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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:05 pm 
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Bird question! I have two identical bird feeders, why do the birds only eat from one of them? Same food, same area of yard, both clean...

They were my grandma's, so my going in position is that one of them is haunted.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:08 pm 
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One of them might not feel protected or safe for whatever reason. Is there anything over it?

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No, they literally hang from opposite sides of the same pole

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(in a totally open area, no grass or anything for cats to hide in)

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Maybe one has a better flight path for perching and take off? Maybe they just follow the lead of the early bird?


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Invictus, you should try one of these zombie bird feeders:

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Oh my god. That is amazing.

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I'm going on my second Audubon Christmas Bird Count of 2013 tomorrow, and I am SO excited!


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Exciting, quagga!

We had a fun bird day yesterday. Went to a nearby marsh and saw loads of avocets, sand pipers, pelicans, and egrets. I'm still not great at identifying shorebirds. Then at the park today we saw black-necked stilts and an american kestral and this afternoon we discovered gold crowned sparrows wintering in the bushes under our apartment.

While visiting my sil over Christmas I met her conure, Yoda. Dang, he was *loud*. It's a good reminder that I'm not well suited to be a bird mom! Also they've trained him to poop (not to hold it, but to go before he sits on them) and my husband discovered he could use the same command to make Yoda poop on them. So, that was fun!

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Not all conures are loud. There are two main types: pyrrhura and aratinga. They are all pesky, cute, clever little things, but aratingas are not for the faint hearted. They are the super noisy and destructive conures, like sun conures, Nandays, etc. I would not last a week!

Pyrrhura conures are pretty quiet compared to most birds. Green cheeks are pyrrhuras, which is why I have Molly! Her vocalisms tend to occur only when she has something to say. I shudder to think what would happen if we had a sun conure with the macaw. The macaw yells his head off for no apparent reason 3-4 times a day and parrots tend to egg each other on when it comes to screaming.

They are all feisty (Molly trying to boss and bully the macaw is pretty typical conure behavior).

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 Post subject: Re: The Bird Thread
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Wow, thanks for the info, lw! I guess they must have an aratinga? They also have two cockatiels and I swear Yoda was trying to set them off. He'd squawk until the tiels started up and then would stop and just sorta watch them go. It was funny and terrible!

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Today I spotted a peregrine falcon! Amazing.


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Fellow bird lover here! I've spent a little time learning how to care for injured wild birds at a local non profit rehabber (something I really want to know more about). I'm crazy about pigeons. I would love to go to Audubon's Hog Island some day and take in one of their amazing programs. I own three budgies. One of my little ladies had difficulty laying an egg recently. When I took her to the vet, it was suggested she get cuttlebone to get extra calcium in her diet. When I told the vet no way as my birds are vegan she looked at me like I was crazy. Lolz!

Really enjoying the great pics of birds on this thread! There is nothing like gaining the trust of a feathered friend and holding a beautiful bird on your hand. So happy to see so many bird lovers here!!!


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Oh that's an interesting point! When I lived with birds I was omni and bought them cuttlebones. Is there a vegan alternative calcium supplement?

I also love pigeons! I met some rescued king pigeons recently and they were such sweethearts!

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Oh that's an interesting point! When I lived with birds I was omni and bought them cuttlebones. Is there a vegan alternative calcium supplement?

I also love pigeons! I met some rescued king pigeons recently and they were such sweethearts!


Yup! There are many liquid calcium supplements. There is a "manu mineral block" I think too which is supposed to be really great. I also was presented with the option of a calcium shot, which we declined. My vet bill was off the charts! There is a local pet shop specializing in birds near where I live that has many options. I am pretty sure the owner is vegan. I'm really lucky to have this resource near me.

How nice to have met some sweet king pigeons!! So gorgeous!!!!


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I hope your girl stops laying eggs.

Our tiel got egg bound and we almost lost her. She had Lupron shots for a year or two after that. We didn't get them on the full schedule because she had side effects and we watched her behavior and decided on half to a quarter schedule and it worked wonders.

Ugh. The owner or assistant of the parrot shop here is always eating fried chicken when I go in. So gross. And how can you surround your life with birds and then eat them too? I don't have anywhere else to take Moll for wings and nails though. I can't do them myself because she is a squirm bomb. Even her vet has laughed about it. The macaw just holds his foot out for nail trims. He is such a gentleman.

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i took my mom to the rescue today. it was the usual chaos- macaw out and needing to be captured, the amazons are hormonal and the cockatoos were all in breeding season frenzy. one of the self-mutilators got out of her head collar and had to be screwed back in twice. and they were cutting trees outside so the conures (the noisy type, the quieter ones were not upset) were all shrieking at the top of their lungs [not so different from usual, to be honest].
mom wisely didn't even pet anyone (after seeing all my wounds over this year). i of course had a cockatoo clamped to my shirt and only escaped with beak and claw holes in my new pickle shirt and completely covered in dander. i'm going to miss these little mustards!

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Someone I know posted this on FB today and I had to think of some folks on here.

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Someone I know posted this on FB today and I had to think of some folks on here.

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Lolz! Very true indeed!

When I am on vacation or away, I miss my budgies chirpies very much. Especially the sweet nighttime sleepy chirp symphony.....


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I can't remember which was the most active bird thread so I am reviving this one.

Tiki the evil cockatiel has changed somehow and I am very suspicious. He is bonded to my husband, and only tolerates me. He spends all day with me, and most of it shrieking and being a PITA. This past weekend Mr T was away, and Baggy was away, and so he was stuck with me for all week during work and then the weekend too. He was extra difficult (constant shrieking even though he was on my shoulder, being really needy) and ended up getting sent off to time out a few times.
Today, the bird appears on my lap to have his head scratched, which he has not done since he was a baby. He NEVER lets me touch him except to pick him up. When Mr T is scritching his head, if I sneak in a finger he senses it and goes berserk, hissing and jumping and trying to bite.
I am almost wondering if I should take him to get checked out. he's here trying to get on the keyboard to get under my fingers.
Did he sense I was on my last remaining nerve? I feel bad, I just cut off my nails and i can't give him a real good scritching.

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I guess I'd chalk it up to weirdo bird behavior, torque but if you're worried it doesn't hurt to take him in!

Does anyone here have the ibird app? I looooove it. I use the calls all the time to attract birds down to me. Today I had a flock of bushtits circling my head. I feel like the bird whisperer.

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Are Tiki's poops normal?

If he is eating and pooping on schedule, I'd chalk it up to being itchy and desperate. Maybe a good bath would help. He will hate it, but feel better after.

Our tiel (the only non evil bird in the house) still can't fly. We took her to the vet on Wednesday. He thinks she has a strained shoulder; we can't tell more without X-rays and she is too old to put under sedation. Good news is her liver function is great--that's the big worry with her.

She is getting pain meds and antiinflammatories and seems happy enough even though she is frustrated that she can't fly. We feel so bad for her--she loves to fly around all day. Fingers crossed that she gets better. There is a real possibility that she may never be able to fly well again.

If tiki were sick enough to seek you out for help, I think he would be beyond the masking the symptoms stage and you'd know something is up.

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Molly likes the Boreal Owl.

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i want to check out the app but am kind of afraid- bird song white noise makes evil Tiki really excited and kind of wild.

The Turkey is eating and pooping fine but still allowing me to touch him, amazingly. He also let Baggy's friend pet him, so who knows. I was trying to figure out how old he is and I think he is just 4 in August, I wonder if there is some maturity milestone we are hitting. (he did have a head full of pinfeathers, and the bath is a great idea, he jumped in the sink when I was doing dishes the other day, he doesn't even like to play in water so it was really strange)

Poor Tiel, LW. Ours is a climber and a walker, not a flier, but I can only imagine how frustrated yours must be, unable to fly.

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Since she went on the antiinflammatories, she has been able to fly more! She is a stubborn little thing. I think she enjoys confounding her vet.

She is also well enough now to fly away when she knows it's medicine time.

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