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

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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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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 room mate.

 

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.

 

So, as you can see I don’t know how to correct this bad behavior.

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Is it okay to open my budgies cage, so they can fly around?

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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.

 

Jam certainly takes charge on a regular basis. Eggs is just a mellow fellow.

 

Jam will “helicopter” and just stay afloat in the center of the cage “beaking” out orders.

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Is It Better To Clip Your Parrot’s Wings Or Not?

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Why is humankind so focused on lopping off body parts?

We “bob” dog’s ears and tails.

We castrate bulls.

We lop off the foreskin of infant males.

And now we wanna chop off the wings of animals that have been flying for 99 million years.

“Earn the right to fly”? Preposterous.

Flight is what birds are all about.

Flight was granted to birds long before, way long before humans could cook food with fire.

 

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

Reference one of the original answers to this question on Quora

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

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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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I’m searching for some good African grey parrot bonding tools

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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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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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