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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How Do I Treat My Female Parakeet’s Feather Cyst?

to Mitch@WCParrot


Hello, love your website have a parakeet female about 5 years old with a cyst on the left wing.


Our avian vet was not too helpful only said it could be a feather cyst after I suggested it.


She does not seem uncomfortable but the cyst is getting bigger mostly pink with whatever color of feather appears any suggestions?



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What Is a Reliable Bird-safe Emergency Heat Source?

Jean R. is concerned,


I have a middle-aged white-capped Pionus parrot. 


I live in North Carolina in an apartment that uses electric heat. 


I chose this apartment for my parrot because I ran into issues with gas leaks at other places and was concerned about my bird. 


But in making the switch I lost the option to use gas logs in a winter loss of power in cold weather (which we had last winter).


 I do not even get hot water.  



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3 Bird Safe No Stick Cookware Alternatives

Hi Mitch

I am long overdue for getting appropriate bird-safe cookware to use around my African Grey.


I’ve wanted the Calphalon set for years. Do you know anything about it being safe? I get a little confused. I know “Teflon” is not good, but just what is meant by non-stick?


Is all “non-stick” unsafe around birds?


Thank you for your time. KATHY


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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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