How Do I Handle My Molting Green Cheek Conure With Another Bird?
Pineapple Conure

How Do I Handle My Molting Green Cheek Conure With Another Bird?

Lisa N writes,

Hey Catherine hope all is well I need your help again I thought by now I would be a better mommy 🙂

Our Reggie is molting big time she loves taking a bath every day I know it’s a rough time for birds but we also have a Pineapple conure and yes one is a boy and Reggie is the girl.

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Does My Parrotlet Need a Full Spectrum Light Source?

Chris S. reached out to ask,

Does a parrotlet need a full spectrum light source?

And if so does it need it all year round if living in eastern PA?

Dear Chris

Unless you are living along the equator, no, natural lighting is not going to replicate what tropical birds need to keep their hormones level.

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Will Full-spectrum Lighting Damage My Bird’s Eyes?

Rob K. relates, 

 

Mitch, I have read much and understood all of your points about lighting. My bird is a Congo African Grey.

 

My concern is that I have also read articles about the danger of eye damage such as cataracts from such closeness and intensity of the light.

 

At the equator, high noon footcandles range from 9-10,000 and cycle up and down moonlight to moonlight (.01 FC @ full moon) and between dawn & dusk (10 FC).

 

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Will Bright Full Spectrum Lighting Cause My Bird to Go Blind?

Rob K. has a “Light question”

 

Mitch, I have read much and understood all of your points about lighting.

 

My bird is a Congo African Grey.

 

My concern is that I have also read articles about the danger of eye damage such as cataracts from such closeness and intensity of the light. At the equator, high noon footcandles range from 9-10,000 and cycle up and down moonlight to moonlight (.01 FC @ full moon) and between dawn & dusk (10 FC).

 

I have a full spectrum bulb in my ceiling 5′ above his cage.

 

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How Do I Handle 2 Flighted Out of Control Cockatiels?
two cockatiels sitting a branch, one from the front and one from the back, small cockatoos from australia

How Do I Handle 2 Flighted Out of Control Cockatiels?

Elleen A.  relates,    

 

I have 2 male fully flighted cockatiels that will not let us handle them. They are bonded. How can I get them to let us handle them again?

 

Dear Elleen

Short answer. You can’t.  Birds of a feather stick together and you have no feathers.  

 

Long answer.

 

You can clip their wings, separate them into different cages, and plan to spend several hours with each of them individually in daily sessions in hopes to earn their trust and want to be with you.

 

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How Do I Stop My 21-year-old Female Cockatiel From Screaming?

Nancy B. has a very needy cockatiel,

 

My 21-year-old female cockatiel refuses to stay in her cage.

 

She goes to all extents to get attention, the most of which is constant screaming.

 

If she so much as hears a squeak as I’m walking down the stairs – she starts screaming.

 

She can go on for hours at a time until I finally take her out of the cage.

 

This behavior is constant and interestingly she tries to “mate” when she sits on my finger.

 

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Hello, I Am Looking for Help in Training My Parrots
Two beautiful gray parrots on the branches

Hello, I Am Looking for Help in Training My Parrots

Sarah A. relates,

 

Hello, I am looking for help in training my parrots.

 

I have two African grey parrots.

 

They are 21 and we have had them their whole lives.

 

My mom used to handle them, however, she began to have severe allergies from their dust. 

 

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