Monthly Archives: April 2013

Snowy Our Parakeet’s 9th Birthday Pictures

Our little Parakeet Snowy just recently enjoyed her 9th Birthday…..complete with a Bird Party and gifts.   Check out her Birthday (Hatchday) pictures below.

Ann – FunTime Birdy

Snowy 1 FB Snowy 2 FB Snowy 3 FB Snowy 4 FB MOV01B

Goth vs. Hippie Birds

funny for facebookThis picture is just too funny…..A clash between musical tastes and influences.  (LOL)

Ann – FunTime Birdy

Grooming Your Parrot

201204007-1600-parrot-mcaw-preening-colorful-1335283449Just like dogs and cats, your feathered friends need regular grooming to stay healthy. Most birds groom themselves naturally by preening their feathers.

Remember—a healthy parrot likes to look his best! However, there are a few additional grooming techniques you may need to apply, depending on your bird.
•    Trimming the nails. If your parrot’s nails get too long, they can start to curl and then dig into the skin, causing intense pain. In order to make nail trimming a stress-free and easy process, start handling your parrot’s feet while he/she is still a baby. This will remove any fear your parrot may have. If you keep a few pedicure bird perches in your parrot’s cage, this may eliminate the need for nail trimming.

•    Clipping the feathers. Not all parrot owners want to trim their bird’s feathers. However, it does have many practical purposes. In the first place, keeping your parrot’s wings trimmed will prevent him from escaping too easily. He/she will be unable to fly out the door and will be less likely to get caught in a ceiling fan in your home. Trimming wing feathers is an extremely easy and pain-free process. Ask an experienced bird owner or your avian veterinarian to show you how. You can easily distract your bird during the process by showing him a colorful bird toy or letting him sit on his/her favorite bird stand during the trimming.

•    Trimming the beak. Through playing with bird toys, many parrots are able to keep their beaks trim and slim. Foraging bird toys and bird toys that encourage chewing are especially useful. However, sometimes a parrot’s beak will grow too long and need to be trimmed. If this is the case, take your bird to an avian veterinarian to ensure the trimming is done properly. Some birds may only need their beaks filed—similar to filing your nails.

•    Bathing. Many birds love baths. Others hate them. If your bird enjoys bathing, you can give them a bath as often as once a week. You may even consider taking your parrot in the shower with you. For parrots that dislike bathing, try misting them with a spray bottle.

Helicopter Bird Toy For Cockatoos and Macaws on Sale at FunTime Birdy

Sr. Helicopter 3 with MarshmellowOur Helicopter Bird Toy for Cockatoos and Macaws is a great Shredder, Chew and  Forage Bird toy!!!  Non Stop fun is in store…..As you can see in this picture our Cockatoo Marshmellow just loves the shredder disc and Eco Forage Box as well as all the wood chews and straws.

Safe Travels with your Feathered Friend

Safe Travels for your ParrotClick on the article below by Robyn Bright of Pet Business Magazine as she discusses traveling safety tips for your feathered friend.

Safe Travels with your Parrot

Ann Zych – www.funtimebirdy.com

Fun Parrot Facts

parrots_and_hand2Vivid, colorful and smart birds, parrots are native to countries in the Southern hemisphere. There are more than 300 species of parrots with a great diversity in color and size. They are a common household pet because of their bright plumage and musical abilities. Some parrots can even mimic human speech.

Macaws, Amazon parrots, cockatiels, parakeets, and cockatoos are the most popular pet parrots. Parrots range in length from 3.5 in (8.7cm) to 40 in (100 cm). They are omnivores and eat a variety of fruit, nuts, seeds as well as insects. Parrots can live up to 80 years in the wild.

All parrots are zygodactyls, meaning they have four toes on each foot, two pointing forward and two projecting backward. They also have a strong, curved beak which some use to search for grubs. Their sharp claws help them climb and perch on trees.

Other facts about parrots

Cockatoo species have a crest of feathers on the top of their heads that can be raised for display, and retracted.

Most parrots are social birds living in flocks. They communicate through a series of loud screeching and squawking sounds.

While some parrots build regular nests, most build their homes in holes in trees, rock cavities, ground tunnels and even in termite mounds.

Parrots have been kept as pets for decades. Famous historical figures, such as Winston Churchill and King Henry VIII were parrot owners.

Only parrots will mimic people and noises they hear. The African gray parrots are the best imitators of human speech.

In studies, African Grey Parrots have also been known to count, identify objects and even string together short sentences to answer complex questions.

As Published on Live Science.com

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Cockatoo Sun Bathing

This Cockatoo has the right idea……Summer cannot come soon enough.

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Cockatoo Sun Bathing