What Do You Know About Macaw Asthma? It’s Really A Thing.
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What Do You Know About Macaw Asthma? It’s Really A Thing.

This first of three answers about macaw parrot keeping solutions is in response to the Quora question:

Is it unsafe to have a cockatoo in your home and a macaw, Given that many macaws are susceptible to asthma? Following up, is there any sort of test a macaw could have done to identify asthma? 

Macaw Asthma aka Macaw Respiratory Hypersensitivity disease is found in several species of macaws but is especially prevalent with blue and gold macaws.

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Is My Blue and Gold Macaw Biting Me Because of Displaced Anger?
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Is My Blue and Gold Macaw Biting Me Because of Displaced Anger?

Nancy H wrote:

Dear Mitch and Catherine,

I own a Blue and Gold Macaw that I’ve had for 23 years, I love him dearly as he’s been, my little companion and roommate.

The problem is and I’m hoping you can help is that I’m not able to have my family or friends over because Bernard will literally take a tantrum screaming until I go in and get him and bring him out to see who’s there and when I go to bring him back to his cage, he bites me hard with displaced anger.

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Is It Okay to Open My Budgies Cage, So They Can Fly Around?
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Is It Okay to Open My Budgies Cage, So They Can Fly Around?

I clearly have been remiss by not keeping everybody up with the lives of our six budgies.

 

Ever since we adopted the last two, Biscuit and Gravy, the dynamics have certainly once again changed in the cage environment.

 

Putting things in perspective there are only two males, Jam and Eggs, the other four are females.

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I’m Searching for Some Good African Grey Parrot Bonding Tools
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I’m Searching for Some Good African Grey Parrot Bonding Tools

I’m a new Grey owner… Scarlet came to us on Nov. 24th after spending her first 12 years with one owner, and his wife. She was very bonded to him.

I’m searching for some good bonding tools and would like your advice on some things that I should probably have for her cage and for when she is out, both to play with on her own and interactively with me to aid in our bonding.

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How Do I Stop an 8 Yr. Old White-bellied Caique From Chewing Everything?
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How Do I Stop an 8 Yr. Old White-bellied Caique From Chewing Everything?

Hello,

I love your birdie brunch and read it first thing every Sunday. Thank you!

 

I hope you can help me.

I have an 8 yr. old white-bellied Caique.

Conrad has owned me since he was 3 months old.

I am also a strong proponent of flighted birds (seems to me they were made that way), so Conrad is fully-flighted.

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What Should You Do After Being Bitten by a Parrot?
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What Should You Do After Being Bitten by a Parrot?

First things first.

You can use Nolvasan solution as an antibacterial flush and Betadine (available in pharmacies and most animal feed stores) to disinfect the wound on the human.

Betadine can also be used on any animal including all parrots, birds and mammals.

There’s nothing wrong with using peroxide.

Grabbing a bar of soap out of the shower or the bathroom sink to clean the wound will only add bacteria residing on that bar of soap and probably should not be used.

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Should I Be Concerned My Peach-faced Lovebird Made an Egg?
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Should I Be Concerned My Peach-faced Lovebird Made an Egg?

Unfertilized, she has no mate.

Yesterday my lovebird was a tiny velociraptor defending her nest, and I’ve been watching her ‘egg bum’ for a couple of days, now.

This morning she was bouncy and happy, apparently relieved of her butt burden, but this is not over, her bum is still looking eggy. Lovebirds usually have 5 eggs in a clutch..?

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Sex and the Single Bird
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Sex and the Single Bird

There are two sides to this conversation.

There’s the “your bird needs to have some sort of sexual satisfaction in its life” and there’s the “what sex is your bird”?
 
Let’s start with bird sexing.
 
About 20 to 25% of parrots are classified as sexually dimorphic.

This means you can tell them apart by their color. Male Eclectus parrots are green and females are red.

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