Can I Bring an African Grey Into Our Home With Our 5yo Amazon?
African grey parrot and Blue-fronted amazon perched on a branch

Can I Bring an African Grey Into Our Home With Our 5yo Amazon?

Rebecca A. relates,

We are the (at least) fifth home for an older yellow-nape amazon.

The only information I have from the couple that took him in before us is the previous owner died of old age, he doesn’t like outdoors, and his name is “Brindle”, and he bites… a lot. That was 4 years ago.


He is now a healthy 743 grams (appropriate for his larger than usual size frame, according to his avian certified doctor) DNA-sexed male, microchipped, well socialized, loves classical music and opera, has arthritis in his shoulders and jaw, “walking bird” who trills and plays with family and dogs.


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Should I Cover My Conures Birdcage at Night?

Dawn C. asks,


My conures cage at night it is in our lounge where we watch tv hence there is some light from the tv etc.


Also, he has become quite hormonal and aggressive towards me over the last 2 months whereas he was quite the opposite before spending lots of time with me now I am very wary of him and at times fearful of him attacking me.


What can I do to get back the loving funny bird he used to be. Btw he is very gentle with my husband.



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What Should I Do for a Hormonal Male Black-headed Caique?

Donna L. asks,


What should I do for a hormonal black-headed male caique, 17 years old?


Screaming while holding a toy with his beak on the cage bottom or screaming while hanging on the cage bars, screaming at 2:30 AM.


Losing weight, killing any toy he can find, and just starting to pick at his chest and bottom of his foot.


Stopped eating his pellets (Harrisons), has combined with other pellets, not interested.



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Why Does My African Grey Picks His Feathers?

Rachel C. is concerned,


My African grey picks his feathers.


He has free roam of the house with a large perch in the living room.


He doesn’t like water and doesn’t like any toy I get him.


He does like the challenge of taking the lids off old pill bottles to find a treat.


He likes very few people.He definitely does not like little people. He goes outside with me and enjoys climbing around. I put him in the cage


When my granddaughter comes, he bites her.


He plucks out his feathers even more.


I’m at a loss!


I’m home all day and we talk all to each other and he follows me from room to room.


He sits on the couch with me and watches TV.


Is he bored or what?



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How Does My Family Keep Our Blue & Gold Macaw as My Parents Age?

Kirstin B. relates




I have a blue and gold macaw parrot.


He has been in the family since he was a baby.


Sadly my great uncle was the one who got him and died shortly thereafter.


He has gone through 2 other family members until sitting with me and my dad.


My dad got him about 20 years ago and my dad was so good with him.


Unfortunately in the past 5 years, my dad has had a lot of issues with the bird.


The last year I have pretty much taken over the bird however I will be leaving the house in about a year and a half for college.


I would like to have the bird in the best state possible and have my parents really comfortable with the bird.


So far the bird is only comfy with me as of lately.


My parents have low tempers with him which they are working on.


I just want the best for the bird and would love some tips you could give me to help him feel cozier with my parents.



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Should I Get a New Bird in Spite of Having Two Dogs?

Should I Get a New Bird in Spite of Having Two Dogs?

Joanne C. Inquires


Dear Mitch and Catherine.


Our 22-year-old sun conure recently passed.


She was a family member her entire life.


We occasionally look at bird rescue sites.


My hesitation is we have 2 dogs that limit just how much a bird can be out of the cage.


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I’m Frustrated With Featherbrite-how Do I Fix My Lighting?

Cynthia expresses her frustration with the FeatherBrite bird cage lighting system:


I have the swag lights that require two bulbs.


I bought the 16 watts LED bulb and the UV blue bulb in September, and now they’re burned out.


I don’t even see the same bulbs as a set for sale on your site.


I have a Pagoda-style light that requires one bulb but those apparently aren’t sold for that style anymore.


I can’t keep buying lighting fixtures. Help!



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If Albino Birds Are Mutations Why Do They Have Shorter Lifespans?

Bruce S. relates:


Hi, recently Mom’s albino parakeet I’ve been taking care of crossed the rainbow bridge.


Mom passed in November (2020), and the bird had been with me for several years.


Believe he made it to almost 7 years old, and I’m waiting for info from the pet store on the exact age.


Just curious about your knowledge of albino parakeets, he was a sweet and cool bird.





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Why Has My Senegal Stopped Eating His Harrison’s Pellets?

Barbara is concerned about her Sennie:


My 23 yr. old Senegal has stopped eating his Harrison’s pellets which he has been eating most of his life. 


He is eating fruit, veggies, Nutriberries & Avicakes. 


Should I be concerned? 


Should I try a different pellet?  Thank you for your help.



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