Monthly Archives: March 2011

Spring has Sprung Sale at FunTime Birdy

Spring Sale at FunTime Birdy

Spring Sale at FunTime Birdy

Our annual Spring Sale is underway at FunTime Birdy.

Great savings on your favorite bird toys, parrot playgyms, bird perches, shreddable bird toys and more!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

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Sampson the Cockatiel with the FunTime Birdy Ring Toss

A great video of “Sampson ” the Cockatiel playing with his new  FunTime Birdy Ring Toss. Sent in to us by Anne T. (Sampson’s mom)

Sampson is only 4 months old…..what a cutie!!!!  He definitely has superstar potential.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Bird Toy “Sheena of the Jungle” new from FunTime Birdy

Sheena of the Jungle Bird Toy

Sheena of the Jungle

Our new “Sheena of the Jungle” bird toy for Amazon Parrots and African Grey size parrots would be a great addition to your birds home.

“Bring out the Jungle” in your bird as he/she chews these wood chews in delight.  This bird toy was named after a friend’s African Grey named “Sheena”.  He told us “Sheena is a very picky bird and if she plays with this bird toy then you have a winner”……Well, “Sheena” loved it!!!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

How to “Potty” Train Your Parrot

Poop Training your Parrot

Poop Training your Parrot

One of the more unpleasant aspects of parrot ownership……. is dealing with the frequent droppings (“Poop”). The good news is that you can “Potty” train your parrots.

Parrots are extremely intelligent creatures who catch on fast. So with a little dedication and perseverance, you should be able to teach your bird to potty on command and in a specific area.

Since parrots have an extremely high metabolism, food passes through their system at a rapid rate—usually within 30 minutes. This is one of the reasons they need to poop so frequently.   Smaller birds usually need to go every 10-30 minutes, while larger birds can hold it for several hours if needed.  Our Parakeet “Snowy” is a frequent “Pooper” and our large Umbrella Cockatoo “Marshmellow” tends hold her “Poop” for a long time.

So how do you “Potty” train your bird? Here are a few tips:

1.    Get to Know Your Bird
Before instituting a training program, spend a few days observing your feathered friends as they sit on their bird stands or inside their bird cages.  Determine how frequently your feathered friend needs to poop as well as what types of behaviors he/she exhibit prior to going.  For example, some birds may crouch down low, spread their wings or take a step backwards or forwards when getting ready to potty.   If you see your bird starting to wag his tail , you’ll know its time to pick him up and take him to a designated area so he/she can do his/her business.

2.    Select a Place
You will need to select a location for your parrot to use to “Poop”.  Some parrot owners teach their birds to go on newspaper or paper towels. Others may select a wastebasket or perch.

3.    Choose a Command
When training your feathered friend, select a verbal command that encourages your bird to “Poop” when asked. Use this same command over and over. The goal is to help your parrot associate this term with doing their business.  Our African Grey “Jerry” has his own command for himself when he is ready to “go”…..he says “Jerry went Poops” before he goes.  (LOL)

4.    Use Positive Reinforcement
Praise your parrot every time he/she poops in the appropriate area. If you notice that he/she looks like he needs to go while in the middle of playing with his parrot toys, pick him/her up and take him/her over the newspaper, perch or wastepaper basket you have selected for pooping.  Once he/she goes, praise him/her profusely.

With persistence and dedication, your bird will be “Potty” trained in no time. The length of time it requires will depend on your particular feathered friend. Some may catch on in as little as two weeks. Other parrots may require a little more time. Just remember to reward your parrot for his hard work using verbal praise.  Most important for all, enjoy the time with your feathered friend and the training process.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

FunTime Birdy FunStation Play Gym With Kyle – Review

FunTime Birdy FunStation Playgym

FunTime Birdy FunStation Playgym with Kyle

Check out “Kyle” on his new FunTime Birdy FunStation Playgym.  It looks like he found the “Shred Station” toy without any problem.

“Kyle’s Mom Barbara says “Hi Ann –
Thought you might like to see Kyle enjoying his new “play gym”.
He likes the hanging toys, too. He really enjoys that play gym.
Maybe I can get a video of him actually doing something while he’s doing it and not just afterwards.”

Barbara and Kyle (Sulfer Crested Cockatoo) – Florida

Thanks Barbara…..we look forward to the video of Kyle

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Feathered Sweetheart Sale Continues…..Only 4 Days Left

Valentine's Sale at FunTime Birdy

Sweethearts with Feathers

Only 4 days left to shop for your favorite bird toys, bird perches and bird stands for your feathered friend.

Our Valentine’s Sale/Feathered Sweetheart Sale ends this Thursday, March 17th.

Stock up and Save now!!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Shredfest Bird Toy For African Greys and Amazon Size Birds

Amazon Parrot Bird Toys

ShredFest Bird Toy from FunTime Birdy

New from FunTime Birdy……ShredFest!!

Not only is the The ShredFest a shredding bird toy but it is also a foraging toy as well.  You can hide your bird’s favorite treats in the  Eco Forage Boxes and watch him/her forage for them.  These wonderful foraging boxes are completely replaceable.

The Shredfest bird toy contains, 2″ Vine Balls, Small Vine Wreaths, Surfin Safari Wood Chews and Rainbow Woven Palm Leaf Shredders…….all re-fillable to keep the Shredding Party going on forever. The Shredfest also contains jumbo pops and yucca chews.

All items on the ShredFest are contained on our special Magic Wand for easy refilling.

Ann
FunTime Birdy