Archive for March, 2013

Bird Toys You Can Trust

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

As parrot owners we never think that our parrot’s toys could be dangerous. After all, who would have thought that those colorful blocks of wood that your parrot loves to eagerly chew up may be covered in arsenic?

Sadly, it is quite true. Your parrot’s toys could be harmful to them. Here are a few ways in which parrot toys can be dangerous:

Arsenic - Usually found in wood that has been pressure treated to make inexpensive bird toys.

Formaldehyde and Formalin - These chemicals are commonly used by foreign, non-USA countries, to treat the leather used to make parrot toys. The side effects of these chemicals include respiratory issues, nasal tumors, inflammation and rashes.

Harsh colorings - The chemicals used in staining or varnishing wood in order to add color to them can be poisonous to your parrot.

Lead - Unfortunately lead poisoning is more common than you may realize. Lead is often found in paint utilized in foreign countries that manufacture colorful parrot toys. The lead can wreak havoc on your parrot’s nervous system and can cause seizures as well. Other symptoms of lead poisoning are
lethargy, weight loss, regurgitation, loss of balance and staggering, head tilt, circling, blindness, head tremors, convulsions, and seizures.

Toxic Wood - Certain types of trees and wood are toxic to parrots with the most common being oak, plywood, cedar and red cherry. So avoid toys made with these kinds of woods.

Zinc - To prevent the iron and steel parts in your parrot’s toys from rusting, they are typically coated with zinc. Symptoms of zinc toxicity include anemia, gastrointestinal problems, severe feather plucking, and excessive urine in droppings, weight loss, weakness, hyperglycemia, seizures and even death.

However, there are numerous other poisons and toxins that have been commonly found in bird toys that are not listed here. Most, but not all, will induce symptoms in your parrot such as:

Anemia

Loss Of Balance

Blindness

Decreased Appetite and/or weight loss

Blood in Feces and/or urine

Paralysis

Seizures and/or tremors

Vomiting and regurgitation

Lethargy, weakness and/or depression

Respiratory issues

Feather plucking

Increased water consumption and urination

Please do note that if your parrot is showing any of these symptoms, you should immediately make a vet appointment.

Toxicity can range from mild to severe cases. If your parrot has eaten a large amount of a toxic substance in one go, such as eating flake of paint or swallowing a metal bell, the onset of their symptoms will be very sudden and you’ll immediately notice a problem with your parrot.

However, in miler cases where your parrot is consuming tiny amounts of a toxic substance on an almost daily basis, you may not even notice any symptoms until it is too late to get help.

Remember that prevention is better than cure; so be sure to purchase safe toys for your parrot. Read the labels on the toys carefully to determine the origins of the different parts, ask your fellow parrot owners for their recommendations on the toys that their parrot’s like most. To be really safe, you can also create your own parrot toys - this is a great idea since you will know exactly what is used to create the toy and where the different parts came from.

Bird Toys You Can Trust


Can You Trust the Toys You Give Your Bird?

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Your bird’s health has to be important to you, and you try to do the best you can to provide him with the best of nutrition. But, did you know that your bird’s toys could be a detrimental part of his life?

How on earth could those fun little plastic beads, mirrors, and ropes be hazardous to your bird? Do you know where your toys were made?

Unfortunately, many bird toys are inexpensively made with materials in foreign countries that are known hazards to your bird’s health. Chemicals, zinc, lead, formaldehyde, and toxic woods and stains are all just a few of the items currently used in bird toys that may negatively impact your bird’s health (or even kill him!).

Click here to learn more the toxic things in many commercial bird toys

Toxin-Free Toys are Easy to Find

Birds do need toys, but you want to be sure they are toxin-free. Parrots relish in having toys they can shred, pull at it, and play with in a natural way. Toys that are made of all natural materials like corn cobs, bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, and oyster shells are all excellent options for a curious bird.

Additionally, all natural materials are a great way to reward your bird with something fun but also be kind to the earth at the same time. What better way to recycle materials into something your bird can enjoy?

Wouldn’t you love to be able to give this type of toy to your bird and know that he isn’t being exposed to toxins?

Learn more about toxin-free bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club

The only way to make sure you have access to this type of toys is to find out about the Parrots Toys by Mail Club. This club makes it so simple for you by mailing specially designed and selected toys for your bird each month, and you don’t have to worry about their safety. You won’t find any of the toxic materials in these toys that you might find in commercially available toys.

