Preening and Why It is Important to Your Parrot

Severe Macaw Preening his feathers

If you have a parrot, you know that preening is an activity that a parrot does on a daily basis. It is much more than looking good and appealing to to their feathered friends but it is an essential part of keeping their feathers maintained and in good shape. Some parrots use preening to get rid of old feathers that…

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When your Parrot Molts

When your Parrot Molts

Our Parakeet Charlie is going through a bad Molt. You may say what is a “Molt”. Molting for your feathered friend is a birds process to shed and replace their feathers with new ones. This is a very stressful time for your bird. Molting can be triggered by seasonal light changes, the ending of raising baby chicks, changes in temperature…

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What Foods should my Parrot Eat to Stay Healthy

What Foods should my Parrot Eat to Stay Healthy

Getting your feathered friend to eat healthy foods can be a very daunting task. Our Cockatoo Marshmellow enjoys her pellets like Caitec’s Oven Fresh Pellets and Harrison’s Bird pellets but eating healthy vegetables and fruits….she is as picky as they come. All I can say is that it takes time and patience……it worked with Marshemllow. She now enjoys her vegetables…

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The 4 Holiday Bird Safety Tips every Parrot Owner Should Know

The 4 Holiday Bird Safety Tips every Parrot Owner Should Know

Keeping your bird safe is important at anytime but during holidays it is especially important to be more vigilant with your birds safety. Here are 4 bird holiday safety tips that every parrot owner should know. Safety Tip #1: Be very careful of non-stick cookware and teflon. All humans who share their homes with birds should have a non-stick (teflon)…

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Preventing Obesity in Parrots

Preventing Obesity in Parrots

The majority of pet parrots are well-taken care of and are provided with an abundance of delicious food. They have little need to exercise and often spend their days standing leisurely on their bird stand or in their bird cage. Unfortunately, this lifestyle can lead to obesity. Many veterinarians cite obesity as the number one health concern among our feathered…

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Full Spectrum Lighting for Parrots By Featherbrite

Full Spectrum lighting emits light that is very close to that of natural sunlight. Sunlight and artificial sources of light are measured by color temperature and rendering. If you were to consider the intensity of the sun at noon daylight, it is about 5500 degrees Kelvin (K). Natural light not only provides warmth, but brings out the intensity of colors…

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Pelleted or Seed Diet for my Parrot

You may ask………..Pellets or Seed Diet for my parrot.  That is the question. When we first brought home our Umbrella Cockatoo Marshmellow as a baby 26 years ago, seeds were the staple of any bird’s diet.  Within a couple of years companies came out with pelleted diets for companion parrots. As we found out a complete seed diet was not…

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The Scoop on Bird Poop

One of the best ways to observe your bird’s health is by observing their “Poop”.   My husband and I clean our bird cages for our 5 birds each night so this is a great time to check their droppings from the day. A daily inspection of their droppings can tell you if your bird is stressed or becoming ill, thus…

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Healthy Snacks for your Parrot

As any bird lover, you would love to share food with your feathery friend. We all do that as it is an amazing way to bond with him/her. But have you ever thought that the food which you eat might not be healthy for your bird!  Sometimes unknowingly we feed our birds with unhealthy snacks merely out of love. These…

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How to Check if your Parrot is Sick?

An active and healthy parrot, when taken in as a pet, becomes an important member of your family. In most cases, you take the bird as your own child and are responsible for its well-being. It can be quiet distressing to know that your feathered friend has developed an illness. It is a matter of concern also because unlike other…

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Tips for Changing Your Parrot’s Diet

After you have brought your feathered companion home, one of the most challenging things is to change their food habits. Converting their seed diet into a pelleted diet or home diet can be tricky during the initial days. Your new friend may not like to have fruits, vegetables or pellets instantly. It may take some time, a little patience and…

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Why Chewing is Important to Parrots

Chewing is a very important part of a parrots natural and inquisitive ability which helps them learn about things in their environment. Parrots love to chew and feel with their beak because it helps them answer questions and learn about things like….what is inside here?…..Is this food or something I can eat? or…..I wonder if this material will be good…

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Healthy Parrot Foods and Diets

We have 5 birds in our flock…..ranging from Parakeet to Umbrella Cockatoo.  Each one of our feathered friends has  their favorite foods….so it is difficult keeping all their beaks happy at meal time. A couple of years ago I incorporated our Vet’s (Dr. Wolf in Parsippany NJ) suggested Table Food for Pet Birds diet.  Not only are parrots happy but…

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Your Feathered Friends and Their Wild Behavior

Bird behavior is a fascinating subject.  As bird owners, we know that our much-loved feathered friends have a range of reactions and emotions that other people would never imagine. Their intelligence and ability to use logic and reason, coupled with their ability to learn language, make them highly entertaining and unique animal companions. One thing that is particularly captivating about…

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Jerry Our African Greys New Feathers

