Hi there (and Happy Thanksgiving!)—
I hope you can help me out. I’ve got a perch (see “full view.jpg). The fittings on the bottom of the cups and the posts onto which they are supposed to screw, are rusted (see “cup.jpg” and “post.jpg”). The cups just slide loosely onto the posts. The posts seem to be about ¼” ID and the female receptacle on the cups also seem to be ¼”.
Is this likely a standard size, so that you can sell me new cups, or perhaps a new top unit (see “U-member.jpg”)? (For what it’s worth, the dish of the unit is 19 ½” in diameter.) Or do I have to bite the bullet and buy a whole new perch? (Unfortunately, I can’t drop by your store too easily, as I live in La Crosse, WI, but it might be possible for my son, who lives in Evanston, to visit you guys.)
It’s hard to tell from the images if it’s the bar threads or the cup threads that are compromised. Here’s what I suggest
Purchase 2 new cups found here: http://goo.gl/BIaPd
When you receive the new cups, dap a couple of drops of vegetable (cooking) oil on to posts to offset the rust. If the threads integrate, you’re good-to-go.
If you still have some “slippage” you may be able to postpone purchasing a whole new unit by wrapping the post threads with a thin layer of tape ie black electrical tape.
If that doesn’t work, you will have to replace the “U” component.
Let me know if we can be of further assistance.
Windy City Parrot, Inc.
906 N Western Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Are there any products that would help keep a bird warm in an extended power outage, like the one we recently experienced here on the east coast? Is there such a thing as a battery-operated heat lamp, or some similar product?
One solution that can help for a shorter period is a milk jug filled with hot water, then placed under a blanket that the cage is wrapped in, or if small birds put right in the cage.
We are very sorry for this terrible tragedy that has occurred on the east coast. Are there any shelters or humane societies that will allow you to bring your birds to them in travel cages until the heat is resolved?
We truly feel your pain in worry for the birds, pets, children and anyone suffering from this disaster.
Windy City Parrot, Inc.
Thanks for your response. Getting the hot water could be challenging, though–I was able to take my lovebird to a friend who had power, so she was safe this time, but I worry about the next storm, in possibly even colder weather. My house was down to 48 degrees by the time power was restored; I’m not sure she could have survived that.
I am not sure if there about shelter options–pets were allowed in some shelters; my home was habitable, if cold, and I have two dogs; I couldn’t really picture how we would all manage in a shelter. I’m just now researching possible options and ideas in case it happens again and I am not able to take her anywhere. My plan of last resort was to put her in her small cage, throw a blanket over it, and stay under it with her as much as possible in the hope that body heat would keep her alive. I’m not sure I ever want to test out that theory, though.
Since your bird is small, It may enjoy the comfort of being inside your clothing with you. Perhaps even in a fabric pouch on a string around your neck and be tucked at about “ahem” chest level. Like a sugar glider bag.
At night putting the bird in a small cage or plastic shoe box with many holes for air and tucking under your blanket with you may be helpful.
Otherwise, I am out of ideas, I went to a favorite bird forum I use and asked for advise. It did not bring much help.
Bringing tropical animals into a cold climate does have its disadvantages when we find ourselves in a situation such as this.
I wish you the best.
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique
Thanks for speaking with me today.
Here is a list of my birds and the emails from Hagen.
The birds are all breeding pairs: 6 English Budgies, 6 Pacific Parrotlets, 5 Bourke’s, 4 Red Rumps, 4 Eastern Rosellas, 3 Green Cheek Conure’s, 2 White Belly Ciaques, and 1 Senegal.
As I mentioned it would be easier for me to have only two diets for these birds.
What ever help you can be would be appreciated and I look forward to working with you.
In a perfect world, it would be good to keep the 80344 seed mixture separate from the 80524 in order to evaluate what the bird or birds are eating truly. It also minimizes waste especially with a large f lock of birds. BUT,depending on how your flock is caged, i.e. pairs, individual cages, or flocked together, dictates how to feed the combination.
