango papaya, rope perch: I ll bet you can do this yourself and I m going to give you a step by step to show you how The first thing I d suggest is providing a sleep cage . It doesn t have to be a big cage, just one with a single perch (preferably a rope perch which is easy...

Parrots: Meyers parrot keeps laying eggs, meyers parrot, shell egg
meyers parrot, shell egg, egg shells: OK, you re right - this is something we need to stop in order to preserve her health. It sounds like she s over-laying and these malformed eggs are a symptom. As you know, egg laying is something that every female bird can do without benefit of male...

Parrots: Mustache Parakeet weaning and biting., baby rice cereal, organic baby food
baby rice cereal, organic baby food, mustache parakeet: When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all seed diet, which is not natural for any Psittacine)...

Parrots: maccaw has broblem in leg nerve, magnificent creatures, perches
magnificent creatures, perches, left leg: The good news is that he didn t find a break or fracture. Birds are incredible when it comes to healing and if they don t heal, they simply live with whatever their limitations are. Keep the bird safe and secure by lowering perches or even eliminating...

Parrots: mustached, vet visit, emergency vet
vet visit, emergency vet, nutritional suggestions: If this is a wild bird, hatched to wild parents and in a natural nest, no. It s illegal for a number of reasons, including the extremely high risk of disease that wildlife may host even if they show no signs of it; but also because it throws the natural balance...

Parrots: painted conure, broad spectrum antibiotics, pet smarts
broad spectrum antibiotics, pet smarts, home companions: Whenever there s an odor noticeable from either end of your bird - it absolutely must be evaluated with a hands on exam. The bird very likely has an infection of some sort and the problem is that it could be any one of several. The bigger problem is that...

Parrots: my parrot, thick sock, instinctive behaviors
thick sock, instinctive behaviors, water bowl: I am an advocate of covering, but I take it a step further with a sleep cage. A typical day in the life of your bird would be rising at daybreak, vocalizing with the rest of the nearby flock, sort of making sure everyone is still there and learning the...

Parrots: parrot 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: pet parrot, old wives tales, fresh fruit and vegetables
old wives tales, fresh fruit and vegetables, companion birds: We can approach this from the two most likely angles of concern: Nutrition and sleep. So much information is flooding the net these days about what to feed a companion bird, whether a budgie/parakeet, cockatiel or marvelous macaw, itís sometimes difficult...

Parrots: please help my parrots tail feathers are falling out, typical health problems, amazon parrot
typical health problems, amazon parrot, companion birds: I m very glad you ve asked about those drops rather than just using them. These products, along with over-the-counter antibiotics, are not only completely useless for a bird, but in recent studies and reports are linked to more and more deaths. The terrible...

Parrots: quakers, fatty liver disease, veterinary intervention
fatty liver disease, veterinary intervention, seed diet: It s very difficult to know for sure what s going on without a hands on exam, so let me go over the more typical reasons behind what you re seeing: Sometimes a tumor on the kidney will not appear on the outside of the body, but other symptoms such...

Parrots: regarding runny nose in grey, month old baby, tropical climates
month old baby, tropical climates, feather dust: Our blue & gold macaw (Sadie) has this condition flare up twice a year during high pollen counts. Itís especially common in macaws and amazons (birds from rainforest/tropical climates). The discharge may harden (rhinoliths) and if not (gently) wiped away...

Parrots: rescue congo african grey parrot, congo african grey parrot, congo african grey
congo african grey parrot, congo african grey, african grey parrot: I will certainly give it my very best effort as I m positive you will. When I bring a bird into my home and rescue, no matter how old they are or what conditions they came from, I start with them like theyíre brand new. Itís not unusual for some...

Parrots: ringneck parrot, baby rice cereal, organic baby food
baby rice cereal, organic baby food, seed diet: It s just about time for your little one to wean When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all...

Parrots: My Senegal Parot, rope perch, mood swings
rope perch, mood swings, throgh: What a cute name! I m very glad you re not hurling him. Let s see if we can fix this The first thing I d suggest is providing a sleep cage . It doesn t have to be a big cage, just one with a single perch (preferably a rope perch which is easy on...

Parrots: Severe macaw, severe macaw, creative attempts
severe macaw, creative attempts, wonderful yesterday: Is this head bobbing and then the delivery of regurgitated, partially digested food or are you seeing head shaking and the flinging of vomitus everywhere ? If it s head bobbing and regurgitation, the breeder is right, it s a way for the bird to show...

Parrots: Solid Foods, apples and bananas, food options
apples and bananas, food options, something soft: I wouldn t introduce seeds until he s weaned onto pellets. As for nuts, go ahead and enjoy! Start with something soft like an almond and give it a crack first though so it s easier for him and have fun watching him discover the joys of big bird food. ...

Parrots: Splay-legged lovebirds, makeup sponge, dislocated hip
makeup sponge, dislocated hip, paper towels: Splayed Leg/Dislocated hip details can be found here: www.cagenbird.com/splayed_leg.htm and www.bluequaker.com/Art-037.htm http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/articles/splay.php Splayed legs tend to happen early in the nest when...

Parrots: Our severe macaw, Mickey, severe macaw, positive reinforcement
severe macaw, positive reinforcement, everyday all day: You re right that this is likely due to acting out over a change in routine. Even though it seemed to improve a little he s learned a valuable lesson in that his improper behavior, both the biting and the screaming, get him a reaction. Remember, our screaming...

Parrots: skin irritation in african grey, african grey parrot, bald spots
african grey parrot, bald spots, skin irritation: How old is the bird? Male, female? When did this start? Are you seeing bald spots or any sores of any kind? Where is the bird kept (indoors or outdoors)? What is it fed? Any other birds? The more info you offer, the better ...

Parrots: sunflower seeds, raw sunflower seeds, grade peanuts
raw sunflower seeds, grade peanuts, bird nutrition: You might be surprised to learn that sunflower seeds overall are not good for birds. I don t allow any at all for my rescues, but if someone insists upon it, 1 or 2 seeds a day may be ok. They are far, far too high in fat. The other thing that people...

Parrots: tiel hen plucking, psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease
psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease, zinc toxicity: No, honestly, it shouldn t cost that much. Let s start with one step at a time though ok? Have the initial check up and hear what they say. You ll probably be given an antibiotic - which you must, must, must give exactly as directed and until it s...

Parrots: Weaning Baby Cockatoo, weaning baby, goffins cockatoo
weaning baby, goffins cockatoo, vet visit: When itís time to wean a bird itís a stressful event, often for both the bird and the human. Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all seed diet, which is not natural for any Psittacine)...

Parrots: I want to set free my mom lovebirds, mom lives, poor creatures
mom lives, poor creatures, two birds: I used to feel the same way and think the same thing, so I truly understand. Here s what you need to understand though: These birds weren t hatched in the wild and taught how to find food, where to roost, what animals to avoid and what things to steer clear...

Parrots: Amazon kicking, blue fronted amazon, mating ritual
blue fronted amazon, mating ritual, strange behaviour: I love to hear about a bird so beautiful and healthy - in my business (rescue, rehab) sometimes there is nothing but heartbreak in a day. Let s go over a few things here, but first to address the leg kicking - you might very well be seeing his own...

Parrots: Aviary size for Indian Ringnecks, irns, flight area
irns, flight area, nest boxes: What you re reading is probably right on both counts. It is not advisable to house multiple pairs of mating psittacines in close quarters; however, a large enough aviary with the right temperament pairs may work out just fine. The 4 x 8 aviary you describe...

Parrots: african grey and attachment, natural instincts, dogs and cats
natural instincts, dogs and cats, grey bird: We can t change the nature of the animal, but we can modify the behavior if weíre patient. Birds around dogs and cats, well, just out of self-preservation theyíre not going to be too friendly. These are two, four legged predators and no matter how much...

Parrots: african grey mating behaviour, female cockatiel, males and females
female cockatiel, males and females, pretty bird: Males tend to rub forward (tail down and tucked under or to the side) 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 (tail up, head down)...

Parrots: alexandrine breeding, fresh fruits vegetables, alexandrine parakeet
fresh fruits vegetables, alexandrine parakeet, egg layer: Ideally you should wait until the male has his neck ring fully matured at about 3 yrs old. The female should be the same age or older ********************************************************* Before you undertake breeding any bird for the first...

Parrots: Baby quaker parrot questions, quaker parrot, baby quaker
quaker parrot, baby quaker, eye pins: What you re seeing is not at all unusual. She s very young and this is a very important time of her life so please continue to give her the care and love you are already giving and she ll be your best friend for decades to come! As for the meaning of...

Parrots: Bird mating issues, jenday conure, bird mating
jenday conure, bird mating, water cups: Let me first go over the mating behavior ok? Once they are Ďmatureí, you shouldnít be touching below the upper to mid-back and avoid Ďbeakingí (kissing or gentle tugs on the birdís beak). Never feed a bird from your own mouth (in all cases this...

Parrots: Blue Head Pionus Screaming behavior, bird screams, quick solutions
bird screams, quick solutions, apartment building: 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 macaw, rain forest birds, full spectrum light
rain forest birds, full spectrum light, blue and gold macaw: The heat lamp might not be the best idea for a bird this young. I d prefer you use a heating pad under the brooder box - and monitor the box temp to maintain 90-105 degrees (F). Too hot will cook the baby; too cool will be life threatening. These...

Parrots: budgie doesnt know how to mate?, fresh fruits vegetables, egg layer
fresh fruits vegetables, egg layer, devils advocate: These are very smart birds and like people, we all know by instinct how to mate, but if we just aren t that into someone, well, we re not going to do it, right? If someone locks you in a room with someone you just don t want to make babies with,...

Parrots: budgies, germinal disc, female mate
germinal disc, female mate, female bird: 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: Cockatiels, earth horatio, blood feathers
earth horatio, blood feathers, nose dives: You did the right thing in getting his wings attended to; however, the place did the wrong thing in doing such a severe job. Poor little baby - he s surely stressed out, but yes, the wings will come back into full feather and he ll be back to his usual self...

Parrots: cockatiel bites and he wont eat anything that is not seeds, natural yogurt, jhim
natural yogurt, jhim, sweet potatoes: Itís not easy for some birds to make the conversion, but quite often thatís because their owner is too easily swayed by their demands and fear that the bird isnít going to eat at all if they donít get their junk food. When I take in rescues, one of the...

Parrots: eggs, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: I m glad you re asking this question. It s a sign of responsible ownership that you care 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...

Parrots: Feeding amounts for green cheek conures, female dna, vet visit
female dna, vet visit, nutritional suggestions: It s actually a lot easier than you think when it comes to hand feeding. First and most importantly you need a gram scale for daily or at least every-other-day weights. Keep a chart and make sure the birds weight either remains the same or increases....

