Archive for June, 2012

A Bird Toy a Month…

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Dear Parrot Lover,

It is extreme common knowledge among all parrot owners that parrots should have a wide variety of toys.

Toys help to stimulate your parrot’s mind so that he can continue to be smart. Toys help to encourage your parrot’s curiosity, so that he can learn more. Toys also provide your parrot with exercise to help strengthen their muscles and improve their dexterity.

But all too often, at some point, your parrot will become bored with his toys and will refuse to play with them; he may even attack them!

There are many different types and styles of toys that you can purchase for your parrot at your local pet store. But if you wanted an even larger variety, there are also plenty of online stores that sell toys that are unique to your particular type of parrot. By shopping for parrot toys online you can also comparison price shop too, so that you know that you are getting a great deal.

However, there are also more unconventional types of toys that you can acquire for your parrot. All it takes is a little thinking outside of the proverbial box.

Regardless of your breed of parrot, all parrots love to forage as it not only stimulates their mind but it also feeds their curiosity too. You can make your own foraging toy for your parrot by using an empty paper towel holder, stuffing the inside with nuts and dried fruit, and then folding down the ends. This can then be hung from a piece of string or wool from the cage bars.

Another fun option that you can involve small children in, is to roll empty toilet paper rolls in smooth peanut butter, and then roll it in bird seed. This can either be hung inside your parrot’s cage or from a tree outside for your backyard and wild birds to enjoy. For added fun, you can hang this toy from a tree outside a window for your parrot to watch the other wild birds enjoying the treat.

Visiting the discount dollar stores and the baby aisles at larger supermarkets can also be a resource for education and fun toys for parrots to play and learn with. Remember, that larger parrots such as Macaws, Cockatoos, and African Greys have the mental capacity of two to three year old child. This means that toys that are aimed for babies and toddlers are perfect for parrots too.

If you do provide your parrot with an unconventional toy to play with, please do make quite sure that there are no small parts that can be swallowed and that there is nothing that your parrot can hurt himself on.

A Bird Toy a Month …

…Keeps the Boredom Away!

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

Imagine you’re a parrot or other pet bird living within a cage inside a human home. How foreign this must seem to a feathered species? No trees to perch in or fly to and fro. No warm sun or air across your feathers. What is a captive bird to do?

This is where we need to make sure we provide our pet birds with the best of a captive life, and toys are an integral part of making our birds happy. New toys, especially, help alleviate boredom in a pet bird and keep his mind working and thriving!

Click to see how new toys stimulate your parrot’s brain

Bird Toys that are Fun and Safe

Ideally, new toys are rotated into your bird’s life, allowing him to continually experience something new. How often should you provide new toys? Generally, a couple new toys each month is the way to go because this way the toys stay new and fresh for your bird.

Toys should be the kind that mimics what a parrot would do, if on his own in the wild. He needs toys that stimulate his brain, allow him to use his beak and feet, and can be played with, shredded, and even destroyed at times. Shredded? Destroyed? Yes!

Toys made of natural materials allow him to do what comes naturally to him. Toys made of things like coconut fiber, corn cob, oyster shells, safe leather, sisal cord, cuttle bone and bamboo are all safe items to play with but also items that can be chewed on and even ripped apart in some cases.

The important part is that these toys are safe for your bird, and many cheaply produced bird toys aren’t. There are no regulations on the safety of bird products, and many toys incorporate stains, woods, metals, and other materials that just aren’t safe for your bird to play with. In fact, some items can lead to toxicity or death!

The Parrot Toys by Mail club only creates toys that are totally natural and safe.

Click here to check out what toys are in the Parrot Toys by Mail club

New Toys Every Month!

If rotating or adding toys each month is the best thing for your bird, wouldn’t it be great if there were a club that provided new toys each month for your bird ….and you didn’t even have to leave the house to get them?

Parrot Toys by Mail club does exactly this very thing. The club creates toys that are all natural and safe so you don’t have to worry about your bird’s safety, and then personally selects the best toys for your bird according to his size and breed and ships them right to your door.

