Should I Give Meds to My Conure to Relax and Quiet Him Down?

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I rescued a male conure aged 3 yrs.

Gino is mean and a biter….No matter what I do.

New cage.

Change and varied foods.

Very loud squawking.

 

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Can Extended Loud Noises Hurt Your Birds Ears?

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Editor’s note: full transparency, I don’t think we’ve ever covered the subject of pet birds and hearing.

 

Once again a loyal reader comes through with a potentially serious issue that until now we have left opaque.

 

Many of us take for granted that our birds can hear but exactly how good is their hearing, how has it evolved and how do they use it?

 

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Does Anyone Out There Clean Their Perches With Peroxide?

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Lee asks

Hi Windy City,

 

Does anyone out there clean their perches with peroxide?

 

Is it safe?

 

I’ve tried various surface cleaning methods followed by baking. 

 

Most recently, after cleaning off loose debris, I soaked in bleach water, then steamed with a brush attachment.

 

During a cold spell, so I did this indoors.

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How Can I Stop My Parrot From Plucking Its Feathers?

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From a Facebook fan last night

I’ve got a Catalina macaw that has a problem of plucking, I took her to the vet, she has a clean bill of health, now if anyone can help with the feather plucking problem, I would appreciate it, Thanks 

 

From a customer on the West Coast during a phone call this week

“My 14-year-old lovebird began to pluck for no reason at all.

 

We have him on the best foods we can provide like Harrison’s pellets but we had to put a collar on her to stop the feather loss.

 

Nothing has changed in her life and she is fully flighted”

 

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Should I Give My Pet Bird A Mirror Or Not

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The original question came from Quora

Is it okay if a bird sees the reflection of her cage in a mirror from a little distance? Does this make the same effect of a mirror inside of the cage?

 

One of the answers read: “Larger birds such as parrots have no trouble telling that their reflection is not another bird. For smaller birds, the mirror would probably need to be in the cage so that the bird could actually play with its reflection.”

 

but the answer makes no sense.

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How To Introduce New Toys That Parrots Should Play With

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And How to Discourage Items They Should Leave Alone

 

I had a screen saver a while back with an umbrella cockatoo and the words (from the cockatoo’s perspective), “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is mine, if you put it down it is mine, if I see it it is mine, but if you give it to me, I don’t want it”.

 

This is so true for many parrots and can be used to introduce new toys and cage additions to your bird’s environment. 

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Will Vitamin E Help Heal My Birds Foot Sores

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Hi Mitch,

 

Thank you so much for getting back to me, what you had to say was very helpful. 

 

I do not know how to send pictures from my Chrome book, only know how to send pictures with my phone, I’m not very good with technology. 

 

I did get Alex a rope perch recently, but he won’t go near it as of yet.

 

I read on the parrot forum that Vitamin E oil is good for pressure sores. 

 

Do you agree? 

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