Question category: Behavior

Lovebird questions

“My lovebird is only 10 months old and I’ve never had any birds before. Tweety chatters – doesn’t make any noise but his beak is chattering… he’s cold and chattering. What is that all about? Do they feel cold? Do they have bugs on them that we can’t see and is transferred to us? How […]

Aggressive lovebird

super super aggressive female lovebird. what can I do besides Lupron. she was attacking and killing her husband.

How to choose a parrot?

Hi, Laferber. I am looking for a parrot. I want a parrot that is bold and doesn’t get sick easily. My house will be full of visitors. And maybe I can take her out. I could have spent more time with him if I could have gone out. I see some parrots being scared to […]

First Canary Egg

My female canary is 1 year old and it is her first egg she laid then she abounded. She doesn’t come towards it or bother to check on it. She is my only bird. What shall I do with the egg? She dropped it at the end of cage so I left it there for […]

Grass parakeets

Hi , I have two female grass parakeets, unsure of age as they was given to me . Although the lady said they were a year old . They were ok for a couple of months and now one seems to be picking on the other one . I ignored this for a while and […]

2 lovebirds no babies?

I have 2 lovebirds both around 4 years old have never laid eggs they feed each other do u think I have 2 males or 2 females?

Bonded pair fighting after 6 years

This is gonna be long, sorry. I’ve been running into some issues with my two budgies. They’ve been housed together for over 6 years now, and I’ve never had issues with serious fighting until very recently. The cage they were in when this started is smaller than the proper size for two birds, so that […]

Budgie keeps getting off her eggs and moving about the cage

My female budgie has laid two eggs with today being egg number 3s day, but she keeps coming out the nest box to eat etc is this normal? She does spend a lot of time on the eggs with the male sitting at the entrance to the nest box or on top of.

Separation Anxiety & Reflections

Hi, about a year and a half ago I adopted a 2 year old cockatiel named Tango (male) from a busy family that didn’t have the time to care for him. He was bonded to another cockatiel (male, in a separate cage due to territorial behaviours on Tango’s side) who had passed away prior to […]

Cockatiel behaviour

Hello, this is A. I have a question to ask about my cockatiels. We have one lutino and one whiteface cockatiel. My lutino cockatiel is a male. We brought him home about a year ago. While the whiteface cockatiel is a female. We brought her home about a month back. When we introduced the two, […]

Ask the Vet webinar – Grey digging

I have a 10 yr old African Grey. I have had her since she was 2 days old. My problem is She has a habbit of digging. Why and how do I stop it?

Cockatiel Breeding

I have a pair of Cockatiel and I keep them in my bedroom so that we can give them as much as attention as we can. They are with me for 3 years and I attached the breeding box to their cage 3 times. The female (Coco) laid eggs every time we attached the box. […]

Fledgling Zebra Finches being kicked of nest too early

Hi, We are fairly new to Finches so are unsure as to what to do. We have two pairs in our Avery and the second just had their first lot of babies. 5 in total. The other pair did well and all of the babies survived and are happy and healthy, there where only 3. […]

My 16 year old Quaker parrot

Help my parrot has laid 14 eggs. 4 at the end of Feb. sat on those then gave them up. 4 more about 3-4 weeks later Sat on them until giving them up. 4 weeks later now 6 more. We moved the cage Darkened the room Cover her up early at night Not sure how […]

Finches bullying

Hello. I have 4 birds. I have 2 finches that have been together for a couple of months, a lovebird, and now a new society finch. Cheerio, the new guy is the sweetest thing ever, and he gets along great with my other society finch, Baebae. It’s Pip, my Indian spice finch who’s the problem. […]

Introducing New Parakeet

Hello, Thank you for your quality products, especially the Nutri-berries! My bird is a fan. I have had Pip, a solo parakeet for 3 years. She slowly became trusting with our family and our guinea pig, Roo. She became very comfortable flying to and from her cage and interacting with Roo who was kept in […]

Crying baby sound 24/7

Hi! A month back I got a cockatiel, as per the pet store guy he was fully tamed and his age is 7 months. However once we got home all that cockateil wanted to was cuddle and make crying baby sounds non stop. I thought it would stop but he can carry on for hours. […]


Hi my partner and i dont live together we both have a cockateil each ,so on frids until sun they are both together usually during the week they are separated, is this a cruel thing? They dont stress out when i have to take mine home they do call out to each other we do […]

Should I keep giving my Quaker parrot fresh food?

I have a 5 year old quaker parrot named Sammy she keeps laying eggs, she’s currently on her 11th egg and I’ve done so much to get her to stop. My question is should I stop giving her fresh foods and limit her to pellets or do I give her fresh foods but less. My […]

New cockatiel

Soo I have 2 cockatiels male and female but the male doesn’t like the female they are probably the same age but he doesn’t like her. So im thinking about getting a new one. What gender should I buy. If I buy a male cockatiel would they fight? I want to breed cockatiels.

Cockatiel question

What is a good method to get our cockatiel to stop picking at our moles, pimples, etc

Why is my bird rubbing against her food bowl

Hello, I’ve had a female budgie since December 2020, me and her have a very good relationship, but lately she’s been making strange noises and go underneath her food bowl and rubbing against it, I’m very confused and I’d like to know if O should do something because her mate recently passed away and I’m […]


My cocktiels had a baby. Both mom n Dad are in box with baby. But when male comes out to eat and wants to go back inside, he fights with female and gets her out. Then he is alone with baby to take care. Then within 15 min. They are both in box together. Why […]

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Hello, Love you website. I just got a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo & we believe she is about 40 years old. Should we expect her to lay eggs? Also should we find her a “bf”? Thank you for your help.


I have a cockatiel don’t no the sex bought him right after we could leave the nest. My question is can a single cockatiel lay eggs with out ever being around another bird

Laying eggs

I got a male bird for my birthday..He is now 1 yr and 4 1/2 months. On Mother’s Day he was acting really weird when I picked him up he was screaming. When I was petting him I looked down and there was an egg on the bottom of the cage! Yes that’s right! HE […]

Stop sun conure from egg laying and hormonal behavior

Our sweet 12 yr old sun conure laid her first egg. It was very traumatic, she did it without intervention, but with supportive care – we had her at the emergency avian vet for three days in an incubator with calcium, fluids, pain meds and supplemental oxygen. She is home now to recover, and it’s […]

Bitting problem

I brought one Alexander parrot and he is very scared , i love him and also care him but then also he bites me . He is very aggressive

My Cockatiel doesn’t like me

He bites me sometimes but not hard I can barely feel it and sometimes especially during the morning when you go past his cage he gets annoyed and start hitting the cage as if he saying back off recently I told him to stand on my finger and shoulder but only in a small room […]

My Female Cockatiel Laid an Egg On Her Own

Hi So my question today is that my female cockatiel laid an egg but there is no male cockatiel around its only her and a female budgie and a 3 month old male cockatiel but that’s not her bird and also i’m curious if the egg will hatch even though we keep the egg with […]

Cockatiel gender

just wanted to know regarding my masterbating cockateil lol you spoke about. i didnt do DNA testing so i dont know hs sex. does this behaviour mean he is male?

Will giving my new budgie a friend make him untame

Good afternoon all. I got a parakeet (Blue) about a month or so ago. He is trained and totally comfortable with me. He will fly and sit on my finger, head etc. I recently thought i want to get him a mate. Probably a baby parakeet of about less than 4 months old. If i […]

Sun Conure Double Clutch

My single 11 year old Sun is laying eggs for the 2nd year in a row (never laid before). Last year she laid 3, this year we are up to 7! I have tried pulling the eggs, I have tried leaving the eggs, I have tried changing her sleeping area. I’m not sure when it’s […]

Female budgie behaviour

Hello there Laefber, I’m currently in a situation where I’m truly unsure about what to do and I have a few things that I need some help with, Is it okay if you can at least give me tips, advice and directions on what to do? the first thing I’d like to mention about is […]

My budgie is not sitting on the egg at night

My budgie has just laid an egg. And now it is night time she laid it in afternoon.she is not incubating at the night. But from the afternoon to evening she was with the egg all the time Why she is not incubating at night? What will happen if she doesn’t incubate at night? Pls […]

My finch doesn’t like me

Everytime I put my hand in the cage she flies everywhere and she chirps and jumps around a lot too I’ve also had her for 3 days

Finding a friend for my tiel

Hi, my cockatiel is now 6 months old and recently, I’ve brought her on several play dates with other birds/parrots and she seems to be a very social cockatiel who likes interacting with other birds. That confirms my worry that she would not like another bird in the house. Right now, I only have one […]

infertile egg

hi my cockatiel just laid an infertile egg yesterday. My question is should i remove the egg from her?

