Monthly Archives: July 2010

Thanks for the Great Review Carolyn!!!!!

FunTime Birdy Parrot Playgyms and Bird ToysWe love to hear from our customers.  Check out what Carolyn from New York is saying about FunTime Birdy!!!

“I happened to come across this website also looking for toys and foraging toys for my Macaw and CAG. I have to tell you that I wasn’t sure with one of the toys so I called the business to ask a question on it. The customer service is unbelievable. I spoke to Ann and she answered every single question.   I had, asked for some advice on things, and everything was perfect. I truly recommend dealing with Fun Time Birdy. Great place and great prices. I have purchased all of my toys, foraging toys and treats from them since the first phone call. I will continue to do so from now on.”

How to Tell if your Parrot is Sick

How to Tell if your Parrot is Sick

6 Signs your Parrot may be Ill

A healthy parrot is one of life’s greatest blessings. Nothing is more rewarding than watching your bird playing with his favorite bird toy(s), eating his favorite food or just singing or talking.

As a birdy parent, it is critical that you monitor your feather friend’s health on a regular basis.  Each day, take a few moments to watch your bird as he moves around his bird-cage or when he is on his/her bird stand. Make sure he/she is in good health and behaving normally.   Even a slight change in behavior could signify an illness or injury.   A healthy parrot is active, perky and well-groomed.  His eyes are bright and clear and his beak is clean and smooth.

Here are 6 signs that your bird may be sick or need medical attention:

1.    Sleepiness: Most birds need a good night’s rest each evening.   Preferably 10 to 12 hours per night.  However, if your feathered friend seems more tired than usual, and wants to fall asleep when he or she is usually playing with his bird toys or on his/her playgym, it could signal a health concern.

2.    Lethargy: Healthy birds tend to be extremely active and vocal. They are thrilled with life and want to enjoy it to the fullest. If your bird is feeling under the weather, he may sleep a lot during periods when he used to be very active and he may react very sluggish.  You will notice that he or she is sitting with feathers puffed and eyes closed.

3.    Dirty Feathers: Birds are meticulous about keeping their feathers well- groomed. It is called “preening”.  In fact, they spend hours each day engaged in preening and looking beautiful.  If you notice that your bird’s feathers are looking dull or crusty, or have leftover food on them, it’s a definite sign that your birdy is not feeling well.

4.    Lack of appetite: Birds love to eat. My Double Yellow Headed Amazon “Kiwi” just loves his food.  So if your parrot suddenly stops getting excited about meal-time, it could indicate a problem. Your parrot may be suffering from an intestinal blockage or impaction.

5.    Labored breathing:  If you notice your bird is panting, wheezing or breathing with his mouth open, take him to the veterinarian immediately. These symptoms could indicate a respiratory condition, which is extremely serious in parrots.

6.    Sudden Personality Changes:  If your parrot normally enjoys interacting with you and your family  but suddenly becomes disinterested, he may not be feeling well. Also, keep an eye out for changes in his vocalization patterns, sleeping habits and general mood. Early detection of any type of illness is critical.

It is very important to become familiar with your feathered friend’s individual personality.   Knowing his mannerisms when he is healthy will go along way to picking up any changes very early on that could indicate poor health.

Please let me know if this article has helped you in anyway with your beloved feathered child.


FunTime Birdy

Spiked Pinata Bird Toy – Before and After Shots

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Our Umbrella Cockatoo Marshmellow absolutely loves this Spiked Pinata Shreddable Bird toy.  She was a little shy of it at first and then she tore into it a little each day.   This bird toy is deceiving because there is a lot of interwoven material on the outside of the bird toy and even more shreddable Bird Toy stuff inside of it.  I was so excited to see how much she loves it that I had to take a picture.

Above is a before and after picture.

Does your bird love to destroy shreddable bird toys?  Let me know.


Great Review! Thanks Barbara B.!!!!!

Kyle - Sulfer Crested Cockatoo - Florida

Kyle - Sulfer Crested Cockatoo - Florida

“First class place to get all the bird toys and supplies you can think of and some you never thought of that will inspire you and your pet bird of any size. Prices are very reasonable, and customer service is outstanding. I just lucked onto this site while making a search for trick-training toys for my Cockatoo, Kyle. He loves everything he’s gotten from Fun Time Birdy. What a find!”

Thanks Barbara B. from Florida for the great review!!!  We pride ourselves at FunTime Birdy on making sure that each and every customer is happy……most importantly we pride ourselves on making sure that each and every bird is happy and content by making sure all our products are bird safe, bird tested and bird approved!


Customer Appreciation Month at FunTime Birdy

Customer Appreciation at FunTime Birdy - Save an Additional 10@Save an additional 10% on all orders this month at FunTime Birdy!!!

Use Code “FTBTEN” at checkout to save an additional 10% on your order (Does not apply to Cages or Featherbrite Products)

Check out all our Bird Toys from Parakeet to Macaw.

Bird Toys by FunTime Birdy

Wild Parrots in Backyard

I wish this was my backyard!!!!  These parrots are wild and they enjoy putting on a show.  Does anyone have this going in their backyard?  I would love to hear about it.


Importance of Vitamin A for your Parrot

Vitamin A and your Parrot

Vitamin A and your Parrot

Many fruits and vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, red peppers, kale, apricots, mangoes and broccoli are all high in Beta-Carotene and great foods for your birdies.

Our Grey “Jerry” and our Amazon “Kiwi” just love sweet potatoes mixed in with some pineapple and always have to get their beaks “wiped” after eating that tasty meal.

Here is a great blog post entitled   “Deficiency of Vitamin A in Parrots”  from

Check out some blog posts I wrote awhile ago on “How to get your Bird to Eat Vegetables”

There are 3 parts to this blog post.

I would love to hear from you about your Birdies and their love or dislike of fruits and vegetables.

Bird Bites TV Reporter

That must have hurt a lot.  This reporter knows the pain of a bird bite.

I am sure every parrot owner has their own “Bite” stories.  I would love to hear from you about this.  My Umbrella Cockatoo “Marshmellow” has bitten me a good couple of times as well as my Amazon “Kiwi” and my Grey “Jerry” but when I analyze why, I usually realize that I didn’t pay attention to their body language at the time.

Many bird bites can be avoided if we learn to read our birds body language. Most of the time they are just trying to tell us to leave them alone, much the way a human says it verbally. Check out Barbara Heidenreich’s DVD on Understanding Parrot Body Language



Eco Forage Pack in Action

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I have written other blog posts on these great foraging toys…..Here is “Kyle” the Cockatoo caught in the act and having a great time foraging his way through an Eco Forage Pack Box.  Foraging is a great way for your bird to recreate his natural environment.

Check out our other great bird toys!

Does your bird love to forage?  I would love to hear from you!!!


Wild Turkeys of NJ

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A couple of months ago, these guys just showed up one day…….I was wondering what all the noise was about outside and this is what I found.  (Mouse over picture to start slide show of pictures).  I have never seen wild turkeys by my house before.  Has anyone ever had a flock of wild turkeys in their backyard before?  If you have I would love to hear about it.