Exercise Your Bird – Why & How – Videos

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We focus on bird and parrot nutrition a lot here because of the complexity of a bird’s anatomy.

Birds require far more energy than their ground-based counterparts.

Migratory birds fly at high altitudes where the air is thin.

You and I would require supplemental oxygen at those altitudes.

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Egads, ants are in my bird’s cage & how the heck can ants be good for a bird?

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 We recently had a call from a woman who was frantic because she saw ants in her bird cages water dish.

She wanted to know if she could put ant bait just outside of the dish on the cage – “NO!” was the short answer.

If you see ants in your bird’s cage the first thing you have to do is remove the bird and everything from the bottom of the cage, wash it and sanitize.

The ants did not start their journey from the inside of your birds cage.

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For Your Bird’s Health: Gas Heat, Bugs And Muscular Atrophy In Bird Legs

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Carol P. replied

 

How can you get rid of the little brown bugs that come around the bird food without hurting the birds? Is there a spray or something I can order?

 

Thanks for your help, Carol in Tennessee

 

Hi Carol

 

Knowing what kind of bugs they are is half the battle.

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The Bird World Wants to Hear From You

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Do you have something to say about your pet bird or captive birds in general?

 

We love meeting new people with fresh ideas especially when you can see something differently than us.

 

We are selective about who submits content.

 

Why are we looking for guest bloggers on Windy City Parrot?

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Eclectus Parrot Elongated Digestive Tract – Fact Or Fiction?

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Here’s an earlier eclectus parrot feeding question from our database:

I’ve read different articles on how much fruit to give my ekkies.

Some say it is ok to give them as much as they eat and others say the veggies should be their top priority.

I do try to give them an equal amount but it seems they have gotten picky about their vegetables lately.

I have been giving them different varieties and mixing up how I serve them – warm, cool, different spices on them but they still prefer the fruit.

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7 Budgie And Parakeet Questions Answered

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Question about Male Parakeet.

 

Every time I put my arm in the cage he attacks it, or he flies at me when I look in the cage.

 

My female looks depressed like she would rather he move out.

 

She use to be so happy.

 

I got her first, then him a couple months after.

 

She would sing, and play with her toys.

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How Do I Train My Birds To Always Fly Back To Me?

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Original verbatim Quora question(s): How do I train a budgie to free flight and come back to me without having to fly away?

How do you train two budgies to free flight?

Can you train two budgies to free flight at the same time?

These questions were found as a single question on Quora.

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Tips on Painting & Restoring Older Bird Cages

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I think the main reason that people don’t try to paint older bird cages is because of what they’ve heard or read about the harmful effects of lead, zinc and so forth.
The point that needs to be made is the most the paints sold in the US for the past 40 years can be safe for human infants – as long as it’s dry.
 
Our government really wasn’t thinking about our birds – they were looking out for our children.
The government has gone to great lengths to ensure that paint sold for use in the home is safe. 

The confusing issue is something called “Flashing”.

Flashing describes the chemicals that you should be concerned about, evaporating from the paint. These are solvents known as “VOC’s” (Volatile Organic Compounds).

VOC’s are why you need to keep the area you’re painting the cage in, well ventilated even when using what are known as safe paints. 

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