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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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Can My Daughter And I Co-Bond With An African Grey?

We don’t generally interact with mainstream bird rescue organizations. The last bird club/rescue meeting I spoke at began with a police presence called by the current president trying to forcibly remove the former president, who wouldn’t leave. The next 15 minutes resulted in parliamentary maneuvers so legal action could be brought against the former bird …

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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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Can I give raw almonds to my African grey parrot? Is it safe, or a risk to his health?

Firstly I need to address the “peanuts are bad for parrots” urban legend. Reference one of the original answers to this question on Quora If you leave a pizza on the kitchen counter for two days it will get fungus.   Cheese in the best of circumstances will grow fungus in the refrigerator after about …

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I’m searching for some good African grey parrot bonding tools

I’m a new Grey owner… Scarlet came to us on Nov. 24th after spending her first 12 years with one owner, and his wife. She was very bonded to him.   I’m searching for some good bonding tools, and would like your advice on some things that I should probably have for her cage and …

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One Of My African Greys Has Been Losing Feathers And It Is Getting Worse

My husband and I have two 14-year-old African grey parrots.   We bought them from a pet store that sold only parrots when they were chicks.   They seem very healthy – have good appetites, play, scream, etc.   However, one of the birds has been losing her feathers and it is getting worse.

Can I always keep an African Gray parrot in a cage that is placed in the living room?

I’m going to interpret this as a cage placement question. The answer is not straightforward. Parrots like privacy. We talk alot about the birdcage canopy effect of lining the top third of your bird’s cage with so many toys that you can not see the bird. This gives them a sense of security in that they …

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