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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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Answers For A Cockatiel Pulling Out His Wing Feathers And A Cockatiel With Cataracts

wild cockatiel poking head out from hallow log

Dear Mitch I wanted to ask for your advice.

 

My male cockatiel is pulling his feathers out from under his wings.

 

I brought him to one avian vet who did blood work.

 

That was a dead end.

 

The 2nd vet sent droppings to a lab and that was negative.

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My Peach-faced lovebird made an egg.

Re: My Peach-faced lovebird made an egg.

Unfertilized, she has no mate.

Yesterday she was a tiny velociraptor defending her nest,and I’ve been watching her ‘egg bum’ for a couple of days, now.

This morning she was bouncy and happy, apparently relieved of her butt burden, but this is not over, her bum is still looking eggy.

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Is this a proper budgie cage set up?

Is this a proper budgie cage set up?

First of all you do not indicate the bird’s lifestyle.

Will this be a solitary bird who spends a lot of time in the cage or will the bird be out of the cage a lot and basically used for sleeping?

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What Are The Most Difficult Parrots To Keep As Pets For Most Bird Owners

What are the most difficult parrots to keep as pets for most bird owners?

First a little housekeeping.

When we talk about species of birds, it’s important to be specific.

To say that “cockatoos are needy”  would be inaccurate.

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How Caged Bird Keepers Get The Lighting Thing Wrong

The quality of light has little use for a captive bird.

 

It’s the light cycle that means everything.

 

Is lighting necessary to house parrots properly?

 

Are there any specific requirements with the lighting?

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