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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 Treat Macaw Mites

Or Are Mites Making Making My Macaw Miserable?   Hi Mitch, Always look forward to your Sunday articles, thanks!   Madeleine is a (Blue & Gold Macaw) rescue from a home where she was malnourished, neglected and abused.   I was able to negotiate relinquishment but it’s been a year of learning for me, we …

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10 y/o caique we adopted in June seems to have a separation anxiety issue

Lynn F writes I see you ride also, kinda thought so by your picture. Guess that’s profiling, lol. Thanks for your help. Are there any things you can steer me to that will help with hollering? I know birds holler, but a rehomed 10 y/o caique we adopted in June seems to have a separation …

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How To Stop An Elenora Cockatoo Plucker And A Screaming Citron Cockatoo

Good morning, I get your newsletter every Sunday.   We have an elenora cockatoo (aka medium sulfur crested) that we have had for 21 years.   We got her when she was 4 months old.   Within the last two years she has started to yell.   Within the last year it has gotten real …

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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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Is It Better To Clip Your Parrot’s Wings Or Not?

Why is humankind so focused on lopping off body parts? We “bob” dog’s ears and tails. We castrate bulls. We lop off the foreskin of infant males. And now we wanna chop off the wings of animals that have been flying for 99 million years. “Earn the right to fly”? Preposterous. Flight is what birds …

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What should you do after being bitten by a parrot?

First things first. You can use Nolvasan solution as an antibacterial flush and Betadine (available in pharmacies and most animal feed stores) to disinfect the wound on the human. Betadine can also be used on any animal including all parrots, birds and mammals. There’s nothing wrong with using peroxide. Grabbing a bar of soap out …

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