Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fred the African Grey on his Winger Skateboard

FRED SKATEBOARD2  x 500This 26 year old African Grey named Fred has just learned to ride his Winger Skateboard.

Watch video below as he takes a “Sweet Ride” outside.  Yeah!!! Go Fred!!! Thanks to Fred’s Mom Naomi for the great video.

Ann – FunTime Birdy

Funny Bird Cartoon

This is such a funny bird cartoon!!!  Sometimes it feels that way when your car is hit with a lot of “Poop”.  (LOL) Enjoy!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

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Hand-feeding a Baby Parrot

BlueFrontedAmazon(baby)WBA_P76If you purchase a baby parrot that has not been weaned, you have a big job ahead of you. These baby birds are very delicate, requiring an abundance of care and attention.  They primarily need to be nurtured and fed.

Hand-feeding a baby bird is not difficult, but it does take practice and a careful attention to detail. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1.    Gather the proper equipment. Unlike other baby animals such as puppies, kittens and lambs, birds do not drink from bottles. Instead you will need to feed them with a syringe or eyedropper. When selecting syringes, choose ones that are relatively small, as your parrot’s beak will be tiny. It is also best to find a syringe that has a fairly long tip. This will make the feeding process much easier.

2.    Select a formula. Research various formulas and select one you think is appropriate. When mixing the formula, be sure to follow the instructions on the package. Before you start preparing your feathered friends meal, make sure your counter, sink and faucet are clean and disinfected. Baby birds can be susceptible to bacteria. The formula should be extremely warm—somewhere around 110-107 degrees. Parrots do not like cold formula. Once mixed, the formula should have the consistency of warm pudding or gravy.  If the mixture is too thin, it could cause your baby bird to develop diarrhea; if it is too thick it can get stuck in their throat.  If you are not sure of the temperature you can always check the formula with a thermometer.

3.    Position the baby bird correctly. When it comes to feeding time, handle your parrot gently. If your baby bird is too young to be placed on a bird stand during the feeding process, you will need to set him on your lap. Hold his head securely between two fingers and gently open the beak before inserting food. Having a secure hold on your bird is important. If he becomes startled or jumps at a sudden sound, it could cause food to get into the lungs. This is very dangerous and can be fatal for a young bird. If a large amount of food is inhaled into the lungs, your parrot could die within a few seconds. Smaller particles are also dangerous as they can affect your parrot’s breathing, eventually causing pneumonia and death.
Hand-feeding a baby parrot can be a rewarding process. However, it is important to educate yourself on how to do so correctly. Talk to your avian veterinarian or an experienced breeder before attempting it on your own.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Conure in a Soup Bowl

All this Conure needs is a soup bowl and…….it’s playtime.  I think he/she is searching for some water to take a bath.  Enjoy!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

SweetHeart Sale at FunTime Birdy

Feb2013salepagebannerOur SweetHeart Sale has begun at FunTime Birdy.

Come see the great deals we are offering in honor of Valentine’s Day month on Bird Toys, Parrot Playgyms, Bird Perches and more.

SweetHeart Sale ends March 14th.

Skin Care for Parrots

parrot feathersDuring the cold winter months, skin irritations can become a problem for your feathered friend(s).   There are several reasons for this including:
1.    Lack of Humidity. If the air is too dry, it can cause your parrot’s skin to become cracked, flaky or irritated. Feathers may also start to look dull and brittle. As you observe your parrot perched on his parrot playgym, or busily playing with bird toys in his cage, take a few moments to examine the condition of his skin and feathers. If dryness seems to be an issue, you may want to invest in a humidifier. Offering regular baths and occasionally misting your bird with water are also good options in helping restore moisture to the skin.

2.    Inadequate Nutrition. Some skin and feather problems stem from a nutritional deficiency. Birds that live solely off of seeds and or pellets are especially at risk. Fresh, wholesome food is essential in maintaining the health of your feathered friend. Although it may require extra effort on your part, it will be well worth it. Your feathered friend will have more energy to play with his bird toys; he will be more attentive to his surroundings and much happier overall. Vitamins A & E are especially important for healthy skin. Green leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli and squash are rich in Vitamin A.

3.    Stress. If your bird has recently lost a feathered companion or feels neglected, these factors may affect his health—including skin and feather quality. The best remedy for this situation is to identify the stress factor and do your best to eliminate it. If your bird is feeling lonely, spend a few extra minutes playing with him; if he is bored, invest in some new parrot toys to keep him/her occupied.

Additional Skincare Tips

Some birds may experience skin issues due to allergies or environmental toxins. Harsh cleaning chemicals or other household products could irritate your parrot if he comes in contact with them. If this is the case, consider switching to natural cleaning products or just use soap and water, especially when disinfecting your parrot’s cage. To make sure your feathered friend’s skin is well-hydrated, provide access to clean water at all times. It is important to keep in mind that certain parasites, such as mites, can cause major skin issues. If you suspect something is wrong, take your parrot to an avian veterinarian just to be sure.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Wild Cockatiels in the Australian Outback

Wow…..I have never seen Cockatiels in their natural habitat before I saw this video………..They are just so beautiful and it is amazing to see them in the wild.

Check out these wild Cockatiels in the Australian Outback.

Ann
FunTime Birdy