A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health

June 20th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Did you know that malnutrition is one of the most common illnesses experienced in captive pet birds today?

Sadly, this is mostly due to parrot owners not feeding their parrots a proper diet. This can easily be changed by simply learning about each parrot’s unique dietary needs. Each species of parrot has their own nutritional requirements and understanding them can truly make the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy parrot.

Every parrot in the world, wild or pet, must have access to seeds, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. But those parrots that are kept in captivity as pets must also have a diet that is fortified with extra minerals and vitamins.

There are many commercial parrot food companies that manufacture and sell ‘extruded’ parrot food. These can be good places to start to provide your parrot with extra nutrients. However, be careful when feeding your parrot a pelleted diet, especially commercially prepared parrot seed and pellet mixes that contain plenty of brightly colored pellets. These pretty pellets essentially consist of sugary food coloring to make them look more appealing to parrots and their owners alike. But these colorful pellets can be harmful to parrots when they are eaten over a long period of time.

There are also other foods that are highly toxic and should never be fed to pet parrots as they can be quite lethal:

Chocolate

Avocados

Rhubarb leaves

Alcohol

Caffeine

Salty foods

Fatty foods

Feeding a nutritional sound diet to a parrot also includes providing them access to clean water at all times. This means changing out their water bowls every time they get soiled. A few parrots are picky eaters and prefer to dunk pieces of their food into their water bowls, which means that you will need to change their water as soon as possible to avoid harboring any bacteria in their water bowl.

All parrots also need to be able to take baths to help keep their dander in check, especially during the summer months when temperatures can soar. You can help your parrot by placing a small bird bath or extra bowl at the bottom of his cage for him to use as a bath. If this is not possible, such as in the case of a bigger parrot and not enough room at the bottom of their cage for a bath dish, then simply use a spray bottle filled with room temperature water. Always use a very gentle mist when spraying your parrot. Never use a stream option as that can actually hurt your parrot.

A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health

Do You Know Who Your Veterinarian Is?

Become An Expert On Parrot Care Health!

If you have ever had a dog or cat, you know that it’s pretty easy to find a qualified veterinarian if your pet gets sick. You’ve got an absolute ton of choices at your discretion.

Now, if you have a pet bird, then you know that it’s just not that easy. First, there aren’t many avian veterinarians, and if you do find one, that may be your only choice. You don’t get to be nearly as picky. That’s why it’s so very, very important that you know a lot about bird care and health so that you can hopefully prevent most diseases from happening in the first place.

Click here to learn more about avian veterinarian care

A Must Have Reference Book for Bird Care

There are a lot of ways you can try to learn about the best way to care for your bird, but you’re always best to reach for an expert, if you can. In this case, the must have book comes right from a well-respected avian veterinarian, Dr. Joel Murphy who has 21 years of clinical veterinarian experience from The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor.

How to Care for Your Pet Bird takes everything Dr. Murphy has learned in his decades of experience and puts it into an easily accessible e-book. In 22 chapters, you will learn more than you ever thought possible about important bird care subjects like:

Choosing the right bird

Pet bird nutrition

Pet bird misconceptions

Selecting a veterinarian

Bird care

Bird illness

Emergencies

Beak issues

Feather plucking

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe

Parasites

Baby birds

Aviary management

You won’t find a more comprehensive e-book!

Click here to view the whole Table of Contents and information about the book

Don’t Miss Out on This Book!

“How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!” Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk

Click to read more testimonials for this book and Dr. Murphy

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Gain Super Bird Knowledge!

May 26th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Parrots are complex creatures, that when cared for correctly and loved intently, can provide you with many years of happy companionship.

The life of a parrot is directly related to his health. His health is directly related to the care that he receives from his owners. It is therefore very important to know how to care for your parrot so that he can be as healthy as possible.

The easiest way to guarantee your parrot’s health right from the start is by providing him with nutritious and healthy food. A parrot that lives in captivity requires a different diet than a parrot living in the wilds of South America, Africa and Australia. A proper captive diet would be one that includes a good mix of either dried or fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a good ratio of nuts, grains and pellets.

However, try to steer clear from commercially prepared parrot seed and pellet foods that contain a large amount of colored pellets. This is because these colorful pellets are actually died with food dye in order to obtain the bright coloring. The food dyes used are high in sugar and too much sugar, ingested in any form, is harmful to a parrot’s short and long term health, especially if fed for years.

