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Is my budgie sick?

I know that they hide it when they're sick but he's been standing like this for 20-30 minutes not really doing much I thought he was going to vomit but thankfully didn't His pooping area is clean along with normal droppings I didn't see any vomits in or outside the cage Could it be that he was just trying to relax?

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2024/04/26
19:02 UTC

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Quaker parrot that's afraid of almost everything

I've had my quaker Robbie for almost 4 years. A persistent problem from the day that I got him is a severe fear/aversion of new things. Obviously this is frustrating as it limits what I'm able to do in the room he's kept in, where I can take him, the toys that he has, etc.

The best example I have of this is a travel cage I got him two years ago. I got it with the intention of bringing him outside to hang out with me, but he is TERRIFIED of it. I've tried to desensitize him to it multiple times by setting it in a far corner of my room and occasionally moving it but it doesn't matter. He just can't get over it.

As another example, I bought DIY bird toys from a website. He is scared of the skewer used to hold the toys. It is no different from any other toy he has but he completely rejects it. Again, I've tried to desensitize him to it by rewarding through treats, moving it around my room, etc.

It's been somewhat distressing for me recently as I know his quality of life is diminished from his fear of these things. I've tried any piece of advice I could find online and had zero luck. I want him to live an enriching life but I'm struggling to do so. If anyone has any advice or similar experiences, I'd really appreciate hearing it.

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2024/04/26
18:48 UTC

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is it possible to flight train cockatiels for free flying outside?

i honestly don’t know if i’d try it anyways because of my crippling anxiety and fear of them getting eaten but i’m still curious if anyone knows?

2 Comments
2024/04/26
18:38 UTC

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Anyone else have their bird as their lockscreen?

Featuring Ihop, my 9 month old Blue Quaker

1 Comment
2024/04/26
18:29 UTC

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Parrots in Argentina after 1945

1 Comment
2024/04/26
17:53 UTC

3

Parrot OC

0 Comments
2024/04/26
17:09 UTC

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Never call me boring, you will smile, take a look at me!

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2024/04/26
17:05 UTC

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Vet near Niagara Ontario

Anyone got any recommendations for an avian vet in Niagara? Want to find one in case anything ever happens to my boys

2 Comments
2024/04/26
16:43 UTC

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Any independent small- medium birds?

I want a bird but I’m kinda busy… any birds that are independent? Still have to play with them but like less than other parrots?

21 Comments
2024/04/26
16:31 UTC

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Is this normal in this time of year?

Recently my parrot started to pluck a bit more. I mean just more feathers are laying around and she’s plucking normally like always. I think it’s because she’s changing her feathers I mean growing new ones but I’m not sure. She’s an alexandrine parakeet. If you have some good resources online and in book form about this species then I’ll be super grateful!

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2024/04/26
16:11 UTC

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Ready to melt hearts, one adorable new love

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2024/04/26
15:56 UTC

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Reflex got the best of me ugh

My beautiful bird. I see her as my child especially now that I have a human child I know that she really is my baby. I’m sleep deprived and a lot of the time she doesn’t care if I put her on my shoulder for a minute just to get her from point A to point B while holding my kid as long as my kid doesn’t notice she’s there but this time even though my kid DIDN’T see her- she freaked. My kid was also throwing a tantrum so now I get it 😞 At the time, while she was doing it, WHY she was attacking me wasn’t clicking. I tried to get her to step up and she ended up latching onto my finger and wouldn’t let go. I don’t usually get bit as bad as this was (my finger was bleeding quite a lot). She wouldn’t get off so then I proceeded to quickly bend over to let her climb off onto a piece of furniture but instead of getting off she came after my ear so I reflexively was trying to get her off by patting on her head. Not hard but still. Not nice patting. Of course for several minutes, she wanted nothing to do with me, but now she’s hanging out with me again and I keep making sure she doesn’t cower if I put my hand over her head. She’s not. I think she’s probably feeling cautious though. We’re so close I swear she thinks I’m her bonded other bird half. I’d like to think that she saw this as a normal spat between two birds when there’s a misunderstanding but I feel so guilty. I started bawling. I love her so much and now I think I’m probably just projecting my guilt onto her but birds are so sensitive with the trust factor obviously. You have to worry about shit like this. Do you think she forgives me if she’s not cowering from me? :(

2 Comments
2024/04/26
15:54 UTC

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How to know if a toy is safe?

My cockatiels are getting bored of the toys I'm making, but I don't know where to get them toys from. The toys available in my country are either not the type they like (shredding) or too expensive. Second problem is how do I know the toys at the animal stores are safe? They could just be ordering them from a cheap place that makes them in a dangerous way and sell them for an expensive price to get profit. I tried asking the store but they said they don't know.

Last time I ordered toys, it was a bunch of them and it was from aliexpress, before I knew it was unsafe. Thankfully nothing happened, but does that mean I can keep ordering from there? Or not?

Can I buy materials from the arts and crafts department at a store and make toys from that?

Honestly, I don't know what's safe and not safe anymore. Ik there are some stores like my safe bird store that sell materials and other stores that sell good and safe toys but unfortunately i don't live in the US so that would be very expensive.

If there are no other solution I'll order from there, I'd hate it for my cuties to get bored and under stimulated, but is there a solution to this? Do I just order many toys at once so it's not as expensive?

11 Comments
2024/04/26
15:26 UTC

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My boy broke / snapped a feather under his wing.

This morning at around 2, i accidentally pushed my phone off of my bed and the thump scared the ever loving shit out of him. He broke / snapped a feather under his wing and hearing him scream like this hurts my heart :(

I usually leave him to sort it out by preening and then he'd be all good to go again, but this time he's screaming a little more than he did last time and i wanted to know it there is anything i can do to help with his discomfort ??

(Just adding this to say the small white cage in the background is NOT his! That's just the cage he came in 3 months ago, and I've since gotten him a much bigger one.)

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2024/04/26
14:57 UTC

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Dangers of kissing my parrot

I am going through a OCD episode right now so I am sorry if this sounds pretty weird.

I grew up with a parrot (my parents had a blue-fronted amazon). When I was smaller, I played a lot with the bird and let it kiss me and let it clean my teeth etc. So there was definetely exchange of saliva. This might sound weird but I was a kid and did not know better. Recently I came across a news-article of parrot fever and googled about it. I have diagnosed OCD and now I am having an OCD attack that I might have hurt myself while being a kid (this was years ago). I am extremely scarred that I have did something which irreversably hurt me.... Can someone give me reassurance about this topic? I had several blood works since that over the years, so that means I am safe?

5 Comments
2024/04/26
14:46 UTC

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Birds losing weight after changing diet

I have 10 birds. Cockatiels. They live in an outdoor aviary about 18ft long. I used to only feed budgie seed without sunflowers. Occasionally give some greens as chop. Their weight and size were good on seeds. I changed to pure chop and some pellets with abit of proso millet(like a teaspoon for 10 birds to share) for a month now. Their weight has slowly dropped i can see from the size of their bodies now. My chop is 50% mix of greens and 50% cooked lentils, mung beans and barley mix. Then i add about 2 big handfulls of zupreem pellets(yes yes i know they are one of the worst but im not in the US or UK and very limited in what i can buy here).

Im feeding enough that theres always abit left in their bowl by evening so i know im giving more than enough. I think since they fly, the chop and pellets are not enough calorie wise? I know birds will lose some weight with diet change and will gain it back but its been a month already and weight is not going back up. Or is there anything i should add to the chop?

6 Comments
2024/04/26
14:22 UTC

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How bad is parrot poop?

I do not own a parrot (yet) and my main concern is the... excrements really. I know that birds have to poop way more frequent than most animals do. My main question is:

How often will i have to clean up bird poop from my floor/sofa/keyboard/desk/etc. And how difficult is it to remove it. Like for example from carpets/other textiles.

Also. How "bad" is parrot poop? I would expect it to be 'not so bad', comparing it to excrements of carnivores for example. I own snakes and their poop is a punch in the face from time to time.

Just to make it clear: It is not about how often i have to clean the cage. It is just about the out of cage time.

54 Comments
2024/04/26
12:24 UTC

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Non-surgical options for feather cysts

My 10.5 year old budgie has a feather cyst (I presume). I haven't taken her to the vet because I am unable to do so at this time, or likely for a while.

