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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Is my rescued budgie healthy?

We just had a new budgie, got it from my parents. Main reason we decided to adopt him is because he's been bullied by his mates in cage (there's like 8 of them on a regular sized cage). As for my mom, ...
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How do I regain my budgies' trust after they have been suddenly forced into a new cage?

My family recently got five budgies, two males and three females. They get along fairly well, and were soon tame enough to eat from our hands. They would walk/fly around the room and come to our feet ...
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Budgie afraid of fingers

Our budgie trusts us (our family and even strangers who visits) by flying around us, clinging to our hands, shoulders and heads. He is even more talkative and playful when freed from cage. The only ...
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My budgerigar seems partially paralyzed, is breathing heavily, and is having problems standing. What should I do?

I am really not sure what to do. My budgerigar has started behaving very suspiciously since noon. It looks like he has some kind of paralysis and I am really not sure what to do. He has been looking ...
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Magpie robin raising

I found a baby magpie in my backyard; his parents had abandoned him because of other chicks. I tried to keep him in the nest, but everytime they pushed him out of nest and I finally brought him inside....
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Rescued European sparrow has a weird pimple

I rescued a baby European sparrow that fell into my garden (its parents didn't come back). It is doing fine and slowly learning to fly, scavenge for food, etc. When it took its bath I noticed a ...
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How can I stop my bird from preening her bald patch?

My 21.5 year old peach fronted conure has a bald patch on her back, likely due to overpreening due to sexual frustration. I do all I can to keep her entertained and keep her from getting too hormonal, ...
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Is it normal for a duck to leave its eggs for long periods of time?

HELP! A female mallard duck left 12 eggs in my yard and has nurtured them for a few weeks. She has been gone for over a day now and the temperature is going below freezing tonight. High winds bring ...
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Why is my pair of budgies fighting in a nest box?

I have a male and female budgie. The female budgie has 5 eggs in her nest box and sits the whole day in it. Along with her, the male budgie also stays in the nest box with her. Sometimes, they act as ...
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How can I save this baby bird?

One baby bird came on my terrace today, what do you suggest I can do to save this baby? I think it is a pigeon. I kept it at a place other pigeons can easily see, but no other birds came around.
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Rooster acts differently from hens when directly fed

So whenever I go to check on my chickens I always bring some treats for them. I usually give them turnips, etc. and I feed them by hand. Now, the hens come running for the food, but the rooster always ...
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Parrotlet has small bald spot on her head

My Pacific parrotlet is nearly 7 years old. About a month or two ago I noticed a small bald spot on her head. It is only visible when I pet her head and comb over her feathers, but otherwise it is ...
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Having Trouble Harness Training my Macaw

I have been trying to harness train my 1 year old macaw, but it is not working out well. She is comfortable with the harness around her and I have been trying to convince her to overcome her fear of ...
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How much sleep is too much for my bird?

I have a 22 year old peach fronted conure. I noticed over the last couple weeks that she has been taking more naps during the day. She seems otherwise normal. She has been molting since July/August. ...
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One of my baby chicks looks like it is going to die...what should I do?

I have 10 chicks. They are all hens. But one of them is weak and is always sleeping under the food and doesn't eat like the others. What should I do? I would hate to see her die so soon... Please help!...
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Can a peachfaced female lovebird and a female Fischer's lovebird get on?

I currently have a female lovebird and was thinking of getting her a friend. She is super tame, but since I work a lot I think it would be nice for her to have a friend while I'm away. My breeder (...
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Cockatiel making weird noise everytime I scratch or take her away from her food

My female cockatiel, I just got, has been acting really weird. She was quiet the first couple of days, but now she just screams all the time. She is eating all the time and is very aggressive while ...
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Dove not getting domesticated

I got this rescue dove that probably had fallen from its nest. I took him home and fed it for 3 months. In these 3 months the dove didn't get domesticated, always fearing me when i go near it to ...
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Ringneck's wing feathers aren't growing back after clipping

Acquaintance of mine gave me a young ringneck (about 3 years old) saying that ever since her partner clipped its wing feathers, it won't grow back. My question is, how is this possible? She said the ...
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How to teach cockatiel to go back into cage

I recently adopted a cockatiel. When I open the cage, it runs to me and sits on my shoulder and back. But the problem is, I am unable to get it from my back to send it back to cage. When I keep my ...
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Can Robins move their chicks to another nest? [closed]

Wasn't entirely sure where to ask this, but had some Robins hatch on my back porch. About a week and a half in the mother bird disappeared for the day came back during the night and in the morning the ...
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Male Budgie doesn't want female in his cage

We recently got a female friend for our old male budgie. They are not doing much outside the cage. Right now they have separate cages. But the female wants to get inside the male's cage, I think ...
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Height, position of budgies cage at desk

I have budgies and I learned now that cage should be at eye level of walking person. But what about sitting person? Budgies cage is on my desk. The desk table is two meters long and about one meter ...
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Will keeping a WaterBath help prevent Overheating during summer in Cockatiels?

Maybe overheating was a word too strong to describe what is happening with my cockatiel. She seems to stick her tongue in and out in constant, rapid motion in order to dissipate heat into the air. I'm ...
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What do I feed baby pigeons?

My dad brought 2 baby pigeons from his shop whose nest broke and mom was nowhere to be found. What do I feed them and how do I take care of them? I don't know how old they are, but they have black ...
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Recently brought home a 3 week old cockatiel chick, why does my adult male cockatiel keep trying to feed it without feeding anything?

Does the question make sense? I've adopted an adult male cockatiel (Miu), he's very sweet and tame. We've had him for a few years now. Recently my mom brought home a 3 week old cockatiel chick, Miu ...
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Refugee lovebird with difficulty walking

We suddenly found this refugee lovebird with walking difficulty at our home. I think the bird must have been hurt by falling down form high level of building and its leg has broken: I have this two ...
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What should I do with fertile eggs if I don't want chicks?

I have a cockatiel and just got her a partner as they told me it's better for her to have another cockatiel next to her if I cannot spend too much time with her. Eventually, they will probably mate ...
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When can I free range ducklings (NZ)

I live on a lifestyle block which has lots if birds - including ducks and pukekos who enjoy my pond. One of my Pekin ducks recently hatched some ducklings - From 7 we are now down to 4. As a result ...
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Do guinea fowl chicken crosses lay eggs?

Chickens and guinea fowls will cross breed, but the young are sterile. Question - do the females lay eggs?
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Would boiling bleach and water be harmful to my bird?

I am planning on boiling a mixture of water and bleach to lighten fabric. Will there be fumes that are harmful to my bird?
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Adequate UV light for my birds

My vet told me that my birds (parakeets like in the below image) may have calcium absorption problems in the long term because their exposition to UV light is low (they do not receive direct sunlight,...
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Depressed budgie

I have a female budgie, whom I have had for at least four years. She is in a cage about 3 ft square x 1.5 feet wide with a slightly younger male. They used to groom each other and sing all day long, ...
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Budgies eating only seeds

My budgies are eating only seeds. I tried feeding them soaked wheat and chickpeas. They did not eat it. Also I am trying to feed tomato, carrot and apple, however they are not eating it. Is there any ...
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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 parrots 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 ...
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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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Hens and no rooster: what happens to hens and their unfertilized eggs?

I looked for the answer, but didn't manage to get clear information. If I have a bunch of hens, but no rooster, hens will lay unfertilized eggs (as far as I know). From what I read, hens will brood ...
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Air travel with pet budgie

It was suggested to me to also post this question here, originally posted here: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/145509/air-travel-with-pet-budgie I was wondering if anyone has experience ...
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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 ...