The Birds and the Bees about Birds

Most avian species are primarily sexual creatures. They live to find a mate and reproduce. I have watched the courtship of zebra finches (the male grabs the female by the back of her neck and mounts her), button quail (the male grabs the female by the back of her neck and mounts her), and cockatiels (the male grabs the female by the back of her neck and mounts her), and so on. Not a lot of finesse, although this original mounting takes place within seconds of the two being introduced. Once the female gives up her plans to be a movie star and settles down, they mate with a little more decorum. Continue reading “The Birds and the Bees about Birds”

Afraid of the Beak

Non-bird people and the occasional small bird person have said they would love to have a large, colorful parrot but the size of the beak on those guys is too scary. I guess I am unusual in that I look past that and first look into the eyes of the bird. Big parrots will “pin” their eyes, in other words, make their pupils into little pin holes, when they are interested in something. They also do this when they are afraid or mad and may bite. The eyes are the key to the bird’s behavior. Continue reading “Afraid of the Beak”

The Hospital Cage

When you care for birds, you need to be prepared for the worst that could happen. A first aid kit is certainly a requirement. You can easily put one together for your flock by Googling that. You’ll find the basic http://www.beaknwings.org/ed/firstaid.pdf to the thorough. http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/firstaid.html

PLEASE NOTE: I am not a veterinarian or an animal medical worker. Sick birds are usually very ill by the time they show any symptoms. Consult your qualified avian vet before trying any home solutions. Only resort to home care if a vet cannot be reached quickly.

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