Have You Ever Experienced a Bird With “Bumblefoot”?

Karen C. asks,


Have you ever experienced dealing with a bird that has developed what they are calling “bumblefoot”?


I have a parakeet that has a sore spot on the bottom of one of its feet.


When I looked it up on the internet it didn’t seem like much could be done and this little guy isn’t finger trained.


He was a rescue along with 3 other birds.


It’s quite a feat to catch him at all and I don’t want to stress him out anymore than the poor thing already is.


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Will Full-spectrum Lighting Damage My Bird’s Eyes?

Rob K. relates, 


Mitch, I have read much and understood all of your points about lighting. My bird is a Congo African Grey.


My concern is that I have also read articles about the danger of eye damage such as cataracts from such closeness and intensity of the light.


At the equator, high noon footcandles range from 9-10,000 and cycle up and down moonlight to moonlight (.01 FC @ full moon) and between dawn & dusk (10 FC).



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Why Are My Darling Birdling Female Parakeets Not Getting Along?

Barbara T. writes


My darling birdlings, parakeets, happen to both be female.


One, MoonShadow, is approx 7 years old…a rescue.


When her partner passed last year, after the funeral, MoonBirdy was sooo lonely, depressed, inactive.


We, in mid pandemic, bought a pet shop friend for her. Of course, the pet shop attendant assured my husband Mercury was Male.

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I Just Wanted to Show You the New Cage I Got for Kelly Recently

Hello Catherine, I just wanted to show you the new cage I got for Kelly recently.


He’s only been in it a few days.


I was excited to see him move around and explore, however, I needed to get the ladder because he was struggling to get to the top play area.


It’s sad to see how helpless he is without enough feathers to fly.



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Do Dander Birds Like Cockatiels Require a Regular Drenching?

Scott writes,


Hey folks: Our 4-year-old (almost) male gray Cockatiel Buddy has a dander problem?


We can get him to bathe outdoors when he’s out in the lanai and it happens to be raining which is a fairly common occurrence here in west-central Florida but the problem (?) is that we can’t get him wet to the skin. Buddy will shake off after a bath and a cloud of dander will “poof” off him.


I’ve read that birds, in general, need to get wet to the skin to remain healthy. Any thoughts?



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