My budgies arn’t getting along

Hello. About a week ago I got my first budgie (Kiwi), an English budgie. Everyday we would hang his cage outside so he can hear the birds and have some sun. About 4 days after we got him an escaped budgie landed on his cage. We contacted the locals and he doesn’t seem to have […]

Finch Companions

We have an elderly conure. His bird room buddy, a parrotlet, passed away a couple of months ago (old age). We got a pair of male zebra finches as company in the bird room. One of them died suddenly last week (unknown cause). The remaining one seems ok at the moment (apparently healthy, still singing), […]

Why did he bite?

Our B&G macaw is my buddy. He loves interacting with my wife though. He runs to see her and he talks more to her, and he just gets excited when she enters the room. He calls for me when I’m gone, and he seems depressed. Not so with her. I hold him for long amounts […]

Best bird for my schedule

I’ve been considering getting a bird recently, as they are some of my favorite animals. I’ve been especially interested in the bronze winged pionus. The problem is that I work an evening shift at my job, where I clock in at 3:00 PM and clock out at 11:00 PM. Would the hypothetical bird be happy […]


My female does not seem interested in my male, she did in the beginning and he has tried everything to try to wow her and she has not done anything. Is there anything wrong with him or her?

Bird Shredding Paper

My Cockatiel loves to shred paper. I am about to run out of a 2 inch roll of shredding paper that I purchased from Drs. Foster and Smith, before they went out of business. I put the paper on the top of her cage, where it also protects the lower cage area from her droppings. […]

Male Cockatiel Attacking Mate in Nestbox

Female is sitting on eggs. Male serenades her and, when she doesn’t respond, attacks her. I’ve shut him out of the cage and nest box for tonight. Both birds have food and water readily accessible. Can the female nest alone?

should i get my cockatiel a friend

Hi, I have a female cockatiel she was not treated well before I got her so she bites a lot. I can not give her a lot of attention because I have school and I have to switch between my parent’s houses every two weeks and she has high anxiety she also has a huge […]

Make Java Finch

Can two male Java finches with no female coexist in the same cage peacefully

Hurt cockatiel?

My cockatiel has been screaming over his wing and grooming it but it isn’t broken because he’s stretching it out. My mom is saying he’s getting in new feathers but he’s only 3 months and not molting yet. Can someone please help?

Severe macaw

I have a severe macaw named Luna who has the worst Separation Anxiety she is only 9 and has been in 5 homes she plucks and wasn’t sure if there is a medication we can prescribe her for her anxiety issues

Budgie behavior

I bought my budgie at a pet store as a baby. His wings were clipped, and took a long time to grow back. He was anxious, and wouldn’t go on my finger or leave the cage, and became a biter which hasn’t stopped. His wings have finally come in, and the cage is always open, […]

Hormonal Eclectus

any suggestions to prevent my 12 Year old Eclectus hen from laying eggs and then acting like “chickie mama” on the bottom of her cage for weeks…. I have tried covering her cage at night but she is terrified of the dark

Conure behavior

How do I persuade my sun conure to return to its cage willingly?

Senegal adoption

“I have a female Senegal nearing thirty. My bird sitter has a male who about fifteen who she ended up with because his owners did not come back for him. I am considering taking him for a while because, between the death of her other bird died and the pandemic, he has begun damaging his […]


Hi, I have two birds right now, a Monk parrot, male, and a Green Cheek Conure, female. My Monk parrot is one year old and my Conure is 10 months old, I believe, when we got her she was 4 or 5 months old, or at least that’s what they told me. I have two […]

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