Archive for July, 2015

The Know How of Parrot Care

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Every parrot owner, just like every parent, wants the very best for their feathered child. If you have never owned a parrot before, taking on the responsibilities of caring for such a unique animal can seem to be quite daunting at first. However, owning everyone can have a healthy parrot in 5 easy steps:

1. First things first: Do your due diligence. There are many different kinds of parrots and pet birds in the world. Try to learn as much as you can about these different species and then narrow down your search further by listing any desired traits by order of importance. In other words, do you want a parrot that is known for its talking abilities? Or would it not bother you at all if your parrot liked to screech? Do you want a pet bird that requires very minimal interaction? Or would you prefer your parrot to be a social butterfly? By doing your research first, you will help to ensure a great start to your parrot’s life with you by choosing a parrot that will best fit your family
and lifestyle.

2. Choose a Breeder: Once you have narrowed down your list of possible parrot species, your next step is to research breeders. By choosing to purchase your baby parrot from a breeder rather than a pet store, you can rest assured knowing that your new baby bird has been given the best start in life as possible. Once you have chosen a breeder or two, arrange to visit with them and/or their nursery. Most breeders have very strict policies on the cleanliness and health of their nurseries. So not all breeders will allow you to come visit, but it won’t hurt to ask either. At the very least you will be able to visit with the breeder and meet a few of their adult birds.

3. Choose your parrot: The next choice you will have to make, once you have chosen a species and a breeder, is to then choose the right parrot. Keep an eye out for any signs or symptoms of physical abuse, neglect, malnutrition, or psychological issues. Parrots, regardless of their age, that are malnourished will have a breastbone that seems to protrude out of their chest. Avoid parrots with eye or nasal discharges, or that have a large amount of plucked feathers.

4. Home Time: Before bringing home your new baby, make sure that you have everything ready. Purchase the larges cage that you can afford, but do check the spacing of the bars. If they are too large apart your parrot could escape, but if they are too close together, your parrot could get its
toes or beak stuck. Don’t forget toys and perches too!

5. Schooling: Once your parrot has settled into their new home with you, they should begin a training schedule. Teach your parrot to understand boundaries and also teach simple commands such as ‘Step Up’. Provide plenty of socialization opportunities too. Parrots crave social interaction and will relish every minute they spend with you.

The Know How of Parrot Care

Do you know how to keep your bird healthy?

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

Like many of you, I remember getting my first bird and not really knowing how to take care of her. How hard could it be since I easily walked out of the pet store with her and didn’t really receive any kind of information on how to take care of her.

I’d say most things were learned on the fly, and not everything was correct. While we had a good time together, it was short and only lasted a few years with a bird that could have lived decades.

I didn’t know the signs of illness until she was sicker than she should have been, and I didn’t know all the ways to prevent it either and keep her healthy. Does this sound like an experience you’ve had?

Click here to learn more keeping your bird healthy

The keys to health

According to Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird,
there are 3 primary components to bird care:

  • The right cage setup including location
  • The correct conditions inside the cage to prevent disease
  • The proper diet for health and prevention of disease

There are so many things that go into creating the right living space for your bird and also for maintaining the quality of it. You will want to make sure he has a high quality, varied diet. He needs clean water each day too, but he also will need his water container thoroughly cleaned. Cleaning and disinfecting his cage on a regular (at least weekly) basis, including changing his cage liners
each day, will help main a clean and disease-free space. All perches, toys, and other items should also removed and cleaned on a routine basis.

Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird is an e-book that details all of what you need to know to maintain a healthy environment for your bird. You’ll find everything you need inside one e-book to keep him healthy and happy.

Click here to read more about Raising Polly:

How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

Raising Polly has it all

If you have a parrot or want a parrot, you will want to have a copy of Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird. Along with Raising Polly, you’ll get the bonus e-book, Training Your Parrot: 12 Simple Tricks Any Parrot Can Learn. Training will be a snap! You’ll also receive Raising Polly as a recorded MP3 for free!

