Why Interaction is so Important for Parrots

It is important to know that Parrots are very social creatures and they need stimulation to thrive and be happy. If you are a new parrot owner or a parrot owner for a long time….parrots are like children in a feathered suit. They need to be stimulated via bird toys, trick training toys and their human companions. A great way…

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8 tips for a Healthy and Happy Parrot

8 tips for a Healthy and Happy Parrot

Parrots can be complex individuals. But if you familiarize yourself with your particular species of parrot, it is not too difficult to keep your feathered friend happy and content. As a parrot owner, this should be your top priority. Birds who become bored can develop all sorts of emotional problems including feather plucking, screaming, self-mutilation and depression. To avoid this…

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Common Questions about Parrots

Common Questions about Parrots

Common Questions about Parrots Parrots are fascinating creatures……and parrot ownership is one of the greatest adventures you’ll ever have in a lifetime. It can be a truly rewarding experience, provided you are up to the challenge. Here are a few common questions about parrots: 1. How do parrots learn to talk? Parrots talk because they are taught to do so.…

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Grocery Shopping for your Bird

Some people have the mistaken idea that feeding a parrot is simple and easy. However, if you believe that all you need to do is pick up some bird seed from the store once in a while, you are in for a surprise. Feeding a parrot is much more involved than that. In order to have a healthy, happy bird…

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How Many Bird Toys Should My Parrot Have in His Bird Cage?

How Many Bird Toys Should My Parrot Have in His Bird Cage?

There are many different opinions about this subject. A lot of bird owners will say “my bird doesn’t like to play” or “my bird destroys his/her bird toys right away so I don’t want to buy that many toys for him”. The truth of the matter is that birds need at least 10 to 14 toys in their cage at…

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Lifespan of Parrots

Lifespan of Parrots

As a devoted parrot owner, no doubt you want your bird around for many years to come. The truth is that a well-cared for parrot can outlive its owner. So purchasing a feathered friend may indeed be a lifelong commitment. However, keep in mind that a parrot’s lifespan is directly linked to the quality of care he/she receives. There are…

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Parrot Intelligence and Foot Preference

Parrot Intelligence and Foot Preference

Does your parrot favor one foot to another? Our African Grey Jerry always needs to be picked up on his left side. Whenever you pick him on the right side he will not step up. Also, when he eats it is always using his left foot. As a matter of fact, when Jerry plays with his foot toys or even…

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Safe Parrot Toy Material for your Bird

Safe Parrot Toy Material for your Bird

Whether you are new bird owner or an experienced bird owner, it is extremely important to buy parrot toys that are safe for your feathered friend(s). Many bird toys and bird toy parts can be very dangerous to your bird without you even knowing it. Here’s What to Look For: Metal Chain Make sure that the metal chain that is…

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Spring Cleaning your Bird Cage

Spring Cleaning your Bird Cage

Spring is a time of renewal…..time to open windows, clean and freshen up our homes from the long winter months. Spring is also the time to clean and freshen up your feathered friends home as well. I like to take all my bird cages out and really clean them. I like to scrub them down and hose them off at…

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The 3 Steps to Teaching your Bird to Play with Bird Toys

The 3 Steps to Teaching your Bird to Play with Bird Toys

Every bird like every human is an individual with individual likes and dislikes. Sharing my life with birds for over 20 years, I have found that when I have maintained these three steps I have been able to turn the most finicky birds into to bird toy players. Demonstrate New Bird Toys to your Birds I have found the best…

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The 4 Types of Bird Toys Your Parrot Must Have

The 4 Types of Bird Toys Your Parrot Must Have

There are 4 types of bird toys your parrot must have in their bird cage. These types of toys will make for a well adjusted bird who is not wanting for your attention by screaming or plucking his feathers. Chewable Toys Chewable bird toys are the toys that once you put it in your bird’s cage, he immediately tears them…

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Types of Bird Perches you Should Have in your Birds Cage

Types of Bird Perches you Should Have in your Birds Cage

It is so important to have many different types of surfaces for your bird to perch on in his home. When you think about it your bird never sits down or gets off of his feet so he is always standing 24 hours a day 7 days a week even when he is sleeping. Can you imagine if you stood…

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What to Look For when Purchasing a Bird Cage for your Parrot

What to Look For when Purchasing a Bird Cage for your Parrot

The first thing to remember when purchasing a bird cage for your bird is that your birds’ cage is his/her domain or home. This is the place where they will spend a good portion of their days and nights when they are not out on their playgym or bird stand. Make sure the cage is wide enough so that your…

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Why Does my Bird Need a Parrot Playgym?

Why Does my Bird Need a Parrot Playgym?