Should you alternate days with the two diets,your smaller birds such as the rosellas etc. rea lly can’t go for more than 36 hours without food,so knowing what the individual bird consumes is paramount . If you are sure that a ll birds eat formulated diet, you can by all means a lternate the diet.
The 50/50 suggest ion is based on weekly consumption-easy to manage with 1 or 2 birds, but we do understand the challenges associated with f lock.
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I hope that helps!
Please feel free to contact me directly s hould you have further concerns. Sincerely,
Melanie A llen
Avian Product Specialist Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
Toll Free: 888 BY HAGEN (888-294-2436)
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Here is a follow up from Melanie. I received it just after I sent my email to you.If you can digest things and put a plan together for me it would be appreciated. Our birds are in a separate building with heating, air conditioning, and humidity controlled.The smaller birds are in 22D x 22H x 36W Euro Cages and the medium size are in 22D x 22H x 30W cages.
Thanks for your help,
My answers are in blue.
My birds are in pairs in separate cages. There cages are good sized.
Good-pairs are easier to monitor in terms of health and diet assessment! “Good size” is arbitrary…I might think a good size cage for your birds is a 10’ X 20’ flight whereas you might be thinking a 24” X 24” X 24” is good. Diet is also based on the calorie burn off….just a thought.
It is my understanding that the smaller pairs would get the 50/50 and my medium size pairs would only get the pelletted diet. Is this correct.
Yes-but let’s be clear and differentiate the smaller and medium and more accurately refer to them by general species.
Smaller-assuming they are the Australian grass keet type species-Rosellas, Red rumps, budgies. Add the parrotlets, despite them being South American, to this too . Their bodies cannot handle high quantities of calorie or rich proteins for that matter. In fact, we do make a special Tropican Egg Granule for them…the key ingredient is of course real egg-which offers high QUALITY of protein and not high QUANTITY of protein. 80513 for 8 lb bag.
Medium-assuming they are the SOUTH AMERICAN and conures-.my suggestions on the diet break down that I had sent to customer service for you was based on this separation. The South American birds can handle a different calorie intake than those of the more delicate Australians. For those species, it’s much easier to break down; The HARI recommendation is 70% Tropican /30% Enrichment foods which includes the Tropimix as well as veggies. This way you address their basic nutritional needs without the need for supplements such as Prime.
What would be your feeding program for them?
Australian birds (and parrotlets)
Every day offer the Tropican Lifetime (1 TBSP per bird), separate dish offer the Seed mixture-1-2 TBLS per bird. Most of these birds are ground foragers, so use shallow dishes, perhaps with clean natural twigs to encourage the foraging activities. You can sprinkle Prime on fresh, but slightly moistened spray millet or leafy greens once or twice a week. If a particular pair is passing on the Tropican, and going for the seed-add an additional day of Prime dose with veggies. Fun ways to get these birds to consume Prime can be found here: http://www.hari.ca/foraging-enrichment-fun-creative-strategies-for-using-prime-efficiently/
Conures-pretty much as I had suggested in previous question. We do have a lot of feeding suggestions from our HARI team on You Tube under the Rolf C. Hagen Channel. Here’s a link to one of them:
They do get vegies several times a week.
Don’t get too carried away with this. Veggies, are important, but if the veggie portion is too high compared to essential amino acid source coupled with proper calorie ratio-you will deprive them of the nutritional foundation and interrupt their bodies’ ability to utilize the minerals and vitamins derived from vegetables.
Hope that helps a bit!
Thread from African Grey Parrot Lovers group on LinkedIn
I am thinking of decreasing the amount of pellets in her cup and make her look for them in her cage. This will keep her busy and a busy beak can’t pull feathers.
Also fresh air – I’m not sure where you are but I live in Indiana and try to put her in a travel cage and get her outside when the weather allows. This has helped alot this year.
Nancy, I use seeds in newspaper in cups almost exactly how you described! I am always trying to come up with new foraging ideas if you have anymore. We live in Buffalo. In the summer she gets a lot of fresh air. Much less in the winter. However, her plucking occurred in the late summer and has reduced in the winter so I don’t think it was a lack of fresh air. Someone mentioned that she could have been getting too much sunlight in the summer. Seemed strange
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