Solving This Greys Feather Plucking With A New Nano Environment

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Spoiler alert: This post and discussion illustrate how I reached my diagnosis:

Jan is plucking his feathers because his feet hurt.
He’s using his food dish to sleep.
This helps avoid pressure to the bottom of his feet  which he feels when they grip the smooth dowel rod perch.
That’s why he plucks in the sleeping cage – he wants the pain to ease.

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What Human Foods And Spices Are Good For Pet Birds

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an·thro·po·mor·phic
/ˌanTHrəpəˈmôrfik/
adjective
relating to or characterized by anthropomorphism.
having human characteristics.
“anthropomorphic bears and monkeys”

I love that word.

I like how it feels on the tongue.

It’s also a big reason we see so many failures with pet bird care.

We make chop because salads are healthy for us.

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Windy City Parrot Defines Small And Medium Size Species Of Pet Birds

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Small species pet birds

Birds we classify as “Smaller” species 

FYI  There’s something like 100 species of Conures. Conures need to be subdivided into small, medium & large (which is on our to-do list)


Green cheek conures weigh 64 grams (cockatiels are about 100 grams – Patagonian conures weight about 280 grams, about the size of a Timneh African grey.

Don’t think for a minute conures can be classified into one size category

Large Canaries

Gibber Canary

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10 y/o caique we adopted in June seems to have a separation anxiety issue

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Lynn F writes

I see you ride also, kinda thought so by your picture.

Guess that’s profiling, lol.

Thanks for your help.

Are there any things you can steer me to that will help with hollering?

I know birds holler, but a rehomed 10 y/o caique we adopted in June seems to have a separation anxiety issue.

He hollers for my husband, his chosen human if he knows he’s anywhere nearby, and for me if I leave the living room and he knows I’m nearby.

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Why Is My Cockatiel Pulling Feathers From Under His Wings

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Why Is My Cockatiel Pulling Feathers From Under His Wings

From: JANNINE P

Date: Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:47 AM

Dear Mitch

I wanted to ask for your advise.

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

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How To Stop An Elenora Cockatoo Plucker And A Screaming Citron Cockatoo

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Good morning, I get your newsletter every Sunday.

 

We have an elenora cockatoo (aka medium sulfur crested) that we have had for 21 years.

 

We got her when she was 4 months old.

 

Within the last two years she has started to yell.

 

Within the last year it has gotten real bad.

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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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