Monthly Archives: July 2011

Shredville Bird Toy for Cockatiels and Conures

Located 20 miles outside of “ParrotTown” there is a non-stop party town called “Shredville“. Where the town never sleeps and the party never ends.

“What happens in Shredville…..Stays in Shredville”.  This new bird toy creation from FunTime Birdy has long lasting shredding fun for your feathered friend.

Part Foraging bird toy….part Shreddable bird toy and totally refillable.

Also, a great bird toy for “dainty” African Greys, Amazons and Eclectus parrots.

“Rio” DVD to be Released on August 2nd

Rio the animated parrot movie

Rio the animated parrot movie - drops Augsut 2nd

For those of who loved the animated parrot movie called “Rio” and couldn’t wait to get your hands on the DVD version……the wait is over.  The DVD and Blu-Ray will be coming out next Tuesday August 2nd.  Yeah!!!!

I can’t wait to show it to our feathered kids.  They are going to love it!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Freedom Bird Cage with Toby the Macaw

Palmetto Freedom CageI just love to hear from our customers…..The other day I received an email from David and Toby (his Blue and Gold Macaw).  David had wanted to purchase a bigger cage for Toby and loved the idea of the Freedom Cage with the Freedom Buffet.  Here is what David and Toby had to say…

“I just purchased a Palmetto Freedom Cage for my Blue and Gold Macaw. I had question about the size and options for the cage, and Ann really went above and beyond getting back to me with the necessary information. My order went smoothly as well, with regular updates and notes being provided by Ann every step of the way.

I’ll tell you that this much interaction, following through on things, and just generally giving awesome service is quite rare anywhere. =)

Really exemplary service!

As promised, here’s some pictures of Toby on her new cage. As you can see, the new cage is HUGE, easily twice the size of her previous cage. Lots of room.

Very happy with the cage (I really like the feeder assembly, it’s quite clever), Toby seems pleased as well. While I was setting up the new cage with new toys and accessories, she climbed over on her own and started exploring it.

I’ll certainly recommend your shop to our local bird club.”

Thanks David and Toby for your very kind remarks.  They are very much appreciated!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Echo – DYH Amazon Parrot on America’s Got Talent – Semi Final Round

Echo the Double Yellow Headed Amazon parrot made it to the top 48 on America’s Got Talent.

He even has his girlfriend “Binky” along for support.

We are saddened to say…..Echo did not make it through to the Top 12.  He tried….we think he did a great job for the entire parrot world.  Let’s hear it for Echo!!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Daddy Long Legs Bird Toy For Cockatiel/Conure Size Birds

Just in time to bring some Summer Fun to your feathered friend…….the Daddy Long Legs Bird Toy from FunTime Birdy for Cockatiel/Conure and dainty African Grey/Amazon size parrots.

Non-Stop shredding and chewing are on the menu….Watch as your feathered friend is captivated by all the various wood and shreddable items included in this tasty dish.

Check out some more of our New Arrivals at FunTime Birdy

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Heatstroke in Parrots

Heatstroke and Parrots

Preventing Heatstroke in Parrots

Summer definitely brings the sunshine—but it also brings the heat. In some parts of the country, temperatures may rise to 100 degrees or more on a given day. Our Feathered Friends can be sensitive to warm weather. As a result, it’s important to take precautions to keep your parrot cool. With proper care, most birds can go about their business—playing with their bird toys, resting on their bird perch or exercising on their parrot playgyms, with no harmful side affects.

However, if the air-conditioning goes out in the house, or if you accidentally leave your parrot cage in direct sunlight with no shade, this can cause your bird to suffer from heat stress or even a heat stroke. In addition, it is critical that you never leave your parrot in a parked car for any length of time. During the summer, cars can overheat within minutes. The heat can become so stifling it can be fatal to your feathered friend.

Signs of Heatstroke

If your feathered loved one is overheated, he/she will sit on his/her  bird perch  with his/her wings held away from his body, panting. At this point, your bird is suffering from heat stress and should be cooled down immediately. If his body is not cooled down at once, the symptoms will continue to worsen, causing a heatstroke. At this point, your parrot will begin to pant heavily, have a glazed look in his eyes and start to experience convulsions.

Treating Heatstroke

If your bird appears to be overheated, but is still sitting upright and acting cognitive, fill a spray bottle with cool water and gently mist your bird. If heatstroke has set in:

  • Keep your bird’s feet and legs moist with cool water
  • Do not additionally stress your bird
  • Monitor your bird closely and contact your veterinarian

Preventing Heatstroke

The best way to prevent heatstroke is to monitor your bird’s environment. Make sure the air-conditioning is on in the house at all times. Keep your bird cage  out of direct sunlight. Never leave your bird in a car or room that has no ventilation. If you take your feathered friend outside, be sure he has access to shade.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Five Summer Safety Tips for Parrots

Safe Summer Fun with your Parrot

Safe Summer Fun with your Parrot

Summer is filled with outdoor activities, family fun and vacations. However, with all the hustle & bustle of summer there are a few precautions you should take to keep your feathered friend safe:

1.    Clip your Bird’s Wings

During the summer months, parrots are prone to escaping. They may be playing on their parrot gym in the living room, when someone leaves the screen door ajar to let cool air into the warm house. The possibility of exploring the great outdoors may be too much for your parrot to resist. Birds can also fly out of open windows (especially if the screen is torn). By trimming your bird’s flight feathers, you can prevent these types of escapes. If you prefer not to trim your bird’s wings, be sure they are safely confined to their birdcage whenever the doors or windows are open. Also, be sure your screens are in good condition to prevent escape.