Parrots: How and What to feed 3 days ringneck paarkeet, baby rice cereal, organic baby food
baby rice cereal, organic baby food, carolyn swicegood: Offer Ĺ spoon of all natural, organic baby food (squash, yams, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables) which many birds take readily; also try some pabulum or baby rice cereal and a few licks of natural (no artificial anything) yogurt. Make an oatmeal using...

Parrots: Murderously jealous African Grey and flock dynamics, playgyms, playgym
playgyms, playgym, rotation schedule: What matters most is that you caught this before your grey caught your tiel and did something that couldn t be taken back. Many devastated owners come to me after finding a scene right out of a horror movie involving their two birds, even after years of...

Parrots: male parakeet anger, rope perch, wood perch
rope perch, wood perch, first few days: Don t give up on Jimmy - what you re seeing is perfectly normal. Itís not unusual for some birds to be very friendly and cooperative the first few days or even week - they are totally dependent on us as new providers and they donít want to be shunned,...

Parrots: mix breeding, eastern rosella, good sources of calcium
eastern rosella, good sources of calcium, egg binding: It would certainly make an interesting looking bird, but two different species cannot produce offspring. They might bond and eventually even go through the mating ritual, but will not lay fertile eggs. Egg laying is something that every female...

Parrots: New Lovebird problems...please help!, gentle bird, sunny hawaii
gentle bird, sunny hawaii, days before christmas: Thank you for caring enough about her to ask about this. Everyone take a deep breath and let s look at this from her point of view ok? Even though a pet store life isn t ideal, it s all she s known until now. There was a routine and a schedule she could...

Parrots: Parrotlet Aggression, loving birds, pacific parrotlet
loving birds, pacific parrotlet, control thanks: Birds are rarely angry , but often afraid . Since they act out with the two top tools in their control (screaming and biting) it s very easy to misinterpret their communication. The behavior you re describing is one of the most frequently reported....

Parrots: Plucking African Gray - Not What You Might Think..., bird vet, parasite infestation
bird vet, parasite infestation, bird companion: She s probably not thrilled with her nakedness either ;) 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...

Parrots: parrotlets parrots loss use of legs, fatty liver disease, veterinary intervention
fatty liver disease, veterinary intervention, seed diet: Sometimes a tumor on the kidney will not appear on the outside of the body, but other symptoms such as those youíre describing. These things could be the result of the tumor pressing on certain nerves. Tumors can also be in a maleís testes or femaleís...

Parrots: Ringworm, check ups, beautiful bird
check ups, beautiful bird, macaw: It s possible , but not probable. Just take precautions until you re cleared up: Wash hands before handling her or anything you re going to be giving her. If the ringworm is on your hands I d put a pair of gloves on first just to be sure When it...

Parrots: recent rescued double yellow head amazon, sized cage, tame bird
sized cage, tame bird, balanced diet: Let me briefly get to your questions first before I forget them: 1. DNA/genetic testing and yet, absolutely necessary 2. Playtime out of cage is for a tame bird. You ll get there, but not quite yet with this one. 3. It should not be a traumatic event...

Parrots: Screaming, bird screams, open cage
bird screams, open cage, quick solutions: Thanks for the info. You have quite a few things working for you here: First, a male can be taught to use words rather than screams. Second, he s young enough to teach very easily and finally, you seem determined to do the right things. He s got everything...

Parrots: Sun conur & other small parrots, sun conur, sun conure
sun conur, sun conure, fertile egg: This can get complicated: First of all though, interspecies production of a fertile egg won t happen. Two birds of different species though, can and often will attempt the mating process if caged together and forming a bond. I ve seen it happen with a...

Parrots: Sun conure biting, sun conure, rope perch
sun conure, rope perch, little darlings: THANK YOU for not taking the easy way out and just passing the bird on to someone else. These poor little darlings don t know what s going on and they don t know how to communicate that they re frightened and insecure. They do the one thing they know to...

Parrots: squealing, indian ringneck parakeet, vegetables and fruits
indian ringneck parakeet, vegetables and fruits, macaroni cheese: Tiper is getting her way by doing what she does, so why should she change? Part of her being the greatest pet you ve ever had likely includes her being very smart too, right? So it s not a matter of her developing a squeal, it s more like she s learned...

Parrots: sun conure, sun conure, diet and nutrition information
sun conure, diet and nutrition information, seed diet: Since you had to give her the seeds to begin with, try simply removing them. While you re doing this though, be sure to get weights on her at least every-other day and keep a chart. Birds need to be weighed once a week. If not, then by the time you...

Parrots: Taming two birds?, rope perch, wood perch
rope perch, wood perch, two birds: If you put them back together they re going to re-bond with each other again and not be very friendly or tame with you. Take a look here and see how the two girls who live here are set up. They are both very tame and people-friendly, plus, they have...

Parrots: How do i teach my 4 month old greenwinged macaw not to bite, owner friend, eclectus
owner friend, eclectus, nice boy: Congratulations on your new addition and for being so patient and kind. Parrots love our company, despite how it may seem otherwise. Their biting is quite often actually Ďbeakingí, a way that they show of attention, an interaction that s normal for...

Parrots: African Grey bath, african grey parrot, couple days
african grey parrot, couple days, few minutes: Give it a try once a week. If your bird doesn t seem to be interested after a few minutes of trying, then don t stress it out and just try again the next day or a couple days later. It s more important that your bird enjoy it rather than fear it ...

Parrots: Amazon Parrot Preening, amazon parrot, fronted amazon
amazon parrot, fronted amazon, dna screening: The first thing you absolutely need to do is have a vet check. All of the birds that come into my rescue, no matter where they come from, are established with the vet I use within two weeks. All of them also have a DNA screening for This checks for...

Parrots: Amazon parrot sudden death, amazon parrot, nonstick cookware
amazon parrot, nonstick cookware, many different things: I m deeply sorry for your loss. It has to hurt beyond explanation right now and I do understand how frustrating it is not knowing what happened. Let me assure you, sometimes these things happen and in many cases not only is it nearly impossible to...

Parrots: african grey parror, 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: Biting fingers, negative attention, lovebird
negative attention, lovebird, nibble: Since he s friendly overall, this won t be very difficult. Also, his youth is a big benefit. The minute he starts biting fingers, stop everything, move him away and ignore him for about 5 minutes. No longer than that or he ll forget why it happened....

Parrots: My Black - Capped Conure, black capped conure, cage bars
black capped conure, 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: Blue and gold on rampage, paper towel tube, mental exercises
paper towel tube, mental exercises, back porch: It seems that your B&G has found a drama reward for his misbehavior. The reaction you re giving him when you scold, to you seems a negative, but to him - it s enthusiastic attention and that s worth the spray. One of my macaws would get sprayed when she...

Parrots: baby lovebirds, baby lovebirds, seed diet
baby lovebirds, seed diet, male bird: You can start handling at about 4 weeks, but make sure your hands are well washed and dried before you touch. Not because of the smell, but because little ones like this are very prone to infections and our hands are loaded with bacteria that might be dangerous...

Parrots: baby parrot, homemade recipes, weight ranges
homemade recipes, weight ranges, food intake: Returning to hand feeding an already weaned bird is something you should only reserve for emergency situations. A lot of birds may not seem like they re eating well according to our own judgment, but we tend to overestimate a bird s food intake. ...

Parrots: bird's legs not working, fatty liver disease, amazon parrot
fatty liver disease, amazon parrot, renal adenocarcinoma: 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 of inability to stand...

Parrots: bird pulling his feathers out, Feather plucking
Feather plucking: Some birds start plucking because they have some sort of parasite infestation, either on them or in them. For this reason, you need to have a full medical eval by an experienced avian vet who knows what to check for. Note that an experienced Ďavianí or...

Parrots: blue and gold macaw won't stop laying eggs at age 7, blue and gold macaw, beautiful eggs
blue and gold macaw, beautiful eggs, home companions: You re better off leaving her alone right now, as long as she s still eating and drinking and you see droppings produced normally. In about 3 weeks (give or take) she ll abandon the eggs herself. The positive part of leaving her with them like this is...

Parrots: Cockatiel Eye Problems, vent area, bile ducts
vent area, bile ducts, oral cavity: It s hard to know exactly what s going on without a hands on exam, but this sounds like a papilloma problem. Papilloma virus produces growths on birds, usually a wart-like projection. Most often these growths are first seen on or around the vent area,...

Parrots: my Cockatiel was fine last night and dead this morning why?, high quality seeds, nonstick cookware
high quality seeds, nonstick cookware, scented candles: There is very little more painful for us than to find our feathered companion passed away with little or absolutely no warning. We can carry the guilt, even if itís not our fault, for years. Let me assure you, sometimes these things happen and in many...

Parrots: Conure with a swollen Eye, nares nostrils, cotton balls
nares nostrils, cotton balls, inflamed eyes: 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. Use this on clean cotton balls to gently wipe the area. This is just a temporary aid until you have...

Parrots: coccidia parasite, protozoan parasites, psittacine birds
protozoan parasites, psittacine birds, oocysts: Coccidian protozoan parasites are not likely to be found in B&G macaw s or other psittacine birds (parrots). The oocysts (eggs) have occasionally been found, but they rarely become a full blown infection or problem. Since it would be rare for the...

Parrots: cockatiel laying eggs, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, male birds: The spinach rumor took on a life of its own once laypeople heard that it can prevent calcium absorption. They seem to have taken that one little fact and passed it around until it was nowhere near what it started out being. A bird would have to eat almost...

Parrots: my daughter's alexandrine parrot., severe macaw, stress bars
severe macaw, stress bars, brazil nuts: Feather Discoloration presenting in what looks like a horizontal line across an area of the body or the whole body of the bird, sometimes several horizontal lines, looking almost like stripes, may indicate previous problems that are just now being seen. They...

Parrots: diet/grooming, natural yogurt, calcium supplements
natural yogurt, calcium supplements, calcium level: Pellets should be the majority of her diet (about 80%) with fresh foods being great supplements as long as it s healthy food. Calcium Deficiency Disorder is rather common in African Greyís. Itís not that they need more calcium than any other bird (though...

Parrots: Eclectus, bean pasta, bird screams
bean pasta, bird screams, male eclectus: He s not unhappy with you, he s still learning you! You re doing a wonderful job with everything and he s doing a wonderful job at being a bird. When he screams, he s getting some sort of reward for it in how you react. Strangely, even if you yell...

Parrots: Eclectus Behavior, female eclectus, behavior question
female eclectus, behavior question, window blinds: What you may be seeing is a submissive behavior by a female bonding with mating overtures. It also sounds like it could be a reversion to immature behavior seen in chicks. This could be an early symptom of a more serious problem. Steps you must...

