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#1 03-29-2008 12:48:42

Chickerdoodle13
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Registered: 03-14-2008
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Some parrot pictures!

These are some more recent photos I took during Spring break of the parrots where I work. These all belong to the lady I work for, but I feel like they are mine too! LOL My job is to take care of and play with them! It's great to make money doing something I love!


Little Reggie bird:
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The new birds, Dennis on the left and Emma on the right.
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Preening:
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Snowy:
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Me and Dennis:
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Fiona:
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Me and my favorite, Big Bird. He is the sweetest bird I have ever met.
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Giving kisses!
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Smoochy:
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#2 03-29-2008 01:07:46

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Re: Some parrot pictures!

Nice birds... anything being done about the feather plucking on those cockatoos? or is it already too late?


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#3 03-29-2008 03:19:01

broom_hilda
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Re: Some parrot pictures!

Awwwwwwwwww, so sweet.

I feel so sorry for parrots. Some animals are just not meant to be domesticated and caged.

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#4 03-29-2008 03:37:49

franklevey
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Re: Some parrot pictures!

My mom used to have one of those white ones for a little bit.  I always wondered why it pulled its feathers out.


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#5 03-29-2008 04:10:15

PurpleChicken
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Re: Some parrot pictures!

Great flock of parrots.  I'd like to get paid to play with birds too.  smile


Feather picking is a sign of distress, anxiety or nutrition.  My Conyer has picked
her feathers from time to time but we found that a HIGH QUALITY seed mix along
with fresh food helped a lot.  She hasn't had a bare chest in over 7 years now.

I highly reccomend ProFeta.  See http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j … Id=2750468
It has worked miracles for my bird and many of my friends.  I've seen birds completely
grow chest feathers back in as little as 60 days and not pick again.


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#6 03-29-2008 04:31:27

Chickerdoodle13
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Re: Some parrot pictures!

Thanks guys!

I'm not quite sure why Emma and Dennis pluck their feathers. It seems like cockatoos have the greatest problem with plucking just because they are such moody/needy birds. They both came from a great home though, where they were and still are fed one of the highest quality feeds. I have a very strong feeling that these two pluck out of jealousy. If I was to hold or pet one, the other will preen and pluck. I try to pet them both at the same time, but it's very difficult! They are ALWAYS looking for attention. They constantly fly from the top of the cage to my shoulder as I am working. They will also fly to the floor and follow me around. I know they are not bored as they have tons of toys and I let them out every time I am over (which is more during the summer). I really, really think they are just jealous of each other and it's almost a "nervous" habit. I'm not even sure how that can be corrected.

PC, I will check out that food you mentioned. I know they are on a very good diet now, but I will show it to the lady I work for. She spares no expense for these guys. I know she took Dennis to the vet the other day because he had actually bitten a blood feather and bled all over the cage. I haven't seen her since that happened, but maybe he had some good advice for her. She also buys tons of fresh produce and makes them special "dishes" almost every day. They get fresh fruits and veggies with scrambled eggs, oatmeal, boiled eggs, yogurt, and occasionaly gatorade. Sometimes the stuff she gives them is so good that I share it with the birds! big_smile

Unfortunately a lot of the birds that come to her sanctuary were not in good situations, so she does have quite a few that pluck. We have also found out that birds who have been physically abused in a specific area of their bodies will often pluck/mutilate in that area. Some will grow feathers only to pluck them out again.

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#7 03-29-2008 08:54:26

PurpleChicken
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Re: Some parrot pictures!

Chickerdoodle13 wrote:

Thanks guys!

