Humans have lots of bird advice – don’t get one, they’re hard to raise – which sounds like a martyr to me.

man with African grey parrot on shoulder with wife and teenage son in the woods
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The following content is from 3 inquiries we received that we thought would be helpful by sharing.

We have four zebra finches in an outdoor aviary, with three walls being the exterior of our house, and the fourth wall is wire mesh.

We are in San Diego, and our nights can drop down to 40-50 degree. We are planning to add plexiglass panels over the mesh at night, and we are trying to decide on a heat source.

We are thinking of ordering the Infrared Heat Bulb for Warming Birds Without Light 150 Watt and the Infrared Bulb Guard Clamp On Brooder Lamp 10″. What are your recommendations? Thank you.

That would actually be my choice Sonya. Please make sure to add “markings” to the plexiglas panel so the bird don’t fly into to them.

What is the correct Vitamin E dosage for a bird that weighs 91 g?

Hi Barbara

Unless the bird has been blood tested and show to a have a vitamin e deficiency – unnecessary additional vita e could prove to be toxic – cockatiels are in the 91 g weight range – 

Vitamin E: Recommended daily allowances
Min: 15.00 IU/kg       Recommended: 20.00*
Vitamin E:  100 times required
Decreased growth
Anemia
Increased prothrombin time (increased time for blood to coagulate)
Decreased bone mineralization
Decreased liver storage of vitamin A

Read the entire article for more details about vitamin E and birds

I find the Quora answers about “what’s the best parrot to keep as a pet” and “I’m thinking of getting a parrot what kind should be are a bit of a paradox”?

The authors who have many birds now or have been caring for parrots over half a century all say “don’t get a bird, they’re hard to raise”.

That would make the writers of these answers nothing but well, martyrs.

Why are they subjecting themselves to all the misery while advising the general public NOT to acquire a parrot? Why are they all intent on sucking the fun out of having a bird?

I have children, I have grandchildren and a niece. I am certain nowhere did I read, nor the mother of my children read “don’t ever think about getting a child because they are messy, noisy and require 6-8 hours of face time every day?”

Personally I think mothers are ideally suited for companion birds.

Here’s two hypotheticals: would you rather change a loose diaper filled with poo or vacuum under a birdcage?

Would you rather be responsible for feeding, clothing, transporting, educating a human for at least the first 2000 days of it’s life or change some newspaper in a birdcage every day?

I can go on but you get the point. Here’s the secret that THOSE people don’t want you to know about. Birds and parrots can be fun.

It doesn’t take a lot to keep a birdcage clean. We have four budgies who get a millet spray every other day. I know what millet husk piles on the wood floor looks like.

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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.