Questions tagged [birds]

Covering any type of bird kept as a pet. From parrots, to exotic birds and poultry that are kept as pets and not primarily as livestock. Can include wild birds where there is a definable dependence and human bird animal bond.

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Please help in identifying Gender of budgies

I have below pair of budgies. I think the white one is male and yellow one is female, however I want a confirmation. Please help in identifying the gender.
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How to reduce my parrot's aggressive behavior?

I had two parrot which I believe is ringneck. They were raised by uncle. They were once very friendly. But after one flew away, the other became very aggressive even towards my uncle. I bought another ...
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How to help suffering birds

I am sitting in a restaurant in Bruges, Belgium which has two little canaries locked in a small cage. The birds look very unhealthy and traumatized. Furthermore there are missing feathers all over ...
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An exterminator is coming to my apartment. Should I do anything with my bird?

An exterminator is coming to treat my apartment. I will not need to leave for the treatment (ie it is not being fumigated). Should I remove my bird from the premises while this is happening? If so, ...
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We found a dove. How do we care for it?

We found one dove from outside so I want to know how old this bird is and what I can do for it? I searched the internet and, based on it's photo shown below, I think it must be an adult. This link ...
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Air Travel with pet Budgie

It was suggested to me to also post this question here, oringally posted here: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/145509/air-travel-with-pet-budgie I was wondering if anyone has experience ...
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How to teach new phrases to my cockatiel?

About a year ago I got a 6-month-old male cockatiel who could already speak and whistle. Since then he has learned a variety of new whistles, but I can't seem to get him to learn any new phrases (he ...
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Is it harmful to leave my bird uncovered at night?

My pet bird has her cage covered at night. If I am going on vacation, my best option is to have a friend check on her every day. This means she would be left uncovered since it would be a lot to ask ...
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How to make my parakeets not afraid of me?

Couple months ago I bought two parakeets from the local pet store. I got them a cage, and for thew first few weeks they were afraid of me, but sometimes would jump on my finger (only to fly away when ...
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I am planning to trim our budgies nails

I am planning to trim our budgies nails, they are long enough now to do this. Can I use a sharp nail clipper while someone holds them in a soft cloth?
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Giving a Tame Budgie to a New Owner

How would a tame budgie react when given to another home? Would he get sick because he is away from his previous owner?
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Budgie plucking feather of the other

I have two budgies (male and female).I used to keep them in the same cage. They are friendly to each other(they cuddle with each other, chirp together, etc). But for some reason the male budgie plucks ...
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How to train my parrot to not poop on me?

Please don't say it is their nature and they just do it. Because then it would be a dog's nature to poop in a house (which my dog never does). Also, I have 2 parrots, for some reason the one NEVER ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

I'm about to move and a really promising location in a new city and it's surrounded by a large forest and bird sanctuary. That's great to me, but to my cat I suspect it will mean the beginning of his ...
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How to treat injured female pigeon?

5 days before, I had seen one pigeon was walking lame in my home's balcony. I could not understand what happened to her. I put her in big box. I have been treating her by giving Arnica-30 homeopathy ...
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Preventing hens from eating plants

My neighbor's hens always nibble of our flowering plants and herbs. We've tried fencing and everything yet they still somehow manage to get to the plants. Is there some way to prevent them from eating ...
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Why does my parakeet try to bite me?

My parakeet is not afraid of me, he sits on the palm of my hand and eats food. Sometimes he even refuses to get down. However he bites me when I move my finger towards him while he is eating (sitting ...
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My baby chickens are screaming and not eating normal food

So,I got a pair of baby chickens.They are not too small though, they have beautiful yellow feathers and flap their wings, occasionally sitting on my leg. When we got them,the guy gave us some special ...
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How do I help to heal a bird that has fallen from its nest? [closed]

I was going to mow my lawn, when I heard a eally high pitched squeal from my tree. I went over to examine, and their was a small blue bird. I don't really see blur birds, and they aren't exactly what ...
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How can I warm up my budgies cage in winter?

I have four pairs of budgies. The cage is kept outdoor. Now its winter. I don,t know what to do to keep my birds warm and cozy. The cage is big and I can,t move it indoor. I cover the cage every night ...
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Is it safe to give candies to my parrot?

Can I give candies to my gray parrot? He like candies and cookies.
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What color should I paint my barred owl house?

I built a barred owl house. I painted it with an exterior white oil primer initial coat to protect the wood. I live in the NorthEast. Do I need to camouflage paint it? Paint it brown like a tree ...
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How can I make my duck lay in the box

I have two ducks and a drake. Ten days ago, I found an egg on the ground, out of the hen house. Today, I found another one, somewhere else. Has the duck laid other eggs during this ten days? The run ...
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A pigeons' nest doesn't seem to have a “bed” for the chicks, should I add one to it?

It seems that the parent pigeons are lethargic because while building their nest in our home gallery, they did not take proper care. They just made round in the nest. Their is no bed for babies. Shall ...
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What food should I give to African gray parrot?

Which feed is suitable for an African gray parrot. Also mention name of that feed and other edible foods for parrot if that specific feed is not available.
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Parakeet sudden death, trying to figure out cause

My stepdaughter had a young (less than a year old) parakeet that was in a cage. She allowed her cat into her room and the cat toppled the cage off of her nightstand, making it flip over once with the ...
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Can an owl be tamed and deliver letters?

