Why Do Eclectus Parrot Moms Peck Their Male Chicks to Death?
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Why Do Eclectus Parrot Moms Peck Their Male Chicks to Death?

Feathered factoid: Eclectus parrots represent about 20% of parrots that are sexually dimorphic meaning you can tell the sex of the bird by it’s color.

Eclectus boys are green, girls are red. Only male Indian Ringnecks – have the ring.

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Got Pigeon Milk – For Real?
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Got Pigeon Milk – For Real?

Birds can have weird habits. I knew a Cherry-Headed Conure that loved to attack toes. Some birds will only eat food that has been through their water dish or will fall in love with a particular pair of shoes on your closet floor.

African Green Pigeons take weird habits to a new level. Pigeons in spite of not being mammals meaning I have no breasts are able to in fact produce milk. Pigeons generally incubate their eggs for about three weeks.

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Your Government Wants to Outlaw Your Pet Bird!
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Your Government Wants to Outlaw Your Pet Bird!

We’ve all heard about all those government perks Swedes get – 97% of their healthcare is picked up by various Swedish taxing bodies (about 9% of Sweden’s costs for health and medical care amount to approximately 9 percent of Sweden’s gross domestic product GDP)

Stuff like 5 weeks paid vacation when you start a job, increasing with your length of tenure – 480 days of paid parental leave – it’s cold and dark and then sunny and perfect and all those beautiful women (although I’m reminded here in edit by Catherine that the beautiful women are not supplied by the government 🙁

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Diverse Birds With One Thing in Common – a Softbill Picture Story
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Diverse Birds With One Thing in Common – a Softbill Picture Story

Caged bird keepers know that bills are not something you pay, it’s the thing in front of your bird’s face.

Birds Unlimited posted a comment in last week’s blog about light and vitamin deficiencies. The incriminating statement I made was. “Finches are softbill birds & not able to crack the husks of seeds larger birds or “hookbills” never giving it a second thought having always lumped finches with softbills in the same category – which is incorrect I’ve come to find. Let’s do some fact-checking, shall we? 

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Birds, Light and Vitamin Deficiency Misconceptions
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Birds, Light and Vitamin Deficiency Misconceptions

Hi,

I am a bird lover and have a few pairs of budgies, cockatiels, finches, Love birds and Alexender Raw.

Due to space issues, I have all in one room where Sunlight comes only for a few minutes. I think due to lack of sunlight, my birds have a deficiency of D3 and Calcium. Could you please guide me if Hagon’s PRIME will work for me or if I have to add any other vitamins?

Waiting for your response,

Regards,

A.Qadir

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Questions Just Over the Bird Cage Wire week of 12/14/14
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Questions Just Over the Bird Cage Wire week of 12/14/14

Hi,
I’m looking for an old toy – I know this is a tricky one, it’s a wooden cube it came in a couple of different sizes. Unfortunately, I do not remember what co. made it. It was dowelled which connected to 4 different color square wood pieces with a colored large rope knot in the middle. 

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Is Wing Clipping a Screaming Trigger?
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Is Wing Clipping a Screaming Trigger?

Okay all you cage bird keepers whose birds have clipped wings, I can see all of you rolling your eyes from here. “What’s he up to now Virginia? How in the world can wing clipping and screaming be related?”

Today I have science on my side – and who can argue with science? From the blog “the Scorpion in the Frog… It’s in our nature” by Miss Behavior who’s real name is Sarah Jane Alger and she is a biologist

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