How We Were Evacuated In A Raft With Our Eclectus Parrot

male (green) eclectus parrot
regurgitating into female (red) eclectus parrots beak


Jerri M. asks

We live in NC and as you are probably aware, Hurricane Matthew has created some problems.


We were evacuated in a raft, with our Eclectus Parrot.


Since we have returned home, she is acting stressed and exhibiting behaviors that I have not witnessed before this.


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How Mackie An Abandoned Goffins Cockatoo Found Joy

Goffin’s Cockatoo aka Tanimbar cackatoo,
Goffin’s Cockatoo, Tanimbar Corella.

Sunday after Sunday after Sunday I read your incredibly knowledgeable and helpful newsletter

I always learn.

I appreciate so much the time you take to share your wisdom and experiences.

I am a dog person, but for the last 3 years I have had in my home a 10-12-year-old Cockatoo – forgotten about by her owner’s family when the owner committed suicide.

She was located at her grooming salon.

When I walked in and found her, she had been alone close to 3 weeks. She had a tiny bit of very polluted water, 3 or 4 seeds, (literally!), and had been shut in a too small cage all that time.

Additionally, the back door was standing open so the cats who stayed at the grooming salon could go in and out.

The weather was in the ’40s and ’50s.


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Solving This Grey’s Feather Plucking With A New Nano Environment

Spoiler alert: This post and discussion illustrate how I reached my diagnosis:

Jan is plucking his feathers because his feet hurt.
He’s using his food dish to sleep.
This helps avoid pressure to the bottom of his feet  which he feels when they grip the smooth dowel rod perch.
That’s why he plucks in the sleeping cage – he wants the pain to ease.


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How Do I Reduce My Male Budgies Aggression?



I look forward to getting your email every Sunday and reading it has become as much a ritual as the old Sunday paper.

And now I have a question for you.


Thunder and Lightning are my bonded parakeets.


I’ve had them for years.


Last summer I saw more and more breeding activity, so I bought a box and let nature take its course.


Thunder laid four eggs, one of which was fertilized.


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Help For A Green Cheek Conures Projectile Vomiting

Mona S. writes

I recently had the experience of seeing my beloved Green Cheek Conure do what I would describe as projectile vomiting, which absolutely scared me to nearly to death.


I have owned birds for about 30 years or so and had never seen anything like this.


Actually, I was not even aware that birds could vomit at all, except for regurgitating to feed their young.


This looked like someone had turned on the faucet for a couple of seconds.


Fortunately, he has been perfectly fine ever since.


Do you have any idea as to what could cause something like this to happen?


Thanks for your time (and for your very information Sunday Brunch emails).


Best regards,


Mona S. (more…)

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