How Do I Stop My Bird From Laying Eggs?

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It’s important to review egg laying problems on a regular basis.


The discussion below will focus on single egg-laying instances and prolific egg-laying.


Other aspects of egg-laying encompass egg binding.


This is when the egg doesn’t make it out of the oviduct, the area between the uterus and cloaca on its own.


Another problem is when eggs are laid internally.

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When Environmental Accidents Stress A Pet Bird To The Breaking Point

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A couple of weeks ago we talked about “You Are Sick With No Caique Caregiver – Now What?

In this follow up thread we learn that “yes, it can always be worse.”

Hello Catherine,

I had written to you several weeks ago pertaining to the safety of microwaveable popcorn.

Two weeks ago, this coming Monday, I had kidney surgery and returned to my apartment door being busted into (door locks forcibly opened). 

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You Are Sick With No Caique Caregiver – Now What?

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Hi Mitch! 


I hope that you, Catherine and the birdies are all well.  I just found out that I need to have kidney stone surgery (August 4th) that in the past it has always been ambulatory (one day), but this time it might turn into a 2 and possibly 3 night stay if it turns into invasive surgery and if I encounter any complications (fever, chills, infection, etc.).  I live alone and am not sure how I will manage afterward.  


I will not be able to lift or bend for weeks (stitches) if it is invasive and even if it isn’t with having a stent in me, it will be extremely difficult. 


‘Seymour likes to bring her food to the edge of the kitchen counter and it’s all over the floor (as I am sure you know). ” 

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How To Keep Budgies Warm And Plump For Winter

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Wintertime in NSW Australia

G’day from Down Under,

Here in Tamworth, we are just about to go into winter.

Editors note: that’s early June Endnote

The temperature can occasionally get as low as -10c (14f), usually about 0 to -2c.

I was hoping you can advise me on what to do to look after my two little budgies and green cheeked conure through the worst of it.

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Can A Macaw Parrot Get Cataracts?

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Can you do anything for this?


I have a Catalina macaw she is 30.


Her right eye seems to be not as clear as her left. It’s like a very lite graying.


Sometimes she bumps into things.


Her diet consists of seeds and pellets she also gets prime vitamins in her water


Also a little treat from our dinner plates at night.



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14 Scientific Papers For Bird And Parrot Care

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If you want richer, robust and more granular content than Facebook bird groups and Google searches for information about pet bird care, it’s best to navigate towards expert sources (which is why you’re here 😉


We spend a lot of time fact finding and this list (below) is just one of our sources.


All papers were written by veterinarians, ornithologists, zoologists, and other accredited professionals.

An excerpt from Feather Picking and Self Mutilation in Birds 

Improper wing clipping. This is a huge problem. The feather should be cut between the upper and lower coverts so the clipped feather is hidden between them and not seen. 

Typical pet-shop clips are done straight across; the wing is pulled open and the feathers clipped so that the cut feather shafts protrude. This results in sharp edges which irritate the bird’s sides. wp bird feather diagram 14 Scientific Papers For Bird And Parrot Care

(image added by Windy City Parrot)

If it is done correctly, only the first few primaries are cut, allowing the bird to flutter to the floor; but if they are cut straight across, the bird will crash since the secondaries give it lift. 

With a poor cut, the bird will pull its wings into its body and the sharp edges of the cut feathers, which are not protected by the coverlet feathers, will poke the bird in his side. 

They irritate the bird, and he starts picking at them and his side. He ends up with primary feather shafts that are frayed and going in all directions.

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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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