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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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Why Is This Jubilee (Hybrid) Macaw Having A Difficult Molt?

Donna B writes on 9/9/2018 I have a 6-1/2 year old Jubilee Macaw (named Bijou) who seems to be having a very difficult molt.   I am concerned his constant picking might turn in to plucking.   Bijou has begun constantly picking on himself and pulls out not only larger feathers but also small to mid …

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What are the absolute worst types of parrots for a first-time bird owner?

Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question). One answer started with Cockatoos Macaws Amazons Yet these three species come in close to a combined 100 flavors.   Major Mitchell cockatoos are not loud, and not necessarily cuddly   Bare eyed cockatoos are all but demure …

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Why Are We Talking About Treating Bird Bite Wounds?

Were not going to start with bird bites because we’ll be talking about several first-aid challenges you may face having a bird or two in your home for several decades. Everyone likes to think of themselves as being prepared for disaster and certainly life’s cuts and scrapes.   I’ve personally sutured a dog in a …

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Indian Ringneck Love Brings Ringneck Problems

Indian ringneck’s are marvelous birds and I’ve had the great fortune to live with the species and two different households. They’re not big birds they way an average of 115 g about the body size of a Senegal or a fat cockatiel but the long tail gives the impression that it’s a much larger birds. …

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What is a good summary about how it is to own parrots (macaws specifically)?

I don’t know that there’s enough storage space on the Quora servers to answer this.   I read that parrots are loud, noisy and messy – a lot.   Then again so are children.   Let’s start with a top level explanation.   Pet people in the disciple category will always react negatively towards the …

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Congratulations – you’re no longer a caged bird keeper. You’ve been elevated to zookeeper

Dear Mitch, I need advice in so many “bird” areas that I don’t know where to begin.  It seems that all the personal bird stores are disappearing and even the good vets are a rarity.  I have been involved with birds for almost thirty years. I ordered a small crock on Amazon about a year …

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