What Do You Know About Macaw Asthma? It’s Really A Thing.

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This first of three answers about macaw parrot keeping solutions is in response to the Quora question:

Is it unsafe to have a cockatoo in your home and a macaw, Given that many macaws are susceptible to asthma? Following up, is there any sort of test a macaw could have done to identify asthma? 

Macaw Asthma aka Macaw Respiratory Hypersensitivity disease is found in several species of macaws but is especially prevalent with blue and gold macaws.

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Can I always keep an African Gray parrot in a cage that is placed in the living room?

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I’m going to interpret this as a cage placement question.

The answer is not straightforward.

Parrots like privacy.

We talk alot about the birdcage canopy effect of lining the top third of your bird’s cage with so many toys that you can not see the bird.

This gives them a sense of security in that they are not easily seen all the time.

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My Peach-faced lovebird made an egg

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Unfertilized, she has no mate.

Yesterday my lovebird was a tiny velociraptor defending her nest,and I’ve been watching her ‘egg bum’ for a couple of days, now.

This morning she was bouncy and happy, apparently relieved of her butt burden, but this is not over, her bum is still looking eggy. Lovebirds usually have 5 eggs in a clutch..?

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Would CBD Oil Help A One Eyed African Grey?

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Name: Inna M

Hello.

We have a 7 year old African grey.

Unfortunately we made a mistake and did not train him properly.

We are having problems with his behavior.

He attacks.

He bites.

He is angry.

He only obeys one person in the house.

Is it too late to train him? Who can we turn to?

Thank you.

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60 Nasty Household Hazards Birds Shouldn’t Be Around

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I hope the post on the Ultimate Bird DIY First Aid Kit will become part of your avian reference library.

We’re going to break down the first aid thing into several manageable parts.

Before we do here’s a pop quiz: What was the cashier at Walgreens thinking when I bought Pedialyte, saline, eyewash, plastic gloves & a tube of KY Jelly? (for the birdy first aid kit?)

 

We designed the ultimate bird first aid kit for a broad range of species, so you don’t need everything in it.

As an example you really need a needle nose pliers to pull of blood feather from a blue and gold macaw, but only a strong tweezers for smaller bird like a parakeet.

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What types of parrots can you legally own in the US?

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Start with the Endangered Species Act from 1973

Quaker parrots are illegal to own or sell in

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Hawaii
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Wyoming

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Why You Need To Know About Zoonotic Avian Infections

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Zoonotic Avian Infections describes the process whereby an infectious disease is transmitted between species (sometimes by a vector) from animals other than humans

 

Zoonotic Avian Infections can include:

Psittacosis,

Also known as parrot fever and ornithosis, psittacosis is caused by Chlamydophila psittaci, an obligate intracellular bacteria of birds. Infected birds shed bacteria through feces and oculonasal discharge.

Most human cases result from exposure to infected psittacines.

Apart from exposure to infected pet birds, individuals at risk include pigeon fanciers, employees in poultry slaughtering and processing plants, veterinarians and technicians, zoo, laboratory and avian quarantine employees, farmers, gamekeepers, and wildlife rehabilitators.

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Why Are We Talking About Treating Bird Bite Wounds?

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Were not going to start with bird bites because we’ll be talking about several first-aid challenges you may face having a bird or two in your home for several decades.

Everyone likes to think of themselves as being prepared for disaster and certainly life’s cuts and scrapes.  

I’ve personally sutured a dog in a garage (after 5 minutes of training by my vet) 🙂

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