Birds Message Board

parrotshome Tuesday, June 24, 2016 1:03:21 PM
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gpa_team Sunday, January 1, 2017 1:03:21 PM
        Noise, apart from other factors present near roads, degrades the value of habitat for migrating songbirds. Nearly one third of the bird community avoid noisy roads. For some bird species that remain despite noise exposure, body condition and ability to gain body condition over time decreases compared with birds that avoid roads. For wildlife that remains in loud areas, noise pollution represents an invisible source of habitat degradation. Work in natural gas extraction fields has demonstrated that compressor station noise alters songbird breeding distribution and species richness.

gpa_team Sunday, January 1, 2017 12:05:21 PM
        Common agricultural birds are in decline, both in Europe and in North America. In the U.S. at least, pesticide toxicity to birds is as an important factor in grassland bird declines. In fact, grassland birds as a group are declining faster than other bird species.  215 species of neotropical migrants use agricultural areas in North America. Several neotropical migrant species have, over the years, been listed as threatened or endangered or are candidates for listing, and agriculture is implicated in the decline of many. Birds in Denmark have not declined as they had in the UK and US because less pesticides are used. Use of pesticides, especially insecticides and fungicides, has the most negative effects on the species diversity of plants and ground-nesting farmland birds. 

JanaLaub Friday, April 26, 2013 08:33:47 AM
        Hi, We pack bird seeds and the micro and fungi testing is a bit of a grey area to us. What bacteria, micro, fungi should be tested for in bird seeds?

Antoinette Friday, April 26, 2013 09:33:47 AM
        Seeds are a microcosm of microbes, with a potential of carrying a wide variety of bacteria, fungi, viruses and often nematodes. Aspergillus, Penicillium, Alternaria, Mucor  and Eurotium are major storage fungi.  Other pathogens include Botrytis and Fusarium species.  These fungi invade sunflower seeds and peanuts and produce dangerous mycotoxins, including aflatoxins.  Some mycotoxins are carcinogenic, while others cause acute poisoning both in humans and animals. The most common toxigenic species in sunflower seeds are Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus parasiticus and Aspergillus tamarii. Peanuts are often invaded by Aspergillus flavus and  Aspergillus niger. Aspergillus fumigatus can cause respiratory and systemic infections in humans and animals. Salmonella typhymurium and Shigella are the most common bacteria isolated from sunflower seeds. 


honeybee Tuesday, February 03, 2016
        I have a yellow napped amazon I got from a friend. He is very aggressive and yells all the time. He tries to bite my husband and son. I can't get him out of the cage or show him affection other then a quick scratch on the head. He hates to be sprayed with water which I thought was something amazons loved. I don't know if it is a male or female and don't know how to find out. Any suggestions as to how I can get him to calm down and trust me?

peewee Tuesday, April 22, 2016
        When teaching a budgerigar to talk, it is very important that your bird should be tame. Thi is the first requirements, because an untamed bird will rarely learn to talk. The potential talker also must be kept out of sight and hearing of all other birds. If he hears a canary singing in the same room, he will copy his song and no human words. 
The first talking lesson consists of placing the bird on your finger and repeating one or two words over and over again in a loud and distinct voice. Do not say more than two words at first. It takes the young budgie two or three months to learn them. If more words are said, the bird will be confused and it will take a much longer time to learn them. 
Speak loudly because all birds belonging to the parrot family like noise and pay more attention to a loud voice than to a soft, low one. Moreover, the bird tries to imitate not only what you say, but how you say it. He is small in size ad has only a small talking voice. If his lessons are given in a low voice, he will epeat in a low voice and may be hard to understand. If his lessons are given in a loud voice, he will speak louder and can be understood much better. 
Speak slowly. It is a characteristic of the budgerigar to speed up the words he is learning. If you speak fast, he will speak faster. Speak distinctly, with special emphasis on each syllable. 
Lessons should be given as often as possible. The younger the bird and the oftener he receives talking lessons, the sooner will he learn to talk. Do this several imes during the morning, afternoon and evening, and once when the bird in his cage for the night covered up. The lesson in the dark is usually quite effective. The bird cannot see anything to distract him and will listen more intently. At other times of the day when you pass him in his cage or on his playground, repeat the words he is to learn. Do not say anything else to him but these words. Always use the same intonation of the same words because different intonations of the same words will sound like different words to the bird and may retard learning.

falcon345 Monday, April 21, 2016
        Fischer's Lovebirds are very suitable for children, whether kept single pets or as pairs. To train one as a single pet you must get a young one no more than 9 weeks old if it has been parent reared. A hand-reared youngster will already be very tame and most of your work will have been done, but since these birds are normally very good parents there are not usually very many hand-reared birds for sale. It is best to carry out any training around dusk, when the bird is most receptive. 
It is important to spray Lovebirds regularly to keep their plumage in good condition. Many lovebirds are avid bathers, dipping themselves in their drinkers with great gusto. It is rare that Lovebirds learn to speak, some may master a word or two. But the likelyhood of a lovebird learning to talk is about slim to none. 
There are many other reasons to choose the lovebird as your pet. One reason lovebirds are so much fun is their boundless zest for life and the energy level that backs it up. Lovebirds are, in many ways, like small children. They play hard, and they attack everything they do with great enthusiasm.

birdsarecool Monday, April 21, 2016
        Lovebirds tend to be aggressive around other pets. They do not seem to realize that are quite small and have no fear around other household animals. This can be a setup for a potential disaster, especially if those other pets ahppen to be a dog or a cat, or a ferret. Lovebirds should never be allowed out of their cage if one of these other animals is around. cats not only prey on birds instinctively, but their saliva contains a type of bacteria that is toxic to parrots. So if you do manage to rescue your parrot from your cat, if it has been bitten, he may die from the resulting bacterial infection unless prompt medical intervention is provided. 
Lovebirds tend to be aggressive withh ALL but their own lovebird species, and should NEVER share the cage space with other non-lovebirds. They will attack and possibly even kill what they see as an intruder to their space. Size is not a dterrent, as lovebirds will attack a bird as large as a macaw, apparently with no idea that doing so will put their own lives at risk. 
Mixing a lovebird with another lovebird species can also be a dicey proposition. If the second lovebird is a differnt species than the first, they may or may not be able to get along. As a general rule, two males or a male and a female have the best chances of getting along eventually, but two females will fight to the point that they will need to be separated. This can very from bird to bird, too. If introducing a male to a female, it is better to go with an older male, as the females are more likely to attack a younger male.

marcopolo Sunday, April 20, 2016
        As far as cement perches are concerned, I must disagree. Avoid perches that are too rough. Some, but not all parrots tolerate an abrasive cement nail grooming perch, but this should ALWAYS be in front of a water bowl, not high in the cage. While these stone perches may help to wear down toenails, they also wear down the skin on the bottoms of the feet and cause irritation, especially if the bird sleeps on only one foot. Don't use sandpaper-covered perches for this same reaon. 
The texture of the bark on the perch will keep the beak as well as the feet in good condition. The parrot should have plenty of texture to chew, such as vegetable-tanned leather, wood, paper, cardboard, rope and cloth. A few of the toys can be permanent and undestructible, but there should always be a veriety of destructible toys.

towhee Sunday, April 20, 2016
        Grooming perches made of textured cement are designed to keep the sharp tips of parrot's toenails worn down. They reduce the need for frequent nail trimming and Eclectus seem to like cleaning their beaks on the rough surface. To be effective, cement perches need to be positioned near food and water dishes or other frequented spots. They are easily removed for cleaning. Perches made of soft wood encourage healthy chewing exercise. Cholla cactus perches are a favorite of Eclectus because they are comfortable and easy to grip.

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