Archive for August, 2015

To Bird School We Go!

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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 2016?

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!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just as there are different types of parrots, so too are there just as many different types of parrot food on the market today. However, each species of parrot has its own unique nutritional needs and it is your responsibility to ensure that your parrot has a great diet. The following suggestions will help you create a very basic diet for your parrot – be sure to tweak these suggestions if your parrot has a very unique dietary need.

Pellets

Throughout the history of bird-keeping, seeds have always been a staple diet. However, research now indicates that birds may not be getting adequate nutrition from seed mixes alone. To compensate, it is recommended that you feed your parrot a pellet food that has been created with your particular parrot’s species in mind. You can purchase pellet-only food, or purchase a pellet and seed mix. Parrots should only be fed small amounts of seeds as treats, rather than as a major component to their diet.

Food Fusion

A good diet for parrots should consist of more than just seeds and pellets. It must also include fresh vegetables and fruits too. Be careful as there are some fruits and veggies that can be toxic to your parrot – so always seek veterinary advice first. Great options include carrots, broccoli, corn, apples, peaches, bananas, pears, and orange slices. You can even create a fruit or veggie kabob! Just skewer a few slices of a variety of fruits and vegetables onto a non-toxic stick, or purchase a stainless steel one made just for bird cages. Just remember to remove any uneaten fruits and veggies as soon as possible to avoid spoilage. Your parrot can become quite sick if he eats rotten food. Fruits and veggies can offer both fun and nutrition to your parrot. Give your bird corn on the cob so that he can eat the kernels right off the cob. Larger Macaws can be offered a whole peeled banana that they can hold onto while the eat it.

Protein Power

Some species of parrots thrive on certain types of protein, although every bird requires some form of protein in their diet on a daily basis. Offer different types of protein to your parrot at least twice a day. Preferable protein options are organic cooked or hard-boiled eggs, tofu, cooked sandwich meats, low fat cottage cheese, yoghurt, and firm cheeses. Yoghurt, in particular
contains a very healthy bacteria, acidophilus, which helps to balance out the good and bad bacteria in your parrot’s gut. Just make sure that you are only feeding low fat yoghurt that contains live cultures.

Great Grains

Just like with protein, grains such as cereals and breads, should also be fed at least twice per day. Here you can choose from unsweetened granola, pasta, whole grain breads, cereals, and even tortillas.

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