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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How Do I Negotiate Bird Toy Placement With My Macaw?

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My severe macaw is losing all his feathers.

The vet says I should switch her to 80% pellet food.

However, I am not convinced I don’t think they eat that in the wild.

I am trying HARI Prime vitamin, mineral, amino acid supplement w/probiotics.

Do you think this is an acceptable alternative?

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Why Do My 2 Amazon Parrots Get Scared When I Put Toys In Their Cage

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Angela wrote:

It does not matter if the toys are small, medium or large.

mitchr asks

Do they tolerate plexiglass? Plastic?

Angela said

Locking rings are a toy I offer but they will not play with them.

Instead, they go around them as if the ring toys were in their way or annoyed them

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Help For A Green Cheek Conures Projectile Vomiting

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Mona S. writes

I recently had the experience of seeing my beloved Green Cheek Conure do what I would describe as projectile vomiting, which absolutely scared me to nearly to death.

 

I have owned birds for about 30 years or so and had never seen anything like this.

 

Actually, I was not even aware that birds could vomit at all, except for regurgitating to feed their young.

 

This looked like someone had turned on the faucet for a couple of seconds.

 

Fortunately, he has been perfectly fine ever since.

 

Do you have any idea as to what could cause something like this to happen?

 

Thanks for your time (and for your very information Sunday Brunch emails).

 

Best regards,

 

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Solving This Greys Feather Plucking With A New Nano Environment

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Spoiler alert: This post and discussion illustrate how I reached my diagnosis:

Jan is plucking his feathers because his feet hurt.
He’s using his food dish to sleep.
This helps avoid pressure to the bottom of his feet  which he feels when they grip the smooth dowel rod perch.
That’s why he plucks in the sleeping cage – he wants the pain to ease.

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How Can I Help My Cockatiel’s Broken Wing Heal?

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Will, it ever heal so he can fly again?

If you can see the break you can use 2 very small cable ties and a coffee stir stick or cocktail straw as a splint to restrain the wing it then introduce the sock (below).

If it’s a fracture go straight to the sock.

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What is Normal Jenday Conure Behavior?

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Elaine and Mango the Jenday Conure

 

Dear Mitch & Catherine

 

I just recently got a Jenday Conure in late October and I named him Mango.

 

He has his royal blue feathers on his wings and tail but is not too socialized with people.

 

The breeder advised that he came to her, but the circumstances were unclear.

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How Do I Treat Macaw Mites

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Are Mites Making Making My Macaw Miserable?

 

Hi Mitch,

Always look forward to your Sunday articles, thanks!

 

Madeleine is a (Blue & Gold Macaw) rescue from a home where she was malnourished, neglected and abused.

 

I was able to negotiate relinquishment but it’s been a year of learning for me, we bonded and I decided to adopt her instead of fostering.

 

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