Pellets are a great way to ensure that your parrot receives all the necessary nutrients, but instead of feeding those sugar-coated colorful pellets, opt instead for pellets that are all-natural as these do not contain any sugar and are healthier for your parrot to consume.

There are, of course, many other foods that should never be fed to your parrot and some of these can be lethal. A few of the worst culprits are avocados, rhubarb leaves, chocolate, alcohol, and any food that is high in salt, fats, and caffeine. Although fruits are great to feed your parrot, when feeding apples, make sure that you de-seed the apple slices first. Apple seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide which can cause death in parrots. However, since each parrot breed has a unique diet, it is best to do your own research on what your parrot can and cannot eat.

The next vitally important element in having a healthy parrot is to always ensure that your parrot has fresh, clean water at all times. Some days you will have to replace your parrot’s water three or four times in one day just so that they can have clean water. This is important to do because there are plenty of bacteria that can grow in soiled water and your parrot should not drink dirty water as he can get sick from it. In addition, many parrots prefer their food to be dipped in water before consuming it. Particles of food left behind can also create unhealthy water.

Make sure that your parrot has a Well Bird Exam at least once a year with a certified avian veterinarian. This exam is a unique health checkup conducted by a veterinarian that is qualified especially to treat parrots and birds. Since parrots can mask illness very well, it can be hard to know if your parrot is sick or not. Therefore, such an exam can help pinpoint any health issue that you may not have noticed. It also imperative that if you do see a change in your parrot’s eating habits or behavior, that you immediately see an avian veterinarian.

Gain Super Bird Knowledge!

Do You Know All About Birds?

Become An Expert On Parrot Care Health!

It can be hard to learn as much about birds as we need to know in order to properly care for them. Sure, the pet stores sell basic books and the internet has articles here, there, and everywhere, but is any of this information any good? Plus, have you tried finding a quality avian veterinarian yet? It’s not as easy as locating a dog or cat veterinarian!

That means you’ve got to learn all that you can so that you can take the best care of your bird. Where to turn to? Dr. Joel Murphy!

Click here to learn just who Dr. Murphy is

What Can You Learn about Birds that You Didn’t Know?

Dr. Murphy is a longtime respected avian veterinarian that decided it was time to write a book for all of the bird owners. He realized there was a need for it, and he knew that bird owners needed to know there were many mistakes in bird care that could easily be avoided.

Inside Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird you’ll find valuable chapters of information on subjects like:

Pet bird misconceptions: Simple myths could be the root of poor care.

Pet bird nutrition: Did you know the #1 cause of bird illness is malnutrition? It’s easy to avoid when you know what you should be feeding instead.


Veterinarian: How to actually find a proper veterinarian for your bird. Learn what a good bird doctor looks like.

Bird illness: Learn to recognize the early symptoms of illness and to know when you need to see the veterinarian.

Bird care: How to housetrain your bird and properly care for him to keep him healthy.

Emergencies: Learn to spot the difference between just illness and emergency!

Beak issues: Understand more about your bird’s beak and the disorders that could affect him.

Feather plucking: Learn the reason this occurs in the first place and what can be done to stop it.

Parasites and how to deal with them if they occur.

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe.

Baby birds: For those of you that may have baby birds, learn the right way to care for them as well as how to detect any disorders.

Aviary management: Basic and advanced information for optimum bird care.

Click here to see more of the table of contents and peek inside the book

So, Is he Really a Knowledgeable Person I Can Trust?

You don’t have to take my word on this. Everyone agrees that this is a fantastic book for any bird owner! The experts agree that Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird is a valuable book for anyone:

Susan Chamberlain, a Contributing Editor for Bird Talk, says, “How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!”

“Dr. Murphy has produced a very useful book, written in an easy-to-understand style. This text should prove an invaluable resource for pet bird owners and aviculturists alike,” adds Phillip Samuelson, Technical Editor for Bird Talk as well as a bird breeder.

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to read other testimonials for How to Care for Your Pet Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

May 4th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like with any other companion pet, parrots require certain things and care in order to flourish in their new home with you.

Trying to find out what this particular information is can be difficult as many places offer inaccurate advice. To make it a little easier for you, here are few things you need to know on how to raise the perfect parrot.

