Parrot Vinegar Scare on Facebook is False Information!

For the last few days there is a story about vinegar being toxic to parrots when heated being passed around on facebook. This information is wrong. The writer cites “facts” supposedly from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for vingear. However checking such data sheets these “facts” simply do not exist. . . . more

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

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

Zinc Toxicosis: Separating Fact from Fiction

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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

Appearance of Budgerigars under UV-Light

Budgie-UV-Light Appearance Video

In a previous article the importance of UV-A and UV-B light for our parrots was explained.

Here is a video which illustrates the vision argument nicely. Enjoy! 🙂

How Important is UV-Lighting for Parrots?

On my continuous quest for enlightenment regarding all parrot issues I had a rather lengthy conversation with John Courteney-Smith, yesterday, regarding UV-lighting for parrots and other birds. John is Reptile Products Manager for Arcadia Products Plc. the world leader in reptile, aquarium and bird lighting systems. Who better to talk . . . more

Parrot Care | Egg Laying & Breediness Problems

Parrotlet with chicks and eggs

One issue in parrot care is that in spring time many pet parrots become breedy. Days are longer and the diet is often richer and more varied than during the winter season, as fresh greens, herbs, fuits and vegetables become abundantly available. All this signals to our birds: perfect time . . . more

How to test for zinc?

Zinc is toxic to parrots and may lead to acute and chronic poisoning. These may result in severe organ damage and often death. Unfortunately, it is difficult to diagnose chronic zinc poisoning, as the symptoms are not specific. This results in high mortality for chronic zinc poisoning. Therefore, it is . . . more