Out Door Aviary Advice For A Ringneck

This question comes from the Google My Business community.

 

Unfortunately Google sets character limitations in the answer box and I felt compelled to provide a well rounded solution.

 

Thus you found your way to our excellent blog on nothing but pet birds and captive bird care.

 

kenneth s

 

good evening Mitch, we recently put up an outside aviary for our rescue Indian ring neck.

 

we do not have regular screening up because we were afraid it would keep out the UV Light.

 

should we use that because of bugs, bees and mosquitos?

 

We need help

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Can My Daughter And I Co-Bond With An African Grey?
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Can My Daughter And I Co-Bond With An African Grey?

We don’t generally interact with mainstream bird rescue organizations.

The last bird club/rescue meeting I spoke at began with a police presence called by the current president trying to forcibly remove the former president, who wouldn’t leave.

The next 15 minutes resulted in parliamentary maneuvers so legal action could be brought against the former bird rescue president.

We’ve seen that a lot over the years.

Which is why we mainly work with private rescues and bird rescue initiatives.

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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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What Do You Know About Macaw Asthma? It’s Really A Thing.
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What Do You Know About Macaw Asthma? It’s Really A Thing.

This first of three answers about macaw parrot keeping solutions is in response to the Quora question:

Is it unsafe to have a cockatoo in your home and a macaw, Given that many macaws are susceptible to asthma? Following up, is there any sort of test a macaw could have done to identify asthma? 

Macaw Asthma aka Macaw Respiratory Hypersensitivity disease is found in several species of macaws but is especially prevalent with blue and gold macaws.

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Is My Blue and Gold Macaw Biting Me Because of Displaced Anger?
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Is My Blue and Gold Macaw Biting Me Because of Displaced Anger?

Nancy H wrote:

Dear Mitch and Catherine,

I own a Blue and Gold Macaw that I’ve had for 23 years, I love him dearly as he’s been, my little companion and roommate.

The problem is and I’m hoping you can help is that I’m not able to have my family or friends over because Bernard will literally take a tantrum screaming until I go in and get him and bring him out to see who’s there and when I go to bring him back to his cage, he bites me hard with displaced anger.

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Is It Okay to Open My Budgies Cage, So They Can Fly Around?
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Is It Okay to Open My Budgies Cage, So They Can Fly Around?

I clearly have been remiss by not keeping everybody up with the lives of our six budgies.

 

Ever since we adopted the last two, Biscuit and Gravy, the dynamics have certainly once again changed in the cage environment.

 

Putting things in perspective there are only two males, Jam and Eggs, the other four are females.

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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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I’m Searching for Some Good African Grey Parrot Bonding Tools
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I’m Searching for Some Good African Grey Parrot Bonding Tools

I’m a new Grey owner… Scarlet came to us on Nov. 24th after spending her first 12 years with one owner, and his wife. She was very bonded to him.

I’m searching for some good bonding tools and would like your advice on some things that I should probably have for her cage and for when she is out, both to play with on her own and interactively with me to aid in our bonding.

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One Of My African Greys Has Been Losing Feathers And It Is Getting Worse
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One Of My African Greys Has Been Losing Feathers And It Is Getting Worse

My husband and I have two 14-year-old African grey parrots.

We bought them from a pet store that sold only parrots when they were chicks.

They seem very healthy – have good appetites, play, scream, etc.

However, one of the birds has been losing her feathers and it is getting worse.

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