IKEA for Parrots - IRMA Fleece Blankets Protect Furniture and Floors

IKEA IRMA Fleece Blankets for Parrots

Ikea is a treasure trove for parrot owners. Many of their products are wonderfully suited to make your life with parrots a bit easier or more fun.

My last trip to IKEA was triggered by four greenwing macaws currently in my bedroom, greys in my bathroom and a little severe . . . more

Red Palm Oil

Hahn's Macaw eats red Palm oil from spoon

Many parrots love red palm oil. But why? Obviously, they seem to like the taste. Also, there are field observations that show clearly that the fruits of the oil palm are definitely part of wild parrots’ diets. But does it make sense for us to feed red palm oil to . . . more

My New Book is Out!

Screaming % Screeching: How to Solve Problems with Clicker Training for Parrots and Other Birds

Dear Friends and Readers,

I am so pleased to announce that my new parrot book is out!

Screaming & Screeching: How to Solve Problem Behavior with Clicker Training Would you and your family like to spend quality time with your birds without fear of bursting your eardrums? Would you like . . . more

Greenwing Macaws Bathing

When greenwing macaw Jack first came to live with me he hated bathing. Hard to imagine when you see him in this video, isn’t it?

Being a parrot trainer, I taught him to take showers in many little training steps that were strung together after he learned each one of . . . more

Silly Games with Lizzie

Green wing macaw Lizzie playing not training

06-05-2012 It is a grey and rainy Sunday morning. Time for Greenwing Macaw Lizzie and I to brighten up our day with some silly games: Chasing the mouse pointer while she perches on top of my iMac. She must have been a cat in her previous life.

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Ethical Parrot Keeping - the Civil Rights Movement for Parrots

Those of you who have been following my writing for a while, know that I am a staunch supporter of species appropriate keeping of parrots.

I know that some people are terribly offended when I tell them that it is not ok to keep a parrot without a mate, with . . . more

Zinc Toxicosis: Separating Fact from Fiction

Medical Center for Birds 3805 Main Street Oakley, CA 94561

Introduction

Continually evolving changes and advances in avian veterinary medicine have lead to changing and evolving diagnostic approaches towards laboratory testing the clinically normal as well as the obviously ill avian patient. These advances have come from controlled scientific studies, . . . more

Zinc Poisoning in Parrots - Article Collection

Cages may be a source of zinc and other toxic substances, dangerous to our parrots

Zinc is a frequent cause of illness and death in psittacines. According to the statement of the University of Munich Avian Department they have a parrot with zinc poisoning present in their waiting room at any given time. That is how frequently it occurs. Sadly, oftentimes chronic zinc poisoning goes . . . more

Parrot Bread - Yummy for Humans, too

Parrot bread and African grey

As parrot owners, we are constantly looking for healthy, but yummy foods that we can share with our feathered roommates. I have a great bread recipe that my parrots and I love and would like to share it with you.

This parrot bread is super healthy for you and your . . . more

Dremeling the Beak

Jack, my Greenwing Macaw, has lost a large part of his upper beak as a baby. Because of this, his lower beak grows “wild” and needs to be trimmed regularly. After a harrowing experience at the vets where Jack collapsed from stress, I decided, “never again”. I used clicker training . . . more

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