Archive for April, 2014

Is Your Bird Toy Dangerous?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dear Bird Lover,

Did you know that Parrots, especially larger parrots such as Macaws, Cockatoos, and Amazons, have a mental capacity equal to that of a two year old child, with some parrots having intelligence equivalent to a three or four year old child?

As caring parrot owners, it is our responsibility to provide physical, mental, and emotional stimulation for our parrots. If we do not then our parrots will turn in to wild birds that bite and scream.

The easiest way to provide them with such stimulation, is knowing the importance of good parrot toys. Toys will not only offer your parrot great mental stimulation, but some toys will also help train your parrot to amuse him or herself. Others help to relieve boredom and stress; while others can even help bring out your parrot’s natural foraging instincts.

If you are the unlucky parent of a parrot that is seems to be bent on destroying anything and everything that is within reach of his beak and claws, then you will both benefit the most with good parrot toys. If your parrot truly is being destructive, chances are that he or she does not have enough toys to play with in their cage.

Remember that all parrots, regardless of age or size, should have at least five different toys to play with in their cage. It is best to have toys that not only have different colors and textures, but that also stimulate your parrot in different ways too.

One of the most important type of parrot toy to purchase for your parrot is one that encourages foraging. Foraging is a natural skill that all parrots do in the wild. In captivity, domesticated parrots can sometimes forget how to forage, as we make sure their food bowls are always full.  Foraging toys usually work by placing your parrot’s favorite treats inside a puzzle-type toy where your parrot has to figure out how to get their treats out. These toys can double as puzzle toys, which can keep your parrot busy for ages!

Parrots that like to chew things up will appreciate toys that are designed to be shredded, such as those made with coconuts, or cardboard.  These are great to keep your parrot’s beak very busy! Energetic parrots will enjoy having swings and boings in their cage. These toys will help your parrot stay physically active.

Good parrot toys provide a multitude of health and psychological benefits for your parrot and their importance should never be underestimated.

Can You Say Your Bird is Safe?

When you’re looking at giving toys to your bird, you have to be careful about what you’re giving him.  Not everything is safe, and some things could be downright dangerous.

There are 3 primary considerations for your bird’s safety:

  • Is the toy toxic? Many commercial toys are made with toxic items like formaldehyde, zinc coated metals, or toxic dyes.
  • Can your bird become entangled in the toy? Toys with ropes and pieces that can unravel or tangle in the bird’s feet and nails should be used under supervision only.  Birds have been known to self-mutilate if they become tangled.  Toys also have to be size appropriate or you may find your bird gets stuck inside chains or holes.
  • Can your bird ingest the toy? If your bird decides to eat the toy, he could poke holes in his digestive tracts or create a blockage.

Click here to learn more about potential problems in many bird toys

Finding Safe Toy Options

While no toy is ever going to be 100% guaranteed safe, it is possible to find toys that are largely safe for your bird.  Toys are important for your bird.  It gives him entertainment and helps stave off boredom.

Some of the best toys are ones that help stimulate his natural bird instincts.  Birds like to shred and pull at toys.  Natural materials also help encourage these behaviors in a safe way.  Natural materials like corn cobs, bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, and oyster shells are all excellent options in toys to help support your bird’s curiosity.

Learn more about toxin-free options in bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club

There’s a fabulous way to find toxin-free toys.  It’s called Parrots Toys by Mail.  It’s a mail club that is so simple you won’t believe it.  Each month you’ll receive a package of new toys that have been specially selected just for your bird’s size and breed.  They are also free of toxins, made of natural materials, and ready for your bird’s enjoyment.

You can even 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

How to Care for your Bird the Healthy Way

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

Natural Pet Bird Care

Taking care of your pet bird is important for their health and wellbeing. Nevertheless, some parrot owners are still not quite sure how best to care for their pet bird.

Here are a few natural pet bird care tips:

  • Purchase the correct cage – The general rule of the thumb is to purchase the largest cage that you can possibly afford. However, make sure that the cage you buy does not have bar spaces that are too wide, because some parrots can get their head and claws stuck between those bars and this can cause serious injury – especially if you are not home to help save your pet bird.
  • Make sure the cage size is a perfect fit – The cage you buy must be high enough and wide enough so that your pet bird can turn around inside the cage with his wings outspread, without any of his feathers touching any side of the cage walls.
  • Outfit the cage – Three perches that each has different diameters should be placed at various heights inside your pet bird’s cage. This will help keep your pet bird’s feet properly exercised.
  • Playtime – Your pet bird should have five unique types of toys inside his cage to keep him mentally and physically stimulated.
  • Provide fresh water – every pet bird needs to have daily access to fresh, clean water. This means that as soon as you notice any food particles, bird poop, or feathers in your pet bird’s water dish you should immediately rinse it out and refill the water dish. Many pet birds like to dunk their food into the water dish and if the water is not changed immediately, those food particles can go bad and contaminate the water which can make your pet bird very sick.
  • Bird baths – All birds, regardless of whether they are pets or not, love to bathe. Give your pet bird the opportunity to bathe, especially in the hotter summer months, by placing a small bowl of water at the bottom of their cage. Alternatively, you can fill up a spray bottle with fresh water and gentle mist your pet bird. Larger pet birds, such as Macaws, African Greys, and Cockatoo can also take a shower with you. There are many shower perches that you can purchase online that suction onto the wall of your shower. This is also a great bonding experience but do make sure that the water in the shower is not scalding hot.
  • Diet – Natural pet bird care starts by feeding a natural diet specific to your pet birds’ specific dietary needs. A fortified diet comprised of nuts, seeds, grains, pellets, fruits, and vegetables are perfect for any pet bird. Avoid commercial pet bird seeds and pellet mixes that contain plenty of brightly colored pellets. These colorful pellets are created using sugary food coloring and can be toxic to pet birds when they are eaten in large quantities or over long period.
  • Exercise – Make sure that your pet bird receives a minimum of two to three hours of exercise outside of their cage, such as on a play gym, every day.

How to Care for your Bird the Healthy Way

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Birds are tricky animals. There aren’t as many veterinary options for birds as opposed to other pet animals. Birds can also be harder hit by illness, and we’re more likely to miss those early warning signals. The best tool we have is to arm ourselves with as much knowledge about bird health as we can and learn what some of the most common warning signs are.

Did you know that stress is one of the biggest factors in a bird’s health? It makes him more susceptible to illness. Sometimes we can look at his behavior as indicators of stress. Aggressive or overly fearful behavior can be a sign of stress. So can a lack of appetite or the start of destructive behavior. Behavioral changes and stress can be early warning signs of a need to change things for his health.

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How to Care for Your Pet Bird

Finally there is a reference guide that is easy to read that puts all of this vital health care information into one spot! Dr. Joel Murphy is a longtime bird person with 21 years of clinical veterinarian experience from The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor. He’s combined his knowledge and experience so that pet bird owners have a reference guide for proper health care.

How to Care for Your Pet Bird has 22 chapters that share key information with more information about important bird care subjects than you can imagine! You’ll find material about subjects like:

Choosing the right bird

Pet bird nutrition

Pet bird misconceptions

Selecting a veterinarian

Bird illness

Emergencies

Beak issues

Feather plucking

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

Parasites

Baby birds

Aviary management

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Care for your Bird the Healthy Way

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to add this book to your arsenal. It will show you everything you ever need to know about caring for your bird, and it will also expose common and potentially dangerous myths you’ve probably heard. If you have no other bird book, this is the one to have.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts