Male cockatiel attacked female and drew blood so I separated them…and more

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Riddle me this? Who is a bird person? Is a part of my DNA? How do I know if I am not a bird person.

Is someone on Quora keeping track and sending emails reminding people that they are not bird people and don’t even ever TRY to maintain a Bird?

No one in the thread suggested training of any sort. Clicker training or flight training.

What does flight training have to do with screaming? The same thing it has to do with reducing hormonal behavior.

Flying makes the bird tired thus less prone to scream and act hormonally because they are tired from flying.

Our Sengal who spent 7-1/2 years in a cage 22 hours a day (in a rescue) with clipped wings, flies 10 feet, 5 – 10 times a day, like or not. Trust me, Peaches is no screamer

Every time somebody tells me “my bird is untrainable” or “You can’t “make” a parrot do anything,” I share this video.

Mitch love your blog posts every week! I have a question I hope you can help with. I am building out a new bird room that has near zero natural light.

I want to use the proper ceiling fixtures and bulbs for maximum benefit. What would you suggest?

The room is approx 15’x15′ and I would like to incorporate ceiling fixtures.

My bird is out of her cage all day and spends time all over the house and outside, weather permitting, however want to create a safe and special place for her to play! Your thoughts are appreciated!

Hi julia

Thank you for the kind words.

Due to a law of physics called the inverse square law of light (see attached), for a bird to get any benefit from lighting, the fixture should be no more than six inches to one foot over the cage.

So in your case,  perhaps you can install one main ceiling fixture ( no ceiling fans we call those shredded tweet)  and a hanging fixture or two, be they single lamps or fluorescent tube fixtures.

The hanging fixture(s) should be 6 in to 12 in above the cage

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I would then advocate timers on at least the hanging lamp(s)  set to 12 hours on and 12 hours off helping stabilize your bird’s circadian rhythms.

Bulbs should be at least 100 watts each (by incandescent standards) but not necessarily need to provide uva and uvb.

Please reach out with out with further questions.

My Indian ringneck isn’t eating anything but seeds. What should I do?

In the wild ringnecks eat seeds, blossoms, fruit where they can get it, grains, green veggies an occasional nut and sometimes even nectar.

The smart ones will find bird feeders that humans put out.

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The problem with an all seed diet is that it’s high in fat and usually cannot supply enough amino acids to sustain feather growth and other caloric needs of the bird.

You have a couple of choices. You can offer a robust supplement like HARI (Hagen) Prime.

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.