If you haven’t chosen your new parrot yet, you will need to make sure that the parrot you do choose is perfectly healthy. It can be a bit tricky to distinguish between a healthy baby parrot and unhealthy baby parrot. You can usually avoid this dilemma by purchasing your baby parrot from a reputable breeder as the nursery is usually kept better sanitized than at a pet store. Parrots sold through pet stores can be exposed to such harmful things as diseases and even physical and emotional abuse. This could have terrible long-term effects on the well-being of your parrot.

It is easy to find a great breeder! Simply do an online search for breeder websites and join parrot forums. Once joined, you can then ask other members for recommendations to good breeders. Forums are also a great place to learn more about the breed of parrot that you have chosen; plus you can also ask other owners questions about your parrot.

Once you have a list of possible breeders, you should always ask to see if you can visit with them and meet some of their parrots. Not every breeder will actually allow you to go inside the baby bird nursery because of the risk of airborne illnesses and diseases. But they may allow you to interact with the breeder parrots and pet parrots too.

When you do meet with the breeder, take a look around at their breeding facility. Take notice of whether it is clean; keep an eye out for birds that seem to be unwell or overly afraid or aggressive of the breeder and/or you. Parrots that have suffered mental abuse, or that have a developmental oddity can sometimes be harder to ascertain. But some of the more common signs include being unable to walk, play, or eat as well as other peer parrots. Young, malnourished parrots will have what appear to be large breastbones. However, this is really a sign that their overall muscle mass has diminished.

The parrot that you ultimately choose to take home with you should have feathers that have a slight shine to them and are not dirty. There shouldn’t be any signs of feather plucking either. Their eyes must bright without any discharge from the eyes or nostrils. Watch how the parrot walks as well; if they are young and healthy they should be able to walk or shuffle without any problems.

Once you have selected a parrot, make sure that you visit with him or her every day, or at least as much as possible because you want to have your parrot become accustomed to you as quickly as possible. This will make the transition to their new home with you much easier.

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Do You Want to Know the Secrets to Having a Bird?

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

If you’ve never had a bird before or you’re maybe wondering what you could do better for your bird, I’ve got the secrets for you. Birds are delicate creatures that we just don’t know as much about. The average bird owner purchases a bird from a local pet store without knowing all of the ins and outs of bird ownership. This can make for learning about birds the hard way!

Instead, if you know the simple secrets to bird care, your bird can live a very long, happy, and healthy life.

Click here to read about the secrets of bird care

Did You Know?

Did you know that a bird should live, on average, decades? Did you know that he won’t make it this long without the right nutrition and care?

Did you know the secret to proper bird care really is boiled down to 3 main factors:

1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it

2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!

3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.

These 3 factors are the keys to a healthy bird! Diseases can occur if his living environment isn’t clean or he can become sick if it’s located in the wrong spot. Plus, using the wrong food can be detrimental to his health and lead to a shortened life as well.

Click here to learn more about bird care

Learn from
a Pro

You could scour the internet for bits and pieces of information about bird care and health OR you could do it the simple way: learn from a pro with decades of experience. He’s sharing all of his knowledge learned over the decades in an easy-to-read e-book called Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird. He offers details in non-technical language that allow you to easily learn how to care for a parrot. He shows you how easy it really is to prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause premature parrot death.

It’s a perfect book to start you on the path to a healthy bird!

Click here to read more about Raising Polly:

How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

New Parrot Toys Every Month

April 11th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

By now you know the importance of toys for your parrot…or at least you should! Since most parrots have the mental capacity of an inquisitive toddler, it is very important to their overall wellbeing to have adequate toys to play with. Not only do such toys provide your parrot with mental stimulation, but they can even help you to teach your parrot skills such as foraging.

But it can be quite difficult when it comes to choosing the right type of toy for your parrot. Just as there are many different varieties of pet birds and parrots, there are also just as many varieties of toys for parrots.

Keep in mind that parrots need a minimum of five toys in their cage, and each toy should be of a different texture, color and used for a different type of playing and learning. When choosing a toy for your parrot, you can’t go wrong with choosing a foraging toy. Wild parrots have to forage for their food and such a foraging toy in your parrot’s cage can help them keep their mind stimulated and their beaks busy. You can place your parrot’s favorite treats inside a foraging toy and allow him or her to have fun trying to figure out how to get to their treats.

