Gemma Parakeets and Cockatiels Mixing in Cage/Aviary

bird aviary made from amoire

Sep 11, 10:04pm

Hello!

We are loyal patrons of WCP and look forward to the Sunday brunch every week. Perhaps this topic has already come up, but it is a question about bird species.

We have 3 parakeets that get along well although they did not grow up together. All are rescues. We are thinking about adding a cockatiel to the family, and are wondering about cages. So, the parakeets have a large cage (approx 2.5′ H x 2′ W X 1′ D) and we have a smaller cage (about 1.5′ HWD) that is just lying around empty.

First question: would a cockatiel require a separate cage or could they all sleep together in the same cage?

Second: Assuming that they cannot share a cage, would you recommend the keets in the smaller cage or leave them in their current habitat?

Third: Would cockatiels and parakeets be competitive/territorial in an open space (like an aviary)?

Thank you for any advice you have on this.

Cheers,

Gemma

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Does the plethora of parrot perches produce puzzlement? Learn perches & placement now!

2 scarlet macaws on barb wire fence
We get a lot of inquiries about perches. We also get phone calls on a fairly regular basis that go something like this:
 
“Hi I’d like to return the perch that I just got from you.”
 
“No problem why’s that, is it defective?”
 
“Yes it is, it’s too big and my bird keeps slipping off of it.”
 
“I’m sorry to hear that. We’ll gladly accept the return but I’m curious, when was the last time your bird had its toenails trimmed or it’s wings clipped?”
 
“Yesterday”

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Joyce about taking birds outdoors

white fron amazon parrot sitting on branch

On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 12:54 PM UTC, Joyce wrote:

Hello,

We live in southern TX, and would like to take our Amazon outside since the weather is so nice this time of year. I will purchase a cage of course, but my concerns are what types of bugs and disease am I potentially going to expose her to? She will also be in a covered patio. How do I keep her safe?

Thank You,

Joyce

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Carl’s Severe Macaw – Is it plucking, molting or over-preening?

sever macaw parrot

Why are those feathers in the cage floor? Is it plucking, molting or over-preening?

We recently received an email from a subscribe of Sunday Brunch that I am sharing with you below:

I recently adopted a 15 year old Severe Macaw whose previous owner had a terminal illness. I could tell the Macaw had been taken care of meticulously from the written records of her care from Hatch Papers to recent complete blood panels however I never had the opportunity to question the previous owner concerning details of ‘Bandit”. I knew the moment I saw her that  I wanted her as I owned a Severe 30+ years ago and have known several over the years but none as sweet as this little girl.

We spend at least an hour each day cuddled up and grooming each other, over the last month I finished

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Avian Respiration Diseases

sun conure parrot on branch

Anatomy and Function

The upper respiratory system (URS) consists of the external nares, operculum, nasal concha, infraorbital sinus, and choanal slit.

The nares are paired symmetrical openings with an operculum within each. The nares each communicate with the the nasal cavity containing the concha.

The left and right nasal cavities are separated by a septum. The nasal cavity communicates with the left and right infraorbital sinus.

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Classifications & Obfuscations Regarding Conure Parrots

sun conure and gold capped conure parrots

About two years ago, I spotted a bird in a pet store (large chain). On his glassed-in cage was the label “Sun Conure.”

I decided that I wanted a bird like that. First, I ordered a large cage from you; then I waited about 9 months for a bird to become available. During that time the label changed to “Fancy Conure” vice Sun Conure.

The bird I purchased, my friend “Conrad”, is identical in coloring and in temperament (as described in several references) to a Sun Conure. Since we haven’t mentioned any names of pet chains (so we aren’t subject to law suit!), can you offer any thoughts on the name change.

Crossbreed? Avoiding the endangered species controls? Has anyone else ever raised this question???

Sanford

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how can i get my parakeets to eat something other than seed

budgie isolated on white back ground eating seeds

Dear Susan

Birds that have been only given one food for all their lives are harder to convert to a better diet but it can be done with time and patience.

A wide flat dish with chopped veggies, mashed carrots, squash, a big hunk of green romaine lettuce placed on the center of the bottom of their cage EVERYDAY for a month should get them rolling. Sprinkle the plate with some sed, and take out their main dish for a few hours after placing the fresh food dish in the cage.

Here is just one option using bird bread to get them to eat pellets.

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