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. Thus the whole write up is a lie meant to scare concerned parrot owners.

So where does all this come from? Let me try to explain:


A woman supposedly ran her dishwasher with vinegar added and her parrots died


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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 ten dangers you need to safeguard your parrots from during the holiday season:

1. Candles

Candles are dangerous in so many ways: They may compromise our parrots’ respiratory system. Also, feathers burn really well, if parrots get close to open flames. Eating wax may cause severe health problems.

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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

Zinc Toxicosis: Separating Fact from Fiction

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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, primarily from universities and from careful data collection and assessment by astute clinicians. Zinc toxicosis testing and diagnosis is included in this continually changing arena in avian medicine. As a general rule, avian practitioners must be particularly careful when using diagnostic tests, which are based primarily on testimonials rather than . . . → Read More: Zinc Toxicosis: Separating Fact from Fiction

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 undetected. Chronic zinc poisoning occurs from ingestion of minute amounts of zin over a long period or time, such as from using the beak as a climbing aid while getting around aviary or cage wires. Veterinarians – even those specialized on birds – to not routinely test for chronic zinc . . . → Read More: Zinc Poisoning in Parrots – Article Collection

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 to than the experts who have been active in this field for close to 50 years. To supplement our hour-long conversation John kindly sent me information material including a lengthy article he wrote that covers all you ever wanted to know and then some about bird vision. I was going . . . → Read More: How Important is UV-Lighting for Parrots?

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 to have some babies. Whilst this is in principle a romantic notion, for pet perrots this can be problematic. Apart from the philosophical question, whether one should raise parrots at all when so many second hand birds are desperately seeking good homes, owners are presented with real problems, too:

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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 of the utmost importance to ban any items containing zinc, such as cages, aviaries, cups, toys, etc. from your parrots’ surroundings. This is easier said than done, as it is really difficult for a laymen to distinguish zinc from other materials.

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