Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bird Beaks….Tool and Weapon

Bird Beaks.....Tool and Weapon

Bird Beaks

A parrot’s beak is a very fascinating piece of anatomy.  If you really think about it, a parrot’s beak is light weight but also can be used to crack hard nuts and shells.

Many of my birds also use their beak as a third appendage to move around their bird cage and parrot playgyms.

Read more of the article on Bird Beaks ….Tool and Weapon from the link below.

Bird Beaks….. Tool and Weapon

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Cameron the Laughing Quaker Parrot

This little Quaker Parrot named Cameron can laugh up a storm.  Even with his disability he is just one happy little guy.

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Lories and Lorikeets

Lories and Lorikeet Parrots

Lories and Lorikeet Parrots

Looking for a vivacious, colorful and highly intelligent pet parrot? Look no further than a Lory or Lorikeet. These two birds are part of the same family. The only difference is that Lorikeets tend to have longer tails than Lories.

These birds are playful, flamboyant and have beautiful colors. Because Lories & Lorikeets are such active birds they will require a large bird cage, plenty of bird perches and a mountain of  bird toys. These little creatures are full of spunk and personality, so don’t skimp when picking out bird toys.

One great thing about Lories and Lorikeets is that they make ideal family pets. Unlike some parrots, these feathered guys bond with nearly everyone. Certain birds, such as the African Grey will often choose one particular person they like. They will bond almost exclusively with their owner, oftentimes acting shy or even territorial around strangers or other family members. However, Lories and Lorikeets enjoy being around just about anyone.  So long as you are willing to give them some of your time and attention, they’ll love you forever.

Originally from Australia and the South Pacific, Lorikeets can be classified into two different groups: Small Australian Lorikeets tend to be much quieter and less vocal than other parrots. This makes them ideal pets for apartment dwellers. Their soft voices are not as likely to annoy the neighbors. The Larger Tropical Lorikeets on the other hand are vocal and noisy. They enjoy screaming and often become extremely skilled talkers. They also live between 20-35 years.

Despite their beauty and charming personalities, Lories and Lorikeets have a few special needs:
•    These birds eat primarily nectar and fruits, instead of seeds. They require a special liquid diet, which can be purchased commercially. These special dietary needs usually require extra prep time and can be more expensive than traditional parrot food.
•    Because Lories and Lorikeets primarily eat a liquid diet, they tend to have loose droppings which can sometimes squirt outside of the cage.  In order to keep your birdcage clean and sanitary you will need to clean it several times a day. The birdcage should be placed on a water-proof floor such as vinyl or tile. Unprotected carpet will quickly become ruined. Since you may have to wash your walls regularly, avoid placing the birdcage next to a decorated wall or one that has wall-paper on it. In addition to cleaning the bird cage, you will also need to clean all of the parrot toys, bird supplies, bird perch and bird stands regularly.
•    Since Lories and Lorikeets tend to be high-maintenance pets, it is often best if they are kept in a large outdoor aviary. It is easier to keep the cage clean when it can be hosed off.
•    Some Lories and Lorikeets tend to be extremely territorial and aggressive towards other parrot species. As a result, they should not be housed with other breeds.

Despite their special needs, Lories and Lorikeets make wonderful pets. They are fun, entertaining, friendly and enjoybale to watch. With proper preparation and a willingness to go the extra mile, these birds may be just the parrot for you and your family.

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Bird Toys and Parrot Playgym Winter Savings Sale at FunTime Birdy

Bird Toy and Parrot Playgym Sale

Bird Toy and Parrot Playgym Winter Sale at FunTime Birdy

It’s cold outside and it’s time for our Winter Savings Sale.  Check out all our sale items!

Save over 40% on bird toys, parrot play gyms and more.

Come out of the cold, warm up and save now!

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Quaker and Lovebird in Love

These guys are so cute together.  I only wish our birds would be more like this.  Only two of our flock members, our African Grey Jerry and our Amazon Kiwi seem to get along well with each other.  Kiwi and Jerry act like brothers and respect each other greatly.  They like to hang out together but do not preen each other.  Our other flock members seem to tolerate each other but would never interact with each other like this.

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New Movie Trailer for “Rio” Animated Parrot Movie

Rio Animated Parrot Movie

Rio Animated Parrot Movie

I can’t wait for this movie to come out!!!  “Rio” the animated parrot movie is due out this year.  See link below for new trailer.  I just love the caption on this movie poster for “Rio” pictured here to the left. (LOL)

Check out the new trailer for “Rio”

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Foot Toys for your Birds

Foot Toys not just a Toy

Foot Toys - Hours of Fun

Foot Toys can be a very important playtime component for your pet parrot.

“Kiwi”, our Double Yellow Headed Amazon, pictured to the left just enjoys munching on a Foot Toy for enjoyment outside his cage right before he goes to sleep at night.

Foot Toys for Parrots can come in all shapes and sizes.  “Kiwi” as seen in the picture is chewing on a FunLand Character.  Bird Foot Toys can be made out of wood, plastic, vines, cardboard (Birdie Bagels) or any other bird safe material.

We have customers that have told us that their birds never played with Hanging Bird Toys inside their cage but just love to sit and play with Foot Toys.  It just goes to show you that every bird has their own unique and varied sense of what they like to play with when it comes to their bird toys.

