Top 10 Holiday Dangers for Parrots

Photo: Miriam Kavana

The holiday season can be lovely, filled with good friends, family, love and light. However, it can quickly become a nightmare to anyone keeping parrots as it is fraught with dangers that may impair your pets’ health and maybe even cost them their lifes.

Please see below for the top . . . more

Adopt, Don't Shop for Parrots!

Dear Parronts,

Talking about species appropriate keeping and not supporting the mass production of parrots is one thing. Helping owners of parrots finding appropriate mates for their birds is another. To facilitate this I have created a facebook page called Adopt, Don’t Shop for Parrots! The purpose of this page . . . more

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. . . . more

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 . . . more

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 . . . more

Safe, Ethical and Parrot Friendly Cleaners: Vinegar and Baking Soda

Acetic Acid Container

“All” the Americans seem to be cleaning with vinegar and baking soda all the time. (haha – how’s that for generalization :-)) As a multi-parrot and dog owner, I am forever battling with filth. So I thought, “Great idea – I’ll try this.” Particularly appealing is also that neither vinegar . . . more

Greenwing Macaws Join Flock in the Bird Hall

01-09-2012 Today is a really exciting day here at the bird school. As you know I had four Greenwing macaw parrots in my bedroom – unflighted / handicapped birds which could not be safely placed in the bird hall. Miss Lizzie’s horribly mauled flight feathers have been growing back over . . . more

Anti-Scream Training for Peaceful Mornings

As you know I have currently four Greenwing macaw parrots in my bedroom – unflighted / handicapped birds which cannot be safely placed in the bird hall, yet.

Well, my feathered darlings had gotten into the habit of loudly greeting the new day at an ungodly hour. <sigh>

I finally . . . more

Musical Chairs With Parrots

28-06-2012 Living with parrots can be a lot of joy, but it can also be a source of pure frustration and bewilderment. Take the addition of little Lara, the severe macaw girl, to my flock. She is meant as a mate for Pedro who has been a widower for too . . . more

Severe Macaw Lara - First Time in the Flight Hall

Lara, the Severe macaw, first day in the flight hall

28-05-2012 Those of you who follow me on facebook know that one week ago little Lara moved in with us and you have read about a gazillion mini-updates during her first week here. Hope, I have not been boring you too much with my excitement! 🙂

For those who aren’t . . . more

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