How Mackie An Abandoned Goffins Cockatoo Found Joy

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Goffin’s Cockatoo aka Tanimbar cackatoo,
Goffin’s Cockatoo, Tanimbar Corella.

Sunday after Sunday after Sunday I read your incredibly knowledgeable and helpful newsletter

I always learn.

I appreciate so much the time you take to share your wisdom and experiences.

I am a dog person, but for the last 3 years I have had in my home a 10-12-year-old Cockatoo – forgotten about by her owner’s family when the owner committed suicide.

She was located at her grooming salon.

When I walked in and found her, she had been alone close to 3 weeks. She had a tiny bit of very polluted water, 3 or 4 seeds, (literally!), and had been shut in a too small cage all that time.

Additionally, the back door was standing open so the cats who stayed at the grooming salon could go in and out.

The weather was in the ’40s and ’50s.

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Help For A Green Cheek Conures Projectile Vomiting

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Mona S. writes

I recently had the experience of seeing my beloved Green Cheek Conure do what I would describe as projectile vomiting, which absolutely scared me to nearly to death.


I have owned birds for about 30 years or so and had never seen anything like this.


Actually, I was not even aware that birds could vomit at all, except for regurgitating to feed their young.


This looked like someone had turned on the faucet for a couple of seconds.


Fortunately, he has been perfectly fine ever since.


Do you have any idea as to what could cause something like this to happen?


Thanks for your time (and for your very information Sunday Brunch emails).


Best regards,


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My Budgies Beak Broke Off – Can I Fix It?

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Stevie Van Zandt requested your answer

I have a rescue budgie, the top of his beak was almost totally gone, just barely hanging.


We have NO vet in my area and nobody specializes in birds.


I removed what was hanging and she seems ok, I made a “mush” for her to eat. Will the beak grow back?


Your bird’s beak may or may not grow back.

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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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R.I.P. Dr. Fosters and Smith Pet Bird Supplies

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I wrote the 95 words (below this new text) on April 30, 2015.


I didn’t include all the fanfare and buzz from Jim Myers, at the time.


“This move underscores our commitment to nurturing the complete health and well-being of animals and further allows Petco to meet the diverse and expansive needs of pet parents,” said Jim Myers, Petco CEO.

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How Do I Reduce My Male Budgies Aggression?

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I look forward to getting your email every Sunday and reading it has become as much a ritual as the old Sunday paper.

And now I have a question for you.


Thunder and Lightning are my bonded parakeets.


I’ve had them for years.


Last summer I saw more and more breeding activity, so I bought a box and let nature take its course.


Thunder laid four eggs, one of which was fertilized.

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How Can I Help My Cockatiel’s Broken Wing Heal?

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Will, it ever heal so he can fly again?

If you can see the break you can use 2 very small cable ties and a coffee stir stick or cocktail straw as a splint to restrain the wing it then introduce the sock (below).

If it’s a fracture go straight to the sock.

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What is Normal Jenday Conure Behavior?

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Elaine and Mango the Jenday Conure


Dear Mitch & Catherine


I just recently got a Jenday Conure in late October and I named him Mango.


He has his royal blue feathers on his wings and tail but is not too socialized with people.


The breeder advised that he came to her, but the circumstances were unclear.

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