The names have been changed to protect the innocent
“Well Johnny, your father and I have decided since you won’t eat anything that’s good for you we feel is perfectly fine for you to eat French fries and drink Coca-Cola three meals a day until you turn 21”
File under “my bird doesn’t like what I give him or her” I’ll make sure that I won’t do anything that would possibly make my bird unhappy”:
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My parrot has recently lost feathers that have not grown back. We have never seen her pluck them or evidence of that. Attached are photos. She eats well and is almost 19.
it’s impossible to diagnose things like feather plucking from a single sentence but the image that you attached poses many questions.
The perch the bird is on is clearly the sleeping perch which is a solid hardwood perch slightly undersized because I can see the potential for the bird’s back nails to irritate the front toes. This is one of the primary causes of bumblefoot.
Being a dowel perch it also has no uneven surfaces so for lack of a better explanation your bird’s feet may hurt from spending so many hours on a perch with no uneven surfaces to challenge your bird’s feet. Dowel perches are not bad in and of themselves they are just not the ideal perch for a bird to sleep on.
I noticed some perches in the foreground and a pair of manzanita perches. Because of the toys on the left side of the screen your bird has no way to access those perches and is not motivated to do so because they are lower rather than higher. And less in feeding mode birds will always gravitate to perches and accessories higher in the cage.
The few toys that I see in the cage have similar architecture and materials and none of them seem to be frayed which means your bird has no interest in them. I would seek other materials like palm and coconut to see if you can get your bird’s attention.
The room that the birdcages and looks to be very light and airy but the bird has no privacy which may be an irritant. This blog post about the bird cage privacy canopy explains the concept.
I have no idea what you’re feeding your bird. Acidic fruits like pineapple and tomatoes could cause birdie heartburn triggering feather plucking activities
the question you ask a simple, the solution is not
Oh – those are interesting comments. She usually goes to the back to rest and sleep and there are uneven perches in the front. She’s very particular about where the cage is located. We’ve tried other locations, but it seemed to make her upset. We always keep her well covered at night. She does chew on her toys and when they fray too much we replace them. But I take your point about changing them up.
Actually, I tried that once and she jumped out of the cage and hid under the table. I order more of the manzanita perches from your site and we’ll replace that one. She has rejected countless toys.
The perch that she sleeps on in the back, I had specially made to mimic the one from her old cage. I had to set it up identically because she refused to go in it until then.
It took a couple of weeks to transition. This parrot does not like change. After Sandy, she stayed with me in a smaller cage in Manhattan because my parent’s home was damaged (no heat or power, but magically the upper west side of Manhattan had no problems).
I took off of work to be with her to help her adjust. My parents never saw her happier when she was able to return home to her regular cage. I suppose after almost 19 years, we just go with her commands.
me telling it like it is
so what you’re saying is 110 g of feathers is controlling your actions. Kids don;t like to eat their vegetables nor go to bed early. The more you force change the better your bird will be. sometime plucking is simply out of boredom. It can take 1 – 2 weeks or more for a bird to accept a new toy or accessory.
Try finding something she likes like millet and strap it to the softy perch. She doesn’t know what good for her – you do. You have to allow her to suffer the consequences of change which may mean locking here in a cage with something she doesn’t like at first.
I do try a few times, I play with the toys outside of the cage first with her, then hang them up, but sometimes they are just summarily rejected.
I’ve had her for almost 19 years, and she’s never plucked before. We haven’t seen a pile of feathers anywhere, just regular molting. Maybe I’ll try the soft perch again.
Mar 29th, 11:04am
My family loves to cook, but we often wonder if the spices we use are safe for our birds. For example, this morning our banana pancakes included some ingredients I am not sure about, such as nutmeg, & ginger.
Then I wonder about other spices in other dishes. Is there any trusted resource that you recommend to reference or overall people food lists? So much conflicting info is found on the internet that I don’t know what to trust. Thank you.
We just wanted to say hi, I’m David Jones and this is my 10 month old “Blue Headed Pionus” we believe to be a male at this time his name is “The Shriek of Araby”, but the vote is still out…!! He is sweet and naughty at the same time. Any tips on what to do when they shriek.?
Yes birds will shriek because birds will be birds. One of the things you can try something called a “redirection” have a big pot in a wooden cooking spoon in a place that you get too easily that is out of sight of the bird.
Keep in mind you have to let the bird shriek 10 or 20 minutes a day to let it out of the system but if it’s incessant what you can do is when they begin to shriek,
Grab the kitchen pot in a wooden spoon and place it in a room outside of the birds vision. When the bird begins this shriek go into the other room and bang the pot – Bam – Bam – Bam.
The bird will be silenced out of pure curiosity but just for a moment. In that moment you want to come into the room that the bird is in with a high-value treat (sunflower raisin whatever) they like and offered to the bird in a high voice with lots of positive praise for being silent
Let us know how it works for you
Q. My parrots love eating any kind of fruit or juice,
nuts or seeds, but aren’t interested in any other kind of food I think is good for them. How can I change this?
The problem is that it’s not a balanced diet as they’re not getting enough protein. I would advocate introducing a product like LeFeber’s avi- cakes. They are mistaken as a treat but offer 100% nutrition to your bird because they contain a high percentage of pellets.
The pellets are wrapped with seeds and nuts and fruit held together with molasses. In addition to the Higgins seed blend that our cockatiel Popcorn fees on regularly she goes through a package of avicakes about every two weeks.
Because of molting and reproductive activity is as well as the stress of changing daylight we use a saltshaker to sprinkle a mixture of avian vitamins and a calcium supplement on top of the avicakes. The light dusting sticks to them because of the molasses thus providing her with all of the nutrition she needs confirmed by our avian vet who sees her about every three months
we advocate not to give Eclectus vitamins at all organic or not because of their elongated digestive systems. The only way to know if your bird is vitamin deficient is to get a blood panel workup at the vet
Pellets work well but if you’re having trouble converting you might like this Eclectus parrot mix from the Volkman seed company.
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