Can I Train An Aggressive 7 YO African Grey?

Inna asks

Hello. We have a 7 year old African grey.


Unfortunately we made a mistake and did not train him properly.


We are having problems with his behavior.


He attacks. He bites. He is angry.


He only obeys one person in the house.


Is it too late to train him?


Who can we turn to?

Thank you. 



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How Can I Stop My Parrot From Plucking Its Feathers?

From a Facebook fan last night

I’ve got a Catalina macaw that has a problem of plucking, I took her to the vet, she has a clean bill of health, now if anyone can help with the feather plucking problem, I would appreciate it, Thanks 


From a customer on the West Coast during a phone call this week

“My 14-year-old lovebird began to pluck for no reason at all.


We have him on the best foods we can provide like Harrison’s pellets but we had to put a collar on her to stop the feather loss.


Nothing has changed in her life and she is fully flighted”



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Why Birds Should Fear Humans Not Feral Cats

For those of you new to the discussion I recently reposted an evergreen article about the effect of feral cats on earth’s bird population.


This is a question from one of our nearest and dearest customers along with my response.


Hi Mitch. You know me. 


I’m a long-time customer of your store and will continue to be as long as the three of us are still alive on this earth. 


So it is with respect and affection that I tell you that it is irresponsible of you to deny that feral cats are harming wild birds. 


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Will Vitamin E Help Heal My Birds Foot Sores

Hi Mitch,


Thank you so much for getting back to me, what you had to say was very helpful. 


I do not know how to send pictures from my Chrome book, only know how to send pictures with my phone, I’m not very good with technology. 


I did get Alex a rope perch recently, but he won’t go near it as of yet.


I read on the parrot forum that Vitamin E oil is good for pressure sores. 


Do you agree? 


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Will My Young Cockatoo Welcome An Older Macaw

Laurie C asks

My husband and I rescued a 3-month-old medium Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (aka Eleonora cockatoo) from a horrible pet store situation last August.

We finished his hand-feeding which took another month.

He was very skinny and underfed so we have spoiled him rotten.


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How Do I Negotiate Bird Toy Placement With My Macaw?

My severe macaw is losing all his feathers.

The vet says I should switch her to 80% pellet food.

However, I am not convinced I don’t think they eat that in the wild.

I am trying HARI Prime vitamin, mineral, amino acid supplement w/probiotics.

Do you think this is an acceptable alternative?


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