Monthly Archives: May 2010

Training your Parrot at an Early Age

Training your Parrot at an Early Age

Marshmellow.....Our Umbrella Cockatoo

I remember when we bought our first parrot an Umbrella Cockatoo named “Marshmellow” 18 years ago.  She was only 3 months old when we first brought her home.  She was such a smush… most Umbrella Cockatoos are.

As I look back, we formed such a close bond which we still have today.  I am still able to file her nails with an emery board and trim her wings.

I also remember when we brought our baby Double Yellow Headed Amazon named “Kiwi” home for the first time.  I worked hard with him teaching him with the “Up” and “Down” commands and teaching him about the word  “No”.  Kiwi is now 11 years old and he to this day remembers these commands without question.  We have the most loving relationship and he is definitely a “momma’s boy” (LOL)

Here is an article from Bird Channel that elaborates more into teaching your bird when they are young:

Training Young Pet Birds by Elise Kaplan

Review: Parakeet Bird Stand (Freshman) by FunTime Birdy

FunTime Birdy Parakeet Bird Stand

The Freshman FunTime Birdy Parakeet Bird Stand

I just received this wonderful testimonial from Lynda M. after she purchased the FunTime Birdy Freshman Bird Stand for her two Parakeets Lilly and Herman.

She writes:

“All in all, everything was beyond my expectations.  I couldn’t have asked for a better transaction.  A wonderful product for the price.  Customer service was absolutely A+, and the product was wrapped very well for shipping.

Instructions were easy to understand, too!  It was a pleasure dealing with Fun Time Birdy, and I would do it again without hesitation.  :)”

Thanks Lynda for those kind words.  I look forward to seeing the pictures of Lilly and Herman on the playgym.

Review: Conure Bird Stand by FunTime Birdy

Hi Everyone,

I just received these wonderful pictures sent in by one of my customers Gina E. and her beautiful baby Sun Conure RickyBobby.  She purchased the FunTime Birdy Sophomore playgym.

RickyBobby on Conure Play Gym

I just love my Popsicle toy. This Playgym is awesome!

RickyBobby on his Conure Playgym

RickyBobby loves his toys on his Conure Playgym

Conure/Cockatiel Play Gym

RickyBobby enjoying his FunTime Birdy Conure Play Stand

Biggest Bird Toy Sale of the Year

Biggest Toy Sale of the Year

Biggest Toy Sale of the Year

FunTime Birdy is having our Biggest Bird Toy Sale of  the Year.

In honor of Spring and Memorial Day Weekend (Summer Kick off) we are having a special bird toy sale.  Whether your feathered child is a Parakeet/Lovebird, Cockatiel/Conure, Amazon/African Grey or a Cockatoo/Macaw we have toys for everyone on sale this month.  Don’t worry if I didn’t mention your feathered child’s species we still have toys for him or her.  We even have shredding bird toys, foraging bird toys and educational and trick training bird toys on sale.

Come by and check it out.  I am sure you will find something that your feathered child will just love.  Remember our everyday low shipping of $6.99 to the Continental USA.

Sale ends 6/16/10

Bird Toy Rotation Box

Marshmellow with her FunTime Birdy Bird Toy

Marshmellow with her FunTime Birdy Bird Toy

I wrote a blog post the other day titled “Spring Cleaning” in which I reference a Bird Toy Rotation Box. It just occurred to me that I should elaborate on what a “Bird Toy Rotation Box” is.  A Bird Toy Rotation Box is simply a storage box of somewhat used (but still in good condition) bird toys.  Toys that have never been played with or toys that you can re-string and create a brand new toy.

I started this with our Cockatoo Marshmellow. I noticed that Marshmellow had bird toys in her cage which were slightly used but were still in good condition, she simply stopped playing with them. I thought to myself maybe I should take them out. I hated to throw them away as they were still good toys. Marshmellow also had some toys that she had never touched that were like brand new. She also had some toys that were almost demolished but I could re-string them with other component pieces that were left over from some of her other bird toys.

I bought a storage container with a good lid and proceeded to clean the bird toys I had taken out. After letting them completely dry off, I now had several types of bird toys. Some were not touched, some were a little worn (I removed any dangerous components) and some I re-strung and made into brand new toys. I put all these toys away in my Rotation Box. Now I was set with new toys to give Marshmellow in exchange for the ones that were currently in her cage. Every couple of weeks I go into the rotation box and repeat the same process.

What I had suggested in my “Spring Cleaning” blog post is that sometimes you may put a toy in the Rotation Box and at that time you may have thought it was great.   However, upon further inspection you realize that the toy is just not up to par. That is why I suggest checking your “Bird Toy Rotation Box” often and also cleaning the entire box out once or twice a year.