Monthly Archives: February 2012

Eclectus Parrot “Isha” Makes New Friends in Front of Parliament Building in England

This Ecelctus Parrot named “Isha” makes friends with everyone outside the Parliament building in England.  What a cutie!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Tips to Discourage Mating Behavior in Parrots

African Grey

African Grey Parrot

It seems like every year at this time our feathered friends go into “Mate” mode.  Our African Grey “Jerry” is searching for the darkest closet.  Our Umbrella Cockatoo “Marshmellow” just laid an egg two weeks ago and our DYH Amazon “Kiwi” is in “throw up” mode.  Some of these habits are instinctual and cannot be helped but some of these behaviors can be lessened…..here are a few tips:

Sleep:  Make sure your feathered friend gets at least 12 hours of restful uninterrupted sleep each night.  Keep their nite time sleep area as dark as possible so that they can get the best nite’s sleep possible.

Don’t Encourage Regurgitation:  If your bird starts to offer you their latest meal….place them back on their perch or back inside their cage.

Remove Nesting Materials:  Remove items in their cage or environment that could possibly be used as nesting material.  Also, any toys that can be climbed up on or mounted should be removed from the cage until their “mating” time is over.

Avoid Stroking:  During this time of increased mating behavior avoid stroking your feathered friend over its entire body.  Pet your parrot only on their head or neck during this time.  Petting your parrot on his/her  head and neck is a good practice even when it is not mating season.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

President’s Day Sale – All Month Long at FunTime Birdy

President's Day Sale

President's Day Sale

Presidential Savings at FunTime Birdy all month long.  Our President’s Day Sale has begun and lasts through March 15th.  Over 150 items on sale.

Click links below to see all the Savings:

Bird Toys

Parrot Playgyms

Our Monthly Sale Page

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Hey Little Birdie – Great Parakeet Photo

Great Parakeet Photo

This photo is just too cute for words.  There are so many captions I could add to this.

“Hey Little Birdie….Come in and Play”

“Hello again my little friend”

“How is the weather outside”

“Shouldn’t you be in here where it’s warm?”

What’s your caption?

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Eco Forage Boxes and Turn N Learn Foraging Bird Toy with Haley the Amazon

We so much enjoy hearing from our customers.  See pics below of Haley the Double Yellow Headed Amazon sent in by her mom Gail P. enjoying her Turn N Learn Foraging Bird Toy, Eco Forage Box and Junior Dumbell Deluxe Bird Foot Toy.

Here is what she had to say:

Hi Ann,

Here is a picture of Haley my Double Yellow headed Amazon who is intrigued by her new Turn N’ Learn Logs foraging bird toy. She loves to forage (what bird doesn’t) and this gives her several places to dig for treats. Plus, she likes to play around with it between treat times.

Also, I have included a picture of Haley with her Junior Dumbell Deluxe foot toy….she spent time yesterday playing with this on top of her hotel cage. She was so funny — slamming it around and banging on the little toys then chewing at them. She was totally into it!

Gail and Haley (Double Yellow Headed Amazon) – Wisconsin

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Thanks so much Gail for the wonderful shots of Haley.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Baby Quaker Parrots Video- How Adorable

These little guys……count them 9….are so adorably cute!!!   Even though it is a short video…they sure know how to entertain.  The little guy on the right side seems left out.  I just want to pick him up and take him home with me!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Grocery Shopping for your Parrot

Grey Eating Veggies

African Grey Eating Vegetables

Some people have the mistaken idea that feeding a parrot is simple and easy. However, if you believe that all you need to do is pick up some bird seed from the store once in a while, you’re in for a surprise. Feeding a parrot is much more involved than that.

In order to have a healthy, happy bird you must provide him with a variety of different foods. Failure to do so can result in malnutrition. A bird who is not receiving proper nutrition may show a variety of symptoms. He may suffer from depression, feather plucking, beak diseases and even blindness.

There are an abundance of foods out there that are safe and healthy for your parrot. In fact, the best thing to do is make a shopping list and head to the grocery store. Our Feathered Friends enjoy many of the same foods as humans. Like us, they need a variety of grains, fruits and vegetables. Here are some wholesome foods to add to your parrot’s grocery list:

1. Fruits—fruits are packed with rich nutrients. This includes fiber to help your bird’s digestive tract work properly and antioxidants to strengthen the immune system. Most fruits are acceptable for parrots to eat. Mangoes, Papayas,  Grapes, Kiwi and Bananas are excellent choices. You can provide your parrot with a bowl of fresh fruit for a snack after he/she has worked up an appetite playing with his parrot toys. You can also use fruit as a reward during the trick training process. Keep in mind that fruit contains a higher amount of water than other fresh foods and may cause your parrot’s stools to become slightly loose.

Fruit warning:  Keep in mind is that many fruits are sprayed heavily with pesticides before put in stores for purchase. Be sure to wash all foods thoroughly before feeding them to your feathered friend. If possible, try to purchase organic fruit that has not been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides.

2. Vegetables—packed with fiber and vitamins, vegetables should make up a large part of your parrot’s menu. Like fruit, veggies can be given to your parrot as a snack while playing with his bird toys, or as a reward for good behavior. Broccoli, Peas, Carrots, Lima Beans, Kale, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes, and Squash are all good for parrots.  There are a few fresh foods you should never feed your parrot. This includes the following:

• Onions—they have been known to cause vomiting, diarrhea and respiratory problems in parrots.
• Mushrooms—since they are a fungus, mushrooms can cause liver failure in parrots and should be avoided.
• Avocados—the skin and pit can cause heart failure.

3. Grains   Wheat bread, and pasta are all great choices for your parrot.

Ann
FunTime Birdy