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 Rescue Someone Else’s Macaw?

Shelly A. wants to help another owner’s macaw


There is a greenhouse that changed hands a year ago, and they have a Macaw named Baby, in a chain link dog kennel type enclosure with one toy, no perches, no real interaction, and lives on parrot kibble like a stray dog. 


I’ve spoken with an employee, but Baby doesn’t have an owner, just a business bird that nobody really takes care of.


The employees do the best they can, I just recently moved into this area or I would have done something sooner.



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In Response to “Do You Serve Your Pet Bird Chop?”

Sherry L. comments:

Yes, my birds are fed ‘chop’ (Arlo the grey, calls it ‘bobbity’) This is a new term for what I have done for 28+ years.

Chop is chopped veg, grains, and sometimes, a tiny bit of seed sprinkled on top or a bit of walnut, or something.

I used to cut the vegetables larger because Arlo was pretty accepting of lots of things, and I didn’t have a food processor.

I also (now) feed Arlo a pelleted diet, along with the chop.

She also gets a small amount of fruit, and sometimes about an inch square of chicken breast (baked) or some steamed scallop (yum).


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How Do I Transition 8 Amazons and 2 Macaws to a Large Aviary?

Barb H. asks:


I’d appreciate advice on integrating parrots into a 36′ X 10 communal aviary for 8 amazons & 2 macaws.


These birds have all lived together in the same room divided by partitions. Although separated, they can see each other and communicate.


Since they’re familiar with each other, I’m hoping for a painless transition.



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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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Why is It So Critical to Know Different Pet Bird Species?

Why is it so important to understand the differences between bird species?


I’m not ashamed to say we get more deliveries from Amazon (like most Americans) then we care to talk about.


This week a new Amazon driver “Patrick” handed off an envelope then said “I’ve never been here before – this place looks cool.”



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Does A Lung Transplant Patient Need To Get Rid Of Her Macaw?

I just got off the phone with Andrea, a very good customer of ours.

Andrea was fortunate enough to get a lung transplant at the age of 70.

I’m sure her primary surgeon told her many things that stand out to me are, “We’ve probably added about six years to your life” and “You have to get rid of your macaw.”


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Should Blind People Keep Pet Birds?

This might be an interesting topic for a Birdie Brunch! 

Hello, I’m Laurie Cannon, who wrote to you about the possibility of adopting an older Green-Winged Macaw. 

We didn’t do that, however, we did contact a breeder about a Panama Amazon baby. 

She seemed almost horrified when she found out both my husband and I are totally blind. 


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