How And Some Of The Why’s African Greys Molt Differently Than Other Parrots

male eclectus parrot moting

Your African grey may have upwards of 8000 feathers. Feathers keep a bird warm, dry and enable flight.

 

For a molt to occur, the old feather must be removed. Before molting begins blood vessels that support the feathers dry up so the attached feather becomes loosened by the surrounding tissue.

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That Hookbill In Your Home – How Much Do You Know About Bird Beaks?

water color skull of a parrot with flowers

Our economical bird nail trimmer has become very popular when people realize how easy it is to trim their own birds nails while saving money at the same time.

 

Although we recommend using an electric nail trimmer to keep your birds nails trimmed neatly we do not recommend that you attempt to trim your bird’s beak.

 

It’s a sensitive organ and has a lot of sensory receptors and which could potentially be very painful to your bird if handled in the wrong way, which got me to thinking about today’s topic.

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My bird just started biting and lunging – help

Senegal parrot biting mans hand by the thumb

Hi

I am hoping you can help. We have a parrotlet and he will be 10 months old July 3 (2017).

We haven’t had any problem till about a month or so ago. He is biting hard and lunges when we go to take him out or if he is out and we reach toward him he comes after us.

We were told to have his wings clipped which we did and that worked for about a week and a half then he started right back in they clipped his first five flight wings. He did good for a short time, then we took him back again and they clipped # 6 & 7 it helped about a week and he is right back to biting and lunging.

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Do birds in cages suffer all their lives?

yellow front amazon Green parrot in a cage - captivity

Do birds in cages suffer all their lives?

Define suffer? If you don’t know any better how do you know you are suffering?

As good as our intentions are met by many things, they don’t necessarily meet our bird’s “instinctual expectations”.

Define a “cage”. If you talking about a big metal thing with bars that sits in your family room? In reality the entire home is a (bird) cage because the bird is not allowed to leave it unless it’s in a smaller travel cage

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Congratulations – you’re no longer a caged bird keeper. You’ve been elevated to zookeeper

woman with galah cockctoo parrot on right hand and orange wined amazon parrot on left shoulder

Dear Mitch,

I need advice in so many “bird” areas that I don’t know where to begin.  It seems that all the personal bird stores are disappearing and even the good vets are a rarity.  I have been involved with birds for almost thirty years.

I ordered a small crock on Amazon about a year ago and that is how I became “connected” with Windy City, your Sunday newsletters, etc.  It is the result of a vision “issue” that discourages me with the  computer and I do much better “talking”.

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Calling all avian veterinarians and PhD’s – whats the real deal with Vitamin D birds and light?

budgie on top of clear light bulb containing a tree in blue water

Calling all veterinarians and PhD’s

to answer this one simple question

(none of you return my emails or responds to my Facebook questions)

How does artificial light really aide enable vitamin D/D3 syntheses in birds?

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