Do My Keets & Tiels Feel Depressed in Their Life of Captivity?
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Do My Keets & Tiels Feel Depressed in Their Life of Captivity?

Captivity is a relative term. I’m not relegated to my home but I still have to pay rent, go to work, pay taxes and perform all those duties that enable me to be a good neighbor and good citizen of the world.

If captivity is all that you know it really captive? We have four budgies, all rescues. We really don’t have the background on any of them but we’ve kept them flighted thus they don’t leave the cage.

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My Personally Vetted List of Pets, Animals and Corona Virus Information
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My Personally Vetted List of Pets, Animals and Corona Virus Information

Added April 2023 Drug-Resistant Bacteria Are Passing Between Pets and Their Owners, Researchers Find Bird flu risk for pets remains 'very low,' even after dog death in Ont.: experts Pet…

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Do Dander Birds Like Cockatiels Require a Regular Drenching?
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Do Dander Birds Like Cockatiels Require a Regular Drenching?

Scott writes,

 

Hey folks: Our 4-year-old (almost) male gray Cockatiel Buddy has a dander problem?

 

We can get him to bathe outdoors when he’s out in the lanai and it happens to be raining which is a fairly common occurrence here in west-central Florida but the problem (?) is that we can’t get him wet to the skin. Buddy will shake off after a bath and a cloud of dander will “poof” off him.

 

I’ve read that birds, in general, need to get wet to the skin to remain healthy. Any thoughts?

 

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Is It Okay to Clip a Parrotlet’s Wings???
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Is It Okay to Clip a Parrotlet’s Wings???

Chris S. asks, 

 

Is it okay to clip a parrotlets wings???

 

Dear Chris, 

 

You can clip ANY bird’s wings. But it is best to have a good reason for it.

 

If the bird is new to you and your home and you are trying to get the new bird to learn where his cage is and settle in, and/or also trying to bond with a new baby bird. 

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Can Cloacal Prolapse in Parakeets Be Prevented?
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Can Cloacal Prolapse in Parakeets Be Prevented?

Mary S. is concerned,

 

Can prolapse in parakeets be prevented?

 

Dear Mary

Most important is prevention – assure that your birds, especially breeding hens, are in good health and are receiving optimal amounts of calcium and other minerals and vitamins. Upon noting a prolapse, you can try lubricating the tissue with a water-soluble product, such as Wet Original.

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How Do I Treat My Female Parakeet’s Feather Cyst?
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How Do I Treat My Female Parakeet’s Feather Cyst?

to Mitch@WCParrot

 

Hello, love your website have a parakeet female about 5 years old with a cyst on the left wing.

 

Our avian vet was not too helpful only said it could be a feather cyst after I suggested it.

 

She does not seem uncomfortable but the cyst is getting bigger mostly pink with whatever color of feather appears any suggestions?

 

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