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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 …

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How Do I Reduce My Male Budgies Aggression?

Hello,   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 …

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2 Queen of Bavaria Conures one with a feather plucked chest

Is Using An Anti Psychotropic Drug A Good Feather Plucking Solution

We are trying something different today.   This is a video interview with Dr. Jenkins, a board certified avian veterinarian.   The video is sponsored by Chloe Sanctuary, a well known and highly regarded bird rescue. The two major issues I have with Dr. Jenkins are

Should we anethisize birds for exams and blunt their beaks?

The following comment is in reference to a blog post entitled  “How To Stop An Indian Ringneck Parrot From Biting“   Russ commented: FIRST OFF, Blunt Keto’s beak at the vet.   My vet is Scott McDonald, who puts all birds under gas for examination & grooming (STRESS FREEEEE).   His clinics are several per …

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Can I Grab My Parakeets While In Their Cage

First of all people who state absolute truths about bird care as in yes and no have much to learn. To answer this question with an emphatic “no”, begs even more queries: It’s time to take the bird to the vet, how do I get it from cage to carrier? The bird is sick or …

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