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5 Tips To Help You Survive Your Bird’s Hormonal Madness

 March 30th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Parrots can be very unpredictable under the influence of hormones.

Parrots can be very unpredictable under the influence of hormones.

I feel very fortunate. So far, the breeding season has been kind to my birds and, in turn, to me. There hasn’t been nearly as much drama as is customary during this time of year. Each season is different and there is no way to be certain how intensely our birds will be affected by the dreaded hormones. I hope I am not jinxing myself by mentioning my …

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The Perfect Parrot Owner – Is That A BAD Thing?

 March 16th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Blue fronted amazon

Blue fronted amazon

Years ago, when I started working for Birdtricks.com, I made my mind up that I would focus on certain areas where the need for information was the most evident. Through reading comments on blog posts, Facebook and through emails it became clear what was getting through and what wasn’t.

A main topic to tackle was the parrot diet – how it affects every single aspect of a parrot’s life, current and future, and a subject that was eluding the majority of parrot …

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Understanding What It Means To Have A “Lifetime Commitment” Pet

 March 8th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Blue and gold macaw

Blue and gold macaw

Over the years, I have taken a turn in the way that I deal with people who are interested in getting a parrot. I have always been careful to be honest with them about the work involved, the noise, the mess and the damage they can do to your home but I use to end on a positive note describing the magical experience parrot keeping can be.

I don’t do that anymore. Now I use that time trying to talk people …

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Medicating Your Bird: Everything You Need To Know

 March 1st, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
from enjoyingthelife.com

from enjoyingthelife.com

Compared to our other pets, birds live a very long time. At some point you will need to administer a medication to your parrot and it is something that you will want to be prepared for when that time comes.

I won’t lie – the first time is not easy. Your bird is sick and grumpy and not feeling at all like being cooperative. You are nervous and without confidence in what you are trying to do. What if I do this wrong? Will I …

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Tips To Help Your Bird Get More Exercise

 February 22nd, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Camelot macaw

Camelot macaw

I pay close attention when life issues a wake-up call. I am always grateful for the forewarning that danger is lurking up ahead and I try to extract as much positive from the experience as I can. Sometimes these personal near misses drive home lessons that also help me to be a better parront.

I have a pretty good diet. I make healthy food choices and buy good products. My diet is not perfect – I allow myself the occasional indulgence foods, but I use …

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How To Go About Training Foster Parrots

 February 15th, 2015
Posted By:
Monique
Cutie-Pie. HE IS SO CUTE!

Cutie-Pie (and me). HE IS SO CUTE!

To be honest, I had NO idea how to start training fosters. I tried with every one of them, but never made any progress whatsoever at first. Training fosters was a bit different than training my own birds. I know I already wrote about the importance of time when working with new birds. That’s one of the reasons I tend to foster birds I know personally, that way I have an idea of how long I …

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