Please help me not starve my parrot

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We’ve got some feedback on our statement “50% of captive birds deaths are from malnutrition” and I’m horrified.

 

Dollar’s Mum asked some pointed nutritional questions below and I’m always glad to have this discussion.

 

I think that people who serve their bird’s “chop” are well-intentioned but very misguided. A parrot living on nothing but chop is a malnourished bird.

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Do my budgies and cockatiels feel bored or depressed with their life of captivity?

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Captivity is a relative term. I’m not relegated to my home but I still have to pay rent, go to work, pay taxes and perform all those duties that enable me to be a good neighbor and good citizen of the world.

 

If captivity is all that you know, is it really captivity? We have four budgies, all rescues. We don’t have the background on any of them but we’ve kept them flighted thus they don’t ever leave the cage.

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Exploring Indian Ringnecks

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Indian ringnecks aka Rose-winged parrots

Editors note: Approximately 20% of parrots are sexually dimorphic meaning sex can be determined by color. Male eclectus parrots are green, female eclectus are red (with good reason)

Male budgies generally have a blue cere and female’s, a brown cere. Male Indian ringneck’s are the ones with the rings.

Lisa L. G

So I have some questions about IRN’s.

Now all the research I read says NOT to train them for a year as they need this time to get to know their new flock (me, the dogs and my husband). he took to me right off the bat. My hubby he is leery of.. like runs away. Have any tips for them to connect?

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Does an inherited cockatiel with a bald spot in an aviary need foraging toys?

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There is no singular cockatiel related to the title of this post. Aside from providing expert advice to caged bird keepers I also have a passion for Search Engine Optimization as well as improving how I communicate our ideas. Apparently, I am the vortex of a digitally feathered world.

 

So in these stories we’re going to talk about four unique cockatiels and their circumstances. Should anyone in our audience inherit a cockatiel with a bald spot living in an aviary with lots of foraging toys – you’re welcome.

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We Explore 4 Cockatoos Each With Unique Nutritional Needs

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Yay!! I can’t wait to read the article. By the way, do you or anyone you know have experience with Galahs (aka Rose-breasted cockatoos)?

 

I have one that I got as a baby (It was about 6-9 months old). She is just under 2 years old now. I wasn’t impressed when I drove out of state to buy her from the breeder that came with great recommendations.

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How do amazon parrots use light to synthesize Vitamin D having no preening gland? and other captive Amazon care questions

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How do Amazon parrots use light to synthesize Vitamin D having no preening gland?

As I was curating this post on Amazon parrot questions it got me thinking about one of my favorite subjects, full spectrum lighting and the synthesis of vitamin D in birds.

Amazon parrots are relatively unique having no preening gland (along with doves, pigeons and Hyacinth macaws).

The uropygial aka preening gland oozes a slippery goo which a bird rubs its head and beak against. Then spreads this oil over its feathered body.

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Cockatiels are more similar to cockatoos than you might think

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In this post we have grouped together information requests specifically about cockatoo parrots.

For a more granular discussion about some of the many species of cockatoo parrots – click here         

This post about cockatoos (we found 44 cockatoo species listed at the bottom of this post)  and serves as a counterpoint to the 43 species of macaw parrots we discussed last week.

We found a mere 12 cockatiel mutations.

At what age will a cockatoo stop laying eggs?

Name: Margaret G, Filled out from page: Egg Laying cockatoo
Colorado (United States)

(when you reach out to us using the green button at the bottom of this site, the button knows what page you are on to help us better understand your query)

Margaret

 

Unfortunately, if a birds egg laying goes uninterrupted, that bird will die.

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How do I encourage a Galah, that’s been on seed-only, to eat pellets veggies and fruit?

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Hi Didi

We rescued an 8 1/2-year-old female Senegal parrot about 13 months ago. She’s not our first rodeo.

We operate an avian only pet supply business. We get bird food delivered five days a week. It’s inevitable that bags break and that’s what Peaches gets as I explain in the video below.

One of the paths of least resistance you can take is serving Higgins brand bird food products. Any and all of the Higgins Bird food products contain Higgins In Tune pellets so your bird’s beak will literally trip over them while eating.

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