Monthly Archives: November 2010

FunTime Birdy Birds on Animal Planet’s “Your Pet Wants this, Too”

We are so proud of our two birds “Kiwi” and “Buddy” as they performed their bird tricks on Animal Planet’s “Your Pet Wants this Too” this past weekend.

“Buddy” played Mango Basketball, rode on the Mango Champion Racer and played with the FunTime Birdy Ring Toss and “Kiwi” rode like the wind on the Mango Winger Skateboard and Mango Roller Skates well maybe not like the wind on the Roller Skates but you have to watch to see.

Buddy can also be seen posing on the FunTime Birdy Senior Playgym and Kiwi is striking a pose on the FunTime Birdy FunStation.

There is a short interview with me.  I can also be seen demonstrating putting the basketball in my human beak (LOL) for Buddy.  Not my best camera moment (LOL)

Check out the video clip below.

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Only 3 Days Left to our Thanksgiving Sale at FunTime Birdy

Thanksgiving Sale at FunTime Birdy

Thanksgiving Sale at FunTime Birdy

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Holiday Safety Tips for this Holiday Season

Holiday Safety Tips for your Bird

Holiday Safety Tips for your Bird

I posted this article last year at this time and I think it is worthy of a re-post.

With the holidays quickly approaching us, I wanted to write about 4 safety tips that every parrot owner should know for the holidays.

Safety Tip #1:

Be very careful of non-stick cookware and teflon.  All humans who share their homes with birds should have a non-stick (teflon) cookware free home.  However, during the holidays well meaning family members and guest(s) (who are not bird people) may bring you goodies to warm up or cook in your oven.  You may not even realize that the dish their treat was prepared in is non-stick teflon.

What can potentially happen is that you may pop their goody in the oven to cook or warm up and get involved with something else only to find that the dish has overheated and become lethal to your birds.

Safety Tip#2

Another potential safety problem for your beloved bird is your bird flying out an open door during the holidays.

As a bird lover you want to show off your bird for all your family and friends.  However, if your birds wings are not clipped or even if they are, there is the potential for your bird to fly out an open door.  Of course, this can happen at any time but it is most prone to happen during the holidays.  What happens is that your bird is out of the cage and on a playgym perch or even your shoulder so that your best friend can have a chance to enjoy all your friends and family but your baby is not used to being around all these people and strange looking packages and gifts.  Something can scare your bird and within one moment he or she can be right out the door.

The best thing to do is wait until all your guest have settled in.  Make sure your bird is far away from a room that is near a door and then let them interact with your guests.  Warn everyone ahead of time that if they need to open the door that they must give you a warning so that you can move your bird to safe place.

I can think of nothing worse then one of my birds flying out my door during a holiday or anytime for that matter.

Safety Tip #3

Well meaning guest(s) may want to feed your feathered child.  This is natural because they want to make friends with your bird (and who wouldn’t… LOL).  Non bird people do not know what can be potentially dangers to a bird.

The best way to pre-plan for this situation is to have a bowl of bird safe foods all set up near your bird so that any guest who may want to feed your baby can feed him/her with your bird approved mix of foods.  This way everyone can have a safe and fun holiday.

Safety Tip #4

This tip comes from my own experience with my Cockatoo Marshmellow.  I had some friends over with their children.  Now I must explain that their children already new Marshmellow and interacted with her before.  Their children also have Cockatiels in their home so they knew about birds.

However, during the evening Marshmellow became nervous from all the activity in the house and when my friend’s daughter reached over to pet her, Marshmellow lunged at my friend’s daughter.  No one was hurt thank goodness.  Marshmellow is a gentle giant and the only person in the world I have ever seen her bite is me. (LOL)

My concern here is that any bird even the most gentle bird(s) can get nervous or over anxious with lots of people and excitement in the house.  Be very careful when allowing friends and family to approach your bird in a holiday situation.  Read your bird’s body language carefully before allowing anyone to handle your bird.   As you know, most birds will let you know ahead of time how they are feeling.  I wish I had read Marshmellow’s body language that day.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!!!!!!!!

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Bird Toys for the Holidays

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The Holiday season is a special time of the year and we always love giving our birdies some new holiday bird toys.  Every since Marsmellow our Umbrella Cockatoo came into our lives 18 years ago, we give all our feathered kids bird toys for the Holidays.  We love watching them get excited as they tear open their wrapped gifts.

