Archive for July, 2016

Secrets to Parrot Health

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

There are many different diseases and ailments that can afflict parrots. But one of the most important ones to know about is Psittacosis. This is because Psittacosis can be passed onto human beings. Otherwise known as Chlamydiosis or Chlamydia, Psittacosis is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Eye swelling
  • Eye discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fluffed out feathers

A parrot with Psittacosis can have one or more of these symptoms. Although these symptoms can suggest other diseases, a parrot with an eye discharge usually presents with Psittacosis and should be seen by a certified avian vet immediately for a pathology test.

Infection of this disease is typically through the droppings of another bird that is a carrier for the disease. A large amount of the Psittacosis organism can be present and it can remain contagious for quite a few months in dried bird droppings. Another way Psittacosis can be passed on is by way of feather dust and from a hen to her eggs.

The issue here is that in most situations, a parrot can be the carrier of this disease, but may never show any of above symptoms. This makes it quite hard to catch and control. Medical reports indicate that wild birds are one of the most common carriers and therefore, if you have your parrots in an outside aviary, they could be in danger of being infected.

Like most diseases, in humans and animals, an occurrence of Psittacosis is often brought about when the parrot is under stress; such as in situations of overcrowded cages and aviaries. When an infected parrot becomes stressed out, they will shed the Psittacosis organism in large amounts. This is another good reason to purchase your parrot from a reputable breeder and not a pet shop that has a large, filthy and overcrowded holding area for the parrots they sell cheaply. If your parrot receives routine health check-ups, and is fed a good diet and with a clean cage and fresh water, then you most likely won’t have any issues with the Psittacosis disease.

The treatment is with an antibiotic called doxycycline. Treatment length varies and can last anywhere from 7 to 45 days, depending on how the medication is given. As long as the disease is caught early on, the parrot will likely make a full recovery.

Once this disease is passed on to humans, the symptoms to be aware of include fever, lethargy, chest pain, couching, nausea and headaches. When seeing a doctor about flu-like symptoms, make sure you state that you own a parrot and request a blood test for Psittacosis. If you have been infected, a course of antibiotics will be prescribed.

This disease is why new parrots into a home should be quarantined away from other parrots for a minimum of 30 days.

Secrets to Parrot Health

Do You Want Your Bird to Live Decades?

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Raising a parrot is not always an easy task, but it can be so enjoyable if you feel comfortable that you know how to keep your bird healthy. If you know what to feed your bird and how to keep him not only healthy but also happy you can have years of contentment with him.

Parrots, ideally, live for decades. Many often outlive their human companions! But his lifespan can be drastically shortened with a few easy and common mistakes that everyone does before they know better.

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Let’s look at some of the more common mistakes

1. The cage is just not large enough for the bird: Your bird needs plenty of room to flap his wings, play with his toys, and move in levels so that he’s not just stuck in one spot.

2. The diet isn’t diverse enough: Parrots can’t exist on just seeds. Nutritionally complete pellets are an important addition, and the bird’s diet should include a lot of fresh items, even up to about 30% being fresh vegetables.

3. Not maintaining cleanliness: In order for a bird to stay healthy he needs to avoid disease. Cage liners should be changed daily, food and water holders should be cleaned weekly, and the overall cage should be cleaned monthly.

There are also other areas to look at as they relate to preventing boredom, providing enough toys, and preventing behavioral problems.

Click here to learn about common parrot keeping mistakes

Professional tips for a healthy bird

A professional birder has decided to share his parrot keeping system with the bird owning public. In his e-book Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird, he details in non-technical language how to care for a parrot. Raising Polly gives you the tips to help prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause early parrot deaths.

If you’ve ever lost a parrot early, this book is for you. If you’ve never had a parrot before now, this book is for you. But if you’ve had parrots you can still make use of this book too!

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Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Picking Out Toys for Your Bird

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

One of the best types of toys for parrots of all ages and species, are foraging toys. These are the types of toys that provide ample opportunity for parrots to want to work for their food and treats.

Basically a foraging toy is a toy in which food and treats are either hidden or offered to a parrot in such a way in that they have to work on getting to the food or treats. The definition of foraging, according to the dictionary, is “the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter”. You may not think of your parrot as a hunter, but in the wild that is what parrots do: they hunt for their food. They actively seek out fruit, nuts, and other vegetation needed to sustain themselves.

Domesticated parrots are provided bowls of fruit every day. As humans we feed our parrots the best food we can. But a parrot is still wild at heart and needs to forage occasionally for its food.

Foraging encourages a parrot’s natural hunting skills, as well as skills in detection and improves focus. Foraging toys give bored parrots something to do too. There are many choices for foraging toys for parrots that can be bought online and in your local pet shop. But some of the best options are those foraging toys you make yourself at home.

If you don’t think that your parrot knows how to forage, you may need to encourage them by punching howls into a clean paper towel and then putting it over your bird’s food bowl. Your parrot will be able to see his food, but will only be able to get to it once he has either shredded the paper towel or tossed it aside. You can progress from this by wrapping up larger pieces of treats in the paper and tossing it inside the food bowl. Eventually remove all bird food from the bowl and only have a few balls of paper-covered treats along with a few inedible objects such as wood or leather bits. Your parrot will have to figure out where the food is and then figure out how to open the paper balls to get to his food.

Another option for a homemade foraging parrot toy is to place nuts in a paper bag and then either hang the bag from the top of the cage or lie it down on the bottom of the cage.

Stainless steel skewers make a wonderful base for a foraging toy. Simply thread fruit or vegetables onto the skewer. Alternate the food with items that can be shredded and destroyed such as wood blocks or leather pieces.