Another favorite toy to get, especially if you have a very smart parrot, is a puzzle toy. Such a toy can keep your parrot occupied happily for hours on end! Smart parrots love a challenge and puzzle toys are just perfect.

If you have a parrot that loves to chew things up and destroy everything you put on, in or near their cage, then the best type of toy to get them is one that is made hardily and that will stand up to even the strongest beak.

Toys for parrots provide a better alternative than to have your parrot chew up your furniture or curtains. Parrot toys also give your parrot safe items to investigate instead of exploring dangerous household items, such as cleaners. Remember to always praise your parrot whenever you see him or her playing with their toys, as this will reiterate to them that playing with their toys is a good thing.

However, you must take care when choosing toys for your parrot. Some parrot toy manufacturers are unscrupulous and create toys that can be downright harmful to your parrot. There are some toys that are available to purchase right now on the shelf at your local pet store that contains Zinc, Lead and made with harmful, toxic wood. You’ll have to be very careful in your parrot toy selection to insure the health and safety of your parrot.

New Parrot Toys Every Month


Bird Toys are One of the Best Ways to Stimulate Your Bird’s Mind

Check Out The Awesome Collection Of Parrot Toys Now

We all know how intelligent our pet birds are, so imagine how boring their day can be when they are left all alone while you are at work. Wild parrots are used to flying over 50 miles in just a single day to forage for food! This means that a pet bird has to have other ways to stimulate his mind and keep him busy.

Click here to see how easy it is to keep your bird happy

Toys Prevent Bad Behaviors

When a bird gets bored, oftentimes problem behaviors develop. You might see things like:

Screaming

Biting

Plucking Feathers

Rotating new toys every month means that your bird never tires of the toys and remains mentally and physically stimulated.

Click here to see safe and fun parrot toys

Where Can You Buy SAFE Toys?

Safety has to come first. Many commercial parrot toys are flimsily made, and your bird may be exposed to zinc, lead, formaldehyde, or stained woods. All of these items can be toxic to your bird and can lead to life threatening issues!

Parrot Toys by Mail has toys that are 100% double-checked for safety and include only natural, non-toxic items like:

Bamboo

Cuttle bone

Coconut shell

Corn cobs

Oyster shells

When you join Parrot Toys by Mail, you’ll receive 3 size appropriate toys for your bird to enjoy each month. Plus there is a Rewards program where you can earn FREE toys, and there is no long-term commitment!

Click to learn more about Parrot Toys by Mail and
see actual examples of the toys

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Caring For Your Pet Bird

March 23rd, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Caring for the health of your beloved pet parrot is most probably your number one concern, regardless of whether your parrot has just been weaned or if your parrot is an older bird that you have just adopted. Your parrot’s overall wellbeing is very important as a parrot that is well cared for will live a very happy and healthy life for many years to come.

The first thing to consider when trying to put your parrot on the right path to good health, is to make sure that they are eating right. A good diet makes a good parrot!

Parrots should eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies daily. But they should also be allowed to experienced human food such as cooked pasta. Make sure to remove any leftover fruits, veggies or cooked foods when your parrot is done eating them as they might spoil and will make your parrot very sick if she eats them.

Supplement your parrot’s diet with good pellet mix. Try to choose one that does not contain Ethoxyquin, a preservative found in most pellet mixes. This preservative has been the cause of many parrot deaths over the years. Also, choose a pellet mix that does not contain too many colored pellets. While your parrot will certainly enjoy the bright colors offered to her, these colored pellets are actually made with colored sugar to give them their vibrant hues. Too much sugar is actually quite bad for a parrot’s health and wellbeing. A proper parrot diet should include a mix of pellets, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables and grains.

Avoid foods that are salty, fatty, contain caffeine, contain alcohol, or consist of chocolate, avocados, apple seeds or rhubarb leaves as these are all very toxic to parrots. Each type of parrot species has a unique dietary requirement. It would be in your parrot’s best interest for you to research what your parrot would eat in the wild and try to mimic that at home.

Of course, you should also make sure that your parrot has clean, fresh water available to her all the time, even if this means that you have to replace your parrot’s water three or four times a day. This is because there is a lot of bacteria that can grow quickly within dirty water that can make parrots very sick very quickly.