Click here to ream more about Raising Polly

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Are Your Bird’s Toys Safe?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Every parrot owner wants the very best for their feathered friend and will usually spare no cost in purchasing the biggest cage, quality food and treats, and even lavish toys. But did you know that being so excessive
with your money could actually be harmful to your parrot?

One of the most commonly seen occurrences of vet visits for birds and parrots stem from injuries sustained from poor, or unhealthy, parrot toys.

That rope perch looked like a fun perch for your parrot – until his toe nail got caught up in the fraying cotton.

That wooden swing also looked like fun – until your parrot got sick chewing on the wood. That wooden swing was made out of Apple wood which is harmful to parrots.

That brightly colored toy was a beautiful addition to your parrot’s cage – until he got sick. Turns out that the colors used to dye the wood weren’t ‘bird-safe’.

And that toy with the shiny bell sounded so lovely – until your clever parrot managed to dislodge, and swallow, the clapper resulting in metal toxicity.

This is why it is so very important to learn how to choose safe parrot toys. When choosing a safe toy look for parrot toys that are created using one or more of the following:

  • Vegetable dyed wood
  • Tanned vegetable leather
  • Iron
  • Manzanite wood

When choosing a safe parrot toy, avoid toys that are created using any of the following:

  • Zinc or lead coatings
  • Lead-based paint
  • Adhesives, glues, and lacquers that are harmful to pets and babies
  • Formaldehyde in any form
  • Woods known to be harmful to parrots

Most parrot toys that are commonly found in major pet stores and retail chains are manufactured overseas and then imported into America. While these toys do look ‘pretty’, overseas countries have lower pet health standards. Which could mean a very big difference between a safe and a non-safe parrot toy.

If you are truly concerned about the origins of your parrot’s toy, look for toys that specifically state that they are manufactured in the USA. Better yet, make your own parrot toy! This is a fun activity that the whole family can join in on and you can find many great toy making ideas, along with suppliers, online.

Are Your Bird’s Toys Safe?


Fun and safe!

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

There was a time long ago when we thought a bird only needed a cage and maybe one or two toys that consisted of mirrors and bells. We didn’t know what was safe and what wasn’t, so we trusted the toys we purchased. You may even remember this time.

What we didn’t know was that not everything was safe. Toys broke or were made from unsafe materials, but we didn’t know better. Huge advancements in knowledge and care have come into the bird toy industry in the past few years, and you can now find toys that work to enrich your bird’s mind and keep him safe.

What is safe?

There are things you want to consider when selecting toys for your bird:

  • How natural is the toy? You want toys that have more natural parts to them that can wake up a bird’s natural behavior. But, avoid products that contain flavorings because birds may eat the toys instead of play.
  • Where did the toy come from and what’s in it? Try to really read any packaging and learn the toy’s origin and what is in the toy. You want safe, natural vegetable dyes to color any parts of the toy. You don’t want formaldehyde to preserve anything or zinc coating on metals either. Birds are highly sensitive to toxins.
  • Size and shape are very important for safety. Know what size of toy is recommended for a bird your size and only purchase that size. The wrong size can be broken, and ropes and chains can entangle a bird.

Click here to learn about other safety considerations in bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club is a great option for safe toys

Parrots Toys by Mail is a really great option available to bird lovers. It is a place that not only offers really neat and fun toys for your bird, but they are also safe. You can trust that the materials that go into the toys are safe products free of toxins.

The toys stimulate natural behaviors in your bird, and this helps to create the best situation for his mental health too. The way Parrot Toys by Mail works is that you receive specially selected toys just for your bird each month! They will be the right size, and you’ll see how much your bird loves them.
The toys are made of natural materials like leather, bamboo, cuttle bone, coconut shell, and sisal. They encourage your bird to pull, shred, and play to his heart’s content.

Because new toys come each month, it’s easy to routinely rotate your bird’s toys to make sure he doesn’t tire of any one toy.

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

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts