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

 

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Why Has My Senegal Stopped Eating His Harrison’s Pellets?
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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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Do Birds Get Coronavirus? I Had It About a Month Ago.
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Do Birds Get Coronavirus? I Had It About a Month Ago.

From: June S.

 

Subject: Re: Hi June ~ How to Remodel Cages to Reduce 2 Bird’s Hormonal Behavior

 

Hi Mitch,

 

Do birds get coronavirus? I had it about a month ago.

 

My two parakeets have become so quiet and sleep alot.

 

I changed where I keep them thinking a change would help.

 

Some but not much.

 

Can they know I haven’t been very well?

 

Thank God I have recovered any thoughts?

 

June

 

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Are Vitamins Necessary When My Bird is on a Pellet Diet?
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Are Vitamins Necessary When My Bird is on a Pellet Diet?

Michael G. asks:

Hi, Mitch.

I was using a powdered vitamin in Little Girl and Big Boy’s water. When I began using Roudybush pellets they recommended discontinuing the vitamin. I took them at their word and don’t see any ill effects after 8 months.

I’m wondering if birds are like I’ve been told about humans, rid themselves of unwanted vitamins?

We use a spray bottle on a mist regularly.

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How Do We Stop Our Budgie from Over Preening Us?
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How Do We Stop Our Budgie from Over Preening Us?

Chris M. seeks budgie advice:

Hello, I enjoy your site and your advice very much.

My wife and I just got our hand raised Budgerigar, the bird is very affectionate and spends quite a bit of time on our shoulders.

Recently it has started to preen us, the issue is that it’s preening can be painful as it will focus on skin imperfections or small folds of skin and nip quite hard.

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Should You Bathe Cockatoos and Amazon Parrots?
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Should You Bathe Cockatoos and Amazon Parrots?

Sheryl M. asks:

Hi Mitch and Catherine,

Love your information.

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How Much Do You Understand About the Molt?

We’ve talked about the differences between molting, preening, and plucking in a post found here.

Molting is misunderstood and usually viewed as nothing more than a nuisance.

We have 10 birds in our home.

That means they’re going to shed between 50,000 and 70,000 feathers combined, annually!

Feathered factoid: Ducks have 10,000 or more feathers and swans have upwards of 12,000+.

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