Does Styptic Powder On Blood Feathers Hurt My Bird?

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Sarah writes:

Hi Mitch,

 

I’m a 25-year parrot rescue and parrot care specialist. 

 

In reading your blog about “Should a blind person care for a parrot,”. 

 

I was reading the blind woman’s response and her description about putting styptic powder on a blood feather. 

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Will Vitamin E Help Heal My Birds Foot Sores

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Hi Mitch,

 

Thank you so much for getting back to me, what you had to say was very helpful. 

 

I do not know how to send pictures from my Chrome book, only know how to send pictures with my phone, I’m not very good with technology. 

 

I did get Alex a rope perch recently, but he won’t go near it as of yet.

 

I read on the parrot forum that Vitamin E oil is good for pressure sores. 

 

Do you agree? 

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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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My Green-cheek Conure Seems To Be Molting All The Time

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Yes I have another question for you, my green-cheek conure seems to be molting all the time and he’s lost the two big red feathers in the tail and I can feel the feathers under his skin in between his back and wing feathers is this normal or is he short on calcium he will not touch a cuttlebone or any calcium bone to rub down his nails or beak so I have two perches, that are rough, he is a year and a half old, already really molted. 

 

Thank you very much! Jane

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Flighted Or Clipped Wings – Our Readers Weigh In

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You asked whether our birds are flighted. 

 

All three of our birds – African Grey, Dusky Pionus, Cockatiel – are fully flighted. 

 

We have a lot of large windows in our apartment but so far we have not had a problem. 

 

They all have their favorite routes and pretty much stick to them. 

 

The only time we have clipped our bird’s wings is when we were traveling internationally and they had to go through the health and customs inspections at the airports.

Lisa Yano

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Why A Birds Flicker Fusion Rate Is So Important For Fast Flight

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Over the past few years, we’ve been emphasizing the proper use of man-made lighting and its effect on pet birds.

 

Search results when googling the term “pet bird lighting” predominantly yield links to products relating to lighting for pet birds.

 

With the exception of Windy City Parrot and the Lafebers blog, it is difficult to find information about pet birds and the many ways light affects them.

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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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How Important Is Artificial Lighting For Pet Birds

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Our first answer coming from a question on Quora

Do parrots we rear at home need sunlight?

Firstly, lets set the record straight.

No amount of natural sunlight nor artificial light will help with the production of any vitamin in a bird’s body.

This is because of the dual integumentary systems of feathers and skin.

In order to enhance vitamin production, an animal needs to receive sunlight through its skin.

A birds skin is covered with feathers.

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