Can Cloacal Prolapse in Parakeets Be Prevented?

Mary S. is concerned,


Can prolapse in parakeets be prevented?


Dear Mary

Most important is prevention – assure that your birds, especially breeding hens, are in good health and are receiving optimal amounts of calcium and other minerals and vitamins. Upon noting a prolapse, you can try lubricating the tissue with a water-soluble product, such as Wet Original.


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Male Cockatiel Attacked Female and Drew Blood So I Separated Them…and More

Male cockatiel attacked female and drew blood so I separated them, but now the female laid an egg and I’m afraid of putting him back in.?


Don’t put them back together in the same cage yet. The hen does not need the male pestering her.


She may continue to lay eggs without him. You can remove the eggs as they are laid.



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What Should a 1st Time Bird Owner Know Before They Buy?

To start with, begin understanding the scope for your choice of pet birds. Here is a list of more than 500 species you can choose from each having its own nuances.


I stress making this distinction because so many people talk about things like “make sure you don’t get a bird larger than a conure or a parakeet”.


If you break down that statement it’s really nonsensical because conures range from 64 grams (green cheeks) to 280 g (Patagonians) the size of a Timneh African Grey.



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Why Are My 2 Sun Conures Suddenly Fighting After 15 Years?

Cecelia B. writes,


Hi, Mitch and Catherine,


I’ve been living with conures for thirty-five years and am seeing behavior that is new to me.


I have two male Sun conures who are brothers.


They are about fifteen years old.


Until a few weeks ago, they were a very happy bonded couple, mating frequently, grooming and feeding each other, sharing a cage, and getting along just fine.


One of them, Max, recently started pulling Min’s head feathers out, pecking Min’s head and leaving bloody spots.



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A Better Bird Video Series For Training Birds And Their Humans

Just as the name implies, this is a series of quick and easy ways to help your birds stay happy and healthy around the clock.


This is a series of short but incisive ideas you can apply today bringing you closer to bird care nirvana.


The number of things necessary to provide foraging enrichment for your birds can be found in a series of quick and simple ideas.



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How Do I Stop My Peach-faced Lovebird From Prolific Egg-laying?

Julie O. has a lovebird issue,


Hello Catherine & Mitch


We have a peach-faced lovebird named Kiki (she told us her name, it’s the only word she speaks) that was rescued nearly dead from starvation and dehydration on a busy Los Angeles street about 5 years ago.


We don’t know her actual age, but she looked to be fairly young then.


In the past two years, she has started laying infertile eggs.


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Why Do We Have a Difficult Time With Our Pineapple Conure?

Lisa N.  writes:


Hi Catherine,


We are having a really difficult time with our Pineapple Conure.


We know he’s going through puberty but he has always been good with my husband now he bites all the time and won’t go in his cage.


When we try he just flies away and he has his times where he can be sweet but most of the time he’s a little hellion.



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Do You Think Lupron Would Help or Hurt My Cockatiels Behavior?

Joanne F. wonders aloud,


Been reading your blog about the effects of Lupron on female birds for egg-laying.


My vet is suggesting these injections for my male white face cockatiel, “Pico”.


Pico is literally like Jekyll and Hyde.


Very loving but can turn on you in a nanosecond.


He is so highly hormonal that almost anything is perceived as a potential mate.


Feet, sneakers, plastic Kind bar wrappers……the list is expanding.



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