What Is a Reliable Bird-safe Emergency Heat Source?

Jean R. is concerned,


I have a middle-aged white-capped Pionus parrot. 


I live in North Carolina in an apartment that uses electric heat. 


I chose this apartment for my parrot because I ran into issues with gas leaks at other places and was concerned about my bird. 


But in making the switch I lost the option to use gas logs in a winter loss of power in cold weather (which we had last winter).


 I do not even get hot water.  



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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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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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How I Reduced Strokes in my White Capped Pionus
Green and grey parrot, White-crowned Pionus, White-capped Parrot, Pionus senilis, in Costa Rica. Lave on the tree. Parrots courtship in the nature. Pair of parrots in the tropic forest in America.

How I Reduced Strokes in my White Capped Pionus

Margarita wrote


I have tried to answer the post regarding the bird having strokes/seizures


I have experience with that.


Once I try to post an answer it asks me again for a WordPress login or to just enter my login. 


So twice it asks me for login but it still doesn’t work and I really want to give the person the info I know so she can discuss it with her Vet. 


I don’t have Word Press and don’t do FB.



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How This Blind Couple Handles 4 Parrots

Debra C. writes:

I enjoyed the article entitled “Should Blind People Own Pet Birds“.

My husband and I are both totally blind.

I am 62 and Barry my husband is 67.

I have kept birds most of my adult life since I was in my early 20s.

I have never had a really large bird the largest being my precious male blue-headed Pionus, Andy.

I also have 3 budgies, Jade, Turquoise, and Lavender.


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Should We Anesthetize Birds for Exams and Blunt Their Beaks?

The following comment is in reference to a blog post entitled  “How To Stop An Indian Ringneck Parrot From Biting

Russ commented:

FIRST OFF, Blunt Keto’s beak at the vet.

My vet is Scott McDonald, who puts all birds under gas for examination & grooming (STRESS FREEEEE).

His clinics are several per month in his Clarendon Hills home.

The best of the best.

SECOND: as with my 15y.o. Pionus, teach Ketto the difference between GOOD & BAD (or NO GOOD), by saying REPEATEDLY OVER & OVER AGAIN & AGAIN “Good Boy!”

Every single time Keto does something good.


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A Coral Billed Pionus that Thinks He’s a Turkey

Windy City Parrot was on Western Avenue and as I’ve mentioned in the past, this is the longest continuous street in the world.

During the course of any given day, thousands of vehicles passed by us on this four-lane arterial corridor. Hundreds of pedestrians walk by to and from busy bus routes and stores that can be reached on foot – take that suburbia.


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