If your parrot is bleeding, that’s a bit of an emergency. Yes, even if it’s just from a tiny little feather. Think about how tiny a parakeet is; now think about how much blood a single droplet is in relation to how big that bird is, and how much that would equal if it were … More Broken Blood Feathers: What To Do
Do you? Do you really? Let’s face it; most birds, were they dogs, would be put down. Louie’s grandfather (or at least great-grandfather) likely flew the canopies of the Solomon Islands. And Ozone’s father is probably still terrorizing some local somewhere in Africa. At no point should you assume birds are domesticated; they are feathered … More “OMG, I want a parrot!”
When you think about adopting a baby bird, consider this: You are raising a child monster with permanently-affixed pliers, and that child is gonna be a two-year-old for fifty to one hundred years, depending on the species. Every mistake you make in his or her formative years, every bad habit you instill, will be with you … More A Parrot: The Forever Two-Year-Old
Naturally, my status of ‘crazy bird lady’ meant that I just had to find the wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill on a recent impromptu trip to San Francisco. Here’s how I did it. … More How to (reliably) find the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Winston has a terminal illness. She has (most likely) between a week and two more months to live, if the avian vet is right. Someone was concerned regarding my last posting about her quality of life–if she’s as ill as we say, does she actually have any quality of life left? Let’s review… … More Symptoms of Illness in Birds: How Mild is Mild?
The good news is that baby girl budgie is still with us! She’s loving her millet and seed, is maintaining her weight (47g yesterday!) and still is eager to come out of her cage every morning.
Unfortunately, I’m starting to worry the one-to-three months the vet suggested is probably going to be closer to one… … More Winston: Her Illness, Three Weeks Later
Oh, the holidays–friendship, cheer, the season of giving… What more could a bird want than a bit of pizza crust? Unfortunately, Louie acquired a mild case of toe-tapping to go with it. 😦 I gave Louie a tiny bit of pizza crust (standard practice when we feel like spoiling our birds.) This particular pizza crust came … More Allergies Don’t Disappear: Mild Toe-Tapping