Parrots: Feather mutilation, beak and feather disease, african grey parrots
beak and feather disease, african grey parrots, feather mutilation: Since the antihistamine worked, I ll approach this from an allergy standpoint. Just like humans can develop allergies to things they ve tolerated well over a lifetime, so can birds (and cats, dogs, etc). The thing about carpeting isn t so much that...

Parrots: Flying Parrotlet, old wives tales, companion birds
old wives tales, companion birds, companion bird: You re right to want to protect her from falling or landing too hard because of her wing trimming (and you re doing the right thing in keeping her wings trimmed). Try to be sure her little flights (which are probably going to be glides ) end up...

Parrots: Could I introduce a tame Princess Parrot to my tame Cockatiel?, cockateil, princess
Parrots: Could I introduce a tame Princess Parrot to my tame Cockatiel?, cockateil, princess, love

Parrots: my greenwing macaw, wing macaw, rainforest floor
wing macaw, rainforest floor, shredded wood: The toys are important for distraction and intellectual input. Most birds self mutilate (pluck) because they are unchallenged, nervous or bored. Like a human might bite their fingernails, it s a very hard habit to stop. I ve got a good guideline...

Parrots: Could I introduce a tame Princess Parrot to my tame Cockatiel?, vet visit, two females
vet visit, two females, physical interaction: Sharing a cage isn t suggested for any parrots unless they re breeders and not pets. Top two reasons: 1. By not physically interacting with each other, they are more likely to remain bonded to you and choosing to interact better with you. 2. There...

Parrots: Lovebird Feather Loss, base statistics, peace of mind
base statistics, peace of mind, beak: From what I can see in the pic and your description, this is a usual molt. Many birds are going through it at this time of year and at her age especially, it can look major. When it comes to seeing a vet - it s very important to have her seen to...

Parrots: lovebird laid egg, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, fertile eggs: 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: lovebirds, human caregivers, chrip
human caregivers, chrip, seed diet: If this rescue person isn t a vet and didn t examine your birds, I wouldn t be too sure about her so-called diagnosis. I also have some serious doubts about any self-proclaimed professional that might tell anyone to feed seeds. All educated and knowledgeable...

Parrots: Macaw parrots, fecal material on carpets, bird disease, droppings
bird disease, droppings: It sure can and all it takes is regular vacuuming. If you encounter still wet or moist droppings, pick up the solids and spray with any spot cleaner for carpets, especially the oxygen type cleaners, often made for pet stains I deal with far too many...

Parrots: Maggie blue/gold mccaw, infertile egg, maggie blue
infertile egg, maggie blue, egg laying: Right now I d leave things be. Unless the egg is cracked or broken, let her have it. Once she abandons it, you need to remove her nesting material and site. This is what led to her laying. I find it helpful to keep the girls from getting used to...

Parrots: macaw eggs, good sources of calcium, egg binding
good sources of calcium, egg binding, female birds: If there is no male mate with her within the last month, there is no possibility the eggs will be fertile. All female birds can lay eggs - just like chickens lay the eggs we find in the grocery store - without benefit of fertilization. It s not a...

Parrots: Parrot Choice, palm nuts, brazil nuts
palm nuts, brazil nuts, check ups: Any hookbilled parrot is going to be able to pack a pretty hard bite. The strongest beak of all with the highest pressure and the ability to crack walnuts, Brazil nuts and palm nuts depending on the size of the bird, is the macaw. This is not a good...

Parrots: my parakeet, fatty liver disease, seed diet
fatty liver disease, seed diet, toy link: Chances are you feed a mostly seed mix diet right? As unusual as it may sound, when a bird loses itís balance, it is usually the result of an internal problem. Letís go over a few of the more common: Sometimes a tumor on the kidney will not...

Parrots: parrot, dna screening, dna profile
dna screening, dna profile, blood feather: The white flakes you re seeing is dander. Perfectly normal little pieces of skin and feather material that they ll always have. Regular showering and availability of baths will help keep the dander under control - but don t scare the bird by forcing...

Parrots: parrot death, toaster ovens, carbon monoxide detector
toaster ovens, carbon monoxide detector, effect humans: I m very sorry for your loss. It is always painful to lose a companion, no matter what the reason. A necropsy and biopsies will not likely find evidence of suffocation, overheating, etc., but could possibly determine whether or not the bird was dehydrated....

Parrots: parrots +darkness=????, fear aggression, sudden noises
fear aggression, sudden noises, afraid of the dark: Parrots have very poor night vision, but are not blind in darkness anymore than we are. The more light, the better they can see of course, again, just like us. Since they have poor night vision and are guided by instinct, sudden noises or movements...

Parrots: Putting parrots together, red lored amazon, water bowls
red lored amazon, water bowls, african grey: I ve found that just about any birds can get along as long as they re not housed in the same cage. In fact, your Amazon might appreciate the company. If you have some time before introducing the new Grey, set up a cage for this bird and every day,...

Parrots: pearly conure, free flight aviary, conure
free flight aviary, conure, own territory: She s growing up. With this comes instincts that drive her to manage her environment and establish her territory. By managing their environment it can mean doing something we consider wrong, but to the bird it results in the same reaction by you and...

Parrots: plucking vs. unzipping, bird behavior, bald spots
bird behavior, bald spots, feathers: Plucking is when a bird pulls feathers out completely and habitually. A plucked bird will have spots of nothing but down feathers showing, or bald spots. Unzipping is a term mostly used for how a bird preens their matted or wet feathers back into a...

Parrots: Rozella, minor miracles, rozella
minor miracles, rozella, simple truth: When it comes to teaching a bird to talk, itís important to start with a bird that actually has this capability. Your bird does have this capability Then, donít bother with teaching tapes, Ďsecretí techniques or any of the other things out there promising...

Parrots: Safe room temperature for lovebird, degree room, safe room
degree room, safe room, balanced diet: It s fine. As long as this is something he s used to and you are feeding a good, balanced diet for ideal health - these birds can acclimate to all sorts of environments. It s what helps insure their survival in the long run. They have, after all, been...

Parrots: Sudden change of parrot's behaviour., african grey parrot, state of panic
african grey parrot, state of panic, sudden change: Let s try to start the relationship all over again. It s very common for owners to give birds our own characteristics because that s all we understand. In turn, the bird treats us like another bird behaving badly because that s all they understand...

Parrots: Sun Conure acting strange or sick? after laying egg, Egg laying, brooding
Egg laying, brooding: Well, it s not exactly wrong to think that as long as she s eating, she s ok; but, it s not 100% right either. Many birds that are very ill will eat right up until minutes before they pass away. Others will stop eating just hours beforehand and of course...

Parrots: Surgical Complications Eclectus Parrot, whole wheat flour, organic baby food
whole wheat flour, organic baby food, organic spinach: I have to agree with you that this is disturbing. Ask for a typewritten copy of this report and tell them you re asking for a second opinion, or a M&M (mortality and morbidity) study Then take a look here for more info and steps to take that may help...

Parrots: tail, kiwi kiwi, severe macaw
kiwi kiwi, severe macaw, stress bars: Yes - at this time of year it could be the result of old feathers ready to molt soon. Feather Discoloration presenting in what looks like a horizontal line across an area of the body or the whole body of the bird, sometimes several horizontal lines,...

Parrots: tracing bands, canadian province abbreviation, domestic birds
canadian province abbreviation, domestic birds, buyer code: Domestic birds wear closed bands. Their traceability depends upon the source of the band. Many bird associations such as SPBE, AFA or species related organizations offer record keeping services and bands to their members. There are other band providers who...

Parrots: what do I do with un wanted macaws?, bird vet, avian vet
bird vet, avian vet, beautiful birds: As you might know from my profile, I own an animal rescue org. However, I m not able to take on any more macaws (which are what I deal with mostly) right now, so it wouldn t be me. I do know a place in southern NV that is excellent and yes, has a vet...

Parrots: 2 Parrots maybe?, green cheeked conure, sun conures
green cheeked conure, sun conures, sun conure: Stephan, Every bird is an individual and as such may or may not get along with another bird. I would seriously worry that a Sun Conure would hurt a Green Cheek. They would be fine to interact in the same room and may eventually be able to play with one...

Parrots: 6 Year Old African Grey ~ Suddenly Overpreening, Grey, mental stimulation
Grey, mental stimulation, foraging: Hi Nick, Greys are very prone to plucking and shredding. They are such an intelligent bird that they constantly need challenging things to do. This may be one thing your bird needs. Have you tried foraging toys or more preening type toys? There are even many...

Parrots: African Gray Beak, cuttlefish bone, food dish
cuttlefish bone, food dish, downward motion: It s probably a normal molt, but you should keep an eye on him for any other symptoms such as feather loss or breakage, looking ratty, matted or dirty. Also, any change in eating, droppings, persistent regurgitating or vomiting. Make sure you have...

Parrots: African Gray obessed with yelling out a name, African Grey, bad word
African Grey, bad word, bad language: Hi Ellen, Your bird sounds like he has your number! Any reaction you have when he is yelling the name is going to encourage him to say it more. Your best bet is to totally ignore that unwanted behavior. An awesome way to teach him to use a different word...

Parrots: African Grey, 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: African grey parrot, Time, finches
Time, finches, African Greys: Hi Ali, I m going to jump straight to your last comment of only having an hour a day to spend with a bird. That is not nearly enough time for these spectacularly intelligent creatures and I would not suggest getting one at all. If you are truly interested...

Parrots: Amazon parrot, amazon, anxiety
amazon, anxiety, excited: Hi Robert, If I am understanding your description correctly, the bird is fluttering the wings without wanting to exercise or flap for flight. This is a typical behavior of many parrots living in captivity. The bird could be displaying excitement, anxiety...

Parrots: afiican grey parrots, grey parrots, vet check
grey parrots, vet check, positive reinforcement: Hi Mariea, I certainly would love to work with you and see what we can do to better the relationship you have with your Grey. I do not have a full history of you and your bird, so I am shooting in the dark a bit, and for this I apologize if none of this...

Parrots: african grey, congo grey, home companions
congo grey, home companions, avian vet: This is usually an attempt to regulate their body temp, either make themselves cooler or warmer. In any event, when the flicking happens enough that we notice, it s time to get a vet involved. In the meantime, keep him hydrated by offering fresh...

Parrots: my african grey, African Grey, treats
African Grey, treats, petting: Mary, Congratulations on your new companion! To answer your questions, YES it is very normal for a newly acquired companion to be nippy and nervous. Your Grey needs to get used to his new surroundings as well as learn that he can trust you. Trust is not...

Parrots: african grey, plucking, mutilating
plucking, mutilating, African Grey: Hi Rosalyn! You have a very common problem that other Grey owners experience. You are quite correct in thinking that it may be a habit. Indeed it often becomes a habit if they ve been mutilating or chewing long enough. His diet should be changed from...

