How Do I Stop My Parrotlet from Biting My Husband?

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Vicki M. writes:

 

My male parrotlet is 1 year 6 months old and takes big chunks out of my husband. 

 

He’ll be watching tv and the bird will fly over and take a chunk out of him.

 

There’s no reason for this. 

 

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Can I Give My Bird the Coronavirus? YES! Part 2

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The WHO has Changed its Position on Coronavirus and Pets

2nd pet dog tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

 

From the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)

“Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus”  

 

Find part 1 here

 

Hi,

I think your article on birds catching the covid-19 might be misleading. 

 

Is there evidence of transmission from humans to birds for covid19? 

 

I think it’s highly unlikely.   

 

While these viruses can occasionally jump between distantly related species, it’s not common.  

 

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Are Peanuts Making My Blue Crown Conure Itch?

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Ward asks

 

My blue crown conure of at least 25yrs is acting odd.

 

He seems to be scratching and bobbing as well as if his just very uncomfortable.

 

I recently ordered some peanuts in the shell and would give him 3-4 each day as a treat.

 

I started noticing very small moths in my home that lead back to the bag of peanuts that was teaming with larvae.

 

Do you think my conure is in danger from eating these peanuts?

 

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

 

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Are My Parakeet Babies Dying Due to Inbreeding?

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This super rare mutation (above) is what is known as the Feather Duster budgie. They are bred for their unusual feather growth which results in shortened lifespans. 

 

Cynthia H. asks

 

I have been raising parakeets for 6+ years and even handfed and took to bird stores to sell, but in the last couple of years I didn’t hand feed and they all crossbred with each other, I did not have the time to take to keep them separated.

 

But I noticed some kind of birth defect. The babies cannot fly, their wings start freezing up.

 

Their backs start curving down and they can barely walk and have a breathing problem, most have died. I still have one who loves getting her head scratched. Is this happening cuz they are inbred?

 

Help. Thank you for your time

 

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Hello, I Have a Very Hormonal Male Sun Conure!

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Christina writes

 

Hello! I have a very hormonal male sun conure around ~10 years old. When he is out of his cage with me, all he wants to do is regurgitate anywhere and everywhere and go in my clothes.

 

Even in his cage, he regurgitates on things and humps some of his toys. I’m just not sure what kind of setup I can provide for him that will calm him down and let him play and have interests other than mating. 🙁

 

Do you have tips? Most tips seem to be for female birds, I’ve never had such a hormonal male though!

 

Dear Christina

 

We fully believe that males suffer from hormonal behavior as much as females do. They just don’t lay eggs.

We would treat him to light therapy just as we would a female bird.

 

Basically you want them to feel like they are in the summer.

 

Birds don’t act hormonally in the middle of summer.

 

That is what the lights do for them.

 

Install a light fixture as close as possible to the top of the birdcage.

 

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Can I Give My Bird the Coronavirus? Part 1

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From the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)

“Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus”  

Read more https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

 

Find part 2 here

 

Short answer – yes.

 

Coronavirus is a zoonotic virus.

 

Coronavirus is a disease that began (we think) in a Chinese fish market that also sold wild animals.

 

Chinese people like to eat many wild animals and want to watch to make sure they are getting what they purchase. As a result, they can become contaminated by the animal’s blood in the markets they shop at.

 

I know many of us although concerned or tired of listening to the constant drone of news about the coronavirus.

 

Here are some articles we researched that will help you better understand the zoonotic relationship coronavirus has between you and your bird(s).

 

By the way, bleach is not an option to use around birds.

The vapors from chlorine bleach can cause irritation and even death in pet birds.

 

The Wuhan Coronavirus and Companion Pets

Coronaviruses in Avian Species – Review with Focus on Epidemiology and Diagnosis in Wild Birds

WHO recommendations to reduce the risk of transmission of emerging pathogens from animals to humans in live animal markets

List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 | US EPA

China bans wildlife trade, consumption because of the coronavirus outbreak

 

This bird-safe disinfectant will help guard your bird against Coronavirus.

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Mango Pet Focus Cleaner & Sanitizer Ready To Use Spray 32 oz [11401081001] – $21.00 :

 

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