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When Your Birds Hates Certain Family Members…

 January 30th, 2016
Posted By:
Patty

 

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The tip of the week is normally a post only for our Facebook page, but someone suggested I also post this one here for reference purposes….

BEHAVIOR TIP OF THE WEEK

Without a doubt, this is the most common question we get here: “my bird loves me, hates everyone else” or “my bird loves everyone but me” or “I used to be the favorite, now my bird likes someone else better”.

If you have not yet figured this out, brace yourself, this is going to sting: your bird is self-serving. He thinks HE is …

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Things I wish I Had Known When I First Got A Parrot

 January 10th, 2016
Posted By:
Patty
Galah on a climbing net

Galah on a climbing net

People who are new to parrot keeping will agree on one thing: having a bird in the house is a challenge. There is a lot of reading you should do to understand a bird’s needs and wants, and how to keep them safe in the human environment. This is all vital information.

Here, though, are some tips that I have stumbled across during my own journey with my birds that you won’t find in the parrot care books. I …

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2015 In The Rear View Mirror

 January 3rd, 2016
Posted By:
Patty

 

DeeDee and Tinky

DeeDee and Tinky

So long, 2015. We hardly knew ye. Seriously. It went by so fast that’s actually what it feels like.

I am not a fan of the “New Year’s resolution”. I have never understood the value in it. It seems wrong to commit to being a better version of yourself only once a year. I feel we should carry that commitment with us always and re-evaluate to adjust our trajectory as it is needed.

I prefer “New Year’s Reflections” at which time I look back …

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Your Parrot’s Digestive System

 December 6th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty

 

Camelot macaw

Camelot macaw

Birds eat…and they poop…and then they poop some more. A cockatiel might relieve himself every 15-30 minutes – that’s a lot of relief. Have you ever wondered about the journey your bird’s food takes before it becomes an embarrassing stain on your shoulder?

Let’s go through each step…

The Beak and Esophagus:

It all begins in the parrot’s mouth. The tongue and the inside of the beak are dry – a fact which your fingers may have discovered in an unfortunate way. Deeper into your bird’s digestive …

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What Feathers Tell You About Your Parrot’s Health

 November 29th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Alexandrine parakeet

Alexandrine parakeet

One of the hardest things for bird owners to come to terms with, especially new bird owners, is the fact that we can’t rely on our eyes to determine the health of our birds. Because sick parrots are targeted by predators in the wild, they hide the appearance of illness until they are no longer able to do so. Eventually, as their illness progresses, they become lethargic, their wing begin to droop and their perching becomes unsteady – all indications of a very sick …

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The 3rd Biggest Mistake We Make With Our Birds

 November 22nd, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Camelot macaw

Camelot and military macaws

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article about the biggest mistake we make as parrot owners which you can read about HERE.  Following that post was the second biggest mistake we make – which can be read HERE.

Both of these article explain ways we unintentionally sabotage our own efforts with our parrots. Our third biggest mistake is yet another stumbling block we place our own paths. Sometimes we make things much harder than they have to be…

This mistake is …

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