Should I Give My Pet Bird A Mirror Or Not

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The original question came from Quora

Is it okay if a bird sees the reflection of her cage in a mirror from a little distance? Does this make the same effect of a mirror inside of the cage?

 

One of the answers read: “Larger birds such as parrots have no trouble telling that their reflection is not another bird. For smaller birds, the mirror would probably need to be in the cage so that the bird could actually play with its reflection.”

 

but the answer makes no sense.

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Do Dowel Perches Harm Budgies Feet – Avian Diabetes – Shoes – Avocados

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Notably absent from the prior answers (on Quora) are the words “and I inspect my bird’s feet by flipping him over and examining his feet under a magnifying glass on a regular basis.”

 

As a vendor of bird cages and accessories for over 25 years, we advise people to take the dowel rod perches out of the cage immediately upon assembly.

 

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How To Introduce New Toys That Parrots Should Play With

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And How to Discourage Items They Should Leave Alone

 

I had a screen saver a while back with an umbrella cockatoo and the words (from the cockatoo’s perspective), “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is mine, if you put it down it is mine, if I see it it is mine, but if you give it to me, I don’t want it”.

 

This is so true for many parrots and can be used to introduce new toys and cage additions to your bird’s environment. 

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Mickey And Her Senegals

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Hi…I am a long-time friend of Nora…havent’ been able to contact her…so I am turning to you guys.

 

I will try to make a very long story short.

 

I adopted Kirby a 6-year-old Senegal, male, about 6 years ago. He is now about 15, not sure, don’t remember what year I got him…

 

Can’t get near him to read a band.

 

Anyway….he is a BEAST.

 

After many years of being mutilated by this bird…I decided to get him a woman to perhaps mellow him out and have company.

 

Needless to say… Zipper is a WONDERFUL friendly sweetheart.

 

He HATES her too !

 

I bought a large really nice cage to give them their space, yet he still terrorizes her at times.

 

I love Kirby… I really do, but I am about done with his BiPolar personality.

 

He talks up a storm, lures you in…then BAMMO!!

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4 Large And Mini Macaw Problems Solved

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Janie D.

 

I have an almost 16-year-old Red Fronted Macaw. 

 

(2 – Red Fronted Macaws pictured above)

 

I got her as a 6-month-old chick and taught her bite words “hurt” and “cry”.

 

She uses them accurately! 

 

She will pinch my arm if I reach carelessly into her cage and she will say HURT! 

 

When she preens my hair and gets rough.

 

I will say are you tickling me? 

 

Then she laughs, and stops being rough and also when I tickle her!

 

Birds can learn emotions if taught what they mean. 

 

If she slips off her perch she says that hurts! Cry!

 

My husband had a Blue and Gold Macaw a few years ago. (she passed on) 

 

However, she chose him! 

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Should Blind People Keep Pet Birds

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This might be an interesting topic for a Birdie Brunch! 

 

Hello, I’m Laurie Cannon, who wrote to you about the possibility of adopting an older Green-Winged Macaw. 

 

We didn’t do that, however, we did contact a breeder about a Panama Amazon baby. 

 

She seemed almost horrified when she found out both my husband and I are totally blind. 

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Will My Young Cockatoo Welcome An Older Macaw

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Laurie C asks

My husband and I rescued a 3-month-old medium Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (aka Eleonora cockatoo) from a horrible pet store situation last August.

We finished his hand-feeding which took another month.

He was very skinny and underfed so we have spoiled him rotten.

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Help With An African Grey And A Triton Cockatoo.

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I Have An African Grey And A Triton Cockatoo.

 

I hand fed both and have had the Grey since 1985 and the Cockatoo since 1987.

 

They are housed separately in AE bird cages and I have perches around the house for them to move to as I work around.

 

Both are female.

 

My Gray has begun acting strange.

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