At least once per year, you should take your parrot into see a certified avian veterinarian for a checkup. This checkup is commonly referred to as a Well Bird Exam and should ideally be completed at least once every 6 months. The vet you see must be certified to treat birds, regular vets lack the special advanced training necessary to detect illness and injury in a pet parrot.

Always watch your parrot carefully and bring your parrot into the vet as soon as you notice any change in their behavior. Parrots will hide any injury or illness until it is almost too late to help them. So it is up to you be very vigilant to ensure your parrot’s wellbeing.

Caring For Your Pet Bird

Do
You Know How to Keep Your Bird Healthy and Safe?

Click here to read what you should be feeding
your bird for optimal health

With dogs and cats being the most common pets in homes, the information on how to properly care for pet birds is not near as great. Many owners learn their skills through trial and error, which sometimes results in sick, dead, or ill behaved birds.

With this in mind, a leading avian veterinarian stepped up to write a guide for all bird owners, new or advanced. Dr. Joel Murphy has created a book that is a must have for all bird owners!

Click here to learn just who Dr. Murphy is

What Can You Learn that You Didn’t Know?

It might surprise you to know how much there is to know about bird care! Many mistakes can easily be avoided and your bird can have a long and healthy life. Inside Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird you’ll find valuable chapters of information on subjects like:

Pet bird nutrition: Easy approach to correct nutrition. Did you know the #1 cause of illness is malnutrition?

Pet bird misconceptions: What are those myths and misconceptions about birds that might be a problem? Learn the truth!

Veterinarian: You need one for your bird too, and it’s not that easy to find one. Learn what a good bird doctor looks like and how to find that person.

Bird care: How to housetrain your bird and properly care for him to keep him healthy.

Bird illness: Learn what early symptoms look like and when you need to go to the veterinarian.

Emergencies: When is it an illness and when is it an emergency situation? Learn to spot the difference and know what is an emergency for your bird.

Beak issues: Learn more about your bird’s beak and what disorders he could suffer from.

Feather plucking: Why does he do it and how to help stop it?

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe.

Parasites and how to deal with them if they occur

Baby birds: Caring for baby birds and how to detect any disorders.

Aviary management: Basic and advanced information for optimum bird care.

Click here to see the table of contents for a look inside the book

Experts Agree…

The experts agree that Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird is a valuable book for anyone:

“Dr. Murphy has produced a very useful book, written in an easy-to-understand style. This text should prove an invaluable resource for pet bird owners and aviculturists alike.” Phillip Samuelson, Technical Editor, Bird Talk and Bird Breeder

“How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!” Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk

Click to read what other experts think

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

To Bird School We Go!

February 21st, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Contrary to popular belief, every parrot can be trained to not only act on command, but to also talk, whistle and sing on command as well. Some parrots can even be trained to roller-skate or to play table-top basketball.

However, this all starts with basic parrot training. Knowing the best way to train your parrot can lead to a happy, well-socialized, and well-trained parrot.

Training your parrot will take plenty of patience and time. Because of this it is very important to know that how you interact with your parrot will have a direct effect on their training and future attitude. Therefore, it is best to always remain positive and upbeat, regardless of how frustrated you might be. And never, ever, yell or throw things at your parrot. Under no circumstances should you smack your parrot either! These can all lead to emotional and physical harm, and borders on animal abuse.

Keep the training sessions always short, sweet and to the point. This will help keep things interesting and fun for both of you and will avoid any boredom ruts.

Another thing not to do is to withhold your parrot’s food, either as punishment or for training. Instead, use their food, or favorite treat, as a training aid - a reward for learning a new word, a new command or even for just attempting a new trick.

After your training session is done, let your parrot go back into their cage so that he or she can rest for a little while and have something to eat and drink. You should wait between 30 minutes to an hour before bringing him or her out of their cage to start another training session. Keep these training session to 2 - 3 per day. More than that and your parrot will start to feel stressed out.

When training your parrot, remember to play with your parrot as well. All work and no play, will make your parrot resent their training. For every training session you do together, make sure you have a play session as well.

To Bird School We Go!

What Are You Doing in 2012?

Click here to see easy ways to train your parrot

Do you have a New Year’s resolution yet? Maybe you’re thinking about the classic ones we all hear about: eat better, lose weight, and exercise more. I’ve got a better resolution idea for you: develop a better relationship with your bird!

