Handicapped Bird Videos – What our birds teach us about disabilities

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We get help desk tickets and phone calls on a regular basis seeking advice for a handicapped bird. The most common disability is splayed foot (especially in budgies).

Splayed foot is when one or both of the bird’s feet turn sideways as a chick. This usually happens to young birds when nesting material is “slippery” so the feet don’t have enough traction to point in the right direction while still in the nest.

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What is the best parrot for an apartment?

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What is the best parrot for an apartment? The answers thus far have been pretty limited (on Quora).

We (mitch & catherine) live in a three flat apartment building, erected circa 1885 in the geographical center of the city of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

It’s 1800 ft.² with 9 1/2 foot ceilings. The all brick building is quite solid.

We like parrots. We are in the (caged bird) pet supply business. It’s our job to know about them.

For the record we don’t sell any birds. We simply teach proper care for about 750 captive bird species out of approximately 10,400 species of birds on the planet.

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Lessons learned from this successful captive blue front amazon parrot keeper

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Learn Amazon parrot care from one of Windy City Parrot’s customers – who gets it.

Hello, Mitch

I’ve followed your blog for quite awhile and always appreciate your perspectives and insights. I was pretty much gutted when I read your article on Sunday … “Birds in cages suffer all their lives.”

I want my bird to have as happy and healthy a life as possible, but I read and hear so much contradictory information that I’m really not sure if I am providing what she needs— and I do try.

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What type of macaw makes the best pet for a small family?

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Please don’t get discouraged because of one anecdotal story of stupidity. (See other Quora answers below) People die in car crashes every day but most of us still drive.

Here’s a little back story for you. The ancient Greeks kept parakeets. Not necessarily budgies because the Alexandrian parakeet got its name from Alexander the Great.  As the story goes Alexander was gifted one of those around 327 BC

File under more money than brains. We all know how crazy the Romans were but not many people know that they would assign a slave to take care of the family bird which was usually a parrot of some sort.

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At Last, The Secret To Keeping Food And Cage Accessories Free Of Bird Poop Is Revealed

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From Marla S.

Hi,  Your toys, treats and perch set up is nice.  Not over crowded and laid out nicely.  One comment though.

As a Lovebird Mom for over nine years now it baffles me to this day to see other bird parents place their bird’s open food and water dishes on the cage floor!  

This is in the direct path of the bird’s poop!  Would you place your human’s child’s food and water dishes in the bottom of the toilet?  No.

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Help for an excessively screaming African grey parrot

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How can you stop screaming–excessive (Question from Quora)

Screaming is never excessive for a bird – they are merely communicating, it’s what they do.

Before I can answer your question I need to know the species, age, sex, the diet and a picture of the cage set up if at all possible – thank you.

Hi Mitch,

Bubba is a 30 yr, old CAG (congo african grey). dna’d male on basically harrisons with nutriberries and healthy people food,.. I don’t know how to take a pix of his cage. 2x2x4 feet – 5 perches – all different materials. at least 5 toys I try to keep changed.

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Video – Build a renewable budgie privacy hut for enrichment after restocking the cage

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We get creative here building a budgies privacy area that can be used for foraging of enrichment and nutrition having a romaine lettuce roof.

All four budgies of the breakfast club are flighted but don’t leave the cage for now. They are quite active and burn a lot of calories so we try to give them a broad-spectrum diet and present all the bird food at intuitive food and water stations

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How should I set up my Green Cheek Conure’s bird cage and how often should I clean it?

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I own a green cheek conure. He has a pretty large cage, not sure of the exact dimensions, but I’m very confused on how to set it up, I hear that people put newspaper to line the cage with but are you supposed to put that on top of the litter or under it? Also, how often should I change the litter?
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