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

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

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

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

Chickweed - Just a Weed and Budgie Treat?

Chickweed Healthy Nutrition for Budgies, Parrots and other Birds

Chickweed is loved by budgerigars and other parrots. It is also one of the most underestimated plants. Not only is chickweed more nutritious than lettuce, it may also be harvested almost throughout the whole year. You may find its tender leaves under a layer of snow allowing our feathered companions . . . 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

Pellets - food for thought

I am no fan of pellets. The reasons for my critical view of this very common dietary staple for parrots are outlined, below. Of course, there are some exceptions in which pellet feeding does make sense in my opinion. These I have also outlined below.

Contra 1. Ingredients

Pellets generally . . . more

Herbs for parrots - an introduction

Long before ready made medicines were available, our ancestors helped themselves with herbs when they were physically or psychologically unwell. Wild animals have also been observed to medicate themselves with nature’s remedies. Unfortunately, much knowledge has been forgotten. This is a shame, as sometimes heavy duty medicines with all their . . . more