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Linnie Regurgitation - Please save us

Our home is basically this:

but with soothing little oinking noises.

It all started years ago as he blossomed into the little crop milker we have today. He would regurgitate for his toy, to a level that we thought to be excessive. Following the advice of the internet, we removed the toy. It all just got more extreme from then on.

The funny thing about parrots is how clever they are. By taking the toy away we only caused him to regurgitate for his leg band. Yes, onto the band attached TO HIS LEG. The crusty crop milk would get down in between the band and his leg and caused him a good bit of skin irritation as a result. So we had the band removed.

The funny thing about parrots is how clever they are. By taking the band away we only caused him to regurgitate for his leg. Yep, directly on his leg and little toes. At least now it does not cause him any skin irritation. But he just keeps doing it, nearly every hour, for years. This can't be normal, is it? It is to the point that his perches need to be cleaned daily. I swear, half his intake is regurgitated for his foot. So we tried to distract him when we heard him make the little oink noises he makes when he does it. He is our milky little piggy.

The funny thing about parrots is how clever they are. By distracting him when we hear the little oink oink noises he makes, we only taught him to crop milk silently. I'm really not sure what else to do.

One medical thing to note, we are an AGY+ bird household and I have read that it can impact regurgitation behaviors. That said he has no other symptoms and we think he may be a carrier at worst. Also, while he offers so much food to his foot, his weight is absolutely healthy, a little bit too healthy if you ask me.

Any suggestions would be very appreciated. We need to keep the food in this pig.
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I have absolutely no advice to you and your dilemma but I had to tell you how much I loved reading this post about your little milky pig.

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