Monthly Archives: October 2010

These Birds Crack me Up

I never get tired of this commercial from Windex.  These 2 crows are always so entertaining.  They remind me of my African Grey Jerry who loves to laugh and play jokes.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

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Gigantic Popsicles Sticks Foot Toys for Birds

Gigantic Wavy Wooden Popsicles for Birds

Gigantic Wavy Wooden Popsicles for Birds

These Gigantic Popsicle Sticks Foot Toys are great for the large Macaws/Cockatoos all the way down to  African Grey and Amazon Parrots.

Our Cockatoo Marshmellow just loves to hold these Gigantic Pops Foot Toys in her foot as she chews away!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Grooming your Parrot

Parrot Grooming Tips

Parrot Grooming

Unlike certain dog breeds, parrots have few grooming needs.

Here are a parrot’s four basic grooming needs:

1.    Bathing. Parrots love to be clean. You can give your parrot a weekly bath in the sink or you can provide your feathered friend with a shallow water dish, allowing him to bath himself.  I usually give my feathered kids a bath a couple of times a week.  One day during the week is usually a large soaking for them so they can get nice and wet.  I use a spray bottle filled with luke warm water and mist them under their wings and and on their backs.

2.    Wing-clipping. If you want to prevent your bird from flying, you will need to trim his primary wing feathers. Keep in mind that if you trim your pet’s wings, he may have difficulty fluttering on and off his parrot playgyms or bird stand, depending on the height. Wing feathers can be trimmed using a pair of scissors.  If you are uncertain how to do this, I recommend taking your bird to your local bird store or local veterinarian.

3.    Nail Trimming. If your pet punctures your skin as he steps onto your hand, it’s probably time for a nail trim. You can do this yourself using special nail trimmers or in some cases with larger birds you can use a nail file.  Remember not to use to heavy of a nail file.  Again, if you are unaware of how to do this, take your feathered friend to the local bird store or local veterinarian.

4.    Beak Trimming. Unless you are an extremely experienced bird handler, you should leave this task up to your veterinarian. One way to keep your parrot’s beak in good condition is to provide him with plenty of bird toys to chew on. Wooden bird toys are especially beneficial as they will help keep your pet’s beak trim and shapely.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Vine Balls and Vine Foot Toys are here at FunTime Birdy

Vine Balls are Here at FunTime Birdy

Vine Balls are here at FunTime Birdy

These wonderful vine toys are a great way to get your feathered friend playing with bird toys.  These easily shreddable vine balls, vine stars and vine foot toys are just a great addition to any bird’s array of bird toys.

Our Umbrella Cockatoo Marshmellow just loves to tear into the large vine balls.  She chews some wood from her bird toys and then next she starts to chew her vine balls.  It is a daily experience for her.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Ruby the Grey

This African Grey Parrot named “Ruby” has quite the vocabulary.    Our African Grey “Jerry” has certain times during the day that he just loves to go through his repertoire.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Spooktacular Sale

 

FunTime Birdy Spooktacular Sale

FunTime Birdy Spooktacular Sale

 

Now through November 11th, the Spooktacular October sale has begun.

Don’t be scared of all the savings on Bird Toys, Parrot Playgyms, Bird Treats, Parrot DVD’s and more.

Biting and your Bird

 

Biting and your Parrot

Biting and your Parrot

 

One of the great things about sharing your life with a pet parrot(s) is their amazing companionship.  These feathered kids have so much energy and vitality for life that it amazes me everyday.

With the good comes the bad…..the biting.  Parrots bite for many reasons.  These could be warnings…”Hey your touching me too much…lay off a little ” or “Hey I am a little moody today….no pets today…Ok?” or they could be for unknown reasons.  Every parrot owner has been bitten on occasion and they can be very painful to yourself and to your ego.

Marshmellow our Umbrella Cockatoo does not bite as often as she used to.  She now takes her bites out on one of her favorite bird toys instead.  Not all of us can be that lucky.

See link below for an article by Liz Wilson on “A Biting Bird” from BirdTalk magazine.
A Biting Bird by Liz Wilson

Ann
FunTime Birdy