Fruit Flies Are Bothering My Umbrella Cockatoos (And Me)

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Oh, hi. Good morning. My favorite bird people. How are you doing?

 

Good Martha. How about yourself?

 

Oh wonderful. I’m sitting here with my two umbrella cockatoos and we have some fruit flies.

 

I was wondering if you have any product I could order that might help with that?

 

Let me double check.

 

Sure.

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Why Captive Birds Don’t Need To Learn How To Fly

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File under “the universe is too complicated to be arbitrary” which begs the question “does a dyslexic agnostic believe in dog?”

 

From our Birdie Bruch reader Betsy L.

 

THANK YOU for today’s (9/11/16) birdy brunch!  It was perfectly timed….

 

Yesterday evening, a Quaker parrot landed on my friend’s head while he was out on his deck (near Lawrence and Kedzie – in Chicago).

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Cream Cheese, Rescue Budgie Number 10 In Our Flock

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This has become a helluva slippery slope.

 

0 to 10 budgies in 25 months.

 

They are in this big beautiful Prevue F050 aviary.

 

They’ve created their own micro culture.

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Is this a proper budgie cage set up?

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Is this a proper budgie cage set up?

First of all you do not indicate the bird’s lifestyle.

Will this be a solitary bird who spends a lot of time in the cage or will the bird be out of the cage a lot and basically used for sleeping?

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A Better Bird Ep 13 – How Bird Proof Is Your Home? Video

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In about 24 months our household has gone from 0 to 9 birds.

Six budgies (2 males/4 females), a female Senegal (surgically sexed) and a male African ringneck (males have the ring).

I fondly call the budgies my little hooligans who have their own cage as does Peaches our 9 year old female Senegal and Keto the newest member to our family, the 17-year-old male African ringneck.

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Why Did My Hawkheaded Parrot Freak Out After A 4 Day Absence?

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The following is a thread between Mary Anne M and Catherine

 

Editor’s note: We will do our best to provide cage bird keeping solutions.

 

The more information we have, the more precise our answers.

 

8/23/2018 – I have a Hawkheaded parrot named Rudy (above) that is the greatest companion!

 

He has been with me for the past 2 years & comes out with me daily.

 

My husband & I just took a long weekend vacation (4 days).

 

He (the bird) stayed at our house with pet sitters & remained in his cage.

 

Upon my return my hawkhead totally freaked out.

 

I let him venture out of his cage on his own & just relax before trying to handle him as usual ~ bit me down to the bone.

 

This is still the 1st day we are home.

 

Any suggestions?

 

I’m not a novice & have owned my gray & yellow nape for over 30 years. Thanks Mary Anne

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What are the absolute worst types of parrots for a first-time bird owner?

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Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

Yet these three species come in close to a combined 100 flavors.

 

Major Mitchell cockatoos are not loud, and not necessarily cuddly

 

Bare eyed cockatoos are all but demure

 

Noble macaws are only 12 to 14 inches long.

 

Hyacinth macaws are up to 44 inches long – 4 times the size of a noble macaw.

 

You can’t compare the two just because the are macaws.

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