A Better Bird Video Series For Training Birds And Their Humans

Just as the name implies, this is a series of quick and easy ways to help your birds stay happy and healthy around the clock.

This is a series of short but incisive ideas you can apply today bringing you closer to bird care nirvana.

The number of things necessary to provide foraging enrichment for your birds can be found in a series of quick and simple ideas.


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Why Do We Have a Difficult Time With Our Pineapple Conure?

Lisa N.  writes:


Hi Catherine,


We are having a really difficult time with our Pineapple Conure.


We know he’s going through puberty but he has always been good with my husband now he bites all the time and won’t go in his cage.


When we try he just flies away and he has his times where he can be sweet but most of the time he’s a little hellion.



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Do You Know What Glue or Bonding Materials Are Bird-safe?

Jennnifer T. relates:

I’m a parent to 4 feathered friends, my eldest being a 26-year-old quaker who is way too smart for his own good.


I’ve been collecting old toys and have been recreating them into different toys hoping they may be interested.


Does anyone know of glue or other bonding material that is bird safe?


I’ve been using rope and twisties but could do more with glue.


Appreciate any feedback.



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I Am Horrified With the Answer About What Temperature Is Safe

Mitch, I am horrified at the answer you gave the woman who wrote to you asking what temperature is safe when taking her Parrot camping


Your answer was very open-ended–too open to interpretation.


I have a very extensive science and medicine background so your answer horrified me because there are so many people of all ages with such differing temperature tolerances.


I have seen on more than 2 occasions people outside in weather in the 20s-30s Fahrenheit temperature range out and about without a jacket and in a thin shirt or top.


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Why Won’t This African Grey Play With His Toys?

Barbara G. is concerned about her African grey’s lack of interest in bird toys:

Hi Mitch, I really enjoy your Sunday bird info.

My male Timneh suddenly has become frightened of his toys.

Even a piñata shredding toy.

A few months ago, I purchased a bag of beautiful handmade all-natural bird toys.


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How Do You Rehabilitate a Biting Senegal Parrot?

The following is in response to our feathered community member Patrick.

Hi Patrick B,

I have a 27-year old Senegal.  I was reading your post and thought I would offer a few suggestions to you. First, as Mitch said, try clicker training.  It is basically positive operant conditioning.  Birds do not understand the word “no” and yelling at them will teach them how to scream.  So please give it a try. 


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Can I Use Costco Washcloths to Clean My Severe Macaw’s Birdcage?

Joyce asks: I have another question.

I like to clean my bird’s cages with small white washcloths from Costco.

I have been noticing they are getting very holey. 

I figured they just weren’t that great anymore and then I see Snuggles my Severe Macaw having such a great time talking to them and chewing on them!

Will this hurt him?


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How Do I Silence My 5-year-old Female Illiger’s Macaw?

(above) 2 Illiger’s macaws aka blue-winged macaws named in honor of the German ornithologist Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger. 

Peter D. writes:

Hi, Need help.

I have a 5-year-old female Illiger Macaw. Recently she has picked up an annoying ongoing chirp when she is out of her cage and on her perch.

It’s like she is so nervous she is afraid of her own shadow.


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What is a Good Quality Seed Mix to Feed 4 Species of Pet Birds?

I’m looking for a good quality seed mix for my 4 birds


Darryl Z. asks:



I’m looking for a good quality seed mix for my 4 birds – a CAG, a Yellow-Shouldered Amazon, a Meyers, and a Caique.


I’m currently using Vita Parrot by Sun Seed but it’s become really filthy over the years.

I actually, pick out the papaya because it’s so filthy and looks so gross, I don’t want my birds eating it.


So that’s where I’m coming from and I wonder if you could please recommend a few of your top mixes.



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