How Do I Care for a Splay Legged Parakeet?

Last Updated on February 23, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Suzanne H. is concerned about a Splayed leg 1-month-old parakeet.

 

My parakeets had 4 chicks. 3 are fine.

 

The youngest turned out to be a splayed leg.

 

Went to the vet with the baby.

 

He said there is just a 10% chance the baby could be fixed to be almost normal.

 

It didn’t work.

 

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A Readers Advice for Patrick’s Biting Senegal

Last Updated on November 28, 2020 by Mitch Rezman

Lynn H. replied to Patrick B.

 

I have a 27-year old Senegal.  

 

I was reading your post (below) and thought I would offer a few suggestions to you.

 

First, as Mitch said, try clicker training.  

 

It is basically positive operant conditioning.

 

Birds do not understand the word “no” and yelling at them will teach them how to scream. 

 

So please give it a try. 

 

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What Sizes Do the Tropican Parrot Food Pellets Come in?

Last Updated on May 5, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Linda L. would like to know:

Is the size of the Tropican Lifetime Parrot granules much bigger than the Tropican Lifetime Cockatiel granules?

Hard to tell from pictures

Dear Linda,

The Cockatiel size granule is 2 mm, the Parrot size granule is 4 mm.

The stick-sized pellet is about 3/4″ x ¼”.

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Can Lighting Benefit My Blue Crown Conure With Cataracts?

Last Updated on April 25, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Janet D. relates:

My blue-crown conure (named BLUE) is one of 2 rescue conures I’ve now had 5 years.

He has cataracts in both eyes. I know this because I could tell his vision was changing and took him to the vet 3 months ago.

Very recently, he’s more hesitant with everything so I think his vision is deteriorating more quickly than anticipated.

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Should I Be Concerned With a Spot on My Bird’s Beak?

Last Updated on February 22, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Lois D. has a question about bird beaks:

 

My 12 yr old male Jenday is in fine health–eating and playing and chewing wood etc all day.

 

But I just noticed a spot on his beak (right side) bottom, that is bare (not black)-I cleaned his beak.

 

Just wondering–have searched the internet and all my books– can’t find a thing.

 

Can you help?

 

Should I be concerned? Thanks so much.

 

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How Do You Rehabilitate a Biting Senegal Parrot?

Last Updated on May 3, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

The following is in response to our feathered community member Patrick.

Hi Patrick B,

I have a 27-year old Senegal.  I was reading your post and thought I would offer a few suggestions to you. First, as Mitch said, try clicker training.  It is basically positive operant conditioning.  Birds do not understand the word “no” and yelling at them will teach them how to scream.  So please give it a try. 

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How One Californian Wildfire Devastated This Families Parrot

Last Updated on March 26, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Annette D. relates:

My Amazon Parrot was killed by fire toxins.

Hi, I’m writing in because I’m just shattered in every way.

I live in Sonoma Co, CA, home of Wildfires. 

In 2017, we got hit with the first ‘recognized’ Firestorm. 

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How Can I Achieve Better Birdcage Environments for My Birds?

Last Updated on February 25, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Hey there, here for the brunch, but I’d like to speak to the manager, I just have a question or two before sitting down: 

So we have a 2 bird, 2 human family.   

The littlest one, a GCC named Pz is the comedian and energy ball of the group, with tons of personality packed into a 70gram feather suit.   

Our sanity these days hinges upon making sure the bird children are well taken care of, as we spend all our days with them now and find it very enriching to be attentive to their unique needs and the interesting ways in which they communicate them to us.

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How Do I Place Clamp Light for Lighting Over My Bird’s Cage?

Last Updated on May 5, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Marcia D. asks:

I wish to purchase a clamp light assembly w/light for my parrotlet’s birdcage…reason: I currently have a floor lamp with Zoomed avian bulb (expensive) and want to eliminate the floor lamp feature.

QUESTION: with clamp light. Am I laying it right on the top of the cage or hovering it inches above the cage?

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How Can We Slow Our Cockatiel’s Flight?

Last Updated on May 3, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Scott S. is unsure about free flight (sort of):

Hi folks: My question: is there a “best way” to transition our flighted, little shy of three-year-old ‘Tiel to a quasi-free flight environment (inside a screened lanai).

Buddy is desperate to be with the rest of the flock out on the lanai, he flies and hovers by the door trying to find a way out to us.

Our other “fids” (Feathered Kids) have been great in the lanai but we’ve been “birding” since 1982 and we’ve never had a faster ‘Tiel…he’s a rocket and we’re afraid he may hurt himself if he hits a screen at full boogie.

Any thoughts?

Thank you much! Scott

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