Parrots: african grey mating, mating ritual, sexual display
mating ritual, sexual display, mating display: Hi Heather, Male and female birds both will do mating displays. The displays are different, of course, but both are aimed at displaying their reproductive parts to their chosen mate . I hope this answers your question. Please feel free to ask for more...

Parrots: Bald Spots, corn cob bedding, avian vet
corn cob bedding, avian vet, check ups: I can understand your concern and there are a few things you might want to do in order to get her turned around; however, yes, you re right to want to get her a vet. All birds need a doctor and should have at least yearly check ups. This way you ll have...

Parrots: Birds and Mange, parrot mange, demodex mange and parrots
parrot mange, demodex mange and parrots, dog mange and parrots: Hi Gina, Kudos for taking precautions for your Nanday! Demodex mange, or Demodicosis, is a parasite found in hair follicles of dogs. Birds have feathers so, luckily, Demodectic Mange is not something transferable to your parrot. Have fun with your...

Parrots: Birds and toddlers, cockatiels, powder down
cockatiels, powder down, allergies: Hi Bob, Birds can pluck for many reasons. Without knowing all the circumstances, I couldn t even garner a guess as to the reason the tiel is plucking. There is always a concern with powder down and allergies. The cockatiel is a powder down bird whereas...

Parrots: Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot stopped talking, parrot talking, worms
parrot talking, worms, parasites: Hi Patricia, Sometimes a new bird will stop talking for a bit just because they choose to. Most times they will start talking again when they feel more integrated in the household. Just keep saying some of the words he knows and be patient. I have an African...

Parrots: Budgies, Ring Necks, Love Birds, Plumd Heads, sun flower seeds, corn on the cob
sun flower seeds, corn on the cob, pelleted diet: Haroon, What kinds of pellets are available in Pakistan? If you are able to get Zupreem, you can slowly change the birds to a pelleted diet and offer fresh foods as well. The way to switch a bird to better food is to do it slowly. Offer two bowls of food....

Parrots: how can i take my bird with me out of countrey, travelling, arrangements
travelling, arrangements: I live in Australia and I know there are certain rules in the allocation of transportation of animals via aircraft overseas or interstate. Since I may not live in the same country as yourself, you should ring you local vet for any relevant medical requirements,...

Parrots: bird laying eggs without a mate, egg laying without mate
egg laying without mate: 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 birdie, blue and gold macaw, egg laying chickens
blue and gold macaw, egg laying chickens, rooster egg: Eggs typically deliver (are laid) within 20 hours of being fertilized or begun to form. Yes, she would need to be bred (fertilized) before the egg is laid in order for the egg to eventually hatch. However, all female birds are capable of laying...

Parrots: birds, beak, bill
beak, bill, mandible: The bill refers to the entire makeup of the birds mouth such as vessels, veins, connective tissue and all internal and unseen parts as well as the outer shell called the beak. The beak refers to the bony external surface which you see. The beak...

Parrots: birds, Beak, Bill
Beak, Bill, Birds: There is little difference between the two terms when applied to birds. The term beak can refer to a wide range of other animals, not just birds, including turtles, some insects, some fish, a few mammals, as well as cephalopods. It can also be applied to...

Parrots: breathing problem to my parrot, propylene glycol, feather mites
propylene glycol, feather mites, air sac: 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: My budgie has scabs on her beak, psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease
psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease, snake venom: Some possibilities are a certain kind of mite, or virus, vitamin/mineral deficiencies (in keeping with nutritional problems usually associated with a seed only diet, or primarily soft food diet, among others). Sometimes itís a serious disease such as PBFD...

Parrots: Cockateil sick, antibiotic tetracycline, dirreah
antibiotic tetracycline, dirreah, proper medication: If your bird is able to defecate, it is not egg bound. It does sound like it is sick though. Again, I reiterate, unless you know what you are doing with the antibiotics, or you are doing it under the supervision of your vet, do not give them. You can offer...

Parrots: Cockatiel doesn't like me or something? :(, reply asap, pet cockatiel
reply asap, pet cockatiel, young bird: Hi Jen! Most all cockatiels have bright orange cheeks! You may not be able to tell visually if yours is a girl or boy yet if it has not gone through it s first molt. Typically, a boy will have a solid colored tail and a female s will have horizontal striping....

Parrots: Cockatiel Egg, egg laying, touching an egg
egg laying, touching an egg, calcium: Nothing will happen if you touch your birds egg. Are you breeding her, or has she just laid an egg without a mate? It is wholly an old wives tale that touching a birds egg, or a birds baby will cause the parent to abandon it. If your bird is just laying eggs,...

Parrots: Cockatiels, fresh foods, pellets
fresh foods, pellets, seeds: I d start with any that has no coloring or flavoring, like Exact or Harrison s It doesn t matter which kind as much as that the bird eats it. And don t forget that some seeds (about 15%) are still necessary; and fresh foods are important. You...

Parrots: Congo African Grey Problem, diet, African Grey
diet, African Grey, agression: Hi Raheel, You need to change the diet to a more healthful ones. You don t necessarily have to feed pellets, but you should be offering plenty of fruits and vegetables and even some meats. If you offer bread (NO french toast!!!) make sure it is a whole...

Parrots: "Crashing", broken legs, head injury
broken legs, head injury, fledgeling injury: If a leg were broken, it would not be usable by your bird. You truly need to have him seen by a vet to rule out any damage, fractures or injuries. Just talking to a vet will not diagnose the problem. Typically, a bird flying into a window will suffer head...

Parrots: candles?, candles, incense
candles, incense, potpourri: Kayla, Unfortunately, anything that is artificially produced with a scent will throw oils or particles into the air. The only kind of candles you should ever burn on very rare occasion would be white unscented candles like tealights or emergency candles....

Parrots: care of parrots, temperature, mold
temperature, mold, air circulation: It is not necessary to keep the temperature of a parrot s domicile at 75 degrees. The rule of thumb for temperature is to not allow it below 68 degrees and to keep it below any temp that makes the bird pant. I suggest if the owner is comfortable in a certain...

Parrots: cockateil eggs, cockateil eggs, cockatiel
cockateil eggs, cockatiel, chicks: Hi, It doe s seem a little to soon because the first set of chicks would normally not leave the nest until they are about 6-8 weeks old, but having said that, and the fact that I do not and have never breed any type of bird before, I would suggest that...

Parrots: cockatiel, baby cockatiels, head crest
baby cockatiels, head crest, bald patches: Deniz, For a start a business shouldn t sell a/or any bird until it is fully weaned from the parents or fully weaned after being hand reared, if that is the case.(in Victoria, it is illegal to sell a bird until it is fully weaned one way or another) Birds...

Parrots: cockatiel laying eggs, good sources of calcium, fertile eggs
good sources of calcium, fertile eggs, plastic eggs: You are very right to want to curb this quickly. When a bird lays sheís got a very increased risk for egg binding or Dystocia, both potentially life threatening situations that would require immediate veterinary intervention. Even if itís in the middle...

Parrots: cockatiel nutrition, american cockatiel society, harmony animal hospital
american cockatiel society, harmony animal hospital, kinds of parrots: Julie, so far you re doing a fantastic job. Itís generally recommended that most of todayís companion birds have a predominantly pelleted diet. Pellets have been continually updated since being introduced to the market years ago and todayís formulas...

Parrots: Edible things, whole grain breads, clover flowers
whole grain breads, clover flowers, vegetables and fruits: Try to give fresh foods at least 3 or 4 times a week. Our birds love apples, broccoli, cabbage, kale, carrots, parsley, and spaghetti. You can try other vegetables and fruits, too. Try not to give Lettuce as it can cause diarrhea. In the summer I sometimes...

Parrots: eye infection?, companion birds, nares nostrils
companion birds, nares nostrils, inflamed eyes: Eye redness, swelling, discharge are on the list of signs of illness in our companion birds (look here for more) http://www.petvets.com/petcare/birds2.html#recognize There is even more information about it here http://www.letstalkbirds.com/budgie.htm#one...

Parrots: Feathers, Cockatoo, screaming
Cockatoo, screaming, abused: Mary, Cockatoos are loud and they scream. They are typically a very cuddly bird and this adds to them wanting to be loudly vocal. They want interaction of any kind and even if you are yelling at them to be quiet when they scream, they are still getting...

Parrots: Female Cockatiel laying alot of eggs, female cockatiel, good sources of calcium
female cockatiel, 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: Fevers in parrots, vet visits, running a fever
vet visits, running a fever, jennifer frank: Yes, it s sort of true. While you can t really tell their temp, you can often get an indication of whether or not they re too warm when their feet feel very hot. This has to be taken together with other symptoms though, such as the bird holding their...

Parrots: african grey, agitation, flick
Parrots: african grey, agitation, flick, snap

Parrots: cockatiel, lutino, red eyes
Parrots: cockatiel, lutino, red eyes, crest

Parrots: green naped rainbow lorikeet, time and patience, dominance
Parrots: green naped rainbow lorikeet, time and patience, dominance, ears

Parrots: Indian Ringneck & Alexandrine, alexs, irn
Parrots: Indian Ringneck & Alexandrine, alexs, irn, eggs

Parrots: love birds behaviour, sexual gratification, season diet
Parrots: love birds behaviour, sexual gratification, season diet, paper bits

Parrots: female parrot layed an egg with no partner, egg laying, no mate
egg laying, no mate, unfertilized egg: Muna, Parrots are able to lay eggs without a partner and without the eggs being fertilized. Hormones, a change in lighting (thinking it is spring) or even thinking it s owner is it s mate is enough to trigger a parrot to lay an egg. They are not fertile...

Parrots: Galah, galah, temperatures
galah, temperatures, avery: Hi Ron, Personally, I m not really sure, but if the bird is kept inside most of the time, (as mine are all the time) they just get used to what ever temperature that your house is. As long as the weather if bad is not constantly beating in on the bird and...

Parrots: Goffins cockatoo weird behavior, puzzle toys, goffins cockatoo
puzzle toys, goffins cockatoo, avian vet: This is extremely common. You are not alone. Some things that might help are: Increase her sleep hours to 13 or even 14. That means if you normally start your day at 8 a.m., put her to bed at 6 or 7 p.m.. If you don t have a separate...

Parrots: Green Cheeked Conure, seed, changing diet
seed, changing diet, fruit: Hi Eva, Just like a human toddler, you are dealing with a little one that has to be constantly encouraged to try new things. I would truly suggest and encourage your to get you little guy on a pelleted diet and here are some suggestions to do it: Purchase...

Parrots: Green-wing Macaw Screaming and Vomiting, Macaw, screaming
Macaw, screaming, covered: Ellie, Actually, your bird is not vomiting on you, he is regurgitating. In the instance that he walks across the floor to you, keep picking him up and returning him to his perch. If he still keeps coming to you, put him in his cage for a short period of...

