My budgies love love love these chew toys
and are about to chew their way through a third of these
, made from the same stuff. But at $10 a piece, it's getting a little ridiculous. That first link says they're made of yucca -- is there somewhere I can either buy these toys in bulk, or just get ahold of tons of the raw (dried) material and cut it up myself?
posted by fiercecupcake
on Nov 6, 2013 -
My loving husband gave me a pair of birds. I was able to quickly google how to take care of them, and am doing fine in that regard, but am wondering: how do bird people enjoy
them? Bonus question: how do I get my cats to not want to eat them? [more inside]
posted by corb
on Oct 14, 2013 -
Ok probably sounds disgusting, but I just have a theoretical interest in this ever since I moved to my new apt with a balcony frequent by the flying rat kind.
I don't have time in the morning but I frequently spray some bleach water solution on the pigeon feces to scrape off later, and then I was wondering what chemically happens to the feces (or well, anything organic that contains pathogens and bacteria) when soaked in bleach.
Are the soaked feces on the railing theoretically "clean" and sanitized? What happens??? What is left over? I don't intend to leave them there, just curious.
BTW: any tips to keep pigeons away while at it? We covered all the balcony railings in reflective tape. It looks like a camp, silver palace now, but they still like it.
posted by ahtlast93
on Sep 29, 2013 -
Please name this bird I photographed in the English Lake District in July 2013. I'm no ornithologist, and online bird identification tools don't come up with anything close. Mostly light coloured, black wings, black patch over the eye, reddish patch on breast. Maybe 20cm tall. Photo here: http://imgur.com/HjpPSPr
. Thanks in advance!
posted by samj
on Sep 4, 2013 -
Little daughter and I were watching a birds' nest this morning where four little sparrows were getting fed by their mom (or maybe dad?) Each time the mother bird came back, all four sparrows would screech and open their mouths wide and the mother would give one of them some food.
My question is: how does the mother ensure that each chick gets enough food? I can think of at least two theories: 1. The adult bird has enough working memory to know who got the last bit of food, or even who's gone the longest without food; or 2. Hungrier chicks screech louder and the adult bird gives food to the loudest screecher.
Do we know which of these is right, or whether the real answer is something else entirely?
posted by escabeche
on Aug 16, 2013 -
I noticed a baby seagull running up and down the sidewalk outside my flat. It's not able to fly and the mommy seagull is flying above it, but has apparently stopped feeding it. Should I pick up the bird and move it to a park? (I'm in the middle of the city.) I've always been told that touching a baby bird will leave a human scent on it and the mother will abandon it? Is this true?
posted by three blind mice
on Jun 23, 2013 -
We recently found this piece of art, a bronze plaque, at a table sale. It looks like something created by a known artist, their name is on the tip of my brain, but I'm drawing a blank. Does it ring any bells with any of you? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless
on Jun 17, 2013 -
I live in the Western NC mountains. Early this morning I saw a line of birds flying very high, ( they looked like a ribbon of dots), and fast, from south to north. The formation was strikingly beautiful as they were following in a wavering line rather than the typical V formation. What species did I see?
posted by haikuku
on Mar 30, 2013 -
Mixing military history and natural history, I'm looking for information regarding bird behavior during wartime. An example: would one hear bird songs on the battlefield during pauses in fighting? [more inside]
posted by josephtate
on Mar 12, 2013 -
My 10-year-old nephew lives in Cranford, NJ and really likes tropical birds. My wife and I said for Christmas we'd take him to the zoo hopefully to see some birds and really the only research I had done was to confirm the Prospect Park Zoo (which is the same thing as the Brooklyn Zoo??) was open in the winter, but when I look at the site there's not much mention of tropical birds. Is there anything better in the area?
posted by theNeutral
on Jan 3, 2013 -
Mefi birdwatchers, i need help! I'm looking for the most authoritative and comprehensive book(s) on the indigenous birds of Arkansas. Bonus points if it's fancy and the kind of thing you could put on your lap while sitting on the porch and bird watching. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents
on Dec 20, 2012 -
How long after baby birds leave the nest until the parent birds stop being arseholes? Is there any way to convey the message, "move along now, no loitering" to a bunch of currawongs? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Nov 21, 2012 -
My girlfriend wants to get a canary x goldfinch mule... what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee
on Jun 30, 2012 -
My 8yo daughter (in a few weeks) and I love playing Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds and other games on Android. We play them on my Xoom, Kindle Fire, and HTC Thunderbolt (phone).
Are there any good games like these (not first person shooters, please. She's 8 and we're Quaker) that would allow us to play against o with each other, one on the Xoom and the other on the Kindle?
posted by nathanrudy
on Jun 17, 2012 -
Name that bird! And also need some suggestions for keeping birds out of the pet food/water dishes. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat
on Jun 12, 2012 -
I am getting a tattoo of two birds on my back to cover up some old tattoos that I no longer like. I am looking for bird species inspiration. Ideally these will be some sort of plumed birds, but please link me/give me a species name of any birds that you find to be particularly beautiful. Thanks!
posted by corn_bread
on May 17, 2012 -
Looking for information about birds in Asia that were discovered making nests out of pieces of hardare, because there were no trees left. [more inside]
posted by space cat
on Apr 11, 2012 -
Any advice on catching a guinea fowl? This is a small-turkey-sized, semi-flighted bird that really, really doesn't want to be caught. [more inside]
posted by indognito
on Dec 25, 2011 -
I need to know how to set up a wireless, night-vision enabled, motion detecting camera for the purposes of spying. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie
on Sep 23, 2011 -
I got curious about this after reading a blog article on pigeons and face recognition
. What colors does a pigeon see in other pigeons? I see pigeons with white, black, and grey bands and patches, sometimes with iridescence in the neck. The wikipedia entry for bird vision says they have pentachromatic vision. [more inside]
posted by bleary
on Jul 15, 2011 -
I just moved in with my boyfriend, and as it turns out he's very easily annoyed by my pets. I'm looking for suggestions on how to moderate the tension so that both he and my little creatures can coexist without murdering each other. [more inside]
posted by wansac
on Jul 8, 2011 -
Something is eating the plants in my garden. I don't know what it is or how to stop it. Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by celerity
on May 28, 2011 -
Circle of Life Filter: What terrible thing probably happened to the baby birds on my porch? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload
on May 19, 2011 -
Can'tFindThisVideoAgainFilter: YouTube, perhaps; within last 6 months. A couple of guys go back in time (!) and keep a diary. They return to the present and assert that birds are just dinosaurs. Pretty sure the punchline was something close to my tagline above. Much better than as described...
posted by TigerMoth
on Apr 26, 2011 -
I'm trying to remember a children's book. There is an explosive so powerful that a single grain of it would cause a huge blast. It is in the possession of a sinister person. Our tiny hero rides a bird, steals the explosive, and (spoiler) drops it in the ocean, where it detonates relatively harmlessly. [more inside]
posted by Eater
on Jan 4, 2011 -
Name that bird of prey! (Photo #1
, Photo #2
). Seen today in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, near the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains (Hollywood Hills).
posted by Asparagirl
on Jul 27, 2010 -
Bird-watching books and gadgets for a bird-loving (but novice) 70 year old man? [more inside]
posted by raztaj
on Jul 1, 2010 -