How Can I Train My Aggressive African Grey to Sit on My Hand?
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How Can I Train My Aggressive African Grey to Sit on My Hand?

Every time I try to get my new Congo grey to sit on my hand, he bites me.

How long do I have to keep getting bitten?

 

Biting is never acceptable.

 

Not from a bird, dog, cat nor any other pet (said the lion trainer).

 

Getting bitten solves nothing.

One of the questions we ask here is why is your bird aggressive?

In many cases this is a hormonal issue that can partially be controlled with light.

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What Are Some Tips for Keeping a Parrot?
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What Are Some Tips for Keeping a Parrot?

I wear many hats at Windy City Parrot.

About 30% of my week I wear my CMO hat which means Chief Marketing Officer.

In keeping well-versed in marketing I read a huge amount of content.

One recurring theme I see is this is the way I should be marketing to millennial’s.

The perfect way to market to millennial’s is……..

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Are Ionized Air Purifiers Safe for My Bird and More Answers for You
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Are Ionized Air Purifiers Safe for My Bird and More Answers for You

More specifically

Are ionized air purifiers safe for my lovebird?

Absolutely not! (MitchR)

​Although marketed as being able to “scrub the air”, these “ionizers” do not remove airborne dust to a significant degree but do generate ozone, an unstable oxygen molecule (O3). Read more: (more…)

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What is a Proper Size Birdcage for an Amazon Parrot?
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What is a Proper Size Birdcage for an Amazon Parrot?

Gwyneth asks

 

 Is a 16 x 24 open done top actually bug enough for an Amazon parrot. I have a small space. The cage would fit much better than the 24 x 30 current cage?

 

Hi Gwyneth

 

Do you mean 24″ wide x 16″ deep?

 

Do you also currently have a 30″ wide x 24″ deep cage?

 

If your parrot is able to be outside of the cage (on top or on a stand) for several hours a day, then the smaller cage should be fine.

But if the bird is a large amazon you may wish to stay with the 30″ wide cage.

 

Regards,

Catherine

 

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Why I Think My Birds Are Happy
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Why I Think My Birds Are Happy

Lynn H writes

Hi. First of all, thank you much for all of your valuable information.

It is greatly appreciated.

RE: Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage?

I have had a total of three birds: a cockatiel, a quaker parakeet, and a Senegal parrot since 1990.

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Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage?
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Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage?

The problem with Quora is that anecdotal answers are opinions, not answers.

 

Another problem with answering this question is where would we find benchmarks for bird happiness?

 

I know when my ringneck is happy eating because he talks to his food.

If anyone walks into a room where he was alone for more than 2 minutes he will insist on “conversation: with him doing most of the talking.

 

But communicating his happiness or displeasure about any of his birdcages (he has 4), is something still opaque to me.

 

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Why Did My 3 yo Milagold Macaw Start Plucking Out of the Blue?
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Why Did My 3 yo Milagold Macaw Start Plucking Out of the Blue?

Richard writes:

I have a 3-year-old Milagold Macaw, and his name is Rainbow.

Rainbow likes to bite and nibble things, like my clothes, my arm and whatever he can get.

How do I get him to stop, my arm has a lot of bruises from this, is there bird training classes for this or do I just tape his mouth close (LOL) please tell me what I should do?

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