Parrots: Greenwing Strange behavior, Greenwing, Macaw
Greenwing, Macaw: Hi I wish I could be you, I always wanted a Macaw. Even though the Green-winged Macaw it is second in size of all the Macaws - only to the largest being the Hyacinth Macaw, which is the largest of the Macaw family, it also tends to be a very sweet...

Parrots: galahs, biting, feathers
biting, feathers: Hi, You have done the right thing in taken her to a vet for a check up, getting tests is the only way to know for sure. If she does have feather and beak it is treatable, but NOT curable. Unfortunately she will eventually die. She may be bored for...

Parrots: green naped rainbow lorikeet, new bird, Lory
new bird, Lory, bristle tongue: Salutations Nancy, My, you ve given me a bit to chew! First, let me congratulate you on your new feathered kid! To answer your first question, birds like to be as high as they can. It s an ingrained safety measure for them. He is biting and arguing...

Parrots: Hahn's, kind fellow, human hormones
kind fellow, human hormones, avian vet: Very good question. First, no, your bird does not sense human hormones any more than we can sense bird hormones. It sounds like this sweet bird has bonded to your daughter and sometimes we never know why a bird selects the people they do. I have a...

Parrots: Help with Agressive Parrot, clicker training, step up
clicker training, step up, Barbara Heidenreich: Hi Alex, You have a heart of gold to have taken in this bird that more than likely would be passed over by most people. Let s see if we can tackle this little conure and teach him to step up. First of all, you will need to get a clicker or something...

Parrots: hello, cockatiel, parakeet
cockatiel, parakeet, budgie: Hi Kelsang, I think both cockatiels and parakeets are great choices! When comparing the two, a few major differences come to mind. One is cost. A parakeet can be purchased, on average, for between ten and twenty dollars. A cockatiel, on the other hand,...

Parrots: hello, hand taming, hand rearing
hand taming, hand rearing: Budgies and cockatiels both make great pets. If you wish to have a bird that you can interact with it is best to locate a bird that has been hand reared, not hand-tamed. That s not to say that if you have the time to hand-tame a bird, it will not become...

Parrots: hurt bird eye, cat bite, cat scratch
cat bite, cat scratch: Maxine, A cat bite or scratch can be deadly to a bird. You really should get it in to a vet asap in order to get it on some antibiotics. Since it is so late, I am not sure if you can get in, you can use a warm mildly wet washcloth to gently wipe it clean...

Parrots: Indian Ringneck & Alexandrine, indian ringneck, sex birds
indian ringneck, sex birds, different species of birds: Leave the eggs with her. This should help curb excessive egg laying which can result in serious health problems. There are other tips for dealing with an egg laying female here www.4AnimalCare.org/birds If you notice any cracks or breaks in...

Parrots: IRN BABY, food options, beaks
food options, beaks, dropper: Pulling a chick for hand feeding should be done only about 2 weeks before theyíll wean (which means you only have to provide about 2-3 feedings a day). Weaning ages vary depending on the type of bird. If the bird has a full crop, both of you will...

Parrots: IRN regurges too often, medical issue, regurgitation
medical issue, regurgitation, medical problem: Hi, my first impression from what you have told me is that your bird is regurgitating too much. Before this can be approached as a behavioral issue, it needs to be ruled out as a medical issue. Please consult with a veterinarian first to ensure there...

Parrots: about a indian ringneck, nail trimming, parrot nails
nail trimming, parrot nails: It does not hurt a bird to cut its nails and is part of grooming a companion. If a nail is cut too short, or cut short enough to bleed, then it hurts- just like it hurts you if you cut a nail too short. If you are not experienced with trimming, I would ask...

Parrots: indian ringneck parakeet, indian ringneck parakeet, human hormones
indian ringneck parakeet, human hormones, yesterday evening: Very good question. While birds don t sense human hormones or pregnancy, they are masters at noticing little things that we don t even know we re doing. When we don t think they re watching, they are not only observing, but remembering. You are...

Parrots: an injury to the eye of a parrot, eye sight, parrots
eye sight, parrots: Kelly, If this is the case, as I am no avian vet, I suggest that your first point of call would be to an avian vet, as there may not be one in your area, I suggest that you consult someone who may know, or if desperate enough, perhaps try to keep the eyes...

Parrots: Jenday Conure plucking feathers, gas fire place, bird vet
gas fire place, bird vet, parasite infestation: 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: keet eggs, rainbow lorikeets, aviery
rainbow lorikeets, aviery, chicken eggs: Hi, I suggest that since I have never bred birds myself, I would think that if they have not hatched now they probably won t. But perhaps ring your local vet and explain to them your situation and they will tell you what you should do. I have heard...

Parrots: LOVEBIRDS!, clicker training, step up
clicker training, step up, trick training: Hi Rach, Your first question about Matilda and her actions before laying eggs is a toughie. Mostly it is because all birds are individuals and not all of them act the same. Your little girl does sound like she is broody. Nesting (tearing/shredding the paper),...

Parrots: LOVEBIRDS, lovebird, mating
lovebird, mating, dimorphic: Hi, They can mate as early as 8 months old but it is not advised, Females indicate their readiness to copulate by subtle adjustments of their plumage, the more the female fluffs, the readier she is, and the more the male is encouraged. Finally she will...

Parrots: Lovebird couple training, lovebirds, pair
lovebirds, pair: Ali, First of all, if they were not hand reared, they will enjoy their own company more than yours, I m sorry. Only continuous handling will make them tamer, but that can take months, years, or never, and since you only can spend time with them about...

Parrots: Is my Lovebird tame, baby lovebird. Hand raised, hand fed
baby lovebird. Hand raised, hand fed, bird toys: Hi Emily, Sorry for the delay in answering! I wanted to clarify that hand-fed does not mean hand-reared. Anyone can feed a baby and not interact with it in any other way. In fact, many mass production breeders do exactly that. A hand-reared baby will have...

Parrots: Lovebirds, water dishes, suitable cage
water dishes, suitable cage, cage size: Hi, Kelsang, If it s a choice between these 2 cages only, I would choose the long cage over the taller cage. However, you haven t mentioned how much bird stuff you intend to keep inside the bird s cage. In selecting a suitable cage, you should identify...

Parrots: love birds behaviour, males and females, pretty bird
males and females, pretty bird, clucks: Birds donít actually go into a Ďheatí, but they sure do engage in some similar behaviors once theyíre sexually mature. Some of these signs are first noted by a change of mood, becoming more nippy, protective of their territory (cage), less vocalizations (or...

Parrots: Male Sun Conure Sexual Behaviour, sun conure, males and females
sun conure, males and females, nighttime hours: You re right about birds not actually going into a Ďheatí, but they sure do engage in some similar behaviors once theyíre sexually mature. Some of these signs are first noted by a change of mood, becoming more nippy, protective of their territory (cage),...

Parrots: McCaw Behavior, bird behavior training, positive reinforcement training
bird behavior training, positive reinforcement training: Hi John, Truly, you will not be breaking your birds heart by working with him to be a little more independent. It will be so much healthier for him in the long run as well. First, make sure you have a spot chosen for your bird to be. Secondly, when the...

Parrots: McCaw Parrot, lethargy, depression
lethargy, depression, change in appetite: Barbara, Bless your heart for helping your friend and Myrtle! You are entirely correct in thinking there may be some separation anxiety. In fact, I would certainly expect if not guarantee there to be some! Any parrot, regardless of being a Macaw or a...

Parrots: Mixing conures with other birds, quaker parakeets, sun conures
quaker parakeets, sun conures, types of parrots: Hi, Andy, Yes, conures can be loud parrots! However, not all conures are screechers. Screeching (other than typical morning and evening calling to the flock) usually indicates something is amiss. Your question is always a hard question to answer because...

Parrots: macaws wont stop fighting, parrots fighting, macaws fighting
parrots fighting, macaws fighting, parrots sharing a cage: Hi Toni, My honest opinion and advice is you need to cage these birds separately. Birds are a lot like people; some get along with one another and others are best on different continents! The problem could stem from their sharing a cage that is too small...

Parrots: mixing birds in avaries, lovebirds, finshes
lovebirds, finshes, cockatiels: Hi, Most cockatiels have a friendly nature, but that s not to say that any bird will get along from a variety of different species. That s not really possible to predict. Lovebirds can have an aggressive nature to other species, I believe it depends on...

Parrots: molting, Rose breasted cockatoo, plucking
Rose breasted cockatoo, plucking, bare patches: Your Rose Breasted Cockatoo sounds like it is plucking. It should not be bare or have bald spots. The temperature you have is fine unless you see the bird panting or drinking excessive amounts of water. In that case, the bird would be too hot and the temperature...

Parrots: Nanday Conure Exhibits Strange Behavior After Egg Laying, egg binding, male companion
egg binding, male companion, female bird: The thing I am most concerned about with a female bird displaying these symptoms is dystocia or egg binding. It would be prudent for a vet to take an Xray on her. Dystocia is the obstruction of oviposition or cloacal function because of the egg in...

Parrots: my new 20 yr old african grey, feather, beak
feather, beak, feathers: Hi, In general as all birds age, they can loose the colour in their feathers. Has he been to a vet for a checkup? It should be done asap, just to make sure that their is nothing wrong. Feather and beak is as the name suggests, a disease that is common,...

Parrots: Parakeets and Aggressive Behavior, 2 different things, male birds
2 different things, male birds, 2 birds: Hi again, Judy, The extra information you provided in your rating indicates to me that this bird might be getting ready to lay eggs (females can lay infertile eggs without benefit of a male bird). Watch carefully as the older bird may not want the younger...

Parrots: Parrot behavioral issues, amazon parrot, night ritual
amazon parrot, night ritual, play gym: Introducing birds to new people or getting past birdís acting jealous, possessive or fickle takes patience. It is not at all unusual for a bird that is bonded and loving to one person, to one day, without reason or explanation, decide that someone else...

Parrots: Parrot - watery stool, yellow nape amazon, good bacteria
yellow nape amazon, good bacteria, remarkable balance: I am VERY glad you asked this I avoid antibiotics at all costs, using only when absolutely necessary and here s why: Good bacteria far outnumber the bad bacteria that causes infections and other trouble in or on any animal s body. There s a remarkable...

Parrots: Parrotlets, territorial activity, new mate
territorial activity, new mate, companion bird: Bessie, If you are going to offer a new friend/bird to your parrotlet you are better off not working on taming him. He is going to want to ignore you and be companions with the other bird. If that is what he has been used to for the past 7 years, it would...

Parrots: Patagonian Concure, nesting, breeding
nesting, breeding, sitting on bottom of cage: Tracy, Are you sure Zeek is a male? It almost sounds like some nesting behavior if he is spending a lot of time on the floor of the cage. If he is eating, drinking and defecating regularly or normally, I don t know that you have anything to be concerned...

