Why Does Sparky My Sun Conure Scream When He Can’t See Me?

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from “comments” in a recent order confirmation email

he is less than a year old and screams loudly when he cannot see me. I am hoping the calm herb will be effective when my neighbors are home. 🙂

Or just gives me a break when i need it. I took him to my moms for christmas and she was not happy about the loudness. 🙁

desta b

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I Took In A Rescue Sun Conure That’s Biting Me – Help!

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Mimi H writes


A patient of mine highly recommended you.


I’ve watched some of the biting videos but you see I took in a rescue sunconure.


We believe it’s male.


It humps everything right now.


His wings are not clipped mind you and I’m not against doing it if it will help.


My issue is not only is he hand shy but also a biter really bad.


We believe he is 4-5yo.


Where should I start and how?

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Annoucing Windy City Parrot V3.0

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Can we talk?

YouTube just broke up with us

Trust me it was them not us.

Here’s part of the email I received last Sunday afternoon:

We’d like to inform you that due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines

(https://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines) your YouTube account WindyCityParrot.com has been suspended.

~Deep breath~

That was a “life changing” moment for me, Catherine and the Windy City Parrot team.

Watch our first video you’ll see not hosted on YouTube – a behind the scenes look at Animal House Animal Hospital in Chicago, IL USA

We’ve started to build Windy City Parrot V3.0

Our new where the sun never sets empire.

Goals we have set:

  • A brand-new interactive website that plays well on mobile
  • A website that rewards you for participation
  • New forum platform that helps you learn about keeping captive birds.
  • More videos than ever teaching caged bird care.
  • Bird rescues will have their own pages on our blog.
  • Podcasts with experts in the field of pet bird husbandry
  • Classifieds for selling anything bird related.
  • Affiliate program enabling a site to earn commission for selling our products.
  • A portal to ask questions specific to you and your birds unique situation.
  • 100% social media/judgement free place to meet other FID companions
  • Thought for the day
  • Direct feedback forms
  • AI bots that know what your bird eats
  • Exit social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

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Budgie Bird Cages Cage Locks Aviary Building And Cleaning Them All

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What size cage is the minimum size for one small budgie?

The experts have all sorts of rules on proper cage sizing.

“It needs to be this size and shape in height”.

“In needs to have levels on this and that”.

“The bar spacing MUST be…….”

So here’s my deal with the experts

When you can tell me how to

  • Stop parrot screaming
  • Stop parrot plucking
  • Stop prolific egg laying
  • Stop filling up bird rescues

You can tell me how big my cage needs to be.

Until then my 15 years of selling, assembling and placing birds in bird cages has lead me to believe that

there ain’t no right size birdcage.

There are certain rules that we follow like our 26 inch wide small flight aviary is too small to house two additional budgies bringing the census up to six.

It’s a no-brainer “they” need a bigger cage. Doone and done.

Beyond that there are birds that I know that have nothing but a sleeping cage they enter nightly.

They go to sleep at birdie bedtime and cage doors are opened by the humans in the household at a precise hour every early morning.

The birds are out of the cage all day until birdie bedtime, free to roam around and test their boundaries daily.

Conversely common sense would dictate that you if you have a larger parrot like an African grey that you acquired even though you knew that you were gone 8 to 10 hours a day, a large of cage would be more appropriate, offering the the bird more choices to eat, play and learn.

Lovebirds can do well in smaller cages 18 x 18 – 20 x 20 IF they live in the cage all day.

Parrotlets, similar size to lovebirds but requires a cage more suited for an African grey (bar spacing aside).

We know this having assited in the housing of quite a number of parrotlets over the years – I call it our unGoogle-able organic knowledge base.

By the way we detest grilles as the bird cage floor.

We remove them or cover them with newspaper that is replaced once or twice daily depending upon the bird(s).

Exposed grates/grilles regardless of powder coating thickness will be the first things that rust in a cage because of the constant interaction of water and fecal matter.

We actually keep our food dishes on a covered grate in one cage and on the floor (newspaper covered refuse tray) of the budgies cage.

Budgies are ground eaters, it’s natural but we have our Senegal’s food dish on the floor so when she decides she doesn’t like this or that morsel it doesn’t get as far as that top sheet of newspaper

Feel free to reach out with cage bird environmental questions any time.


How should I set up my bird cage and how often should I clean it?


I own a Green Cheek Conure.

He has a pretty large cage, not sure of the exact dimensions, but I’m very confused on how to set it up, I hear that people put newspaper to line the cage with but are you supposed to put that on top of the litter or under it?

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Would CBD Oil Help A One Eyed African Grey?

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Name: Inna M


We have a 7 year old African grey.

Unfortunately we made a mistake and did not train him properly.

We are having problems with his behavior.

He attacks.

He bites.

He is angry.

He only obeys one person in the house.

Is it too late to train him? Who can we turn to?

Thank you.

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How And What To Feed Your Pet Bird Or Parrot

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What to feed that beautiful feathered being in the cage across the room?


Facebook is an endless source of poorly regurgitated information about everything from bird chops to smoothies (really?)


Let’s take the time to stop and think about what the professionals, the veterinarians, the ornithologists, the scientists, that have already contributed to the discussion of feeding your bird?

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The Best List Of What Woods And Plants That Are Bird Safe Or Not

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i have some drift wood that my grandkids collected from a creek way out in country wanting make bird perches to put in bird cages. what do i have to do to wood or is this safe.

i soaked in tub for 2 days putting new water on 2-3 times a day. can i use or should i throw away do not know what kind of wood

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Our Tribute To Birds In The Military

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“You might be speaking German if it wasn’t for pigeons”
Originally published May 22, 2013
This post has been re edited many times and fresh content related to pigeons was added 5/22/18 which can be found below.
Pigeons have been used to communicate over distances since the time of Julius Caesar.
The Persians (now Iran), and even the Greeks used homing pigeons to “broadcast” news about who won the Olympics.
Homing pigeons were considered highly prestigious way back in 18th century France until the French Revolution which changed things so anybody who wanted one, could have a pigeon.

During the Franco Prussian war, Parisians used hot air balloons to deploy flocks of homing pigeons out of their city to countryside and vice versa.


With the advent of micro photography in the 19th century pigeons could carry as many as 30,000 messages by a single bird.

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