We are so happy to announce that our African Grey Jerry has 95% of all his feathers back. We adopted Jerry back in 2001 and he has on and off been a feather plucker.  After changing his diet last year to only vegetables and Harrison’s Pellets and Roudybush pellets his feathers made a comeback….. Plus every other night on his…

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Grooming Your Parrot

Just like dogs and cats, your feathered friends need regular grooming to stay healthy. Most birds groom themselves naturally by preening their feathers. Remember—a healthy parrot likes to look his best! However, there are a few additional grooming techniques you may need to apply, depending on your bird. •    Trimming the nails. If your parrot’s nails get too long, they…

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Easter Safety Tips for Parrots

Easter marks the arrival of spring & sunshine. For many people this is a joyous time of year and a real cause to celebrate. When planning your festivities, don’t forget to consider the safety and comfort of your parrots. If you plan on having a large family gathering, consider your bird’s needs during this time. If you have a shy,…

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Skin Care for Parrots

During the cold winter months, skin irritations can become a problem for your feathered friend(s).   There are several reasons for this including: 1.    Lack of Humidity. If the air is too dry, it can cause your parrot’s skin to become cracked, flaky or irritated. Feathers may also start to look dull and brittle. As you observe your parrot perched on…

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Medical Emergency Tips for your Parrot

Medical emergencies happen at the worst of times……in the case of your feathered friend knowing what to do when he/she is bleeding due to a toenail getting cut or even when a blood feather gets damaged….time  is the up most of importance. Below is a link to an article by Robyn Bright of Pet Business Magazine on what to help…

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5 Signs your Parrot may be Sick

Companion parrots are good at hiding any illnesses that they may have so this makes it difficult to know when they are sick until it is too late. Here are some signs you should look for if you suspect there is something wrong with your feathered friend. 1.  Decreased appetite – Be aware of your feathered friend’s normal eating habits…

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Fat Versus Fiction in your Parrot’s Diet

A balanced diet plays an important role in your feathered friends health and well being. As a bird owner for more than twenty years……information regarding your bird’s diet is much more prevalent today than it was twenty years ago. Twenty years ago a “Seed” diet was the norm.  Today a diet that consists of Pellets and fruits and vegetables is…

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What If Your Parrot Outlives You?

Parrots can live for many, many years.  Species, such as the Macaw have been known to live into their eighties and nineties. If your bird is healthy and well-cared for, there is a possibility he/she may outlive you. If this is the case, you will want to consider who will care for your parrot after you die. Don’t assume this…

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Introducing a Second Bird To Your Home

As a parrot owner, your bird is the love of your life. It is only natural to want to add an additional parrot to your flock. Before doing so, you will want to consider a few things including: The Time: Parrots are a lot of work. They all require feeding, medical care, and lots of one on one playtime with…

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If You’re Allergic to Your Parrots….Here’s some Tips

Discovering that you or a member of your family is allergic to your beloved bird(s) can be devastating for a devoted parrot lover. The good news is there are things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms and keep your feathered family together. Parrot allergies are caused by feather dust which a bird emanates whenever he shakes, preens himself…

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Keeping Your Feathered Friend Safe from Deadly Items in your Kitchen

Being a bird owner for more than 30 years, knowledge of deadly items in your kitchen was never readily available many years ago. With more and more information available nowadays via the internet, bird owners can now be more informed of these potential hazards which can be deadly to your feathered friend. Click the link below to an article from…

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12 Things you Should Never Do With Your Parrots, Part I

Whether you’ve been a parrot owner for 20 years or just 20 days, here are a few helpful reminders that will assist you in preserving your feathered friends health and longevity: 1.  Never spray hairspray around your bird. Your parrot may be sitting next to you on his parrot playstand, watching you go about your daily routine, when you decide…

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Tips to Discourage Mating Behavior in Parrots

It seems like every year at this time our feathered friends go into “Mate” mode.  Our African Grey “Jerry” is searching for the darkest closet.  Our Umbrella Cockatoo “Marshmellow” just laid an egg two weeks ago and our DYH Amazon “Kiwi” is in “throw up” mode.  Some of these habits are instinctual and cannot be helped but some of these…

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Signs of a Healthy Parrot Beak

A bird’s beak is an extremely important piece of equipment. Parrots use their beaks to grind up food, play and climb. As a result it is important keep your parrot’s beak healthy and in good condition. Here are a few signs of a healthy beak: 1. It should be smooth. As you watch your bird play on his parrot playgym…

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Reading a Bird’s Feathers

Parrot feathers are so interesting and unique.  Did you know feathers are only unique to the avian species and the only other creatures to have feathers were some theropod dinosaurs. There is so much to learn about feathers.  Feathers are 91% protein, 8% water and 1% fat and to make new feathers it takes a lot of protein, energy and…

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Heatstroke in Parrots

Summer definitely brings the sunshine—but it also brings the heat. In some parts of the country, temperatures may rise to 100 degrees or more on a given day. Our Feathered Friends can be sensitive to warm weather. As a result, it’s important to take precautions to keep your parrot cool. With proper care, most birds can go about their business—playing…

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