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
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 www.funtimebirdy.com
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.
Summer Sale at FunTime Birdy starts Today
As the summer months approach, FunTime Birdy is having a great sale on Bird Toys, Parrot Stands, Lafeber Parrot Treats, Booda Perches, foraging bird toys, educational bird toys and much more starting today, June 17th and running through July 14th. Save up to 45%. Come in out of the sun and Save!!!!!
Rio - the Movie
Check out the trailer to the upcoming animated parrot movie called “Rio”
Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a rare species of macaw residing at a zoo in Minnesota who believes he is the last of his kind. When he learns that another macaw was spotted in South America, and that Jewel (Anne Hathaway) is female, he leaves Minnesota and travels to Rio to find her.
I can’t wait to see this movie!! How about you? I would love to hear from you.
Basketball playing Amazon parrot
Our Amazon Parrot Kiwi just recently learned how to play basketball. It took him awhile to understand about the ball and hoop but he finally got it.
Check out Kiwi’s video below as he shows off his basketball playing skills with a Mango Basketball Hoop.
Kiwi’s brother Buddy (Severe Macaw) can also play basketball and he can even do the Ring Toss. You can see the video of Buddy ‘Teaching your Bird to do the Ring Toss” with the link below.
Buddy Teaches your Bird the Ring Toss
Traveling with a parrot
As the summer season is almost upon us and we travel to our favorite vacation destinations, nowadays who doesn’t travel with their pets.
More and more people travel to their vacation spots with their pet parrot(s). Nobody can last a few weeks or even a few days from their favorite feathered companion(s). These feathered creatures have become so much a part of our life that a vacation would not be complete without them.
Here is a BirdTalk Magazine article on some great tips on traveling with your feathered friend companions to make sure they are safe and taken care of properly.
BirdTalk Magazine article on “No Hassle Traveling Tips for your Parrot”
I don’t travel too far with my birds but when I do take them to the vet, I make sure to have a few of their favorite bird toys inside their carrier so they feel more at home and less stressed.
If you have any other tips to add please leave a comment. I would love to hear any suggestions as I may be traveling a longer distance with my birds in the future.