Parrots: Problem with CAG Parrot, african, biting
african, biting: Hi, First of all your Grey is used to you feeding him, try to get other family members to only feed him and to spend time with him for a while and see if this helps. A stern NO when he bites someone and then put him somewhere preferably a cage for time...

Parrots: Problem with Senegal Parrot, senegal parrot, companion bird
senegal parrot, companion bird, sexual maturity: Your Senegal is probably hitting sexual maturity right now. It will be a temporary problem as long as you allow it to be. If you learn to do some clicker training, you can work on your relationship with the bird so it will interact well with both of you. Too...

Parrots: palie bites :(, training, lovebird biting
training, lovebird biting, toweling: Elizabeth, You re on the right track with using a treat reward system. I would start by opening her cage and asking her to step up while she is in her cage. If she steps up without biting, reward her with a seed. If she tries to bite, use a towel to take...

Parrots: parakeet not feeling well, lethargy, depression
lethargy, depression, drinking water: Hi Harry, The average lifespan of a parakeet is about 8-10 years, but it is not unheard of for one to live 14 years or more! His drinking large amounts of water and foraging on the bottom of the cage leads me to think he is ill and/or lacking a vitamin/mineral...

Parrots: parrotlet food, Tropimix, tropican
Tropimix, tropican, roudybush: In my personal opinion, pellets should make up a majority of the diet followed closely with fruits and vegetables. You ll also want to give some nuts and seed. I like to use Harrisons, Zupreem, Roudybush or Tropican pellets. Tropican also comes in a mix called...

Parrots: plucking fathers, Plucking, African Grey
Plucking, African Grey: Helen, Your African Grey may be bored, as birds can and do often pick out their feathers, as a way of having something to do with their time when you are not about. Make sure that you spend time with your bird daily and have plenty of toys in the cage for...

Parrots: Quaker odd behavior, fatty liver disease, seed diet
fatty liver disease, seed diet, toxic metals: Letís go over a few of the more common causes behind what you re describing: Sometimes a tumor on the kidney will not appear on the outside of the body, but other symptoms such as limping, the loss of use of a leg (or both) and/or imbalance might occur....

Parrots: quaker, fruits vegetables, fruits and vegetables
fruits vegetables, fruits and vegetables, dogs and cats: In our homes a Quaker should be on a diet of pellets, fruits and vegetables with some seed as a treat. In the wild, they are going to scavenge for fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and even bugs. In our homes, dogs and cats can be predators and kill birds....

Parrots: quaker parrot, quaker parrot, avian vet
quaker parrot, avian vet, symptoms of illness: Viper, Please, please go to the vet. This is something medical that needs to be addressed and treated. Your vet will be able to diagnose and give medication and/or treatment. A parrot will hide when they are ill to avoid being left behind by the flock or...

Parrots: quaker parrot, monk parakeet, quaker parrot
monk parakeet, quaker parrot, barbara heidenreich: Hi Kristi, Your Quaker, or Monk Parakeet as they are also called, may be nervous being in a new home and may also not be as tame as the one you had before. All birds are individuals and will each act differently. Continue to work with this one by talking...

Parrots: Redlord Amazon, positive reinforcement, screams
positive reinforcement, screams, sundown: Hi Mandy, I need a LOT more information before we can tackle this together. Where is the bird in your home? When does she scream? From sun-up to sundown? Only when you are home, or when your husband gets home? After you ve put him down? What do you...

Parrots: Repainting a bird cage, bristle brush, special paint
bristle brush, special paint, spray paint: Yes and thank you for asking this. Use a child safe spray paint that s approved for use in babies/children s rooms on toys. The older cage needs to be scrubbed down with a hard bristle brush, like metal - get into the cracks and both sides of the...

Parrots: Ringneck Behavior, neck feathers, head feathers
neck feathers, head feathers, cage bars: I wouldn t do this (blowing) until she bonds more with you. When it s done gently with a bonded bird while holding them and talking to them, it may be enjoyed. At this point though, it might just be frightening to her. When a bird is new to a home...

Parrots: Rocky the parrot, beautiful bird, parrot
beautiful bird, parrot, nice day: How nice to hear from you Paul and to know that you ve persisted in handling Rocky. You must have muddled through some times when she didn t exactly cooperate, which is about the point that most people give up and let the bird have the upper hand (or beak)....

Parrots: Roosting Blue & Gold, hand feeding, handfeeding
hand feeding, handfeeding, babies: Cynthia, Thanks for answering! If the male has not mounted the female to fertilize the eggs, they will not hatch. If they are fertilized and you want them to hatch, you are going to need to put have the female and the eggs in/on something other than the...

Parrots: Rose-ringed neck Parakeet, ringneck, life
ringneck, life: Hi, Normally these birds can live in captivity possibly from 15 to 30 years, if they are feed the correct food and a variety of foods. The environment should be free from smoke and pesticides or other odors. and of course they do not contract any diseases...

Parrots: related amazon parrots fighting, blue gold macaw, amazon parrots
blue gold macaw, amazon parrots, severe macaw: Well, though this is possible, it s also possible that they re just communicating. The problem with allowing it is that even playful communications between beaks can suddenly turn serious. Just like you might be enjoying interaction with your bird...

Parrots: Scarlett Macaw - covering at night, set ups, scarlet macaw
set ups, scarlet macaw, beautiful bird: It s true about a routine and covering is recommended, but not at the expense of the bird s comfort and trust. You might try a sleep cage instead of covering. Or, you can ease the covering into his life. Try just covering one side of the cage...

Parrots: Senegal parrot play biting?, consistent pressure, mandible
consistent pressure, mandible, beak: Hi Jenny, If he does bite and has a good grip, use gently, but consistent pressure on the lower mandible to encourage him to open. Once he lets go, immediately give him a time out. Your goal is to not get to a point where he bites. If you play with him and...

Parrots: Sick Lovebird, doves, lovebirds
doves, lovebirds: Hi Mary Jo, I would suggest that when taking your bird to the vet, you should put him in a carry box that is just big enough for him to fit. Get him used to it first by putting him in it the previous day occasionally. then once in the car on the way...

Parrots: Sorry I have 2 more questions, brids, smells
brids, smells, washing: Although baby powder or any item that is used for children is non toxic, I perhaps suggest that if you are going to use it for your pet you should check with your vet first, as in small doses occasionally may not harm your pet, you should proceed with caution,...

Parrots: Sun Conure, Conures, Sun conures
Conures, Sun conures, screaming: Hi Sherrie! One of the most common birds turned over to our rescue is- you guessed it- CONURES!! Conures are very vocal and can get very loud. There are things you can do to encourage it to not scream incessantly, but a conure IS going to make much more...

Parrots: Surgical Complications Eclectus Parrot, whole wheat flour, organic baby food
whole wheat flour, organic baby food, organic spinach: I have to agree with you that this is disturbing. Ask for a typewritten copy of this report and tell them you re asking for a second opinion, or a M&M (mortality and morbidity) study Then take a look here for more info and steps to take that may help...

Parrots: sleepy parrot, Parrot diet, fluffed
Parrot diet, fluffed, ill: Hi Nadine, I know you looked up a Nanday online and saw they are outgoing and friendly. Each bird is an individual and as such cannot be defined by an all inclusive description. All birds have the capability of being friendly and outgoing! I would be concerned...

Parrots: sun conure, Polyoma, weaning
Polyoma, weaning: Esteban, Has he stopped eating altogether or has he only refused a single feeding by you? There are a few possibilities for the cause of your bird s actions. First, your bird may be weaning and will start turning up his beak and be more interested in...

Parrots: swollen eye, pet store owners, store clerks
pet store owners, store clerks, veterinary degree: No, birds do not catch human or other mammals colds , which are a species specific virus. So with the symptoms you re seeing in your macaw - the one thing you can count on is that it s been going on for a while longer than you ve seen. Birds are very...

Parrots: What type of Parrot, black capped conure, cheeked conure
black capped conure, cheeked conure, beautiful bird: Beautiful bird! It s a little hard for me to see for sure, but this looks like a black capped conure, although it might be a green cheeked conure. My resolution is not the best on this laptop In any case, these are very lovable, fun birds. The more...

Parrots: my umbrella cockatoo, umbrella cockatoo, old umbrella
umbrella cockatoo, old umbrella, sunflower seeds: 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. Itís done by some birds to objects they...

Parrots: Wire, zinc, galvanized
zinc, galvanized, heavy metal poisoning: Hi JD, You need to remember that as with anything, there are usually two different worlds of opinion. In my honest opinion, it is never safe to use galvanized wire or house a bird in a galvanized cage. Metal that is galvanized is zinc coated and zinc...

Parrots: WORRIED ABOUT MY PAIR OF SENEGALS, addling, eggs
addling, eggs, laying: Hi Sandra, Eggbound means they have an egg to be laid and it is stuck inside of them. In a situation of eggbinding, a bird will usually die without interference and aid passing the egg. A female bird can lay an egg without a male present at all! They...

Parrots: 2 new tiels, tiels, losing weight
tiels, losing weight, kisses: Hi Monica, I would not worry about weight if she is eating well. It may just be she is active. If concerned, you should always visit a vet. Now the other thing to think of is that you have only had these two a week. Continue getting to know the both...

Parrots: African Grey, propylene glycol, feather mites
propylene glycol, feather mites, air sac: 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: African Grey Aggression, sudden vibration, african grey
sudden vibration, african grey, mating season: The best part of this is that you re catching it early before it becomes a habit that he s getting feedback to maintain. The drama of shaking him off and probably making lots of noise of your own, is a positive thing for a bird (strange isn t it?) ...

Parrots: African Grey hen - egg laying, avian specialist, african grey
avian specialist, african grey, human contact: A regular vet who knows birds is just fine for treating birds. The important thing is that they treat many birds and are very familiar with them. Yes, it s very possible for a bird to go many years, even a lifetime, without laying eggs - and this is...

Parrots: Alexandrine Baby, quiet one, old baby
quiet one, old baby, tape cd: In all my years with birds I ve never, ever found a tape, CD or DVD that really worked to teach a bird to talk. The only thing they do is make the seller richer. Birds aren t interested in just learning words - they re interested in interacting with...

Parrots: At what age baby alexandrine starts eating on its own, seed diet, gram scale
seed diet, gram scale, psittacine: Your bird should be starting to wean by now. Tube feeding is something that should only be reserved for emergencies, although some breeders who have massive amounts of babies to feed will do this in order to get it over with. It is not the preferred method...

Parrots: albino cockatiel, bathing birds, bird shampoo
bathing birds, bird shampoo: Hi Deb, Plain water is usually the best, but I know it doesn t work well for albino s or light colored birds. There are bird shampoos on the market that are effective, or you can use baby shampoo or dish soap as a last resort. Always be sure to never get...