Picking Out Toys for Your Bird

Boredom for the pet bird

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Imagine if you were sitting in a room all alone by yourself with nothing to do at all. Unfortunately that is what many of our pet birds experience on an almost daily basis. It’s very hard for a bird to sit still for a long period of time as birds are very active in the wild. Captivity has a way of slowing it down for them. This can lead to a restless bird that develops behavioral issues from stress and boredom such as feather plucking.

Toys are one way to help alleviate some of this boredom your bird inevitable encounters.

Click here to learn about behavioral problems associated with boredom in birds

How to pick out the right toys for your bird

How do you know what’s the best kind of toys to pick for your bird? The two primary things to think about are safety and what your bird likes. You only want toys that are deemed to be safe in construction and in materials. No chemicals or metals (like zinc coated metal links) at all! Be careful of rope toys that can easily tangle your bird during play.

The next consideration is what your bird likes to play with. Toys that are left lying in the cage and never touched are about as bad as not having toys at all. You should select toys based on what your bird likes which you’ll know over time. Does he like to climb on things? Does he like using his beak to tear things apart? These are just two examples of options that might guide your purchase.

Click here for other things to consider with toy selection

The easiest way to get the perfect toys for your bird

The Parrot Toys by Mail Club is the easy way to select toys that your bird is sure to love. The club is convenient because all you have to do is sit at home and wait for the mail and voila! …3 new size appropriate, safe, and fun bird toys arrive each month. You select the size of toys based on your bird, and the Parrot Toys by Mail Club does the rest.

There is no risk, and you can cancel at any time. All toys are guaranteed to be a lot of fun as all styles of toys have been tested out by birds already to make sure they pass bird approval! You’ll also receive up to 6 FREE toys over the course of a year!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Tips for a Trained Bird

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Adopting a parrot that has been previously owned by someone else can be scary. After all, it is probably safe to assume that there will be some issues, but you are not aware of what these issues are upfront. Listed below is a few suggestions in effectively training your second hand parrot.

1. Before you agree to the adoption, do as much digging as you can about the parrot’s past. Speak with his previous owners. Get them to tell you in their own words, exactly what the parrot’s personality is like. Ask them if the parrot has any habits or likes certain things done a certain way. Obtain the parrot’s veterinarian contact information and give them a call too. Ask the vet about the parrot’s general health. Finding out as much about the parrot beforehand will help you step into second hand parrot ownership more easily.

2. The very first thing you need to be aware of is that undoubtedly, your new parrot will come with plenty of old baggage. It will be your job to figure out what that baggage is, and then help your parrot to release that baggage. This means that, in the beginning, it may take your parrot a few weeks before he feels comfortable enough to trust you. Always move slowly and carefully around your second hand parrot. If you move too fast you may scare him and set back his trust.

3. Regardless of his history, and how we was treated, or mistreated, at his former home, you will need to show your second hand parrot that his new home with you will be much better and very different. Try to see things from his bird’s eye view: he’s just been placed in a second home (maybe even for the third or fourth time), he’s around new people, he has new fun toys, a new and improved diet, and maybe even a new cage.

4. If the parrot’s old cage is rusty, broken, or too small for him to realistically hold out both of his wings and turn around in the cage without either of the wings touching the sides of the cage – then his cage is too small and you must replace it immediately. Always buy the biggest cage you can afford. Start his new life with you on the right track by outfitting his new cage with new toys that will help him forage, have fun on his own, and stimulate his mind.

5. Your second hand parrot may not want to, or be used to, being touched by people. This means he may not know how to respond appropriately to the Step Up command. Use a dowel rod to train him this command and eventually work up to gently petting his head and back. The more you interact with him, the quicker he will learn to trust you. Remember that your second hand parrot will tire easily at first. So be prepared in the beggining to keep any interactions and training sessions short and sweet so that he can get plenty of rest. As your parrot starts to trust you more, you can slowly start to increase the training sessions.

Tips for a Trained Bird

How smart are birds?

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Birds, especially parrots and birds like crows and ravens, are really intelligent. Many birds mimic our speech and sounds fairly well, but this isn’t accepted as true intelligence. Understanding a word and being able to associate it with the meaning of the word shows higher intelligence, and it’s generally considered that some birds, like African Greys, are capable of this task.

According to Audubon, scientists now think that crows are as smart as the average 7 year old child. How’s that for a smart bird? Researchers use an 8 step test to help determine how a bird is thinking. Many of the tasks require a bird to figure out how to get a piece of food. For example, can he determine which color of string is attached to the piece of food and pull the right one when there are two choices of string? These tests help determine reasoning and problem solving skills.

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Utilizing your bird’s intelligence

There are many ways to train a bird, but one of the easiest ways capitalizes on his intelligence. It’s called rewarding him for doing good behaviors you like so that he figures out what behaviors work best. Do you like it more when he is quiet? Try providing attention to him when he is being quiet all on his own rather than getting upset and even yelling when he is screaming.

You can also use other methods commonly used in other forms of animal training such as the use of a clicker. Lure training can also be used. This is when you use a piece of food to encourage him into the right behavior until he learns what you’re asking him to do.

Read more about what ways to train your bird

Professional bird training

There are a lot of tips to make training your bird easier. Someone with years of experience knows the best tips to save you a lot of time and possible frustration. The bird professionals at Bird Tricks have spent years learning what works and doesn’t for things like correcting behavioral problems but also for training tricks.

This information can be quickly accessed through videos and articles to help you start out the right way with training your bird.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts