Americans have the ACLU – Captive birds in America have us.
Part of a call from Hawaii at the Birdie Boutique
“I suggest72 hours of constant light, meaning the bird would be in its cage for 3 days, with the lights on”.
Cage birdkeepers response “she’ll never go for something like that”
My email response
As an advocate for pet birds, I wanted to follow up on your lovebird’s reproductive issues.
If a child is sick, he or she does not determine whether or not to accept care.
Although you state your bird would “have nothing to do with it” – she can easily be locked in a cage for three days for her own good so as to extend her life.
I appreciate that you are supplementing her with calcium but the depletion of calcium is a small part of the nutritional deficiencies that an egg layer has to deal with. The production of eggs requires caloric energy derived from protein which is diverted from things like feather growth and muscle strength.
re video above: Note lack of any enrichment/foraging opportunities in the cage. The bird has nothing to do but stew about it’s miserable life. I’d be pissed too.
In many cases there is abdominal fluid that builds up in the bird’s abdomen. Has your vet checked for this? Dr. Byron extracted (with a syringe and hypodermic needle, approximately 25 mL (25 g) – or about 20% of the cockatiel’s weight) every week – for 12 weeks from Popcorn. This can be a common problem with prolific egg laying birds.
There is also the possibility of egg binding meaning the egg doesn’t make it through your bird’s reproductive system completely and dystocia when there is an obstruction blocking the egg from being laid.
Clearly, I am passionate about this – I just want your lovebird to be healthy
I get it, removing the paper from the “grate” so she doesn’t shred it to make nesting material but it’s important that she be offered an alternative to do something with her beak throughout the day.
We want to combine food and toys creating a fulfilling enrichment experience that will take her mind off making babies. This is a simple idea that is very effective. It is accepted by most birds:
We paid our due diligence on MangoPet tabletop stands which I feel would be ideal for your lovebird. MangoPet stands are produced in the USA. Unfortunately from what is probably the most distant point in the US from Hawaii – Rhode Island.
It would be approximately $80 and $90 in additional shipping charges to Hawaii and we have a ticket in with MangoPet to determine the current production lead time as they are all handmade.
We will let you know as soon as we hear back from Erik – The founder of MangoPet.
Couple of other things to keep in mind – Lupron – has a 50-50 success rate – I’m going to guess that you have no artificial lighting over your bird’s cage and the next 90 days you’re going into spring with the days getting longer which triggers – egg laying.
Because you live in North America the light cycle your bird is perceiving through its Pineal gland is scrambling her circadian clock – triggering the eggs
Make sure your bird has no places to hide like bird tents, under the couch or in a cabinet somewhere seeking a dark, brooding area.
Reduce the food that you offer – this is very important because if the bird sees an abundance of food she feels she will be able to easily feed new babies so you want to back your food dish down to about a quarter dish full at a time. Removing the food at night is a good option.
And again I would advocate that you ask your vet if he or she checked for abdominal fluids that build up in the abdomen of prolific egg laying birds pressing against organs and air sacs.
Birds do not pant because they don’t have a diaphragm like mammals – so watch your birds chest to see if it does begin to look like a slight panting of any sort which would indicate abdominal fluid which can be tapped but only by a certified avian vet – I watch them pull 20% of my cockatiel’s weight out of her abdomen every week for 12 weeks
best of luck
new subject – green cheek amazon.
On 12/11/16 in our post “Is human food killing your bird” I mistakenly denied the existence of the – green cheek amazon not knowing it was aka red-crowned amazon and aka Mexican red-headed parrot.
I have manned up.
Tighten your seat belt. We’re going off road
In the late sixties – “The Prisoner” debuted on TV – way ahead of it’s time going on the be a cult classic (17 episodes). I have watched every episode 3 – 6 times in my life. Part of the show’s “collection” are interviews with Patrick McGoohan, the protagonist and series creator.
What made the show unusual according to McGoohan, “there was no script”. The cast and crew would show up and they’d just work through the story/episode that Patrick came up with for the week.
And that my friends is how we prep the Birdie Brunch. Harvest the new organic, non-GMO content we’ve grown this week. Lay it out in our digital kitchen, chop it, slice, it dice it. Taste test it a hundred times and then put it into the digital oven with the timer set for 7:00 AM where ever you are on the planet. Now you know.
From Lisa W. Dec 11, 2016 10:42 am
I also have a ‘wild caught’ green cheek amazon.
Your bird is flying at you for one of two reasons.
Number one, your bird is male and is being territorial aggressive to show you when you walk down in the room that HE is boss.
My bird does this but it’s magnified every year when it’s spring and he would normally have a mate, and a nest to defend. It’s natural in the wild.
My vet makes sure this time of year wings are clipped and he sleeps in his cage not so I have to let him out, denoting I’m boss not him. Also,
When out of the cage and throughout the day he has no access to perches (hutches etc) that are ABOVE my head. This establishes domination because I am taller than him. If this doesn’t work, wing clipping all year might be encouraged.
The 2nd reason your amazon may be flying at your head is not to scare or hurt you, but to literally land on your head. My male is very connected to me as I rescued him from an animal attack as a baby. When he is scared or insecure he always wants on my head and buries his feet in my hair for warmth and comfort. If something scares him, even with clipped wings which I have a light clipping so he can fly but not well, he flies on him head and stays there until he feels safe.
When he is scared or insecure he always wants on my head and buries his feet in my hair for warmth and comfort. If something scares him, even with clipped wings which I have a light clipping so he can fly but not well, he flies on him head and stays there until he feels safe.
Hope this helps.
I would also think about my relationship with my bird. Male Amazons have a normal inclination toward aggression which can easily be curved with the steps above, but if your bird feels threatened by you for any reason and your relationship has deteriorated, he may be threatened by you and is flying at you because in reality, he is experiencing fear. There are my articles that can be found on improving that relationship so your pet is loving again.
Hi Lisa I apologize for my belated response
– thank you for this information – I will pass this on the caregiver for the GCA.- I think you are quite spot on
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