We Explore 4 Cockatoos Each With Unique Nutritional Needs

2 blue eyed cockatoos on branch in foresr

Yay!! I can’t wait to read the article. By the way, do you or anyone you know have experience with Galahs (aka Rose-breasted cockatoos)?

 

I have one that I got as a baby (It was about 6-9 months old). She is just under 2 years old now. I wasn’t impressed when I drove out of state to buy her from the breeder that came with great recommendations.

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How Windy City Parrot Looks At Our Bird’s Holistically

mitch rezman catherine tobsing peaches the senegal parrot in Windy City Parrot

Pet food manufacturers as well as Internet “influencers” somehow associate the word “holistic” with “healthy” which indicates (to me) they clearly never read the definition of “holistic“.

ho·lis·tic – adjective

PHILOSOPHY – characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

Thus from this point forward, you will go forth and snigger the next time some one tries to sell you holistic anything.

When you interact with us,

whether it be here, on our website, social media, email or any other form of communication, we try to introduce you to holistic bird health as a way of succeeding with captive bird care – meaning: 

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Best Practices for Heating an Outdoor Bird Aviary

Hi. We’re installing an outdoor aviary on our screened & covered porch.
The size is 8x8x9 and it will house 2 blue and gold macaws.
I found the perfect rope perches at windy city parrot. 
 
Now I hope you can help me select the right heat source.
We live in north Mississippi so extreme cold isn’t a problem; winter temps are 30s-40s most nights.
Do you recommend infrared heat lamps?
If so, how many for the space?
Thanks
Anne 

How do toys compliment a bird’s food?

African grey parrot eating pellet bird food in front of a mechanical bird foraging toy

A clear theme that emerges after reading endless threads on Facebook is “my bird won’t play with toys” – “my bird doesn’t play with toys” “my bird only wants to chew the keys off my notebook computer”.

Ho·lis·tic – hōˈlistik – adjective

Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

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How does this budgie not know he is handicapped?

new born budgie with bandaged splayed foot

Hi I have a 7 month old handicapped english budgie

that was born with a one splayed leg that sticks straight out. His wings were over clipped when I got him at 2 months of age.

 

I have waited un-patiently for his wings to grow out as my other parakeets are flighted.

 

I see from the way he perches like a kick stand mostly on a ladder. That he has close access to his one wing with a bad leg and over preens and chews on just this one which makes him flutter lopsided.

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How do amazon parrots use light to synthesize Vitamin D having no preening gland? and other captive Amazon care questions

Spectacled or White-Fronted Amazon Parrot Poses for the camera.

How do Amazon parrots use light to synthesize Vitamin D having no preening gland?

As I was curating this post on Amazon parrot questions it got me thinking about one of my favorite subjects, full spectrum lighting and the synthesis of vitamin D in birds.

Amazon parrots are relatively unique having no preening gland (along with doves, pigeons and Hyacinth macaws).

The uropygial aka preening gland oozes a slippery goo which a bird rubs its head and beak against. Then spreads this oil over its feathered body.

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