Monthly Archives: June 2010

Watering Hole – What if We All Could Get Along

Watering Hole

The Watering Hole by Travelers Insurance

What if we all could get along?  This commercial is not only cute but says a lot about what if………

We can only hope.

What do you think about this video…..I would love to hear from you.


Keeping your Parrot Entertained

Keeping your Bird Entertained

Keeping your Parrot Entertained

In order to keep your feathered friend healthy and happy, you will need to provide him with plenty of attention and mental stimulation.

It is important not to keep your bird locked in a cage all day long.  Birds need time outside the cage to interact with humans and to stretch their wings.  They need to have a place to play outside of the cage like a playgym or playstand.  Imagine being locked in your room all day with only one book to read and nothing else.  You would not be happy and you can’t expect your bird to be content like that.   Allowing your bird to become bored can be dangerous.  A depressed bird may develop serious behavioral issues such as feather plucking, screaming and aggression.

As a parrot owner there are several things you can do to keep your birdy friend happy, healthy and enjoying life:

1.    Provide plenty of bird toys. When you go shopping for bird supplies, be sure to invest in a number of parrot toys and pet bird toys. Look for bird toys that come in different colors, shapes and sizes.  Also, it is a good idea to rotate your bird’s toys every few weeks. This will keep his toys fresh and interesting. If you have a budget for bird supplies, toys should account for a sizeable portion of it.  Check out one of my recent Blog Posts on a Bird Toy Rotation Box.

2.    Provide plenty of free time. As mentioned earlier, your parrot will not enjoy spending his entire life in a birdcage—no matter how large it is.   As a result, try letting your parrot out of his cage for at least 2 hours a day. Instead of allowing your bird to have free roam of the house, invest in a bird stand or Parrot Play Gym. The bird stand will serve as your bird’s “space” while he is out of his cage.  Your feathered child can sit on their Parrot Play Gym, busily engaged with their bird toys, while you do housework or watch TV.

3.    Celebrate special occasions with your bird. Whenever Christmas, Thanksgiving, or a birthday rolls around, include your bird in the festivities.  Allow him to indulge in a few tasty treats.  Buy a new bird perch or some engaging parrot toys as a gift. These occasional celebrations will help keep your feathered friend in high spirits.  My birds seem to love the holidays and they especially love when we celebrate each of their birthdays.  I take lots of pictures of the birthday bird and then we open their birthday gifts and follow it up with some tasty bird treats.

Review: Cockatiel Playgym by FunTime Birdy

Another satisfied customer……….or in this case, another satisfied bird customer.  His name is Don and he is from Illinois.  This is what Don’s Mom had to say about his new FunTime Birdy Cockatiel Playgym (Sophomore):


The playgym is great. Our cockatiel Don (not sure the sex) loves it.

Thanks so much for the additional treats and toys. What a nice surprise!

We will definitely become a fan on Facebook.

Attached are two pictures of Don using the playgym. Thanks again for everything.

Check out pictures of Don enjoying his new playgym.

"Don" the Cockatiel enjoying his FunTime Birdy Playgym

"Don" a Cockatiel enjoying his FunTime Birdy Playgym

"Don" loves his new FunTime Birdy Playgym

"Don" just lovin' his new FunTime Birdy Playgym

FunTime Birdy is now on Twitter

Follow FunTime Birdy on Twitter

FunTime Birdy on Twitter

Tweet, tweet, tweet.  Now follow FunTime Birdy on Twitter.

Follow FunTime Birdy on Twitter

Cat Sounding Parrot Found

Parrot Makes Meoow Sound is Found

Parrot Found that makes Cat Sounds

A lost African Grey Parrot startled a dog walker in Scotland as he made sounds like a “Meowing” cat and flew down near him and said “Hello”.

He is being held at the local Scottish SPCA where they named him “Bertie”.  “Bertie” speaks with a manly deep voice and often repeats the same phrase.  Authorities at the SPCA do not want to say what that phrase is because it could help identify the owner.

Click link below to see full article.

Lost Parrot Mimics Cat

What kind of animal sounds does your parrot make?  I would love to hear from you.


Pizza and your Quaker Parrot

Edgewater Quakers and Pizza

Edgewater Quakers Love Pizza

I came across an article about how the Brooklyn Quaker Parrots just love pizza.  Who would think that these wild parrots would love pizza?

My husband and I can both vouch for this!  We visit the wonderful Quaker parrots of New Jersey once a year at their  home in Edgewater New Jersey.