Check out the club now, and learn how you can receive 6 free toys every single year!

Click here to read more about the Parrot Toys by Mail Club and how to join

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Keeping Your Bird Healthy

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

Not every parrot is sweet and cuddly. Some are downright mean and aggressive. If your parrot tries to bite you whenever they can and lashes out at you for what seems to be no apparent reason, do not give up hope just yet. There are steps that you can take in order to properly bond with your parrot.

Before you really start getting down to the nitty-gritty of parrot training and bonding, you should first make sure that your parrot is as healthy as can be. Remember, because parrots are flock creatures, they will usually not show signs of being ill until it is nearly too late to help them get better. If your parrot is trying to bite you or lunges at you whenever you walk past his or her cage, then there may be something physically wrong with them and that is causing them pain. Most animals will be on the aggressive if they are in pain in any way. Make an appointment for your parrot to visit a certified avian veterinarian for a complete checkup in order to rule out any health issues.

Whilst there, ask the vet to trim down your parrot’s nails. This will help your parrot grip the perches, as well as to walk better too. You should also discuss clipping your parrot’s wings as well. Ask the vet to teach how to do these by yourself at home. With your parrot’s nails and wings trimmed and clipped, you will not have any fear of your parrot inadvertently scratching you or flying away.

Once any and all health concerns have been addressed, you can then start on your bonding session with your parrot. Remember to always keep these sessions as short and sweet as possible. You do not want to overdo any training session with your parrot as this will cause him or her to become
disinterested and they may revert back to their old ways and habits.

Choose a time for your parrot’s bonding session when it is somewhat calm and quiet in your home. Trying to bond with a parrot when there are screaming children running around or the latest action-packed TV show is blaring, is not possible. In fact, whenever you interact with your parrot it should be in a very calm and stress-free environment. This too should be the case whenever you talk to your parrot, i.e. keep your voice calm and soothing at all times. Avoid shouting or raising your voice at your parrot. Use facial expressions to show your disapproval instead.

During your first few bonding sessions, you should always move around your parrot slowly so that he or she does not get a fright and try to bite or fly away. Focus on teaching your parrot simple commands such as ‘step up’. Once your parrot has mastered this, he or she will be able to step up onto your hand or finger on command. By this time you should be able to pet your parrot on the head. This will enable you to further bond with your parrot.

Keeping Your Bird Healthy

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Do you think you know how to keep your bird healthy? Have you ever had the experience of a sick bird and didn’t know who to ask? Do you have an avian veterinarian that you can trust and count on?

If you’re like most bird people, it’s hard to find a qualified veterinarian that treats birds. Your bird is your pet, and you want to keep him healthy, and you want to be able to trust the information you’re receiving.

You now have the opportunity to learn from a well-known and respected avian veterinarian who has over two decades of clinical practice experience with birds. Dr. Joel Murphy has created a book that is a must have for all bird owners!

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Trust those that know ….

You don’t have to take my word alone about Dr. Murphy or his book. Take a look at just these reviews for How to Care for Your Pet Bird:

“Dr. Murphy has compiled and simplified into an easy to read format recent advances and standard practices in avian medicine that will improve every bird enthusiast’s understanding of bird care as well as disease prevention and management. Readers of this book will benefit from clearly defined insights into the interactions between birds, their care providers and veterinarian.”
Dr. Branson Ritchie, University of Georgia Veterinary School

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What Can You Expect

Okay, so now you know that both the book and Dr. Murphy are 100% for real. This isn’t one of those fly by night guys but rather a guaranteed bird expert. With that in mind, you can expect How to Care for Your Pet Bird to be the one must have book in your bird library.

There are so many mistakes that can be avoided when caring for pet birds if you have the proper knowledge. This book will share so much knowledge with you, and you can expect to learn things like:

Pet bird nutrition: It’s easy to provide the right nutrition. The number one cause of illness in birds is actually malnutrition!

Pet bird misconceptions: Dr. Murphy breaks loose those bird myths that may be holding you back.

Veterinarian: Every bird owner needs to know how to find a trustworthy vet before you need him/her.

Bird care: The ins and outs of caring for your bird.

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

Emergencies: When is it really an emergency? Learn to spot the differences between an illness and an emergency.

Beak issues: There are disorders that can affect a bird’s beak. Learn the symptoms.

Feather plucking: What is the reason for it and how to 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: This covers everything from the beginner to the more advanced aviary.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts