How Do I Stop My Hormonal Parrotlet from Biting My Husband?

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Vicki M. writes

 

My male parrotlet is 1 year 6 months old and takes big chunks out of my husband.

 

He’ll be watching tv and the bird will fly over and take a chunk out of him.

 

There’s no reason for this.

 

My husband is not doing anything as the bird just flew over.

 

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Are Ionized Air Purifiers Safe for My Bird and More Answers for You

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Are ionized air purifiers safe for my lovebird?

 

Absolutely not! (MitchR)

​Although marketed as being able to “scrub the air”, these “ionizers” do not remove airborne dust to a significant degree but do generate ozone, an unstable oxygen molecule (O3). Read more: 

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How Do I Stop My African Grey From Guarding His Cage Door?

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I would like to know how I can get my male Timneh not to be too territorial around his cage cause he’s a real sweetheart and a mush when he’s not guarding his cage door.

 

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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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Does Styptic Powder On Blood Feathers Hurt My Bird?

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Sarah writes:

Hi Mitch,

 

I’m a 25-year parrot rescue and parrot care specialist. 

 

In reading your blog about “Should a blind person care for a parrot,”. 

 

I was reading the blind woman’s response and her description about putting styptic powder on a blood feather. 

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4 Large And Mini Macaw Problems Solved

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Janie D.

 

I have an almost 16-year-old Red Fronted Macaw. 

 

(2 – Red Fronted Macaws pictured above)

 

I got her as a 6-month-old chick and taught her bite words “hurt” and “cry”.

 

She uses them accurately! 

 

She will pinch my arm if I reach carelessly into her cage and she will say HURT! 

 

When she preens my hair and gets rough.

 

I will say are you tickling me? 

 

Then she laughs, and stops being rough and also when I tickle her!

 

Birds can learn emotions if taught what they mean. 

 

If she slips off her perch she says that hurts! Cry!

 

My husband had a Blue and Gold Macaw a few years ago. (she passed on) 

 

However, she chose him! 

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Should Blind People Keep Pet Birds

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This might be an interesting topic for a Birdie Brunch! 

 

Hello, I’m Laurie Cannon, who wrote to you about the possibility of adopting an older Green-Winged Macaw. 

 

We didn’t do that, however, we did contact a breeder about a Panama Amazon baby. 

 

She seemed almost horrified when she found out both my husband and I are totally blind. 

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Why 2 Veterinarians Can’t Stop This Goffin Cockatoo From Plucking

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Hello, knowing of your holistic approach to things here is a synopsis of our bird and situation.

 

We have an 11 1/2 yr old Goffins Cockatoo, Taedo ( we have had him since 2008 when he was 3 mths).

 

We did have him sexed and know he is a male.

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