Additionally, there is a money back guarantee if you decide you don’t want the toys anymore, but as a bonus, you’ll receive free toys over the course of the year and bonus bird information.

Click to learn about the Parrot Toys by Mail club and
receiving toys each month

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Unlock the Inner Bird

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Dear Parrot Lover,

Not every parrot owner acquires their parrot as a baby or directly from a reputable breeder or pet store. Some parrot owners acquire their older parrot through a pet adoption program, or through a rehoming situation. No matter how an older parrot is acquired, they will have very special training needs.

Most likely your older parrot is more nervous being in a strange home with strange people and even stranger sounds and sights. They will typically express this nervousness through aggression that is commonly displayed by your parrot being extremely territorial of his cage or carrier.

You must have the utmost patience with your older parrot during his adjustment phase into his new home with you. This is certainly not the time to fight fire with fire! The quieter you are around your parrot and the softer you speak, the calmer your older parrot will become. Ever heard the expression “Music soothes the savage Beast”? Well, try playing some soothing music for your parrot.

Make sure that you also provide your new parrot with all of the foods that they are used to eating in their former home. If those foods can be considered to be ‘parrot junk-food’, such as foods that are heavily dyed and covered in sugar or salt, then you should also offer your parrot healthier food choices. But allow him to get used to eating different food at his own pace. Never simply replace his old brand of food with a new brand of food. Parrots need time to adjust to their food as well. Switching over too soon could cause your parrot to refuse to eat and he may starve. Sounds rather extreme, but it is sadly quite true.

You should also try to make sure that your parrot’s cage is a safe and happy haven for him. If your parrot still has his old cage, then you should clean it thoroughly and replace any broken toys, torn up ropes and whittled perches with newer and stronger ones. If you are giving your new older parrot a brand new cage, then do try to outfit with new perches and toys that are of the right dimension and size for your breed of parrot.

Place the cage in such a way that it is up against at least one wall in your house, and in an area of the house that is most often frequented by family members. Older parrots desire a sense of security and being against a wall offers that to them. The easiest way to assimilate your older parrot into the comings and goings of your family is to place them where they can feel that they are a part of your family, such as in the living room. But do not place their cage in the kitchen as fumes from certain types of pots and pans can be quite lethal to parrots.

With older parrots it is best to simply take your time in training them and allow them to actually set the pace.

Unlock the Inner Bird

Training Your Bird Can Do So Much….

Click here to see easy ways to train your parrot

When we see a parrot, we see what a pretty bird it is and think it can’t be that hard to have a bird for a pet. Well, that’s not a safe assumption! In fact, birds are great pets, if you know what you’re in for. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up with a pet you can’t stand who screams at you, bites you, and generally disrupts your life.

Bird rescues are filled with birds that are no longer convenient as pets for owners who have grown tired of them. These birds can come with bad behaviors that need to be reworked before they can be adopted out.

The good news for bird rescues and bird owners like you is that any bird can be trained out of bad habits! Proper training and management can keep bad behaviors from forming altogether or can help change behaviors a bird may already have.

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What Does Training Do

Training helps change the relationship between a bird and his human. It develops communication between bird and human, and it can actually make your bird learn to love you.

Many mistakes in bird training are easily made by an owner, particularly if you don’t know it’s a mistake. Sometimes owners resort to mean or punitive styles of training that just don’t work and are cruel. These methods create birds that are fearful or mean in exchange.

Training should be positive and geared towards the bird. When training is done this way, a bird quickly responds and noticeable changes occur in a matter of days or weeks. Those previous behaviors of biting, screaming, or trying to harm you gradually reduce and go away.

Click here to learn how training helps change bird behaviors

The Best Way to Train Your Bird

Bird professionals have developed a way of working with your bird that is easy for the bird owner to replicate. You don’t have to be a professional to know how to do it! If you want to have access to FREE videos, information on birds and training, and know that you’re getting the real deal on advice, you need to check out this training system. It’s even the training style that world famous magician David Copperfield used for his very own birds. If it’s good enough for him, it’s definitely good enough for everyone else too!

In the process, you’ll learn so much about your own bird, you’ll be amazed at what it does for you and your bird!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts