Why Is It That Parrots Live So Darn Long?

In contrast to mammals, birds exhibit remarkable longevity relative to their physical size.

The higher metabolic rate, elevated body temperature, and increased resting glucose found in avian species suggest a potential amplification in the aging process.
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My Budgies Were Never Exposed to Bird Toys by the Breeder, Now What?

Dear Catherine,

Omar and Milo are not playing with those wonderful toys.

I’m thinking that the breeder that turns the young budgies over to the animal shelter had probably never exposed them to toys before and they don’t know how to play.
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Did I Rescue Two Budgies or Two Beavers?
Did I Rescue Two Budgies or Two Beavers?

Did I Rescue Two Budgies or Two Beavers?

Susan M. related,

Our two rescued parakeets, who were found outdoors separately and given to a bird rescue, are not hand tame.

They enjoy being out of their flight cage and investigating in the one room I keep closed for them.

Recently they have eaten molding, on the back of an old mirror, and the other day molding around the glass on my antique china closet.

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The Importance of Introducing Toys to Pet Birds Early On
The Importance of Introducing Toys to Pet Birds Early On

The Importance of Introducing Toys to Pet Birds Early On

Dear Catherine,

Omar and Milo are not playing with those wonderful toys.

I’m thinking that the breeder that turns the young budgies over to the animal shelter had probably never exposed them to toys before and they don’t know how to play.

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A Better Bird Video Series For Training Birds And Their Humans
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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?
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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?
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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
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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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