How Do I Keep My Cockatiel & Conure From Flying Into Windows?
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How Do I Keep My Cockatiel & Conure From Flying Into Windows?

From: ‘jmcoops’

My buddy flew into the window yesterday twice and all the feathers fell out as you can see (above).

 

I figured that’s where he hit the window.

 

He was stunned and still for several hours on my lap.

 

Today he seems fine.

 

Will those feathers grow back?

 

Anything I should watch for?

 

My husband and I debate constantly about flighted vs wing-clipped birds.

 

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How Well Do Parrots Handle Elevations Higher Than 12,000 Feet?
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How Well Do Parrots Handle Elevations Higher Than 12,000 Feet?

The original question posted to Quora was

 

How well would a parrot be able to handle elevations higher than 12,000 feet?

 

From Wikipedia we learn:

 

The thick-billed parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha) is a medium-sized green and red parrot found in Mexico, that formerly ranged into the southwestern United States.

 

Its position in parrot phylogeny is the subject of ongoing discussion; it is sometimes referred to as a thick-billed macaw or a thick-billed conure

 

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How Can We Slow Our Cockatiel’s Flight?
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How Can We Slow Our Cockatiel’s Flight?

Scott S. is unsure about free flight (sort of):

Hi folks: My question: is there a “best way” to transition our flighted, little shy of three-year-old ‘Tiel to a quasi-free flight environment (inside a screened lanai).

Buddy is desperate to be with the rest of the flock out on the lanai, he flies and hovers by the door trying to find a way out to us.

Our other “fids” (Feathered Kids) have been great in the lanai but we’ve been “birding” since 1982 and we’ve never had a faster ‘Tiel…he’s a rocket and we’re afraid he may hurt himself if he hits a screen at full boogie.

Any thoughts?

Thank you much! Scott

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Is the Corona Virus Making Your Bird Hormonal?
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Is the Corona Virus Making Your Bird Hormonal?

Editors note: In the featured image above, Barney was obsessing with the other bird in the mirror as Catherine observed.

We have since blocked access to that part of the mirror and Barney has become far more social (less hormonal). Endnote

One of the reasons we are able to stay in business going up against the likes of Amazon and Chewy is that we answer the phone and can provide useful advice.

And although PetSmart and Petco will answer the phone on a national or store level, good luck with getting information about proper care for your white-capped Pionus.

There is been a definite uptick of calls and emails seeking advice for birds exhibiting bad hormonal behavior.

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How Do I Handle My One Winged Cockatiel?
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How Do I Handle My One Winged Cockatiel?

Brandi T. seeks cockatiel  advice:

 

Hi! I’ve been reading and learning from you guys for the last 8 years.

 

So I’m really hoping you have some advice for me!

 

Recently we’ve adopted a female cockatiel, Roxy.

 

She came from a high profile hoarding case here in Michigan.

 

She’s one of over 200 animals who lived under garbage, in cages of twenty plus birds, most of which were eating their mates and young.

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Can I Train Two 1 Year Old Budgies to Fly?
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Can I Train Two 1 Year Old Budgies to Fly?

Carol Wrote:

Mitch: I read on line something you wrote about the possibility of training adult budgies.

I have inherited two budgies – about 1-year-old.

They are in a cage and have never been trained.

They seem very happy with each other.

They are very active and chatty.

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