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

african grey in cage in front of mechanical foraging bird toy

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?

2 green budgies beaking

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 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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What Human Foods And Spices Are Good For Pet Birds

Scarlet macaw eating nuts on a tree stump

an·thro·po·mor·phic
/ˌanTHrəpəˈmôrfik/
adjective
relating to or characterized by anthropomorphism.
having human characteristics.
“anthropomorphic bears and monkeys”

I love that word.

I like how it feels on the tongue.

It’s also a big reason we see so many failures and pet bird care.

We make chop because salads are healthy for us.

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Is My Illness The Reason Why My Green Cheek Conure Is Suddenly Biting Me

yellow sided green cheek conure

Lori P writes:


I have a 1.5 year old Green Cheek Conure.

 

We had bonded rather well until recently.

 

I have health issues and had gone several weeks without giving her much attention.

 

I didn’t think it would be a problem.

 

She didn’t act any differently.

 

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Is Using An Anti Psychotropic Drug A Good Feather Plucking Solution

2 Queen of Bavaria Conures one with a feather plucked chest

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

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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 month in his Clarendon Hills home.

 

The best of the best.


SECOND: as with my 15y.o. Pionus, teach Ketto the difference between GOOD & BAD (or NO GOOD), by saying REPEATEDLY OVER & OVER AGAIN & AGAIN “Good Boy!”

 

Every single time Keto does something good.

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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:

  1. It’s time to take the bird to the vet, how do I get it from cage to carrier?
  2. The bird is sick or injured in the cage, now what?
  3. How do I get the bird to examine it?
  4. What if I need to weigh the bird?

If you just want to let the bird out by opening the cage door have you examined your home?

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