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Gordon T. relates about his success controlling ants with isopropyl alcohol
Our Senegal parrot, Frisbee, spends warm weather days on our screened-in porch, where he has a stainless steel cage.
Ants are a serious problem.
We were able to control them by placing the cage rollers in shallow water containers, but Frisbee started drinking the water.
On the theory that ants swarming on bits of his treats were following scent trails laid down by “scout” ants, I started wiping the bottoms of the legs of his cage with 90% isopropyl alcohol first thing every morning.
The alcohol evaporates almost immediately, and it is still 30 minutes or so before Frisbee goes out.
I look forward to getting your email every Sunday and reading it has become as much a ritual as the old Sunday paper.
And now I have a question for you.
Thunder and Lightning are my bonded parakeets.
I’ve had them for years.
Last summer I saw more and more breeding activity, so I bought a box and let nature take its course.
Thunder laid four eggs, one of which was fertilized.
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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.
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.
Kayla writes to ask:
I’m stuck between getting a conure or a quaker (ok maybe an Indian ringneck too), and could really use advice on what current owners think.
I’m hoping to find a best friend who wants to be involved, cuddly, silly, and maybe even say a few words eventually.
I mostly don’t want one who screams and screeches all day.
Is a quaker on the right track?
Kim W. wants to know
Can I Put A Baby Budgie In With My Cockatiel?
One-word answer. NO!
We recently were given a baby parakeet from a customer who found it outside her apartment building.
She could not keep it as she has an ailing bird currently and didn’t want to take a risk.
Grae W. wonders
Hello, I have two 21-year-old grays, that I have had since they were young babies.
They are very healthy and happy birds. In the winter months, in the south (NC), I put them out in their cage on sunny, non-windy days, if it’s above 47 degrees.
As their cage loses the sun, I bring them in, and put them on their perch, in a glass door walk-in shower.
I have asthma, so must not bring in their cage.