How Do I Cut and Care for My Pet Bird’s Feathers?
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How Do I Cut and Care for My Pet Bird’s Feathers?

I’ve combined several questions in this post, all related to feather care, you know those hundreds (thousands) of lighter than air floating things around your home, under the birdcage and on the floor.

Feathered factoid: small pet birds like budgies can have 4000 – 6000 feathers.

Larger parrots can have upwards of 8000 feathers (we count them coming out of the shop vac).

Waterbirds like ducks and swans have upwards of 10,000 feathers or more.

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Should I Switch From Harrisons Pellet Bird Food?
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Should I Switch From Harrisons Pellet Bird Food?

Victor V writes:

Hi, I hope you can help. I have been feeding my female Grey for years on Harrison’s Bird Foods High Potency Coarse.

Been getting the pellets from Amazon.

When we started this latest bag, she started just grinding the large pellets (not sure if she is eating them) and scattering them about the cage.

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Why is It So Critical to Know Different Pet Bird Species?
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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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Has Anyone ‘Housebroken’ Their Parrot?
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Has Anyone ‘Housebroken’ Their Parrot?

One of the answers from the big Q.

 

It has been done but I personally advise against it. It is unnatural for them to hold it, and if they become too well potty trained they may harm themselves if they think they can’t go at any given time.

 

My answer

 

Parrots poop about every 15 minutes on average.

 

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How Can I Train My Aggressive African Grey to Sit on My Hand?
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How Can I Train My Aggressive African Grey to Sit on My Hand?

Every time I try to get my new Congo grey to sit on my hand, he bites me.

How long do I have to keep getting bitten?

 

Biting is never acceptable.

 

Not from a bird, dog, cat nor any other pet (said the lion trainer).

 

Getting bitten solves nothing.

One of the questions we ask here is why is your bird aggressive?

In many cases this is a hormonal issue that can partially be controlled with light.

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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 Bird and More Answers for You

More specifically

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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Is There A Hormone To Calm My Over Sexed African Grey Parrot?
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Is There A Hormone To Calm My Over Sexed African Grey Parrot?

I have had my male African grey parrot for 28 years.

When he matured sexually years ago he started plucking.

I have him on a plumage supplement now and he has lots of new quills and looks much better.

However, he humps my arm with a thick sweater on.

He goes to completion if I let him once a day.

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