2.    Watch out for Ceiling Fans

Since summer brings warm weather, many of us try to keep our homes cool by circulating the air. However, ceiling fans pose a hazard for birds. If your bird’s wings are not clipped, he could accidentally fly into the fan, fatally injuring himself. If your bird can fly, keep your ceiling fans off. Use air-conditioning instead.

3.    Make sure your bird has access to shade at all times

While we all love the sun—its warm rays can harm your Feathered Friend if he or she is overexposed. If your bird cage is near a window, make sure there is always a shady spot in the cage. You may want to move your bird’s cage to a different area in the house that is cooler.

4.    Protect your Parrot from mosquitoes

West Nile Virus, a deadly avian condition, is alive and well during the warm months of summer. It is generally transmitted through mosquito bites. If you live in an area that has a high population of mosquitoes, avoid taking your bird outside. If you want your birds to enjoy some fresh air, keep them in a screened area. Outdoor aviaries are a good option. However, you may need to stretch a screen across the wire enclosure to keep the mosquitoes out. You could also screen off your back porch or another area for your feathered friend.

5.    Watch out for Picnic Hazards

Many parrot owners enjoy taking their birds outside so they can participate in family picnics or other festivities. Be sure to keep your parrot under close supervision at all times. Smoke from a barbeque or campfire can be toxic and even deadly to parrots. You will also need to keep an eye out for predators—such as dogs, cats or hawks. If you have an outdoor swimming pool or pond, keep your Feathered Friend at a safe distance. He could easily drown.

By taking a few, simple precautions, you’ll be able to enjoy a safe, fun summer with your feathered friends!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Five Common Myths About Pet Parrots

5 Common Myths about Parrots

African Grey Parrot

Parrots are phenomenal pets and many people dream of owning one. Some people may be captivated by the stunning colors of certain breeds. Or they may be attracted to the parrot’s talking ability. However, unless you are familiar with birds, you may have some misconceptions about parrots and what it’s like to raise one! Here are just a few common myths.

1.    Parrots are Low-Maintenance Pets
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, parrots often require more time and attention than a cat or dog. They are also more fragile, requiring you to be extremely conscientious in terms of how you care for your feathered friends. Parrots require plenty of social interaction, home-cooked diets that include freshly prepared fruits and veggies, and proper training. A number of bird equipment is also needed, including a spacious bird cage, bird toys, parrot stands and parrot gyms. Unlike most adult dogs who outgrow their fascination with toys, parrots require an abundant supply of stimulating bird toys and parrot toys their whole life.

Since parrots are more delicate than other types of pets, it is essential that you keep your home free from hazards. Something as simple as too much perfume, a scented candle in a room, or the use of non-stick cookware could be fatal to your bird. To be a successful parrot owner, you must be willing to invest time and money into your bird, and to educate yourself on how to properly meet your parrot’s needs.

2.    All Parrots Talk
While it is true that most parrots have the capability to talk, not all of them do. If you want your pet bird to learn to speak, you must spend countless hours working with him and teaching him. Some parrots may only learn a few words, while others may amass an entire vocabulary. If having a talking bird is important to you, read a number of books on the subject or talk to a professional trainer. You will need to work consistently with your feathered friend to help him master new words. The best place to practice is when your parrot is on his bird stand or parrot stands and you have his full attention. Even if your parrot never learns to speak—be sure to love him just the way he is!

Our Double Yellow Headed Amazon Kiwi is not much of a talker but he has such an exuberance for life…..it is unbelievable.  He amazes me everyday.

3.    You Must Raise & Hand-feed a Baby Parrot in Order to Bond
Raising a baby parrot is a lot of work and requires education and experience to be done successfully. While hand-raising a baby does help with bonding, it is not essential in order for you to have a healthy relationship with your bird. Many people have adopted adult birds and have bonded beautifully. If you want to bond with your parrot, the most important thing is to select a bird that has been hand-raised by someone and properly socialized. These birds are emotionally healthy and will not have much trouble forming an attachment with anyone. The more you interact with your parrot—whether that be teaching him how to play with a new bird toy or spending time with him on his parrot gym—the quicker you will bond.

4.    Parrots Eat Mostly Seeds
Seeds are a delicious treat for parrots. However, they should not comprise your feathered friends entire diet. Because seeds are so high in fat, too many can cause your bird to reach an unhealthy weight. As a general rule, seeds should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s diet. Fresh fruit, veggies and pellets should also be fed regularly.

5.    Parrots are Dirty
Many people believe birds are dirty creatures. However, parrots are meticulous about their appearance and spend many hours preening their feathers. A healthy, happy bird that is well-cared for always looks clean. However, it is up to you to keep your feathered friend’s cage, bird toys, bird stands and parrot gyms clean and free of poop and food debris.  Be sure to clean up after your bird daily and sanitize his living quarters regularly.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Kaleo the Mynah Bird Talks

I just love this Mynah bird named Kaleo.  He was rescued by his human family when he was 3 days old.  He is so amazing!!!  I love when he laughs….too cute for words!!!  Enjoy.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Rio the Movie….The True Story

The Spix Macaw

Presley the Spix Macaw

My Husband and I just loved “Rio” the animated parrot movie about “Blu” and “Jewel” the last of the surviving “Blue Macaws”.

Little did we know that this animated movie is actually a true story.

Click the link below for the full story about the “Blue Macaw” or in this case the “Spix Macaw”.

Rio the Animated movie and the Spix Macaw link

Ann
FunTime Birdy