"Baby" needs an answer?

by John Fahlsing
(Saint Petersburg, Fl.)

Good cage

Good cage

Good cage
Close up - Quaker Parrot

Ok, Baby squawks loudly, nibbles or appears to bite, chew on left foot, almost like it's irritating him. He's a happy bird, eats well flies great and is my only joy. We are a team and I mean a real team.

So i guess the problem is the same foot, or is he irritating his beak in some way. He's clean, clean environment, good food, snacks are not too rich. clean water, cage is clean, large and he's only in that when its bed time for the both of us. I only worry cause I don't want anything wrong to happen to him. Oh, theres no blood at all, no scaling, no raw places on his feet or beak, some dry or small areas of old beak? I think thats the term. He's happy, healthy and he thinks he's all that, whup!

Thanks, and if he (or she?) needs to get some Saturday nite action, should I get him a soft toy to do the funky chicken with? Seriously, he does get amorous at times, rubs under my forearm up and down, flufs up and seems to enjoy it.

Peace....

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Feb 22, 2012
Many Many Thanks
by: John Fahlsing

I will do all that you say, and I really am glad you all took the time to write. Baby is sitting on the shoulder. Chirps when I type, I think there's an inaudible noise or beep that only he hears. Anyway, will gladly switch to pellets little bit at a time,seems the best approach. No peanut butter and I am glad he started nibbling at the fresh lettuce plant I brought in. I have to say this, I have NEVER had a better friend than my boy here.

God bless, Thank You all.

Peace

Feb 22, 2012
"Baby" needs an answer?
by: Linda

Hi there, and below is a link to an article written by an Avian Vet on how to go about changing from seeds to organic pellets. Organic pellets have no chemicals, dyes and sugars in them and are much more nutritional. We feed our Amazons Harrisons Course Grind with Harrisons being the best on the market today. Tracie carries Harrison's here.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

You will need to take Baby to an Avian Vet ONLY to be examined before making any dietary changes, and they can look at his foot/leg at that time.

It does my heart good to hear about your relationship with your bird, and wish you many happy years together!

As for the amorous, just tell him NO and put him in cage or on a perch when he does that. Please, please do not breed birds as most are not as lucky as your Baby and are abused, neglected and/or thrown away like so much trash. It's true and breaks my heart when I hear of another novice going to breed their birds. Something inside me dies every time because there are not enough good homes for them, and they end up in horrible homes with horrible people for too long a time.

Forgive my outburst, but these birds deserve much better than they are getting in most homes and stopping all the breeding would help a lot.

Peace to You too!!!

Linda

Feb 22, 2012
Peanut items not good for birds
by: Tracie

Just so you know, peanuts is something many birds have an allergy to, and they also have a fungus that causes problems. The high fat content is bad for their liver.

Feb 22, 2012
Many Thanks
by: John Fahlsing

I really appreciate your responses, and yes to one, yellow lid, purple label. Guess I have to start looking at pellets. I confess we, like peanut butter on ritz crackers, not too much for Baby, but I let him have his fill couple times a week, i found the oil is pretty good for him.

And second, I noticed lately, when Im on the keyboard at the pc, he gets the noise bite thing going, wonder if its boredom mixed with nervousness?

Bye now, he's wanting attention.

Peace

Feb 22, 2012
"baby"
by: Anonymous

Sounds as though you take wonderful care of your bird. However, I see a container there, which seed comes in, that you'd buy at like walmart for $7 by 3-d pet products. (yellow lid, purple label)

Seeds arent bad for your bird, however it would be like eating at Mc D's every meal. Too much seed isnt a good thing.

I would suggest switching Baby's diet to a pellet diet. My birds all prefer Roudybush, pellets. A vet can give you some great ideas on how to switch "baby" from seed to pellets.

Prehaps baby just needs a little more nutrition then what seeds have to offer. Pellets provide a great souce of vit & minerals. The diet my vet recommends is 80% pellet, 20% seed.

Take baby to a vet, make sure he's healthly, and ask about suggestions to switch him to pellets.

I go to a bird supply store to purchase my birds pellets from. Much better quality then what wal-mart has to offer. And yes! Get baby a toy while youre there! (why not?!)

Feb 21, 2012
Bird biting at foot
by: Tracie

Your bird may have something under the skin bothering it. It could be an infection or something else. I suggest you Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird's foot.

Actually, it is best to take your bird in for yearly check ups anyway, because birds will hide illness but an avian vet will be able to detect slight changes and catch things before they get bad.

You have a beautiful bird!

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