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

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
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Joyce about taking birds outdoors

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?

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
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Avian Respiration Diseases

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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