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Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Causes

What is PBFD?

PBFD is one of the most common viral infections among parrots. It primarily affects cockatoos but can also be found in lovebirds, budgies, macaws and African Greys. It is considered a fatal disease with most infected birds dying between 6 months and 2 years of age. Older birds who catch the disease can recover, although it is believed they become life-long carriers.

What are the symptoms?

Outward symptoms affect the feathers and beak. Feathers become brittle and abnormal-looking. The beak may grow extremely large and start to deform. The bird may also experience a decrease in feather powder, weight loss, diarrhea and depression. You may notice that your bird is no longer interested in his or her bird toys.   He may lose his appetite and refuse to eat.

How is it diagnosed?

PBFD is diagnosed through a blood test, biopsy or PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. These tests will look for the presence of the virus in the bird’s system. Tests are not always 100% accurate and many false positives do turn up. If your bird receives a positive result, but appears healthy, make sure he/she is re-tested within 90 days.

How do you treat it?

Unfortunately there is no current treatment for the disease. Parrot owners can provide their feathered loved ones with excellent nutrition, a warm, comfortable environment and regular veterinary care to treat any secondary conditions caused by the virus. Infected birds must be isolated in order to prevent the spread of the disease to other pets.   Experimental vaccines are being developed but are not yet available to the public. In Australia, they have developed a vaccine that helps prevent the disease in young birds. The vaccine is given at 14 days old and a booster a month later. It is still in the testing phase.

How can you prevent it?

Due to the severity and devastating affects of PBFD disease, prospective parrot owners should be extremely careful when purchasing a new bird. Look for responsible breeders whose parrots have a history of health and vitality. If you already own a parrot and are looking to expand your flock, be sure to quarantine your new feathered friend for several weeks. You may also want to test your bird for the disease before allowing it to mingle with your other parrots. If your bird is in quarantine, or has a positive test, do not allow your other birds to share bird stands or a bird perch with your new arrival.   Even if you sanitize a bird stand or bird toys completely, they should never be given to another parrot. Unfortunately, this virus is extremely resistant to disinfectants.

Whether your birds are in sickness or health…remember to love & care for them to the best of your ability.

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Homing Pigeon Found 5,200 Miles from Home

Houdini the Homing Pigeon

Houdini the Homing Pigeon

This Homing Pigeon named “Houdini” was found 5,200 miles from home.  “Houdini” is originally from the U.K..  He was found in Central America.  WOW!!!  Read more

Has anyone out there ever worked with Homing Pigeons? They must be so cool to work with!

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Leveraging the Power of New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year from FunTime Birdy

Making New Year’s resolutions can be such a productive process that you should include something for your pets on your list. Being a parrot owner comes with a lot of responsibility. There is always something you can do better. So why not leverage the power of New Year’s resolutions and use them to your pet’s advantage?

Here’s how:

Take a little time to think about your feathered friends and their needs. Next, try to come up with 2 or 3 ways you can provide better care, or make their lives more enjoyable. Once you come up with some realistic options, jot them down on your notepad. Here are a few tips to help you through the process:

•    Consider your bird’s physical health:   Having a healthy, happy parrot is one of life’s greatest joys. Nothing is more satisfying than watching your birds happily play on their parrot stands with their bird toys.  When writing your New Year’s resolutions, think of ways you can improve your bird’s physical well-being. Perhaps you should switch to a better brand of food. Or maybe you should offer a wider variety of fruits and veggies. Perhaps your bird needs more exercise than he is getting. If this is the case, invest in some large bird toys and parrot play gyms. Allow your bird to come out of his cage for two hours every day to stretch his wings and play.  He’ll enjoy the break from his cage and normal routine. Little changes like this can go a long way in improving your feathered friends physical health.

•    Consider his mental & emotional needs To be happy and healthy, parrots need more than a hearty meal and fresh drinking water. They also need social interaction and mental stimulation to thrive. As a bird owner, evaluate how you are meeting your bird’s needs in this area. Does your bird seem lonely? Perhaps you should purchase a playmate for him. Or maybe you need to re-adjust your schedule to spend more time with your parrot. There are a number of ways to do this.   Take your bird out of his cage and place him on his parrot playgym where he can sit close to you as you read a book or watch TV. You can come up with fun games to do together utilizing various bird toys.  Since birds are extremely smart and enjoy exercising their brainpower, why not set aside some time to teach your parrot a few bird tricks?

•    Don’t over commit When making resolutions it’s easy to get carried away. You may become so excited by a new idea or concept that you over-commit and end up writing out a long list of over a dozen goals. Unfortunately, this will never work. You won’t be able to follow through with all of those resolutions in a single year. You’ll get tired, discouraged and eventually abandon the ideas all together. To be successful, select 2-3 ways you can improve your feathered friends life this year. Then do them.

If you know you need to get better at keeping new and interesting bird toys in your birds cage, focus on that. If you want to make sure your parrot spends more time with you, purchase a parrot play gym and stick to your new routine.

By taking small steps and not over committing, you will be able to see your success much sooner. Plus you’ll be motivated to stick with your resolutions instead of getting overwhelmed.

I hope these ideas are helpful to you so that you and your birdy can have a wonderful, happy and healthy 2011.

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