Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hot Wings from the Movie “Rio”

I just love this scene from the movie “Rio” with the song called “Hot Wings”.  Our African Grey “Jerry” loves the song so much he started to sing it also.

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Quaker Parrots as Pets

Quaker PArrot

Our Quaker Parrot "Phantom"

Quaker parrots make excellent feathered friends.  They love bird toys… keep plenty of these around to keep them happily entertained. They have sweet, docile personalities and bond very closely to their owner or primary caregiver.

The Quaker Personality
Quakers are social birds who get along well with other parrots. They are confident in nature, yet extremely affectionate. They have great personalities and will never cease to entertain you. Just give your feathered friend some bird toys and watch him play!! You’ll be entertained for hours. They are bright green in color with gray facial markings. As these birds become more popular, other color variations are becoming available.

Caring for a Quaker
These parrots are among the easiest to care for. Just make sure you feed a wholesome diet with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes.  If you do that, you’re almost guaranteed to have a happy, loyal and fun-loving Quaker parrot who loves his life.

Our Quaker parrot “Phantom” passed away in October 2011 from Cancer.  He was the most fun loving bird…..he loved to “Dance” (He would move his little feet up and down when you made clicking sounds).  Phantom was also able to play ring toss…..he played it his way though……watch video below to see him having a ball playing with his Ring Toss.

Here is our tribute video for Phantom our beloved Feathered son.

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Cockatoo Saved by U.S. Coast Guard

“Geronimo” the Cockatoo and his beloved owner are saved by the U.S. Coast Guard in this harrowing video.  What a valiant effort by his owner.  I would probably do the same if I was able to climb a tree that high.  There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my feathered children.

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Blizzard of Savings at FunTime Birdy

Blizzard of Savings Sale at FunTime Birdy

Blizzard of Savings Sale at FunTime Birdy

Come out of the cold and save big on bird toys, parrot playgyms, bird perches, Mango Stands and more!!!

Check out these products on Sale:

Starship Trooper Cockatoo/Macaw Bird Toy

Junior Funstation Playgym for Amazons and African Grey Parrots

Booda Comfy 21″ Perch – Large

Mango Deluxe Foraging Station

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New Year’s Resolutions for Parrot Owners

New Year's Resolutions for Parrot OwnersIt’s hard to believe 2012 is already here! The beginning of the year is a common time for people to set New Year’s Resolutions. You may want to improve your health, get more exercise, get a better job or spend more time with your family. But have you ever thought about making New Year’s resolutions for your parrot(s)? We all have aspects of our life we wish to improve. So why not think of ways you can become a better parrot owner? Try thinking of ways you can make your parrot happier & healthier. Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend more time with you bird. Parrots are social creatures that thrive on attention. They love human companionship and desperately need social interaction. If you have found yourself so busy with other things—such as work, friends and a social life of your own, that you have little time to spend with your bird, make a New Year’s resolution to change that. A few extra minutes here and there can make all the difference. For example, schedule a 15 minute play session with your parrot before heading off to work. Find some stimulating bird toys for your feathered friend or think up a new trick to teach your parrot.
  • Feed more fresh food. Sometimes we get so busy it is easier to throw your parrot a bowlful of pellets than to chop up fresh fruits and veggies. However, parrots need a diet that is rich in fresh, wholesome foods. While pelleted formulas can be nutritious, you should supplement with fruits, vegetables, pasta and other delicacies. Every time you go grocery shopping for yourself, pick up a few items for your bird. When shopping the produce aisle, grab some extra bananas, mango, papaya, peppers or Kale for your bird. By adding fresh produce to your bird’s diet, you will help increase their overall health and longevity.
  • Buy new bird toys regularly. Parrots get bored easily. They need new experiences to help keep their minds fresh and alert. The best way to satisfy your parrot’s incessant curiosity is to purchase new and intriguing bird toys on a regular basis.
  • Buy a parrot playstand. A parrot playstand is ideal for keeping your birds entertained. They can climb, dance, chew and toss a number of different toys to their hearts content. By making a few, everyday changes to your parrot’s routine and lifestyle, you can turn him into the happiest bird on the block.

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Amazing Video of Crow Sledding Down Roof with Jar Lid in Russia

Watch this amazing video of a Crow sleighing down a rooftop in Russia with his own “sleigh” which is a jar lid.   Wow!!!!!

Birds are so smart….people really do underestimate the intelligence of these wonderful creatures.

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Haley the DYH Amazon Loves her Turn and Learn Foraging Toy by Nature’s Instinct

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Haley the Double Yellow Headed Amazon just loves her new Turn N Learn Foraging toy.  Check out her pictures above….sent in by her Mom Gail P..

Our Double Yellow Headed Amazon Kiwi also loves to forage with his Turn N Learn toy.  Kiwi’s favorite foraging food is pellets.  Kiwi loves to eat healthy.  That’s my boy!!!

The Turn N Learn Foraging toy is a great foraging toy for Amazon size parrots to Macaw size parrots.  Hide your feathered friends favorite treat inside and watch as they forage and play.

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Adorable Parrotlets…3 Peas in a Pod

You cannot get any cuter than this.  These 3 baby Parrotlets are literally “3 Peas in a Pod”.

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Signs of a Healthy Parrot Beak

Healthy Beak of a Parrot

Healthy Beak of a Parrot

A bird’s beak is an extremely important piece of equipment. Parrots use their beaks to grind up food, play and climb. As a result it is important keep your parrot’s beak healthy and in good condition.

Here are a few signs of a healthy beak:

1. It should be smooth. As you watch your bird play on his parrot playgym , take some time to carefully observe his beak. Does it look smooth and shiny? Or dull and crusty?

In cases with Cockatoos their beaks have a coating of dander on them.  I remember going to our vet when Marshmellow our Cockatoo (Featured above hamming it up for the camera (LOL)) was a year old and her beak wasn’t “shiny” anymore.  I asked if she was okay and our vet said “this is a sign of a healthy Cockatoo….you want to see her beak have this dander on it.  This means that her feathers are healthy. ”

2. There should be no discoloration. A healthy beak should have robust, consistent coloring.

3. The beak should be properly aligned. Both the top and bottom beak should fit together perfectly. The beak should not be too short or too long. In some cases, parrots may develop what is called a scissor beak. This is when only one side of the beak grows.

In some cases, your feathered friend can carry some of his/her last meal on their beak as pictured below on our DYH Amazon parrot “Kiwi”.  “Kiwi” loves to really get “into” his meal as you can see.  Mommy to the rescue….nothing a wet paper towel can’t clean.  (LOL)


Kiwi eating Squash

Kiwi the DYH Amazon eating squash

Benefits of Full Spectrum Lighting for Birds

Featherbrite Swag Light

Featherbrite Swag Light

We have been using Featherbrite Full Spectrum lights for over 6 years for all our birds.

Pictured left is two of our birds……”Kiwi” and “Jerry” catching some rays under their Full Spectrum Lights.

What is Full Spectrum Lighting?

Full Spectrum lighting is lighting that emits light that is very close to that of natural sunlight.  The FeatherBrite Full Spectrum 15 Watt Spiral Compact Bulb emits the same color temperature as the sun at high noon.

The health benefits of Full Spectrum Lighting are:

  • Prepares bird for seasonal changes
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Lowers obsessive/compulsive behavior frequencies
  • Relieves psychological distress
  • Mimics a bird’s natural environment
  • Maintains constant environmental temperature
  • Aids a bird’s visual acuity
  • Increases the longevity of your feathered friend

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