Can an owl be tamed and deliver letters? If so, how could it be trained and what would be its responsiveness towards us? Also is it legal or is it too dangerous due to its talons?
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How can I encourage curiosity in an old bird?

A year ago, I adopted a conure that had lived with her previous owners for 19 years, her whole life. They apparently did not put much effort into hand taming her, as she shies away from most attempts ...
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Do conures replace all of their feathers when they molt?

When I adopted my conure about a year ago, many of her feathers were in poor condition: their edges were ragged and they were discolored. I had hoped that she would replace them all during her yearly ...
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How/why is Nonstick cookware fatal to birds

I was reading an answer and saw this comment, I have not heard about this before. Nonstick cookware must absolutely not be used as the fumes emitted are fatal to birds Source How or why does ...
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Why do the baby crows I raised not approach me as adults?

About a week ago, I found four baby crows which fell down from a broken tree. I raised them until they started to fly on their own. I expected them to come near me when they became adults, but they ...
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Bird breeds for beginners?

I should explain my situation. I grew up on a farm, and I have a great deal of experience with animals. Having had chickens, cows, a horse, dozens of dogs, and a lot of cats, I feel as if I am ...
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Is it possible to train a collared dove for “rock climbing”?

Blue tits can do it: climbing and clinging on various structures, also upside-down, seems to be easy for this kind of birds. https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/community/wildlife/homesforwildlife/m/hfwwildlife/...
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A single parakeet and an older cat - good idea?

I have a single male 5 year old parakeet. He is very tame and friendly. I know he is unafraid of dogs, as I have had two wonder up to the cage and my bird has been very curious. In fact, I was more ...
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How do birds keep their heads in a fixed position, just like a Gyro/Gimbal?

So I have a friend of mine with a redneck parrot. I noticed even if I move the bird in any direction his head remains in a fixed position. Is this a common characteristics of all the birds or only in ...
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How do I keep ferrets out of my aviary?

Is there a wire or something else that can be used to stop ferrets getting into aviaries? One ate my mum's owl over the weekend, and I want to keep them out so no one else gets eaten. (It could have ...
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Is it safe to put a plant in a bird's cage?

I'd like to place a bird-safe plant (such as a spider plant) inside my conure's cage to give her the opportunity to hide among the leaves, since that's something she currently does with her toys. I'd ...
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Do small parrots poop more frequently than large parrots?

A recent post said: Small parrots poop much more frequently than large parrots. Is that actually true? If so why?
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Are crows good pets?

So I was curious about owning a pet crow, do you guys know in which state in the US it is legal and if it is a good idea. I have seen that they are very smart and I was wondering if by using this ...
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Where is the best place to buy a Cockatiel?

I'm looking to buy a cockatiel. I found several in our area at Petland and wanted to know if there is a more reputable breeder? Does it matter that kids have been reaching in to touch them for a few ...
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What is an ideal age gap for between parrot friends?

I have a 9-month old Indian Ringneck parrot. I plan to get more parrots in the future (most likely smaller parrots). I am most likely to wait until he is 2 to get another parrot, but that is uncertain....
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What is the life expectancy of a Mustache Parakeet?

My daughter got Sam when he was less than a year old and he is now 38 years old. My Wife and I have been taking care of him for the last 30 years and we are wondering how much longer it's going to go ...
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Bird sensitivity to metals

What metals cause poisoning or bad reactions in pet birds such as cockatiels, cockatoos, parrots, parakeets, finches, and such? I am looking for authoritative sources of scientifically-known toxicity,...
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My cockatiel gave birth to 4 babe in first cycle, need to take care of it, please educate me?

I had a pair, and they hatched 4 chicks in first clutch What would I need to know about care of the chicks?
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My 4 month old Cockateil makes some odd noises as if it is talking with someone else. Do I need to worry about such behaviour?

My Cockatiel which is around 3-4 months old, seems to make noises that resemble "Talking". These noises are often made when it is in a free mood but not in any other uncomfortable situations. I'm ...
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How can I safely clean a bird's cage indoors?

When I adopted my conure, I was given her old cage. My conure is at least 15, and presumably she's lived in this cage for her whole life, so it's a bit dirty. When she first arrived, I rubbed the ...
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How to safely keep a parrot's space warm through the winter?

My partner and I inherited a parrot a few months ago and are doing our best to take good care of him. He's a middle-aged caique. Temperatures are beginning to drop here in northern USA and we're ...
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Replacing bottom of a bird cage

I inherited an old parrot cage and its base needs to be replaced. The cage is pretty much a steel box, ~2 feet long and wide and ~3 feet high. The metal part of the cage doesn't have a bottom grate - ...
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Are candles scented with fragrance oils safe for birds?

Candles that use paraffin wax are dangerous for birds because they produce smoke that is especially unhealthy for birds to inhale. Soy and beeswax candles with lead-free wicks are the item of choice ...
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How can I safely catch an injured pigeon?

A pigeon in my neighbourhood has hurt her wing. (See picture below.) I would like to take her to a vet and see if they can treat her. If I try to catch her in a cage or a net, she will desperately try ...