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Why does my cockatiel keep picking?

Ellen K. Cook, DVM

Hi Dr. Cook, One of my cockatiels has been “picking” at her back - an area right between her wing couplings - for about 3 months now. If left to it, she will chew until it bleeds. She is not...

Clarity on Some Nutritional Issue

Glenn Reynolds

My Question: Hi There, I am trying to get some clarity on some nutrition issues.

1) I know well that a lot of sunflower is not good, but there seems to be a big move totally against sunflower.(my...

Using phenol around birds

Ellen K. Cook, DVM

We have a mold problem in our bathroom in our home We been advised to uses a product called Sporicidin to treat the wood sub-floor. The main ingredient is phenol. The birds we be relocated while...

Techniques to stop egg laying in a Sun Conure

Ellen K. Cook, DVM

Last week, my eight year old sun conure, Rainbow, recently laid two eggs. I am a first-time parrot owner, and we’d always assumed she was a male, so this was surprising for her human flock-members....

Newly adopted Blue-fronted Amazon

Ellen K. Cook, DVM

I've recently adopted a Blue Fronted Amazon named Bella. She's 6 years old and from what I know of her history she's been with two families, the first sold her because they had a baby and the...

Cracking Beak and Avian Nutrition

EB Cravens

Dear EB, My parrot’s beak seams to be splitting well part of it is coming off as though she chews on wood and breaks part of it.  Is this natural or is this a vitamin deficiency? She gets vitamins...

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