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Old 02-04-2020, 10:09 PM   #21
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What kind of light bulbs do you use in his area? I noticed Jules flying improved when we started using full daylight bulbs around the house. It seems that the standard yellowish color bulbs we were using are sort of dim to a parrotlet sight. Sort of the equivalent of a human living in a cave. Once we went to full spectrum daylight bulbs she could see better and flew with more confidence.

I discovered just that! The light bulbs that were yellowish/soft light played havoc on Bogie's flying! I switched to full spectrum daylight type of bulbs and they work fine.
Ricochet was never exposed to yellow light. He flies really well with a lot of confidence.


The last time I took Ricochet to the vet, he clipped his toe nails with a Dremmel. I will never let him use the Dremmel tool on Ricochet again! The vet said it was something new to use on small birds with a special tip on it, but it took Ricochet 3 weeks before he could grab onto my shirt when he flew to me! It cut well, but it rounded out the tips of his toes so he couldn't grab! Poor bird...


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Old 02-05-2020, 07:58 AM   #22
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What kind of light bulbs do you use in his area? I noticed Jules flying improved when we started using full daylight bulbs around the house. It seems that the standard yellowish color bulbs we were using are sort of dim to a parrotlet sight. Sort of the equivalent of a human living in a cave. Once we went to full spectrum daylight bulbs she could see better and flew with more confidence.
He is in our living room, I am not sure the name, but they are bright white.

We noticed when he was in our seasonal home he seemed happier and friendlier, that house is very bright, lots of windows. That made me make the change in the first place. We dont leave lights on during the day when we are gone, that is why I have the light above his cage for three hours.
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Old 02-05-2020, 01:03 PM   #23
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How interesting! It just never occurred to me that the hues of the bulbs in our homes would affect the flight ability of our birds. I have always preferred the cooler bulbs to the warmer bulbs (people at work think I'm nuts for insisting on a "daylight" bulb for my desk lamp!), so I have nothing to compare against. My living area at home is bright as a result! But if I swapped all the bulbs to the warmer type (they've always looked 'dingy' to me), I wonder how the birds' activities would change. I'm not going to run that experiment though



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Old 02-05-2020, 06:25 PM   #24
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I discovered just that! The light bulbs that were yellowish/soft light played havoc on Bogie's flying! I switched to full spectrum daylight type of bulbs and they work fine.
Ricochet was never exposed to yellow light. He flies really well with a lot of confidence.


The last time I took Ricochet to the vet, he clipped his toe nails with a Dremmel. I will never let him use the Dremmel tool on Ricochet again! The vet said it was something new to use on small birds with a special tip on it, but it took Ricochet 3 weeks before he could grab onto my shirt when he flew to me! It cut well, but it rounded out the tips of his toes so he couldn't grab! Poor bird...


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We had the same nail issue with Jules. After a severe nail clip her landings were more like crashes. If they just tip the nails things are fine but if they cut too much it is a bird crash and neck landings for us.
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Parrotlets NEVER need their nails trimmed unless they have a medical issue.
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When our sitter did Nichi's nails, wings, and beak, she didn't leave enough anywhere for her to grab onto things. She wouldn't come out of her cage for weeks. Especially upsetting since we hadn't okayed it.

Her nails do need to be done again (conure) but I'm taking her elsewhere.
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In Ricochet's case, he had broken his long toe near the ankle and this caused blood to form at the end of his toe. It had to be clipped because the swelling at the end of his toe was pressing against his nail and it started to bleed. We had to clip his nails.



I read that some p'letts do not get enough exercise or have use of different sizes and textures of perches. This causes their nails to get too long, even though they are healthy. My wife had a blouse on that she made and it had some bling on it. Bogie got his nails caught in the bling and he panicked. He hurt his left leg because he twisted it when he tried to fly loose. Bogie was 4 months old, so I decided to let him be a free bird. He flew all over the place and this kept his nails short, due to various landing perches and surfaces. Long nails are dangerous and can get caught in things.



I had budgies who needed to have their nails clipped, even though they were healthy. Their metabolism is much faster than a parrot and their nails grow very long very quickly. I couldn't take their long nails on top of my bald head! It was painful!



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Wow Dave! This is good advice to think about. I'm not sure I could get my husband to comply with this one though. He is convinced that Joey is evil at his core. I mean, he does have what we call "Dinosaur Mode." But he's not 100% evil. He's got "Cute Mode" too lol. So I guess it looks like "A soft answer turneth away wrath." Works on birds too!
"Evil to his core" LOL Hahaha so funny but your husband is right. If they were the size of a Pterosaurs he would eat you and your husband! Good thing that they are an ounce of fluff. I have never had a parrotlet that bit me for very long. Thy go through stages of power trips and their bites did not phase me enough to make a difference so they would eventually stop. I am very hands on and affectionate with the animals and birds so they will stop biting when they get enough interaction and attention. Did anything change in his cage? .. they don't like change ..my most beloved friend Huck would stare down anything new in his territory and do the cobra dance. Huck made life easier for me to figure out ..I miss him so much . If you ever reply back to me I never get any messages from anyone on this site no matter what effort I put out so I think that I must have a deficit in my setup or everyone hates me ..whatever it is good luck with your baby ..it will stop biting .sing songs and dance for him and he will never bite again
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Old 02-06-2020, 12:40 AM   #29
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There are definitely reasons to clip a bird, especially in cases for safety. There is no one right answer and when done, it is temporary. There is no physical pain when clipping a bird. You cannot compare wing clipping to being blindfolded for weeks, there is no correlation. That's like comparing having surgery to have a massage.
I caught some dry humor in your comment and it made me chuckle. I spent some time (13 years) in New York and people are very open and speak their mind plain and simple. They have a bad rep but I found them to be very friendly compared to the rest of the world
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Parrotlets NEVER need their nails trimmed unless they have a medical issue.
My guys were abused rescues. It took a few vet visits to straighten out nails and scissor beak. Feather health was latter as diet improved.

Even to this day an occasional nail tips and beak adjustment is needed.
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