Parrots: amazon parrot ate raw pork, amazon parrot, vet visit
amazon parrot, vet visit, uncooked pork: These days the threat from raw pork is far less than what it was 50 years ago, or even 25. The worm /parasite that was often associated with raw or undercooked pork is virtually eliminated in the U.S. and other developed countries with professional meat...

Parrots: Broken blood feather?, blood feather, bleeding
blood feather, bleeding: Kayla, No, there is no worry about your bird having had a broken blood feather. The only time there is every a problem is if they have an injury or situation where they are bleeding uncontrollably and it cannot be stopped. If you ever have a situation...

Parrots: Budgies!, dark brown pigment, egg binding
dark brown pigment, egg binding, cere: Miraj, If you are not wanting her to breed,you will want to remove breeding stimuli. Otherwise just watch her for signs of egg binding or distress. The color change of the cere is not always an absolute so she may be researching nest possibilities, or you...

Parrots: british budgie, breast feathers, wee boy
breast feathers, wee boy, sales pitch: No grit for hook billed birds. Simple as that. Not necessary and potentially dangerous, a common cause of crop impaction and other serious health threats. Grit is for straight billed birds like canaries, finches, pigeons/doves and so on. Psittacines...

Parrots: budgie vs senegal/red-bellied, red belly, Senegal
red belly, Senegal, Meyers: Edita, Personally, I am very biased and will suggest a Red-Belly! I have a male and female and have had multiple Senegals in the rescue. I find the red-bellieds are actually quieter in volume than a Senegal, but on the whole all Poicephalus are fairly quiet....

Parrots: My Cockateal Is Losing Its Feathers On Its Head, bird lice, mites
bird lice, mites, mite spray: Hi Lavolta, You should not ever need to use mite/lice spray unless your bird has them to begin with. Your bird will not have them if he has never been in a situation to catch them from another bird. This sprays are very toxic and can actually kill your...

Parrots: My Cockatiel Injured his Foot, stress reactions, tiels
stress reactions, tiels, cockatiel: The reaction you saw isn t unusual as the result of stress. It might not have been the medication. I ve seen some tiels have stress reactions that lasted several days and were certainly scary. What did the vet diagnose upon exam? By the way,...

Parrots: Cockatiels pairing in an aviary with doves, diamond doves, aviary
diamond doves, aviary, cockatiel: Daniela, I would never recommend mixing different species together. It is possible with a large enough aviary for doves and cockatiels, but it depends on what your definition of big is. If you are talking an aviary that is room sized, you may be ok. If you...

Parrots: Cockatoo and Owners new hairstyle, hair color change, haircut
hair color change, haircut: Paula, Parrots are creatures of repetition and do not care for change. Cockatoos are especially sensitive to some changes and it sounds as if your hairstyle has triggered some major aggression. If you JUST changed the color and style, you may have a different...

Parrots: cockatiel eating less food, wheat flour, female cockatiel
wheat flour, female cockatiel, chapatti: Naqshpa, What you are describing does sound like heat intolerance. You can combat this by misting your bird often and use the fan you have available. Offer foods that have a high water content like fruits. Try offering foods with more substance and proteins...

Parrots: cockatoo moluccan, plucking, tube collar
plucking, tube collar, collar: Feather plucking can come on that quickly. It s almost like a cockatoo snaps and starts in on themselves. Please stop using the spray with Listerine. On open wounds, cuts, scrapes and all it stings bad!! It s basically pouring salt into an open wound!! *ouch*...

Parrots: Friend for a male cockatiel., self mutilation, wild birds
self mutilation, wild birds, two birds: I understand how you feel. You don t need another bird though - just add some challenging toys to his cage or set up a DVD player with a bird sitter video. Even what he s doing is fine - set up a couple different bird feeders outside the window and let...

Parrots: How do i know if my Alexandrine Parakeet is a male, melbourne australia, local market
Parrots: How do i know if my Alexandrine Parakeet is a male, melbourne australia, local market, pet shop

Parrots: feather picking/bleeding, umbrella cockatoo, bird vet
umbrella cockatoo, bird vet, parasite infestation: 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: My Galah Bundy, time companion, sexual maturity
time companion, sexual maturity, beautiful boy: Hi Cody, Your bird can reach sexual maturity anywhere from 1 to 5 years of age. At this time you will be able to tell the bird s sex by it s eye color. It sounds like your birds has YOU trained! If you respond to his screaming you are only encouraging...

Parrots: Green cheek conures, hook bills, cheek conure
hook bills, cheek conure, act of aggression: I am SO glad you asked this! I am strongly against hook bills (parrots) sharing cages. The top reasons for this being that rarely is any cage big enough for two. Each bird should be able to fully extend their wings, at the same time, without...

Parrots: goffin sexual maturity, docile bird, sexual maturity
docile bird, sexual maturity, mature bird: This does sound like early displays of maturity, although he should have reached his birdy-manhood about 3 or more years ago. Something else might be triggering his behavior or at least causing the hormones to surge now more than they did before. ...

Parrots: green cheek and Nanday breeding, nanday conure, egg binding
nanday conure, egg binding, fertile eggs: A Nanday conure is a member of the Aratinga conure species A Green Cheek is a member of the Pyrrhura conure species Two different species won t make fertile eggs It s best to prevent them from trying because egg laying can be very dangerous to the...

Parrots: Hahns macaw, hahns macaw, natural instincts
hahns macaw, natural instincts, informational book: This size macaw will mature at 2-3 years, but it s possible to curb the usual behavioral changes with a few habits put in place early. Nighttime regulation is probably the most important. I prefer establishing a separate sleep cage, which is more in...

Parrots: Indian Ring-neck Parrot obsessed with bathroom floor?, indian ring neck parrot, ring neck parrot
indian ring neck parrot, ring neck parrot, bathroom floor: It s not the floor, it s the room. This isn t uncommon. In fact I have a big macaw that does the same thing when given the opportunity. The only way to stop this is to ban her from the room. Pretty obvious right? It s not easy though. Once these...

Parrots: How do i know if my Alexandrine Parakeet is a male, Alexandrine sexing, parrot sexing
Alexandrine sexing, parrot sexing, DNA sexing: Hi Fahad, You will only be able to tell the sex of your bird by DNA or surgical sexing at this point and age. A male Alexandrine will develop his neck ring at sexual maturity which is approximately 3 years old. Congratulations on your new baby and good...

Parrots: LOVE BIRD EGGS, peach face, incubation time
peach face, incubation time, bird eggs: If the parents have been attending to the eggs and they re in a nest box, weather shouldn t be a factor. Give them another 5 days to be sure. Or, if you notice that the parents have abandoned the nest and aren t paying any attention to the eggs,...

Parrots: Lovebirds, home alot, new mate
home alot, new mate, lovebirds: It s true that for the most part these birds keep a mate for many years, but when one is lost (dies) the remaining one will generally find a new mate. What is of most concern is why your bird died. I wouldn t add another bird unless you re positive...

Parrots: my lovebirds been fighting alot, fighting birds, lovebirds
fighting birds, lovebirds, sexual maturity: Hira, They are coming into their own so to speak and need to be separated. Lovebirds can be very territorial and are very opinionated as to whom they want to interact with as far as other birds. They are reaching sexual maturity and if they are teaming...

Parrots: Mollucan cockatoo and cell phone, cockatoo, macaws
cockatoo, macaws, fun thing: No, it s not a frequency issue, it s a fear reaction. Nearly all birds will react in an exaggerated way to a telephone, whether a cell or home phone. A lot of that reaction depends on their human and the cues they take from you. If you start acting...

Parrots: Moody Myers, macaws, macaw
macaws, macaw, peace of mind: Cardboard isn t good if eaten because of the processing glue that s in it There are a lot more detailed steps and guidelines with pictures at the link www.4AnimalCare.org/birds The one thing that doesn t work, but I think you ve discovered this,...

Parrots: macaw, avian vet, 2 eggs
avian vet, 2 eggs, crafts stores: What a beautiful girl! She s trying to be a good mom isn t she? You re right to leave the eggs with her as this should discourage her adding more to them. If you notice any egg cracked or broken, however, it must be removed since this is a breeding...

Parrots: new adopted pet indian ringneck, Training, Barbara Heidenreich
Training, Barbara Heidenreich: Basheer Asfour, You are going to need to start at step one of taming and training a bird. Your best bet and the best advice I can give you is to go to Barbara Heidenreich s page and read her info on training there. She has an easy to follow training technique...

Parrots: newly adopted biting conure, home cage, quality attention
home cage, quality attention, food mix: 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: Parakeets and cold, couple layers, good heat
couple layers, good heat, bird care: 65 isn t really too low Keep her out of drafts though and it would be best to layer a doubled over sheet over her cage at night. A good heat source in her cage would be a rice sock . Fill a sock 3/4 full of raw, white rice and knot the end of...

Parrots: Parrot Behaviour, rope perch, aggressive bird
rope perch, aggressive bird, senegal parrot: There are a lot of factors involved in successful taming of a bird and even though you found this one, background unknown, it s worth giving these efforts a try, if for nothing else than to at least teach the bird you re not a threat. Iíve worked predominantly...

Parrots: Parrots bite....., training, Barbara Heidenreich
training, Barbara Heidenreich, Loud: Hi Jacqueline, First off, wow! I love your name! LOL, sorry I had to get that out first! I would honestly suggest you learn behavior modification through clicker training. Try going to the following location and reading up on this method and trying it!...

Parrots: Peachfaced lovebird, peach faced lovebird, vent area
peach faced lovebird, vent area, purse string: I would play it safe. In every case, every time - value the life of your bird. Which I can tell that you do just from how you ve asked this question. Cloacal prolapses do not resolve on their own. It might look better at some point, but chances...

Parrots: Pseudomonas / African Grey Hatched Jan09, psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease
psittacine beak and feather disease, beak and feather disease, pseudomonas bacteria: Pseudomonas is a non-enteric, gram negative bacteria that is sometimes caused by prolonged use of antibiotics. Interesting isnít it? Antibiotics really need to be geared for the specific bacteria, especially whether itís a gram positive or gram negative....

Parrots: parrot compatibility, quaker parrot, playtimes
quaker parrot, playtimes, play gym: Marie, Many birds can be out in the same room together as long as there is supervision. If they have their own area to play in or interact in, they usually will not spend the time trying to go after one another. I would not suggest putting them in the...

Parrots: parrot problem, 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 parrot started biting, biting, young bird
biting, young bird, afraid of my bird: Hi Adele, Sounds like your baby is getting the best of you! First off, how many hours of sleep a night is he getting? What preceded his biting? Is it after he has been out awhile, when you take him out of his cage, or something else? In order to address...

