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

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.

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 …

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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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