Click here to learn more about changing your relationship with your bird

A New Bird Outlook

Although your bird can’t have a resolution, you and he can work on this one together for a better 2012. Even if you don’t think there is a single thing wrong with your bird, wouldn’t you like to learn new training skills and techniques that you can use to teach your bird new tricks?

Learning how to train your bird in a positive and consistent manner will allow you to teach your bird all kinds of neat tricks. It will also help you work with your bird to change your relationship and make a better one….that means you can change any bad behaviors like screaming at you, biting you, or plucking out his feathers.

Click here to see how training can help your bird

See How to Do It

Take a look at videos that show you firsthand how to train your bird. Sometimes it’s easier to see exactly how to do it rather than read about it. Now you can have access to free videos that show you how to problem solve to change your bird’s behavior and also teach him new things too!

Click here to begin watching free bird videos

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Key to a Healthy, Happy Bird

February 7th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

After cats and dogs, parrots have become increasingly popular as a family pet. Raising a parrot to be healthy and happy can be a challenge. Here are five tips on how to raise a happy and healthy parrot:

  1. Make sure you do your homework! Research all the different parrot species to find one that is a near-perfect match to your lifestyle. Some parrots are okay spending hours alone all day in their cage with only minimal interaction when you come home from work. While others have to be out of their cages most of the time. Some parrots are known to have very high shrill vocals, and others will hardly make a peep. Doing your research beforehand can help set the foundation for a happy and health parrot in the future.
  2. Visit the Breeder! It is always best to purchase a baby parrot from a reputable breeder instead of a pet shop. This is because in a pet shop your new parrot may have been exposed to various types of airborne diseases and possibly even abuse by untrained staff. Ask the breeder if you can visit their nursery. Due to certain airborne avian diseases, the breeder may not allow you access into their nursery but they will allow you to visit their home and meet their breeder parrots. This will give you an idea of how well cared for the baby parrots are.
  3. Choose wisely! Once you have selected the right species and the right breeder you will then have to choose the right parrot. Avoid a parrot that has signs of malnutrition or physical abuse. Malnourished parrots will look like they have very breastbones when in actuality it is their overall muscle mass that has decreased. Your parrots feathers should be soft and shiny with no signs of plucking. Their eyes should also be clear, with no discharge. There should also be no discharge from their nostrils.
  4. Socialize! A great tip to raise a healthy parrot is to ensure proper socialization from the get-go. Parrots are very sociable creatures and enjoy the company of their flock members. Allow your parrot to interact with all members of your family as well as guests.
  5. Training! To ensure that you parrot is a well-adjusted member of your family, you will need to train them. Every day spend some time training your parrot with commands such as ’step-up’, ’step-down’, as well as teaching them new words and phrases.

The Key to a Healthy, Happy Bird

A Happy Healthy Bird

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

Parrots can live an exceptionally long time, sometimes even outliving their owners but only if you know how to care for them. Some parrots only live a few mere years because of sickness, poor diet, or lack of care.

Click here to see what can shorten your parrot’s lifespan

The good news is that it is easy to care for a parrot and provide him both a physically and mentally healthy environment.

What are the Keys to Health?

There are three main key components for your bird’s health:

Proper cage setup

Maintenance of cage quality

Proper feeding and nutrition

If you know exactly what to do in each of these areas, you can have an extremely healthy bird.

You can learn all about these areas from Raising Polly: How-to
Raise a Healthy, Happy, Well Adjusted Bird
. This e-book is written
by a 25 year parrot lover and breeder who has learned the ins, outs, and secrets
of how to raise a healthy parrot. In this e-book, he shares these secrets with
you.

See what’s inside Raising Polly

Peek Inside

A quick peek of what’s inside this book tells you how much you can learn, whether you’re a novice bird owner or an experienced handler. You’ll learn valuable information like:

How to choose a healthy parrot

What are the signs of a sick bird or illness

Where should you place your bird’s cage

How to create your own parrot first aid kit

What to feed your bird

What does it mean when your bird does this (or that or any behavior!)

Why does your parrot pluck his feathers or squawk at you

When is the best time to try and train your bird

There is so much more as well! Plus, for a limited time, you can also get an audio book recording of Raising Polly plus you can receive a second bonus e-book: Training Your Parrot: 12 Simple Tricks Any Parrot Can Learn.