Parrots: REDNECK PARAKEETS, blue gold macaw, severe macaw
blue gold macaw, severe macaw, hook bills: When it comes to birds like this, other than with canaries, finches and other Ďstraight beakedí birds, I donít 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: ragged looking feathers, changing diet, misting
changing diet, misting, bathing: Hi Elizabeth, Just lightly misting your bird isn t enough. You need to make sure you soak him once in a while! Plus, the seed diet is going to make his feathers pretty oily. To change his diet is pretty easy. Choose a pellet. During the day offer only...

Parrots: red nostrils in cockatiel, lutino cockatiel, excess powder
lutino cockatiel, excess powder, tiels: Naqshpa Your cockatiel may be suffering from allergies or another medical quandary. I would certainly advise a trip to the vet. Prominent nares are not necessarily a problem since many tiels have them, but the breathing difficulty is what bothers me. It...

Parrots: Salmon crested cockatoo, new home, settling in
new home, settling in, adjusting: Brandy, There is no magic number as to how long it will take for a bird to settle in. Rather, there are a lot of factors that contribute to it. Here are a few questions for you to answer in order for me to offer better help or suggestions: a)How many...

Parrots: Sun Bites, nocturnal birds, decent air
nocturnal birds, decent air, air circulation: We don t want to hurt the male s feelings, but the bird can t tell what we are anymore than we can tell what they are. What the bird does recognize is the pitch of the voice, the stature of the person, the facial expressions and a thousand other little...

Parrots: Sun Conure, seed diet, gram scale
seed diet, gram scale, psittacine: Decreasing the Ďbaby foodí while increasing the pellet formula (strongly suggested as opposed to an all seed diet, which is not natural for any Psittacine) and trying various fresh foods is important. When you feed him his baby food , use a spoon rather...

Parrots: spoiled african grey, african grey, pecks
african grey, pecks, minuet: The best part of this is that your grey is still very, very young. Given they have a life expectancy of over 60 years, you ve got plenty of time to modify this bitey behavior Parrots love our company, despite how it may seem otherwise. Their biting is...

Parrots: swollen eye, companion birds, nares nostrils
companion birds, nares nostrils, eye redness: Very good question! Yes, keeping two birds together, whether they are the same species or even different species, will often affect their talking, making it much less or non-existent. However, if you have a talking bird to begin with, the new bird...

Parrots: taming my birds, ringneck parakeets, nocturnal birds
ringneck parakeets, nocturnal birds, decent air: The methods you were told are very old world and have been shown to often make things worse. Wings should be trimmed rather than cut - the bird should be able to gently glide to the floor if frightened or if it falls from a perch. A bird that hits...

Parrots: Umbrella cockatoo, umbrella cockatoo, bird vet
umbrella cockatoo, bird vet, seed diet: Of course you re concerned, this is a family member and it s pretty obvious you love her a lot. I like that you have her out of cage regularly and keeping you company. I wouldn t be worried about the peanut butter, unless it s what makes up most of her...

Parrots: Yellowish Droppings African Grey, internet nonsense, water birds
internet nonsense, water birds, water bird: I welcome the opportunity to set the record straight about grapes. They are wonderful foods for parrots, especially if you can find the type that still have seeds in them. There is a great deal of internet nonsense and scary stories that get borne of...

Parrots: 29 year old african grey, rice socks, ill chances
rice socks, ill chances, sleeping during the day: 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. If your bird...

Parrots: African Gray - she is 3 years old - biting question, african grays, daughter jessie
african grays, daughter jessie, avian vet: Birds don t perceive our hormones any more than we can perceive theirs, but yes, there are other very subtle changes that they do pick up on. The physical changes that a pregnant woman goes through include not only the noticeable growth, but did you...

Parrots: African Grey Congo doessnt Talk, african grey congos, african grey congo
african grey congos, african grey congo, no doubt: Birds are individuals, just like people. Some people are very outgoing and chatty (like movie stars!), and other people are very quiet, shy. Most people are somewhere in-between. Keep in mind that some birds just arenít going to be talkers. No matter...

Parrots: African Grey Parrot, african grey parrot, parrot mix
african grey parrot, parrot mix, health declines: The short answer is yes see a vet better experienced with birds than the one you saw. And keep trusting YOUR instincts about this. You seem to have very good insights. Surprisingly, many owners donít hear about this until after their bird has...

Parrots: Aggressive hen 'tiel, female cockatiel, territorial behavior
female cockatiel, territorial behavior, tiels: That sure does explain the territorial behavior doesn t it? OK, leave the egg with her until she stops attending to it, or until you notice a crack or break or clear signs of it rotting Check here under egg laying for important info on how to deal...

Parrots: african grey, corn starch, clip nails
corn starch, clip nails, plain flour: Hopefully it has stopped already. If not, immediate medical attention is suggested since these birds can bleed out quickly and anemia may cause loss of life even hours or days later. For a quick, natural way to stop bleeding in the future whenever...

Parrots: my african grey ate aluminum, american animal hospital, animal hospital association
american animal hospital, animal hospital association, aluminum tray: Depending on when the bird ate it, a relatively simple procedure might be used to remove the pieces; otherwise, surgery might be required. In either case, given the longevity these birds are due to have, it s very much worth respecting their health as you...

Parrots: Baby Parot formular, baby rice cereal, unweaned birds
baby rice cereal, unweaned birds, food aisle: Professional formula is available at most pet stores and should be mixed according to directions -- carefully. A temporary feeding formula for unweaned birds, that can be used for just a few days: (Human) baby rice cereal mixed as directed ...

Parrots: Blue and Yellow macaw changing color?, blue and yellow macaw, happy bird
blue and yellow macaw, happy bird, feathers: I know this will be difficult, but it will help a great deal: Can you take a pic ? Is she molting at this time? I must admit, I ve heard of feathers turning black, grey or even colorless, but from blue to yellow is unique. Is this a distinct yellow?...

Parrots: Bourke's and finches, society finches, territorial conflicts
society finches, territorial conflicts, food dishes: If you continue interacting with her the way you are, you won t need to add to her company as you ll become her flock . This is preferable to adding more birds, which makes for more chances of illness and territorial conflicts. If you want to add some...

Parrots: bitting bird, thick socks, shoulder riding
thick socks, shoulder riding, bitin: Dealing with a bitey bird who is also aggressive isn t one of the easiest things to live with. Here are some guidelines for you (just pass over the ones you re already doing or that don t apply) No shoulder riding can be allowed. It wouldn...

Parrots: my budgie died, store clerks, seed diet
store clerks, seed diet, ulterior motives: Be sure to get Polly started on a healthy pellet diet rather than let her have mostly seeds - and she should live a long, healthy life. There s more about ideal nutrition for birds here www.4AnimalCare.org/birds Congratulations and good luck!...

Parrots: Cockatiel about 14 years old, avian specialists, seed diet
avian specialists, seed diet, cockatiel: Try the boric acid solution in the formula I outlined earlier and continue on the antibiotics for now. Nystatin may be an option for a particularly resistant strain of bacteria combined with an eye ointment Also, set up a vaporizer in his area (no...

Parrots: Cockatiel Behaviour, dance sort, males and females
dance sort, males and females, pretty bird: Birds donít actually go into a Ďheatí, but they sure do engage in some similar behaviors once theyíre sexually mature. Some of these signs are first noted by a change of mood, becoming more nippy, protective of their territory (cage), less vocalizations...

Parrots: Cockatoo blood test results, fatty liver disease, zinc toxicity
fatty liver disease, zinc toxicity, blood test results: Metal toxicity (lead, zinc being most commonly found). Quick links, cage bars, even professionally supplied toys, depending on where they re manufactured, may contain lead and/or zinc. It s frightening to learn how many sources of zinc there are in any household....

Parrots: cockatiel band leg, filing system, deciphering
filing system, deciphering, batches: No, the bands are a mystery to many people, including other breeders, but chances are pretty good that this is NOT the year of hatching. It could very well be the year the band was issued and since they are often sold in batches of 25, 50, even into...

Parrots: cockatiel sleeping more, avian vet, desert birds
avian vet, desert birds, female cockatiel: Vitamin A deficiency (hypovitaminosis A) may lead to respiratory problems in birds which present as a blunting of the little projections (papilla) around the opening of the roof of the mouth. Also, granulomas in the mouth (little abscesses) are often seen....

Parrots: conure abnormal behaviour, abnormal behaviour, sun conure
abnormal behaviour, sun conure, sense of security: When the bird bites, itís getting feedback that it likes and that s why they continue. It might be out of habit, giving them a sense of security in that this action results in that action (or sound) from you. You just have to change the result in order...

Parrots: disease from bird, vet bills, human mouth
vet bills, human mouth, zoonotic disease: The bird is more at risk than she is. It s not suggested that this sort of thing is done because the human mouth is loaded with bacteria. Some of these bacteria can be very serious infections for a bird. And just because any amount of time might go...

Parrots: dove with worm, Bird roundworms
Bird roundworms: You are right, with birds kept indoors and regularly cleaned cages, Endoparasites are relatively uncommon. When an infection occurs, itís usually ascarid (roundworm), although there are others to consider too. One treatment does not necessarily address...

Parrots: extreme behavior change with only me., extreme behavior, behavior change
extreme behavior, behavior change, pet store: It was probably the same kind of BAM! to your bird. No kidding. There is usually something that the human (you) did to trigger such behavior. Try to remember when it first began. The very first time you noticed it. Also, what have you done in...

Parrots: Feeding baby lovebirds, baby lovebirds, baby chick
baby lovebirds, baby chick, throat area: Carefully place the baby (chick) on a towel and gently cup your hand around the body for support. You can use an eyedropper or small syringe available at all bird shops and many pet stores specifically for this task. As you approach the baby with the...

Parrots: hurt cockateils foot, avian vet, antibiotic ointment
Parrots: hurt cockateils foot, avian vet, antibiotic ointment, spray bottle

Parrots: fixing Sun conure behavior issues, sun conure, behavior issues
sun conure, behavior issues, wild nature: Establishing a routine is very helpful. Birds like this really appreciate a habit . In fact, her reactions to new things and certain behaviors of yours are very likely routines she s established and that you re reinforcing. Sometimes this is a...

Parrots: goffin too, pin feathers, wing feathers
pin feathers, wing feathers, sheaths: Relax - chances are that this is normal as part of the big molt happening right now. Birds, in the wild, are nesting about now and this means much less flying any great distances. Nature takes this opportunity to change their clothes so to speak. Their...

Parrots: Hello, african grey parrot, beirut lebanon
african grey parrot, beirut lebanon, weird behavior: My family, on my father s side, is Lebanese and Syrian, although having left many years ago. I m very sorry for what you are going through and I cannot imagine how difficult your life must be. Your parrot should be a comfort to you and hopefully I...