The Ultimate Guide To How are African Grey Parrots to Keep as Pets

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The question “How are African Grey Parrots to keep as pets?” came from Quora

“Come on, fess up!

You’ve done the unthinkable. You’ve actually thought of getting an African Grey but the horror stories of screaming, biting and plucking keep you “centered” or “sane”.

What if you had a mentor? 

That’s why you have me!

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Lessons learned from this successful captive blue front amazon parrot keeper

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Learn Amazon parrot care from one of Windy City Parrot’s customers – who gets it.

Hello, Mitch

I’ve followed your blog for quite awhile and always appreciate your perspectives and insights. I was pretty much gutted when I read your article on Sunday … “Birds in cages suffer all their lives.”

I want my bird to have as happy and healthy a life as possible, but I read and hear so much contradictory information that I’m really not sure if I am providing what she needs— and I do try.

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The Truth Is You Are Not The Only Person Concerned About What Are The Pros And Cons Of Having A Pet Bird?

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What are the pros and cons of having a pet bird? was asked on Quora. This answer motivated me to set the record straight.

Pros

If you do it right, you’re going to have a loving companion animal for the next 60 years.

Cons,

If you do it wrong, you’re going to have a very unhappy bird for the next 60 years.

They can live sixty years or more.

They’re loud (a cockatoo’s scream has been measured at over 100db, compared to 130db for a jet engine at 100 feet).

They throw food.

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At Last, The Secret To How Do Birds Stay Alive During Winter Is Revealed

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Quora is a cool place for content. Unfortunately there are a lot of amateurs answering questions with some, well, wrong answers. This particular question ran off the rails quite early. You can view the first 2 original answers here.

With 10,000 species of birds the question is rather vague. Parrots a.k.a. hookbills, parakeets and conures all reside in temperate climates. One exception we know quite well here in Chicago is the Monk parakeet or Quaker parrot.

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How are Indian ringneck parrots as pets?

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Sunshine, my Lutino (Yellow) Indian Ringneck Parrot was by far the best pet bird I have ever had of all the birds we had.

My then husband bought him as an unweaned baby and I completed the process. I found that Ringneck Parrot babies need to be hand fed and beg, but don’t open their mouths to accept the syringe, they require a bit of prying open with the opposite hand’s fingers in order to slip in the tip of the syringe or pipette. Then it was no trouble at all.

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What type of macaw makes the best pet for a small family?

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Please don’t get discouraged because of one anecdotal story of stupidity. (See other Quora answers below) People die in car crashes every day but most of us still drive.

Here’s a little back story for you. The ancient Greeks kept parakeets. Not necessarily budgies because the Alexandrian parakeet got its name from Alexander the great.  As the story goes Alexander was gifted one of those around 327 BC

File under more money than brains. We all know how crazy the Romans were but not many people know that they would assign a slave to take care of the family bird which was usually a parrot of some sort.

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The Secret of Do Birds in Cages Suffer All Their Lives?

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I’ve often said the perfect size cage for a Green Wing Macaw is 30 acres. Many birds can and do suffer miserably in cages. There are ways we can offset the majority of the stress for our captive birds — but many of us do not.

Full transparency — I’m companion to one Senegal parrot and four budgies. That in and of itself does not make me an expert. What makes me an expert is my 15 years of interacting with tens of thousands of captive bird owners while operating the Windy City Parrot website

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At Last, The Secret To Keeping Food And Cage Accessories Free Of Bird Poop Is Revealed

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From Marla S.

Hi,  Your toys, treats and perch set up is nice.  Not over crowded and laid out nicely.  One comment though.

As a Lovebird Mom for over nine years now it baffles me to this day to see other bird parents place their bird’s open food and water dishes on the cage floor!  

This is in the direct path of the bird’s poop!  Would you place your human’s child’s food and water dishes in the bottom of the toilet?  No.

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Will controlling his hormones stop this blue front amazon from regurgitating seasonally?

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Dear Mitch, Catherine, and associates,

First thank you for the opportunity to contact you about my parrot, who’s a BF Amazon, named “Dollar.” I wish to add, I adopted him at 6 yrs old, and he wouldn’t let me call him any other name than what it had been.

So, he’s a fabulously happy birdie, but several years in a row around this time of year, he begins to regurgitate and swallow, over and over again. He holds the top of a bell and raises and lowers his head like an oil well, only really fast.
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Does UV Light Really Help Produce Vitamin D3 in Birds?

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Have you ever wished you could see the additional ultraviolet light spectrum that birds can?

I’ve been a strong proponent of using light cycles to interrupt the circadian rhythms of our pet birds 

I’m also fully convinced that no amount of artificial lighting over birdcage will help a bird produce vitamin D3 regardless of the lumens, quality of the ultraviolet spectrum emitted or the distance from the light source to the cage 

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Why do we not trust our birds to fly?

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Why is it that some of us don’t trust a bird’s 99 million year old instincts to fly – but will trust a teenager to navigate a 3500 pound terrestrial vehicle at 60 MPH on a crowded highway – after 36 hours of classroom and road training? 

The below video received 349,906 views on YouTube. We got 11,000 views in a week after placing this video on our Facebook fan page.

From the 11,000 views we received the following comments

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