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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Answers For A Cockatiel Pulling Out His Wing Feathers And A Cockatiel With Cataracts

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Dear Mitch I wanted to ask for your advice.

 

My male cockatiel is pulling his feathers out from under his wings.

 

I brought him to one avian vet who did blood work.

 

That was a dead end.

 

The 2nd vet sent droppings to a lab and that was negative.

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How Winter Places Stress On Captive Birds

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Birds have a highly developed sense of light. In humans, we perceive light through our eyes.
Our feathered friends have an additional way of interpreting light conditions, a special gland which surrounds the eye. Read more on this
As days get shorter and the temperature falls, we want you to be aware of some issues the changing weather may have on your birds.
In the wild, animals rely on the cycling of the sun, and the seasons to adjust their biological clocks and metabolism. It is the sun, and changes in the quality of light and length of the day which set the stage for breeding, migration, molting, and daily behavior patterns.
 
I hope this helps you understand why we feel the lighting category on our site is so important to your Bird’s well-being. A full-spectrum light and timer on top of your birds cage can help address everything from behavioral issues to incessant egg laying.

 

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Why Is This Jubilee (Hybrid) Macaw Having A Difficult Molt?

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Donna B writes on 9/9/2018

I have a 6-1/2 year old Jubilee Macaw (named Bijou) who seems to be having a very difficult molt.

 

I am concerned his constant picking might turn in to plucking.

 

Bijou has begun constantly picking on himself and pulls out not only larger feathers but also small to mid size feathers and gray fluff.

 

As of now, however, I don’t see any skin abrasions or blood.  

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Is It Better To Clip Your Parrot’s Wings Or Not?

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Why is humankind so focused on lopping off body parts?

We “bob” dog’s ears and tails.

We castrate bulls.

We lop off the foreskin of infant males.

And now we wanna chop off the wings of animals that have been flying for 99 million years.

“Earn the right to fly”? Preposterous.

Flight is what birds are all about.

Flight was granted to birds long before, way long before humans could cook food with fire.

 

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One Of My African Greys Has Been Losing Feathers And It Is Getting Worse

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My husband and I have two 14-year-old African grey parrots.

 

We bought them from a pet store that sold only parrots when they were chicks.

 

They seem very healthy – have good appetites, play, scream, etc.

 

However, one of the birds has been losing her feathers and it is getting worse.

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Can I always keep an African Gray parrot in a cage that is placed in the living room?

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I’m going to interpret this as a cage placement question.

The answer is not straightforward.

Parrots like privacy.

We talk alot about the birdcage canopy effect of lining the top third of your bird’s cage with so many toys that you can not see the bird.

This gives them a sense of security in that they are not easily seen all the time.

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Would CBD Oil Help A One Eyed African Grey?

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Name: Inna M

Hello.

We have a 7 year old African grey.

Unfortunately we made a mistake and did not train him properly.

We are having problems with his behavior.

He attacks.

He bites.

He is angry.

He only obeys one person in the house.

Is it too late to train him? Who can we turn to?

Thank you.

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