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Old 09-01-2017, 08:40 AM
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So I'm a little bored and came up with a silly little idea.

What dumb things did you used to think/believe in regards to parrots/parrot care. I'll start off with the silliest one I thought to get the ball rolling.

I used to think that wing clipping involved cutting a small bit of muscle in the bird's wing where it attaches to the body which stopped them flying entirely for their life

So guys, what dumb things did you used to think before you became more clued up on parrots?
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:47 AM
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Re: Dumb things

That an all seed diet was OK, didn't question it. (over 20 year ago) Or that parrots need their own very specialised Vet.

God bless my darling little budgie, I am sorry I was an ignorant mummy, sleep tight.
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:57 AM
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That an all seed diet was OK, didn't question it. (over 20 year ago) Or that parrots need their own very specialised Vet.

God bless my darling little budgie, I am sorry I was an ignorant mummy, sleep tight.
that was the consensus at the time. nobody really knew how complicated birds were except for the few really hardcore people like that Dr Pepperberg
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:59 AM
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I always carried salt as a child to tame my first bird!
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I always carried salt as a child to tame my first bird!
Not heard of that one? What did you do with the salt?
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Old 09-01-2017, 09:18 AM
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I always carried salt as a child to tame my first bird!
okay I'm gonna need some elaboration on this one cause that's... that's a new one to me
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When I first got Levi (last Aug) I was giving him organic fresh fruits & vegetables everyday. In addition to pellets and a grey seed mix. My CAV told me to stop with the fruit. That it was too much sugar & his gram stain reflected that as well. I felt bad but, pulled back the fruit & only give it occasionally as a treat. Every gram stain since has been WNLs. She told that the increased sugar builds up bacteria in their gut and can lead to health issues. I was so surprised. I always see videos of parrots/birds eating fruit all the time. I recently watched a video about the Pak-O-Bird and the woman was offering her bird a life savor.
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Old 09-01-2017, 09:28 AM
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I always carried salt as a child to tame my first bird!
Not heard of that one? What did you do with the salt?
To salt their tail!

https://www.farmersalmanac.com/home-...t-or-folklore/
http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/pip...ry/014583.html

Putting Salt on a Bird's Tail If one can get
close enough to a bird to put salt on its tale, it should be easy to catch
it.
The first use of the phrase that the compilers of the Oxford English
Dictionary identified in the English language was from the Elizabethan era.
In 1580 Lyly, in his story Euphues, said: "It is ...a foolish bird that
staieth the laying of salt on hir taile"
Kirk Scarbrough traced it into the 19th Century with a quote from Sir Walter
Scott:
"His intelligence is so good, that were you to come near him with
soldiers
or constables, ... I shall answer for it you will never lay salt on his
tail."
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Old 09-01-2017, 09:32 AM
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When I first got Levi (last Aug) I was giving him organic fresh fruits & vegetables everyday. In addition to pellets and a grey seed mix. My CAV told me to stop with the fruit. That it was too much sugar & his gram stain reflected that as well. I felt bad but, pulled back the fruit & only give it occasionally as a treat. Every gram stain since has been WNLs. She told that the increased sugar builds up bacteria in their gut and can lead to health issues. I was so surprised. I always see videos of parrots/birds eating fruit all the time. I recently watched a video about the Pak-O-Bird and the woman was offering her bird a life savor.
wait what? All I ever hear is to feed more fruit and veg. Maybe less high-sugar fruits I guess. Rio would have been awful, his treat food was raisins... So much sugar
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I always carried salt as a child to tame my first bird!
Not heard of that one? What did you do with the salt?
To salt their tail!

https://www.farmersalmanac.com/home-...t-or-folklore/
Putting Salt on a Bird's Tail
So she says laughing did you ...?
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