I've researched feather cysts, and whilst the internet tells me they can be easily removed with surgery, I really don't think this is a good idea - I doubt she will survive. She's old, and doesn't have great health overall. I am also a bit tight on money atm, so don't particularly want to pay 100s of dollars for a surgery that will likely kill her.

So is there anything else I can do? Will it resolve itself? Is there anything I can do to help that? If not, is it something she can just live with? Is it painful? She doesn't seem bothered by me touching it, and she doesn't scratch at it or anything. Will it get much bigger?

32 Comments
2024/04/26
12:10 UTC

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Im looking to adopt an AG near London-Windsor. Where can I find?

Hello, I am looking to adopt an African grey. Thing is though, I live in Windsor and I have looked on all rescue centres but they are all either up north or in Scotland/wales. I already have 2 parrots but I just always wanted an AG. May someone suggest where I can find rescued birds or birds for rehoming?

0 Comments
2024/04/26
11:58 UTC

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Question about bird boarding

Hi bird people! 👋 I've been running a small pet boarding service for a few months, I'm most experienced in guinea pigs, rats and other small mammals but I'd like to be open to all small animals. There aren't a lot of places near me catering for animals other than cats and dogs, and non specialising in birds so I think there'd be demand even though I'm not a bird person. I have some questions about what you'd expect from somewhere you'd board your birds. It's something I'm doing in my spare time in my house so I don't have room for more than a few cages. There's one I'm thinking of buying that's 1.2m wide, 0.6m deep and 0.5m high that would be suitable for a wide variety of animals. I clean everything between guests and set them up for what type of animal is staying. I've listed that I can take small and medium birds, do you think that would be an ok size? It's not got a lot of height but has plenty of room to move about in. I'd also be able to offer at least an hour out of the cage. There's some bird stuff that applies to rodents too, e.g. sensitive lungs, so I don't use teflon, have an air purifier and don't use candles around animals. And I'm used to keeping rats entertained/out of mischief too. The vet I go to has two exotic vets which is why I use them. And I also use ivermectin as a preventative on check in as the exercise space (my lounge) is a shared space. What's your thoughts? Thanks 😁

6 Comments
2024/04/26
09:36 UTC

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My baby got out!

Guys. I just have to talk to those who understand. My Indian ringneck got out today. I am devastated. He is about one and still growing in feathers from his baby clip, and his tail feathers are about gone because he is molting. So he isn’t a super skilled flyer. I cased the neighborhood for 5 hours. Not a peep from him. I’m terrified of I’ll never see him again. I need encouragement because I’ve already decided I have like a 1 percent chance of getting him back. The odds are just not good. Only supposed to be 46 tonight. His cage is outside where he flew away from. We’ve been leaving the window open so he can hear my Quakers. I need tips. Encouragement. Honesty. I’m so sick with worry. 😭

25 Comments
2024/04/26
06:35 UTC

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My friend's Amazon

I visited my friend's house today for lunch. She has a green Amazon Parrot who is normally well behaved. A refrigerator repair man came to do repairs on her unit.

As soon as he put down his tool bag, the Amazon flew over and bit his shoulder. Understandably, he was shocked, hurt and left the premises without fixing anything. He shouted back to my friend " I'll sue you" and then ran out the door.

What would make an Amazon deliberately fly over to a stranger and cause injury? She's also scared the guy will take her to court. Does this ever really happen?

11 Comments
2024/04/26
03:55 UTC

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My sibling’s budgie left part of his cere got completely taken off while flying and I don’t know what to do

I want to help the bird and it’s bleeding, so I’m scared for a head injury or infection. The thing is, he doesn’t trust me too much since it’s their bird and I really don’t know what to do. I want to clean the part and get rid of the blood to reduce risk of infection but everytime I want to help he strays even farther. I feel terrible for not being able to do anything, I need some help anything is appreciated Please

He’s also whining a little bit and I don’t think I’ve felt this sad over something in years, I can’t even do anything to help

Update: he’s holding his head very close to his body, almost like a fetal position

12 Comments
2024/04/26
03:11 UTC

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Is this pan safe? Is this a ceramic or teflon pan? I’ve been using it and it looks worn out too.

There is no brand name on the bottom

11 Comments
2024/04/26
03:03 UTC

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