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Old 04-09-2017, 06:15 PM
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She is a beautiful little girl! I would place the water dish and food dish right next to each other.


Thanks - I will do that. While she was out with me, I put her in a perch that has dishes attached. I filled one with water and she fell into it and just hopped back out - no drinking.


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Old 04-09-2017, 11:45 PM
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The dogs came over tonight. I have been worried about how they would react to her. They love to bark at squirrels and wild birds and humans and wind gusts, so I was certain there would be some barking and that they would try to terrorize her.

Nope. They didn't even look at her. I've been telling them about her for a while. Maybe that worked. But I'm glad her presence in the household seems to be a non-issue for them.


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Old 04-09-2017, 11:55 PM
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The dogs came over tonight. I have been worried about how they would react to her. They love to bark at squirrels and wild birds and humans and wind gusts, so I was certain there would be some barking and that they would try to terrorize her.

Nope. They didn't even look at her. I've been telling them about her for a while. Maybe that worked. But I'm glad her presence in the household seems to be a non-issue for them.


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I have seen this in my pets.

Predators and parrots in the same home is a hot topic and I'm not advocating for it, just commenting on interesting behavior.

My dog chases cats and birds outside, but inside he loves my cat and birds. He is protective of them and he gets upset with me when the baby birds cry. He thinks it's my fault and I'm being mean to them.

My cat knows not to even LOOK at the birds! I actually have a picture of him laying on the automan surrounded by 10 cockatiels, staring out the window at the pigeon outside. When I was a kid I had a cat who would lay on top of the budgie cage completely ignoring them, and stare out the window at the sparrows.


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Old 04-10-2017, 12:02 AM
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The dogs came over tonight. I have been worried about how they would react to her. They love to bark at squirrels and wild birds and humans and wind gusts, so I was certain there would be some barking and that they would try to terrorize her.

Nope. They didn't even look at her. I've been telling them about her for a while. Maybe that worked. But I'm glad her presence in the household seems to be a non-issue for them.


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I have seen this in my pets.

Predators and parrots in the same home is a hot topic and I'm not advocating for it, just commenting on interesting behavior.

My dog chases cats and birds outside, but inside he loves my cat and birds. He is protective of them and he gets upset with me when the baby birds cry. He thinks it's my fault and I'm being mean to them.

My cat knows not to even LOOK at the birds! I actually have a picture of him laying on the automan surrounded by 10 cockatiels, staring out the window at the pigeon outside. When I was a kid I had a cat who would lay on top of the budgie cage completely ignoring them, and stare out the window at the sparrows.


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Ha! Crazy cat! I have every intention of keeping the dogs and the bird separated by at least the cage under supervision, and more than that when they're both in the house and I'm not. I only have "the boys" on weekends so most of the time we should all be together. It is very interesting, though, how animals often seem to know who "belongs."


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Old 04-10-2017, 12:11 AM
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Yes, and it really helps that both grew up in a home with birds as big as they were, or at least big enough to be scary! Well when they were little anyway; Ranger is 60lbs and Whiskey is 13lbs so none of the birds are the biggest anymore.

It also really depends on personality. Over my life I have lived with 5 dogs. Ranger is the ONLY one who has been allowed to interact with them. The others would never have been safe no matter the training!


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Bumble likes her new vet! She gets played with and then gets treats!


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Adorable!! My cat ignores my birds but eagerly watches the birds outside lol

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Glad the vet visit went well. My little goofs always dart out of the vet's hand and have to be chased around the exam room for a few minutes before being recaptured.

Just a note concerning her colour mutation: there's some controversy surrounding whether or not it's safe to give colour mutation parrotlets pellets. A number of breeders, etc., say that it can cause renal failure, while others say it's just a coincidence, and that necropsies are never done on these birds to confirm whether or not it was the pellets that fried their kidneys. From what I've read, it's either due to the amount of protein in pellets, or due to them not drinking enough water when eating pellets (pellets have less than 10% moisture, and parrotlets are from dry climates, meaning they don't drink as much as "tropical" parrots, such as eclectus and macaws, would).

The biology of colour-, feather-, and/or size-mutation parrots is different from that of their "wild-type" cousins. For example, albinos, lutinos, and other pale individuals (of any species, whether they're porcupines, vipers, humans, canines, or birds) are not healthy animals. Yes, their colour mutation is often a result of inbreeding, given albinism is recessive, meaning both parents have to be carriers of this rare gene. However, the lack or lesser amount of melanin in their skin and feathers/hair causes physiological and neurological abnormalities. Their organs are often underdeveloped or non-functional; their joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones are deformed or weak; they have weak immune systems; and tend to suffer from neurological issues, such as psychosis, epilepsy, strokes, etc. Scarlet, my albino budgie, died at age 3 after suffering multiple strokes. Maria, only 3 or 4 at the times, died from sudden organ failure. Simon, the young yellow male budgie I adopted this fall, died suddenly after living with me for only 6 weeks (there was no apparent cause, as he'd been cheerful and alert when I got them ready for sleep the previous night). And my sweet Rumi; she suffered a severe neurological event a few months, leaving her completely flightless, extremely weak, and barely able to stand or move. She's been getting a lot stronger, but yesterday, she had another neurological episode, leaving her disoriented and confused (but it hasn't affected her strength). She's still alive and a lot more alert and active, but she's still a bit off.

A lack of melanin negatively affects the brain (I forget why). However, just having pale skin/feathers/hair doesn't mean said individual is going to be unhealthy. For example, Caucasians are very pale compared to black people, Latinos, Hispanics, however, Caucasians are still able to tan due to melanin in their skin, and are therefore not affected neurologically. The same goes for polar bears who, although they have white/clear fur, have black skin and dark eyes. Individuals who are pale, have pale hair/fur/feathers, pink or light-coloured noses, and/or blue eyes ARE affected. Most of us probably knew a kid growing up who had pale skin, pale eyes, and had extremely light hair. Odds are, this kid was tiny, wasn't particularly good at academics or sports, burnt when exposed to the sun, suffered from asthma or allergies, and was often sick.

Sorry, got off topic. Anyways, just be aware that colour mutation birds (and mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc.) may be different physiologically and/or neurologically from the "typical" member of their species.
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What an enchanting, beautiful, heavenly creature.
I'm mesmerized.
I'm so glad you're getting all this expertise here...

Thank you for sharing your darling.
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What an enchanting, beautiful, heavenly creature.
I'm mesmerized.
I'm so glad you're getting all this expertise here...

Thank you for sharing your darling.


Thank you! She is very charming. I was less enchanted , though, when I brought her home after the vet, she was feeling a little crazy, I was running late for my next appointment, and trying to get her back in the cage resulted in a hard bite. My fault and I know what went wrong, but the biggest question I have now is ..... how do I get her to let go? Ouch!!


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