Coupons for the Birds


Question

I enjoy the news letter & appreciate the coupons that I can use. However, as a companion bird owner, I am wondering why there are never any coupons for companion birds for food, toys ?
Thank you for considering adding coupons for companion birds.
Mary L.

Answer

Hi Mary,

I will pass your note on to our Product Management team—they work with the vendors who decide what coupons they will offer.  

Also, please make sure you are signed up for our monthly email newsletter as we can offer different coupons via email then in our newsletter.

Thanks for writing.

 

“The” Chuck

Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies

 

Do you have an in store community board that we can post our African Grey on for re-homing?


Question

We are needed to rehome our african grey parrots due to relocation. Do you have local boards for posting such a need?

Answer

Hi Kelly,

I’m sorry to hear that you are in need of rehoming your African grey parrots.

As you may be aware, Chuck & Don’s website does have a Friends & Partners page which lists pet services – unfortunately, posting for individual owners pets that are in need of homes is not included. We do list rescue groups if they request to be listed. But we do have community bulletin boards in each store that you could post anything pet related on for up to 30 days.

You may also want to search for an rescue organization that might be able to help you with a posting.

I hope you are successful in finding a new home for your parrots.

“The Chuck”
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet

What can I do to stop my African Grey from plucking all his chest feathers?


Question

Hi! I have an African Grey Parrot that we got last winter. When we got him/her he had plucked his chest clean. We were told he had done that for a number of years (now aged 16) likely due to seperation anxiety. Since getting him we have spent time with him and began covering his cage.  Since we started covering his cage a few times he has let roughly 70% of his chest feathers to grow in only to pluck them all out again. There are toys also available for him that he plays with and shreds. We are feeding him Harrisons adult coarse pellets (seems to be all he likes). Is there something diet related we are missing?

Answer

Hi Michael,

Unfortunately there are a plethora of different factors that can result in feather plucking in birds. Anything from diet to mental stimulation to separation anxiety, or even a mixture of all these and more!
The Harrison’s food that you feed is considered a complete and balanced diet for your bird, however supplementation is key. Your bird should ideally be receiving a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and even insects to round out his/her diet. Even if your bird seems to resist these foods at first, continue to offer him/her a wide variety of these foods as often as possible and eventually he/she may grow to like them. You could also try mixing in a new type of food for a period of time, I highly recommend the RoudyBush Maintenance foods that we sell in our stores, and see if your bird will gradually transition to a new diet in order to eliminate that as a possibility for the plucking.

I would also highly recommend taking your bird to an experienced avian veterinarian to rule out any potential health issues that may be causing the plucking. Teaching your bird some new tricks can also help to alleviate boredom and provide more social interaction with you, both which can be factors in plucking birds. Slight changes in environment or weather can also lead to plucking issues, so keeping a journal of any environmental changes that occur, and any increase or decrease in the plucking issues during these changes may also shed some light on this issue for you.

In short, a portion of your bird’s diet could absolutely be playing a role in his/her plucking issues, however every bird is different and there are many reasons behind why birds pluck and isolating these variables can take a long time and a lot of effort. I would recommend changing the base diet if possible and adding a variety of fresh foods on a daily basis to encourage him/her to absorb as much nutrition as possible from new dietary sources.

Thank you for writing,

“The Chuck”
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet