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Parrot Misinformation On The Internet

 April 26th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Blue and gold macaw

Blue and gold macaw

Facebook. I love it and I hate it. On the one hand, it is SO annoying watching people publicly humiliating themselves by posting drunken photos or making personal comments that they will live to regret…forever and ever.

On the other hand, for someone like me, it is a wonderful way to see into the world of other bird owners to get a sense of what is REALLY going on out there. This year we started doing an educational post of the week on our …

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Concerns With Plastic Parrot Dishes

 April 19th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty

 

A couple of weeks ago I was having a conversation with an avian vet during which I asked him about problems that would most commonly land birds into his clinic for treatment. We got to talking about food related bacterial infections and he told me that he feels the dishes that are manufactured for small bird cages are causing big trouble. This is not the first time I have heard this complaint.

The small bird cages he was describing are the ones that made of pliable, plastic-coated wire that are commonly found in pet stores …

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Persistent Parrot Behaviors

 April 12th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Hyacinth macaw

Hyacinth macaw

We have gotten several questions in the past couple of weeks where people are asking for help in handling their bird’s persistent behaviors. Calling a bird persistent is almost an understatement – when they get an idea in their head it is difficult to get them to part with it. Sometimes it turns into the ultimate battle of wills between a bird and their human.

We have all been there: the bird tries to walk off with the TV remote. You move it to another …

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Can I Keep My Budgie And Cockatiel In One Cage?

 April 5th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Budgies

Budgies

Q: Can I keep my budgie and my cockatiel in the same cage?

-Andrew F., Carlsbad, NM

A: This is a question we get frequently. Many people have birds of two different species that get along well and become very attached to one another. When they are out together in their play area, they always share the same perch and snacks and preen each other to perfection.

It is completely understandable that their humans would begin to wonder if they would happier being together around the clock and consider …

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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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