Click here to learn about the full satisfaction guarantee

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Quick and Easy Bird Training Tips

January 25th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Quick and Easy Bird Training Tips

It’s all about a pattern

Click here to see how easy it really is to have a
happy, healthy and obedient parrot

Have you ever wondered why your bird behaves the way he does? There are a few common reasons that are at the core of all of his behaviors, but the first one is that he learns about his world in patterns. It’s pretty simple, really. He learns that certain behaviors are rewarded in a positive way so he wants to continue doing them, and he learns that other behaviors are punished (have bad consequences) and he tries not to do those again.

In training your parrot you always want to encourage him to repeat behaviors with positive interactions and rewards. Anything your bird views as scary, painful, or otherwise punishing he will come to fear and avoid. You don’t want your bird to avoid you out of fear, so always make sure your interactions are positive and enjoyable for both of you.

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Instincts can rule the day

One of the other primary reasons he does what he does is out of instinct. Birds come hardwired to have certain instinctual behaviors about them, and instincts are pretty darn hard to unwire. For example, it’s common and normal for your parrot to be fairly vocal and use his voice to communicate with you. You can’t have a silent parrot, but you can work on not doing things that encourage the bad and loud screaming. Training will always be about bringing out your best bird, and that means making it match with what comes naturally to your bird. Luckily, birds are quite curious and intelligent, and you can utilize these traits in training as well.

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Training in 15 minutes a day

Training your bird should be a relationship building experience and should really be fun and not thought of as hard work. That means you only need a few minutes a day to focus on some of your training tasks so that you bird still finds training fun.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Healthy Parrot

January 12th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

It is currently estimated that there are over 5 million homes in America that have pet parrots and other birds. Even though these brightly colored and highly intelligent creatures are members of the family, they can still unwittingly pass on germs to their human family. There are a few diseases that parrots can pass onto their people:

1. Cryptococcosis

This fungus is typically found in contaminated pigeon droppings and although it is somewhat rare in pet birds, people can still contract it by inhaling the contaminated dust or if the fungus spores land inside an open wound. Parrots can become infected if there are pigeons in their environment; for example pigeon droppings on a window ledge near a parrot’s cage. People who have been contaminated with Cryptococcus will have symptoms that resemble pneumonia: coughing, fever and shortness of breath.

2. Avian Tuberculosis

Avian Tuberculosis is a disease in which bacteria is spread from birds, parrots and other creatures to people. Parrots that are infected with Avian Tuberculosis will show such symptoms as diarrhea, depression, and lethargy and weight loss. Infected animals and birds will actually shed or molt the bacteria in large amounts throughout their environments.

Although scientist are unsure exactly how Avian Tuberculosis is transmitted to humans, they do know that people get from environmental exposure to the bacteria. Those humans affected usually already have a compromised immune system. Symptoms in people include diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss and being tired all of the time.

3. Parrot Fever

Parrot owners are more susceptible to Parrot Fever than any other pet owner. It is transmitted when a person breaths in the bacterial secretions of an infected parrot, or other psittacine bird, or from wild birds and poultry. Some parrots will show obvious signs of having Parrot Fever; while other parrots may live out their whole life without showing any symptom at all. People with Parrot Fever will experience headaches, muscle aches, fevers, chills, coughing and breathing issues. These symptoms start between five and fourteen days after the person was first exposed.

The best ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pet parrot, is to practice cleanliness and take your parrot in to see the vet for routine Annual Well Bird Exams. Remember to always wash your hands with warm soapy water after you have handled any bird, or touched their droppings. Keeping your parrot’s cage as clean as possible will also be a great benefit.

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Long live the bird!

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Parrots are a lot more delicate than they may first appear. We all know they can and should live decades. Large parrots can live anywhere from about 50-70 years. The smaller birds can even live over 2 decades. Unfortunately, captive caged birds often don’t enjoy as healthy a life and don’t reach these natural lifespans.

Some of the most common reasons a bird won’t be healthy is actually fairly preventable. Viral and bacterial infections can be prevented with proper housing and cleaning and keeping the bird’s stress levels low. Vitamin deficiency and poor nutrition can be avoided with a full, complete, and nutritious diet.

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Learn to be observant

Knowing your bird and his everyday normal behavior is one of the best ways to detect a problem. Birds don’t always appear ill until they are seriously ill, but they often exhibit subtle signs that indicate poor health or disease before then. Make sure you know what is normal for your bird but also spend time with your bird and handle him to know what feels normal too.

