pet birds suffer from behavioural problems like biting and feather
plucking. Many of these can be nutritionally based and the
other articles in this pet bird section cover these issues.
However it can sometimes be difficult to get certain birds to
eat new foods or drink supplemented water. Issues of "who is
the boss" are critical here and we do not claim to be experts
in this area.
we often refer customers to experienced advisors to help with
these issues. We recommend you contact Candie Bradley for free
Candie is the National Behaviourist for the Society for
Conservation in Aviculture and also gets behavioural referrals
from a number of veterinary clinics around the UK.
her on Int + 44 (0)1332 780406 or e-mail her.
might also like to read this joke that we had sent to us. If
Candie's advice and our nutrition fails you might like to try
received a parrot for his birthday. The parrot was fully grown,
with a very bad attitude and worse vocabulary. Every other word
was an expletive; those that weren't expletives were, to say
the least, rude. Jimmy tried to change the bird's attitude by
constantly saying polite words, playing soft music... anything
he could think of. Nothing worked.
He yelled at the bird, and the bird got worse. He shook the
bird, and the bird got madder and more rude. Finally, in a moment
of desperation, Jimmy put the parrot in the freezer. For a few
moments he heard the bird swearing, squawking, kicking and screaming
and then, suddenly, there was absolute quiet.
Jimmy was frightened that he might have actually hurt the bird,
and quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped
out onto Jimmy's extended arm and said, "I'm sorry that I offended
you with my language and my actions, and I ask your forgiveness.
I will endeavor to correct my behavior".
Jimmy was astounded at the changes in the bird's attitude and
was about to ask what had changed him, when the parrot continued,
"May I ask what the chicken did?"