Why Does My Ringneck Keep Flying From My Shoulder to Her Cage?

Lydia G. has 2 issues with my Indian Ringneck

 

Hi, my Indian Ringneck keeps flying back to her cage all the time when I take her around on my shoulder.

 

She won’t venture further than a foot away from it.

 

She also has a box she likes to spend time in and on.

 

She has toys to play with and I give her branches to rip up.

 

I keep going and getting her every time and repeat it quite a few times and she always goes back.

 

She was doing this at her previous owners too.

 

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How Do I Handle 2 Flighted Out of Control Cockatiels?
two cockatiels sitting a branch, one from the front and one from the back, small cockatoos from australia

How Do I Handle 2 Flighted Out of Control Cockatiels?

Elleen A.  relates,    

 

I have 2 male fully flighted cockatiels that will not let us handle them. They are bonded. How can I get them to let us handle them again?

 

Dear Elleen

Short answer. You can’t.  Birds of a feather stick together and you have no feathers.  

 

Long answer.

 

You can clip their wings, separate them into different cages, and plan to spend several hours with each of them individually in daily sessions in hopes to earn their trust and want to be with you.

 

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How Do I Stop My 21-year-old Female Cockatiel From Screaming?

Nancy B. has a very needy cockatiel,

 

My 21-year-old female cockatiel refuses to stay in her cage.

 

She goes to all extents to get attention, the most of which is constant screaming.

 

If she so much as hears a squeak as I’m walking down the stairs – she starts screaming.

 

She can go on for hours at a time until I finally take her out of the cage.

 

This behavior is constant and interestingly she tries to “mate” when she sits on my finger.

 

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Hello, I Am Looking for Help in Training My Parrots
Two beautiful gray parrots on the branches

Hello, I Am Looking for Help in Training My Parrots

Sarah A. relates,

 

Hello, I am looking for help in training my parrots.

 

I have two African grey parrots.

 

They are 21 and we have had them their whole lives.

 

My mom used to handle them, however, she began to have severe allergies from their dust. 

 

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Is a Prevue 3181 the Right Size Playstand for My Parakeet?
common pet parakeet in front of white background

Is a Prevue 3181 the Right Size Playstand for My Parakeet?

Lisa H. wants to know,

Did I buy the right size play stand for my parakeet?

Hello. I probably should have asked you this Before I bought the play stand, but I was excited to receive it.

So now, before I open it, I would love to hear your opinion if I did right.

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What Is a Reliable Bird-safe Emergency Heat Source?

Jean R. is concerned,

 

I have a middle-aged white-capped Pionus parrot. 

 

I live in North Carolina in an apartment that uses electric heat. 

 

I chose this apartment for my parrot because I ran into issues with gas leaks at other places and was concerned about my bird. 

 

But in making the switch I lost the option to use gas logs in a winter loss of power in cold weather (which we had last winter).

 

 I do not even get hot water.  

 

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How Do I Handle My Deceased Partners Double Yellow Head Amazon?
Close up of double yellow headed amazon parrot

How Do I Handle My Deceased Partners Double Yellow Head Amazon?

I have my partner’s Double Yellow Head Amazon (Hen) he had her 35 years, (he figured she was about 5 yrs old when he got her), I was with him the last 25 years.

 

He passed away on 1-14-20 Congestive Heart Failure.

 

I had never handled her I was afraid of being bitten, but I started just after he died I figured it was not would she bite me but when & how hard. In the last year, she has only bitten me maybe 7 or 8 times and only drew blood 3 times.

 

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What Are Those Dark Brown Bugs I Am Seeing Near His Birdcage?
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What Are Those Dark Brown Bugs I Am Seeing Near His Birdcage?

Sue is concerned,

 

I’m seeing small, dark brown bugs which don’t bite in the low-level carpeting near his big cage, where his daily food is on a shelf bagged and sealed, or in plastic containers. Supplies are refrigerated.  

 

I tried spraying with white vinegar. 

 

Can you advise me on a debugger?   I tried to download photos but failed. 

 

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