Learn How Gordon Controls Bird Cage Ants W/ Isopropyl Alcohol

Gordon T. relates about his success controlling ants with isopropyl alcohol

Our Senegal parrot, Frisbee, spends warm weather days on our screened-in porch, where he has a stainless steel cage.

Ants are a serious problem.

We were able to control them by placing the cage rollers in shallow water containers, but Frisbee started drinking the water.

On the theory that ants swarming on bits of his treats were following scent trails laid down by “scout” ants, I started wiping the bottoms of the legs of his cage with 90% isopropyl alcohol first thing every morning.

The alcohol evaporates almost immediately, and it is still 30 minutes or so before Frisbee goes out.


Continue Reading

How Do I Reduce My Male Budgies Aggression?

I look forward to getting your email every Sunday and reading it has become as much a ritual as the old Sunday paper.


And now I have a question for you.


Thunder and Lightning are my bonded parakeets.


I’ve had them for years.


Last summer I saw more and more breeding activity, so I bought a box and let nature take its course.


Thunder laid four eggs, one of which was fertilized.



Continue Reading

A Better Bird Video Series For Training Birds And Their Humans

Just as the name implies, this is a series of quick and easy ways to help your birds stay happy and healthy around the clock.

This is a series of short but incisive ideas you can apply today bringing you closer to bird care nirvana.

The number of things necessary to provide foraging enrichment for your birds can be found in a series of quick and simple ideas.


Continue Reading

Do You Know What Glue or Bonding Materials Are Bird-safe?

Jennnifer T. relates:

I’m a parent to 4 feathered friends, my eldest being a 26-year-old quaker who is way too smart for his own good.


I’ve been collecting old toys and have been recreating them into different toys hoping they may be interested.


Does anyone know of glue or other bonding material that is bird safe?


I’ve been using rope and twisties but could do more with glue.


Appreciate any feedback.



Continue Reading
Should I Get a Quaker, Ringneck, or Conure?
Happy father and daughter choosing pretty bird for keeping in pet shop

Should I Get a Quaker, Ringneck, or Conure?

Kayla writes to ask:


I’m stuck between getting a conure or a quaker (ok maybe an Indian ringneck too), and could really use advice on what current owners think.


I’m hoping to find a best friend who wants to be involved, cuddly, silly, and maybe even say a few words eventually.


I mostly don’t want one who screams and screeches all day.


Is a quaker on the right track?



Continue Reading
Can I Put A Baby Budgie In With My Cockatiel?
playing parakeet and Cockatiel

Can I Put A Baby Budgie In With My Cockatiel?

Kim W. wants to know


Can I Put A Baby Budgie In With My Cockatiel?


Dear Kim


One-word answer. NO!


We recently were given a baby parakeet from a customer who found it outside her apartment building.


She could not keep it as she has an ailing bird currently and didn’t want to take a risk.



Continue Reading
What Is the Lowest Temperature Can My 2 Greys Survive Outside?
Two beautiful gray parrots on the branches

What Is the Lowest Temperature Can My 2 Greys Survive Outside?

Grae W. wonders


Hello, I have two 21-year-old grays, that I have had since they were young babies.


They are very healthy and happy birds. In the winter months, in the south (NC), I put them out in their cage on sunny, non-windy days, if it’s above 47 degrees.


As their cage loses the sun, I bring them in, and put them on their perch, in a glass door walk-in shower.


I have asthma, so must not bring in their cage.



Continue Reading

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.



Continue Reading

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!



Continue Reading
Close Menu