How Do I Get My Bird to Accept a New Playstand?

Cynthia L. needs a bird feeding dish for her new bird’s stand:

 

The bird stand that I have came with stainless steel, 8 oz. bowls, my Grey loves to grab them and flip everything on the floor.

 

I need a heavy bowl that will fit.

 

Next, tell me how I get her to accept the nice new stand.

 

I have it in the same room, now 4 ft away from her cage.

 

If I have her on my hand and we walk anywhere near it, she will fly away.

 

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How Do I Care for a Splay Legged Parakeet?

Suzanne H. is concerned about a Splayed leg 1-month-old parakeet.

 

My parakeets had 4 chicks. 3 are fine.

 

The youngest turned out to be a splayed leg.

 

Went to the vet with the baby.

 

He said there is just a 10% chance the baby could be fixed to be almost normal.

 

It didn’t work.

 

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A Readers Advice for Patrick’s Biting Senegal

Lynn H. replied to Patrick B.

 

I have a 27-year old Senegal.  

 

I was reading your post (below) and thought I would offer a few suggestions to you.

 

First, as Mitch said, try clicker training.  

 

It is basically positive operant conditioning.

 

Birds do not understand the word “no” and yelling at them will teach them how to scream. 

 

So please give it a try. 

 

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What Sizes Do the Tropican Parrot Food Pellets Come in?

Linda L. would like to know:

 

Is the size of the Tropican Lifetime Parrot granules much bigger than the Tropican Lifetime Cockatiel granules?

 

Hard to tell from pictures

 

Dear Linda,

The Cockatiel size granule is 2 mm, the Parrot size granule is 4 mm.

 

The stick sized pellet is about 3/4″ x ¼”.

 

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Can Lighting Benefit My Blue Crown Conure With Cataracts?

Janet D. relates:

 

My blue-crown conure (named BLUE) is one of 2 rescue conures I’ve now had 5 years.

 

He has cataracts in both eyes. I know this because I could tell his vision was changing and took him to the vet 3 months ago.

 

Very recently, he’s more hesitant with everything so I think his vision is deteriorating more quickly than anticipated.

 

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Should I Be Concerned With a Spot on My Bird’s Beak?

Lois D. has a question about bird beaks:

 

My 12 yr old male Jenday is in fine health–eating and playing and chewing wood etc all day.

 

But I just noticed a spot on his beak (right side) bottom, that is bare (not black)-I cleaned his beak.

 

Just wondering–have searched the internet and all my books– can’t find a thing.

 

Can you help?

 

Should I be concerned? Thanks so much.

 

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How Do You Rehabilitate a Biting Senegal Parrot?

The following is in response to our feathered community member Patrick.

 

Hi Patrick B,

 

I have a 27-year old Senegal.  I was reading your post and thought I would offer a few suggestions to you. First, as Mitch said, try clicker training.  It is basically positive operant conditioning.  Birds do not understand the word “no” and yelling at them will teach them how to scream.  So please give it a try.

 

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