Are Ionized Air Purifiers Safe for My Bird and More Answers for You
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Are Ionized Air Purifiers Safe for My Bird and More Answers for You

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Are ionized air purifiers safe for my lovebird?

Absolutely not! (MitchR)

​Although marketed as being able to “scrub the air”, these “ionizers” do not remove airborne dust to a significant degree but do generate ozone, an unstable oxygen molecule (O3). Read more: (more…)

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Why I Think My Birds Are Happy
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Why I Think My Birds Are Happy

Lynn H writes

Hi. First of all, thank you much for all of your valuable information.

It is greatly appreciated.

RE: Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage?

I have had a total of three birds: a cockatiel, a quaker parakeet, and a Senegal parrot since 1990.

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Mickey And Her Senegals
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Mickey And Her Senegals

Hi…I am a long-time friend of Nora…haven’t been able to contact her…so I am turning to you guys.

I will try to make a very long story short.

I adopted Kirby a 6-year-old Senegal, male, about 6 years ago. He is now about 15, not sure, don’t remember what year I got him…

Can’t get near him to read a band.

Anyway….he is a BEAST.

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What Are the Absolute Worst Types of Parrots for a First-time Bird Owner?

Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

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Can I Give Raw Almonds to My African Grey Parrot? Is It Safe, or a Risk to His Health?
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Can I Give Raw Almonds to My African Grey Parrot? Is It Safe, or a Risk to His Health?

Firstly I need to address the “peanuts are bad for parrots” urban legend.

If you leave a pizza on the kitchen counter for two days it will get fungus.

Cheese in the best of circumstances will grow fungus in the refrigerator after about a week.

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Please Help My Senegal Parrot With A Vitamin D Deficiency
The Senegal parrot (Poicephalus senegalus).

Please Help My Senegal Parrot With A Vitamin D Deficiency

Pat F replied

Re: What should I do for my bird with a vitamin D deficiency, blood test to verify it.

He has a serious skin issue also.

you replied

what does the vet say?

Vet did blood test to rule out other problems and first text showed high uric acid and calcium deficiency.

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Change Is Essential for Your Bird to Accept It
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Change Is Essential for Your Bird to Accept It

Editor’s note: you will read these words later in the post:

Hi Catherine.  Peaches has always been in my small bird room with the cockatiels, lovebirds, Meyers, Quakers, conures, and a very skittish white-capped Pionus I adopted last year.  It’s been a long road to get her to accept me.  Peaches doesn’t like to be near (within 2  feet) other birds.

Otherwise she tolerates them so I am sure she is loving all the attention Mitch is giving her.  She was out of her cage (24 X 22) morning and afternoon for a total of two hours.  She also enjoyed being on the jungle gym in the kitchen area.  I have never used a water bottle with her. She doesn’t throw food in her water.  Since I am home all day.  Water dishes get changed twice a day if needed.

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