Last year we came armed with our Lafeber Avi Cakes….what bird doesn’t love Lafeber Avi Cakes.  Well…..apparently the Quakers from this area of NJ love their pizza more.  Check out pizza crust eating Quaker in this picture.  It seems the local pizzeria supplies these Quakers with pizza on a daily basis.  They did not even touch the Lafeber Avi Cakes we brought for them.  Live and learn…mental note…….bring pizza when visiting the wild Quakers of New York and now New Jersey.

Check out the article by Nancy Mure entitled “The Pizza Man and the Parrots”

Vogue for Birds

"Bird" pictures of Birds, Parrots

Beautiful Pictures of Birds and Parrots and their Plumage

“It’s like Vogue for birds,” says Erin Estell, a bird trainer at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of photographer Andrew Zuckerman’s latest book, Bird.   Against Zuckerman’s signature white backdrop, the birds’ brilliantly coloured plumage comes to life.

Check out the link below to see pictures of birds and parrots like you never have seen them before.  Also, while on the page you can scroll down to the second video and see behind the scenes footage.

Andrew Zuckerman’s book, “Bird” as filmed at the Pittsburgh National Aviary

Tell me what you think about this great book……I would love to hear your thoughts.


Caring for an Elderly Parrot

Caring for Elderly Parrots

Tips for Caring for Elderly Parrots

With proper nutrition and care, our pet parrots can live to a ripe old age. African Greys can live up to 50-70 years old; Macaws frequently live from 60-80 years while Cockatiels average about 15-20 years. As your parrots start to reach their golden years, they may require more time and attention from you. Here are a few tips to help your senior parrot stay healthy and perky:

•    Play with your parrot daily. Even elderly parrots enjoy interactive bird toys and parrot toys. Don’t stop shopping for large bird toys or bird toy supplies just because your pet is getting older. One of the keys to increasing your pet’s longevity is to keep them happy. And birds love to play—no matter how old they are. So keep those bird toys on your shopping list.  Remember as we age it is important for elderly humans to keep their minds stimulated.  Our feathered friends are no different.

•    Lower the perches. Each bird perch should be lowered a couple of inches. As your bird ages, he may have greater difficulty stepping up or flying onto his bird perch. In addition, elderly parrots may struggle to keep their balance as they sleep. If your feathered friend falls off his perch, you don’t want him to have too long of a fall. It is a good idea to remove all large bird toys and parrot toys from your bird’s cage as he sleeps. This will prevent him from accidentally falling onto a wooden toy and bruising himself.

•    Make sure your bird gets plenty of sleep. An elderly parrot needs 12-14 or more hours of sleep at night, plus several rest periods during the day. So if your feathered friend has been playing on one of his Parrot Play Gyms or bird stands for several hours, encourage him to take a brief nap to avoid becoming exhausted.

Most important of all, enjoy your bird’s golden years. As your bird ages, he will begin to display a quieter, more vulnerable side. Relish each moment with you parrot they are so wonderful!

Do you have an older parrot?  I would love to hear from you.


Lafeber Avi Cakes On Sale at FunTime Birdy thru 7/14

Lafeber Avi Cakes - Amazon/African Grey Size

Lafeber Avi Cakes

Lafeber Avi Cakes are absolutely my birds favorite treat.  Whether it’s our parakeet “Snowy” or all the the way up to our big Umbrella Cockatoo “Marshmellow”, Avi Cakes are always the crowd pleaser.

Lafeber Avi Cakes are great to add to your bird(s) favorite foraging toys.  Our Double Yellow Headed Amazon “Kiwi”, loves to forage thru his Nature’s Instinct “Turn and Learn” to find his Lafeber Avi Cakes.

Lafeber Avi Cakes are:

  • Nutritionally complete
  • Omega 3 & 6 balanced
  • Excellent foraging food
  • Naturally preserved
  • Naturally flavored
  • Great meal or treat
  • Excellent conversion food

Lafeber Avi Cakes are available at

Patriotic Parrot for World Cup Soccer

Benji the World Cup Parrot for England

World Cup Soccer Parrot

An African Grey named “Benji” wears his heart on his sleeve or in this case his feathers when it comes to “rooting” for his favorite soccer team.  Click on link below to see article and video.

Patriotic African Grey Parrot from England

Does your parrot have a favorite saying for a sport or sports team?  My African Grey “Jerry” says “He shoots, he scores” just like a Hockey announcer. (LOL)

I would love to hear about your bird(s) favorite sports sayings.