Nutritional deficiencies can cause respiratory stress or even seizures over time. Parasites, even internal ones, can cause a bird to pick and itch at himself. Pay attention to a change in his stools and droppings. Also take note of how noisy or verbal he normally is because a drop in communication can indicate a problem too.

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Raising Polly

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In addition to the e-book Raising Polly, you’ll receive the audiobook version as well as an e-book about training your parrot. All of this is risk free. You’ll have a 60 day no question asked money back guarantee if you’re not happy.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Learning Your Bird

December 27th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

The holidays are finally here and instead of leaving your beloved parrot in the care of a pet sitter or a boarding facility, you’ve decided to bring your parrot with you when you go home for the holidays.

But is your parrot a good traveler? Here are a few things to consider, along with training suggestions.

1. Has your parrot been properly socialized?

Parrots that have not been properly socialized by their owner will become easily stressed during any type of travel. The noise, the smells, the bustle of activity and all of the strange faces that your parrot will encounter can be too much for some parrots. It is best to start socializing your parrot from a young age. Train them to obey your commands, and to be calm when in new surroundings. Introduce them to as many different people and safe scenarios as possible.

2. Schedule.

Regardless of their species, all parrots easily become accustomed to schedules. During your travel will you be able keep to schedules? If your parrot is used to having dinner at 6pm sharp, will you be able to still give him dinner at 6pm every night while traveling and when you arrive at your destination? Some parrots do not like their schedules to be messed with. A baby bird might have his rest, hygiene, and meals disrupted – and you may have a hard time trying to reestablish such routines.

3. The travel carrier.

Your parrot will need a special travel carrier. Make sure it has a perch and food and water dishes. As soon as you bring the carrier home, allow your parrot to investigate the carrier on his own. Do not rush this! Your parrot must come to accept the carrier as an extension of his cage and should not be forced into it. Otherwise he will become overly stressed every time he sees the carrier. Once your parrot is familiar with the carrier, take a practice run. Load him up in the carrier and go for a car ride. Start short, and keep extending out the travel time. This will help your parrot become used to sounds and motions of the vehicle. Also consider how long your parrot will be in his carrier. You will need to give him extra attention during a road trip so that you can assist him if he becomes too stressed. Parrots can get motion sickness so keep a close eye on your parrot during these practice runs.

4. Health and Legal Issues

Your parrot should be healthy to travel. Since travel causes additional stress, if your parrot is already sick, then traveling might just make him worse. Take him for a well bird exam prior to traveling. If you are planning to travel with your parrot across state lines, you will need to obtain a veterinary health certificate at least 10 days prior to your departure. Depending on your parrot’s species, he may not be allowed in certain states. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services maintains a Pet Travel section on their website. Here you can research your parrot’s species to see if he is allowed to cross state lines or even countries.

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It might sound strange at first, but the starting point in any training program is to know your bird. What makes him tick? Why does he do what he does? What motivates him?

If you understand what is behind your bird you can go much further in any type of training with him whether that is working on basic training skills like stepping up or on undoing bad behaviors or habits he already has like screaming for attention.

It’s also important to only look at bird related reasons for why he behaves the way he does. What this means is that you shouldn’t ever assign human or other animal behaviors to your bird. Birds aren’t people or dogs, so you want to make sure that you look only at bird characteristics behind behavior.

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Establishing a training system

Once you’ve learned more about your bird, his motivations, his behavior, and his body language, you can really begin a solid training system. It doesn’t require hours of training, but setting aside a few minutes every day helps not only train your bird but also establish a good, trusting relationship with him.

Trust is a key component in any training program, and a bird that trusts you is more likely to work with you. Punishment, especially any type of physical punishment, should never be part of the equation. That is far more likely to damage your relationship and any trust your bird may have in you.

Training should be positive based, with or without a clicker as a training aid. Use your bird’s motivations and his likes to reward him with when he does good behaviors.

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Using the pros

It never hurts to ask the pros how they do what they do. They’ve learned their knowledge through years of hands-on experience, and Bird Tricks is one such professional bird training system. They’ve learned what motivates many birds. They know what bird language looks like and how it can help guide your training program. You can use their knowledge to help you train your own bird. Professional videos and articles help guide you along the way to establishing your own training program for your bird.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts