Why Did My 3 yo Milagold Macaw Start Plucking Out of the Blue?

Richard writes:

 

I have a 3-year-old Milagold Macaw, and his name is Rainbow.

 

Rainbow likes to bite and nibble things, like my clothes, my arm and whatever he can get.

 

How do I get him to stop, my arm has a lot of bruises from this, is there bird training classes for this or do I just tape his mouth close (LOL) please tell me what I should do?

 

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Is There A Hormone To Calm My Over Sexed African Grey Parrot?

I have had my male African grey parrot for 28 years.

 

When he matured sexually years ago he started plucking.

 

I have him on a plumage supplement now and he has lots of new quills and looks much better.

 

However, he humps my arm with a thick sweater on.

 

He goes to completion if I let him once a day.

 

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CBD Oil – Miracle Cure For Birds Or Just The New Snake Oil

On June 2, 2018 I responded to the question

I, for the most part, pleaded ignorance and suggested that he not give his African Grey CBD oil based on my “spidey sense.”

 

Now I’m seeing more conversations about the use of CBD oil on all sorts of animals but obviously, my concern is the effects of CBD oil on our pet birds.

 

Let’s take a deep dive into the subject, shall we?

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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 cage – he wants the pain to ease.

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Solving This Greys 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 cage – he wants the pain to ease.

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How Do I Treat Macaw Mites

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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 bonded and I decided to adopt her instead of fostering.

 

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What Human Foods And Spices Are Good For Pet Birds

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 with pet bird care.

We make chop because salads are healthy for us.

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Windy City Parrot Defines Small And Medium Size Species Of Pet Birds

Small species pet birds

Birds we classify as “Smaller” species 

FYI  There’s something like 100 species of Conures. Conures need to be subdivided into small, medium & large (which is on our to-do list)


Green cheek conures weigh 64 grams (cockatiels are about 100 grams – Patagonian conures weight about 280 grams, about the size of a Timneh African grey.

Don’t think for a minute conures can be classified into one size category

Large Canaries

Gibber Canary

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