I'm not quite sure why Emma and Dennis pluck their feathers. It seems like cockatoos have the greatest problem with plucking just because they are such moody/needy birds. They both came from a great home though, where they were and still are fed one of the highest quality feeds. I have a very strong feeling that these two pluck out of jealousy. If I was to hold or pet one, the other will preen and pluck. I try to pet them both at the same time, but it's very difficult! They are ALWAYS looking for attention. They constantly fly from the top of the cage to my shoulder as I am working. They will also fly to the floor and follow me around. I know they are not bored as they have tons of toys and I let them out every time I am over (which is more during the summer). I really, really think they are just jealous of each other and it's almost a "nervous" habit. I'm not even sure how that can be corrected.

PC, I will check out that food you mentioned. I know they are on a very good diet now, but I will show it to the lady I work for. She spares no expense for these guys. I know she took Dennis to the vet the other day because he had actually bitten a blood feather and bled all over the cage. I haven't seen her since that happened, but maybe he had some good advice for her. She also buys tons of fresh produce and makes them special "dishes" almost every day. They get fresh fruits and veggies with scrambled eggs, oatmeal, boiled eggs, yogurt, and occasionaly gatorade. Sometimes the stuff she gives them is so good that I share it with the birds! big_smile

Unfortunately a lot of the birds that come to her sanctuary were not in good situations, so she does have quite a few that pluck. We have also found out that birds who have been physically abused in a specific area of their bodies will often pluck/mutilate in that area. Some will grow feathers only to pluck them out again.

Try to get her to try it.  I know it worked wonders on conyers and cockatiels.


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#8 03-29-2008 09:04:04

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Re: Some parrot pictures!

Personally I don't recommend seed at all, I recommend a pellet/ bean mix diet combination.
Get a good bean mix or make one and cook a big pot of it for your parrots, to this add fresh fruit and any vegetables you can get them to eat and then top it off with a pellet diet.

Seeds = Bad

No nutrition too much fat.

Just my opinion  big_smile

Oh and, toys, toys, toys!!!
Cockatoos are one of the smarter parrots and get bored easily, they need new toys constantly to keep them entertained.
Sometimes parrots start plucking for one reason and continue because they like the taste of their own blood.
If plucking goes for too long , the bird will no longer grow feathers in the plucked area.. permanently.
There are various things you can try to get them to stop this behavior.

I'll stop there, and attempt to avoid rambling too long.


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#9 03-29-2008 09:23:43

jab91864
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Re: Some parrot pictures!

boredom is a often times a key factor in plucking.  self mutilation of the flesh comes after the plucking is too far gone....  cockatoos are very needy and can and will become destructive if their attention span is not kept busy enough for their liking.


it's a shame to see the damage some birds can and will do to themselves.  i can only wonder what is trapped inside of them that they cannot express.  although i doubt you ever see mutilation in the wild....

i have a Timneh grey  myself so it's not like i am against birds being kept as pets.

julie


** I need Barred Rocks, Chanteclers, Dark Brahmas, Wyandottes.........

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#10 03-29-2008 09:58:25

Chickerdoodle13
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Re: Some parrot pictures!

These birds actually get pellets mixed with fruit. I forget the name of the pellet but it is a very high quality feed (I want to say LaFeber??). As I mentioned, my boss spares no expense for them! (Sometimes I wish I had her money! LOL) The only occasional seed they may get is in the nutriberries, but we give them very little of that. We only use it as a treat for rare occasions. They also get some nuts, but not too many due to the high fat content.

I think she does already give them beans. I know they get green beans, peas, carrots, and everything else you can possibly imagine! They LOVE broccoli and banana!

Unfortunately I think a lot of these birds have been plucking for years before my boss got them. I know she just received and order of toys that cost $500, so they definitely don't have a lack of play items! LOL! The toys always get switched out of the cages on a regular basis.

Most of the birds do get time out of the cage, but she has an entire room she built in her house just for these birds. The cages she keeps them in could be rooms themselves! She also has probably around 30 parrots. I know I never get bored in there! LOL

Anyways, you are right, cockatoos are very temperamental! Out of all the species of birds she has, the cockatoos are the only ones that really have a problem with plucking! I do wish they would grow the feathers back in, but we still love them even if they are naked!

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