Hector's story - the tragedy of being a handraised bird

I thought maybe you’d like to know more about my African grey Hector. Little Hector is – as you can see – a big strapping (almost 600g) “stud” of a bird. This was not always like that.

I bought him in 2001 in Manhattan not knowing what I know now. Hector was handraised from egg and shipped as a baby from California to the store in NYC. There he was handraised with a crop tube. I saw this procedure the first time after I had been visiting him daily for about two weeks. It is brutal!

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Fireworks Parrot Training

Fireworks Parrot Training Image

Many parrot and other pet owners have rather mixed feelings when it comes to new year’s and other public celebrations. Of course any party is great. But fireworks can be really scary to our beloved animals. They could be stressed or even injure themselves in panic. Fireworks parrot training is the solution.


Parrots are prey animals and therefore prone to flight, if scared. Panic flights as a response to sudden noises are not uncommon and the birds may injure themselves significantly when crashing into things. Clipped birds often respond by jumping from their perches in fear and also can . . . → Read More: Fireworks Parrot Training

Herbs for Parrots - The Ayurvedic Perspective

Dr. Mufaddal Rampurwala, doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Head of Department at Alternative Medicine Center – Kuwait, kindly shared and allowed me to post the following overview of herbs.

CAUTION: Please always see an experienced avian vet first for proper diagnosis and treatment. Discuss all herbal and alternative treatments with your vet first. Do not waste time with self medication which may cost your animal’s life:

Alfalfa Leaf helps assimilate protein, calcium and other nutrients. Contains chlorophyll. Richest land source of trace minerals. Very rich supply of Beta Carotene, Vitamins K and D. High in Calcium and contains Phosphorus, Iron, . . . → Read More: Herbs for Parrots – The Ayurvedic Perspective