When Environmental Accidents Stress A Pet Bird To The Breaking Point
Blue and yellow macaw ara parrot with a huge beak with plucked feathers on the chest on jungle background

When Environmental Accidents Stress A Pet Bird To The Breaking Point

A couple of weeks ago we talked about “You Are Sick With No Caique Caregiver – Now What?

In this follow-up thread we learn that “yes, it can always be worse.”

Hello Catherine,

I had written to you several weeks ago pertaining to the safety of microwaveable popcorn.

Two weeks ago, this coming Monday, I had kidney surgery and returned to my apartment door being busted into (door locks forcibly opened). 


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10 Y/o Caique We Adopted in June Seems to Have a Separation Anxiety Issue

Lynn F writes

I see you ride also, kinda thought so by your picture.

Guess that’s profiling, lol.

Thanks for your help.

Are there any things you can steer me to that will help with hollering?

I know birds holler, but a rehomed 10 y/o caique we adopted in June seems to have a separation anxiety issue.

He hollers for my husband, his chosen human if he knows he’s anywhere nearby, and for me if I leave the living room and he knows I’m nearby.


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What are the absolute worst types of parrots for a first-time bird owner?

Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

Yet these three species come in close to a combined 100 flavors.


Major Mitchell cockatoos are not loud, and not necessarily cuddly


Bare eyed cockatoos are all but demure


Noble macaws are only 12 to 14 inches long.


Hyacinth macaws are up to 44 inches long – 4 times the size of a noble macaw.


You can’t compare the two just because the are macaws.


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


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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