Whether its Christmas Bird Toys or Chanukah Bird Toys or just plain bird toys for the Holiday season, we have Bird Toys that will bring a smile to any birds beak.

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Winger Skateboard by Mango Pet Products

Winger Skareboard by Mango available at FunTime Birdy

Winger Skateboard by Mango Pet Products

Check out the video below of the Mango Winger Skateboard in action.

Our Amazon “Kiwi” “loves to feel the wind in his feathers” while riding the Winger Skateboard.

Don’t forget to tune into “Your Pet Wants This Too” on Animal Planet on November 27, 2010, at 8:00 pm (EST) to see Kiwi and Buddy doing their tricks with the Mango Pet Product trick training toys as well as a short interview with me.

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

“Your Pet Wants this Too” on Animal Planet

Your Pet Wants this Too

Your Pet Wants this Too on Animal Planet

Our Amazon “Kiwi” and our Severe Macaw “Buddy” are going to be featured on Animal Planet’s “Your Pet Wants this Too” on November 27th at 8:00pm EST.

“Kiwi” and “Buddy” will be playing basketball, riding a skateboard, and riding a scooter with Mango Pet Products.  We are so proud of them as this was the very first time they ever performed their tricks with large lights, large cameras and of course a larger than normal audience.

There will also be a short interview with me.   The whole flock will be gathered around the TV to watch and we will be passing around the bird treats for a job well done.(LOL)

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Walrus in Training

I absolutely love this video.  I think this guy can teach us humans a thing or two about exercise. (LOL)

This video is one of those…..”It has to be seen to be believed”  A walrus workout (LOL)

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Bird Species-Specific Diet Needs

Species Specific Parrot Diets

Species Specific Parrot Diets

As the owner of a Double Yellow Headed Amazon and 4 other birds, it easy to see that my Amazon “Kiwi’s” diet needs are far different than all my other birds.

“Kiwi” just loves to eat.  No matter what I put in his bowl, he loves to chow down every last drop.  As I learned when he was young, Double Yellow Headed Amazons are prone to fatty liver disease so their diet needs have to be strictly reinforced.  Each morning and night feeding “Kiwi” gets considerable less food than all the other birds.   He also receives less “Pellets” each night than all the other birds.

Susan Chamberlain of BirdTalk magazine wrote an interesting article on the diet needs of specific bird species.

Bird Species and Specific Diet Needs article

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

The Beautiful Sun Conure

The Beautiful Sun Conure

The Beautiful Sun Conure

This gorgeous bird has often been described as a sunset, soaring across the sky. Their dashing colors of orange, yellow, red, blue and green are simply dazzling to the eye. There is no question that Sun Conures are among the most stunning parrots, as far as looks are concerned.
If you want a playful, happy parrot, the Sun Conure may be just the bird you need. They are generally 12 inches in length and live between 25-30 years. These wonderful feathered friends are:

•    Playful. Like all birds, Sun Conures love to play. As a result, be sure to provide your baby with plenty of bird toys .    Sun Conures especially enjoy bird toys that are made from rope or wood.

Bright colors and ringed objects are also very appealing to them.  Since Sun Conures love to chew, wooden parrot toys are ideal.

•    Sociable. Sun Conures thrive on attention and interaction. They will enjoy being close to you on their parrot play gym while you work around the house or while you are eating dinner

•    Alert. These birds are always aware of their surroundings. Whether your feathered baby is on his bird perch or playing with his bird toys, he will be sure to hear sudden noises or an approaching stranger. In some cases, Sun Conures can serve as excellent watch dogs, letting you know when someone is at the door or if they hear a strange noise that may signal danger.

•    Athletic. Exercise is essential for Sun Conures. There are several ways you can ensure that your feathered friend gets the exercise he needs to thrive. In the first place, be sure to let him out of his bird cage at least once a day. Secondly, provide him with a large cage or aviary where he can flap his wings or fly. Thirdly, give your pet plenty of bird toys and parrot toys, as these will encourage activity and movement.

Life with a Sun Conure can be a wonderful and rewarding experience

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Rescued Hummingbird Video

This is one of those rare videos of someone taking care of someone less fortunate.  This baby Hummingbird is nursed back to health and has such a great bond with his new found friend.