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Old 01-03-2019, 06:41 PM
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Re: Hi folks!

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
He looks gorgeous!!!!! Now I'm always hyper vigilant about health, he looks to have slight troughing of the beak under the nares, this could just be the light, but it can indicative of chronic upper respiratory infections, and you don't have to have other symptoms. So it's always a good idea for an avain specialist vet check, if you haven't had one yet. Not to freak you out please!!! Just had to mention this, as my past GCC had the dents that ran the length of the beak and she did have chronic upper respiratory problems, instead if a smooth beak you get these gentle ridges, and it's really hard to tell from video!!! He could be absolutely perfectly fine!!!!! But if you haven't bhae a vet visit since you got him, it's just a good idea!!! I want your guy to have a long and happy life!!!
Would I be able to feel the troughs/ridges by running my finger over his beak? I've just tried to feel for what you've described and I can't really tell, his beak seems pretty smooth to me, but I am not a vet and I'm not quite sure what I'm looking for....
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Old 01-03-2019, 07:41 PM
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Welcome to you and Pringle . Pringle is adorable!

I don’t agree with the “never on the shoulder” mentality personally. I do think that if your bird has problem behaviours (like biting), I would restrict shoulder privileges until you work that out. But I definitely love having my birds on my shoulder and don’t think it creates issues.

Not all veterinarians are equal - so if you don’t feel that your bird is getting good care, I’d try another. You are on the right track - an avian vet is definitely necessary - but you also need one that you’ll get what you need from. I’ve finally found a new vet recently, but I had to try a few before I found one that answered my questions fully, I’m comfortable with how they handle my birds, and is available when I need them. Like anything else, sometimes you need to shop around a bit before you find a good fit
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Welcome Ariana and Pringle! What a stunningly attractive bird!!

Shoulder privileges ought be extended only to trustworthy birds! A conure can do significant damage to your head, face, and neck. That said, it is a favorite location and maintains easy contact with you. Many of my birds have shoulder privileges after a period of time, and none have ever disappointed.
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