Imagine staying in the same room every day, all day, never having the chance to leave. Your food and water is brought to you daily but you can never leave that room. That is the life of a feathered companion who does not have time out of his home (cage). Leaving a bird in a cage 24 hours a day…

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Why is my Bird Afraid of his Bird Toys

Why is my Bird Afraid of his Bird Toys

Every bird is different in personality. Some parrots love to play with a new bird toy right away while some parrots can be very picky about which bird toy they will play with. There are even some birds that are literally terrified of bird toys and will not play with bird toys at all. Parrots are a lot like humans…

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Why Birds need to Chew

You may have noticed a lot of entertaining things about your feathered friend; but if there is one thing that does not stop; and if there is one thing that could be troublesome at some point, that would be chewing! Your feathered friend absolutely loves to chew; and it is absolutely a natural behavior. You can maybe have it controlled…

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Avian Stress

There are a lot of factors than can cause stress during a bird’s lifetime. Whether you own a cute budgie or maybe an African Grey, limiting stress for your pet parrot is very essential for their health and well being. Stressors are found everywhere and can happen in different forms. It can either be mental or physical; and can be…

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A Bird Buffet

By Robyn Bright Pet Business.com Birds require a variety of food for optimal health, and while pellets were once thought of as a complete diet for avian pets, that has changed. Pellets made for specific bird groups or even one species may be beneficial, as they will cover a lot of nutritional needs, but birds must eat a variety of…

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The Importance of Play for your Pet Parrot

With all the many things you might have read or heard about parrots, there is one thing that is common above them all; and that is they are fun and loving. Perhaps one of the best ways to develop these traits for your parrot is by playing interactively with them each day. By playing with your parrot, you can expect…

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Teaching your Parrot to Talk

Hearing your parrot greeting you with “Hello” is such an amazing thing to observe.  What’s more fantastic than listening to your parrot singing a few lines of your favorite song?  Our African Grey Jerry sings many songs…. not always but if he is not singing he always keeps us in stitches with his talking ability.  (See Video below of our…

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4 Benefits of Foraging Bird Toys

Foraging bird toys are a great toys for your feathered friend because in the wild, parrots naturally forage for their food.  In their domestic environment your feathered friends have it pretty easy as their Mom or Dad daily keep their food dishes supplied with food and treats. Foraging bird toys are great at keeping your feathered friends interested while they…

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5 Tips for New Parrot Owners

If you are a first time parrot owner, there is a lot to learn about your new feathered child. I know I made plenty of mistakes with our first parrot Marshmellow, our Umbrella Cockatoo 23 years ago. Bringing home your first parrot may seem overwhelming. But don’t get discouraged…… Read books, talk to experienced parrot owners on bird forums and…

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Clicker Training for your Parrot

Every bird-lover wants to teach some tricks to their bird. Training your bird with positive reinforcement techniques helps to make his or her life better. It helps to build a beautiful relationship with your bird. Hence, it is important to teach some tricks to your birds. More so, your bird also loves being praised and wants to be loved. In…

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What you should know about an African Grey Parrot?

The African grey parrot is known as the ‘Einstein’ of all parrots. These gorgeous birds come from African rainforests. They are quite playful, having the intelligence level of up to a 5 year old and temperament of a 2 year old. Even though these feathery friends are becoming rare in their native regions, they are very popular as pets. If…

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10 Tips for Bathing your Parrot

A vocal bird is a source of perennial happiness. These feathered creatures ensure that there’s never a dull moment in the house with their constant activity. Some of their routines get them dirty and they present the need to be cleaned. Birds require bathing to remove dander and dirt from their feathers. Very often new bird owners come up with…

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Seven Easiest Ways to Tame your Cockatiel

Cockatiels are adorable and clever! They are frequently chosen as pet birds due to their gifted ability to do wonderful tricks, whistle and even talk. Cockatiels enjoy plenty of social interaction and love to be with children as well as adults. These birds have a long life-span (up to 22 years) and therefore one can enjoy their company for a…

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Your Parrot Loves Music

Who doesn’t love music! Music has the ability to calm your mind and body after a long day at work.   Good music is one which is pleasurable to your heart and your ears . Music can be soothing and relaxing or energizing depending on what we listen to. As human beings, we are designed to appreciate the musical arts. Music…

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8 Reasons Full Spectrum Lighting is Beneficial for your Parrot

Full Spectrum Lighting by Featherbrite has been part of our birds lives for over 10 years now.  We have our Featherbrite Swag Lights on a timer so each and everyday our feathered friends enjoy the benefits of Full Spectrum Lighting. Full Spectum Lighting is light that covers all wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum, from infrared to ultraviolet.  Full-spectrum lighting mimics…

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