Our Tribute To Birds In The Military

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“You might be speaking German if it wasn’t for pigeons”
Originally published May 22, 2013
This post has been re-edited many times and fresh content related to pigeons was added 5/22/18 which can be found below.
An addendum was added on 5/14/19 with a brief overview of other animals in the military.
Pigeons have been used to communicate over distances since the time of Julius Caesar.
 
The Persians (now Iran), and even the Greeks used homing pigeons to “broadcast” news about who won the Olympics.
 
Homing pigeons were considered highly prestigious way back in 18th century France until the French Revolution which changed things so anybody who wanted one, could have a pigeon.
 

During the Franco Prussian war, Parisians used hot air balloons to deploy flocks of homing pigeons out of their city to the countryside and vice versa.

 

With the advent of microphotography in the 19th-century pigeons could carry as many as 30,000 messages by a single bird.

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The Disconnect Between Avian Vets & Birds

Mitch,

I have a question and thought perhaps you might know the answer. I am also a strong proponent of flighted birds. I was wondering if there is any scientific data on whether flighted birds are less likely to pluck?
 
It would seem to me that being able to fly produces a more confident, content bird, so it stands to reason that it would reduce feather plucking.
Our vet said birds in multi-bird households are less likely to pluck as well (but I am not so sure I’d recommend that publicly as it takes a LOT of sacrifices to care for a whole flock!).
He said that there is something they get from each other that they don’t seem to be able to get from us.

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Do Parrots Know What They’re Saying or Are They Just Repeating Sounds?
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Do Parrots Know What They’re Saying or Are They Just Repeating Sounds?

The following are the leading paragraphs to some of the more than 30 answers to this question on Quora.

 

“My African Grey has startled me so many times that I now assume he knows what he’s saying, even if he doesn’t always choose to communicate on that level with My African Grey has startled me so many times that I now assume he knows what he’s saying, even if he doesn’t always choose to communicate on that level with me”.

 

“Many people believe that parrots are mimics, at best. I would say that parrots use of language does not equal understanding of that language, but can convey meaning.”

 

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8 Simple actions you can take to keep your bird healthy

1 – Weigh your bird

Birds are prey animals. Evolution has taught them that if they look weak they are more subject to an attack by a predator in the wild. Thus it is not uncommon to see a bird appear to be healthy one day then fall over dead the next because there’s no visual symptoms like you can see with a cat or dog.

One of the most precise tools you can obtain for a mere $19 is our best bird scale ever which can be used to weigh birds from budgies to large macaws.

When you weigh your bird regularly at least twice a month you can easily see large swings in weight gain or loss possibly indicating an illness without being visible by looking at the bird.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T the Beak!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T that is what your parrot needs

 

Aretha Franklin famously sang the song Respect where that word was spelled out as above. The song was about demanding that a man respect her if he wanted her love. But the same word applies to our parrots just as much if we want to develop good, healthy, loving relationships with them.

 

These magnificent animals are not like domesticated dogs and, in some cases even cats, whereupon first meeting, positive interaction is likely.

 

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