Recent content by Greg Glendell

  1. New ITV Daytime Show

    Hi, Thanks Michael R and others for your responses.  Yes, issues with non-domesticated animlas as 'pets' will always be dificult, as owners are not required to have detailed knowledge of the animal before they buy.  You only need to have the money to buy it and be over 16 years old, and you...
  2. New ITV Daytime Show

    Hi folks, Long time no post!  I should like to let you all know that I did my best re. this programme.  I was not involved at the start of the filming process, but came in later.   I told them not to even think of taking the bird to other people.  Instead, prospective keepers should come to...
  3. Flint: Attacking The Towel

    Hi Lesley, From post No 10, it sounds as though both birds are h reared and and Flint is sexually imprinted on human males; hence he accepts thing from Malcolm more easily. So, he may be 'provoked' into aggression by being asked to do something by you, as you are a rival for Malcolm's attention...
  4. Flint: Attacking The Towel

    Hi Lesley, Quite a common problem... See replies in [ text bits ] where I've used basic behaviour modification methods to explain his behaviour and what you might do to change this. You wrote: Before we got Kipp, Flint stepped up really nicely onto a towelled arm. He very rarely had a bite...
  5. Is This A Clip?

    Hi, Tracey, Difficult to tell unles the wing is opened and I you could show us how many flight feathers are on the right wing...
  6. Keelan Hates Us

    Hello Shelly, It sounds like you have not been given any formal advice when you got the bird, regarding training methods.   If you still need help, let me know.   Once you use reward based training methods you should improvements within a few days.  For the time being, if the bird does not like...
  7. Feeding Debate!

    Hmmm... Well, Beowolf, from your contributions above, it seems you may have some sort of problem which cannot be discussed within the realms of rational debate.   Re.  keas.  Good book; Kea; Bird of Paradox, by Diamond and Bond 1999.   They spent several years studying this sp. and were the...
  8. Feeding Debate!

    Hello Sarah Jane, Beowolf, John and all, I apologise for my lack of people skills; however I do think there is a sort of crowd mentality against some of my views here.  However, I maintain these views.  1. We should strive to base our care of each species on what we know that species...
  9. Feeding Debate!

    Much of the above posts, re. feeding of other dead birds to parrots, relates to what people are feeding their birds *in captivity*; it is not based on what we already know of the birds' natural diets.  Parrots are *not* obligate carnivores and instead have a digestive tract adapted to deriving...
  10. Feeding Debate!

    As Ben has said, it's best, in general to use the 'wild' type diet as the basis for what we offer any animal in captivity.  But there is an issue with calory intake.  *Wild* parrots fly hundreds of miles evey week of their lives and burn off about as much calories as they ingest; but the birds...
  11. Feeding Debate!

    Parrots should be fed dead chickens in the same way you would feed cabbage to a falcon...
  12. Preening, Moulting

    Hello Nigel, Your birds sounds quite normal and healthy.  The normal preening action involves the birds feeling each flight featrher with its tongue as it checks for any foriegn bodies, mainly along the feather shaft.  Moulting takes about 6 to 8 months in greys.  It typically starts once the...
  13. Help With A Very Scared African Grey

    Hi, Re. minimum temperature for greys. *All* species which come from lowland tropical habitats, such as greys, have *limited* abilities to adapt to temperatures beyond those they would find in the tropics.  Greys are *not* adapted to sub-zero temperures and would begin to feel cold at below 10...
  14. So Many Questions - So Much To Learn !

    Yes, Good advice there from Liz. Birds should not have access your neck; I assume he is on your shoulder. Shoulder birds will eventually bite, and it can hurt. The birds should be on your hand while it is out with you, so you and it can read each others' body language at all times. An...
  15. Vet Needs Cockatoo Feathers

    Hi, I have a request from an avian vet who needs Lesser sulphur crested wing feathers, primaries for both left and right wings. If anyone has this species' flight feathers and can donate them, could you send them to me please for the vet to use for imping. Please send to: BirdsFirst P O...
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